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How to Avoid a Computer Virus

We all fear the day our beloved computer or laptop falls victim to a computer virus. If you’ve gone through the experience before, you know just how terrible it is to hear the news. Countless files are corrupt and only after a pricey repair will know if anything is salvageable. If you’re doing your best to avoid the terrible fate, be sure to continue reading this month’s blog to learn more!

Update

Keeping your computer software up to date is one of the easiest ways to help prevent a virus. While it may be a hassle to download the new software and allow it to install, it will all be worth it in the end. Updated software on your computer is better able to detect newer virus’. If your computer can detect a virus, you will likely be warned before any damage is done!

Back Up

It should go without saying, but backing up your computer is essential; even if you aren’t worried about a virus. When it comes to the world of computers, anything can happen at any time. Backing up your information and documents is a good way to prevent loss in case you do get a virus. 

Antivirus Software

There are plenty of reputable antivirus software programs you can download on your computer to prevent the contraction of a virus. Many programs are even offered at affordable prices; sometimes for free! It is important to do research on the program, however, because sometimes a site will advertise and pose as an antivirus software when in reality it’s a virus. 

Avoid Suspicious Websites

With the above being said, it’s important to really look at the website’s URL address before you click in. Regardless of the website you are visiting, be diligent about what it looks like. If it looks suspicious, it likely is. A safe website will end simply with a .com or .gov or .edu

Scan Email Attachments

Another common way to get a virus is through emails. There are tons of scammers who will impersonate a popular brand or even pose as someone you know. The email will attempt to extract personal and private information from you or ask you to download something or visit a link. Emails like such are getting harder and harder to differentiate between, so it’s important to really investigate. Make sure you always scan attachments to ensure no virus is detectable, and also make sure you give the URL a good look. 

Conclusion

Accidentally downloading a virus onto your beloved computer is never fun. However, accidents happen, and we will be there for you! If you believe a virus has been downloaded onto your computer, be sure to check out National Computer Repair! 

Quarantine and Chill (your laptop down)

Because of recent global events, everyone’s lives have shifted to adapt to social distancing practices for the time being. That means more and more Americans have switched to working remotely from home. This has greatly increased the use of everyone’s handy dandy laptop. Whether it be for video conference calls or completing projects for work, our laptops these days are getting a work out. Like people, laptops need to cool down during a hard work out. You want to prevent your laptop from overheating and keep it working at tip top shape. You’re wondering how is this possible? You need to show your laptop a little TLC by purchasing a laptop cooling pad.

What is a laptop cooling pad?

            A laptop cooling pad is the latest necessity for all those professionals that have switched to working at home. The amount of hours spent on our laptops has dramatically increased. The longer the time spent working on a laptop, the harder a laptop’s operating system has to work. A laptop cooling pad (also referred to as a notebook cooling pad) is a device that helps lower a laptop’s operating temperature. It is simply a device that rests beneath your laptop to help cool it down. If an operating system gets too hot, the laptop will not function at its full potential and there is a possibility to cause permanent damage to the laptop. Purchasing a laptop cooling pad is an inexpensive way to prevent a truly expensive problem.

            At National Computer Repair, we have your back. Our stock of laptop coolers can help with all your computer cooling needs. Our laptop cooling pads are light weight, portable, and easy to use. Our laptop cooling pads simply plug into your laptop’s USB port and are ready to go. That means you do not even have to hassle with bulky adapters! They are that easy to use. You will be able to work effortlessly without worrying about overheating your laptop. Still wondering if a cooling pad is what you need? Give us a call or visit our website, we are glad to help you with all your cooling and other laptop needs.

Signs Its Time For A New Computer

Everybody fears the day their computer is no longer up and running. If you’re find yourself wondering if it is time for a new computer, continue reading along with this month’s blog to learn the common signs. 

Look out for:

Updating your computer to ensure all essential programs are current and running smoothly is an important task to for your computer’s health. If you are struggling to update because the new program updates aren’t compatible with the year of your computer, it may be time to upgrade to something more current. 

Another sure sign that it is time for a new computer is if your current one is making a lot of noise. If the vent fan is suddenly sounding louder than normal and is potentially over heating, it may be time for an upgrade. When your fan isn’t working properly, the insides aren’t going to last much longer. 

If you are finding it increasingly difficult to multitask on your computer, it may also be time for an upgrade. Being able to multitask without frustration over how slow your computer is performing is essential. Likewise, if your computer is crashing often, the end may be near!

