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Steps To Take If Your Work Computer Crashes

September 29, 20130 Comments

People rely on their computers for many things today, from surfing the Internet for research and fun to saving all of their favorite photos and videos throughout the years. And those who use their computers for work in addition to pleasure need to take extra precautions in order to ensure that they will be able to recover after an unexpected computer crash.

A computer crash can definitely be extremely devastating. Knowing what to do when your computer crashes, though, can reduce the level of panic that you go through and help you take the necessary steps, listed below, that will allow you to get back to work sooner rather than later. Continue reading to learn more.

Try to Identify the Reason Your Computer Froze

Many times, a computer will freeze if there is not enough airflow running through it. If this is the case, all you need to do is install an extra fan or put your computer in an area that receives adequate amounts of ventilation. If your computer freezes and gives you an error message, try to decipher what it means. You may need to copy the error message into your Internet browser and perform a search if you are really at a loss as to what could have gone wrong. These are important steps that are necessary to identify the problem that is causing your computer to freeze and crash. By figuring out the problem, you can prevent further damage to the hardware of your computer and keep it running by making repairs.

Back Up Your Data Right Away

If your computer starts to act strangely, you need to back up your data immediately. Whether you use an external hard drive, a RAID system, or a cloud server, back up the data as soon as possible so that you do not risk losing it the next time your computer fails to function smoothly. Although an initial crash may not result in a fried motherboard and loss of vital information, another one might, so you definitely do not want to take your chances.

Run a Full System Virus Scan

Run a full system scan as soon as your computer reboots. This will allow your anti-virus software to check for any malicious programs that may have been installed on your system unbeknownst to you and are now causing problems. Removing any spyware, malware, or viruses can fix the problem. Just be sure your anti-virus software is up to date before running the scan.

Try a System Restore

Opting for a system restore is another step you can take to bring your computer back to a time when it was running smoothly. Access the system restore option by restarting the computer in safe mode. Choose to restore the system to a date before it started freezing and crashing on you.

Backing up your data is an important step that will help you remain calm whenever your computer suddenly freezes and crashes. Once you know your data is safe, you can identify the problem and fix it.

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Today’s guest author, Jane Jacobs, is an I.T. professional working for Storage Guardian, a company offering backup data protection services.
Her hobbies include painting and surfing. Visit storageguardian.com/ to know more about her work.


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