The Most Common Computer Myths

There are many computer myths that a lot of people believe in. Most of the originate from various computer problems that are difficult to solve or from not knowing how computers work. Even though most common computer myths are harmless, it’s good to know all about them and be able to identify the actual cause of computer errors. That way you will be able to fix them yourself.

Everybody who has a computer knows that sometimes it’s hard to understand what’s going on and how to fix some problems. Sometimes computers start playing up for no apparent reason and nothing you do seems to help. However, in most cases this means that the user doesn’t know something and isn’t too knowledgeable about computers. And that’s how computer myths are created. Users with little computer knowledge try to find answers to something they don’t understand. When they can’t find an answer, they create their own, which is not necessarily true.

Luckily, most computer myths are harmless and even funny. Nevertheless, it’s important to debunk them so that users know which PC fixes work and which are useless.

Myth 1: hitting a computer will make it work better

This myth is very common. It started when most people used desktops with tower cases. Indeed, hitting a case like that sometimes helped to get rid of case vibration noise. This gave an illusion of the computer running smoother. Unfortunately, that was only an illusion. In fact, hitting a computer can do more harm than good, especially if you keep hitting your laptop. Your laptop won’t become faster, but you risk breaking it beyond repair.

Myth 2: putting a failed hard drive in a freezer will recover data

This might sound surprising, but this is not a myth. Although it will only work if your hard drive fails because of one particular problem – overheating. You see, freezing it (or shall I say cooling it) makes the physical properties of metal start working. When a hard drive overheats, the metal expands. This prevents the hard drive from mounting properly. So if you freeze the hard drive for a couple of hours, its metal parts will shrink back to their normal size and you should be able to mount the hard drive for long enough to recover your files.

Myth 3: having a lot of keys on your keyboard increases PC performance

True, keyboards with a lot of different keys look impressive. But that’s all. The keys on your keyboard don’t affect computer performance in any way. That’s because a keyboard is not an actual part of a computer – it’s connected to the PC so that you can operate it, but that’s the only purpose the keyboard serves. In fact, usually it’s better to use a more basic keyboard as things you need are easier to find.

Myth 4: hackers can access your PC even if it’s switched off

This myth developed because most people don’t really understand how hackers access other people’s computers. Basically, there is no way your computer can be switched on remotely if it’s switched off. In extreme cases, computers infected with certain types of malware can be controlled in such a way, but it’s highly unlikely for a home user to suffer from this. To cut a long story short, if your computer is turned off, you can relax.

Myth 5: cactuses protect you from screen radiation

This is one of the silliest computer myths ever. For a start, computers are not radioactive. And those of you who remember old monitors that had “Low radiation” written on them can relax – that’s not the kind of radiation that reactors or bombs produce. Computers produce electromagnetic waves. And even these are no more than the waves produced by the power sockets in your house. In any case, cactuses have nothing to do with radiation or any other kind of waves. So there really is no need to have a cactus near your PC.