2014: Top 5 Antivirus Software

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*2014: Top 5 Antivirus Software*

It is not a secret that one of the keys to make your computer work the
right way and avoid the risks that come from internet is to have a good
antivirus or virus removal software virus removal software to keep your system protected without
affecting its functioning.

Then, you will see what are the top 5 antivirus according to some reviews
made ​​during 2014:

*1 Bitdefender: *

It is a program that offers advanced protection and superior performance.
It is ideal for both novice users and experts on the subject. You will not
lose speed; it is easy to use and is an excellent shield to protect your
personal information. This program can even detect malware that has not
been registered as dangerous.

*2 Kaspersky: *

It is a software that prevents Trojans, rootkits, worms and other viruses
to enter to your computer and cause many problems. It also detects if
someone tries to violate your privacy and has a clear interface. Kaspersky
is continuously updated to avoid the risks that can affect your computer.

*3 Norton: *

It is one of the most used antivirus software and this popularity is not in
vain. It is easy to install and update. It gives reports, daily scanning
and excellent protection against malware. One of its best features is that
rapidly disinfects computers that have already been attacked by a virus.

*4 F-Secure: *

It is a fast, safe and simple mechanism to keep your computer in optimal
condition. F-Secure protects your system from different viruses that can be
spread by email, cookies or spyware attempting to access your PC registry.

*5 AVG: *

It is recognized worldwide for its high-level protection and ability to
repair infected machines, besides being easy to manage. One of its
attractions is that it has several layers of security that protect the
computer at various levels.

6 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH SEO

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6 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH SEO

At RepairTech, our core focus is providing techs with a robust toolkit for automating their computer repair process. While we typically try to ensure that the majority of our workday is centered around the development and improvement of our products, we’re consistently challenged with trying to better understand the cunning and silent behemoth that is Search Engine Optimization. This is a challenge facing many modern businesses today, and we know that techs from all over share our SEO struggles. We wanted to help out our fellow techs by sharing some SEO resources we’ve found thus far.

We worked with the San Luis Obispo Small Business Development Center, and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to compile a list of resources that make it easy for IT Professionals to boost their SEO Rankings. The end result was step-by-step e-book that the SBDC is now selling for $39.99. We were able to snag some of the key points from the e-book in order to give to you for free. While the list isn’t enormous, each of the following resources will certainly give you plenty of work to do. Feel free to get in touch if you have anything you think should be added to the list!

If you’ve got everything checked off from those top 4 resources, and you’re monitoring your traffic while building it up with social media activity and blogging, you should be good to go with your organic search. If you can keep that moving, it might be time to start experimenting with paid search. Many hosting providers give you free coupons for Google Adwords and Facebook advertising, so it shouldn’t be difficult to try a few different channels without much risk. While the world of SEO is ever evolving, these tools can certainly help you make some substantial improvements and boost your business.

Good luck!

The RepairTech Team


 

For more information, make sure to check out the full e-book Search Engine Optimization Tools 101: A Step By Step Guide. It’s a great read and worth the investment if you’re serious about your SEO.

About RepairTech

RepairTech is a software company based out of San Luis Obispo, CA that develops a collection of computer repair utilities called TechSuite, designed to automate the computer repair process. As an upstart software company, RepairTech is dedicated to helping techs get more done with less effort. For more info about TechSuite and RepairTech check out their site: https://repairtechsolutions.com/

To see a comprehensive demo of the toolset, click the following link to sign up for a weekly webinar that happens every Wednesday at 12pm PST:

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How To Extend The Life of Your Computer

admin, 29 January 2014, No comments
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By Chris Calkins

Here’s a little secret: Computers aren’t free, or even inexpensive. Getting the maximum lifespan from your computer is a great way to avoid an unnecessary expense. Like most other devices there are many simple things you can do to lessen the likelihood of your computer failing prematurely.

1.      Don’t turn your computer on and off unnecessarily. Some people feel the need to power down several times a day. You don’t have to go weeks without turning off your computer, but frequent heating and cooling cycles can shorten component life. The key here is balance.  Don’t restart too much and don’t leave on too long either.  I turn my off every other day or so the computer can load updates and fix file errors correctly.

