System Restore – 3 reasons to use it

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What is System Restore?

System Restore is software provided by Microsoft in your Windows operating systems. You have been able to use it since Windows 98SE, but it got forgotten as a great recovery tool. Windows System Restore is one of the first tools that I use to try and recover the quickest. Problem  is that it is turned off by default. Users need to setup the software so that it happens at least once.

A lot of software out there will create a restore point, but not all. It is up to administrator and users to have it running. There are scripts that will help you do this automatically. Like everything  it has to be setup, check back for full instructions on how to set this up using a script.

I hope that with this information you can finally use and setup this great tool. I have put together the 3 biggest reasons why you should do this:

  1. Easy to do. It is easy to use and it can help in recovering from a virus attack. There are plenty of ways to recover from a system failure. If you did setup System Restore then you have saved yourself a lot of trouble.
  2. Easy to setup. It takes some practice, but it is only a few easy steps. Seting up System Restore is easy if you have the right script (coming soon). System restore can be scheduled to run once a week.
  3. Save you Money! If this does not does it then I don’t know what. You can do this yourself, avoiding calling an expensive computer technician. System Restore saves you money by being able to bring you back from a system failure. You fixed it so you don’t have to pay anyone.

System restore is available to you in the restore menu (click F8 during start up).  You will get a repair menu that gives you System Restore as an option. Newer Windows version offer it as System Repair.

You should get a positive result quickly. Most system restores take about 15 minutes. Call a technician if after trying to recover yourself If all else fails.

Computer Killers – Top 3 – Keep your computer alive

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Why did your computer stop working?

Has it ever happened that you are happily working on your computer, then suddenly it restarts or worse, it shuts down to never turn on again? Well this happens everyday to many people who usually end up abandoning their computers. Others will simply take it into a computer shop and spend over $100 just to find out they could have avoided this tragedy.

Most common computer killers

Unexpected computer failure can be caused by many reasons, here are the top 3 computer killers:

  1. Over Heating

    Heat is caused by many reasons, fast computer chips, bad contact between metal and chips on board, dead fans, dust, etc. Whatever the cause, heat has been a problem to electronics since electronics existed. A lot of research goes into passing heat to an external source outside the computer.

  2. Too Much Dust

    Dust can kill a computer in a short amount of time. Dust will get into every nook and cranny of your computer. It will break fans which will then increase heat in the computer and cause your computer to fail. Dust can also cause shorts in your computer motherboard. Electricity will flow through dust, depending on the make up of your dust. The more dust is packed between the electronics in your board, the more energy will flow and short your computer. This happens fast and quietly.

  3. Low Memory (RAM)

    You may be like, What, ram can break my computer? This may sound unreasonable, but believe me when I tell you. If you are running any version of Windows or Apple OS in only 2GB of RAM, you are asking for trouble. The reason is that when your computer operating system runs low on RAM, it uses the hard drive as temporary memory storage. This in turn causes the hard drive to be overused over time. Your hard drive will then work harder than expected and cut its lifetime down to only a couple of years, if you are lucky.

How to avoid these computer killers.

It is very simple to keep your computer running fast and for a very long time. Here is a quick list and make sure to follow these instructions:

  • Change noisy or bad fans, this will keep your computer cool and it is one of the least expensive solutions. Fans are usually easy to replace.
  • Keep your computer dust free. How much dusting you have to do to your computer depends on how dusty your work area is. I have found out that no matter how clean an area is, your computer will find dust from your surrounding area.
  • Check how much RAM your computer has. Most store bought computers will cut down the ram in the computers they sell to only have the bare minimum. This is no accident, they know that your hard drive will fail in a few months and you’ll have to come back and buy a replacement hard drive. RAM is inexpensive and can be purchased online. If you are wondering how much ram is enough then I can tell you that 8GB – 16GB (or max) will improve your computer speed and your user experience. You will love your computer after this easy upgrade.
  • The Silver or ceramic paste layer that helps transfer heat between the motherboard chips and cooling metals will dry up over time. The paste usually costs between $5-$10 depending where you buy. You only need to use a small drop on each chip when you apply. Make sure to clean any old dry paste by using a dry piece of paper towel.

I hope that your computer is still working when you are reading this post. Le me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you have your own suggestions. Stay safe.

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Hacker in your computer?

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Catching a hacker

Got Hacked?

Hello, my name is Joel Laguna and I am a tech at IT Geek Techs. Today I got a call from one of my customers letting me know that his computer was talking to him. It was telling my customer to call a phone number to remove a virus. So instead of calling the hacker he called me to check his computer. I ran a scan and the computer was clean. There was a large red screen from chrome saying that his computer was hacked. But my customer knew better since this had happened before when He visited a hacked site.

A hacker will have a website available with links that will re-route your traffice without your knowing. Nowadays this is the way a hacker are getting to your computer. The hacker will scare you into calling and giving them remote control. They will sound professional and read you all the answers to your questions. Don’t let them fool you, the screen will be difficult to close and will keep on top of other windows.

Here is what to do if this happens to you.

  • Take a picture with your phone if you can.
  • Write down the URL address that shows up on the top of the window.
  • DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS!
  • Write down the phone number.
  • DO NOT CALL!
  • Call your IT support or someone that you trust.
  • Restart the computer, this will get rid of the screen.
  • Report the badware site here: https://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_badware/

All this will help take down the hackers, since search engines will blacklist and break their websites. They will have to pay money to renew or maintain their sites. Eventually the hacker will run out of hacking tools and will have to create a new way to hack.

Stay alert and stay smart.

Is your business domain Blacklisted?

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How to find out if your business domain has been blacklisted

What does it mean when your business domain has been blacklisted? Domain gets blacklisted when either the business website or the office IP address related to the domain have been breached by hackers or viruses. There are internet firewalls that filter internet traffic. When these firewalls find unusual traffic coming from your business website, the firewall will gather as much information as possible about the offending domain. This information will then be posted in a blacklist, THIS IS VERY BAD.

These are some symptoms that will alert you to your domain having been blacklisted:

  • Company emails will be returned with the following error: Error that the other server returned was: 554 Denied [CS]
  • Some people will receive your emails, others won’t
  • Business website shows a red screen with messages of spyware
  • Business website is very slow

The following are reasons why your domain has been blacklisted:

  • Business website has been infected with viruses
  • Business website has been hacked
  • Business office computers have been infected with viruses
  • Business office has been sending out spam
  • Your ISP flagged your office traffic due to suspicious traffic
  • Expired website SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate, VERY IMPORTANT!

There are plenty of tools that scan your website for any problems due to blacklisting. We like to use MxToolBox.com to find out all information about any customer that have been blacklisted.