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How to Fix Computer Problems for Free

by C.D. CrowderUpdated September 28, 2017

Computer problems are often left unrepaired due to cost, but you can actually fix many computer problems for free. You can find free parts and software that will fix almost any computer problem you may encounter. Common problems you can fix for free include virus removal, a slow system, hardware replacement and hardware upgrades. Once you know where to look and what to look for, you can save hundreds of dollars on computer repairs by fixing your computer problems yourself.

Solve virus problems by downloading free anti-virus software. AVG Anti-Virus offers a free home edition with free updates for life. Avast Home Edition is also free. Both can detect and remove viruses for free.

Download driver updates instead of installing new hardware. For instance, if your printer worked with Windows XP but doesn't work with Windows Vista, visit the printer manufacturer's website for an updated driver. Installing the updated driver will allow your current printer to work correctly with Windows Vista.

Visit Craigslist.com and FreeCycle groups to find free computer parts. Many companies give away old computers and parts. They place listings on Craigslist.com for locals in the area to pick up the discarded electronics. Yahoo's FreeCycle groups allow users to give away and ask for computers and computer components. Many users give away old parts after upgrading instead of tossing the parts. All you need is a Yahoo account and a valid email address. Groups are available all over the country.

Get free help with installing software and hardware. Ask a friend or relative to install a new piece of hardware or software for you instead of paying a technician $100 or more. Ask to see if your local high school, community college or university has a free computer troubleshooting or repair program. Many schools allow users to bring in computers for their students to troubleshoot and repair. The students get hands-on experience while you receive free computer service.

Become a product tester. Companies will send you computers, computer parts and software to test. You keep everything for free by sending back a review to the company. Check local newspapers and job search websites, such as Monster and CareerBuilder, for product tester positions in your area.

Take advantage of computer warranties. If your computer is still under warranty, you can replace broken hardware for free through the manufacturer. The computer company will also allow you to send in your computer for free to troubleshoot and repair problems with hardware.

Tips

Offer your own items for free on FreeCycle groups to help clear out any old computer parts you may have. Post the exact items you're looking for when searching in groups like FreeCycle. Someone may not think an item is worth posting until they see your "Wanted" ad.

Warnings

Never download software or drivers you don't trust. You can infect your computer with a virus. Never give out personal information when using Craigslist, FreeCycle or any other group.

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