Nothing instills more fear in a computer user than seeing a bright blue computer screen displaying technical gibberish that begins with the ominous sentence, “A problem has been detected and windows have been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.” This Bluescreen Error is commonly called the “Blue Screen of Death”, or “BSoD” for short.
When Windows comes across a problem with the computer’s hardware or the hardware driver software that it cannot recover from, the operating system will stop working. The computer will shut down and when it reboots it will display a STOP Error Screen. If you can, take a photo of the screen using a camera because you can’t grab a screen capture when the computer is in this state. Doing an internet search for the STOP Code can give you a clue as to what caused the crash.
Some reasons for blue screen errors are:
Failing hardware – Computers have many components that can fail such as the power supply and the hard drive. Sometimes there is a hint that a something is not running correctly and should be checked. For instance, a wobbly display may be a sign that you need a new monitor or that the motherboard is about to fail. At other times the hardware fails with no warning other than a blue screen error.
New hardware – If you recently installed new hardware on your computer and you get a blue screen error, it may not have been properly installed or it might not be compatible with your computer. There is also the possibility that the new hardware is defective.
Driver issues – Drivers are pieces of computer code that allow the hardware to communicate with the operating system. If the drivers are not up to date or are not compatible, you may get a blue screen error. This is especially likely if you are having problems after recently installing new hardware.
Overheating – If your computer is running too hot it may suddenly shut down to prevent damage to its components. Your computer’s running parts generate heat so to keep it running cool your computer should be in a well-ventilated area that is not next to a heat source. Other possibilities are that the fan that keeps the inside of your computer cool may have stopped working or it might be clogged with dust or pet hair.
Malware infections – Malware is malicious software that can embed itself into the computer’s operating system that might cause your computer to crash. Malware can also mimic a real blue screen error in order to scam you. The screen will urge you to call a technical support hotline or direct you to a website for more information, both of which are not part of a real blue screen error. Do not call the phone number or visit the website!
If you are having problems with a blue screen error, please contact us so we can help get your computer running again.
Whether 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.
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.
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.
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!
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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!
Recently, Microsoft released seven security bulletins for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. After July 14, 2015, there will be no more security updates for Windows Server 2003. This means if you’re running Windows Server 2003 on July 15, 2015, you will be immediately vulnerable to any and all security vulnerabilities that may be found that affect Windows Server 2003 from then on. There will not be any security patches for Windows Server 2003 after this date.
A year ago, Windows XP finally went out of support 13+ years after its release. And while Windows Server 2003 isn’t quite as old as Windows XP was (clocking in at 12, rather than 13), this is as big a deal on the server side as Windows XP was on the client side.
Just like we saw a staggering number of people running Windows XP on the eve of its retirement, we’re also seeing a shocking number of people on Windows Server 2003 even now. A recent survey by The Enterprise Strategy Group shows 82 percent of respondents have Windows Server 2003 present in their organization. And 25% of these respondents say their plan for dealing with the end of security support is to “Continue to run Windows Server 2003 without support and maintenance.”
Running an unsupported operating system is something that should be viewed as an operational vulnerability. It’s inherently dangerous and ill-advised. But realistically, if you’re running Windows Server 2003 as you read this, you’re likely not in a position to migrate off of it quickly. Odds are that you’re on this older operating system out of necessity and so may not be able to migrate off of it anytime soon. Click here to checkout the supported upgrade paths from Windows.
Social networking has changed the way we interact with family and friends. While social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp & Google+, play a significant role in our lives, they are also a high risk for security threats.Here are some suggestions to help keep your personal information private:
- Never give more information than is necessary to operate an account. Usually this includes:
- An email: (Never use a work email address)
- Birthday (Consider using a fake birth date like January 1st 1904)
- Make sure that your posts are not indexed into search engines. Each social media site handles this in a different way. For example, you can use your Facebook settings to block search engine indexing, or on Twitter you can make your posts visible to people who follow you only
- Remember to set all your posts private on Instagram
- Make sure that mobile apps are not using personal data or sharing additional private information. You should also use caution when linking together different apps like Facebook and Twitter or news apps like Flipboard and Facebook
- Social media are always refining and changing their privacy settings. Make sure to stay up-to-date with any privacy changes and continue to monitor what information you are sharing.
Using these four tips can help insure your privacy online and make social media a safer place.
Essentially, mobile payments are faster and more secure than conventional payments. All you need is a payment app to launch a transaction, and because you don’t need to use your card, the risk of point-of-sale (PoS) attacks such as card skimmers are eliminated. Mobile payments are also protected by security measures. However, since it has become a popular payment alternative, attackers could use Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks via fake or malicious apps and data breaches to take advantage of the new payment methods. The app itself could also have coding or process flaws, which can lead to leaked banking information. Additionally, if the device is lost or stolen, the stored financial data could be whisked for malicious purposes. If you’re not careful, your data and credentials could end up in the wrong hands.
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Microsoft plan to package the Spartan browser with its new Window 10 operating system. This radical overhaul will include new features not found in other competing web browsers. The Windows 10 browser allows users to annotate a web page with a stylus and send the notes and annotations to a friend or colleague. The web note service will be powered by Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage, meaning notes will be stored on a copy of a web page that can be accessed by any browser across multiple platforms. As annotations are shared, multiple users can doodle on a web page and share edits and annotations between groups. Other features include Microsoft Cortana integration and the ability to group tabs for better organization.
Click here to learn more about the new Windows 10 Browser.
Interested in learning more about Windows 10? Watch the video below: