When is the last time you backed up your files?

by Lou Horton on November 7, 2016

At least a few times a week we work on systems that are inoperable to the point where data recovery is required.  Sometimes these situations can be resolved by advanced or “clean room” data recovery but that can get VERY expensive.  In most cases our customer doesn’t have any sort of data backup in place.  Many own external hard drives or flash drives but backing up your files and pictures always seem to be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list and often just doesn’t get done at all… This highlights the need for an automatic, online cloud backup solution.

There are many solutions out there which can accomplish this task.  For many years we have been using the Carbonite cloud backup solution.  It automatically backs up your files whenever they are added to your computer or changed.  As long as you have an Internet connection, your files will ALWAYS be backed up in a secure data center.  The annual cost for the basic solution is only about $60/year which is less expensive than even the most basic data recovery case.  The software is very easy to install and use.  There is also a free trial available if you want to try it out but this really isn’t necessary because it just works.  To purchase the software or get a trial, simply click this link.

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Few tips for avoiding computer problems

by Lou Horton on December 14, 2015

Our gift to you this holiday season: Below you will find a few helpful tips which will hopefully avoid some common problems.

1.)  When you do turn off your computer (desktop or laptop), shut it down using the built in Windows function.  How to do this will vary depending on the version of Windows that you are running but generally if you right click on the Windows icon you will see a power button with a shutdown option.  If you have a laptop, make sure that it turns off before you pack it up for travel.

2.)  When you start your computer and log into Windows, allow the system ample time to completely start up.  Even though it may appear ready to start up programs, other system processes and programs are being loaded in the background.  If you allow a little bit of time for these programs to load, when you do try and start up your Internet browser or other program the response time will be much faster.

3.)  If you have a laptop or notebook, don’t just close the cover and travel with the device instead of performing a full shutdown (see #1).  In most cases when you just close the laptop it puts the device in a sleep mode.  Depending on the manufacturer and model the sleep mode may or may not actually completely power down the system.  If is not completely powered off (or decides to wake up) the system can be damaged due to overheating (especially if in a bag) and vibration if carried around while the hard drive is spinning.

If you have any questions concerning these tips or any other issues please feel free to contact us at: http://computer-repair-now.com




Windows 10 Recommendations

by Lou Horton on September 15, 2015

On July 29, 2015 Microsoft made Windows 10 available (for free) to owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.  Overall I think that Windows 10 is a better release than the prior versions but as with any new operating system, you really don’t want to be an early adopter unless you are living on the edge.  There are still hundreds of unresolved compatibility issues especially for older systems and the install process, while a significant improvement over prior operating system releases, still does fail from time to time.   If you can’t resist the temptation to upgrade right away, do yourself a favor and take a good backup of your files before you upgrade.

If you upgrade to Windows 10 and it just doesn’t work right for you or you wish to go back to Windows 7 or 8/8.1, Microsoft provides this functionality.  It seems to work pretty well but this option is ONLY available for 30 days after you upgrade to Windows 10.  After that point the files containing the data required to revert to your old operating system are automatically deleted by Windows.  If you are on the fence, please make sure you make up your mind before the 30 days expire.  If you need assistance with your upgrade or run into an issue, you can always contact us at http://computer-repair-now.com




All virus removal services are not created equal

May 5, 2015

It seems that every office supply, electronics store or local geek is offering virus removal service these days.  Most of them are probably capable of repairing the active infection but few of them do anything to prevent it from happening again.  It has also become very common practice for these services to “nuke and pave” […]

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Beware of fake updates

February 16, 2015

Over the last several months we have seen an increase in the number of malware infections related to an end user attempting to update an Adobe product or Java.  The individuals that write nastyware are well aware that installing updates to Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader are important to maintaining the security of your […]

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What to do when your email is hacked

November 25, 2014

At one point or another, most of us will fall victim to some form of hacking over the Internet.  The most common form is having cloud based email services such as yahoo mail or live mail hacked.  When this happens you frequently lose access to the email account and the account starts to be used […]

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Free Pickup and Dropoff from Computer-Repair-Now.Com

November 12, 2014

As always we offer free pickup and drop off service to customers located in our extensive primary coverage area.  If you would like to drop off your system, please contact us to schedule an appointment for our North Aurora location. We hope that you like our new vehicle and graphics as much as we do!

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New Mobile Website

November 2, 2014

Computer-Repair-Now.Com is pleased to announce the launch of our mobile site. In order to access the new site, all you need to do is go to the Computer-Repair-Now.Com website. If you are accessing it through a smart phone or mobile device, the mobile version of the website will automatically be displayed. If you wish to […]

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How is your backup working?

May 29, 2014

Backing up your pictures, videos, music and documents is just as important today as it has ever been.  Even with the proliferation of cloud based applications and more reliable solid state hard drives, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong that can cause you to lose your important files.  While backing up […]

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Laptop still works after liquid spill! … for now.

November 24, 2013

Sooner or later most frequent computer users have some sort of accident which involves a little bit of liquid splashing on their laptop computer.  While drying the computer off, placing it in a bin of rice etc. may allow the computer to still run.  This is not a permanent fix.  Any sort of moisture left […]

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