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5 Common Computer Problems and How to Solve Them

You’re working away at your computer when suddenly, you get an error message – or worse,
your computer shuts down. Deciphering what computer problems you may be experiencing and how to fix them can be difficult, especially if you are a basic user.

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Let’s look at five solutions to some of the most common computer problems that can
you can easily fix without having to call tech support. If you find yourself asking the
following questions, then you are the person this article is addressing:

“I can’t install my applications”

If you’re having trouble with an application not installing, it may be because your computer
doesn’t have enough hard drive space. If this is the case, you need to free up some space. This is one of the computer problems that are the least problematic. You can free up some hard drive space by getting rid of files and folders you don’t need. These may be temporary files, duplicate files or data remnants from software you’ve uninstalled.

“My computer is too slow”

There are several reasons your computer might be running at slow speeds. You may have
computer problems that directly originate from your operating system or an application, your operating system might be missing updates or your computer doesn’t have enough hard drivespace. If you don’t have enough hard drive space, you can uninstall applications that you no longer need. Download Install Monitor to uninstall applications completely and free up your disk space.

“My machine keeps restarting”

First, confirm that you aren’t just getting the latest wave of Windows updates, which can
automatically restart your computer during installation. Then work on updating all of your
critical system drivers. Your graphics card, motherboard, and network card drivers are crucial.

Hardware problems can be as a result of viruses, overheating, and lack of updates.
Modern computers have safeguards that shut down the system if a component is overheating, which can be the cause of frequent restarts when you’re running resource-intensive programs or video games.

“My applications are acting strange”

Computer problems that involve applications acting strangely oftentimes leave you wondering what has happened. Your application has been working just fine, but now, seemingly without reason, it is doing something strange. For instance, your Word document will no longer show the top margin of your document. It still says it’s there, and when you print it, there’s not a problem.

You just can’t see it on your monitor. If this is happening, you may want to restart your
computer. Conducting an internet search for the type of problem you’re experiencing or
consulting your user manual may help you as well.

Hope you found these tips useful in solving the most common computer problems.
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Improving Uninstallation (part 2)

Last time I talked about some of the limitations with existing uninstallers that either use a scanning approach or

snapshot based approach. If you are familiar with these uninstallers it might not be immediately obvious how to Mirekusoft Install Monitor works as an uninstaller. Mirekusoft Install Monitor is actually quite easy to use. It does most of it’s work in the background so the user does not have to do anything special to benefit.

 

Install Monitor does not have to scan for leftovers and instantly knows what’s left behind. It monitors both installs and uninstalls and across reboots. This can be helpful if the uninstaller leaves stuff behind. The user does not have to run the installer in a special way. Install Monitor will automatically detect installers. In fact the only time you ever need to launch the Install Monitor application is if you want to manage or remove a program or figure out what was installed. Many uninstallers that offer install monitoring will give a scary warning against installing multiple programs at the same time (this may be out of the user’s control for instance if a background program decides to update itself). However Install Monitor is also able to intelligently handle multiple programs bundled together. This is useful for instance if unwanted software gets installed with good software. It is also able to intelligently guess the icon for a program even when the program does not register one. Install Monitor allows you to see what other uninstallers are missing or should not be removing.

 

Despite all the advantages it has uninstaller, Install Monitor uninstall capabilities can be more precise and intelligent. The ability to roll back changes by individual applications can be improved. It can also have better support for programs installed before Install Monitor. Look for these issues to be addressed in future releases.

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How To Uninstall Software

In the past few posts I have talked about application management and how Mirekusoft Install Monitor is more than an uninstaller. In this post I wanted to talk about how uninstallers traditionally work and some of the limitations. In a later post I will talk about how Install Monitor uses an approach that is different from most uninstallers.

How Most Third Party  Uninstallers Work

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Most third party uninstallers tend to rely on searching predefined locations to remove existing software. There are different ways of doing this scan but essentially it usually requires the program that was uninstalled left behind something that could be used to identify traces of it. Registry cleaners also do something similar. After a scan of the file system and registry the user is presented with a long list of what the uninstaller believes are leftovers that can be removed.

