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It’s happened to all of us when everything stops on our computer and falls to the blue screen of death. This moment is terrifying for any computer owner and can seem impossible to solve. Thankfully, managing this terrible moment is not as hard as you might think. You can diagnose the causes of this problem and even solve them on your own.

Managing That Terrible Moment When The “Blue Screen Of Death” Appears

The Causes Of The Blue Screen Of Death

Hardware problems usually cause the blue screen of death, such as processor problems and display driver concerns. Typically the blue screen of death will indicate to you what caused the problem and create a “minidump” file about the crash that is saved to your desktop before your computer restarts.

Check out this post to get an idea of what caused the blue screen of death. The problem may be hard to understand because of the technical terms used, but solving the problem is typically as easy as running a few simple diagnostic tests.

Fixing The Blue Screen Of Death

There are a few different ways that you can identify the causes of the blue screen of death and ways in which you can fix them, including:

  • Identifying new hardware or programs that might have caused the problem and uninstalling them if necessary
  • Undoing the change you made just before the blue screen of death appeared
  • Freeing up hard drive room to prevent data corruption or an inability to run
  • Scan for and remove viruses that might impact your hardware and software
  • Install all new updates and drivers for your hardware
  • Restore your BIOS settings to the default level to eliminate any errors

There are many other ways of fixing the blue screen of death, but most of these are too technical to implement on your own. If you’re having a hard time eliminating the blue screen of death from your computer and need help, please contact us today.

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One of the most important parts of any good laptop is the DC power jack. This item allows you to charge your battery and provides you with a steady source of electricity. If it fails, your laptop will lose power and eventually be unable to turn on. Here are a few symptoms of DC power jack failure.

Symptoms Your DC Power Jack Is Failing

The Power Flickers On And Off

A good DC power jack will provide your laptop with a consistent power supply. However, if your power flickers on and off or requires you to wiggle your cord in the socket to maintain a connection, there’s a problem with the jack. This can be a dangerous situation if any kind of sparks occurs.

Your Battery Won’t Charge

Even if your power supply doesn’t show the above-mentioned symptoms, the DC jack could still be going out if your battery won’t charge. A steady supply of power should charge your battery and provide it with a boost in its charge. Failure to charge indicates it is not translating DC power into a proper battery charge.

It Only Works At A Specific Angle

When a DC power jack gets loose, it may change position on your laptop. As a result, you may have to angle your power cord to get any kind of charge. This will put a strain on your power cord and DC jack and can cause damage to both. Getting these problems fixed as soon as possible is crucial.

If you believe your DC power jack is failing and you need help getting it repaired, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.

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An Israeli security firm has revealed that over one million Google accounts have been compromised by malware called Gooligan. The firm, Check Point, has been tracking this malware for over a year. That’s where malware And the removal of the Gooligan Virus come in.

Malware And The Removal Of The Gooligan Virus

The Gooligan virus was first detected in the SnapPea application. SnapPea, which can be downloaded on Windows from Cnet, was infected by the hackers with malicious malware. When users physically connected their Android devices to the computer, SnapPea downloaded apps to the device, with the user’s permission. However, the malware also downloads fake apps to the connected smartphone, which then gain root access to the device and collect personal information and Google authentication tokens, which can be used to log into Google accounts. The malware then relates this information back to its servers.

The malicious apps, which look legitimate, can also be installed from third-party app sites and by clicking on links in phishing attacks. Gooligan even leaves fake reviews on these apps to get people to download them.

How do you know if your account was hacked? Check Point, which has been working with Google on this issue, has developed a tool to check whether the email address associated with your account has been compromised. Simply enter your email address here.

If your account has been breached, you need to change your passwords immediately. You also need to do a clean operating system install on your device, through an operation called “flashing.” Contact a technician for help with that.

For more virus and malware removal tips, just contact us.

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Screen damage is more common than you might think. Laptops are meant for being able to take them on the go. As such, they get dropped, banged into things, and objects fall on them. If your screen becomes damaged, you can look at a screen replacement to save you a lot of money.

How a Screen Replacement Can Save You a Fortune

Save Money Over Full Replacement

The cost of computers have come down over the years, but that doesn’t mean you want to buy one until you’re absolutely ready for a new one. It’s going to be a lot more cost effective to replace the screen than the entire computer. You can ask for a quote on a screen replacement before you schedule the repair. This will allow you to make the cost comparison for yourself.

Enhance Productivity

Your productivity has probably dropped considerably since you damaged your screen. There may be a hole in the middle, a crack in the center, or various other issues. Rather than trying to deal with it, you can schedule a repair. It could be back in your hands quickly, so there’s no need to wait for a long return. Plus, you are probably going to get more work done once you have a full working screen again.

Computers and tablets are finicky. Although they can help us get a lot of work done, they have been known to break from time to time. A screen is one of the easiest fixes, so money shouldn’t be what’s standing in your way of a repair.

Contact us today to learn more about a screen replacement for your computer.

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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.

The Bluescreen Error is Not Your Computer's Death Sentence

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.

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!

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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!

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Windows Server 2003 Support

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.

Windows Server 2003 SupportA 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 Media Security

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:

  1. Never give more information than is necessary to operate an account. Usually this includes:
    • An email: (Never use a work email address)
    • Username
    • Password
    • Birthday (Consider using a fake birth date like January 1st 1904)
  2. 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
  3. Remember to set all your posts private on Instagram
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Social Media Security