Why You Should Not Hesitate with Virus Removal ServicesWhether you have a laptop or desktop, you may come to use this device on a daily basis. The possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to what you can do with the computer. For instance, you can browse the web, work, pay bills, take online classes, and more. While your computer should not run into many problems as it is able to keep itself operational on its own, you could end up getting a virus online.

Instead of hoping that the problem will go away, you should look into virus removal services immediately.

Slows Your Computer

Most viruses will naturally slow down your computer, whether it only makes a small difference or brings your computer to a complete halt in terms of overall performance. It is not wise to spend your valuable time on your computer when it is taking considerably longer than it should to operate programs.

Become Worse

If you allow the virus to stay on the computer without taking action, the problem could worsen over time. While a minor virus might seem like a nonissue because it has not negatively affected you that much, you should not let this be the reason that you hold off on getting the virus removed.

Security Risk

A virus is a possible security risk, especially when you have personal information stored on your computer. Although you could reformat the computer to reinstall the operating system and eliminate the virus, getting professional assistance will prevent you from having to take this drastic step.

Contact us if you have any questions about viruses or computer-related topics.

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In Need Of Computer Repair? Call PC Geeks!If you work on your computer all day long, or use it often for enjoyment, then you most likely have a bond with it. So, when you notice things starting to go wrong with it, you start to worry. But there is no need for you to fear when you have a good computer repair company.

Local DFW Computer Repair

Choose to go with a local DFW company that knows computers, and that has experience fixing them, and then you will feel relaxed as they are working on it. Your computer means a lot to you, and choosing the right company to work on it will leave you feeling good.

Computer Repair Will Save You Money

Not only will having your computer repair done allow you to keep your computer instead of having to adjust to a new one, but it will also save you money. Having it fixed instead of replaced is a smart choice. The repairs won’t cost nearly as much as a new computer, and your wallet will thank you!

Choose A Reputable Computer Repair Company

PC Geeks can take care of your computer repair needs and even handle virus removal issues. If you have been looking for the right company to take care of your computer repair needs, then you should contact us today!

Computer Repair: Common Causes of Freezing LaptopsRegardless of how new your laptop is, you may still experience a frozen laptop on an occasional basis. Most laptop owners have experience with a frozen laptop. It is one of the most frustrating things to deal with when you need to get work done. What exactly causes a laptop to freeze?

Common Causes of Frozen Laptops

The number of issues that can cause a frozen laptop are many. However, there are a few that are very common and cause the most grief to laptop users. Thankfully, these common causes are also typically easy to troubleshoot.

One common cause is overheating. Anything that prevents airflow like dust build-up can cause your laptop’s temperatures to rise. Once your laptop begins to overheat, chances are it will freeze up on you causing disruption and downtime.

Another common cause of freezing is insufficient memory. RAM holds your computer’s data short-term and then uses it for the programs and functions that run on your laptop. When you do not have enough RAM, your laptop will begin having various issues such as running slower, the blue screen of death, freezing up, and more.

The last most common cause of laptop freezing is software issues. This could be any number of things and is the most difficult to troubleshoot on your own. It may require further investigation by a professional computer repair technician. A technician can determine whether it is a BIOS problem, viruses, malware, or other software bugs.

We are a premier computer repair company throughout Collin County and beyond. Contact PC Geeks today for help with your PC or Mac problem.

Recover Documents With Our Data Recovery ServiceOld hard drives are bound to stop working at some point in time. Unfortunately, most people do not prepare for this to happen, which leads to their valuable information disappearing into thin air. If you have a hard drive that recently stopped working, you should know that there is still hope to get your documents and photos back. Although some procedures are more complicated than others, all you need is data recovery service.

Salvage Your Old Hard Drives

It is not uncommon to hold on to hard drives that may or may not be working anymore, but the best thing to do is to get the information off of them as soon as possible. Since hard drives are a moving piece of equipment, they can experience problems even when they are not hooked up to a computer.

Back Up on the Cloud

Once you decide that data recovery is the way to go, you may want to back up your photos and documents on the cloud after you get your files back. It will allow you to access these files anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection, which can be quite relieving as they cannot be accidentally deleted.

Invest in an External Hard Drive

Another option is to invest in an external hard drive. Although these hard drives will eventually die, they should last quite a few years without a problem, so you can store your files with great confidence. In addition to having your original files and a copy of them on an external hard drive, you can buy an extra backup to have on hand, which would give you three hard drives that have your important documents and sentimental photos.

Whether you have a broken hard drive or one that may not be working, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our data recovery services.

4 Signs That There is Harmful Software on Your ComputerAlthough you might be doing everything that you can to prevent viruses, adware, spyware and other harmful software from installing itself on your computer, some of these programs can be pretty tricky. If there is a harmful program on your computer, however, it is important to take your machine to a repair shop that specializes in virus removal as soon as possible. These are a few signs that there might be a harmful program on your machine.

1. Your Computer is Slow and Sluggish

If your computer is sluggish and slow for seemingly no reason, it could be related to a harmful program. These programs can run a lot of processes in the background and can cause your computer to operate very slowly.

2. You’re Dealing With a Lot of Pop-Ups

Luckily, pop-up ads are not as common as they used to be, so you shouldn’t have to deal with too many of them as a part of your regular Internet browsing. If you find that you are dealing with lots of pop-ups, it could be the sign of a harmful program.

3. Your Computer is Doing Things You Don’t Want it To Do

Is your computer taking you to strange websites that you didn’t want to go to, or is it opening up programs that you don’t remember installing? These are both very common signs of harmful programs.

4. You’re Being Asked for Money

There is a relatively new type of harmful software out there that is known as ransomware. A pop-up might appear on your computer that says that your computer is locked up for illegal downloads, child pornography or something else equally scary. It might then offer to unlock your machine and “let the situation go” if you pay a certain amount of money. Do not pay this money; instead, take your computer to a computer repair shop to have the harmful program removed.

There are a lot of signs to look out for in regards to harmful computer programs, but these are some of the most common. If you experience any of these problems or otherwise think that your computer might have a harmful program on it, contact us ASAP so that we can help.

5 Tips for Setting Up a Home Network

5 Tips for Setting Up a Home NetworkSetting up a new home computer network can be challenging. You may want to call a professional for assistance. Whether you do it yourself or call an expert, there are a few things that will help create an efficient and effective network. Here are five home networking tips to assist you. 

  1. Know your router needs – Before purchasing a router, it is important to determine exactly what you need. How much coverage do you need (square footage)? How many devices will be connecting to the network? Choose a router that properly suits your specific needs.
  2. Record your router settings before upgrading – It is helpful to write down all usernames, passwords, and settings before removing an older router. You will need this data during the upgrade process.
  3. Router placement – Poor router placement can limit the performance of the router. It is recommended to place your router in an open area, closest to the center of the home. Hallways are an ideal location.
  4. Configure Wi-Fi security – Do not leave settings on default. It is important that you configure your Wi-Fi security settings. Otherwise, you leave yourself open to security breaches.
  5. Remove older Wi-Fi devices – Many people do not realize that older devices accessing their Wi-Fi can bring down the overall performance of the network. Upgrading your router is great, but it will be compromised if you are connecting with old devices.

Planning is the ultimate key in setting up a successful home computer network. If you take the time to prepare and plan, you should have a smooth transition. Whether you are upgrading or putting in a first time network, use the tips above to assist in the process.

Contact us for more information and assistance. Our experts are happy to answer your home network questions.

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PC Geeks Celebrates 10th Anniversary!We would like to extend thanks to all of our customers, technology partners and employees for the ongoing relationships, dedication, support and trust you’ve placed in us! PC Geeks was founded in 2005 and has achieved a over decade of growth with unparalleled customer satisfaction.

