Are your files important to you? Are you looking for ways to retrieve them and prevent this from happening in the future? You’ve come to the right place.
Depending on how much you use your computer and how worried you are about your computer crashing, you should come up with a schedule to backup your files consistently. Here are some tools for backing up your files.

Geek-Aid® recommends you use a secondary hard drive from your computer’s to back up all of your files. Portable storage devices such as external hard drives and USB flash drives are cheaper than ever and can be extremely handy.

External hard drives are used for mass storage, backing up your entire computer or big files such as videos and programs. The desktop external hard drives have the largest capacities but require an AC adapter plug-in and are bulky – typically meant for home use only. Portable external hard drives are more convenient for travel but don’t have as much space.

Even more convenient than portable external hard drives are USB flash drives. They are about the size of your thumb, that’s why they’re also called thumb drives, and are great for backing up documents, photos and other small files. Thumb drives are incredibly cheap and are the easiest way to back up files.

A final option for backup is something just about everyone already is capable of doing. If you are working with small files (10 megabytes or less), you can easily save these files on your e-mail account by adding the file as an attachment and sending it to yourself. This process is a little cumbersome because it requires you to be able to get on the Web and access your e-mail to retrieve files.

Lastly, Geek-Aid® offers 24-hour support on all software-based recovery issues and can be reached by phone at 877-GEEK-AID® or bellow for direct assistance.

The computer has revolutionized the world, as has the Internet, but with that has come some new dangers to go along with the many benefits. Geek-Aid®® would like to offer you a few pointers to avoid falling for scams and becoming a victim of identity theft and phishing attacks.

The golden rule is to never give away your password or personal information to any unknown requestor. Be wary of any email form an unknown sender, as criminals often post as legitimate businesses with misleading email addresses. In the case that you create an account with a fraudulent website, you can avoid losing privacy on all of your accounts by using different usernames and passwords.

A very common way viruses spread is through email. Never open an email from an unknown address, and never click on any unexpected attachments. If you use Microsoft Outlook, or any other email client that allows you to preview emails, disable this setting.

Make sure your computer’s firewall is turned on and there is an anti-virus software running in the background at all times. Firewall settings can be accessed from the control panel and anti-virus software can be purchased online and at computer or office supply retailers.

Also, be sure to follow our tips for virus prevention and data backup for further safe computer practices.

If you think your computer has a virus or if you’ve lost your privacy online, Geek-Aid® offers a 24-hour help line for any computer or network-related issues and can be reached by phone at 877-GEEK-AID® or bellow for direct assistance.

A virus can do a myriad of damages to your PC. Viruses can prevent your system from properly booting, and make it difficult for you to load files on your computer. Additionally, viruses can slow down even a brand new computer system! Some of the more advanced viruses will disable your virus protection software. Luckily, you can take steps to secure your system from even the most volatile computer viruses.

Use antivirus software and keep it updated. Always check for new updates on your virus protection software. It is important to perform regular Windows updates on your PC. If you perform regular maintenance on your protection programs, you are at less risk. Viruses are constantly being manipulated to penetrate firewalls and antivirus software.

A firewall will prevent your private information from going out, and stop malicious software from entering your system. No internet connection is safe without one! For safer browsing, try disabling JavaScript for sites that you aren't familiar with. Even legitimate websites fall prey to malware. This will eliminate annoying pop-up ads as well. One of the most obvious virus prevention tips is to avoid distributed file sharing. Peer to peer networks that distribute pirated music and movies are rife with viruses and spyware!

The fact of the matter is, even if you follow our virus prevention tips, you are still at risk. If you encounter problems with your computer that you can attribute to a virus, the experts at Geek-Aid® will get your system back to working order!

If you’ve noticed that your computer has begun to run slowly or it takes a longer amount of time to load files, there can be a few reasons to explain it.

First, it’s important to know that your computer is originally built to run properly, but that construction is modified the minute you add or remove files and software. As you can imagine, your computer gets farther away from its original settings over time simply from the files and software that you alter. Eventually it doesn’t run as well as it should because it has changed dramatically from those optimal, factory settings.

Apart from the changes that you may have made, another area on your computer that could be problematic is the registry. This is a large grouping of files that tracks everything that happens on the computer, recording where it happens and how it all pieces together. The speed or performance of your computer could be altered as the registry continues to fill or becomes corrupt.

Your computer could also be running slow due to the amount of programs that are constantly running. Apart from what you see on your screen, there may be hundreds of programs running in the background, filling any availability in the processing capacity and drastically slowing down your system.

No matter what reason you believe is slowing down your computer, an appointment with Geek-Aid®® can help pinpoint and resolve the issue. After running a deep scan to evaluate your system, one of the many services offered by Geek-Aid®® can be implemented to fix it. From cleaning your cache files to finding irregular errors within your system, our technicians will work to improve the performance of your computer.

We offer 24-hour support, but please try to give us at least 48 hours notice for an appointment that best accommodates the schedules of you and our technicians.

Laptops are a must for the legions of students, home office workers, gamers, and general PC users who crave a compact, light, and (most importantly) portable alternative to the average desktop. However, finding the best laptop to buy is easier said than done. There are a myriad of types to choose from, and the prospect of settling on just one can be daunting. Through our years of tech- and computer-related assistance, we’ve come up with some foolproof tips regarding how to buy the best laptop.

In terms of computer specifications, let’s first consider the processor. A laptop processor tends to be less power-heavy than that of a desktop, although some laptop manufacturers use desktop processors in their products to gain a presumable advantage. However, processors intended for portable computers typically require less power and thus generate less heat. This is crucial because you want to extend the battery’s life and avoid a machine that overheats.

This brings us to another key component: the battery. Most laptops these days are powered by Lithium ion batteries. When charged, they have a long shelf life and are indisputably more efficient than NiMH (Nickel-Metal-Hydride) batteries, which were formerly used in the majority of laptops. Presently, battery technology has slowed considerably and Lithium ion batteries are your best bet.

Regarding memory, laptops are automatically underpowered due to size and heat constraints, so don’t skimp on this factor unless you like a computer that functions at an agonizingly slow pace.

Last but certainly not least, don’t underestimate the importance of a reliable warranty. Be willing to pay more for a warranty that lasts longer than one year, as technology has its quirks and something could go wrong with even the sturdiest machine.

We hope this advice concerning how to find a laptop is useful and informative. If all else fails, keep in mind that the geeks are on call 24/7 and would be more than happy to guide your quest for the perfect laptop.

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