2.      Blow out the fan vents regularly. A lot of air moves through those vents, and dust tends to build up over time. Keep the internal components cool is imperative to extending the life of your computer. Ideally, the dust shouldn’t be blown back into the computer. Taking it apart is the best method. If you’re not comfortable doing this, seek out a qualified computer repair specialist.

3.      Use laptops on a hard service. Using your computer on a firm surface will keep the air vents unobstructed. Using a laptop on your lap or on a pillow would be a poor choice. Your lap generates heat and is soft. A pillow is soft and highly insulative. A firm table, out of the sun, is the best bet.

4.      Use a surge protector. Many CPU problems can be possibly avoided with the use of an inexpensive surge protector. Unplugging during a storm or power outage is the best practice, but if that’s not possible, a surge protector can help.

5.      Get a regular tune up. Taking your computer into a qualified computer repair specialist is a great way to increase the longevity of your computer. They have the specialized software tools and experience to find potential problems quickly and easily. You probably take your car in for a tune-up on a regular basis. Your computer would be well-served by the same.

6.      Avoid eating and drinking while using your computer. Getting food or water down into your system can create all kinds of potential problems. Water and electronics never mix well. At the very least, blow out your keyboard with a can of compressed air regularly.

7.      Use in a cool environment. Computer components hate heat. If possible, use your computer in a cool place. A 95-degree summer day isn’t the time to be using your laptop outdoors. The cooler, the better.

8.      Use a good anti-malware program and keep it updated. Malware can cause all types of problems. With a quality anti-malware program, you’ll be able to keep a lot of potential issues at bay. Staying updated is important. There are thousands of malware programs released each day.

With a few simple actions, you can be assured of getting the maximum amount of utility from it before needing a replacement.

For more informative articles on Computer Repair and Service related topics you can visit our blog called PC News.

 

Paying Too Much For Web Hosting?

Paying Too Much For Web Hosting?

Many small business sites only need basic hosting plans and too often they are paying ridiculous rates. I am writing this due to the sheer fact that as a business owner you know you need a web presence. But, the concept of having a website in the first place is to bring you more business, to get your name out there, to help you market your services/products…It is not to pay ridiculous prices just for hosting.

Perfect example:

I recently met an owner of a non profit that was paying $95 per month for their website hosting. Now they had a basic wordpress website that really required little to no changes on a continual basis. There is no online ordering or any other special features.  For a site like this you should not be paying $95 a month or anywhere close to that.

Shockingly, he is paying over $1,000.00 per year for hosting!!!  When I told him the bad news that he was paying four or five times what he really should be paying he was not all to happy.  Needless to say he switched hosting plans to us at the end of his contract.

Unfortunately, this is not rare, and their are many hard working business owners that are paying too much to Wed Design and Hosting companies.  This results from the owners either being inexperienced with the internet or just too busy to do their own due diligence about the costs.

Typically if you are paying too much there are added cost for things such as:

Space Needed For Website – Typically you need a very very small amount of space for your website. Unless you do graphics or something massive you will not use much space at all for a full blown website.

Fancy Features – Do you really need a shopping cart? Do you need multiple IP addresses (do you even know what they are)?

Sign Contract – Contracts are rarely the bargin they are made out to be. My opinion is you should be able to move web hosting as much as you’d like and when you like.

Things to remember:

·       Research your needs and have hard limits in mind.

·       Don’t sign up for too long.

·       Don’t buy features unless you’re sure you need them.

·       Be aware of up-selling.

·       Survey a range of hosts.

So How Much?

Isn’t that the real question? “How much should I be paying for web hosting?”

The answer is going to vary to some extent based on what exactly you need and what you REALLY Need. But, a typical price would be about $100 PER YEAR…Not Monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or anything like that.

Questions/Comments you can reach us at:

www.VeteranWebHosting.net

Your computer working slower 5 major reasons to know

admin, 19 December 2013, 1 comment
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Your computer working slower 5 major reasons to know

Computers have simplified our lives. So, if anything goes wrong with the computer we are very much disturbed. One of the major problems with computers is its slow performance. System slowdown is very sore experience for all computer users. You may start experiencing problems like frequent screen freezes, alarming blue screen of death, etc. Computer slow performance is not caused by one single factor but due to a combination of two or more factors- too many programs running in the background, damaged registry, using older versions of operating system, less of RAM and so on.