Over the past ten years, PC Geeks has become a trusted and respected business partner to our customers in the Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX area. We were excited to celebrate the past 10 years and look forward to our next 10 years in business.  Thanks again to our customers and employees….You make this company special!

Tips for a Laptop Display That Won't Turn OnIt can happen to even the most experienced of computer users. You go to use your computer and your laptop display won’t turn on. If this is happening to you, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try to hopefully fix the problem.

Battery Issues

Although this seems like common sense, it is surprising how often a dead battery is the cause of our trouble. Check your battery to see if it has or will hold a charge. Ensure that the plug connects properly to your laptop. If your laptop was in hibernation mode, you may need to press the power button to wake it up.

Restart Your Laptop

This is another common trick to try to fix the display. Restarting your laptop will reload drivers and other processes that control the display. Restarting often fixes the display issue. However, if it continues to persist, chances are you may need to reinstall your operating system.

Stand-by Mode

When you close the lid to your laptop, there is usually a button that sends the laptop into stand-by mode. Sometimes this button can become stuck. If you can locate this button and release it, the display may begin to work.

These are only a few of the most common troubleshooting methods for a nonfunctioning display. Other issues may include video card trouble, BIOS issues, or more. Worse case scenario, your display is actually broken and you will need the help of a computer repair specialist to diagnose the problem.

Contact us today if you need help with your PC or Mac issues. We are laptop repair specialists serving Collin County and beyond.

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Don't Despair, Call for Computer RepairWhen you took your brand new computer out of the box last year, set it up, got everything just as you wanted, it was a good day.

Lately, the computer is slow and erratic. Sometimes programs quit in the middle and sometimes they don’t install. You don’t know if system updates,  downloads and program repairs help or hurt the situation.

Is this temporary? Or the beginning of the end? There’s too much on the system to lose – documents, music, graphics, email addresses, business papers, school work, family photos, videos, browsing history and bookmarked sites. And there’s even more.

Even with a fairly new system it’s hard to diagnose the problem or problems which account for the slow and erratic performance.

You want things back the way they were when the computer system was fast, reliable and trustworthy.

Good computer repair involves comprehensive troubleshooting. The computer could have one or multiple issues, some straightforward to diagnose and to fix, others more difficult to find and remedy.

Is it a hardware problem? Has the computer run out of disk space or memory and need an upgrade? Is the Operating System corrupt and need to be reinstalled? Do software programs have conflicts?  Or have multiple viruses or malware invaded the computer?

Contact PC Geeks – Computer Repair to make your computer work like  new again, whether at your home or office, for a Mac or  PC. With our drop-off sites and pick-up service throughout Collin County, PC Geeks makes repairing your system a priority.

Common Types of Malware

Common Types of MalwareIf you suspect that your computer may be infected, here are three common forms of malware be look for:

Ransomware

As the name implies, ransomware holds your computer – or your personal information ransom. Many times, this malware disguises itself as an update to existing software. Once installed, it encrypts, or locks, all data on the computer except for a single folder or file. This contains instructions explaining how to make a payment that will unencrypt your information. This is a lose-lose situation because paying the ransom will not necessarily remove the malware. Not only will you lose your hard earned cash, but you are still left wide open for future ransomware attacks.

Adware

Adware is often bundled with other software in the form of innocuous browser toolbars, free games, or other unsuspecting utility. Once installed, adware creates numerous pop-ups and webpage re-directs that renders all Internet browsing useless. Adware also tracks and collects personal data that can lead to identity theft, or further propagate the incessant barrage of pop-up ads.

Scareware

This form of malware is particularly devious because it tricks the user into thinking the computer is infected with a fictitious virus and misleads them into paying money for its removal. By doing so, not only will the originator of the scareware have your money, but your credit card information as well.

If your computer is demonstrating any of the above symptoms, you may be infected with malware. Fortunately, we can help! Our technicians can quickly evaluate your computer and perform a virus removal. Contact us to learn how we can serve your needs at your location or one of ours throughout Collin County.