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Summer Guide to Cyber Safety Part 2: Today we will discuss if you really have to stay connected while on vacation. In our previous article we recommended you stay away from public computers such as those in hotels and Internet Cafés. But sometimes that is easier said than done so here is a short guide to Going Online in Public. First and […]
Today we will discuss if you really have to stay connected while on vacation.
In our previous article we recommended you stay away from public computers such as those in hotels and Internet Cafés. But sometimes that is easier said than done so here is a short guide to Going Online in Public.
First and foremost of all if you have the least amount of concern regarding the computer you are using DO NOT use it to access sensitive sites like banking, brokerage, etc. This is obviously a judgment call and you best use your good judgment here. You just don’t want to use a compromised computer.
If you log onto an information sensitive web site, be sure to logout when you have completed your cycle. Do the following
- Log out
- delete the web history
- close the browser when you are done.
This is important – you don’t want any sensitive data stuck in the cache or in any way accessible.
If you would like to increase your browsing security you can install a portable version of Firefox on a USB drive and load the browser directly from it instead of the computer. This would increase your security.
Backup and Encrypt your data so even the snoopers cannot find their way.
Use only the strongest of passcodes or phrases.
Of course keep your Anti-Virus up to date.
When you return from traveling, it is a good idea to stop by your local computer experts at PCRx and have them do a complete scan of your laptop. This only takes a few minutes and can save you hours of frustration.
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Conway, SC 29526
Summer Guide to Cyber Safety: The summertime is here in full force – tourists, vacations, travel for fun and business. Most of us will hit the road sometime this summer. With all the devices that travel with us to stay connected from laptops to iPads to SmartPhones, we are more than ever at risk to a security breach. Some of […]
The summertime is here in full force – tourists, vacations, travel for fun and business. Most of us will hit the road sometime this summer. With all the devices that travel with us to stay connected from laptops to iPads to SmartPhones, we are more than ever at risk to a security breach. Some of this risk is harmless and others will cause you to need serious computer repair.
Hackers love to take advantage of unaware travelers and we need to stay sharp. Keep in mind that hotels, airports and other WIFI networks are hostile territory and we need to have our defenses up for cyber safety.
Here are a few tips from Myrtle Beach Computer Repair
Common Sense Check – you have all heard the saying “If it looks to be good to be true, it probably isn’t true.” This philosophy holds true in the cyber world as well as in the real world. If your summer vacation to Washington DC offers a personal meeting with the president, chances are it won’t happen. Do your homework on any offer and make sure that the company that stands behind the offer has a good reputation. Look for any hidden charges or requests for information that is not necessary for the transaction. Check with the International Air Transportation Association or the Better Business Bureau to ensure cyber safety.
Unbelievable Coupon Deals – there are reputable social media sites such as Groupon or Living Social that offer great deals. However, many sites have taken on the “look and feel” of a legitimate site and are there to simply scam you, install malware or take your credit care information and run. Be careful where you shop online. If you receive an email with a link to a shopping site that you have not signed up to receive information from – beware! It is probably a scam. Most sites rely on search engines for people to find them.
Credit Cards vs Cash – the best way to pay when you are traveling is with credit cards. This will provide you with protection against fraud and theft. Don’t use debit cards except for getting cash from an ATM. Keep a small amount of cash on hand for tips or the occasional bus or cab ride. Never bring your checkbook – leave it at home.
Avoid Public Internet Access. Avoid the computer at the hotel or airport and internet Cafés. Even novice hackers can steal your logon and passwords. In our next post we will give you some ideas on ways to stay safe if you must use public access. Until then make sure that the public WIFII at your hotel is legitimate. Only logon with a recognized source. For example, the hotel should have their own logon for you to access and not simply take you straight to the internet. As an alternative, you can access the internet on your laptop via your SmartPhone.
Passport security – did you know that the new e-passports come with an RFID chip so not only can customs read your information, so can hackers! This can happen from several feet away.
Give your ears a break – when you are not using your Bluetooth device, turn it off and disconnect it from your phone. Hackers can use your Bluetooth to steal your information or install malware. Always remember that your conversation can be overheard. Never give out personal information in a public area.
