Dymin Blog

Does My Computer Have a Virus?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Mar 20, 2017 10:20:00 AM

 

You’ve probably read about all kinds of threats to your computer, including viruses, spyware, ransomware, “Trojan horses,” and more (collectively called “malware,” or “malicious software”). How do you know if your system has fallen victim to a virus or malware? These malicious programs slow down your computer’s performance and potentially threaten your security. Here are five signs that you could have a virus or malware.

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Topics: internet safety, computer maintenance, IT questions

How Often Should I Update My Computer Software?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Mar 7, 2017 10:58:00 AM

 

Nothing lasts forever, and in the world of computers and electronics, lifespans seem to be getting shorter and shorter. New versions of devices and programs come out so frequently that it’s almost impossible to keep everything completely up-to-date. But there’s good news: you don’t always have to.

This may seem counterintuitive, but you really don’t need to worry about updating your programs as much as all the internet tipsters make you think you do.

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Topics: computer repair, business information, computer maintenance

Why Do I Get So Much Junk Email and Spam?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Feb 28, 2017 6:21:08 PM


 

Spam is an insidious problem for anyone who’s ever used email. Everyone gets occasional unwanted email, but what do you do when you start to get an abnormally high amount of these emails? And what if they are not just unwanted advertising, but something more malicious—like scams or phishing attempts?

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Topics: business information

Why Is My Computer Slow (and How Can I Fix It)?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Feb 21, 2017 10:40:00 AM

 

 

One of the most frustrating things is when your computer runs slower than you expect it to—lagging when opening programs, struggling to load webpages, and worse. If you’re starting to develop an Office Space-worthy case of computer rage, the following explanations may help you understand (and solve) your slow computer problems.

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Topics: computer maintenance, IT questions

Want to Outsmart PopUps, Malware, and Internet Scams? Don't click YES!

Posted by Mike Hurt on Feb 7, 2017 10:47:00 AM

You know malware, spyware, and viruses are bad for your computer system—they can slow down your performance, corrupt data, and even allow unauthorized access to your system and files. You know that you should have an up-to-date antivirus program and appropriate network security protocols in place. But one of the most important things you can do to become your own anti-virus and make sure that internet-based threats don't invade your system is...nothing. 

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Topics: computer security, internet safety, computer maintenance

Don't Buy a Business Phone System Until You Read This

Posted by Scott Breitman on Jan 24, 2017 10:20:00 AM

Reliable business communications systems are vital to your company’s operations and growth. Being able to connect with customers is one of your most basic needs! But today’s business phone system options are anything but basic. If you’re still using a premises-based hard line phone system, you probably also have a patchwork of mobile devices to supplement your old technology. You could be getting better service, better performance, and an overall better deal by upgrading your business phone systems.

 

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Topics: buying guides, business information, business phone

3 Devices Commonly Misused to Backup Computer Files

Posted by Matt Helland on Jan 10, 2017 10:21:00 AM

 

One of the most common issues we see in the world of computer repair is failing hard drives. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is unavoidable. However, you can minimize the damage and preserve your business continuity by using a proper backup solution.

Backing up your computer means that you have a duplicate copy of all your business or personal files in a secondary location. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions on what actually constitutes a “backup device” and how to truly backup your files. This blog post will discuss three common devices that are used to back up data—specifically, why they are not as reliable as one would assume and shouldn’t be used as data backup devices.

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Topics: data backup

What You Need to Know About Windows 10 Licensing

Posted by William Stasak on Jan 10, 2017 10:09:00 AM

 

Windows 10 was an update to the operating systems of most non-Apple/Macintosh computers that Microsoft released in 2015. It had significant issues and caused a lot of confusion. One particular area that was especially problematic was how to upgrade a computer running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. Since software upgrades are usually available at reduced rates (or for free) to customers running older versions of the program, it’s necessary for users to input an identification marker to activate the upgrade upon installation.

 

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Topics: business information, IT questions

Help! My Computer Crashed. Can I Recover My Data?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Dec 27, 2016 10:23:00 AM

 

The Blue Screen of Death.

The Spinning Wheel of Death.

At some point, every computer user experiences a crash: when your computer freezes, hangs, or shuts itself down. If your computer crashes, it could be a sign that there’s something seriously wrong with your operating system or hard drive. And if your hard drive crashes, it can take all of your data with it—sometimes irretrievably. Knowing the facts about hard drive crashes can help you safeguard your data and prevent loss.  

 

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Topics: computer repair, managed IT services, business information, data backup

Working Together: Harmonizing Systems to End the Mac vs PC Conflict

Posted by Mike Hurt on Nov 28, 2016 10:01:00 AM

 

If you’ve ever had the frustrating experience of being unable to open a document on your Windows-based PC that was emailed to you by a Mac-using coworker, you know there is a communication problem. But there are advantages and disadvantages to buying each brand of personal computer, and many users feel intense loyalty to their brand (or reluctance to learn how to adapt to the other type of systems) when buying a new laptop or desktop. The integration problems that result from poor communication between the operating systems can cause conflict in your workforce or household.

So how can Mac and Windows PCs be tamed into working together in a seamless environment? Here are our top suggestions and tips!

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