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The #1 Cure For A Sluggish PC

16 Nov 16
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If you’re often – or even constantly – frustrated with slow loading times, screen freezes or crashing programs, your network may be in desperate need of an upgrade…or a tune-up. Here’s how to make your network run like new again…

Most computers and networks bog down as they age. Here’s why:

● Spyware, viruses and other stealth programs secretly hiding in your machine. And we mean “secretly.” Today’s sophisticated malware is more elusive than ever. Most users will never know what hit them until it’s too late. The only telltale sign that your system has been infected is that it starts slowing down over time. These nasty bugs attach themselves to all sorts of programs in your network and work in the background, undetected.

● Your machine is overdue for replacement. Hey, it can only last so long. Manufacturers don’t spec PCs to last more than about three to five years. When things start slowing down…or you can’t install the latest software…or plug in some of the newer cables…it’s time to start shopping. But there are ways you can extend your computer’s useful life. Which brings me to #3…

● It’s time for a tune-up. Just like a car, your network needs routine maintenance to run at top speed and performance. To keep it running smoothly, there are over 100 checks and updates that need to be done on a regular basis. These include disk defragmentation, patch management and the removal of unnecessary files and programs, to name just a few.

If your computer network hasn’t had the routine maintenance it needs to run well, contact a Techno Pro today!

Techno Advantage can help upgrade your computers and network within your budget

The Cure For A Sluggish PC

08 Jun 16
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If you’re often – or even constantly – frustrated with slow loading times, screen freezes or crashing programs, your network may be in desperate need of an upgrade…or a tune-up. Here’s how to make your network run like new again…
What’s Slowing Your Network Down?
Most computers and networks bog down as they age. Here’s why:

● Spyware, viruses and other stealth programs secretly hiding in your machine. And we mean “secretly.” Today’s sophisticated malware is more elusive than ever. Most users will never know what hit them until it’s too late. The only telltale sign that your system has been infected is that it starts slowing down over time. These nasty bugs attach themselves to all sorts of programs in your network and work in the background, undetected.

● Your machine is overdue for replacement. Hey, it can only last so long. Manufacturers don’t spec PCs to last more than about three to five years. When things start slowing down…or you can’t install the latest software…or plug in some of the newer cables…it’s time to start shopping. But there are ways you can extend your computer’s useful life. Which brings me to #3…

● It’s time for a tune-up. Just like a car, your network needs routine maintenance to run at top speed and performance. To keep it running smoothly, there are over 100 checks and updates that need to be done on a regular basis. These include disk defragmentation, patch management and the removal of unnecessary files and programs, to name just a few.
How To Get Your Network Up To Speed
If your computer network hasn’t had the routine maintenance it needs to run well, you may need to do the following:

● Run a full diagnostic on your network to troubleshoot slow, problematic PCs, error messages and other problems.
● Review your firewall and security settings to make sure you are PROTECTED from hackers, viruses, spyware, etc.
● Verify that your data is being backed up in a format that COULD be recovered in the event of a disaster.
● Review system logs for errors and other “red flags” that could develop into bigger problems.
● Examine your computer network’s power sources to make sure it’s safe from lightning strikes and power surges.
● Tune up your server to free up more space and improve its speed.
● Inspect critical components for dust buildup that can cause overheating, excess friction on moving parts such as fan motors and potential breakdowns.
● Check for loose or poorly connected cables.
● Clean out old and unnecessary temporary files that are stealing precious disk space.

Our friendly expert technicians are ready to help with any and all of these items, so don’t tolerate sluggish computers one more day!  Contact Us

We’re Windows Watchers

22 Jul 15
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We all recall the giant leap we took when Windows 8 launched. Its new interface was a bit traumatic for many, and definitely took some getting used to. For better or worse, it’s the new direction of Windows, and now with Window 10, they’re settling in and building on that, encouraging us along with more empowering features that play off the familiarity we’ve grown into with the past two Windows releases.

Windows 10 is like a new friend you’ve started to get comfortable around but still has a few more tricks up their sleeve. A recent Windows Blog post had this to say:

“It’s the best combination of the Windows you already know, plus lots of great improvements you’ll love having. The familiar Start menu is back in a more robust and expanded format that provides one-click access to the functions and files you use most. You can quickly reach your most frequently used apps, PC settings, and there is plenty of space to add your favorite Live Tiles.”

We think the redesigned Start menu is going to bring smiles to both the confused Windows 8 crowd and the Windows 7 die-hards. Here are some of its nicer features:

  • Your most used apps are right there in your face, easy to get at
  • Microsoft will place in front of you new suggested/recently added apps for you, based on what you like and own already, so you don’t have to go searching. It knows you. Plus the new apps you’ve downloaded are right there to easily access or pin to Start.
  • All Apps is every app you’ve got, neatly ordered alphabetically, to let you browse like a champ.
  • Places gives you a quick portal to tap into File Explorer, Settings and Power.

As we approach the July 29 launch date, we’re seeing more and more efforts by Microsoft to educate the public on the newest features and how to get the most out of them. Here’s hoping that’s enough for the average Windows user. We’ll try to bring you more helpful information and keep you informed.  Have questions?  Contact Techno Advantage today!