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Keep your computers up to speed!

Slow computer? Here are some quick tips to get you speeding along that Information Highway!

  1. Get rid of rogue programs or applications. Maleware, spyware, ransomware, etc. https://www.malwarebytes.org/ Maleware is not classified as a virus, which can spread from computer to computer.  Maleware is not contagious, it is like a sliver.  Painful, but you can’t give it to a family member.
  2. Right click on your recycle bin icon and hit ‘empty recycle bin’.  This also includes emptying your ‘deleted items’ folder in your email,  your junk (spam) folder and your infected items folder.
  3. If your hard disk is really full, your computer will be running really slow.  YOu may need to do some disk cleanup. 10% of disk space should be free.  (check this by looking at ‘computer’ when clicking on start button.  Disk Cleanup do before going to lunch, it could take awhile. To do a disk cleanup, go to (button formerly known as) start menu (like the musician, Prince!), all programs, accessories, system tools, disk cleanup.  This action deletes .tmp files (temporary files), the .chk files (lost file fragments), the tilde files (temporary copy files). *Ccleaner is faster version of disk cleanup, and more effective. http://www.piriform.com/
  4. Your computer can be like a library in a windstorm – pages might get loose in a book and fly all over the library.  This program puts the pages back in the appropriate book. *Defraggler (also found on piriform.org) this runs faster than the disk defragmenter. To do a disk defrag go to start menu, all programs, accessories, system tools, disk defragmenter.
  5. Remove unneeded programs.  Go to the ‘button formerly known as’ the start button  – Control panels, Programs & Features.  Uninstall the programs you no longer use.  Better safe than sorry, if you don’t know what it is, maybe keep it…
  6. Add more RAM.  RAM is the short term memory (do you remember what maleware is from the beginning of my blog?? If not, you need more RAM…) another example – computer not keeping up with your typing speed. Very annoying. *AND/OR – switch your hard drive to a solid state drive!  No moving parts and amazingly faster… Here you may want to enlist our services in transferring your data…

That should do it!  Now you can cruise along at a speed you are happy travelling…

Happy computing!

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My computer is running slow – what is wrong?

So, your computer is not the sprite, young speed demon it used to be!  If it’s been a gradual process of getting slower and slower, probably it’s the updates and addition software that has gradually become more of a load on your system.  We’d first check RAM (short term memory) and if the computer has enough of it.  This is actually the single best upgrade you can do to a computer.  Recommended amounts at this time are XP – 2GB, Vista – 4GB, Win7 – 8GB, Win8- 8GB, MacOS – 4GB.  More is better.

If it came on all of a sudden or just in the last week, you might have picked up an infection of malware.  A program worth trying is Malwarebytes Free, just have it remove anything it finds.  Also run CCleaner.

Worse case scenario?  Your hard drive could be crashing.  Check out our blog on ‘Is my hard drive crashing’ for those symptoms!

Here is to race car speeds in your computer’s future – and happy computing!

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Buying a New Computer – Where do you start?

 Needs some advice on what to look for in a computer?  Here are the specs for what computers you should be buying for your business.  

 There are three things to pay attention to:

  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Video Card

 Processors are divided into three categories, Intel has made it simple: i3, i5, i7.  Always buy at least the i5.  If you’re a serious multi-tasker or graphics person, go with the i7.  You can have half a dozen programs open and it won’t slow you down.

 Minimum RAM (memory) is 4GB.  If you want to get technical, make sure you can upgrade to at least 16GB later.

 It is always recommended to buy a “dedicated” or “discreet” video card.  The label should give you a clue.  This adds to performance since it’s not sucking power away from the main processor.

 The rest?  Bells and whistles. 

 That’s it.  If you’d like more detailed advice, just call us, we’re here to help!

 Happy Computing!

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