Category: Software

Categories: Software, Technology

You are about to finish your document when suddenly, your PC freezes and automatically restarts. If this problem keeps on happening, it will ruin your everyday work. To stop suffering from this problem, you need to know the cause of the problem before fixing it.

 

There are 4 Types of System Freeze Issues

1. Hang

Whatever you run on a PC, it hangs up and needs to be restarted to recover.

 2. Random Hang

The system often becomes unresponsive at regular intervals of time. You need to restart the PC to recover hard drive data.

 3. Generic Freeze: The system turns unresponsive, but later on, it automatically turns to normal functional state without troubleshooting.

 4. Single-app Freeze: Freezing occurs abnormally while you attempt to start a game, a particular program, or a heavy browsing website.

 

Causes why PC keeps on Hanging

 1, Multiple Apps Running

 Without your knowledge, you are multitasking work with your PC. Usually, you open too many tabs and programs to finish the task. There’s nothing wrong with multitasking because it is a sign of your dedication. However, opening too many programs on your PC may run low on resources because the memory is used by a number of applications.

 You can still practice multitasking by running one program at a time and choose sites that you need as of the moment. It is also important to learn which program that takes too much space on your RAM so you know how many programs and sites to open.

 2: Driver Issues

 Outdated or damaged drivers affect the performance of desktop and laptop. Usually, users find it hard to figure out that their drivers have problems or are outdated.

 The only solution for this is to update your driver or fix it. If you are not sure about how to fix the driver, it is advisable to seek the help of a computer specialist (like HorizonTech).

 3: Operating System Issues

 If you’re not knowledgeable about fixing a desktop or a laptop, let an expert do the job to ensure you won’t add more damage to your device. To avoid OS issues, make sure that all updates are installed.

It is important to keep your system updated. Keep a legal copy of the operating system and always run a legal copy of Microsoft Windows to be able to download updates. If you are using Windows 10, the update option is automatically turned on.

 4: Excess Heating Up

 Sometimes, the device gets too hot and it is the reason why the computer freeze. If you frequently hearing any abnormal noises coming from your computer recently, such as a high squealing, it could be an indication of a damaged fan.

 To fix this problem, hire a service of a computer specialist to ensure things will be done well.

 5: Hardware Misconfiguration

One of the major reasons behind computer freeze issues is hardware misconfiguration. This issue may occur due to a misconfigured hardware component that you recently added to the computer.

 Another reason could be the hardware component you added recently may be incompatible with the computer. If this problem occurs, remove that hardware and then test whether the computer is running smoothly. If the hardware is not compatible, find an alternative. You can ask a computer expert to help you find compatible hardware for your PC or laptop.

6: Insufficient RAM

If your device freezes at regular intervals of time, the reason could be an insufficient RAM. In order to run the system smoothly, the RAM should be considerable.

The major files that eat up PC storage are the applications and 3D games installed on the device, thus makes the system bulky and hence causes system hang issues.

It is also probable that the motherboard, CPU, or Power Supply may not be working appropriately. If these issues occur, upgrading RAM or reinstalling Windows OS may be the solution.

 7: BIOS Settings

 Modifying BIOS settings can cause serious issues on your device- it put the system in the freeze mode. By overclocking system processor or RAM may cause instability problems. If this is the cause of freezing, you need to reset the BIOS settings to default. This can be done by removing CMOS and putting it back after several minutes. Make sure BIOS firmware is timely updated to prevent such issues.

8: Power Issues

 The computer power supply unit could cause a system freeze. It should be efficient enough to deliver sufficient voltage to the system. No matter how powerful computer with the latest processor, sufficient RAM, GPU and advanced motherboard, but it has an inadequate power supply, the system will freeze.

To prevent this, install an uninterrupted power supply unit that can handle low voltage issues and keep the system running for some time even if there is no power. Ask a computer expert to install a power supply unit properly.