Here, we are going to throw light on five major reasons for the slow performance of your computer and what you can do to fix them.

1.  Too many programs running in the background

Most operating systems support multitasking, but that doesn’t mean you can run too many programs at the same time. Remember that each program you run access some amount of system resources and with too many programs running at the same time, the resources will be shared too, and your PC performance slows down.

So it is better to close a few programs to speed up your computer. To check what applications are running in the background and how much memory and CPU they are consuming go to the Task Manager or press Ctrl + Alt +Del keys at the same time. Select any program that you want to remove and click end task. But these programs are not completely removed and will all return the next time you start your computer. So, if you want to stop them from starting when you boot, you need to configure it to not open at the startup or remove it from the Programs/Startup.

If you’ve installed any antivirus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program, or other security software make sure the scanning operation is not running in the background. If the scan is in progress it can slow down the overall performance of your PC.

2.  Fragmented Hard Drive

This is a common problem with all Windows operating systems. Every time you create new files, install new applications, browse the internet or perform other activities on your system, data gets added or deleted from the hard disk. The hard disk functions as a VHS tape, which can store information in one long stream. When multiple files or programs are stored on the disk, they are recorded back-to-back. When one item is deleted, a gap is left on the disk. This space gets occupied by the next file saved to the drive, assuming the file can completely fill the open space. If the space left is not enough for the file, it gets stored at the end of the drive. However, if the space left is enough for the file, chances are there that it may leave some blank space. Eventually, the quantity and frequency of gaps increase, leaving the files scattered and separated. This is known as fragmentation which makes your computer slow as Windows take long time to access the required files which is scattered all over the hard disk.

To fix this problem, run the Windows hard drive defragmenter at least once in a month. This tool consolidates scattered files and speed up data access time. The process may take long time to finish but this will definitely speed up your computer.

3.  Problems with Windows Registry

Registry is the centralized database of your computer. All the data corresponding to your hardware and software gets stored in your system’s registry. The registry is used for performing simple task like running a new program or clicking a mouse. Since it is frequently accessed, it may become prone to errors. For example, as your system gets older and programs are added and removed from it, the registry gets loaded with all types of entries. Some of these may be unwanted, outdated and invalid that causes registry bloating. Such registry is prone to damages and fragmentation thereby slowing down your computer.

Running programs like Registry Cleanup can fix the errors of your registry.

4.  Malware, spyware, or virus infections

With the extensive use of computers, parasite programs such as virus, Trojans, backdoors, spyware and adware have become major threats for computer users. These parasite programs enter your system through unsecured internet connections, spam e-mails, infected storage media and others. Once your computer is infected you may find it difficult to work on your computer.

To secure your system from such malicious programs, you must install antivirus and antispyware on your computer. You must set these applications to run on a regular basis and also keep them updated to ensure that you are secured against the latest malware threats.

5.  Less RAM

Your system memory may not be enough to support new programs or high-end software.

It is for this reason you need to upgrade to more of system memory. For example, the minimum RAM required for Windows 7 is 1 GB.

 

Brianne Walter is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on getamplify

Yelp Review Scam

admin, 01 December 2013, 2 comments
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Never have been and never will be a fan of online reviews for many reasons. But, no matter what Yelp is the biggest one I have issues with. I have had people stand in my shop and actually do reviews right in person and for some reason they never show up.

I know if you read the Yelp terms they have some scientific algorithm in place (or at least they say they do) that does all the work for them. My issue is it’s broke….I have basically “1” review showing and it’s actually a poor one…Even tho I was allowed to put a reply it still is the only review showing…Now if you really really look you will see the “9 other reviews that are not currently recommended”…What in the world is that suppose to mean to a potential customer? Doe’s the customer understand it? To me IF you see it as a potential customer I would look at it and thing well Yelp is saying “not currently recommended”. But, if you look at them they are actually good reviews…

Now a competitor is on Yelp also so if someone is looking at my business listing they will see this other company prominently displayed right in the middle of my listing and also showing they have “7 reviews”….Now if you go to “Advertise” on Yelp you will see this:

Removal of Competitor AdsAdvertising on Yelp will remove competitor ads from your Yelp business page, allowing you to keep the purchasing focus on your business.