Social Media TMI – if you are heading out of town, do NOT post is all over Facebook, MySpace or other social media sites. Make sure that your home address is NOT listed in your profile. This is like giving a personal invitation to have your home invaded. A friend of mine is an artist and she mentioned that she would be at an art festival all day. She had her home address on her profile and had set the permissions so that only friends can see. When she returned at the end of the day, her home had been invaded. When the thief was caught, he said he got the information from Facebook. He had told her he was a friend of a friend and she accepted the friend request. Even if you set permissions on your social media sites, don’t include your address on your profile.
One last tip – before you leave on vacation be sure to connect with your local computer technician and have anti-virus protection installed on your laptop or notebook. This will go a long way toward keeping you protected.
We hope that these tips will keep you safe during your summer vacation. Enjoy the sunshine and disconnect from the cyber world and connect with family.
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Conway, SC 29526
Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx on Antivirus Protection: Why is it important in today’s business world to invest in anti-virus protection? With the rapid changes in technology, it is imperative now more than ever that you protect your computer. Less than honest individuals are using some very clever techniques to steal your information. Just this morning one of our customers reported receiving an […]
Why is it important in today’s business world to invest in anti-virus protection? With the rapid changes in technology, it is imperative now more than ever that you protect your computer. Less than honest individuals are using some very clever techniques to steal your information.
Just this morning one of our customers reported receiving an email from the Electronic Payment Association with an attachment. If you did a search on this organization, you will see that it does exist, however, there is a place on its website that explains that fraudulent are being sent and they would NEVER send an attachment.
Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx recommends that you install software that searches for the threats to your computer and then eliminates them from being a problem. With so many antivirus programs available, how do you know which one to install? Unfortunately, there is no definitive right or wrong answer. Many people have asked us about the free programs that are offered and programs for which you pay an annual subscription.
Before we answer that question, let’s take a look at viruses in general. Unlike a human virus, a computer virus can be detected and eliminated prior to actually causing problems. A computer virus seeks to enter your hard drive and wreak havoc on your files. They slow down your computer by using up your hard drive space not leaving space for online programs, such as your browser, to work. They are looking to steal personal information such as financial data. What you are left with is a big mess that is a real problem to unravel.
In many instances, antivirus software will come pre-installed on your computer. If this is the case, then it is probably a free trial version of the software or a paid subscription that was ordered when you ordered your computer. The goal of this software is to detect a virus within items on your hard drive and remove them based on either your specifications or the person that setup your hardware.
In the case of a paid subscription, you will receive a message when it is close to time to renew. This will usually be in the form of a pop-up message warning you that your account is about to expire which will leave your system unprotected.
When that message appears, you have the choice of renewing the subscription or opting for one of the free versions available. Either way you will want to do your homework before making a decision.
So what do you need to look for? An antivirus program needs to alert you when a virus is trying to hack your system. Spyware falls into the antivirus category and should let you know if you’re in danger prior to downloading a file or if you have downloaded a file that is infected.
Free programs usually provide these services but at a minimal level. Often you can get by with a free program and they will offer you additional features for a fee. Depending on your usage and the security level of what you store on your computer you may need the extra features. Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx technicians can help you decide what is best for you and your situation.
If you are careful where you go on the internet and never open unsolicited attachments, a free antivirus program will probably work. Being aware of where you are going on the internet and following good procedures for downloading and opening attachments eliminates much of the risk.
Take our advice:
If you are using a paid subscription and are still within the 30-day trial period that most programs provide, do some comparison shopping between free and paid versions. If the free software gives you have you need, you are in good shape.
Remember it only takes a minute to give us a call at 843-488-4100 and run by us what you are currently using or plan to use for our advice.
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Conway, SC 29526
A Few Common Computer Errors: If you have worked on a computer for any length of time, you know that computer errors can crop up just when you are on a deadline and can shut down your entire system. Computer errors can even corrupt your data to the point where it can’t be recovered. Unfortunately, computer errors cannot be avoided […]
If you have worked on a computer for any length of time, you know that computer errors can crop up just when you are on a deadline and can shut down your entire system. Computer errors can even corrupt your data to the point where it can’t be recovered. Unfortunately, computer errors cannot be avoided 100% of the time, but they can be prevented to a certain extent. Knowledge is power and knowing what causes a computer error can go a long way toward preventing a computer crash.
