What are the most common computer problems?

Computer users encounter issues with their devices more often than we can imagine and there is more than one reason for the slowness of your computer or occasional freezes and crashes. Browser crashes or system hang-ups can indicate a severe problem with your system or even malware infiltration[1] which is one of the main reasons why machines start to work differently. Other reasons may include:

  • missing or corrupted files;
  • fake applications;
  • Internet connectivity issues;
  • failed hard drive;
  • storage issues;
  • overheating.

Many problems can be fixed with the help of professional IT specialists, but issues that occur regularly sometimes have simple solutions. The first thing users need to do is determine if the problem is caused by software or hardware.[2]

Even companies, organizations and services encounter system vulnerabilities or malware that causes huge frustration on the network or even data breaches. The more recent malware attack affected devices and data on Wolverine Solutions Group servers.[3] The company reported about this incident stating:

On approximately September 23, 2018, WSG discovered that an unauthorized party gained access to its computer system and infected the system with malware. The malware encrypted many of WSG’s records (including those pertaining to NOCHS), making them inaccessible to WSG, in an effort to extort money from WSG.

IT specialists frequently face the paradox related to the fact that most of the computer-related problems they have to solve for computer users can be simply fixed by rebooting one's computer. However, such a simple answer is effective in more than 50% of the cases while other issues need more advanced solutions. We have gathered the most common problems that our users reported to us over time.

What are the most common computer problemsComputer users experience tons of different issues with their devices but we came up with 10 most common issues.

10 most common computer problems

How to Fix “This site is not secure” pop-up with an error code DLG_FLAGS_SEC_CERT_CN_INVALID?

Windows users encounter many problems with their system, so the question How to Fix “This site is not secure” pop-up with an error code DLG_FLAGS_SEC_CERT_CN_INVALID? is one of the more common. This error message appears on the system when there are problems with the browser or website's security certificate. Since the main reason is in the web browser the solution for the error message is changing settings and installing missing parts of the needed licenses. Although it mostly affects users of older Windows versions, it can affect Windows 10 users too.

How to fix Safari can’t establish a secure connection?

On the other hand, MacOS users also encounter issues with the web browser, so Safari can’t establish a secure connection error is in the second place as the most common problem. Due to this error, users cannot access popular social media platforms and other commonly visited sites. There might be a few reasons why this error appears on the browser, but it is possible to fix it by uninstalling some content or resetting the browser to default and changing other preferences.

How to Fix INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Error on Windows 10?

INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Error on Windows 10 is yet another issue that appears on Windows OS devices, in most cases, while using the Microsoft Edge web browser. The primary reason for this issue was Windows update with the code KB4022725, but this can easily be fixed by updating the OS to a more recent version. As with other browsers, the error can be fixed by resetting or re-installing the web browser too. Of course, the solution depends on each incident.

How to Disable Hyper-V in Windows 10?

How to Disable Hyper-V in Windows 10? is the question frequently asked on our Ask us form. Hyper-V is the tool that allows users to run a few OSs on a single machine. Mostly used by IT specialists and web developers, the program is beneficial. However, it lacks in some features, so people may be eager to disable the program what is not that easy due to failure and errors. But the Windows operating system has a few features that may help uninstall and disable the useless tool.

How to Fix “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” Error on Windows 10?

Another problem that frustrates Windows OS users – “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” Error. This error message mostly appears on Windows 10 OS supporting devices, due to the bugs in the updates. However, this issue can be fixed by changing the preferences of the domain controllers or changing settings on the time and date sections or checking the network cables. Since the newer versions of Windows 10 updates,[4] the issue is less occurring but still bothering users all over the world.

How to Fix High CPU Usage by Sppsvc.exe on Windows 10?

Most of the Windows users have had the question about CPU usage on their device at least once in their lifetime. How to Fix High CPU Usage by Sppsvc.exe on Windows 10? is one of the more common ones, that is why it is on our list. Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service or Sppsvc.exe file belongs to Windows OS and is aiming for piracy prevention. Often Task Manager presents a few files running in the background, but using high CPU raises more attention and frustration because it may indicate malware infiltration. There are a few helpful methods on the article, so check if you require one.


How To Fix ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH Error? is the question that yet again is asked by web browser users. The error message that appears on the screen delivers this text:

This site can’t provide a secure connection
Unsupported protocol
The client and server don’t support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite.

The main reason for this issue is server protocols that got configured insecurely. Since the error prevents people from accessing websites safely, it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Clearing browser's Cache is one of the many methods that you can use to end the unwanted error.

How to fix Srttrail.txt BSOD error on Windows 10?

Blue screen of death is one of the most common issues that make people scared all the time. The srttrail.txt BSOD error is one of these frustrating errors that interrupt users' work on the system. Windows 10 update is yet again related to the issue, but people also report about corrupted software or hardware issues that caused this BSOD. Scanning the system with PC repair tools can be especially helpful here since the program can fix corrupted file problems.

How to Fix “Error code: DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” Problem?

Is the question How to Fix “Error code: DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” Problem? is familiar? Mostly appearing on Chrome browser, but affecting users regardless of the OS, this error is on this list too due to the frequently asked questions. It even appears on mobile devices while indicating issues with the Internet or DNS settings. Since it blocks websites from loading there is a method helpful to fix this issue that involves messing with your browser settings and additional changes to DNS preferences.

How to Fix VCRUNTIME140.dll is Missing Error on Windows?

The last on this list, but not least is the error occurring on Windows – VCRUNTIME140.dll is Missing Error. When a particular program like Skype or Photoshop cannot be started this missing file error message appears on your screen. In most cases, the corrupted installation of a program is the reason behind this VCRUNTIME140.dll missing error. Third-party sites may offer to download the missing file, but you should already know that this is not a good option. Unfortunately, malware can also be the reason for this missing file error, so an anti-malware program is a possible solution for the issue.

The most obvious indication that there is something off with your computer is its slowness. The most common reason for this is the accidental installation of software on one's computer. There can be several reasons for this. First of all, computers are frequently sold with pre-installed programs, various trial editions, and whatnots.

Second of all, additional programs are installed on your computer with freeware and shareware.[5] Remember, that while there is some legitimate freeware on the Internet, there is also a common practice to bundle free programs with various toolbars and programs that display ads on your browser or collect information about your browsing activities.[6] Not only this can slow your computer down, but it can also jeopardize the safety of your data.

However, it is not that easy to screw your computer irreparably, even though you should take care of it as you would take care of any other device. Therefore, take advantage of the possibilities it gives you while protecting it against the potential threats. Update your software and programs more frequently, patch any vulnerabilities and avoid serious issues.

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Jake Doe
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Jake Doe is the news editor at UGetFix. Since he met Ugnius Kiguolis in 2003, they both launched several projects that spread awareness about cybercrimes, malware, and other computer-related problems.

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