Finally, if the computer repair costs are adding up to be more expensive than a whole new computer, it is definitely time to upgrade! While it may be comforting and seem like less of a hassle to simply get a repair instead of an upgrade, ultimately you could be saving yourself money in the long run. Repairs can be costly and quickly start adding up!

Conclusion:

Nobody likes to admit that it may be time to purchase a new computer. If you are struggling to decide whether it is time for a repair or an upgrade, we here at National Computer Repairare here to help!

All about Bitcoins

Bitcoins are all over the media, yet even with this ubiquity, few people understand what a bitcoin actually is. A bitcoin is monetary currency, more specifically a type of cryptocurrency. A cryptocurrency denotes a type of money that is completely digital or virtual.

To understand this, you need a short briefing on how currency works. In America a dollar has value because it’s backed by a commodity or something that people agree has value. Similarly, people are willing to trade goods, services, traditional currency and more for bitcoins.

What does a bitcoin look like?

There is no actual physical currency, which is why it is a harder concept to grasp. However, all transactions are kept in a public ledger known as a blockchain. Each bitcoin is represented by its own computer code or file.

Some people believe the public ledger that tracks all bitcoin transactions makes bitcoins a more secure form of currency because their use is completely public and transparent. This interesting feature does make it much harder to create counterfeit bitcoins and one of the reasons many people are beginning to use bitcoin currency.  Another benefit to bitcoin currency is that it is not backed by a single government. This decentralized form of money theoretically makes it easier for transactions to flow between individuals all over the world.

Is it possible to steal bitcoins?

In a word, yes. Just like any currency, theft is possible. While the threat of counterfeit is low, some individuals have unfortunately had their bitcoin codes stolen through cyber theft. This could involve hacking a website or app that stores your bitcoins.

Can I lose my bitcoins?

Of course, there’s also human error. Have you ever lost your wallet by leaving it at a restaurant, amusement park or other place? Well, if you accidentally delete your digital wallet and don’t have a backup of the information somewhere, your bitcoins are lost. It’s a different form of losing your “wallet” but the results are the same.

Bitcoins fluctuate in value just like any currency. Many people are investing in them in much the same way people invest in gold, oil or other valuable entities. Would you like to buy bitcoins? If so come down to National Computer Repair’s brick and mortar location and purchase your own bitcoins today!

What to Look For in a Good Gaming PC

Are you in love with the world of PC gaming? Are you currently in the market for a good gaming PC or the parts to build your own custom rig? Then it’s an important step to understand what exactly you should look for in a PC for your enjoyment. Keep reading to discover some key factors to keep an eye out for in your next gaming PC.

*Note: If you’re looking to build your next PC and need a breakdown of the specific parts you’ll need, we’ve previously written about the main components to any good gaming PC here.

Professional gaming computer set up.
Professional gaming computer set up.

Hardware Compatibility

When you’re building a gaming PC, your number one priority should always be the compatibility of the parts. Everything from the processor and CPU to the motherboard should be compatible before you make that purchase and install them.

Memory Speed

No matter what type of memory you purchase for your rig, you should always check to ensure you’ll actually be using all of that memory speed. You can check this by entering the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)** and loading the memory profile. There are also plenty of third-party apps which will show you your computer’s current memory speed.

** BIOS: firmware used to perform hardware initialization during the booting process, and to provide runtime services for operating systems and programs.

An 80 PLUS Rating for the Power Supply

Your computer’s power supply should be able to stand up to the games and other tasks you’re planning on using your PC for. By choosing a power supply which has an 80 PLUS certification will guarantee your gaming PC can handle just about anything you plan to throw at it.

Cable Management

Once you have all the computer components and you’re ready to put it into the case, you want to make sure everything will fit and look clean. Cable management is key in achieving a nice, clean appearance for your rig. Fun fact: good cable management might also help improve the cooling system due to the improved air flow inside the case.

Overclocking: Worth it?

Gaming computer monitor and tower.
Gaming computer monitor and tower.

Overclocking and whether it’s worth it or not is completely subjective. Overclocking is the process of speeding up your computer beyond the manufacturers’ specifications for a faster runtime. If you feel it’s worth the possibility of burning out your rig’s components and voiding the parts’ warranties, then your performance goals can be met through overclocking. Just be sure to weigh the pros and cons before making the final decision.

Conclusions If you’re ready to get started playing all of your favorite PC games on a system you’ve built yourself, following these tips for ensuring your PC survives will help a great deal. If you run into any problems or would simply like some help in building it, come into our computer shop at National Computer Repair and let our knowledgeable technicians help you with it all!

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