Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it a virus ... ?
- What is a video card ... ?
- Should I turn it off ... ?
- Are online games safe ... ?
- Why does my computer need cleaned ... ?
- Why should I backup ... ?
Is it a Virus ... ?
There are several types of MALWARE that most users will think are
viruses. The most obvious difference between adware, spyware
and viruses are what their intended purpose is.
ADWARE - This malware has many forms: pop ups and
redirects are two common types. A fake alert telling you
your machine is infected is another very deceptive form of
adware. The intent is to scam you into buying something.
SPYWARE - Spyware is usually a program installed on your
computer without your knowledge. Its intention is to steal
information such as usernames, passwords, addresses or credit
VIRUSES - This for of malware has declined in popularity
although is still posses a real threat to your computer.
Viruses can be used to plant adware (Trojans) or just create
havoc with your computer or e-mail.
You should ALWAYS have an up to date active subscription to
an anti-virus and anti-malware program such as Avast.
And what does it do for me?
known as a graphics accelerator
adapter, or graphics
card, is a PC hardware
component whose function
is to generate and output images
to a display. It operates on
similar principles as a sound
card or other
peripheral devices. The term is
usually used to refer to a
separate, dedicated expansion
card that is
plugged into a slot on the
computer's motherboard, as
opposed to a graphics controller
integrated into the motherboard
The amount of RAM, internal
frequency and programming all
affect the quality of the output
from a video card or graphics
controller. A video card is one
of the best ways to improve the
performance of your machine.
Should I turn it off?
When ever you are
transporting a laptop it should
be shutdown. This will
stop the hard drive and keep it
from being damaged by impact and
prevent possible data corruption
Most desktops can be left on.
They will put themselves into a
low power state such as standby
and consume minimal power.
Also leaving them on overnight
will allow the machine to run
maintenance tasks such as
updates and malware scans while
the computer is idle.
Are online games safe?
The answer is....it depends.
Games from reputable sites such as Yahoo and Google normally
pose little or no threat to your computer's well being.
Things to stay away from are gambling sites, anyone promising
you money to play their game online. Free game downloads.
Safe online games will run without installing anything extra on
your computer. A lot of these sites
include adware or spyware in their gaming software.
Dust, lint, and pet hair will plug the heat sinks and vents
causing the computer to run at a higher temperature. This can
significantly reduce the lifespan of you machine.
The hard drive in most computers is a mechanical device.
The platters spin at a high RPM and the heads move across them to
read/write the data. If any of these components fail your data
can be damaged or lost. We recommend Carbonite to
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