Problems With DIY Computer Repair

Problems With DIY Computer Repair

DIY computer repair lets you carry out instant repairs to address common computer issues. But, this kind of work demands you to have a thorough knowledge of the facts of your computer software and hardware. In case your confidence at carrying out this task depends on repair manuals and how to guides, there’s a good possibility that you may do more damage than good when trying to fix the problem. Even though doing the computer repair Myrtle Beach yourself will give you the final say in each move, it might not be the wisest decision to take. The DIY Kind Of Computer Owners Individuals who are self-reliant usually prefer a DIY repair. Although it determines the speed and the effectiveness that the changes, improvements and all needed troubleshooting work will be done, it likewise aids in rendering large savings in performing basic to complex computer repair jobs. But, similar to all other kinds of repair, you have to initially have an understanding of all the computer fundamentals. You should be proficient in computers. Basic Computer Repairs Basic computer issues such as worm and virus attacks and sluggish operations could be solved simply with routine servicing. To bring back steady and fast performing computing functions, you have to defrag your hard drive regularly, run disk cleanup, install, or update your antivirus software as well as backup and recovery programs. These maintenance methods are of help when it comes to avoiding computer crashes. They’re also essential to ensuring that your programs and files are shielded against the common spyware, malware, computer worms, and virus attacks. Complex Computer Troubleshooting You are expected...
Parental Peace of Mind

Parental Peace of Mind

The emergence of the world wide web, in some respects, has made the task of being a parent a bit more difficult. We would like our kids to discover the extensive wealth of information available online and talk to their friends over the internet (frees up the phone). On the other hand, it could also potentially expose our kids to inappropriate content, indecent pop-up adverts, as well as sexual predators. As a matter of fact, research shows that 1 out of 5 kids with ages ranging between 10 and 17 have obtained a sexual solicitation online. This is certainly not something that any parent would like to hear, yet needs to address. We must have a bit of assurance that once our young ones go online, they will be safe and secure. Internet filters are important when it comes to protecting your kids. A certain tool that can help us in this objective is Internet Parental Control software. Among the leading brands in parental control software is ContentWatch, and when the Big Mouse himself endorses this software, then it should be very good. If Disney believes it is good enough to set up three of the ContentWatch software in their Disney Dream Desk PC, then we can think of it as extremely worthy. After all, they’re prepared to risk their well-established reputation on it. You can easily install, set up, and personalize the software. In case you have any issues, ContentWatch offers unrestricted toll-free customer and technical support. ContentProtect could block any pornographic sites, hate sites, sketchy forums, as well as other recognized hazards of the web. You may...
Website Security Rules of the Road

Website Security Rules of the Road

In 2014, consumer spending through the internet hit a record high of $65.1 billion. An increasing number of people are drawn to the simplicity and seamlessness of shopping online and more of them are even willing to spend higher amounts. However, the likelihood of being an internet fraud victim are likewise growing. The Internet National Fraud Center Watch revealed that during the first half of 2015, fraud victims lost about an average of 2,579. Compare that to the amount documented for the entire 2014, which was at $895 on average. Grievances associated with basic goods acquisitions (goods that were by no means misrepresented or received) made up for about 30% of the complaints related to internet fraud, and auction buys (goods that were never misrepresented or received) made it to the top with 44%. Even though many e-commerce sites are trustworthy and have implemented the required safety measures in order to protect their customers, you still have to proceed very carefully. When purchasing online, please think about these simple steps: Make use of just one credit card, if possible, one which has a low credit limit, whenever you buy something online. Do not use a debit card or an ATM. Be cautious about unrequested offers by different sellers. The Internet National Fraud Information Center Watch said internet scammers used email as a method of contact and this has increased by 22% in 2004. Even though the offer could be genuine, spammers prefer to utilize this strategy to side-step reliable websites that offer protection to consumers when buying online. Deal only with trustworthy e-commerce sites that have a telephone number...
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...
Tips For Improving Your Computer Security