The Cause Of Computer Errors
How you use your computer has very little to do with the cause of a computer error. Often there is a conflict between the commands that are running at any given time. A computer operates from a series of commands being performed in a specific way. Most of the time things run smoothly. But there are times when a command from one program will conflict with a command from another program. We all like to multi-task and there are some programs that will conflict with other programs reaching for the same resources – then a collision occurs.
Let’s take a look at an example. All software comes with a specific list of requirements that must be met in order to run within a specific operating system. Always verify that you meet the minimum requirements before you load the software on your computer. (Sort of like reading the directions first, which some of us don’t like to do.) Many programs will not run on older operating systems such as Windows XP or Vista. The program may appear to load just fine, and then when you try to use the software, a problem raises its ugly head and you have a computer crash.
Another cause of computer errors is insufficient memory. When you install new software the instructions will inform you of minimum memory requirements. In today’s world, most computers come loaded with plenty of memory, but it doesn’t hurt to check when you are adding new software. The same holds true for disk space. A program may run fine for several months and then as your computer fills up, a problem is triggered when the program tries to access the space on your hard drive and cannot find what it needs.
There are many programs that share common files and an error will happen when these files are not kept up to date. For example, let’s say you are running a program and it is humming right along. Then you load another program that shares a file with the first program and that file is not current. When the second program tries to run, you will have a problem when the second program attempts to access the out-of-date files. A solution is to download any updates to the program that are usually located on the program’s website. Also, uninstalling a program can cause problems with other programs. If you get a message that a file is shared when you are uninstalling, do not delete the file.
Another common cause of computer errors is drivers that are out of date or an incorrect version. Again, keeping your computer current with all drivers, patches and downloads can help avoid errors. Microsoft provides assistance on their website for updating their programs and drivers. You have probably gotten a message when you reboot your computer that certain programs need to be updated; take the time to update them at that time and avoid the temptation to hit the “remind me later” button.
We have only scratched the surface of the possible computer errors that can happen, but we tried to cover the most common problems. Then next time you get an error, don’t panic! Give PcRx a call and we can help you fix the problem and recover any lost data.
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Computer Maintenance Tips: If your PC is slow, you should do something about it. Your computer is an important part of your life, and you should keep the machine in a good condition to avoid unnecessary computer repair. This will allow you to get the most out of your machine. We will let you know more about what […]
If your PC is slow, you should do something about it. Your computer is an important part of your life, and you should keep the machine in a good condition to avoid unnecessary computer repair. This will allow you to get the most out of your machine. We will let you know more about what you can do for your computer maintenance.
Cleaning up the Dust
Your PC will become very easy to overheat if you let dust build up inside your machine. This will be dangerous for the health of your computer, and you should avoid this at all cost. Making sure that your PC is free from dust is always a good idea. A hair dryer and a brush can do the trick when it comes to cleaning your PC effectively. Deleting junk files is also a good idea. You can use either Ccleaner or Disk Cleanup so you can achieve this goal in no time. This will give you tons of space on your hard drive, which will make your computer even more powerful over time.
You should also cleanup any file that you find in the Windows registry. Deleting malware and virus will be a great idea too. A full scanning of your computer is important, and you should do this on a regular basis. You should do this to keep your important data protected and your PC running smoothly. An anti-malware software will allow you to do this right away. Call PcRx Computers today for their recommendation on the best virus protection program for your situation. You should also delete any unused big file. Saving big files in your computer such as movies is not good for the performance of a PC.
You can also defrag your hard drive, as this will make your PC run faster over time. Your hard disk will be cleaner and you will reap the rewards right away. Uninstalling unused software is always a good idea. Remember also that a data backup will allow you can avoid a lot of headaches in the future. Keeping your copy of Windows update along with the latest patches is always a good idea. You can run the latest update for your Windows so you can get the latest service patches. You should also keep both your antivirus and anti spyware software updated. Your applications should be patched too.
