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5 Reasons that Cause Your Computer to Run Slow

Is your computer not performing at its best, or running up to speed? If so, there are some things you can to do troubleshoot this common problem, and they all begin with identifying the root of the issue. Here are five reasons that cause your computer to run slow:

Program overload.

Your computer is running a number of programs at any given time. Some of these programs launch at startup and run behind the scenes without you even being aware of it. Every program that your computer is running takes up valuable space and memory, and can slow your computer down. Check to see that you are only running programs that are important to you, and disable the rest.

Adware and spyware.

This is all too common, and can have a very negative impact on your computer’s performance. If you suspect your computer is armed with these programs that are built for spying on your activity for the benefit of other’s then you should consult with a computer repair technician for prompt removal.

Operating system issues.

There are a number of reasons for why your operating system might suffer some dents and dings here and there (not updating regularly is a common culprit). Damages to your operating system can really slow it down. Fortunately, they are also relatively easy to fix, if you have some basic computer knowledge.

Limited memory.

This is a very common problem, and one that is easily solved . . . as long as you are willing to pull out your pocketbook. Increasing your computer’s memory is a sure-fire way to increase its processing speed, and sometimes (if you must run a lot of programs, for example) you just can’t get around it.

Viruses.

If you’ve checked all of the common culprits and taken all the practical measures to increase your computer’s speed and it is still running at a rate that is slow beyond reason, it may just be that a virus is to blame. Your best bet in this situation is to get your machine over to a professional ASAP.
Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074  Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

How to Know if Your Hard Drive is Dead

If your hard drive is on its final leg, then you must make last-minute arrangements to preserve the life of all your valuable data that is stored in it. Unfortunately, many people fail to recognize a dying hard drive until it is too late. Is your hard drive past the point of no return? Here are the signs for how to know if your hard drive is dead:

HD motor “sounds” dead.

If you know where the hard disk motor is, try listening to it as you boot your computer. A dead (or dying) motor simply won’t sound “healthy.” It may run sporadically, or too loudly . . . or it may not even run at all. Additionally, you may notice a clicking or rattling sound any time your hard drive attempts to run. All of these are signs that your hard drive is on its way out.

Your computer won’t boot up.

If you try to start your computer and it simply can’t get past the black screen, chances are your hard drive needs to be replaced. There are a number of stages in the boot up process where your computer can get stuck due to a bad disk drive, and this problem is not always necessarily caused by a dead hard drive, so if you are experiencing this issue, it is best to consult with a qualified computer repair specialist.

Your computer is using alternate forms of communication.

Sometimes when the hard drive goes, your computer may attempt to communicate the source of the problem to you. However, it may also be unable to communicate in its standard mode due to the issue with the hard drive, in which case it will resort to alternative forms of communication. For this reason, if your computer is beeping or flashing at you, chances are it is trying to tell you that your hard drive has crossed over to the land of the virtual dead.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074  Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

So How Do We Fix A Slow Computer

There are 2 methods that we use.

Method 1

Stop un-necessary programs from starting when the PC starts
Delete temporary & internet files
Scan for Viruses & Spy ware, Trojans & Hijackers etc,
Uninstall unwanted programs
Check Hard Drive Space & Defrag hard drive if needed.
This usually takes about 1 hour and can be done at your Office or Home

Method 2

If there is no significant improvement from Method 1 then Method 2 WILL make your PC as fast as it was when it was new, providing the are no problems with system components.

This method is done in our workshop. It takes about 6 hours to complete.

ALL your information IS SAVED and then the hard drive is wiped clean & Windows reinstalled. Anti virus & Spy ware programs are installed next, followed by all the Windows updates. Your programs & data are loaded back onto the hard drive. Your emails & contacts are next as well as printers and any other software you need. You may need to have your disks if you use programs we don’t have.

Your PC is returned to you and The Internet, Emails & Printers etc are checked to ensure they are working.

Is Your Computer Really Really Slow?

What Causes Computers to Slow down?

There are several causes for windows to slow down.
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If you can remember a time when your PC ran fast, then it’s most likely a software problem that builds up over time.

When you turn on your PC it could be opening as many as 20 programs or more, that run “in the background”. Most of these programs are not needed and will slow down your PC

Just like you maintain your car, your computer needs maintaining as well.

There are programs available that claim to be able to make your PC fast again however We have never seen any significant improvement after these programs have been used.