Tips For Improving Your Computer Security

Nowadays, increasing numbers of people are utilizing their computers for to do lots of things ranging from communication to internet banking as well as from trading to online shopping. While we carry out all these things more often, we open ourselves to probable online criminals like hackers and crackers. Even though a few might be wanting to phish your personal identity and pertinent details for selling, others would just like to use your computer as a channel where they can launch a cyber attack on their other targets. Provided here are some simple and affordable methods that you can use to secure your computer. 1. Always create backup copies of valuable information. You should also keep them in a secure place that is not on your computer. 2. Make sure that your operating system, software, and web browsers are updated. Upon startup, computer system must inform you in case updates are available. Because of this, it is highly recommended to regularly turn off your computer and reboot it. 3. Set up a firewall. Keep in mind that your computer will be more vulnerable to worms, viruses, malware, trojans, and adwares if it does not have a reliable firewall installed. You should take into account the advantages as well as the differences between software and hardware based firewall applications. 4. Make sure that your browser and email settings are secured. Why do you have to do this? JavaScript and Active-X are the favorite tool of hackers when placing noxious applications in your computers. Although relatively harmless, cookies still track your activities in the internet, which can aid in building your...
The Battle Against Spam

The Battle Against Spam

Let us take a quick look at the prevalence of spam as explained by Scott McAdams, OMA Public Affairs and Communications Department (www.oma.org): “Researches show unwanted or “junk” e-mail, called spam, represent approximately half of all e-mail messages received. Although it was previously perceived as nothing more than a nuisance, the prevalence of spam has reached a point where numerous users have started to express doubt about the efficiency of e-mail transmissions, and increased concerns regarding the circulation and spread of computer viruses through unwanted messages.” In 2003, President Bush authorized the bill known as “Can Spam,” in December of 2003, which is the very first nationwide standards that focus on bulk unsolicited business e-mail. The Senate, which voted 97 to 0, approved the bill that, bans senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from making use of false return addresses to camouflage their identification (spoofing) and using dictionaries to produce such mailers. Additionally, it forbids the use of misguiding subject lines and mandates emails to have an opt-out option. The regulations likewise prohibit senders from harvesting addresses off websites. Those who violate these rules will be charged with misdemeanor and could be imprisoned for 1 year. One major factor that needs to be reviewed concerning this: spam is now originating from various other countries in ever-greater numbers. These e-mails are harder to combat, since they originate from outside our nation’s laws and policies. Due to the fact that the Internet opens boundaries and also thinks globally, these legislations are good but they fail to address the problem. So, what is your opinion? Here are the five key tips to protect...
Phishing For Your Identity

Phishing For Your Identity

We have all received those emails that look like they are coming from trusted websites. Emails that direct you to a website that looks familiar to update certain information, even personal data. Beware when these sites are asking you to update secure information such as social security numbers, passwords or even credit card numbers or bank information.   What makes these emails so trusted is that you know the business name as one where you have done business in the past. The logo, colors and look and feel of the site look so familiar. One of the most recent examples is your domain name registrar that says your domain is about to expire. Or your hosting company that says you have run out of hosting space and your website will be taken down if you don’t update your information.   There is a website called WhoIs.com that will give anyone who searches all the details about a domain – where it is registered, who owns it, the address, both email and physical, of the owner and where it is hosted. I was recently introduced to a “scraper” that will create a spreadsheet of all this information for as many websites as you put into the program. Right there at their fingertips is all the information a hacker needs. (More information later on how to protect this.)   You are tempted to click on the link provided because it is so convenient and then when you do it is natural to want to correct false information. Much to your regret you find out later this was a false website that...
What is Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing

As a small business owner you need every advantage you can get.  Many business owners are turning to the cloud for this advantage.  Cloud computing can help small businesses grow at a faster pace while at the same time saving money. The concept is that you turn to other companies to store your data and to share software applications over the internet.  There are some risks involved, but it can make small companies grow bigger at a faster pace and save money. Uses of Cloud Computing Most companies use their own computers to store data.  If you have large amounts of data, for example a gaming company, your need for storage will outgrow your available space.  Many companies are opting for cloud computing rather than purchase additional on-site storage. Cloud computing allows companies to store data and only pay for the storage space they use. Think of this like your local storage facility.  You want a small storage area, you only pay for a small area, if you need more space, you upgrade to a larger storage container. Many hospitals are turning to cloud computing for software applications that streamline the admittance process. These programs can be accessed using a mobile device eliminating the need for tablets or laptops.  The staff has quick access to patient information right in their pocket. Revenue from cloud computing is expected to double by the year 2014. There are risks in using this new technology.  Amazon suffered a major shutdown due to cloud computing in April of 2011.  This raised questions on the reliability and security issues of using cloud computing.  You are...
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...
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