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Say no to slow!
Many PC’s we are asked to work on from both business and home customers have the same issue. The computer runs like a sloth in treacle. Many of you suffer slow systems because you believe it needs replacing or will cost a fortune to remedy. This is rarely the case, with a couple of hours to spare and some basic instructions you can have the computer running as good as new or maybe better if you invest a few quid.
Tidy up after yourself – PC’s, like your teenage kids, leave a trail of debris in their wake, never cleaning up after themselves. Installing or uninstalling applications, or just browsing the internet creates files that are left like it’s some else’s job to clear up. These files are easily removed manually but it is a bit laborious. I recommend you try the free version of CCleaner (https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner). Be careful to choose the free one and UNCLICK the Google toolbar option. This is a powerful tool and can easily wipe out things you need. Call or pop in for advice if unsure.
That looks nasty! – nearly every PC we work on has some minor infections. Not surprising as, like you, your PC spends its time mixing with its peers. You pick up colds other things too nasty to mention and so does your PC. Good antivirus should be installed but this is not so good at stopping malware. In addition to your AV software I recommend using something like Malwarebytes (https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/). Chose the free version, install, update and scan, remove / quarantine any infections found. Scan again if highly infected. If concerned contact us as it may be terminal!
Dust magnet – computers are designed to suck air in across components that generate heat to cool them down, then spit the warm air out. Working like a hoover, it will attract dust. Dust means heat, heat means less efficiency. Bigger PC’s have a removable side panel allowing access to hoover out, or buy air-in-a-can to blast it out. Laptops more delicate and have air intake and exhaust grills. Please be careful, do not come to Genmar after electrocuting yourself because you did not turn it off, or because you broke it using your garage air compressor. Oh and no washing!
Flash the cash – most computers use traditional hard disk drive technology (HDD). Being mechanical they are slow. Available for some time but prohibitively expensive are solid state drives (SSD), becoming more affordable, they are up to 10X faster! You need to know what you are doing to upgrade to one but they make a huge difference. Lastly RAM, most PC’s have 2 / 4GB but 8 / 16GB is accepted by most systems. Again you may need assistance to fit but it’s like changing a light bulb skill wise and costs about £30 to go from 4 to 8GB.
It may seem like I am giving away our trade secrets, and I am sure that many of you will save a few shekels and have a speedy PC but many of you will bring it to us.