 9: External Devices

 Faulty USB or external devices such as a mouse, keyboard, USB camera or gaming console connected to the computer system can cause frequent or random reboots. To resolve the issue, remove connected devices to check if the system works normally without those, or to figure out which device that causes freezing. It is also important to update the USB device drivers to prevent such issues.

 10: Hard Drive Malfunction

 Don’t ignore the clicking sound coming out of the CPU because it is a sign that your hard drive has a serious problem. To resolve this issue, you can run a diagnostic check to examine the hard drive and execute appropriate workaround thereafter. If you have difficulties in finding a solution, go to the manufacturer’s website to get the troubleshooting method.

 There is a chance that all of your important files may be deleted after fixing the hard drive malfunction. But don’t worry, you can recover all the data that were accidentally deleted using a hard disk recovery tool.

 11. Serious issue with Windows

 It is also possible that corrupted Windows is the reason why your computer keeps on freezing. To solve this problem, follow the basic troubleshooting steps for your version of Windows. Visit the Microsoft support page to understand the method.

 In case troubleshooting failed, it is advisable to backup all of your valuable information, and then erase and reinstall Windows.

 12. Software related issue

 Third-party software is the usual suspect of system freeze. Some applications have applications that attempt to perform actions or access resources that Windows cannot read, thus, resulting into hung up and freeze. If this happens for the first time, you must troubleshoot the system as soon as possible and update all third-party software that is installed on your computer.

Testing the RAM is recommended. There should be 10% of your disk space left free on your system.

 13. Computer Viruses

 Don’t underestimate the capability of the virus. Most of the time, the first suspect of most users when PC suddenly hangs is the computer virus. To prevent this problem, install anti-virus software and ensure it is up to date. Free version could eliminate the malware threats. However, the features that it offers are only in limited time. So it is better to purchase anti-virus software because it is a lifetime investment.

Categories: Software, Technology

Health Apps – If you failed some of your New Year resolutions, don’t lose hope. You have trillions of chances to start again!

Health is wealth!

Many Millennials who were in the 30s and above are now health conscious because of their lifestyle and busy schedule (in their work). Due to the increase of stress level (either from work or personal issues), it is very important to many of us to watch out for our health status. Furthermore, as we get aged, there are many changes happening in our bodies, thus making us more are prone to such health issues.

Top Health Apps for Android Users

Google Fit – Fitness Tracking and OEM Apps
(Usually Free)

Android users have plenty of options. Thanks to developers of many phone manufacturers and Google who developed such useful health apps.
Google has Google Fit and Samsung has S Health, These apps can track users’ fitness, calorie intake, water intake, and other fitness stats. Most of these apps are free, easy to use, and have decent features.

StrongLifts 5×5
(Free with in-app purchases)

StrongLifts 5×5 Workout is another best health app. The app’s goal is to focus mostly on strength training via the StrongLifts system. It features methods to record your progress, a timer, and a bunch of other stuff.
The app has a variety of workouts and training exercises, and available on Google Store. The in-app purchase offers additional content along with what you get in the free app. For users who are looking for more hardcore workout, the in-app could be the best for them.

Runtastic Running and Fitness Tracker
Price: Free / $2.99-$4.97 per month (billed annually)
As the name suggests, it is useful for people who commit to running workout. It includes stats, graphs, exercise tracking, shoe tracker, and etc., has integration with Google Fit and MyFitnessPal. The shoe tracker feature helps a user to know when to buy new shoes. The subscription is inexpensive compared to its competitors.

MyTrainer Dasi
Price: Free
MyTrainer Dasi is a free health app. It works a little bit similar to Lifesum. To use this app, a user needs to enter your age, height, and weight. After completing the details, the app will recommend diet and exercise routines for you. It doesn’t do much more than that. Some part of the app isn’t translated into English.

