Computer crashes are a major cause of trouble for many computer users. These crashes not only affect your schedule but may also cause data loss, damage your system and data files, and at times, may even leave your system unbootable. Computer crashes can occur due to several reasons. Commonly they occur when a certain temporary situation arises on a functional computer due to program conflicts or data transmission jams. When this occurs, you may be able to recover easily just by rebooting your system.
However, at times, computer crashes may occur due to user negligence that may result in virus infections, a damaged registry, or hard disk problems. You can easily prevent computer freeze problems due to this, by performing regular PC maintenance. Let us have look at some of the tasks that you can perform to prevent and recover from computer crashes.
Check Your PC for Virus and Spyware Infections
If you notice an abrupt decline in your computer’s performance, it is quite probable that the system is infected by a malware program. Malicious programs, such as viruses and Trojans infiltrate your system and start replicating at a fast space. They also add malicious codes to your applications and corrupt the registry entries. On the other hand, spyware and adware programs add several unwanted programs to your computer that eat up your system resources, steal your personal and confidential information and display pop-ads on the system without your consent.
To combat these infections and to prevent them in the first place, you must configure reliable antivirus and antispyware programs on your system. You must turn on their real-time protection feature to ensure that you are protected against these programs at all times. Additionally, keep these programs updated with the latest signatures and schedule them to run periodic full system scans on your computer.
Maintain your Registry
A damaged and corrupt registry can also cause system freezes and crashes. Registry problems are usually triggered by digital junk, pertaining to obsolete, invalid, and malicious entries accumulated within the registry. This unnecessary information causes registry bloating, which in turn, causes system errors and freezes. To prevent computer freeze problems, in this case, you must maintain your registry and regularly scan it to repair and remove registry problems. You can do this with help of a registry cleaner tool. Some of the registry maintenance tasks that you can perform using a registry cleaner tool are:
• Scan and remove registry errors.
• Repair several computer errors caused due erroneous or corrupt registry entries.
• Defrag the registry to speed it up and enhance the performance of your Windows system.
• Back up the registry easily so that if you encounter a problem, you can easily restore the registry from the backup.
Maintain your Hard Disk
To maintain a healthy computer it is also important for you to maintain a healthy hard disk. You can do this easily with the help of Disk Clean Up and Disk Defragmenter tools that come with Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system. Where Disk Cleanup helps in cleaning up the junk files cluttering the hard disk, Disk Defragmenter helps in consolidating the hard disk data and optimizes it for better performance.
If, despite all the maintenance activities listed above, your computer continues to crash, it is quite possible that a recent change in configuration might be causing conflicts on the system. In this case, you can use the Windows XP and Vista computer crash recovery tool, System Restore, to revert your system back to its last known error-free working condition.