Posts Tagged ‘computer performance’

February 16th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in PC Maintenance Tips Bowie & College Park & Clinton & Greenbelt Maryland

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Computer Maintenance Tips – PC Maintenance Tips, Bowie, College Park, Clinton & Greenbelt Maryland (MD)

When you acquire a new computer or laptop it’s important to start early building good maintenance habits.  You want to be able to keep your computer running as smooth as possible so that it will last and by performing regular maintenance at least you know you are doing your part to keep it running properly.  One thing to keep in mind though is that even though you perform regular maintenance, it doesn’t mean that something can’t or won’t go wrong.  If you are having computer troubles and need someone trustworthy to take a look at it, give us a call here at Geek ABC.  Our computer geeks have extensive knowledge in servicing and repair both PC’s and Mac’s and we can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.  We provide mobile, onsite computer and laptop service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.

Below is a list of regular maintenance that you can perform yourself on a regular basis to ensure that your computer continues to work properly and run smoothly.

  1. Always “shut down” your computer properly.  You never want to turn your computer off using the power switch until Windows has had a chance to shut down properly.  By using the power switch you aren’t allowing Windows to properly shut down which can cause Hard Drive errors and can result in a number of issues, one being data loss.  If you do run in to issues with your computer and need to shut it down manually you want to do it from the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice in a row.  This will reboot your system.  The only time that it is safe to shut your PC down using the power switch is when your computer totally freezes and your hard drive is not running, you can tell this by the lack of lights on the Hard Drive blinking.
  2. Invest in an “uninterruptable power supply” or UPS.  This is much better than a typical surge protector because if and when you do lose power it has a battery back up that allows you enough time to save your data and shut down properly.  For more information see my blog on UPS’s.
  3. Have and run an antivirus program on a regular basis.   It is very important to keep your virus protection up-to-date because new viruses, malware and spyware are being created all the time and you never know when you might get infected.
  4. Have and protect your computer and its data with a firewall program.  Hackers are constantly looking for ways to hijack and gain access to computers, by having and running a firewall you can keep them out.
  5. Create back up disks for your software and keep it in a safe place.  You never know if and when you will experience a crash and therefore having backups of your software will keep you from having to purchase new software if you do need to reload your system due to a crash.
  6. Backup your data on a regular basis.  I can never stress this enough.  At some point in your life you will experience a computer crash, it’s pretty much inevitable.  We tend to store massive amounts of data on our computers and think that it will be safe, but it’s not.  With the better part of our lives being electronic and digital, these days, we forget that if our computer crashes that we can lose things like pictures and videos, which if lost are irreplaceable memories.  We also tend to keep a good amount of financial data on our computers and its better to back it up on to disks and delete if from our hard drives; that way we can somewhat protect our personal data if the computer is hacked or if it crashes.
  7. Defragment your computer on a monthly basis.  This will help keep your hard drive clean and running smoothly as well as helping to prevent a possible crash.
  8. Delete and programs that you don’t use, especially ones that might run on startup, they will slow your computer down considerably.
  9. If you have peripherals plugged in to your PC you want to make sure that you don’t unplug them while the computer is on.  You can damage the connector sockets on your motherboard by unplugging them improperly.

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November 12th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Fairfax County Virginia (VA) Computer Optimization

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Fairfax County Virginia (VA) Computer Optimization – Keeping Your PC Optimized, Fairfax County Virginia (VA)

There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow computer.  Geek ABC is a locally owned computer and network support and repair company, and we are here to help you to optimize your computer for better performance.  We provide same-day, onsite computer and network support and repair for residential and business customers throughout the Washington DC Metro area.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.

CCleaner is one program that we have found to work extremely well for cleaning and speeding up Windows based computers.  It’s a system optimization and cleaning tool, developed by Piriform,that removes unused files from your computer.  This frees up valuable hard drive space and allows Windows to run faster.  CCleaner is very user friendly and it will help in cleaning up things that are bogging down your computer like temporary internet files, cookies, and history.  It works with all search engines including Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera.  It also includes a registry cleaner in the advanced functions to help identify and delete old registry items.  And the best part about CCleaner is that it’s free.

Along with CCleaner, Piriform also provides other free softwares such as DeFraggler, Recuva, and Speccy. I have included links to all of these downloads so that you can start cleaning up your PC. If you have any trouble with your computer and need service or repair, Geek ABC is here to help.  You can also check out my other blog about computer speed for additional information on improving your computers speed as well and keeping it running like new or my blog about improving the lifespan of your computer, for tips on keeping your computer working smoothly.

Again, Geek ABC is a locally owned computer and network support and repair provider.  We work hard to provide you with useful and up-to-date information.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.

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September 14th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Onsite Computer Repair Services

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Is your computer running slow? -

Do you often find yourself asking “why is my computer so slow?”  Well, you’re not alone.

Here are a few things you can do yourself, in order to keep your computer running like new:

The first thing you should look at is getting rid of or deleting any files that you no longer need and back up files that you don’t use often on to DVD or CD, delete them from your hard drive, and store them in a safe place.  This will give you extra space on your hard drive and improve the performance of the OS.

Next you can remove all of the useless start up programs.  Computers these days come preloaded with a number of programs that you will never use.  Go through them and uninstall anything that you don’t need.  This will increase the speed of your computer.

Third, defragment your hard drive.  Performing a disk defragmentation on your hard drive, every so often based on usage, will organize your files and boost your computer’s speed by approximately 20%.

The next thing that you can do is make sure that your antivirus software is up-to-date and running.  Poor performance can sometimes be attributed to viruses and malware so you want to make sure that you are performing regular virus scans and updates to ensure that you eliminate them.

And last but not least, one thing that users tend to forget about is cleaning up their registry.  This is probably one of the most effective methods in restoring computer speed.  Every time you install, uninstall or run a program, registry entries are created.  Over time your system will be filled with errors and this will slow down its performance significantly.  If you are unsure about making manual changes to your registry using the Windows Registry Editor, there are a number of Free Registry Cleaners available.

If you don’t feel like any of these steps have aided in improving your computer speed.  Geek ABC offers in-home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.

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