Troubleshooting Why You Cannot Log On to the Internet

Today, many people use their computers for the sole purpose of accessing the Internet. Therefore, when you have trouble gaining that access, it can be a real problem. Are you having issues with logging on to the Internet? Here are some troubleshooting guidelines:

Network troubleshooter.

If you are running Windows, then the simplest starting point you can try is to right-click on the Network icon in your taskbar, and then select “Troubleshoot problems.” Oftentimes, this handy program can get to the bottom of the issue for you, and even fix it altogether.

The obvious.

Sometimes, the most obvious thing is also the most overlooked. Your Internet connection problem could be as simple as an unplugged modem or router, or a disabled Wi-Fi adapter. Also, make sure that your issue really is with accessing the Internet, as opposed to bringing up a single site that may just be down. Rule out the obvious before moving on to more complex troubleshooting methods.

Your firewall program(s).

If you are running third-party firewall software in addition to your computer’s “built-in” program, then the two applications could be at odds with each other, resulting in some major problems when it comes to accessing and surfing the web. Disable your firewalls to determine whether or not they are the problem. If they are, then contact the program manufacturer’s technical support department to resolve the issue.

Network configuration.

Verify that your logon information is compatible with your network’s configuration. Things like security type (WPA or WEP encryption, for example), passphrase, and Wi-Fi channel can be changed by an administrator, so it may just be that the network configuration information you have is outdated.

Access point.

Your Internet access point (your modem or router – depending on whether or not you are wireless) may be malfunctioning. To troubleshoot this issue, try disconnecting the power source of your access point, waiting 15 seconds, and then reconnecting to reset the device.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074 Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

What to Do if You Forgot Your PC Login Password

It is always a good idea to protect the data in your PC with a password, especially if you share your computer with others. However, it is not unusual to do such a good job of password-protecting your computer that you protect it from yourself. If you can’t gain entry to your computer because your password defies even you, then there are some ways you can go about recovering from your mistake. Here are the steps for what to do if you forgot your PC login password:

Start at the startup.

Power your computer off, and then back on. As soon as your computer begins rebooting, begin tapping the F8 key. Tap F8 continuously until you arrive at the Advanced Startup Options menu.

Start your computer in Safe Mode.

From the Advanced Startup Options menu, you will see the option of starting your computer in Safe Mode. Your computer’s safe mode is its most basic mode of operation – basically the skeleton of operation without all the bells and whistles (Internet, optional programs and applications, etc.). Choose the Safe Mode option and your computer will restart accordingly.

Change your password.

While in Safe Mode, access your Control Panel from the Start menu. In your Control Panel are the options for changing account settings for each of the “User Accounts” associated with the computer. Navigate to these accounts to change the password associated with the Administrator account.

If that does not work. The preceding method will work if your desktop is just one of a number of user accounts on your computer. If you happen to forget the password associated with the computer itself (as opposed to your desktop), then you can use a computer program that will allow you to bypass the password in order to gain access to your desktop so you can change the password. You can find such programs online, or by consulting with a qualified computer repair specialist.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074  Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

3 Reasons Why Your Computer Will Not Turn On

Of all the computer problems you can have, it seems safe to say that one of the most perplexing (and aggravating) is when your computer simply won’t turn on. After all, how can you troubleshoot a computer problem when your computer is showing no sign of life? Fortunately, a seemingly powerless computer isn’t necessary dead and gone. It may just be that you need to know what to look for in order to revive it. Here are three common reasons for why your computer will not turn on:

The battery is dead.

If you have a laptop, then you are probably aware of the battery charge indicator at the bottom right hand side of your computer screen. Chances are you also take that small symbol for granted, especially if you’ve never before had power problems with your laptop. It’s not unusual for an old laptop battery to die, in which case your machine will not have the power to start (without being plugged in). If this is the case, the solution is simple: buy a new battery.

It’s not plugged in.

Of course, this may seem like a no-brainer (because it actually is), but the truth is that techs report receiving this very phone call on a regular basis. It’s quite simple: your computer gets unplugged in some roundabout and unexpected way (pets, vacuum cleaner, etc.)without you being aware of it and, naturally, you are shocked to find that your computer has no power the next time you go to start it. As checking the plug is such an obvious thing to do, many people skip that step and jump straight to the more sinister computer problems before discovering that the culprit was right at their feet. Are you that person? Check your plug and find out.

