In this day and age, nearly every computer user has had the misfortune of dealing with some type of computer malware –although some don’t know it. In my computer service career I have rarely run across a machine I can’t reveal some type of malware infection on. I’d say about 80% of the computers I see at my shop have at least one malware infection. When I tell people they usually respond in shock with “WHAT . . . . but I have antivirus software . . . how can this be?” My answer – very easily.
That’s why I wrote this blog post — to shed a bit more light on the subject . . . . and a few other misconceptions surrounding the programs that are SUPPOSED to prevent malware infections.
1. There’s no such thing as a 100% effective anti-virus program. There are literally thousands of new malware programs being released each day. It can take time for the developers of your antivirus program to develop methods for dealing with these new programs. In the interim – you can be infected.
2. No antimalware program can replace good web browsing and computer management habits. It’s not just downloading pirated copies of expensive software or movies from file sharing sites or pornography where all infections come from. This is a myth. They are often rolled into relatively benign free utilities that most people think will help them in some way, shape or form. It can be difficult to determine if such files are safe, useful utilities (some are) or actually serving as a virus-spreading mechanism.
Other popular places to get infected are sites where there are free games, music, apps, movies, recipes, or anything else you don’t have to pay for. Often times malware and virus infections will come in through these websites as drive-by downloads and slip right past your antivirus software.
3. Antivirus software is both proactive and reactive. The software available today is able to use heuristics to examine the behavior of a computer file. Even if a specific known virus isn’t identified, the file can still be determined to be malware. This is a great method of early detection when dealing with new malware but not even close to 100% effective.
4. Files and software on your computer that have been damaged by malware can’t always be repaired. While it is possible for a highly skilled computer repair shop owner to remove the infections from your computer completely repairing all your files or software to their pre-viral state isn’t always possible. That’s why back-ups are so important!
5. One is better than two. Never do this, period. Anti-virus software is very heavy software and running two antivirus programs simultaneously slows system performance to the extent it can actually expose your compromised system to infections.
Used Computers, New Computers, Refurbished Computers and Workstations For Business or Residential Customers
We keep a selection of new, used, and refurbished laptop and desktop computers in stock at all times. If you want a new computer you can choose the operating system of your choice. Unlike the big box retailers you don’t have to upgrade to Windows 8 if you don’t want to! If you want to save money and buy a quality used refurbished computer you have that option, too. Call and ask about what is available as stock changes daily. We can even come migrate your data and set up your new PC.
Windows 10 Desktops and Laptops
We are able to provide both new and refurbished units with Windows 10 installed. We keep many late model, clean, lightly used computers in stock with Windows 10.
High-Quality Refurbished – Used Desktop Computers and Laptop Computers
We only sell top quality refurbished machines – not machines with motherboard repairs. In many cases, a refurbished machine can make a lot of sense. A high-quality refurbished computer can save a ton of money and might be enough for your computing needs.
New Desktop Computers and Laptop Computers
Sometimes only a new computer will do. You can get the latest components and operating systems on a new machine. The cost is higher, but the performance can match the requirements of the most demanding applications and software. If you’re in the market for a new computer, make sure you give us a call and see what we have in stock.
Workstations for Business
On-Site Louisville Computer Repair Co. is your one stop shop for your computer and network equipment sales and service. If you need additional computer terminals to connect to your business network, we can provide workstations — either new or refurbished. Workstations can be set up in a variety of configurations depending on your business computing needs. Let us know your requirements, and we can make it happen.
4 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing a Computer
A computer is a significant investment for most people, so it’s worth the time to fully investigate all the options and make the best decision. Not all computers are suitable for all needs. Your computer purchase should be a good fit for both your budget and your requirements.
1. How will the computer be used? Consider what you need the computer to do, and then look for a computer with the proper specifications.
• Will you be traveling with the computer? If so, a desktop might be a little cumbersome.
• Will the computer be used for graphics or large spreadsheets? A large monitor is probably needed.
• What software will the computer need to run? Modern software might not run on an older computer. Is the software 64-bit? You’ll need a 64-bit computer/operating system.
• What does the future hold? Are your computer needs likely to grow significantly in the future? It might be less expensive in the long run to purchase a more powerful computer now.
2. What are the specific capabilities you require? Consider these items:
• Processing speed: The CPU is the single most important factor in determining the power of a computer. In nearly all cases, a faster processor equals a faster computer.
• Memory: The amount of RAM in your computer system also increases the capability of your computer, including the speed, up to a certain point.
• Hard drive capacity: If you’re storing a large number of large files, a larger drive will be needed. While text files tend to be quite small, photos, videos, and software programs can require a lot of disk space. Solid-state drives are becoming popular; they have no moving parts, make less noise, and are faster. They also cost quite a bit more.
• Networking ability: Most computers are equipped with both an Ethernet port and a wireless card or adaptor. Having Bluetooth will permit your computer to connect to wireless devices, such as a printer; however, Bluetooth does not provide direct Internet access.
• Other considerations: Also be sure to consider your needs for the following items: graphics card, ports, and additional drives (e.g. optical).
3. Do you need a new computer? In many cases, a used or refurbished computer can be the best option. Most users rarely need the latest technology. Refurbished computers can be a less expensive option that still provides all the needed capability. However, there are times that a new computer is the only logical choice.
4. Laptop or Desktop? It’s not just an issue of convenience and portability. Laptops are more expensive for comparable computing capabilities. Desktops are easier to repair and upgrade. And, desktop systems can be purchased with significantly larger monitors.
There are many things to consider before purchasing a computer. Ensure you’re aware of your needs before investing your money. Making the right decision will save time, money, and frustration.
For more information on new or used computer sales call On-Site today.