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Interactive video lesson plan for: How to Handle a PC Freeze

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Don't get locked down when your computer locks up. Escape the cold grip of a PC freeze.

Step 1: Launch Task Manager
Open the Task Manager to quit an unresponsive application or process by pressing the Control, Alt, and Delete keys, or by right-clicking an empty space on the taskbar and then selecting Task Manager.

Look for the words "Not Responding" next to the frozen application or process in the Task Manager.

Step 2: Quit unresponsive application
Select the unresponsive application and click End Task to quit.

Step 3: End processes
Click the processes tab, select the process, and click End Process to quit any processes that are frozen or taking up too much memory.

Download an application watcher tool that shuts down bad processes before they crash.

Step 4: Shut down
Shut down the computer if freeze problems persist. Press and hold the power button until the computer shuts off.

Step 5: Restart
Restart the computer and reopen your applications to make sure the freeze problem has been resolved.

Did You Know?
In 1988, Robert T. Morris, a graduate student at Cornell, unleashed the first widely known computer "worm."

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