reinstalling windows

Why are my browsers crashing?

Microsoft Edge Browser

Episode 1541

Steve from Redondo Beach, CA

Steve is having trouble with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. After about 2 minutes, both apps crash. Leo says that it could be malware infecting his browsers. But more likely there's a render driver that both browsers use which is causing the crash when he visits certain websites. Leo recommends doing a thorough scan using Windows Defender, and he should also run the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool from the command line. To get to that, he can press the Windows Key and type MRT. Leo also suspects that Java is broken.

Why doesn't Windows 10 work after updating?

Microsoft Windows 10

Episode 1502

Dale from Redondo Beach, CA

Dale updated to Windows 10, but when the January update came out, he ran into a lot of issues. Should he go back to Windows 7? Leo says no. That's not the answer. Lately, there have been issues with updates coming from Microsoft, and it's not unusual for some computers to have issues with large updates. A simple fix is to start fresh with Windows 10. Dale should back up his data, then format the hard drive and reinstall Windows. He should first go to Microsoft and download the Media Creation Tool. Then he can put that on a USB key and plug it in.

Why does my computer freeze up?

PC

Episode 1463

Jim from Laytonsville, MD

Jim has a Windows 7 computer and about two months ago it started messing up his mouse, which freezes up anywhere from a few seconds up to 5 minutes. It usually happens after checking his email and then going online for a while. Then he exits out and the mouse freezes and he has to reboot. Leo says that there's probably something running in the background that's slowing down his computer and causing processes to back up. Leo suggests trying another browser, like Google Chrome.

Why can't I log into Windows 10?

Microsoft Windows 10

Episode 1454

Kim from Riverside, CA

Kim got a computer recently from a friend and she can't log into her account. It keeps asking for the previous owner. Leo says that the best thing to do is format the hard drive and start over. That way she can set it up for her preferences and make her account the primary account. Windows 10 has great reset options, and she won't even need a Windows key anymore. She should just make sure to back up her data and files first. Then hit the Windows Key and type "recovery." She'll get the choice of several options. Then she can run the recovery and it'll reinstall Windows.

Has my computer been hacked?

Hacker

Episode 1385

Melinda from Sherman Oaks, CA

Melinda says that after she turns on her computer and goes into her browser, it takes a really long time to get to Gmail, and it goes to her eBay and other accounts. She wonders if she got hacked. Leo says perhaps. That kind of behavior points to being hacked. Maybe someone has gotten physical access to the computer. Did she make an enemy?

Why do I get a popup to open a file?

Episode 1319

Tim from LaHabra, CA

Tim has a message popping up that asks which app to open a file with. It happens automatically and he doesn't know what file it is. Leo says that's disconcerting. Leo suspects AdWare or worse! There's something on his system that is running in the background and the antivirus can't kill it. He'll have to figure out what the app is that's starting up. He'll have to expect that his system has been compromised, though, and the only real way to be sure he's gotten rid of the malware is to backup his data, wipe his hard drive, and reinstall Windows.

Is my laptop powerful enough for Windows 10?

Dell XPS 13

Episode 1319

Sandy from Costa Mesa, CA

Sandy just had Windows 10 installed on her computer automatically and she wonders if it's really powerful enough. It's slow and it crashes a lot. Microsoft says her laptop had old drivers and needed them updated. But after that, it's still having issues. Leo says that the problem is that Windows 10 upgraded on top of Windows. A clean install of Windows 10 might make it better. She should wipe the drive and install Windows fresh. She should first backup her data to an external drive, and Microsoft's backup utility will work for that.

How can I get my Start Menu back in Windows?

Microsoft Windows 10

Episode 1284

Louis from Bellflower, CA

Louis is having issues with his start menu disappearing in Windows 10. Leo says that is one of the reasons why he recommends buying a Chromebook. It's just easier to use for basic computing. At this point, the best thing he can do is back up his data and start over. There's a recovery option in the control panel that will allow him to reinstall Windows. Then the problem should go away. It's a hassle, but it'll fix it.

How can I uninstall an unwanted program?

Episode 1257

Walter from Huntington, WV

Walter got an icon on his Windows machine called "Launch System Healer," and later found out it's malware. How can he get rid of it? Leo says that the problem with malware is that it can be very difficult to get rid of and even if he does, he may not get rid of all of it. But it's called a "PUP" or "potentially unwanted program." It should have an uninstaller, so Walter should look for that. Chances are, Walter accidentally installed it when installing something else that had its own custom installer.

How can I speed up my computer?

Ubuntu

Episode 1232

Kinan from California

Kinan has a Gateway laptop with a broken screen and he's got it hooked up to an external monitor. It's getting slow and he wants to speed it up. If he's never reinstalled Windows on the machine, it's a good idea to backup his data, format the hard drive and reinstall Windows from a known source. The hard drive may be wearing out, too. Another option would be to try Ubuntu Linux.