How to Stop Computer Freezing – A Working Tutorial to Fix Computer Freezes
7 Ways to Stop Computer Freezing
A lot of things can cause a computer to freeze at random.
It is advisable that you do a free scan of your PC to know exactly what the issues are.
When your computer suddenly freezes, you can’t work with it any longer, in other words, it is out of your control. Some or all the devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.) may not work.
The most common reason for a PC freezing is that all available Random Access Memory (RAM) is being utilised by some programs and processes, and there is nothing left for other programs to use at that point in time. You may wonder how this could be. Apart from the fact that you may have started some programs yourself, there are usually a number of programs, processes and services running in the background.
1. Use Your Task Manager to Solve Unresponsive Program Software
In a typical Windows PC system environment, if you press the CTRL +ALT + DELETE keys together, you can access the Task Manager. This management Window displays all the programs, services and processes that are running on your PC at that point in time. From here you can end or stop a program or process.
- End a Process to Solve the Freezing
The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is generally referred to as the processor or the brain of the computer. In a very basic sense, the CPU performs the most important functions in a computer system – it processes all information according to instructions.
At the bottom of the Task Manager window, you will see what percentage of CPU resources is being used and this change or varies with time, as some processes start and some are being released.
When the percentage of use is high, this indicates that programs or processes are using up a great deal of the CPU resources. When too much CPU resources are being used, you will sometimes see the percentage hit 100. So when your computer freezes, the Task Manager will likely display a CPU usage rate around 100%. To solve the problem you can end a process or processes associated with a non-responsive program. To do this you will need to navigate to the Process tab, locate the process and click the ‘end process’ button.
Caution – you have to be sure of the process you need to end before using this method, otherwise you may erroneously stop a process that is vital to a system service and this can cause your PC not to work properly.
- End a Task to Stop the Freezing
You may also find out whether or not your computer is using too much Random Access Memory (RAM) or physical memory through the Task Manager. These you can see at the bottom of the Task Manager Window. If these figures are constantly high or your computer is slow or freezes constantly, it is time to add more RAM, otherwise limit the number of programs you open at any given time.
The Application tab displays the applications that are currently running on your Windows computer system. To unfreeze the PC, you can force the problem task or the non-responsive application to close using the ‘end task’ button.
2. Other Software issues
If you observe that the freezing only occurs when you try to open a particular program, you can check if there are updates for the program on the vendor site. If the freezing started after you installed a new software try uninstalling and reinstalling the software. If the problem does not go away, it may be a compatibility issue then you should uninstall the software.
3 Hardware issues
Sometimes the issue may have to do with your hardware; you may need to update some drivers. You can do this by visiting the PC manufacturer site. You may also need a new hardware (e.g. hard drive or RAM). To find the culprit, you can use a hardware diagnostic tool.
4. Malicious Programs
Computers may start to freeze up if it has been infected by virus, Trojan, spyware, adware or some malicious programs. Simply run your antimalware program to get rid of the infection. Note- always use a full version antivirus or antimalware programs if you have valuable data installed on your PC.
5. System Registry Errors
Your PC system registry may be full of errors. You may sort this out by simply using a registry cleaner. It is not advisable for non-advanced PC users to temper with the registry system manually.
6. Other Things You Can Do
Defragment your hard drive, update your operating system, and use in-built software tools to clean up your computer.
7. Diagnostic software
If after you have done all of the above and your computer keeps on freezing or crashing, use a comprehensive and legitimate software that can identify the problem(s) and even solve it for you automatically, this way you save yourself some headache and time.