Nobody likes to work on a problematic computer. However, there are very few who know why these problems occur and what we can do to prevent these problems. In this article, we are going to have a look at some of the common causes of computer problems and then we will learn a few maintenance tasks that one can perform to prevent these problems.
- Virus and spyware infections
- Outdated and buggy device drivers and software
- Damaged registry
- Malfunctioning hard disk
- Hardware problems
There are many tools, utilities and methods available today that you can use to prevent these problems and ensure that your system stays at its best performance for a long time.
Let us start with virus and spyware infections. Many errors, such as the “Cannot find svchost.exe” error occur when virus programs infect the system files and change the system configuration information to prevent these files from functioning normally on the system. Malicious programs, such as virus, Trojans, and worms usually infiltrate your system through infected emails, open network shares, infected websites, and infected external media. These programs replicate quickly and start generating several computer errors. Some viruses even have the capability of erasing entire hard disks making you lose all your data. Spyware and adware function a bit differently. These usually come bundled with other software, especially freeware and shareware tools, games, and media that you may download to your system from the Internet and other sources. Some of the common symptoms of spyware and adware infections are: sudden appearance of undesirable popup ads, unwarranted change of the Internet Explorer home page, and redirection of Internet searches to affiliate Websites. To prevent these malware programs from taking over you computer, it is essential that you perform regular full-system scans using efficient antivirus and antispyware tools. To ensure that these scans are effective, it is recommended that you run them in Windows XP Safe Mode.
Code 39 and other driver-related errors occur if the device drivers on your computer are either outdated or buggy. You can resolve these problems by updating or reinstalling the faulty drivers. You can do this easily by using the Device Manager utility. In addition to device drivers, even your operating system and other software on your computer require regular updates. To keep all your Microsoft products updated, you must enable the Automatic Update feature on your Windows XP or Vista computer. Moreover, you must ensure that you update other software on your computer on regular basis.
Windows registry usually gets damaged when it bloats up to a very large size due to accumulation of several unwanted entries within it. These entries usually comprise of outdated, invalid, and orphan entries that collect over a period of time. To prevent these registry problems, you must regularly scan and clean your registry. You can do this easily with the help of a good user-friendly registry tool.
Your Windows XP or Windows Vista computer includes two very useful tools that you can use to prevent unnecessary clutter and fragmentation of data on your hard disk. These are the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools. You must use these tools on regular basis to maintain your hard disk at its optimal performance.