Why Do My Apps Keep Crashing? Troubleshoot Software Issues
Anyone who has used a computer, tablet or cellphone has had apps freeze or suddenly close in the middle of performing a task. Yesterday everything was working fine, and now you’re stuck.
It’s the same device. So, what happened? There are several common reasons for software issues and their symptoms:
- Freezing and Crashing Apps – A frozen device must often be restarted. Unfortunately, any unsaved work is lost in the process. Sometimes, forcing the problematic apps to quit will free up the overall device.
Several common issues cause a frozen computer:
- Insufficient RAM – The more robust programs become, the more RAM is required to function smoothly. Also, running too many programs simultaneously can drain the device’s RAM and other system resources, causing a freeze or crash.
- Spyware and Viruses – Sometimes, a frozen computer can be caused by hidden spyware or a virus installed by hackers and running in the background, unbeknownst to you.
- When your system or other software becomes unresponsive, it could indicate that your device has been infected with some type of virus or spyware. So first, shut down your device. Then reboot and run a complete virus scan to determine if your system has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware.
- Corrupt or Missing Files – Corrupt or missing files are often the cause of computer freezes. Often a related program is searching for a file that’s not there or a corrupt file that cannot be accessed. Unfortunately, the average user might not be able to determine which files are causing the problem.
- Registry Conflicts – Registry errors are usually caused by improperly uninstalled applications or too many unused files that come into conflict when booting up your computer. Many users don’t know that merely deleting an application does not fully uninstall it. Uninstalling removes all unused, extraneous files related to the application you wish to uninstall.
- Software Updates Not Current – Many users don’t take software updates seriously. Developers do not just create new applications. They also work on ongoing updates to software that has already been released. Sometimes the updates are just to fix minor bugs. However, updates often include critical security fixes. Over time, ignoring software updates can lead to conflicts or severe malware attacks.
How to Update Software
- For a Mac – You can set your Mac to receive automatic updates. Enabling the automatic updates will ensure that your software is always up to date. To update your Mac:
- Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and click on “System Preferences.”
- Then click on “Software Update.”
- Select “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.”
- To set advanced update options, click “Advanced,” then:
- Select “Check for updates” to automatically find any uninstalled updates available
- To further automate the process, select “Download new updates when available.”
- To install operating system updates automatically, select “Install macOS updates.”
- To install specific software updates from the Mac App Store, click “Install app updates from the App Store.”
- Finally, to ensure you always have the latest system and security updates click, “Install system data files and security updates.”
- Click “OK.”
- For Windows –
- Click on the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of your home screen.
- In the search box, type “Update,” and then, in the list of results, click either “Windows Update” or “Check for Updates.”
- Click “Check for Updates.” Windows will now search for the latest updates available for your computer.
- If updates are available, click the alert to view and select updates to download or install.
- From the list, select the checkboxes for any updates to install and click “OK.”
- Finally, click “Install Updates.”
Important Note: Do not install or download updates on battery power. A shut down during updating can lead to file corruption and threaten the functionality of your device.
Unfortunately, most small to midsized businesses have neither the time nor the expertise to analyze and repair device software problems on their own. In addition, tasks such as correctly uninstalling software applications, system updates and other comprehensive repairs can be confusing and, to many, daunting. For such functions, it is prudent to enlist professional IT Consulting services. The IT experts can also ensure that you maintain software compatibility, security protections and other protocols to safeguard your hard-earned data systemwide.
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