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...
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...
5 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe From Ransomware

5 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe From Ransomware

Ransomware is ending up being significantly popular. The term refers to a type of virus which holds your data captive for cash. This is how it works: you will get a notice that your data is encrypted, and in order to get it back not encrypted, you have to pay a specific amount for a tool that will do the decryption. Ransomware wasn’t an issue until a couple of years back as cash paid as ransom would have been easily traceable and hence the offenders would have been caught. However, with the arrival of digital currency such as Bitcoin, the appeal of this type of highway robbery became popular. Bitcoins are untraceable, which makes them ideal for ransomware. The only other technique which is untraceable is money itself, and it is easy to see why that isn’t really practical. Ransomware initially appeared in 2013 and differs from other types of viruses. The first difference is that it asks you for money rather than just causing monetary damage. Another difference is that ransomware is generally run by computer hack experts. When you pay the ransom, you will get the decryption tool despite the fact that the hackers could have easily run away with your money. The file encryption used is typically 128-bit or higher, which means there’s practically no chance for people to get their data back unless they pay up. Ideally you will have a backup, in which case you can restore the backup. If you do not have a backup, or if the backup is itself encrypted, then your only available option is to pay the hackers or...
Computer Help Tips In Getting The Most Out Of Your Computer

Computer Help Tips In Getting The Most Out Of Your Computer

According to many computer help experts, more and more individuals are seeking professional advice and assistance on proper computer care and maintenance. Computers and technology have become an important and integral part of human life. People have become greatly dependent on computers for most of their daily tasks and responsibilities. And with this great dependence on computers comes the need for proper care and maintenance routine to get the most out of your computers and laptops. You need to take better care of your computer to maintain its highly efficient performance. Failure to do so may mean several problems for you which may take months to be resolved especially if you need to replace a particular part that was damaged. Or you could end up with lost or stolen files, documents, photos, videos, and all sorts of online information and data that you have stored in your computer. Here is a list of simple computer help tips you can follow to better take care and maintain your computers and laptops. 1. Secure your personal information As technology continues to develop, many hackers and scammers have also been devising ways to get to your personal information. They know people have become dependent on the internet and their computer that they now use it to access their bank accounts and even shop online using their credit cards. This is why many have been victims of online scams where their credit cards have been wiped out or when they could no longer access their bank account online. To avoid these from happening to you, make sure your personal information – including account...
Computer Help 101: Learning More About Social Ads

Computer Help 101: Learning More About Social Ads

If you’ve been looking for computer help and assistance to resolve your problems with social ads, you have found the right article. Below, you will find information about social ads, where they come from and what you can do about them. What are social ads? According to computer help experts, social ads or social advertising is another form of advertising or marketing through social media. In a nut shell, what social media is doing is using your account or profile to promote a certain brand, service or product. But they don’t just randomly choose profiles and accounts. Your account gets chosen when you like, share, or comment on the page of the said brand, service, or product. For example, when you like the page of the restaurant you went to for dinner last night, Facebook or Google+ will take note of that and tag you in the next time they run an advertisement for that restaurant. But don’t worry because this ad will only show up on the timeline of the people you are connected with. This is also the reason why you are suddenly seeing posts from your friends in your newsfeed that they liked a certain product. The social ad post looks something like “(your friend) likes (name of restaurant or product)” and then the advertisement for that restaurant or product. Why all the hype on social ads? Marketing professionals have seen and witnessed how a simple post in the social media could go viral. People are now using the Internet more because of social media. And when they want to know about something, find out what...
Computer Repair Tip: Conduct Regular Spring Cleaning

Computer Repair Tip: Conduct Regular Spring Cleaning

Did you know that cleaning your computers every spring is one of the best and most effective maintenance and computer repair task? Spring cleaning doesn’t only apply to your home and yard. It should also be implemented into your computers and laptops. Every spring, you feel this natural urge to clean your closets, pantries, office, bedrooms, garages, yards, and almost every other place you lay your eyes on. Why not continue this urge to clean your computers and laptops? It also has different areas that require your cleaning attention and expertise. Plus, you’re doing yourself a huge favor – and, not to mention, saving a lot of money on repairs and replacement – by simply including your computers and laptops in your list of things and areas to clean this spring. How can you avoid computer repair through spring cleaning? By cleaning your computers and removing unwanted, unused, and unnecessary programs, files, documents, and other content that takes up space in your computer, you are actually freeing up valuable space and giving your operating systems room to breathe and function more effectively. Do you remember the first few weeks when you used your computer after buying it from the store? It works fast and efficiently. But as time passes by as you continually save files and store content in your hard drive, access various internet sites, you notice it starts to run slowly and experiences more problems and issues frequently. You will have to start calling for a professional computer technician to have a look at the unit and fix the problems. Instead of spending money on the repairs...