4 Tips to Help Your Computer Survive a Storm

4 Tips to Help Your Computer Survive a Storm

Myrtle Beach Computer Repair experts at PcRx would like to give you some great advice for this time of year when we are experiencing a lot of thunderstorms. Tip #1 If it’s raining out, save often. This sounds so simple but how often do we forget.  If you are in a Microsoft Office program such as Word or Excel, you can use the short cut key <ctrl> + S.  It takes about 2 seconds to save a lot of hard work.  Note – this short cut works in a lot of programs so give it a try. Tip #2 If it’s storming out, turn off your computer.  I know – you have a lot of work to do and just can’t stop. Believe me you will be glad you did when you don’t blow up your computer. Tip #3  If it’s thundering out, turn off your computer and unplug it from the wall/electric source. Ok, if you are not going to take this advice, make sure you have a good backup program.  Give us a call and we can help you out with this. Tip #4 To avoid doing 1, 2 and 3, consider getting one of these devices. Not only do they save your computer from a meltdown, but keep your computer running during the storm. Plug your modem into it and you are still surfing away while lighting is going on. It’s pretty cool to see the first time you are running on a battery during a storm. It’s like a having your own Yankee candle – you can just keep on working. They run about $80,...
Summer Guide to Cyber Safety Part 2

Summer Guide to Cyber Safety Part 2

Today we will discuss if you really have to stay connected while on vacation. In our previous article we recommended you stay away from public computers such as those in hotels and Internet Cafés. But sometimes that is easier said than done so here is a short guide to Going Online in Public. First and foremost of all if you have the least amount of concern regarding the computer you are using DO NOT use it to access sensitive sites like banking, brokerage, etc. This is obviously a judgment call and you best use your good judgment here. You just don’t want to use a compromised computer. If you log onto an information sensitive web site, be sure to logout when you have completed your cycle. Do the following Log out delete the web history close the browser when you are done. This is important –  you don’t want any sensitive data stuck in the cache or in any way accessible. If you would like to increase your cyber browsing security you can install a portable version of Firefox on a USB drive and load the browser directly from it instead of the computer. This would increase your cyber security. Backup and Encrypt your data so even the snoopers cannot find their way. Use only the strongest of passcodes or phrases. Of course keep your Anti-Virus up to date. When you return from traveling, it is a good idea to stop by your local computer experts at PCRx and have them do a complete scan of your laptop.  This only takes a few minutes and can save you hours...
Summer Guide to Cyber Safety

Summer Guide to Cyber Safety

The summertime is here in full force – tourists, vacations, travel for fun and business. Most of us will hit the road sometime this summer.  With all the devices that travel with us to stay connected from laptops to iPads to SmartPhones, we are more than ever at risk to a security breach. Some of this risk is harmless and others will cause you to need serious computer repair. Hackers love to take advantage of unaware travelers and we need to stay sharp.  Keep in mind that hotels, airports and other WIFI networks are hostile territory and we need to have our defenses up for cyber safety. Here are a few tips from Myrtle Beach Computer Repair Common Sense Check – you have all heard the saying “If it looks to be good to be true, it probably isn’t true.”  This philosophy holds true in the cyber world as well as in the real world.  If your summer vacation to Washington DC offers a personal meeting with the president, chances are it won’t happen.  Do your homework on any offer and make sure that the company that stands behind the offer has a good reputation.  Look for any hidden charges or requests for information that is not necessary for the transaction.  Check with the International Air Transportation Association or the Better Business Bureau to ensure cyber safety. Unbelievable Coupon Deals – there are reputable social media sites such as Groupon or Living Social that offer great deals.  However, many sites have taken on the “look and feel” of a legitimate site and are there to simply scam you, install...
Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx on Antivirus Protection

Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx on Antivirus Protection

Why is it important in today’s business world to invest in anti-virus protection?  With the rapid changes in technology, it is imperative now more than ever that you protect your computer.  Less than honest individuals are using some very clever techniques to steal your information. Just this morning one of our customers reported receiving an email from the Electronic Payment Association with an attachment.  If you did a search on this organization, you will see that it does exist, however, there is a place on its website that explains that fraudulent are being sent and they would NEVER send an attachment. Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx recommends that you install software that searches for the threats to your computer and then eliminates them from being a problem.  With so many antivirus programs available, how do you know which one to install? Unfortunately, there is no definitive right or wrong answer.  Many people have asked us about the free programs that are offered and programs for which you pay an annual subscription. Before we answer that question, let’s take a look at viruses in general.  Unlike a human virus, a computer virus can be detected and eliminated prior to actually causing problems. A computer virus seeks to enter your hard drive and wreak havoc on your files.  They slow down your computer by using up your hard drive space not leaving space for online programs, such as your browser, to work.  They are looking to steal personal information such as financial data.  What you are left with is a big mess that is a real problem to unravel. In many...
A Few Common Computer Errors

A Few Common Computer Errors

If you have worked on a computer for any length of time, you know that computer errors can crop up just when you are on a deadline and can shut down your entire system.  Computer errors can even corrupt your data to the point where it can’t be recovered.  Unfortunately, computer errors cannot be avoided 100% of the time, but they can be prevented to a certain extent. Knowledge is power and knowing what causes a computer error can go a long way toward preventing a computer crash. The Cause Of Computer Errors How you use your computer has very little to do with the cause of a computer error.  Often there is a conflict between the commands that are running at any given time.  A computer operates from a series of commands being performed in a specific way.  Most of the time things run smoothly.  But there are times when a command from one program will conflict with a command from another program. We all like to multi-task and there are some programs that will conflict with other programs reaching for the same resources – then a collision occurs. Let’s take a look at an example.  All software comes with a specific list of requirements that must be met in order to run within a specific operating system.  Always verify that you meet the minimum requirements before you load the software on your computer.  (Sort of like reading the directions first, which some of us don’t like to do.)  Many programs will not run on older operating systems such as Windows XP or Vista.  The program may appear...