Computing devices have turned into machines and gadgets no one can live without. At once, they make life simple and convenient, but they can be equally replaceable too. The trouble can come from only a couple of sources—the hardware or the software.

If it’s a hardware issue, you may need to take your device to a service point for replacement of a component or such. If the device is still under warranty, the manufacturer takes the responsibility. But more often than not, it is the software that causes issues, and a majority of the common problems related to software can be resolved by the users, even amateur ones.

Described here are a few of the most frequent software-related issues and how you can address them.

1. Annoying Ads Popping Up

This can happen with any computer running on any operating system, and while using any of the browsers. The issue crops up when you click on an ad that requests permission to send you their offers or other information. And even after you have closed the browser window, the ads could still show up.

Many users get lured by the claims made by the site that it could speed up your system and you might, in over-enthusiasm, be inclined to click on the ad.

However, you can stop this nuisance by installing a good antivirus package that removes all malware. Adware, though not strictly malware, will be treated like one and removed once you run a scan with the antivirus you install.

2. Printer Is Connected but Won’t Print

If you use a printer often, you may have experienced a problem where your pages won’t print as requested, even though the printer is properly connected to your computer.

Some of the easiest solutions to this issue include simply switching the printer off completely and then powering it on again. Check if the printer dialogue box indicates the printer is installed and chosen as the default printer. Also, check to make sure the paper is not stuck in the printer and if the printer ink is fully stocked. If all these are fine but the printer still won’t accept the print command, you can try downloading the driver again from the printer’s official website and check.

Only when you fail to solve the issue with all these steps, you will have to reach out to the support service for assistance.  

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3. Your Computer Is Too Slow

As you work on your computer, you may feel the pages you are trying to browse are not opening fast enough and downloads take too much time. One of the most frequently observed reasons for this is your internet connection could be slow.

There is an instant solution to finding this out and that is through a speed test. Just type “speed test” on your browser search window and you will see options for sites such as speedtest.net or fast.com, among others. Click on one of them and it will let you know what the connection speed of your internet connection is, for downloads and uploads. If the figure is too low when compared to what your internet service provider had promised, you can file a complaint and they will come and attend to sort the issue.

If there are other issues at your end, the internet service provider will let you know and you can take appropriate remedial action.

4. Your System Keeps Restarting

If you observe that your computer is going into restart mode and then rebooting on its own, you may get worried. The frequent reason for such an eventuality is if you have permitted automatic Windows Update. When Windows Update happens, it restarts the computer several times. It will warn you that this will happen and not to shut down the system. You might not have even noticed it.

But if that is not the case and this repeat rebooting occurs, you need to check it out. One simple solution is to completely switch off the system and reboot it in Safe Mode while running hard drive tests to isolate the problem.  

5. Some Programs Won’t Start/Open

Some of the programs you have downloaded and installed may not open when you click on them. If you encounter such difficulty, the best solution would be to uninstall the program. The steps for doing this will be different depending on which operating system you use. Visit the relevant support pages for Windows 10 (here) or Apple (here) to get the proper instructions.

After you’ve uninstalled the program, check if it is still sitting in one of the folders and again remove. If you wish to be doubly sure, restart the system and then download the program all over again.

Even if this process consumes some time, you will find the solution could be long-lasting and not a temporary fix. This issue could be even due to the program sitting on your system being outdated. Once you download afresh, the developers would have updated it at their end and you will receive the latest version.

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6. Virus/Malware-Induced Software Issue

There are hackers waiting to mount an attack on any vulnerable system, and you are advised to ensure that your system always stays protected. But despite your best intentions and precautions, a virus or malware planted by a hacker can affect your system. This will result in corrupting certain programs.

On such occasions, you must invest in a good anti-malware and clean up your system. Do a scan and quarantine all malicious contents on your system. Even a free anti-malware program can do the job. Just be alert and do an analysis to find out if the product is as good as it claims to be. If you already have an antivirus software in your system, check if it has all the latest updates downloaded and installed.