MyPlate Calorie Tracker
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $44.99 per year

MyPlate Calorie Tracker has a database of over two million items, including a barcode scanner for quick additions to your tracking. The app tracks your water intake and equipped with Google Fit integration and other helpful features. Unfortunately, just like other apps, its subscription service holds most of the app’s features

Categories: Software, Technology

Most people think Mac computers are safer among other brands of devices. However, malware and other viruses are evolving and getting stronger as times go by. So what do you do to protect your device from a virus? That is by getting an anti-virus!

Most Mac users rely on Apple’s security, which genuinely shows great performance. The creator of Mac has built anti-malware protection into macOS. If you are a Mac user, before opening a file, Mac will check it against a list of malware. However, you can’t open a file even if there is no reason for concern if an application from a developer hasn’t already approved.

 

So Do I need an Anti-virus for my Mac?

This question has been in long debate on many forums because many users including Business Insider claim that Macs are more secure than Windows PCs. Security features in the Apple OS make it difficult for cybercriminals however, there are ever evolving exploits on the internet such as Trojans & ransomeware requiring Mac users to install anti-virus software to remove unwanted bugs.

Mac devices can get viruses as well. The latest virus is a new variant of adware that is infecting Macs via a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. A Mac security software Intego identified it as the OSX/Shlayer Malware, while Malwarebytes named it as Crossrider.

So the question whether you need to install anti-virus software on a Mac or not, is all up to you. There’s nothing wrong with adding security software to ensure your device is protected.

ESET
The first picture that pops in your head when you heard ESET is its blue-eyed cyborg mascot. This brand is popular not because of its mascot, but it is one of the first choices of Mac users because it gets excellent scores from the independent testing labs, and includes a few useful bonus features.

Just like other software, it offers 30-trial, premium version, and its latest version. Its premium includes tons of features, while its basic version has only a few features.

Pros:

-Easiest software to install and use.
-ESET NOD32 Antivirus functions as a protector of your Windows computer from malware such as viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and rootkits.
-It recognizes ransomware quickly
-It is good at differentiating between benign and harmful threats
-It doesn’t typically flag legitimate files as threats.

Cons:

-Some tests found out that it uses a lot of computer resources while running.
-Slows down desktop/laptop if run at the same time as processor-intensive programs. However we have not found this to be the case in our testing. Horizontech Computer Specialists recommend this software on any device.

Avast Free Mac Security

Avast is another well-known security software. It boasts great features for Mac, which include:

*Real-Time Protection
*Full Mac Scan
*Custom Scan
*Security Reports
*Total Malware Detection
*Removable Drive Scan
*Scheduled Scan
*Real-Time Security Updates

Pros
-Avira Antivirus Pro
-It has a gamer mode. It can automatically kick in while you’re playing games online.
-Low resource usage
-Fast full system Scan
-Offers 30-day money back guarantee

Cons

-Live chat is not available
-Outdated user interface
-Several scanning details are hard to find

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Pros

-Can find and destroy both Mac and Windows malware with near-perfect accuracy.
-Provides on-access protection from viruses and other malware
-East to use anti-virus program
-Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
-64-bit versions are available

Cons
-The software creates a little lag on your computer,
while running virus scans.
-It can only be used at home, no business use offer
-No custom scanning options

Symantec Norton Security Deluxe

This software got good scores from Malware Protection labs. Although it is expensive, a wide variety of security tools, including firewall protection, parental controls, and antivirus scanning.

Pros
-Firewall tools
-Provides Web browsing protection
-Parental controls
-Antivirus scanning
-Password protection for files
-Location-aware security.

Cons
-Expensive
-No Chrome support

Sophos Home for Mac

Pros
-Certified by one independent lab.
-Can detect all Windows malware in hands-on test.
-It has good phishing protection feature
-Provides remote management.
-Simple parental control.
-Offers free trial

Cons
-Its protection and performance Scored 4.5 out of 6 by some lab tests.

Don’t know which brand of anti-virus to pick? Ask one of our expert technicians at Horizontech for advice on what best fits your needs. Message or call us anytime!