Miami Computer Maintenance
Computers are just like any else in life, they require constant maintenance. Most of us have created a high dependency on technology to make our lives easier, and should be responsible ,and acknowledge, the basics of your Computer Maintenance. When we don’t provide the proper computer maintenance disastrous things can happened, such as Hard drive failure, Trojan Attacks, Spyware, computer viruses, malfunction of Windows, loss of information Etc. Miami Computer Maintenance blog is targeted for all computer users and how they can be more proactive, with their technology at Home or Business. But with a special focus before taking a computer to a repair shop. Here are some Tips for the next time your computer breaks.
1. Do some research
Before taking your computer to just anywhere, ask your friends or family members if they know of any locally computer repair shop, finding a good and honest computer repair technician is not easy now a days. Perform a quick Google, Yelp, or Yahoo Bing search on PC repair, Computer Repair in (area) zipcode or city, its often important to read reviews about the company as well.
2. What to do before you talk to a Computer Technician.
Always come up with a list of computer issues you might be experiencing, pc symptoms and problems. Things such as error messages, computer not booting, slow computer, annoying pop ups, Audio, Video Display errors, Wireless connectivity problems etc. It is important to let them know if you installed a new hardware, or software application before anything happenned. Believe it or not anwering all these questions will make you less likely to be taken advantage off.
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3. Get a list of quotes from different Computer Repair Shops
If you don’t have anybody in mind getting quotes from your local PC repair Shops, is a good Idea, NOTE: Cheaper is not always the right way to go!!! Try to stick to the Computer Flat rate quotes: here’s why, computer problems, tend to work sort of in a chain reaction, one thing will always lead to the next, Computer repair Techs can take advantage of these factors and charge you an arm or a leg, in other words with Computer repair Shops that offer flat fees, they will never be hidden charges, Always ask if there is a Diagnostic fee
4. Clean your Computer from Personal Data
During the normal course of a computer repair technicians will have access to all your files. its often told stories on how techs were going through their clients file, when they did not have too. Usually searching for private documents, pictures, passwords for online accounts, and credit card information. Unfortunately this is an ongoing issue that happens many times due to the lack of ethics and integrity on many computer repair companies not respecting their clients privacy. Always make sure you delete or backup critical data from your Laptop/Desktop.
5. Protect your data
Because of the competitive existing rates in today’s economy, and the time it takes to backup and restore data, many of the computer repair shops don’t take the time to backup your data, Instead, they will make you sign a paper where they will not be responsible for your data, at times you won’t even know what you’re signing. That means that if your hard drive fails during the course of fixing your pc, or if the technician makes a mistake, your data is at stake, and you can lose years of important information. ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR DATA, NEVER LEAVE YOUR DATA BACKUP TO ANY REPAIR COMPANY SHOP. Use a flash drive to backup your data or use free online backup software like Google Drive.
6. Final Step
After your computer is repaired, make sure you have a fully paid Antivirus software installed. I personally like Kaspersky AV, there’s many different variants to this software, contact me to find out which Kaspersky AV type is the one you need. Don’t settle for free Antiviruses, THEY DON’T WORK. You’ll have your system back in the shop in no time.
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