Student working on laptop remotely.One reason people have taken to laptops instead of desktops is the mobility, but did you know that for a matter of a few dollars you can make your desktop capable of wireless connection?

By simply purchasing an inexpensive wireless network adapter, that can plug into a USB port or a PCI slot, you have the ability to place your desktop computer in any room in your house or even garage and have the same quality internet connection as your laptop, and without a mess of wires running through your rooms!

If you are unsure as to how to set your network up, call your local PC Geeks technician!

Now that these adapters are commonplace in so many homes, the days of being limited to an Ethernet cable placement in your home are long gone and the versatility of being able to place your machine wherever you want can do wonders for the aesthetics of your home and even help your family to use less devices, more conveniently than ever.

If you have a wireless network in your house, ask your local network technician if wireless network adapters would work well for your situation and give it a try.

Do you take advantage of your residential wireless connection? Leave us your comments below!

Software updates.Plenty of folks find the prospect of doing their software updates an intimidating task.

The truth is, as long as you know what software you’re updating, these programs are built with the ability to take care of the updates themselves and really only require your permission to begin!

On the typical machine these days the most common updates you will be asked for is usually Windows, Java, Adobe and the definitions updates of your antivirus programs.

Keeping these and other software programs up to date is a vital, and proactive way to ensure that your machine is sufficiently hardened from every day computer viruses, email hacks, and operating system exploits.

More often than not, the updates for all these programs are there to correct minor glitches in their software and more importantly –  to patch vulnerabilities that have been discovered and exploited in their software. The farther behind you have become on those updates, the more likely you are to get a virus or have a hacker come along and damage your machine.

Most hackers are just looking for a vulnerable machine that they know is an easy target due to vulnerabilities in a person’s computer system. Make sure you keep your software up to date and your computer optimized with the latest patches and you will be much safer. Please call us if you have any questions about this. Leave us your comments below.

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Laptop AC adapter isolated on white.One thing has become certain when it comes to caring for your laptop. It is always best to use the specific AC adapter, and genuine brand parts that were designed for your exact laptop model.

While it is true that you can buy generic universal adapters that will work for nearly all name brands of equipment, what the vendors are not telling you is that over the long term you can actually do great harm to your motherboard by using them!

Many laptops are not designed to use the same wattage rating, and because of this, if you use a universal adapter it’s possible you’re not giving your laptop enough electricity to function properly – or in some cases, too much electricity.

This can force your motherboard to strain itself to do its normal tasks. Too much wattage can do a lot of damage to your battery rendering it useless in a short time or just from wear and tear over a long period of time.

The truth is, in many cases, purchasing a genuine adapter for your laptop is no more expensive than a generic, even if it can take a day or two to get your hands on one. Talk to your local computer repair shop to get a price quote and order the proper adapter for your needs. Leave your comments and questions below!

Man using several browsers.These days we are given a wide variety of web browsers to view our favorite websites on:

  • Internet Explorer,
  • Firefox, and
  • Chrome being the top three, are the most used at this time.

Many people tend to pick one and use it, but there is no rule in place saying you have to!

While it is true that some applications and sites do perform better with specific browsers, the vast majority of the web is perfectly usable with any browser. Why use just one?

If you want to download material try Firefox, which touts itself as faster, and more secure from computer viruses than Internet explorer. Want a browser that is lightning fast? Give Chrome a shot! If you want pretty, there is always Internet explorer which has invested quite a bit to be the best looking of the browsers available.

If you ask around, you’ll find a wide variety of opinions, from surfers and local PC technicians as to what they prefer and why; but one thing is certain, you are free to use one or all of the browsers out there to surf the web.

External Hard Drives Make Life Easy

PC GeeksDo you need an external hard drive? You might. If you’re a college student, consultant, or even just an avid gamer, an additional hard drive might be real handy. Here’s why:

  • Easily back up your most important data
  • They’re portable,
  • Inexpensive,
  • Plug an external hard drive into any computer, wherever you may be!

Maintain a current and healthy back up of your data and safeguard yourself from the expense of money and time associated with data recovery.

Do you use an external hard drive? Like it? Tell us what you use yours for below!

Don’t Suffocate Your Computer!

Fire on the grill.One of the most common ways to over exert your power supply or heat sink fan is by letting the dust build up on the blades. This can literally suffocate your computer.

Even a half millimeter of dust on the blades cuts the revolutions per minute by nearly 15% and this means your computer may run too hot.

Heat and moisture are the arch enemies of electronics, and when your machine is hot, its lifespan is shortened.

Here are a couple of things you can do to keep your Mac or PC at a moderate temperature:

  • Carefully blow out the contents of your computer case every once in a while.
  • Elevate your laptop off the desk so air can circulate around it.

Proper air flow to the case will maximize your fan’s ability to keep your computer at the proper temperature.

Do you notice your computer getting too hot? What do you do about it? Leave us your comments below.

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BIrd of prey.We all have so many passwords to keep up with; we have a tendency to want to remember them easily. PC Geeks wants you to know that strong passwords, not easy ones, are the smart solution. Hacking isn’t a little problem, it’s a violent, intentional assault. Be prepared with good defenses.  Read more “Make Your Passwords Strong, Not Easy”

Maple leaves in Autumn.How often have you thought about your computer’s health? I doubt it’s ever crossed your mind! Most people never think about that.

Unneeded files and programs can slow your computer to a snail’s pace.

In addition, junk software is continually getting dumped on your machine, and getting rid of it makes a huge difference.

Reformatting  your hard drive and installing a fresh load of Windows on your machine is a great way to ensure the health of your your system and all its files. It is the ultimate in system optimization! That will also ensure you have the latest driver for your devices, and in some cases, can help you diagnose other issues with your computer.

Do you have questions about your computer’s health? Ask them here! Leave us your questions below.