Slow Computer Driving you NUTS?!

Are you frustrated by slow PCs, screen freezes, error messages and things not working right in general? These are all signs that your computer network is desperately in need of either an upgrade OR a tune up.

What Causes Computers & Networks to run slow?

  1. Spyware, viruses and other malware secretly installed on your machine. I say “secretly” because most users don’t realize their computer is infected until it’s too late. Most viruses and malware programs circulating on the Internet today are well designed, highly sophisticated programs designed to install themselves and work in the background, undetected – and often the only sign you’ve been compromised is slow performance.
  2. Old equipment. Believe it or not, most PCs only have a shelf life of 3 years. (Amazing, isn’t it?) But there are ways to extend your computer’s life, which brings me to #3…
  3. Poor Maintenance. Just like a car, computer networks need regular maintenance (or “tune-ups”) in order to maintain top speed and performance. In fact, there are over 20 different system checks and updates that need to be done on a regular basis, including disk defragmentation, patch management and the removal of unnecessary files and programs (to name only a few).

A FREE Tune-Up Will Speed up Your Computer, GUARANTEED!

That’s right – a FREE computer Tune-Up!  To take advantage of this offer you need to be a small business with 5 or more computers and be located within 15 miles of Elgin, IL. This offer is limited to the first 2 companies who call me at (847) 271-6643 and tell me you read my blog and you want your FREE computer Tune-Up.

What you’ll get with your FREE Tune-Up

At no cost or obligation, we’ll send a friendly, expert technician to your office to:

  • Run a full diagnostic on your network to troubleshoot slow, problematic PCs, error messages and other problems.
  • Review your firewall and security settings to make sure you ARE protected from hackers, viruses, spyware, etc.
  • Verify that your data is being backed up in a format that COULD be recovered in the event of a disaster.
  • Review system logs for errors and other “red flags” that could develop into bigger problems.
  • Check your power source to make sure you are protected against brownouts and power surges.
  • Clean out old and unnecessary temporary files that are stealing precious disk space.

Why would I give away free services?

To be honest, I’m looking for a few new customers.  If you don’t have somebody who takes care of your computers or if you’re not sure you’re getting the best service, give Technoid a try. This is an honest-to-goodness no strings attached FREE offer.  There is no cost and no obligation to ever hire us to perform more work.  I’m confident you’ll be so thrilled with the service that you’ll become a regular customer or at the very least tell your colleagues about us.

Fair Warning: This service will only be given to the first 2 companies who contact us, so call today: 847-271-6643

This offer includes an on-site technician for a maximum of 2 hours.  If your system is so hosed that we can’t get you running faster in two hours, we’ll come up with a plan to get things back on track for you and give you the option to hire us to complete the job or use our report to have your staff complete the needed repairs.

 Offer ends February 15, 2012 – Call Today!

My Site is Worth WHAT?!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this blog was hacked (because of my own stupidity) and I decided to just delete the old database rather than take the chance that I might miss something on cleanup.

I’m always working on a few sites and while looking at traffic trends and checking the value of the URLS, I found out that I had thousands of back links from Yahoo coming into ElginComputerGuy.com and according to one valuation site, this site was worth in excess of $14,000 owing in no small part to all of those Yahoo links in to me.

DOH!  I wish I had known that before I deleted all the old content.  Now all those links are invalid and I have to start all over trying to build page rank.  I don’t believe it was worth anywhere near$14K, but it is rather disheartening to think about all those high-value links that are now invalid.

I knew I had a bit of a following and was getting good traffic, but I had no idea I had all those great back links until it was too late.  Anyone have a time machine I can borrow?  I’ll return it instantly!

If you want to find out what your URL is worth, just go here:  www.urlappraisal.net

A Lesson Learned from Broken Blogs

I got lazy about updating my blogs.  I didn’t post to them very often and I didn’t upgrade WordPress as I should.  I know better, yet I just didn’t do it.

As a result, a few of my blogs got hacked.  Someone got in and installed some malicious code.  My host sent me notification that spam was coming from one of my web sites and upon further investigation, they found that 3 sites had been compromised.  In order to protect themselves, they blocked access to those domains while the problem was being resolved.

Broken

Their recommendation was to delete all files in the domains and download the newest version, clean the database and then reconnect the new WordPress installation to the exising database.  That would allow me to keep my content and fully recover from the attack.

I decided that a couple of the blogs that were set up as an experiment weren’t worth bothering with and just deleted all the files and the database.  So I had one to repair and another that needed to be upgraded but that hadn’t been hacked.  This is the one that needed repair.

To make a long story short, the only blog I cared about was the one that was not hacked, but I ended up deleting its database by mistake and lost all the old content.  I’m now faced with two brand new blogs.   Oh, well.  I’ve learned a few lessons out of it – always have a backup of the database if you care about the old content and always keep WordPress up to date to avoid security leaks.