You should also create a restore point for your system as soon as possible. You should do this before you can install any kind of software. This will prevent many applications from playing havoc on the PC over time. This tactic will allow you to allow you to restore your computer to the point where it was working well. This will allow you to undo any kind of change to the system without harming your personal files. Since this functionality has been built into Windows, there is no reason for you not to use it at all. You should also check your hard drive for any errors. Your best solution for a good backup is to have PcRx Computers install a backup program for you. Then you will have peace of mind knowing that your data is always secure.
Now that you have more information on how to make your computer run faster, you should take bold action and make things happen. This will allow you to become more productive and have more fun over time. Remember that you PC is one of your most important assets in your home or office.
Now is a great time to bring your computer to PcRx Computers for a complete diagnostic, cleanup and to install the most up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection. Call us today or stop by our showroom on Main Street in Conway. Where it is preventive computer maintenance for your Mac or PC we are here for you.
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Conway, SC 29526
Choosing the Best Computer: Your computer just quit – now what do you do? Do you buy a new computer or fix the old one? One rule of thumb is that if your old computer is more than five years old, you are probably better off buying a new one. Many computers that are five to nine years old […]
Your computer just quit – now what do you do? Do you buy a new computer or fix the old one? One rule of thumb is that if your old computer is more than five years old, you are probably better off buying a new one. Many computers that are five to nine years old have components that are failing (called planned obsolescence.) You need to do your homework before purchasing a new computer.
Questions to ask before purchasing a new computer
What is your budget for a new system? Computers prices have come down in recent years and you can purchase a computer between $200 and $2,000 depending on what you need.
Take a look at what type of computer will best suit your needs. Do you need a laptop, desktop or tablet? Each type of computer will be different in their portability, size and functionality. Here is a brief recap of the different types of computers:
A desktop will be the least portable of the three, however, it can handle heavier workloads. You can add multiply displays for multitasking and even use a desktop computer for your entertainment center for movies and games.
Laptops will come in various sizes depending on your needs. The larger laptops come with a 17 inch display making them easy to read and use but harder to transport. In order to conserve the batter life, a laptop typically does not have the capabilities of a desktop system.
Of the three types, a tablet is the most portable. You can do a lot of computing on a tablet but the screen is smaller and you need to get accustomed to typing on the tablet itself (unless you add an external keyboard.) Several of our small business clients use tablets in the field for gathering information that is then sent back to the office computer.
Then there is the question of operating systems – do you want a Mac or PC? Macs have been known to be more reliable and less virus prone that a personal computer. This is changing somewhat as more and more hackers are finding their way into Macs. The downside is that a Mac is typically more expensive than your average personal computer. You will also pay more for the repair of a Mac than the repair of a personal computer. Windows 7 is much more reliable that past operating systems for the personal computer. With proper virus protection and backup, you should be just fine with a personal computer.
The last question to ask is what type or manufacturer do you prefer. You can purchase a name brand or go with a custom built computer. If you are a business owner, you will want to take a good look at the custom alternative. You will get exactly what you need with the necessary computing power. Many of the name brand computers come with addons that are not only not needed, but they slow down your system. A custom build computer will normally use generic parts which makes is less expensive in time and money to repair.
Once you have made your initial decision on the type and brand of computer, you may want to use the internet to do your research on the various components of a computer. Then take your specifications to your local computer store to make your final decision and purchase. You will want to have a relationship with a local computer dealer that you can call when you have questions or need additional help.
If you are doing comparison shopping between computer stores make sure that you are comparing apples to apples (no pun intended.) Does each computer have the same amount of memory? The same hard drive space? The same peripherals? The same operating system?
If you are like most users, you know very little about the inner workings of a computer. All you know is what you need a computer to do. You don’t understand “geek speak.” Look for a computer dealer that can talk to you on your level. Don’t hesitate to ask questions when they are recommending something you are not sure that you need. Ask for a written quote and make sure that you understand exactly what you are getting for your money.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to purchase the most expensive computer. However, beware of cheap computers at non-computer stores. Here is an example of what I mean. A customer came in and asked for a price to build a computer. When everything they ask for was added to the computer, the total price came to $2,500. A similar computer (but with lower performance) was offered at Costco for $1,000. The customer when with the Costco brand. Within a year, they ended up having to purchase another computer because they did not get the processing speed they needed. Did this person actually save in the end?
There are no quick answers as to what is the best computer to buy. Take your list of requirements and check with your local computer specialists to see what best fits your needs.
