So you subscribe to our amazing Check Up service for $9.99/month to maintain and update your computer to keep it secure. Then you upgraded to our Virus Free Guarantee to use our state of the art virus scanner for an additional $3.50/month. Our services prevent you from spending money to fix your computer when you can just prevent those issues in the first place. The next Sunday after you sign up we send our report to you in the afternoon. It looks something like this.
Everyone has that old computer from 10 years ago that they are scared to throw away. It could have personal data on it, old family photos, or maybe even banking information saved. Obviously no one wants to allow someone get ahold of that important personal information. There is a right way and a wrong way. I have see people do both.
This is how NOT to recycle your computer.
Then there is a GOOD way to recycle a computer.
"Why is my computer so slow? It is only 2 years old!" I hear that pretty much every time I do a tune up or speed up. This can happen to both Windows and Mac but I am only going to cover Windows slow downs in this post. You realize your computer is slow when you have to turn it on, and walk away, and fold the laundry while you wait for it to "get ready" for you so you can browse the internet. Most of time a slow computer can be caused by two things... either viruses or what I call "clutter".
Viruses can cause your computer to slow down. When your computer is being used to do malicious things in the background it takes up precious computer resources that can cause your computer to be unresponsive. A full thorough virus removal can definitely speed things up. Somethings you can do to keep your computer virus free are keep your programs up-to-date, run your virus scanner daily, clean out temporary files, and make sure not to go to unknown websites. A good technician knows that a full virus removal is not complete until all "clutter" is cleaned up.
I am not talking about the memory in your head, although sometimes I wish I could upgrade my own memory. Upgrading the memory/RAM (Random Access Memory) could be a inexpensive way to extend the life of your computer. Often for less then $100 we can double or even triple the amount of memory in your computer. Lets clear something up first the words RAM and Memory are pretty much interchangeable. There are many reasons that you might want to add more memory to your computer. Some of them include...
Before we know if we need more memory or RAM in our computer first we need to know what it does and what symptoms we will see if we need more. The RAM in your computer is basically short term memory that is used to store information that will be needed in the immediate future. Unlike the hard drive which is used to store information for long term storage. The Operating System on your computer AND the programs you use also take up memory.
David is the managing member and main technology expert at Layer 2 Computers. Read More