So if I pay Yelp then I don’t have competitors ads right in the middle of my listing…Wow isn’t that nice of them…And how ironic the competitor is a paying customer of Yelp.

So now my choices are this:

A. I become a paying advertiser on Yelp and see if my reviews change somehow miraculously.

B. I buy fake reviews and let Yelp find out and blast my business name all over the place for buying reviews. (Obviously I am not going to do this)…But, if you think about it at least you are going to get noticed as compared to the current system they have in place.

C. Try to find a way to remove my business completely from Yelp and care less about their system.

Way I see it there is going to be a battle no matter what route I take. Yelp is just like Kudza with their completely flawed review system and all it does it hurt businesses that in my mind are not willing to pay the price….

Lastly, here is a great example of a review for another business in the area: “Terri ***** is very knowledgeable and has a great eye for color and design.  Like working with an interior decorator but without the decorator price tag.” Great review and what would make it even better is if it was NOT the person husband that did the review….

Great system YELP…Keep up the great work!

How difficult to live without a computer

admin, 11 November 2013, No comments
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How difficult to live without a computer

Computers have become an essential part of life. Hardly any office work gets completed without the computer being used. Various jobs, be it in the private or public sector depend on the computer. Life without computers can hardly be imagined these days and the same has great use for professional and personal tasks.

Use of computers for professional reasons

Banking sector

If you are working in some private or public bank, life without computers cannot be imagined. Gone are the days when the banking operations were carried manually. All the banking tasks, be it payments, passbook up-gradation or record maintenance depend upon computers. Though some bank branches do operate manually but it is a reality that life without computers cannot be imagined, particularly in the banking sector.

Freelance jobs

Another career sector that has developed in the recent past is freelance jobs. Most of these job tasks are accomplished via the online medium. Therefore it is hardly possible that any of these tasks can be accomplished without the use of a computer.

Use of computers for personal reasons

Computers are of great use, not only for professional purposes but also for personal purposes. Below are listed some of the reasons for which it can be safely considered that computers have made deep inroads in our life and that their relevance cannot be ignored.

Connecting with friends and family

Life cannot be imagined without computers, especially if you have close friends or family members living abroad or in a far off location. By using internet, you will be in a comfortable position to connect with them, any time you deem fit. This is the power of internet and the same can be accessed only if one has access to a computer.

An education tool

With the use of computers increasing at every level, it is but natural that the same can be considered as an educational tool. The children owing to incorporation of computer education at school level have become computer savvy and prefer to learn new things via this medium only. This makes the computer a vital education tool in itself.

CDs and DVDs are available in the market on specific school subjects and help the child learn facts concerning the subject in a concentrated method. This turns the computer into an education tool and the child will want to use the same to learn subject facts that they feel become more relevant only if presented via the visual mode.

Life management without computers

Given the diverse use of computers for personal and professional reasons, it is hardly possible that a task can be accomplished without computers. This is the reason perhaps for which the use of computer is being encouraged in schools. Education curriculum spanning all education boards in India and abroad have made computer education compulsory. This will lead to creation of a talented workforce which will be well versed with use of computer by the time they finish the school education.

Computer is a necessity in the present times and life without the same can hardly be imagined.

Brianne Walter is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on amplify

Hackers vs Predators: Who is the legend in computer security

admin, 13 September 2013, 2 comments
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Hackers vs Predators: Who is the legend in computer security

When you are comparing between hacker and predator, then you will see that their intentions are quite different. For the hacker point of view, they use their skill to make the online presence more secure. Whereas, the predator point of view tells us that they make our online existence more vulnerable as well. Logically speaking, the intention of the hacker is protection whereas the intention of the predator is destruction. Therefore, the legend always born in the positive mode and it never seen in the negative form.

