We spend most of our days in front of the screens – laptops, tablets, and smartphones have become our number one source of information and communication with others at the expense of face-to-face meetings. And when something happens to our precious sources of virtual reality, our whole world falls apart.
How many times have you felt like a little zombie without the Internet? How many times did you end up staring at the ceiling when your laptop broke? And since these things tend to happen in the most inappropriate moments of the day, here are some easy tips to help you fix your laptop before taking it to a professional.
As weird as this may sound, the first thing you need to do when your laptop stopped working is to keep calm and be gentle when touching it. Keep in mind that a laptop has many electronic components that are highly sensitive and could easily break if you do not act accordingly.
Also, before any type of repair, remember to always plug off your computer. Don’t try to fix the electronic compounds on your own unless you have specific training in this field as you could either harm yourself or cause even more damage to the device.
Try installing an antivirus software
Often enough, the problems on your laptop are caused by viruses you got from browsing through different insecure websites. Although you cannot always control the pop-ups and all ads running on the websites you usually surf on, there are a few ways to protect your device and even clean it once it was infected.
There are a few good antivirus programs available for free that do a pretty decent job of detecting malware and potentially harmful websites or documents that might be downloaded on your laptop without your knowledge. However, for a full-time protection, it would be best to choose a professional version of antivirus, whether it is Avira, Bitdefender or another trusted software.
You can also opt to turn on your laptop’s own firewall system that provides the minimum protection against harmful files. And, if you want to get rid of annoying pop-ups whenever you open a new page on your browser, just download an ad blocker directly on your browser.
Try cleaning all your browser data
If you think your computer is running slower than usual, you might just have too many things on it. Cache, saved folders, duplicates, and Internet history can end up occupying a lot of your laptop’s space and memory, so why not run a cleaning process once in a while? It would be best to do so every month or so to keep your computer running smoothly.
You can also try clearing up some space by deleting photos or simply moving anything that’s important for you into a cloud service. This way you’ll be able to access your data from anywhere you go and you’ll only keep your laptop for programs that don’t occupy all your HDD space.
Another short-term solution would be to move some of your files through a USB modem to an external HDD. These hard disks usually come with large memories ranging from 1 TB to 10 TB, so there is plenty of space to transfer all your videos, pictures, movies, and other important documents or programs.
Replace the battery
Another problem that could be easily solved without going to a specialist is simply replacing the battery of your notebook. Keep in mind that laptop batteries don’t have a high life expectancy, but this also depends on how often you rely on your battery when working on your device.
New laptops usually come with a battery autonomy of 6 up to 12 hours, depending on the brand and model you are opting for. However, the battery life will dramatically decrease once you start using it more, so in just two years or even less, you won’t be able to keep your laptop unplugged for more than half an hour or even less.
Most of the new notebooks display on your screen the battery life and alert you whenever you need to change it.
For any other kind of problems, including the malfunctioning of an optical drive or sound drive, you should definitely seek the help of a professional.