Computer Related Christmas Gifts

Computer Related Christmas Gifts

Everyone has people on their holiday list that are hard to buy for.  I know for me it is my dad.  He has lived a long life and has everything he has ever wanted – at least everything that I could afford.  Then it dawned on me – his greatest treasures are photos and many of these are stored on his computer.  I casually asked him if his computer was backed up and he look at me like “Why would I need that?”  He said that most of the information that is on his computer was in hard copy form somewhere in the house.  I thought of all of our unfortunate neighbors in the north that recently experienced tropical storm Sandy and lost everything.  How would he feel if this happened to him? So what am I getting my dad for Christmas? Computer backup from PcRx.  It will give him (and me) the peace of mind knowing that he won’t lose precious memories in the event of fire, storm or a computer crash. You may not think this is the most personal thing in the world, but I am sure it will mean a lot to my dad. Other Computer Related Gifts That You May Not Have Thought of: Do you have a business owner in your family?  If so, they are often so busy running their business they don’t think about what will happen if their computer goes down and they need help.  PcRx can customize a maintenance plan to fit their specific requirements.  This could not only include their computer but also their cell phone, printers and...
Security and Your Computer

Security and Your Computer

Whether you are a business owner or a home user, computers have found their way into every aspect of our daily lives. We use them to store data, do homework, for online shopping and sometimes tools for our jobs.  The amount of data, photos and videos that are stored on our computers grows daily.  Many of these items are one of a kind and can never be replaced.  We need to protect ourselves from loss of the valuable information. Most businesses have systems to secure their data from hackers.  Home computer users need to do the same.  Think of the information that may be on your computer – credit card numbers, social security numbers and other personal data is stored on your computer.  Everyone is a computer security risk. When a computer is intentionally “broken into”, this is called cybercrime.  Agencies such as the FBI watch for this type of crime and unethical computer activity such as cracking, hacking and cyber extortion. Types of Computer Villains There was a period in time when hacking had a positive connotation.  However, since the onset of computer crimes, hacking has become a crime that is closely watched.  A hacker is an individual whose goal is to gain access to your computer or computer network illegally.  Their primary purpose is to obtain personal information which they can use or sell on the internet.  Many hackers use the excuse they are doing the system administrator a favor by showing them where there are deficiencies in their computer security. Give PcRx a call if you suspect your computer has been hacked. We can help you...
The What, Who, Where and Why of Spam

The What, Who, Where and Why of Spam

Spam – Can You Avoid It? If you have been watching our Facebook page, you know that we have been trying to keep you posted on spam emails that are harmful to your computer. At one time, spam was nothing more than clutter in your inbox, however, now it is commonly used as a way to commit electronic crime and even corporate espionage.  We have develop the 4 Ws of spam to answer the questions we get asked most often. What is Spam? Often referred to as junk email, it is defined by internet fraud detectors as unsolicited commercial email.  This is email that is sent out in bulk to a vast number of people who never requested email from the sender.  These emails can range from simple advertisements to a program that is designed to hijack your system and to cause damage to your computer. Some of the most common spam commercial advertisers are for: Pyramid schemes Pornographic websites Mortgage loans Chain letters Credit repair Fraudulent pharmaceuticals Software that has been stolen or pirated The more dangerous forms of spam include viruses that will infect your computer, what is called a Trojan horse than will take over your email program and then proceed to send spam to your friends and phishing scams whose intent is to obtain financial and personal information. Who Spams? People responsible for spam are referred to as “Spammers.”  There are actually two types of spammers. Honest spammers – these are people who have complied with all anti-spam laws and actually have the consent of the recipient to receive the email. These are businesses who...
Is Your Computer Slowing You Down?

Is Your Computer Slowing You Down?

Whether you use a computer for pleasure or for work, you still need for it to perform as fast as it can. If your computer is not living up to its potential and you are struggling with a slow computer, then you are wasting time and you need to take a look at how you can up the speed. We need to ask a few questions before we can discuss the underlying cause of a computer running slow. Questions To Ask Before Making Changes To A Slow Computer Has it been a slow computer from the day you plugged it in? Did your computer slow down suddenly or over time? Is your computer less efficient when you are on the web? Does this apply when you are on a wireless connection? How about when you play games? Do you notice that you have a slow computer when you are multi-tasking? Does your computer gain some speed after you re-start you computer? Things To Check On A Slow Computer If you can answer these questions regarding your slow computer then you can narrow down the problem and it becomes easier to fix the issue.  If you computer has been slow from the beginning, then there is a good possibility that you did not purchase enough processing speed.  This is why it is a good idea to access your needs before you purchase a new or used computer. If you find that your system is slowing down when playing games, you probably are in need of an upgraded graphics card and/or more memory.  However, if you find that being on the...
Tips On Computer Maintenance

Tips On Computer Maintenance

Think of the maintenance on your computer the same way you think about maintenance on your home.  There are things you do daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly.   When you house is in order and everything is in order and the clutter is put away, you have a more pleasant place to live.  The same is true for your computer if you want to prevent computer repair. If you have a business with multiple computer stations, you may want to consider hiring a professional to manage your computer maintenance on an on-going basis.  In the Myrtle Beach area, you will want to contact PCRx computer for a computer maintenance contract. Tips For General Computer Maintenance Keep all of your work files in one area.  This is the primary concept behind the My Documents folder on a windows operating system.  You will want to create sub-folders based on specific topics.  You will be amazed at how much time is saved when you don’t have to go searching for a file. This will also make backing up your data easier. Do not store your personal files at the root or top level of your computer.  We suggest that you use the File/Save As command when saving the file even on the first save.  This will force you to pay attention to where the file is being stored.  Many times just clicking on the “Save” button will put the file at the root level.  One of the problems with a large number of files at the root level is that you could corrupt the disk and you will receive a “NTLDR is missing”...