Limitation of Scanning Approach when Uninstalling

Data Application Scanning

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This scanning approach however has obvious limitations. Most uninstallers which scan for leftovers now also offer installation monitoring. This process relies on taking snapshots before the installation and comparing to the state after the installation. The user has to start the install with the monitoring program. These programs will sometimes provide a right-click shell extension to make it easier. It can be difficult sometimes to find the executable for instance in the case of updaters. It adds an extra step and some guesswork to the installation. Should a particular install be monitored or not?

 Understanding the Downside of Snapshots

Another downside of snapshots is usually they take a lot of time, processor usage, disk activity, and disk space to create. It would not be unusual on a system with a lot of items for a snapshot to take up a minute or more. They in general do not work well with installs that use multiple installers or require reboots.

The Issues

What happens if bad or unwanted software piggybacks on good software?

It may not be obvious when monitoring should be turned off. Some uninstallers recommend you run and activate the software first.

What if the software does something else that should be monitored?

The snapshot approach increases the probability of spurious activity being caught.

What if another program decides to update itself while the uninstaller is in snapshot mode?

Are there ways to get beyond these limitations?

That will be addressed in a future post.

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Application management and why it’s not just an uninstaller

You might have noticed the subtitle for this site is “application management software.” So what is application management? This blog post will discuss that and how it relates to how Install Monitor works.

What is application management?

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Application management essentially is the ability to completely manage your installed programs. Generally on Windows when you install an application you give complete control over it to do whatever it wants on your computer. So it basically manages itself. As we have discussed before (here and here) applications in general do not manage themselves well. They are not good at cleaning up after themselves when you uninstall them and they are not good about making sure they are efficient in their use of your computer’s resources.

Another way to think of application management is by looking at smartphones or tablets. If you have used one you realize how much easier it is to install/update/remove and in general manage applications. For instance you are usually presented with a list of applications. From here you can run or uninstall the application. The phone takes care of most of the application management.

How Mirekusoft Install Monitor 2.0 Aids in Better PC Efficiency

Mirekusoft Install Monitor helps solve the problem of application management by monitoring what applications do on your system. It monitors file and registry changes applications make. This makes removing them completely much simpler. You can also launch applications from the details pane. Application management also involves allowing you to see the resources used by installed applications. It’s possible to monitor resources such as disk, memory, and CPU. This monitoring can help you identify inefficient applications or bloatware. Look for more features in the next release that will improve application management.

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How to Effectively Deal with Software Bloat

It seems a common trend is for many software applications to be bloated. What is software bloat? It generally means software with an increasing number of features that uses more system resources than necessary. Another name for this kind of software is bloatware.

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Software Bloat Example – Application Foo

Let me give an example. There are two applications, Foo and Bar, that open and view widgets. Application Foo requires 5 programs running in the background all the time that autostart (automatically start), uses a 500 MB of memory and 10 GB of disk space, and takes several seconds to start. Now on the other hand Application Bar has no background programs, pops open in less than a second and takes less than 5 MB of memory and disk space.

If all you need to do is view widgets, application Foo clearly uses more resources than is necessary. Sure it may offer several extra features but you may never use or even know about them. Application Foo also probably takes much longer to install/uninstall. Having a lot of features also tends to clutter the user interface. The screen may be filled with tons of buttons/menus/tabs. In general, Application Foo will basically slow down your computer for no perceived benefit. It may even increase your electric bill slightly if the background programs are inefficiently polling. These effects are amplified if you have multiple programs like Foo.

How To Deal with Software Bloat?

One way to deal with software bloat is too look for lightweight alternative programs. In the above case if you new about Bar you could use it instead of Foo. In some cases there may be no alternative or you might have to try a few applications to decide. It might not be so easy to see how many resources an application is using. If you want to uninstall something later, you run into some of the problems we discussed last time.

Try Install Monitor for a better way to help improve your computers speed and performance. The result is a cleaner and more efficient system.

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