Almost everyone from kindergarten students to nursing home patients have access to computers and laptops.  But with all of these computers being put to use, there is more and more wear and tear on them as well.  Add in Internet issues like viruses and hacking and you have a recipe for turning your computer into a very expensive paperweight.  What are the most common signs that you need a laptop repair or computer overhaul?

Slower Performance

One of the surest signs that something is wrong is if your computer is slowing down, either when booting up the computer, shutting it down, or opening programs or webpages.  If your computer is showing some of these signs, there are a few causes and things you can do.

One main cause is that the computer may need to be defragged.  This should be done regularly to reorganize the hard drive and keep everything working smoothly.  Most computers can be programmed to run a defrag at a scheduled time.

Another issue with slow perform is from a lack of memory.  This can be resolved with memory expansion.  Although this can be done yourself, if you are hesitant to handle the insides of a computer, you should seek out a store that handles computer or laptop repairs to do this for you.

A final cause of slower performance is virus infection.  If you do not have virus protection, you absolutely must have it.  But if you have a problem with viruses or spyware that you cannot remove, take the computer to a repair shop.

Won't Charge

If your laptop will not charge, there are a few causes, most of which will require a visit to a computer repair shop.  One of these is a battery that has stopped working and must be replaced.  Another problem may lie in the charger itself.  These can usually be replaced relatively cheaply but many are brand specific.  A final issue is with the port where the charger is plugged in.  If this becomes damaged, it will need to be repaired as well.

The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)

The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is the blue screen of text that pops up on your screen when Windows stops working and shuts down everything.  If you have just installed new software or hardware drivers, uninstall them, as they may be conflicting with Windows causing the crash.

You can also boot the computer in safe mode and try backing up your data if possible.  Then, either restore the computer using the restoration disks you created when you bought the computer, or take the computer in to your local repair shop for a repair.

Loud Noises

If your computer is making loud whirring or grinding noises, chances are something inside the computer is about to break down.  More than likely, the noise is emanating from your hard drive that has multiple moving parts that can break down over time from wear and tear and overheating.

The good news is that new hard drives are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.  The bad news is that if the hard drive does fail, you will lose all of your data such as pictures and documents.  So back these up quickly before the drive goes out on you.

Identity Theft

Although not a problem with the computer, identity theft can stem from the use of the computer.  If you have had your identity stolen, it is possible that your computer has been hacked and your credit card or other personal information has been lifted from your computer.

If this is the case, then you need to take your laptop to a professional company like that deals with computer security.  They will be able to remove all vestiges of viruses, spyware, and Trojans that are relaying your personal information to criminals.

If you are having issues with your computer or laptop, it is essential that you have it checked out before the problem gets worse.  A computer is a huge monetary investment.  It should be protected with the service that it requires.