By PC Geeks Support / Malware and Virus Issues / / 0 Comments

Viruses can do all kinds of nasty things if they make their way into your computer, from bloating your operating system to hijacking your e-mail. However, many people don’t know that some viruses and malware can make your PC or laptop completely unusable! It’s called bricking because it more or less turns your system into a glorified paperweight or a brick that won’t even turn on. To throw salt in the wound, unbricking a system is extremely difficult and requires the knowledge and know-how of a certified PC Geek, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to recover your, documents, pictures and other important files if your system isn’t protected from bricking in the first place. Knowing when to call a pro for virus removal can be the best solution.

Bricking: Know When to Call a Pro for Virus Removal

The best way to avoid having your device bricked is to protect yourself from malware and viruses in the first place. Work with a PC Geek technician to get your system up to speed with the best anti-virus and anti-malware software for you. A professional can guide you to an anti-virus software that won’t weigh down your system with excessive and unhelpful bloatware.

Protect yourself! Know the signs that indicate your system has fallen prey to a virus. If your system is running slower than usual or pop-up ads are showing up everywhere, your system could be weighed down by nefarious viruses and malware that could brick your device. Save yourself a headache; work with a professional virus removal service to get to the root of the problem before your problem becomes a brick.

For more information on protecting your system and preventing bricking, contact us for professional consultation.

By PC Geeks Support / Recovering Data / / 0 Comments

The ideal way to do data recovery is to replace the lost or damaged file with a good version from your backup volume or remote backup. No fuss or bother. But in spite of our best intentions, we all sometimes find ourselves in a situation where we’ve lost a file, a directory, or maybe a whole volume and can’t get it back. Our recovery service can help you, but when you discover the failure, you can do certain things to give us the best shot at recovering everything. Maximizing your chances for data recovery is something that can only help, here’s how:

Maximizing Your Chances for Data Recovery

There are certain things you should never do. If you realize you’ve just done something bad, don’t turn off or unplug the computer in a panic. The computer’s faster than you; it’s already too late. Turning off a running computer without going through the normal shutdown procedure will leave the disk in an inconsistent state and make things worse.

However, do shut down gracefully as soon as you can. When a computer deletes a file, it doesn’t overwrite the data; it just marks its storage as unused. If you don’t do anything else, the chances are good that the data will still be there. A recovery service should be able to get the file, or most of it, back.

If you start seeing a lot of disk error messages, stop normal operations as quickly as possible and run the computer’s disk repair utility. Errors like these tend to cascade and can do increasing damage as time passes. If the repair utility can’t fix it, or if important files are still missing when it’s done and you can’t recover them from backup, then avoid doing anything else with that machine until a recovery service can look at it.

When you’re injured, proper first aid can save a trip to the emergency room, and if you still have to go it will give you the best chance for a quick recovery. The same applies whether you’ve got a broken arm or a broken file system. To learn more about our services, please contact us.