Computer Advice

Computer Repair Advice

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up

We can’t stress how important it is to back up your computer & all those cherished photos of the kids or your accounts if you’re a small business.

There are many online services available today such as One Drive, Dropbox, ICloud  orGoogle Drive where you can upload photos & documents , not only that you can the access them from any online device.
Or use an USB memory stick, a sixty four gig USB flash drive is ideal
Hard drives fail it’s a fact of life.

Windows 7  End Of Support

Microsoft   has decided to end support for Windows 7 from January 2020. That means after January 2020 your computer will not receive security updates from Microsoft

At the moment AB Computers can upgrade you computer to windows 10 without buying an additional license so long as that computer is on Windows 7 or above . We think it best you consider upgrade to windows 10 in the next few months . Please contact us if you so wish & need some advice.

Beware Of Scams !

The most common scam is the Microsoft telephone scam , this is when a person rings you up & claims to be from Microsoft & then informs you that your computer has a virus or your computer is faulty in someway.
Microsoft never ring people up out of the blue ! So if you receive one just put the phone down.
If you have somehow been tricked into letting the so called Microsoft support remotely access your computer then you need to call us straight away as your computer will be insecure !
If you have paid any money over to the scammers by credit or debit card you need to immediately cancel your card.
When using the internet sometimes you may see a pop up on a webpage telling you your computer is slow, Do not click on it & download a supposed computer speed up tool , most likely it will contain a virus !

Keep Your Computer Clean.

We do not mean keep you files clean we mean keep your computer or laptop clean!
If your PC is sitting on floor you will be amazed at how much dust it can suck in, the dust can block the processor heat sink & cause your PC to run hot or shut down.
So periodically turn of the PC, disconnect all cables, open the case & vacuum it out, Check under the pc fan that sits over the processor heat sink.
Laptops are not immune so it’s not advisable to place your laptop on a bed,for instance the sheet can ruffle up & block the laptop cooling vents & the laptop will suck in fluff, so use something like a tea tray.

Safe Surfing

Our most common job is cleaning virus & malware infections from computers, so here are some tips.
Just because you have an anti virus product does not mean you are immune, so be sensible online.
The largest source of viral infection is porn sites & they are some of the most popular sites on the internet so guys you have been warned!
Never open an email from someone you do not know.
Free programs like YouTube down-loaders or PDF to word converters are often bundled with malware, so free is not free if you have to pay a tech guy to remove a virus from your PC.

Use a good anti virus program , Microsoft security essentials does not cut it !

We recommend  Avast as a free anti virus or Eset Nod 32 as a paid for anti virus system.

But the best protection is you & what you do !

So If you drive a car at a hundred miles an hour at a brick wall even if you have great brakes, ABS & airbags the crash is going to be bad, same when surfing online so take care.
Do not lend your laptop to anyone, it’s another common call we receive “I lent my laptop to a friend & now it has a virus “yup they probably wanted to borrow yours as they had already broke their own laptop.
Grandparents keep them grand kids of your computer , We here this very often “it was OK on Friday & then I started it up today & it’s not working “ We ask “anyone else been on your machine the reply is “grandchildren at the weekend “ so now we know !

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