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Like your smartphones, PCs are also essential parts of your digital life. They are pretty important parts of everybody’s life. It’s completely obvious if your first reaction is to freeze and freak out when there is any PC emergency, such as virus attack, broken screen, network connection drop issues, and accidentally-deleted an important file. But getting panic in any PC emergency can be counter-productive, as time is often of the essence.

Your problem may be solved if follow the below written process to fix any of five emergencies:

Damaged laptop screen

Broken Screen

If because of any reason, your laptop screen gets damaged, the first thing you need to do is make sure that there is no other physical loss of the machine. To check if there is only screen impairments, like it’s cracked or visually damaged, just keep working on the computer and see if any other issues arise.

If you can’t find out any visible damage, but the screen is responding weirdly, plugging an external monitor into your laptop to check your machine response. To check this, you need and external port, a correct cable, and an external monitor or TV. In some laptops, you need to activate the external display mode (usually done by Function Keys).

You will need an output port (HDMI, mini-HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, DVI, or VGA) and an external monitor or TV to do this, as well as the correct cable. If on external displays, your laptop’s output looks fine then there is no serious issue. In this case there may be a simple screen issue.

The good thing about broken screen is that you don’t need to fix it immediately. If your screen shows a hairline crack along the edge, you will not face any problem to use it as usual. But avoid moving it, traveling with it or closing it because slight pressure on the screen can make t5he crack bigger. Otherwise, if you have an external monitor on hand, it’s a better idea to use that for the time being.

You have two options to fix your screen; you can do it either by yourself or ask an expert technician to do so. In case you have a specialized laptop such as an Ultrabook, a two-in-one, or a MacBook, it’s better to see an expert as they are tricky to replace.

Accidently delete any important file

Data Lose

There are two types of “important” files: The ones which are important for you and the ones which are that are important to your computer, like system files. Hopefully you don’t make a habit of disturbing around your PC’s root folders and indiscriminately deleting files, but sometimes because of system crash, malware attack or some other reason critical files can be deleted sometimes.

If you hit delete button accidentally and lost important photos or document, there is no need to get panic as you can find them back. To find them open up Windows Explorer and type the required file name into the search box in the upper right corner. Because it may be possible that instead of deleting the file at all, but just moved that at some other location in a different folder unknowingly.

If you don’t find here, open up your Recycle Bin located on your desktop and search for the file. If it’s getting tough to find a particular file,  right-click inside the window, now click on Sort by and then click on Date Deleted. It will show you the most recently deleted files. If it doesn’t work, try using data recovery programs.

If you can’t still find your data, you may be able to restore it easily from a backup. Windows 7 automatically creates “previous versions” of your files. To make this happen Right-click on the folder and click Restore previous. It’ll show a list of folder backups by date modified. Click on a backup which you created before deleting the files and then click Restore.

And in Windows 8 to recover your data, you will have to manually turn on a feature called File History.  In order for this to happen. In Windows 7, open Windows Explorer and find the folder that contained the file. In Windows 8, you can recover deleted files by opening the File History  menu and clicking Restore personal files.

Spilled something on your stuff

Spilled-on-keyboard

It is a common mistake made by almost everyone that while drinking something, you keep it on the desk and all of sudden whoops! There’s liquid spilled all over your keyboard.

It’s important for all to know that liquid damages electronics devices because the salt and minerals it contains conduct electricity and in a tuned on the device, there are the chances that random, free-flowing electricity conduction can cause the circuits to short. So in this case the first thing you need to do is turn off your computer before doing anything.

After turning off the system, remove all cables, components, media cards, and swappable drives and flip its upside-down. To avoid such situation, it’s better to avoid keeping liquid near the screen, and keyboard.

If you spilled anything other than water, it’s better to clean your system with some circuit cleaner, because most of the drinks are sticky and corrosive so it’ll wreak havoc on your PC’s insides.

No Internet access

Wifi_Not_Connected

It’s very boring and time wasting that even though having the best Internet Service Provider, you find yourself in an Internet desert. There may be certain reasons of that it can be due to the type of connection you have (wired or wireless), your modem, your regional outage, and also your machine.

The first thing you do is check if your ISP is having an outage, second thing go ahead and check your modem and router. Unplug the router, then, unplug the modem. Wait at least 30 seconds before plugging the modem back in. Wait again for 30 seconds before plugging the router back in. Restart (or boot up) your system, you should now have Internet! If you don’t, check that there is any issue with your router. Check it by plugging your PC directly into the modem using an Ethernet cable. Now if you can access your Internet then your router is a problem. And if you don’t Internet access, this then there may be a problem with your modem or Ethernet cable try a different one.

The last reason which can be problematic for you is your PC. In this case, try to connect to the Internet with another device- a computer, phone, or tablet. If you can connect, then your PC is the problem. Make sure that your network adapter is turned on and you can check it by going to Control Panel > Device Manager > Network adapters.

Right-click your network adapter and Enable it if it is disabled otherwise click on the properties to verify the status. It may also possible that you need to update its drivers and to do so click on the Driver tab and click Update Driver.

If you’re using Wi-Fi, make sure that your Wi-Fi is turned on. Some laptops have function keys or a switch to toggle the Wi-Fi on and off.

You got a virus

Virus Detected

Maybe you let your antivirus subscription lapsed unknowingly or you have downloaded some creepy software, which may eat up your computer. The first thing you need to do is find out whether there is any virus. As malware and viruses prevent themselves in various ways so without any anti-virus program, so it’ll not be easy to find them out.

As a remedy of this problem, restart your PC in Safe Mode. To boot into Safe Mode, restart your computer and press the F8 key repeatedly until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu. To choose the Safe mode, press arrow keys with Networking and press Enter.

Now allow your antivirus program to run some scans. Update it if you haven’t updated it otherwise it’ll not be able to find out and root out new virus definitions. If they don’t work or crash down when try to run them, reinstall Windows, and restore your files and settings from that backup that you made earlier.

If theirs is a kind of virus you might not be able to fix this way, the first thing you need to do is disconnect and disable any automatic cloud syncing services you have set up. Otherwise, they will lock down your cloud folder and sync and replicate itself onto all of your other devices as well.

Taylor Olivia author of this article has written several dozen articles on computer repair, networking, android applications, and much more.  She has 3+ years of experience and always tries to learn something new and represent something new, informative, and useful. Get in touch with her for updated tips and tricks of how to remove virus and online threats.