‘A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected’ Message

A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected Message Screenshot 1The 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message is a pop-up alert intended to warn you about significant hardware problems regarding your PC's cooling system. However, the 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message also may occur for certain brands of laptops semi-erroneously, and is especially common when certain types of Potentially Unwanted Programs are installed. Malware experts recommend good PC maintenance practices for minimizing the possibility of an 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message appearing, and anti-malware scans when needed to delete any PUPs that may cause the 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' messages without any wrongdoing on your part.

Cooling Down After a Cooling System Pop-Up Appears

The 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message may appear in a range of situations that usually aren't directly related to unsafe software – although malware researchers have seen some PC threats (such as Bitcoin-mining Trojans) that are especially likely the cause for one or more the 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' messages. Some of the most legitimate circumstances in which you may see an 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message include:

  • Allowing excessive internal dust buildup in your PC. Removing part of the case of your PC and cleaning it with compressed air may alleviate this.
  • Physically blocking your PC's airflow ducts for extended periods of time.
  • Improper installation of your cooling fan (or water cooling system, for wealthier PC owners) or physical damage to it.

The 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message's recurrence also is a known flaw in Toshiba brand laptops, tablets and notebook computers. In many cases, particularly with this brand of hardware, professional PC repair is unnecessary. In these latter scenarios, malware researchers usually find 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message alerts to be caused by unwanted software or PUPs that use excessive system resources. Value Added Package, the Pokki app downloader and WildTangent gaming applications all have been known to cause this side effect.

Getting Rid of a Cooling Problem with as Little Expense as Possible

Because the 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message is a normal system message that may occur in different circumstances, you'll need to take stock of your situation before deciding what to do about it. A regular cleaning regimen for your PC should prevent many trivial occurrences of an 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message; making sure only to install safe software that stays within the limitations of your hardware also is recommended. Malware researchers strongly encourage removing any suspicious PUPs with anti-malware products before investing in any more expensive solutions, given the frequency with which an 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message may trigger without being related to any type of hardware damage.

Regrettably, some appearances of the 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' message do indicate that your actual cooling system has been meaningfully damaged or installed improperly. If an 'A Problem with the Cooling System Has Been Detected' Message continues to appear after previous possibilities have been accounted for, taking your PC to a professional repair shop is the responsible thing to do.

Posted: November 16, 2013
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