Computer Maintenance Tips

Computer Maintenance Tips

If your PC is slow, you should do something about it. Your computer is an important part of your life, and you should keep the machine in a good condition to avoid unnecessary computer repair. This will allow you to get the most out of your machine. We will let you know more about what you can do for your computer maintenance. Cleaning up the Dust Your PC will become very easy to overheat if you let dust build up inside your machine. This will be dangerous for the health of your computer, and you should avoid this at all cost. Making sure that your PC is free from dust is always a good idea. A hair dryer and a brush can do the trick when it comes to cleaning your PC effectively. Deleting junk files is also a good idea. You can use either Ccleaner or Disk Cleanup so you can achieve this goal in no time. This will give you tons of space on your hard drive, which will make your computer even more powerful over time. Windows Registry You should also cleanup any file that you find in the Windows registry. Deleting malware and virus will be a great idea too. A full scanning of your computer is important, and you should do this on a regular basis. You should do this to keep your important data protected and your PC running smoothly. An anti-malware software will allow you to do this right away. Call PcRx Computers today for their recommendation on the best virus protection program for your situation. You should also delete any unused...
Choosing the Best Computer

Choosing the Best Computer

Your computer just quit – now what do you do?  Do you buy a new computer or fix the old one?  One rule of thumb is that if your old computer is more than five years old, you are probably better off buying a new one.  Many computers that are five to nine years old have components that are failing (called planned obsolescence.)  You need to do your homework before purchasing a new computer. Questions to ask before purchasing a new computer What is your budget for a new system? Computers prices have come down in recent years and you can purchase a computer between $200 and $2,000 depending on what you need. Take a look at what type of computer will best suit your needs.  Do you need a laptop, desktop or tablet?  Each type of computer will be different in their portability, size and functionality.  Here is a brief recap of the different types of computers: A desktop will be the least portable of the three, however, it can handle heavier workloads.  You can add multiply displays for multitasking and even use a desktop computer for your entertainment center for movies and games. Laptops will come in various sizes depending on your needs. The larger laptops come with a 17 inch display making them easy to read and use but harder to transport. In order to conserve the batter life, a laptop typically does not have the capabilities of a desktop system. Of the three types, a tablet is the most portable.  You can do a lot of computing on a tablet but the screen is smaller...
5 Tips to Protect Yourself From the Spam in Your Inbox

5 Tips to Protect Yourself From the Spam in Your Inbox

In the past week we have had several computers come in for cleanup from a very bad computer virus from opening an email attachment from Federal Express.  Because of this attack, we thought it would be a good idea to review some tips for avoiding spam that will in turn avoid a computer virus. Spam in your mailbox is a fact of life – there is no getting around it.  How you handle this potential computer virus threat will go a long way to eliminating the possibility that your computer will end up in our shop from a computer virus.  Proper handling of spam will also help to eliminate cyber-crime like credit card fraud and identity theft. Tips To Stop Spammers in Their Tracks and Avoid a Computer Virus Do not Preview Your Emails Some email programs, like Outlook, allow you to preview your email in a pane to the side or bottom of your screen.  In some instances, spam email will contain special code that is designed to work within this pane which makes your susceptible to a computer virus referred to as a Trojan horse. Take a look at the options your email program offers and turn off your preview pane.  If the send or the subject line of the email is not familiar, either delete it or send it to the junk folder. Do not Fall for the Phisher’s Hook The email we referred to from Federal Express is a perfect example of an email cleverly designed as a hoax.  In many instances these emails are designed to get you to give them private information.  In...
What Is Phishing And How To Protect Your Computer

What Is Phishing And How To Protect Your Computer

The best holiday gift we can give is to always make sure that your computer is fully backed up.  No matter how cautious you are online, you are still open to a cyber security threat.  Call us today and ask about our backup plans. Phishing attacks are also rampant and one of the major cyber threats to any company today. So, you need to be highly aware and vigilant of these as well. Phishing usually involves hackers making use of fake emails to trick you into sharing important personal data such as your social security number or perhaps your credit card number and online accounts and passwords. What are the ways that these Phishers can attack you in the cyber space? Through the use of fake emails. Phishers can make use of the identity of established and reputable companies such as online banks, retailers or credit card companies to send out fake emails to individuals and organizations. Emails of this nature usually contain links that are fake but highly similar to the actual online website of that company they are representing. The moment you put in your account information and log ins to those websites, the information can already become available to the phishers who tricked you into sharing your important data. Through the so-called keystroke programs. Phishers will still employ fake emails that contain links that will then install programs on your computer without your knowledge and permission. These programs have the ability to record every keystroke typed by the computer owner. Information like usernames, passwords, account numbers, credit card numbers could then become available to phishers. Hijacking...
Buying A Laptop On A Budget – Five Important Things That You Must Consider First

Buying A Laptop On A Budget – Five Important Things That You Must Consider First

With the introduction of iPads and notebooks, laptop computers are getting more advanced and thinner.  These innovations have also driven the price of a laptop down. Even with a reduced price, a new laptop can be a major expenditure for the average consumer on a budget.  You want to get the most for your dollar while at the same time getting the features that you need.  Add to that getting a computer that is not outdated the minute you walk out the door of the reseller. Five Main Areas to Consider When Purchasing a Laptop The Size of the Laptop In most instances, the size of the laptop is a personal preference.  If you have a specific size in mind, you may have to pay more than if the size doesn’t matter to you.  The most economical laptops in today’s market weight around 8 pounds.  There are laptops that are ultra portable weighing in at 3 pounds, however, you will pay a higher price for these sleek new systems. Your budget will go much further if you stick to a mid-size laptop. The Screen of the Laptop The size of the laptop and the screen size tend to go hand-in-hand.  In most instances, a 15 inch screen that comes with a standard laptop is more than adequate for most users.  Be cautious with purchasing a laptop with a larger screen such as a 17 inch screen.  One of our customers came in looking for a case to carry their computer and we had to special order a case due to the size.  The savings they received from purchasing a...