Even if you have the patience of a saint, waiting for your computer to load can be some of the most maddening moments of your day. Those seconds (or minutes) that you wait for programs or web pages to load can be incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, most of the time you can get rid of those delays without too much trouble or expense. Start by asking yourself the following questions and performing the most common troubleshooting steps.
The internet has come a long way from when you had to patiently wait minutes for websites and pictures to load, but when your internet slows down, seconds of delay can feel like eons. If websites are slow to load, refresh, or time out before completing actions, or if your internet connectivity is spotty or altogether failing, start by trying these troubleshooting tips.
Topics: computer maintenance
As the holiday decorations go up, you may find yourself dreading the onset of cold weather and wintery conditions. While you’re pulling out the winter coats, cleaning out the chimneys, and readying your home for the months ahead, don’t forget to consider how the winter can affect your computer equipment. Be mindful of wintery risks to protect yourself from data loss and equipment malfunction.
Along with everything good about laptops and other mobile computing devices, there is also a question of whether the battery will be up to the test. If you use your mobile device for more than a couple hours, you will likely find it is running low on juice. Laptop batteries tend to lose their charging capacity at a faster rate as they age. Some laptop batteries must be replaced after three or four years. Let's take a look at some solutions that will help you get the most out of your laptop battery.
Updates are essential to your computer's performance and safety. Some updates are automatic, while others must be initiated by the user. Learn what, exactly, these updates are all about and why they're so important.
Topics: computer maintenance
Viruses and malware are can slow down your computer, plague you with unwanted popups, threaten the security of your personal information, and/or attempt to gain unauthorized access to your computer, so it’s vital that you take aggressive steps to protect yourself. You may already know that one of the best ways to outsmart these nasty problems is to stop clicking “yes” or opening clickbait, but what about emails?
Can just opening an email message expose you to malware or other security threats?
Computers have changed a lot in the last 30 years. Rather than one family PC, many families now have multiple computing devices, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktop personal computers. The recommendations on how to care for your computers has changed as the technology has changed. Nevertheless, one of the most common questions computer technicians are asked is “Should I turn my computer off every night?”
Not all computer breakdowns give warning signs in advance, but (fortunately) many of them do!We all have a busy schedule, and computers have become irreplaceable tools in our lives. From keeping track of appointments to keeping in touch with old friends, keeping up with work to keeping on top of the latest news, your computer is a vital part of your household. Being without your computer can be as detrimental as being without your vehicle and make your daily life impossible to keep up with.
Just like a car, your computer frequently signals when it has problems. Ignoring these warnings can allow a simple problem to turn into a severe one! Here are some warning signs you should never ignore to make sure your computer continues to run smoothly and prevent major breakdowns.
Both home users and business users alike can avoid up to 94% of Windows exploits and malware infections by one simple change: using a “non-Admin” User Account. In this blog post, I'll explain why you shouldn't use the default "Admin" account, which offers full, unrestricted access to all your computer's vital operating systems and files, for your regular computer use. I’ll also explain how home users can set up additional user accounts; for business users, your IT service provider should have this implemented already if they’re following industry best practices. And, if all this seems like more than you want to deal with, I'll also give you a hands-off option!