Increase Productivity With Regular Computer Maintenance

Increase Productivity With Regular Computer Maintenance

Many businesses are looking for ways to be more productive and having a smooth running computer is a great way to increase productivity. This requires a little computer maintenance Conway to be done on a regular basis. Simple computer maintenance tips Unless your computer completely freezes up and you have no other choice, don’t turn off your computer by unplugging it while programs are still running.  Severing the power supply to your computer can easily result in damage to the hard drive and a loss of your data. An easy to do computer maintenance tip is to always have your computer plugged into an uninterrupted power supply (UPS.) A good UPS will ensure that you have time to properly shut down your computer in the event of a power outage. It can also protect your computer from fluctuations in voltage. If you do have a system crash and your computer freezes up, try pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time.  This will often reboot your computer and save the hard drive. Conway computer maintenance should include the storage of your data.  You should have an off-site copy of your computer that can easily be restored in the event of data loss.  This is something you don’t want to put off for later.  We have customers bring in their computers every day for repair they do not have a backup.  They are sick when they learn that valuable information has been lost. At least once a month you should run a defrag and a scan disk program. These are programs that come standard on your computer and will help...
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,...
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...
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...