In the computer security world, you will see that they live each other all together. Therefore, they know each other’s limitation as well. Practically, they have same skill for the purpose. Nevertheless, their intentions are different as well. Therefore, when you will face them, then you will see that intensity of their actions were also different as well. Even, sometimes you can save yourself from them unless you are desperate to get their services.

Validity

If you are looking for the validity of their actions in the computer society world, then it is told that only the hackers get the best exposure and the predators have a limited exposure as well. The reason is that the hackers do for the good purpose whereas the predators do for the evil purpose as well. Even, you will see that the predator’s attention is not well visible all over the internet. Therefore, you will get the glimpse of the hackers in the large proportion in the internet. It is true that the hackers generally ask for the greater attention about their works. Therefore, they are always visible and accepted in the internet as well.

Usefulness

The hackers have a greater usefulness and they perform accordingly. Actually, in the computer security, the usefulness of the hackers is well established and they are well accepted as well. When you look at the computer security exploitation, then you will see that the hackers and the predators can penetrate in any system without any doubt. However, in most of the cases, the predators generally forget to wipe out its footmarks on the system where they attack. Therefore, they are easily traceable to the hackers who never like to keep the footmarks on the system where they enter.

They are far more intelligent and efficient than the predators as well. Generally, the hackers are the highly alert and they do the jobs, which they are very much confident as well. Whereas, the predators, in most of the cases, are the less vigilant in their jobs and in this connection, the rate of the failure is high as well. Therefore, you can say that the legend is always born in the highly efficient environment, which means to the hackers as well.

Credibility

When you will give a job to the hackers to perform, then you will see that the job will be done with a precise manner, which will always serve your purpose well. Nevertheless, in the case of the predators, you can never rely on them for giving them any assignment as well. The reason is that their credibility is very much poor.

Therefore, if you decide to get a legend in the computer security world, then you should keep your eyes on the hackers only and they will never let you down as well.

About Author: This Post is written by Brianne. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, WordPress, Gamification, website development and online development etc. These days she contributes on punchh.com

Tips on How to Keep Your Smartphone in Tip-Top Shape

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Tips on How to Keep Your Smartphone in Tip-Top Shape

Encased in a die-cast magnesium case with an electroluminescent graphics display screen, Grid Systems created the very first functioning portable computer: the Grid Compass Computer 1109. It had 340 kilobytes of bubble memory, which sold for $800 at that time. However, it was IBM who developed a commercially-viable machine in 1986, which was named the 5140 Convertible PC. Weighing at 5.5 kilograms or 12 pounds, it had an LCD display, 256 kilobytes of memory, and two 3.5-inch floppy drives. Its clamshell design and it became the standard design for laptops until today. From homes to offices, the laptop was the symbol of technology going mobile, until the smartphone.

When the “Jesus phone” was finally unveiled at the Macworld Convention 2007, it literally changed mobile computing. Now, more people are using their smartphones to help them run their daily lives including the powerful HTC One on O2. Unfortunately, just like its cousin—the laptop—these portable devices are also susceptible to software crashes and memory loss. To help you protect and keep your Android mobile phone at its peak performance, here are some tips to help you out:

Always Back Up Data

Since most of our important contacts, notes, memorable pictures and videos are usually stored on our phones, it’s important to back up its data. With its connectivity options (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and data plans), connect to the Internet and log into your cloud storage facility. Just make sure that your connection is secured before performing any type of backup. You can also opt to just connect to your desktop or laptop, and back everything up.

Manage Your Phone’s Memory

If you thought that computers suffered from memory management issues, think again. Most modern smartphones also experience the same problem. Now, to better manage your device’s memory, you can download and install a memory app manager. It can basically perform two tasks: First, it can perform a system recovery on your phone’s internal hard drive and restore its lost memory. Second, it will defragment—just like on regular computers—to organize fragmented files and help its mobile OS (Android) run efficiently. Aside from defragmenting and doing a system recovery, it can also help its users keep track of their phone’s memory usage.

Close Any Unused Application

Usually, computers tend to slow down if you have too many programs running at the same time. The same thing also happens to modern mobile devices; they either restart or crash when there are too many apps running. Close any unused  applications to free up memory space. Scanning it with antivirus software will help you clean it, and kill any process eating apps on your phone.

