Friday, September 30, 2011

What to Consider Before Choosing a Computer Repair Company

It goes without saying (although I guess I am saying), that owning a computer requires regular maintenance to keep it performing properly. However, even well maintained computers can malfunction from time to time, requiring repairs that are beyond the skills of most PC users. Finding a company to fix your PC problem is important, but you should consider more than just whether or not they can fix your computer.

Here are 5 things you should consider before choosing a computer repair service.

First, make sure the pc repair shop is bonded and insured. In the event your computer is damaged while in for service, you want to make sure they can pay for a replacement. Surprisingly, this will narrow your options significantly.

Check qualifications and experience. Make sure they have experience working on your brand of computer and operating system. The more experience they have the more likely your computer will be repaired the first time. Would you want to be without a computer for a month?

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Importance of Doing Windows Updates

If your laptop or computer runs on a Windows operating system (OS) then you’ve noticed the numerous Windows updates your PC installs. Most of us are familiar with the little yellow pop-up box in the corner indicating Windows wants to update the operating system. However, many people don’t know why they’re downloading these updates, what they’re used for and if they are really necessary. Here are some of the reasons why you should do your Windows updates and how they can affect your computer or laptops performance.

Nothing is more frustrating than a slow computer and one way to prevent this is staying up-to-date on Windows updates. They allow the operating system to run smooth and access programs efficiently. When people bring computers in for poor performance, the glitches and bugs that are found often result from failing to do the Windows OS updates. These updates offer patches to the computer which prevent problems with the operating systems performance.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Choosing the Best Anti-Virus and Spyware Software

Cyber criminals are always creating new viruses in hopes of harming peoples computers or accessing personal information. The best defense your computer has is thru software that prevents and removes these persistent cyber bugs from wrecking havoc on your computer and in some cases your personal information.

This article covers an often discussed issue: Considering the variety of antivirus solutions available on the market, which do you choose? There's no right and wrong answers when it comes to which anti-virus program is better. It's dependent on what you need the software to do. However, many consumers are interested in the real difference between free programs available and those you need to pay an annual subscription for.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Good Tips for Avoiding Computer Infections

Laptop and computer viruses have been around for decades and combating these cyber bugs continues to be a challenge for many PC owners. Viruses often result in costly repairs, loss of data and the headache of being without your computer.

Fear not! A basic understanding of what they are combined with a few simple maintenance tasks can help keep you computer virus free and performing at its best.

Just What Is A Computer Virus?

A computer virus is actually a software application that's been developed by an individual. The goal of the virus is usually to cause chaos and damage to the PC. While in most cases computer infections are tied to software programs, on rare occasions a virus can harm a portion of the computer’s hardware.

Thankfully, hardware damage is quite rare. The only way malware can harm the computer’s hardware is by exploiting a problem inside the hardware’s programming. For instance, a virus may target your computers processor fan by reducing the speed that it runs at. This has the potential to result in the processor overheating and causing it to melt down.