Windows Updates: Friend or Foe

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:45

We’ve all dealt with them, you are done using your computer and just want to shut it down.  Unfortunately, Windows has downloaded recent updates and insists on installing them before it will let the computer turn off.  Is this safe to ignore?  Can I just turn off the computer and let Windows finish later?  What are the updates anyway, and why are they important?

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Can You Outsmart a Phish? 8 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft.

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 29 December 2011 12:34

Your bank sent an email warning that your account may have been compromised, and wants you to click on a link to confirm your identity.  Your email provider is closing accounts and wants you to log in and confirm that you still want your account.  The emails and websites look legit, but how do you know if they really are?  Can you tell the difference?  Are you willing to put your knowledge to the test with a quick quiz?

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5 Tips for Electronics Shopping This Season

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 24 November 2011 19:36

Shiny new toys for the holidays are just as much fun now as they were when we were kids.  The only difference is they cost a heck of a lot more.  When looking for new computers or other electronics during this season of blow-out sales and early morning door-busters it can be hard to tell when you are really getting your money’s worth, or when that salesman just talked you into buying a piece of junk.  Since our technicians are often asked to fix said junk, we know what to look for and what not to.  Here are some quick tips to consider before you head out to the war zone...I mean the mall, tomorrow morning.

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Reader Mailbag: Do Registry Optimizers Really Speed Up Your Computer?

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 17 November 2011 13:17

Computer Repair Snake Oil

Submitted by Catherine P.

They’re all over the Internet.  If you haven’t seen one yet, it’s because you haven’t been paying attention.  Everywhere you go online there are ads for Registry Optimizers, Computer Optimizers, Driver Optimizers, etc. that promise to make your computer run faster.  Are these programs worth the money?  Are they safe?  Do they actually help?  Can they save me money on computer repair?  And, most importantly, what the heck is a registry, and why does it need to be optimized?

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5 Reasons Your Computer is Too Slow & What to Do About It

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 10 November 2011 13:38

Slow ComputerWhy is a new computer blazing fast today, but in a few months slows down to a crawl?  Is it wearing out?  Did I do something wrong?  Is there any way to prevent it?

There is a reason people joke that computers are obsolete the second you open the box.  Whether your computer is only newly-obsolete, or you bought it used from Fred Flintstone, here are some things that slow down your computer & tips to avoid them.

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