Resetting Your Phone to Factory Settings

For laptops and desktop computers, the last resort is usually to reformat its hard drive and start anew. Resetting should only be done if you’ve done everything you can. Make sure that you’ve properly backed everything up before resetting your device. It will erase everything and bring back its original settings. Just remember to install legitimate apps to avoid problems with your phone’s OS.

Delete Unnecessary Apps, Media, Browser Cookies and Cache

Always remember: if you’re not using it, delete it. On our computers, we usually uninstall programs we haven’t used for the longest time. For phones, unused applications usually take up space and eat up the device’s memory. Deleting these unused or unnecessary applications will free up space and optimize your phone’s performance. Since most devices are used to connect to the Internet, deleting its browser cache and cookies will help you browse faster when connected.

The tips and advice featured in this article were first used to resolve issues on computers. But since more people are now going mobile, these troubleshooting steps still prove to be effective in resolving basic phone problems. Just follow these tips and it will help you restore your phone to its former glory.

What other tips do you have in mind? Share it with us!

 

About the Author

Taylor Jennings is a freelance writer interested in technology, social media and music. He spends his free time playing video games or traveling to different lands. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.

The 5 most common remedies for computer problems which you can get anytime

admin, 09 August 2013, 3 comments
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You use computers both at your workplace and home, most of the time it can run smooth, however, sooner or later as you use it you are bound to see some errors in it. You may be working and suddenly your screen comes up with some error message or in worst kind of conditions your PC can end up with a screeching halt. Interpreting the kind of computer issues, you have and the way to fix them can be a difficult task especially if you are not aware of the same. The following are some of the top five common computer remedies, which you can give for the respective problems. Let’s check them out:

1). The BSoD (Blue Screen of Death)

Many people often get scared seeing the blue screen especially when it appears with an array of white text simply out of sudden. The BSoD or Stop error can be a deadly kind of issue, which you may come across, but don’t worry, you simply need to reboot your PC properly. This error simply appears over the screen for a wide range of reasons including damaged software hardware failure, issues with drivers or even corrupting of DLL files. Its remedy would depend upon the kind of its original issue. Over the screen you end up getting codes, which can really help you in identifying and fixing the PC problems.

2). Applications unable to install

If you are facing issues with the application while installing the same this simply means the hard drive of your PC is not having sufficient space for it. With such common issues, you simply have to free some amount of space in your PC. This is one of the key computer issues, which is not very much problematic. You just have to get rid of certain files or folders, which you do not require, in other words simply free some space of your hard drive. There are many duplicate and temporary files or data, which can deter this problem, better get rid of these once for all.

3). The Missing DLL file

DLL or Dynamic Link Library files are a place for information for your OS on which you perform certain number of functions. At times, your PC loses these files or encounters other damages in it. If your PC is unable to read out any specific DLL file it simply doesn’t know the way it should respond to these situations. You can have a corrupt or missing DLL file, which gives an error message every time you are seen performing some specific actions like saving. If your PC problems are seen stemming from damaged and missing DLL files, you can simply restore the same by simply downloading them back over your PC.

4). Abnormal Applications Behavior

The computer issues, which involve certain application acting in a strange manner at times, are seen leaving your wondering as what has really happened. You can see your application working smoothly, however, this time you fail to find out the exact reason for being strange. For example, your word file will not show the top margins of the document. If you discover such issues, all you need to do is to simply restart the PC, most of the times the problems go away. If you still find this problem persists, you can browse further over the web to understand it.

5). Application running slowly

There are so many reasons why any software application can run at a very slow speed. This could be due to your application or operating system problem. Your OS could be losing the updates coming from its manufacturer or your PC lacks the right space for the same. If you do not have the required amount of space in your PC you just can scan and clean the same followed by optimizing your hard disk.

Final word

While using your PC, you can come across certain common errors as discussed above, which could be sorted out with the given remedies. Even if you do not know anything about the same, don’t panic, try exploring them and find out the solution, perhaps the above given solutions can help you.

 

This Post is written by Brianne. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, wordpress, Gamification, travelling and health etc. These days she contributes on luxury houses

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