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You Really Can Fall in Love with Your PC Again!

Heart_corazón.svgRemember when you really loved your computer? What happened? Did things seem to slow down and just fizzle out? Does it feel as if there’s no spark left in the relationship? Maybe your relationship with your computer just needs some extra attention to get things back on track.

 

If you want to put that zip back in the relationship with your computer, try the following steps:

 

Startup Takes Forever? Does it take your computer a ridiculous amount of time to get started? Does it seem as if your computer just can’t wake up and get to work on time? One possibility is that too many non-critical programs are launching during the startup process. Expedite the start-up process by consulting with a technology professional. Most likely, unnecessary programs that are slowing down the functioning of your computer can be identified and removed. Processing can be sped up by cutting back on boot problems.

 

Feeling Bloated? Maybe your PC is sluggish due to bloating. PC makers often add in a load of free tools that techies call “bloatware” for a good reason. All these freebie programs are probably not really helping you or your computer. Removing the overload of “bloatware” can lighten the unnecessary load on your computer.

 

Time to Add Extra Memory? Does it seem as if your computer is practically overwhelmed every time it has to open a WORD document? That’s not a good sign. Perhaps it’s time to spend a few bucks and add more RAM or memory to your computer. RAM needs vary by user depending on user needs. Needs for a high speed gaming fanatic or a photo-editing artist are different than for a user who just checks e-mail. Have a technology professional properly assess your needs and add the required RAM to your PC.

 

Is Your PC Ready for a New Life? “Don’t throw good money after bad” remains a genuine truism. At some point, it’s probably not worth continuing to invest money into an old PC.  However, that PC could enjoy a new life as a secondary computer for your school children or just for checking e-mail in the kitchen. You could also consider donating the aging PC to a charitable organization located in your community.

 

Retirement and Responsible Recycling. Eventually the day will come when it’s officially time to pull the plug. When your PC is facing retirement, remember to be responsible to yourself and the environment. First, you must eliminate all of the data from your PC. Remember that just deleting files, emptying the recycle bin or reformatting the hard drive is not enough adequate. The browser’s cache, cookies and e-mail contacts can still contain highly sensitive information. Play it safe and ensure your digital privacy by contacting a technology professional for assistance with secure data removal.  Be environmentally responsible and never use a dumpster as a means to deal with an unwanted PC. After removing the data on your PC, recycle the equipment through a reputable recycler.

 

Your Relationship with Your Computer Really Can Be Improved

It’s very likely that your computer can be improved with some professional maintenance.  Geeks On Call can help you increase the efficiency of an older PC by removing unnecessary programs and adding some additional RAM. Contact your local Geeks On Call office and one of their technology professionals will be happy to evaluate the status of your current computer.

 

How to Keep Your Computer Clean

Posting Date: 10/15/2014  |   Filed Under: Technology, Tips  |   No Comments
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Laptop on Kitchen Table with Cup of Coffee

Do you know how to keep your computer clean?

Office cleanliness can be a messy topic. A disastrous mess in the office kitchen generally brings on a scolding group email. People, clean up your act!

But what about your computers? Your computers are probably your office’s most valuable asset. Your computers are responsible for your business’ financial records, communications, book-keeping and customer data.

Keeping the outside of your computers sparkling clean isn’t meant just for aesthetic appeal. Computers create static electricity that pulls in dust that can inevitably clog the fan and other components. To clean the external surfaces of your computer, follow these cleaning guidelines.

Supplies:

Can of compressed air

Isopropyl (rubbing) liquor and distilled water

Microfiber material

Screwdrivers, Phillips-tip and flat-tip

Directions for Cleaning External Computer Surfaces:

Step 1: Turn off your computer and unplug all sources of power. Remove the battery is you are cleaning a laptop.

Step 2: Open the computer by removing the screws or utilize the sliding board. Clean the vent with the can of compress air. Use the air to blow dust, hair and crumbs from the vent. Always spray compressed air in short bursts while keeping the nozzle several inches from the components. Never shake the computer to remove dust. Shaking the equipment can loosen delicate parts. Refer to the computer manual or check online resources if specific directions are required.

Step 3: Clean the computer keyboard with compressed air. Use the spray nozzle to blow debris from the keyboard’s crevices. Never use a vacuum for cleaning your computer. A vacuum cleaner will create a static charge that can damage your machine.  Use rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to carefully clean all of the computer seams. Never spray cleaning fluids directly onto the screen. Permit everything to dry completely before powering up the computer, then reattach any peripherals.  Every few month, follow this cleaning regimen. If your work environment is more inclined to grimy dirt, dust and hair, such as a manufacturing business or a salon, more frequent cleaning is recommended.

Your computers are an important asset to your business. To keep your computers running efficiently, we suggest regularly scheduled maintenance for both the internal workings and external surfaces. Contact your local Geeks On Call office and one of our technology professionals will be happy to discuss this service with you.