Failed motherboard.

The source of your problem may not be in the power system at all. It may be that your motherboard has failed. This is a problem that requires the attention of a professional, so if you determine that your computer’s power supply is not being interrupted in some way, then you need to take your computer in to the repair shop and have its motherboard inspected.
Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074 – Phone 07 5522 9078, or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

Reasons Why Your Computer Will Not Play Video

There are a number of ways in which you can watch videos on your computer, and the medium you use is determined by the circumstances in which you are trying to play the video. For example, your computer most likely makes use of completely different types of programming to play videos that you record and transfer to your computer using your camera than it does to stream videos from a website. Therefore, if you are having problems getting your computer to play video, there may be a number of different culprits. Here are some common reasons why your computer will not play video:

Your player is not updated.

If you do not update your video playing programs regularly, then it may be that you are missing a vital upgrade, in which case you will have problems launching your player and getting it to function properly.

You are missing a necessary plugin.

Many video players on the Internet operate by way of plugins (programs that enable specific functionalities necessary to displaying/running information on a website). If you are missing a plugin that is needed to play a video, then you will likely get a message prompting you to download the corresponding plugin.

Incompatible codec.

Online videos are “written” for video playing programs using codecs. A codec is like a language; video playing programs basically interpret a video’s codec in order to put a picture on your screen. If a video player is not familiar with the particular language – or codec – your video is written in, then it will not be able to play it. In the case of codec errors, your best bet is to download a compatible player.

Not enough memory.

Believe it or not, your computer must draw from its memory resources in order to play videos. If your computer is short on memory, then it simply won’t be able to deliver when you press the play button.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074  Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

404 Page Not Found Error Explained

“404 Page Not Found.” Does this look familiar to you? Chances are, you know the message well . . . but are at a complete loss when it comes to the meaning. As a matter of fact, anyone who uses a computer for any considerable amount of time will inevitably run into this common message at some point, and very few people actually know how to respond to it. Are you perplexed over this pesky line of communication? If so, you’ve come to the perfect place. Here is the 404 Page Not Found error, explained:

Variations.

This error message is often customized by individual site owners, so it may be that you see any variation of the original syntax, including things like, “404 Not found,” “Error 404,” and “HTTP 404.” All of these messages mean the same thing, so don’t let the variations fool you into thinking you’re dealing with a new problem.

What this means.

Whatever the wording of your 404 error message, it always seems to be that the implication is that you somehow made a mistake when typing the search terms for the page you were looking for. While it may be that you mistyped, there are also other common causes for this error message that have nothing to do with you. One of the most likely sources of the 404 error message lies in the website’s organization. If the developer changed the site directory or path, or even the file’s name or location, you can be led to the 404 error message page if that change has not been clearly mapped in the site’s behind-the-scenes organization.

What to do.

As there are a few different reasons for why you may get this message, there are a few different things you can try to remedy the problem. First, it is always a good idea to check your spelling and re-enter the URL you are looking for. If you get the 404 error at no fault of your own, then you can try backing through the path, one directory at a time, until you arrive at your page (or a related page). For example, if you tried http://site.com/dir1/dir2/dir3, then begin by searching the path without the “dir3,” and so on. If that doesn’t work, you can visit the site’s main page and search for what you are looking for from there.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems. What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right. If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074  Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

Top 3 Most Common Computer Problems

Computers are complex machines, and any of your computer’s parts or programs can be the source of a problem.  Fortunately, many of the computer problems you may run into have simple solutions, and you can save a lot of time, energy, and money by learning how to recognize these problems without the help of a professional.  Here are the top three most common computer problems:

Freezing up.

There are a number of things that can lead to this problem, and some are more simply solved than others.  If your computer keeps freezing up on you, then you can troubleshoot by rebooting, running a virus and malware scan, cleaning your registry (using a registry cleaning program), searching for (and deleting, if applicable) spyware and adware, and repairing corrupted files.  It may even be that your computer has insufficient RAM for running all of your programs, in which case you can add memory to your computer.

Slow running. 