PcRx Computers is a full service computer store. We would be happy to answer your questions and what type of computer would be best for your specific needs.
408 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
5 Tips to Protect Yourself From the Spam in Your Inbox: In the past week we have had several computers come in for cleanup from a very bad computer virus from opening an email attachment from Federal Express. Because of this attack, we thought it would be a good idea to review some tips for avoiding spam that will in turn avoid a computer virus. Spam […]
In the past week we have had several computers come in for cleanup from a very bad computer virus from opening an email attachment from Federal Express. Because of this attack, we thought it would be a good idea to review some tips for avoiding spam that will in turn avoid a computer virus.
Spam in your mailbox is a fact of life – there is no getting around it. How you handle this potential computer virus threat will go a long way to eliminating the possibility that your computer will end up in our shop from a computer virus. Proper handling of spam will also help to eliminate cyber-crime like credit card fraud and identity theft.
Tips To Stop Spammers in Their Tracks and Avoid a Computer Virus
Do not Preview Your Emails
Some email programs, like Outlook, allow you to preview your email in a pane to the side or bottom of your screen. In some instances, spam email will contain special code that is designed to work within this pane which makes your susceptible to a computer virus referred to as a Trojan horse. Take a look at the options your email program offers and turn off your preview pane. If the send or the subject line of the email is not familiar, either delete it or send it to the junk folder.
Do not Fall for the Phisher’s Hook
The email we referred to from Federal Express is a perfect example of an email cleverly designed as a hoax. In many instances these emails are designed to get you to give them private information. In this instance they were claiming they were trying to deliver a package that was too heavy and you needed to open an attached confirmation. In other instances, the email will appear to be from your Credit Card Company or bank. Here are some NEVERs to follow:
If the email contains an attachment – NEVER open it. A legitimate business would NEVER send you an attachment unless you specifically requested that information be sent to you. An attachment is the perfect hiding place for a computer virus.
NEVER send private information such as social security number (even if they only ask for the last 4 digits), credit card numbers or bank numbers via email.
NEVER share your password via an email
This type of email fraud is referred to as phishing because they are tempting you send information that you would not normally reveal in an email.
Friend or Foe?
Don’t assume that because an email was sent to you from a friend that you can open the attachment. Again, if you have requested information be sent in an attachment and are expecting it, then it is ok to open the attachment. Otherwise, contact the sender and make sure they are truly the ones sending the attachment.
This is one of the top ways that a spammer will send a computer virus. They will hack into an email account and then send and then send an email message to everyone in their address book. Once you have opened the attachment, they are in your system and sending the same email to all of your contacts containing the same computer virus. This spreads the computer virus throughout hundreds of computers in minutes.
Read your Email in Plain Text
It is tempting to send a message back to the spammer telling them to leave you alone – don’t fall for this temptation. When you respond you are letting the spammer know that yours is a legitimate address and you will be hit with even more spam – not less. Unless you have actually subscribed to an email list, NEVER unsubscribe from a list. In many instances they are looking to confirm a valid email address. Along this same line, don’t forward the spam emails you receive no matter how funny or interesting. You may be sending a computer virus to your friends and family.
The best advice we can give you is to use common sense. If you weren’t expecting a package, you won’t be getting an email from a delivery company. Your financial institution will not communicate personal information via email. They may send a newsletter but that is all. Your friend is not going to send you something unless you asked for it. By being vigilant with your email, you can drastically cut down on the possibility of getting a computer virus. Even the most sophisticated anti-spam filter will not keep your system 100% free of a computer virus. You need to use caution and common sense.
It is going to happen, you will get hit with a computer virus at some time in your computing life, so give PcRx a call – we have the right prescription!
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Conway, SC 29526
What Is Phishing And How To Protect Your Computer: The best holiday gift we can give is to always make sure that your computer is fully backed up. No matter how cautious you are online, you are still open to a cyber security threat. Call us today and ask about our backup plans. Phishing attacks are also rampant and one of the major cyber […]
The best holiday gift we can give is to always make sure that your computer is fully backed up. No matter how cautious you are online, you are still open to a cyber security threat. Call us today and ask about our backup plans.
