Most of the time when you use a computer and ask a program to do certain things for you, it does them. Sometimes certain actions may take a few more seconds or even minutes than others, but you tend to expect a program to work the way it has always worked in the past. However, sometimes things just don’t go that smoothly. Sometimes you might find a program crashes when you perform some of the actions the program has available. Furthermore, those crashes may come seemingly out of nowhere, particularly if the program was working perfectly up till that point. This article will discuss some reasons why your programs might crash during specific actions even after working well right until the moment of the crash.
The most common reason why a program might crash seemingly out of nowhere is because your computer might run out of memory. As you get closer to using all of the available memory in a computer, the performance of any programs you have open will become increasingly unreliable and unpredictable. For example, if you are working with pictures in Photoshop and are almost out of memory, you might change the color or contrast of one picture at one moment without any trouble, and then have the program freeze when you try to change the color or contrast of the next picture. These kinds of crashes can be frustrating, but the upside is that you can reduce the likelihood of them occurring to almost zero by making sure you have enough memory available for the programs you are running. When you see your computer is running low on memory, you should close some of the programs you already have open so you don’t suffer a random crash while you are in the middle of a project. Alternatively, you can purchase more memory for your computer if you are not already at the maximum capacity supported by the computer.
Another common reason why a program might crash seemingly out of nowhere is because one of the drivers or helper applications the program suddenly fetched (had a need for) was no longer available or where the program thought it would be. This is more likely to happen with programs that have a lot of components and require up to date drivers and support applications, such as programs for music or video or photo editing. You might not realize that a necessary driver was recently uninstalled or updated or rolled back until you indirectly request it through your program and your program crashes because it expected the driver or support application to be present and it was not. You can rectify this situation by reinstalling the support applications or drivers most of the time, but in some cases you might need to reinstall the entire program to get things back to normal.
Another common reason why a program might randomly crash is because of a virus or spyware affecting the program specifically or the computer in general. Here the best remedy is running an antiviral program, such as System Optimizer Pro, to remove the infected files or software.