Many times, a slow running computer can be addressed by following a number of steps, all which add up to optimize its performance.  Increasing your computer’s memory can greatly improve its speed; do this by uninstalling any programs that you don’t use, clearing the caches of all your software, getting rid of desktop icons and items that you don’t need, deleting temporary files, and even purchasing/adding more RAM.  Also, be sure to scan your computer for viruses and malicious programs (spyware, rootkits, trojan horses, and adware, for example), as these can drastically slow your computer’s performance.

Blue Screen of Death.

Also simply referred to as BSOD, this problem is actually a STOP error – meaning, your computer must stop responding in order to preserve your valuable data.  In order to do this, your computer will take a crash (called a crash dump) by shutting itself down.  There are many causes for the BSOD, so pay close attention to the specific details of the error message; you can relay that message to a computer repair technician who can then get go about solving the problem and reviving your computer.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems.  What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right.  If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074 Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

What is the “Blue Screen of Death?”

Very few computer problems have reached pop culture icon status like the infamous “Blue Screen of Death.”  Chances are, you’ve heard the phrase tossed around quite a bit, yourself.  But, do you actually know what it really means to experience the BSOD?  Is the occurrence as foreboding as the term suggests?  And just what, exactly, is the Blue Screen of Death?  Read on to learn the answers to all of these questions:

Error message. 

The BSOD is actually an error message, named after the color of the screen when the message is displayed.  What’s so scary about this error message?  Basically, the nature of the error, itself, is what conjures up images of “death.”  When you get this particular error message, you are actually being notified of a fatal, or critical, error – generally irreversible in nature and linked to an imminent, unavoidable computer crash.

What causes the Blue Screen of Death? 

The types of errors that lead to the BSOD are stop errors, meaning they are related to the computer’s driver or hardware and the computer must stop responding in order to protect your data (stored in the computer’s hardware) from being destroyed.  Common hardware problems that might lead to the Blue Screen of Death include overheating, faulty RAM, failing power supplies, or hardware components that are running beyond their specifications.  Driver (software) errors are generally due to things like flawed device driver programming and/or DLL incompatibility.

Does your computer really “die” when you see the blue screen? 

As bad as the term “Blue Screen of Death” sounds, it’s really not a death sentence.  Sure, you might lose any work that you haven’t saved, but that doesn’t mean your computer cannot be fully recovered and up and running in no time.  It’s really just a matter of fixing whatever problem caused the error screen in the first place, and a qualified computer repair specialist should be able to help you with that.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems.  What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right.  If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074  Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

Why Your Operating System Will Not Load

If you try to start your computer only to find that you can’t even get past the all-important point of loading your operating system, then it is only natural that you might feel that you are at a loss when it comes to solving your problem.  After all, how can you troubleshoot if you can’t even operate your computer?  Fortunately, there are some practical solutions to this common problem, and they begin with a basic understanding of the underlying causes.  Here are some reasons for why your operation system will not load:

Corrupted startup files. 

The files necessary to your computer’s startup process may be corrupted in a number of different ways – installing/uninstalling programs and improper entry/deletion of registry keys, for example – and this corruption can render your computer incapable of accessing your operating system.  The best, simplest, and easiest way to remedy this problem is to insert your operating system’s startup disc and start your computer up again, from scratch.

Corrupt boot file. 

The Boot.ini file is what your computer refers to during the startup process to determine which options to load and enable during the startup process.  If your boot file is corrupted, then your operating system will not be able to load correctly.  The best way to troubleshoot this problem is to use your Recovery Console’s Bootcfg tool to fix it.  Access this tool from the Recovery Console command prompt.

Hard disk problems.

There are certain sections of your hard disk devoted to startup processes.  If the information in these sections of your hard disk is corrupted in any way, then your computer will not be able to start up.  If you are getting a hard disk error message every time your operating system fails to load, then you can either attempt to fix the problem yourself, from the Recovery Console, or you can consult with a qualified professional for troubleshooting options.  Just write down the error message you are getting so you can relay it to the repair technician.

Considering all of the roles computers must fill in our lives today, it is easy to see how disruptive it can be to have computer problems.  What’s more is that you should only entrust the important task of handling computer issues to someone competent and trustworthy enough to get the job done – and get it done right.  If you are facing the difficult task of finding a reputable technician for your computer repair job, then you can set your mind at ease by contacting the experienced and reliable professionals at Monitoring Computers.

We can be reached by Mobile 0402 761 074 Phone 07 5522 9078 , or by email: info@monitoringcomputers.com.au

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