Phishing attacks are also rampant and one of the major cyber threats to any company today. So, you need to be highly aware and vigilant of these as well.
Phishing usually involves hackers making use of fake emails to trick you into sharing important personal data such as your social security number or perhaps your credit card number and online accounts and passwords.
What are the ways that these Phishers can attack you in the cyber space?
- Through the use of fake emails. Phishers can make use of the identity of established and reputable companies such as online banks, retailers or credit card companies to send out fake emails to individuals and organizations. Emails of this nature usually contain links that are fake but highly similar to the actual online website of that company they are representing. The moment you put in your account information and log ins to those websites, the information can already become available to the phishers who tricked you into sharing your important data.
- Through the so-called keystroke programs. Phishers will still employ fake emails that contain links that will then install programs on your computer without your knowledge and permission. These programs have the ability to record every keystroke typed by the computer owner. Information like usernames, passwords, account numbers, credit card numbers could then become available to phishers.
- Hijacking of a Website. Probably one of the worst ways you can be attacked and is one of the most common today is website hijacking. In this scheme, the phishers take your company’s url or domain and redirect users from anywhere in the world who types in your website address to a website that looks very similar to yours but is actually a fake one. The moment your customers visit your site through your domain and enters their information, this information becomes available to the hackers as well.
You can minimize your risks from cyber security threat called phishing attacks through the following ways;
- Be vigilant of websites that have almost the same domain spelling as yours.
- Give your customers a contact email address so that they can contact you immediately when they want to validate whether a specific email is really originating from your company.
- Be vigilant of the email messages you return or send out as phishers usually hack your email and then send out bulk email messages at a time.
- Be vigilant when you notice that there is a sudden increase of certain customer complaints received through phone such as issues with their account passwords.
- Monitor your online customer activities and check if there’s anyone who has too many incidences of purchases, or log ins or password changes for example.
- Check on the internet if anyone else is using your company’s logo. They may be using it for their phishing attacks on other people. You don’t want to be put at risk of being blamed for these attacks, don’t you?
Despite all these threats on the internet, we have certain tips and suggestions for you to keep your small business or company protected and safe from cyber security threats at all times:
Keep all your PCs clean and up to date. Make sure that your programs and software are up to date in the latest version. Make sure that you have the best and the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Invest in these programs and make sure they are running on all of your PC all the time.
Activate Automatic Software Updates. Making sure all your software are up to date is one of the best ways to prevent risks. Activate the automatic software update option to make sure you won’t miss out on these updates.
Keep away from anything malicious. If you have doubts of the cyber security integrity of a certain file, link, twitter post, Facebook link, online website or email, don’t put yourself at risk by opening those links. Make sure that you won’t do anything with these. Do not open the links and do not open the links and attachments in the email. Delete them or place them in your junk folder.
If you suspect your computer has been compromised give us a call!
408 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
Buying A Laptop On A Budget – Five Important Things That You Must Consider First: With the introduction of iPads and notebooks, laptop computers are getting more advanced and thinner. These innovations have also driven the price of a laptop down. Even with a reduced price, a new laptop can be a major expenditure for the average consumer on a budget. You want to get the most for your dollar […]
With the introduction of iPads and notebooks, laptop computers are getting more advanced and thinner. These innovations have also driven the price of a laptop down. Even with a reduced price, a new laptop can be a major expenditure for the average consumer on a budget. You want to get the most for your dollar while at the same time getting the features that you need. Add to that getting a computer that is not outdated the minute you walk out the door of the reseller.
Five Main Areas to Consider When Purchasing a Laptop
The Size of the Laptop
In most instances, the size of the laptop is a personal preference. If you have a specific size in mind, you may have to pay more than if the size doesn’t matter to you. The most economical laptops in today’s market weight around 8 pounds. There are laptops that are ultra portable weighing in at 3 pounds, however, you will pay a higher price for these sleek new systems. Your budget will go much further if you stick to a mid-size laptop.
The Screen of the Laptop
The size of the laptop and the screen size tend to go hand-in-hand. In most instances, a 15 inch screen that comes with a standard laptop is more than adequate for most users. Be cautious with purchasing a laptop with a larger screen such as a 17 inch screen. One of our customers came in looking for a case to carry their computer and we had to special order a case due to the size. The savings they received from purchasing a larger screen was over shadowed by the additional cost of the case. You can always attach an external monitor if you are using the laptop as a replacement for your desktop computer.
