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”...
Holding A Cyber Yard Sale

Holding A Cyber Yard Sale

You have a lot of items you want to get rid of or sell. The idea of a yard sale or moving sale does not appeal to you because you do not want to give up your weekend to sell your items. Auction sites on the web will not work for some of your items as you would like to sell larger things that are not easily shipped. They can also be expensive if the items do not sell. The ideal solution for you could be holding a cyber yard sale.  This can be done on a free website that has enough traffic to make it worth your while.  The best place for holding a cyber yard sale is Craigslist.org or NationalTrader.biz. Chances are you are close to one of the 450 areas that this website covers. Here are some ideas for making money with a cyber yard sale on craiglsist.org. Step 1 – Take great photographs of all of your items. A digital camera is the best way, but if you only have a 35mm or APS camera that is ok too. Just have the place where you get the film developed put the images on to a CD for you. Step 2 – Write your ads. Use a good title with a keyword that will get it noticed. If you are selling vintage dining room chairs, then in your title say “Vintage Dining Room Chairs”. This way, your ad will attract only the buyers that are looking for vintage chairs; not someone who is looking for a rocking chair. Next, write a really good descriptive ad for...
Computer Repair Myrtle Beach and Better Business Bureau

Computer Repair Myrtle Beach and Better Business Bureau

Over the years, the Better Business Bureau has helped people like you and me by seeking out less than reputable businesses and this includes the area of computer repair. When someone submits a complaint, the organization listens, gives advice on what action the person should take and then contacts the business in questions to express the consumer’s complaint. Keep in mind that the Better Business Bureau has no real authority to moderate on the consumer’s behalf; however, they do offer support when possible and provides the individual or business with a complaint current information on any schemes or frauds that criminals use. A consumer advocate from the bureau has the authority to make law enforcement agencies aware of wrongs being committed. In today’s internet world, the BBB is more accessible than ever before. You have the ability to find informative articles on local products and services such as computer repair. You can also discover what flags to look for when contracting with local computer repair companies and check to see if there are complaints against a company you are considering hiring. Many businesses that you deal with every day are members of BBB and have been rated by the organization. If you are working with a company that is not a member, this does not mean that the company is not a good candidate for the computer repair services you are seeking. However, having a good rating from the Better Business Bureau is definitely a plus. Benefits Of Computer Repair Companies Rated By BBB One bonus of BBB is their large database that covers the entire country. If a...
Myrtle Beach Computers on Professional Data Recovery Services

Myrtle Beach Computers on Professional Data Recovery Services

There are several data recovery software programs out there that are intended to assist you with recovering lost data.  Even though they may be a big help with some cases, there are other times when they don’t do anything.  In the event of software programs not being able to recover your lost data, you can count on the professional services of Myrtle Beach Computers to be there for you. As we all know, the process of data recovery is very time consuming and requires quite a bit of technical prowess in order to recover the data that has been lost.  If the data recovery is performed in the wrong way, it can lead to the hard drive being damaged beyond repair, and quite possibly the information that was stored on the hard drive to be lost forever. Even though you may know quite a bit about computers and hard drives, data recovery is something that is best left to professionals such as Myrtle Beach Computers.  They have all the equipment and knowledge to recover files, without bringing more damage to the hard drive.  They can also recover any type of file that was on your hard drive, even preview the files before they recover them.  This way, they will be able to go over with you which files you wish to be recovered. Professional services can also perform the emergency boot media.  This method allows you to recover any data from computers that cannot boot into Windows (or any other operating system) due to a failure, virus, damage to the hard drive, or loss of data.  This is ideal...
Are You Taking Your Computer Security Seriously

Are You Taking Your Computer Security Seriously

With all that is going on in the world, it seems that as time goes by we become more and more complacent.  An orange alert doesn’t mean much to us anymore.  This same complacency often applies to our computer security.  It isn’t until something happens that we wish we had taken the recommended precautions. Exactly what are we referring to when we talk about computer security?  The primary purpose of computer security is to protect your information and computer property from not only theft but also from natural disaster such as a power outage and from corruption.  At the same time, you still need for the information to remain accessible to you and others to whom you grant access.  In other words, you want to make sure that valuable or sensitive information is kept secure and safe and that the bad guys are kept out. With today’s technology, computer security is affordable and there is really no excuse for not taking the necessary precautions.  We have mentioned VIPRE in previous posts and their home license allows you to protect your home computer, laptop and iPad for one low annual fee. Here are 7 simple tips on computer security Make sure that you keep your anti-virus and firewall up to date.  There are over 70,000 new software applications being developed every day and many of these are malicious invaders that are just waiting to attack your computer.  Check with your local computer dealer on how to ensure that your spyware is current. Don’t forget to install your patches.  When you start your computer, you will receive a pop up on...
Preventing Identity Theft

Preventing Identity Theft

Your identity is important and needs to be protected.  Criminals will use your name, address, social security numbers and credit card information to commit other crimes.  You need to pay close attention to your personal information to protect yourself. Here are some ideas. Make sure you purchase and use a shredder.  You will want to shred all documents that contain any personal information – even direct mail pieces.   This will ensure that no one can get information about you or your family. This may seem obvious, but never loan your credit cards to anyone even family members or close friends. They could lose the card or it may be stolen and it will be days before they realize that it is gone. Always avoid mail or telephone requests that are promotions offering instant prizes in exchange for your information.  Even something as small as asking for your address so they can mail the prize.  Often they ask for information that could easily be obtained and then move into more personal information.  Once you start talking with them it is easy to give out personal information without realizing it. Along these same lines is responding to emails requesting even basic information.  I am sure you have received the email stating you have inherited money.  Most of us know to trash these emails and ignore them.  However, other emails seem to be legitimate and appear to come from your bank or other lending institutions.  If you think your bank may be contacting you, stop and talk to them – never reply to an email. Are you a Facebook user? This is...
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