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What is the Best Way to Prevent Computer Viruses?

Feb 19, 2018 10:58:11 AM / by The Right Click posted in computer viruses, Computer Repair

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Computer Virus Protection

Viruses are a concern that every computer user has. Sometimes it seems like the internet is full of traps, and you are bound to get a virus at some point. We have some simple guidelines to follow that will make your computer much safer, and won’t affect your day to day internet surfing.

Common Sense

Overall, the best way to protect yourself from viruses online is by using common sense. Be careful to what attachments you are opening, what you are downloading and what you are clicking on.

Browsing with Caution

Browsing with caution doesn’t mean that you need to be afraid of reading your favorite news sites or trusted shopping stores. If you think a website looks fishy, out of place, or out of date, skip it.  When in doubt, look for signs to verify the email or website, like a phone number or other contact information at the bottom and see if it matches that actual phone number.

Check for an SSL

Secure websites will have an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate. That is the little lock next to the websites name. This means that all information sent to or from that website will be encrypted, which makes it much harder for a 3rd party to access.

Don’t Click on Sketchy Ads

If you use websites to illegally stream TV shows or sports, be cautious, use an ad blocker, and don’t click on any of the ads you see on those pages. If you use these sites, you probably already know this!

Monthly Malware Scans

If you want to be extra cautious, you can use a malware scanner once a month. This will search your computer and help make sure that you haven’t picked up any viruses. A good one to use is Malwarebytes, and they have both free and paid versions.

Businesses can benefit from these tips too but sometimes will require more protection for their network. If you are a business owner and need help protecting your digital assets call one of our specialists today!

 

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Computer Repair vs Buying a New Computer

Feb 19, 2018 10:54:23 AM / by The Right Click posted in Computer Repair, computer replacement, Insider

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The age old dilemma­– your old, trusty computer gets slower and slower until one day it finally dies. You look around for a new machine, but the price tags leave you wondering if repairing the old machine is a better decision. There are some nuances in making this decision. Purchasing a new computer can come at a big cost, but depending on the part you need to replace, individual part repairs can be expensive too.

The Power of Modular Parts

Most computers use a limited number of parts, including interfaces, sockets and plugs. Most parts will fit into most machines. This makes everything a lot easier! If you decipher the specific part that is to blame for your malfunction, you can purchase a new part and insert it into the good parts that remain. The cost of the individual parts is much cheaper than buying a whole new machine.

 

The Youtube 'Computer Repair' Shop

We all love a good DIY youtube tutorial, don't we? Even though youtube and other support websites offer solutions to most computer issues be careful taking matters into your own hands. Fixing your home computer can be tricky so take your time in exploring a variety of sources to ensure you have a solid understanding of the options available to make the repair. When in doubt, call us! Our remote support is better than Youtube's DIY tutorials and you can count on us to have done all of the home work ahead of time :)

 

Sometimes It’s Just Not Worth the Time or Money to Repair

Occasionally you will run into an instance when the cost of the parts, the time it takes to repair, or the age of the machine are just not worth it. In this case, you do not need to get the newest, greatest computer. Get a big case, a solid CPU and the included operating system. Everything else can be upgraded, piece by piece. Many computer companies also sell refurbished machines that are used but have been professionally repaired and upgraded by their tech gurus, and sold at a discounted price.

 

If you're on the fence on how best to fix your next computer challenge call us! The Right Click is happy to help you make the right decision for you and your computer.  

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