Monday, September 16, 2019

What is included in the Tune-up Process?

Tune-up: A tune-up refers to improving the performance of the computer by way of several processes.

Today we’ll go over the 4-steps involved in our Tune-up service and how each step will improve your computer's overall performance.

1. Virus/Malware Removal
2. Windows Updates
3. Driver Updates
4. Defrag Hard Drive

Viruses & Malware Removal
We use 8 different virus/malware scanners to ensure a thorough cleaning. Even though you may have an anti-virus software running, unfortunately there isn't any one software that will keep you 100% protected.

Some of the signs that you may have a virus are:
1. Your computer is slow to boot and open programs
2. Your antivirus software is disabled and you can’t re-enable it
3. Your friends are receiving spam messages from you on social media
4. Your Internet connection seems much slower than usual or won't connect at all
6. You’ve started seeing a lot of pop-ups
7. Your computer crashes frequently
8. You get warnings from antivirus software that you didn’t install

Windows Updates
We know that doing Windows updates can be time consuming and frustrating.
But not doing them could do you more harm than you know. Keeping Windows updated
is important because Microsoft routinely patches newly discovered holes in its software
and security. Not doing the updates can leave you vulnerable to viruses and malware that can potentially cause other harm. So, yes, in our opinion it is absolutely necessary to do your Windows updates.

Defragging Hard Drive
One of the biggest reasons for defragging your hard drive is you'll likely experience faster speeds and less loading time. Defragging rearranges the layout of files on your hard disk for faster access. 

“Defragging” is short for “de-fragmenting” and it's a process run on mechanical hard drives to help make accessing the files on that disk faster. When your files are not scattered but are stored in one place, they load faster and your whole system speeds up.

We don’t recommend doing a defrag on a SSD (Solid State Drive) since it won’t improve performance and in fact, it may cause it to wear out sooner.

Driver Updates
Drivers are programs that let Windows and your other applications interact with the hardware, such as the video card, sound card, network card, and motherboard. Your computer doesn’t automatically know how to use all the features of these cards and it needs a driver to do that. Just like computer programs have updates and service packs to fix bugs and add features, drivers do as well.

The bottom line: Doing a tune-up on a regular basis will optimize the performance of your computer. We recommend doing a tune-up once a year.

How often do you get your computer serviced?

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