Tech Answers: Why Does My Computer Keep Freezing?

Elizabeth Gow

Elizabeth Gow

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You’re Frozen Again  

It happened again. Your computer froze at the worst time possible. You may be asking yourself, “Why does my computer keep freezing?” The truth is there are several reasons why your computer may be freezing up. Below we have listed some of the most common reasons why your computer is freezing up and what you can do to fix it. Let’s get started! 

You Have Too Many Programs Open 

The number of programs you have running will affect the processing speed of your computer. If you have too many programs running, your computer will likely be moving at a sluggish pace.  

Overheating  

Why does my computer keep freezing? It may be due to your device overheating. If you allow your computer to overheat for too long, you may even risk damaging the integrated circuit of your system processor. 

A Faulty RAM 

Constantly asking yourself “why does my computer keep freezing?” It could be an issue with your RAM. Frequent computer freezing is a sign that you may have insufficient RAM. Upgrading your RAM or reinstalling your operating system could fix your problem. 

External Device Issues  

Whether it be a USB, mouse, or keyboard any external device with issues can be causing your computer to freeze. To uncover which device is causing your computer to freeze, you will have to use the process of elimination. 

Computer Viruses  

So, why does my computer keep freezing? Sadly, it could be due to a virus on your device. Be sure your security measures are up-to-date and perform an antivirus scan to detect any viruses plaguing your system. 

If a virus was found on your computer, back up all necessary files to an external hard drive, update your OS, and shut it down. This can prevent further damage to your – or if the device in question is a work computer, your company’s – files. If you’re unsure about the extent to which your device has been compromised, it’s time to contact an IT Professional.   

BIOS Settings 

Did you know that altering BIOS settings could put your system in freeze mode? To check, reset the BIOS to default, and this should fix the issue. 

Buffering WiFi

Part of your problem may be that you do not have enough megabits (Mbps) in your wireless plan. The more devices and people you have using the WiFi in your home, the more megabits you will need. Things like video calls, streaming, and gaming all eat up a lot of Mbps. Talk to your provider to make sure you are operating with enough power for your own needs. 

Final Thoughts

Computer issues can be frustrating, so never hesitate to reach out for professional help when you are unsure how to fix something. With technology, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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