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7 Steps to Speed Up Your PC

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Speed Up Your PC

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A common complaint for some of our clients is that their computer has gotten slower as time has passed. While this can be caused by several issues, here are some steps that may help :

 

1) Boot into Safe Mode with Networking  Safe Mode

 

2) Clean up your Desktop

 

3) Check your StartUp Folder

 

4) Download www.piriform.com/ccleaner

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Why am I getting so much SPAM?

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Lately, there seems to have been an uptick in SPAM being received by ourselves and some of our clients. It is a common complaint for users of both residential and business No-Spamcomputer systems. Unfortunately, even with many new regulations put in place, SPAM is on the rise.

Spam is like the junk mail you get through regular mail. Marketers are trying to sell you products and services. Email is less expensive to send, so they send a lot of it. Marketers create spam mailing lists in a variety of ways, including:
•    Scanning online discussion groups for email addresses
•    Buying or stealing Internet mailing lists
•    Searching the web for email addresses
•    Randomly guessing email addresses

Tips for avoiding SPAM

 

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5 Ways to Get Your Computer Ready for the New Year

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The New Year is a great time to start using your computer in a safer and more efficient way. Get 2013 off to a great start with these quick tips.

1) Clean Out the Dust

Dust collects on components inside the computer.  Desktops and laptops need to be cleaned out periodically to keep them from running too hot.  When computers get too hot, they start doing things like shutting down randomly, failing, and not starting.

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If you have a desktop computer (or tower) and feel comfortable taking the side off, take the computer outside and blow it out with some canned air.  Also, if you get your desktop 6-10 inches off the floor it will significantly decrease the amount of dust pulled into the computer.

If you have a laptop, the best thing to do is locate the vent slots in the side or rear and blow canned air through those slots.  You should hear the little fan in the laptop spin up really fast if the air is going all the way through.  If you can’t hear or see the fan spin then you probably need to give Enfuse Technology a call so it can be disassembled and cleaned out.

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November $99 PC Tune Up & Pie Giveaway

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Happy November! As we are closing in on the holidays, Enfuse Technology is offering a $99 PC tune up special. This will help get your computer ready for all of your holiday pictures and online shopping. Our tune up special includes:

1) Creation of system restore point

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2) All Windows Service Packs and Updates are applied

3) Third Party Programs are updated

4) Stop unwanted “ Startup Programs”

5) Test for bad sectors and file integrity

6) Delete all temporary files

7) Windows Registry cleanup

8) Defragment and optimize hard drive

9) Run a virus/ malware scan

10) Interior cleaning and blowout of PC (desktop only)

Also for November, we are giving away a delicious pumpkin pie and a beautiful chocolate bourbon pecan pie from one of our favorite bakeries, Sugar on Front Street. If you haven’t been to Sugar, located at 249 N. Front Street inside Old Books on Front, you are missing out. From their exceptional coffee, to the delicious cookies, pies and cakes, there is always something tasty and hot, ready to be devoured.

To be entered into the giveaway, go to our Facebook page and click on the Sweet November tab. Like our page and fill out the form to be entered. On Friday, November 16th, we will select a winner . The pies must be picked up on Tuesday November 20th.

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How did I get a Computer Virus?

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By far, the most common question that I am asked is “How did I get a virus on my computer?” There are numerous ways to get infected but here are some of the most common.

Computer Virus Tips

Clicking without thinking

Many times you will come across a site that says your computer is infected or that you need to download a piece of software to better view that site. You should always be suspicious and read carefully what a website or pop up is asking you to do. If it doesn’t make sense, DON’T CLICK IT!

Another common trick, is when downloading software you will be asked if it is ok to install additional programs on your computer. Many times the boxes will already be checked and you just click through hitting the “Next” button without reading the prompt. Always read carefully when installing any piece of software.

Email attachments

Another common cause of a virus or malware infection is the opening of email attachments or clicking on a link in emails. Emails will often appear to be from friends or co-workers. These addresses are easily faked. Never open an attachment or link in an email unless it is expected. Some popular exploits include emails from FedEx and the Better Business Bureau.

Downloading pirated software, movies or music

I am not going to judge the morality or legality of downloading software and media illegally. If you choose to participate in such actions you should understand the risks. The peer to peer and torrent sites are full of viruses and malware. It is only a matter of time before your computer becomes infected.

No antivirus is installed

There are still many people and businesses that do not have antivirus software installed. They claim that since they don’t visit dangerous websites there is no reason for it. I give them my business card and think to myself, “See you soon!” With the availability of so much good, free antivirus software, there is no excuse for not being protected.

Ensuring Windows and other programs are fully updated

Viruses exploit the holes in security left by software companies. Microsoft, Adobe, Java and many other major software companies have left glaring holes in their software. These companies are constantly releasing patches to correct these holes. That is why it is important to keep your software up to date with the latest releases.

These are just a few of the most common causes of a computer virus infection. Even if you take all precautions it is possible for a computer to become infected but we try to limit these risks as best we can.

If you have a computer you think might be infected or want to get more information on how to prevent attacks, please email or give us a call.

info@enfusetech.com

910.319.7905

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