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We at Verona's computer Maintenance know your computer is important. If were to break down it could be a real problem and repairs can be expensive. Something you may not be able to afford. Below are some tips to keep you computer going and hopefully see you through without needing to repair or buy new.

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We at Verona's computer Maintenance know your computer is important. If were to break down it could be a real problem and repairs can be expensive. Something you may not be able to afford. Below are some tips to keep you computer going and hopefully see you through without needing to repair or buy new.

Anti-Virus.

Always use Anti-Virus software. It is better to spend £20 / £30 on this software then to spend £50/£60 on having an infection removed or having all your data lost. If you can't afford to buy Anti-Virus software Google free anti-virus software and see what comes up there are many good free antiVirus software progams out there.

Back-up Data.

Always back up imporant documents in case of a system failure or if you delete them by accident. Data recovery is expensive. You can buy high capacity memory sticks now for about £10 / £15 beter then spending £75 / £100 to recover you data. You could also search Google to find free dat recovery software like Recuva. this type of software only helps if you have deleted something by accident but better them paying a lot of money to recover that important file. For large amounts of data burn a dvd or look for free online data storage or back up.

Buying New.

If you do need to buy a new machine go for the sest you can afford comfortably some sales men will want to sell a machine that even makes the tea but if you don't drink tea it's not the right machine for you. Always go shopping with a price limit and a basic idea of the sort of things you need your machine to do and try not to move to far from that when with a salesman.

Software.

There are many good free software programs out there. If you need office software or photo editing software there are a lot of good programs that cost nothing and work with the leading programs like Microsoft office® or Adobe photoshop® . Just search the internet for them.

Always Defrag and use disk clean up.

The windows operating system has some tools to help youu keep you machine working as fast as it can.

  1. Defrag: In Accessories-system tools you find Disk Defragmenter. This replaces the files to their right place and should speed up your machine.
  2. Disk clean up: In Accessories-system tools you find Disk clean-up. This cleans up and deletes all old files and should leave you with a little more disk space.

Both these operations should make you machine keep working to its best and should be done about every six to eight weeks.

Office Aplications. Use OpenOffice.org

If you don't have Microsoft Office® for what ever reason and don't want to buy A full version of Microsoft Office®. there are good free office aplications avaliable. One of the best is Open Office; it is compatiable with Microsoft Office® and work can be saved in office formats so it can be opened in Microsoft office®. To take a look or download Open Office please click here.

Always use anti-virus software.

Always use good Anti-virus software. Pc World estimate that a third of PC's they scan have a Virus. If you can't afford Norton or Macafee why not try AVG who have a free version for home users click here to fine out more from AVG.

Always use anti spyware software to if you anti-virus software doesn't scan for it. Spyware can tell others what you view on the internet. Most big name anti-virus packages like Norton have anti-spyware built in but again it yours doesn't you can download free anti-spyware software with the google pack from google or AVG.

Always Turn your machine off from the mains.

Modern main board called ATX boards continue to draw a small amount of power from the main supply when they have shut down. This can over time have an effect on the main board and its BIOS system. It also makes a contribution to CO2 emissions into the environment

Never take the back off a computer.

Never take the back off a Computer unless you know what you are doing. Static can damage the parts of a PC so a good technician will wear an anti-static band on his wrist. There is electricity in there to and high voltage components which can be very dangerous.

Brower Security.

Browers are an important and necessary to view the Internet; but browers are also a way for viruses to access your computer. Older versions of Internet Explore may let these viruses in if they have not been updated regularly.

Firefox

New versions of Internet Explorer and other browsers have things like Phishing Filters and other security features. To get Internet Explorer please click here or Firefox please Click Here or the Firefox Image, Opera is also a good browerer; click here to get Opera

If you do need to take your machine to a repair man always use one that comes recommeded or one of the large retails chains repair service. There are many so called computer repair shops that advertise on traffic lights and in local papers with no win no fee or fixed fees that seem to good to be true. There are many people that think because they fixed a simple thing or read a book they can fix computers.

I know I'm fully qualified as are my colleagues at the large retail chains repair desks and companies like geeks on wheels. I also know there are some good web site based computer reapir firms that charge a fixed fee. Search the internet for these sites and also computer repair blog site might help you repair a minor problem without needing to call in a professional.

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