Computer Troubleshooting Tips

Managing your pet sitting business online is great until something goes wrong with your computer. Downtime costs you money and could cause you to miss an appointment.

Try following these simple troubleshooting steps if your computer has a problem.

Reboot

Sometimes a simple reboot is all it takes to solve minor computer problems.

If you are experiencing internet issues try rebooting the wifi router. A simple power off-and-on works wonders!

Check cables

The majority of computer faults are caused by a loose cable. Make sure you check both ends of each cable. Pull it out and plug it back in. Often a cable has come loose without you realising.

What were you doing before it stopped working?

Make sure you note down what you were doing before your computer stopped working. Pay particular attention to any error messages and write down exactly what it says.

Whether it was surfing the internet, installing a new program, downloading from the internet or changing settings, make sure you write down what you were doing. This makes diagnosing the problem easier and will save you time and money.

Run a virus check

Try and perform a virus check. Let it scan while you have a coffee. It does not take long. A virus will cause your computer to slow down or stop working.

Windows includes an excellent virus scanner. You don’t need a third party virus scanner. To scan your computer open the Start menu and type “Virus”.

Apple’s Mac is just as susceptible to virus attacks as any other PC. Make sure you download and run a virus scanner. AVG is free and doesn’t slow down your system.

Backup Your Data

This is one of the most important habits to practice. Make sure you regularly back up your photos, documents, excel spreadsheets and any other important data.

These days it is easy to back up to the cloud using Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive etc.

Give me a call

If you have tried all of the above steps and are still unable to get your computer working, contact me: Darryl Brown. I will get you up and running in no time!

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