Computers aren’t as much of a luxury now as they are a necessity. If your computer stops working your productivity will take a dive. Your primary goal is to get it fixed so you can get back to your daily routine, but it’s usually not as simple as that. You might have no idea where to start when it comes to troubleshooting your issue. Use these four simple fixes to try to remedy the situation and eliminate the need to seek out professional computer repair.

1. Perform updates

Software publishers typically release patches and updates to fix common errors and bugs. Your problem might be resolved in a later version of the software. Automatic updates keep your system up-to-date without any effort from you. Check for updates to your operating system as well as the program you’re experiencing problems with.

2. Clean it up

It seems harmless to leave older games and programs that you don’t use anymore on your system, but it’s not. More data means your computer needs to do more work to find what you’re looking for and eventually leads to file fragmentation, which can cause sluggishness and unexpected crashes. Uninstall any apps that you no longer want or use to free up space through the “Apps” section under “Settings” in Windows or by dragging the app to the trash if you’re using macOS. Don’t forget to uninstall or disable extensions in your web browser if your problem lies there.

3. Run a virus scan

Viruses and malware can impact your computer in a multitude of ways. Open your antivirus software and conduct a scan. Ensure you do the longest and most in-depth scan because it will cover more files and folders and increase the chances of detecting a problem. You might also want to consider using an additional program to run alongside your antivirus program, such as a dedicated anti-malware program.

4. Perform a System Restore

If some of the basic fixes aren’t tackling the problem, you can restore your system to factory settings. It completely erases all your personal data such as music, files, photos, and apps. Back your data up and navigate to “Settings” in Windows and choose the option to “Reset this PC.” If you’re using a mac launch the Utilities program. Hold down “Cmd+R” and press the power button to access it.

These fixes might remedy the situation, but they aren’t a guarantee. If you aren’t able to effectively troubleshoot and fix the issue, don’t hesitate to take your computer to a professional for repair.