The GPU of the Laptop
The GPU is the video card for the laptop and controls how the images appear on the screen. If you are purchasing a laptop on a budget, you will want to go with a shared video card as opposed to a dedicated video card which will produce better results however, it will also increase the price. A shared video card shares the RAM of the computer and is usually fine for the average user and will bring down the cost of the laptop. If playing video games on your laptop is important to you, then you will need to spend the additional dollars for a dedicated video card. Most of today’s games will not play on a shared device.
The CPU of the Laptop
Here is where you can really save money on a new laptop. In most cases you don’t need the newest processor out on the market so don’t get pressured into buying the latest and the greatest. The CPU is the central processing unit of the laptop. You can easily step down from the most current processor and save on your laptop purchase. Unless you are working with very large graphics files or need to do some heavy calculations, a processor that has been out on the market for awhile will work just fine.
The RAM of the Laptop
RAM stands for random access memory. This is what gives your laptop the ability to “think.” I am sure that you have experienced a time when your computer seemed to freeze when you were multi-tasking or noticed a slow down when trying to load a program. These are all indications that the system doesn’t have enough memory. The average laptop comes with 1 GB of RAM. Fortunately, this is one area that you can add to your laptop at a later date if you notice that this is not sufficient. If price is an issue, you may want to step down on the amount of RAM initially and add more later if needed.
Buying a new laptop should be fun and exciting, but in today’s economy it can be discouraging trying to purchase a laptop on a budget. You will want to shop wisely and have a list of items on which you can negotiate if you need to bring down the price of a new laptop. Take your time and do your research. Then you will feel comfortable when talking with a technician about what you need.
We would love to help you with your purchase of a new laptop. Stop by our shop and let us help you stay within your budget and still get what you need.
We also have used laptops that can easily be modified to fit any need and budget.
408 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
Computer Related Christmas Gifts: Everyone has people on their holiday list that are hard to buy for. I know for me it is my dad. He has lived a long life and has everything he has ever wanted – at least everything that I could afford. Then it dawned on me – his greatest treasures are photos and many […]
Everyone has people on their holiday list that are hard to buy for. I know for me it is my dad. He has lived a long life and has everything he has ever wanted – at least everything that I could afford. Then it dawned on me – his greatest treasures are photos and many of these are stored on his computer. I casually asked him if his computer was backed up and he look at me like “Why would I need that?” He said that most of the information that is on his computer was in hard copy form somewhere in the house. I thought of all of our unfortunate neighbors in the north that recently experienced tropical storm Sandy and lost everything. How would he feel if this happened to him?
So what am I getting my dad for Christmas? Computer backup from PcRx. It will give him (and me) the peace of mind knowing that he won’t lose precious memories in the event of fire, storm or a computer crash. You may not think this is the most personal thing in the world, but I am sure it will mean a lot to my dad.
Other Computer Related Gifts That You May Not Have Thought of:
Do you have a business owner in your family? If so, they are often so busy running their business they don’t think about what will happen if their computer goes down and they need help. PcRx can customize a maintenance plan to fit their specific requirements. This could not only include their computer but also their cell phone, printers and other peripheral equipment. This may not sound like a sexy gift but it is one they will thank you for all year long.
Rebuild a computer for your high school or college student. Many students have tablets or iPads they carry everywhere. But when it comes to sitting down to serious homework, these devices can be difficult to work with. A desktop computer is ideal for writing papers, doing research or working on those math problems. You can save hundreds of dollars by having PcRx build you a computer from refurbished parts.
Surge protection for their computer. So many people rely on a strip they bought at the local discount store to protect their computer. Then a storm comes along and they find that strip is completely useless. At PcRx Computers we have several models of surge protection that can keep your loved ones computer and data safe during any storm.
Computer Accessories – stop by our store to see a wide variety of computer accessories. Don’t think the big box stores are the only ones with nifty stuff. We have great computer related items from stocking stuffers to great gift ideas.
Downtown Conway is a great place to shop for unique gift ideas and PcRx Computers is no exception. See you soon.
408 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526