Does Your Computer Suffer From OCD?

Billionaire Howard Hughes was so obsessed with peas that when he’d eat them, he’d use a special fork to sort each one by size. His friends would beg him to stop, but Hughes couldn’t. This was because Hughes suffered from OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which causes the brain to keep doing things no matter how many times you tell it stop.

Now, does this sound familiar? You turn on your computer and some error messages pop up. At first you could ignore them, and it would keep working. Then things started to SLOW down. A lot. Soon, more error messages appear, and no matter how many times you click “OK” or yell “STOP! PLEASE! YOU’RE KILLING ME!” your computer won’t listen. Programs start to malfunction for no known reason, and a simple thought enters your brain: Time to get a new computer.

Wait! Don’t toss it yet. Your computer may actually be like Hughes and suffering from OCD. All it needs is a “slow computer repair” to get things going again.

I know what you’re thinking: Can a computer actually suffer from a mental disorder?

If the computer’s CPU is its “brain,” your computer’s registry is its “memory bank.” That’s where all the program instructions are stored. Every time you (or your kids) load a program or game, new instructions are placed in your system’s registry. But here’s the little-known fact: When you remove the program, these instructions usually remain on your PC.

That means every time you turn on your computer, your PC tries to execute these instructions. Even though the program can’t be found, your PC doesn’t care. It keeps on following those instructions, running this broken program over and over again until the computer runs itself into the ground.

So you computer doesn’t necessarily need replacing, it just needs fixing. You can either call the computer equivalent of Dr. Phil, who can go into the system’s registry and delete files manually. If you’re not a professional (like most of us) this isn’t recommend. Manual deletion is risky because you can accidentally delete crucial files, and your computer might forget how to turn itself on! A safer option involves using a registry cleaner. These programs scan your registry, clean out all those unwanted files, and get your computer running like new again!

Downloading programs onto computers is a way of life, and it can cause great joys and some headaches. But like with OCD in people, there are ways to help you cope with that reality, you just need to know where to look.