Childers Tech Group Childers Tech Group started out as a hobby and a love for computers. I started looking around the internet to see how much it cost to have simple computer repair done to a pc and what I found was alarming.
I was shocked that people would actually pay that much for something that I would consider basic computer maintenance. That is when I decided to turn my hobby into a business. Our goal is to be your solution for all your technical needs by offering reliable service at an affordable price. We want to eliminate all your technical problems so that you have an error free and protected computing experience. We offer technical support to resolve any type of computer related issues you may have by way of phone, email or secure remote connection. We understand that your computer is your home's command central that you rely on from day to day. That is why when you call us, we treat your computer like it is our own. From setup to security to repair, we have your back. Childers Tech Group would be more than happy to assits you in setting up a PC Maintenance Plan for your computer. Visit me at www.childerstechgroup.com for more information
just got off the phone with with someone who received a call from a person claiming to be with Microsoft Tech Support. They were stating that her computer was infected with a virus and it wasn't even on. If you get a call like this, hang up on them, it is a scam and they are trying to gain access to your computer.
These people are Cybercriminals, do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.
Practice safe computing.
Don't accept software or downloads for which you didn’t ask. Delete any suspicious email without opening it. And even if the email came from your best friend, don't open any email attachments with the following extensions: * .exe, .com, .vbs, .bat, .mdb, .reg, and .js
How To Check Your Hard Drive For Errors And Fix It:
If you are experiencing hard drive errors such as Read / Write errors and noisy sounds, its time to check your hard drive because these errors may effect the overall performance of your computer. Windows comes with built-in utilities to check hard drives, scanning your hard drive using Error Checking can help diagnose and even correct a wide range of hard drive errors. Hard drives that are formatted using the FAT32 file system should be checked for errors about once a month.
Before proceeding to further steps it is recommended to close all open programs and save your data.
1. To access the Disk Error Checking Tool, go to My Computer and right click on the disk partition you want to check, Choose Properties from the list. This will pop up Local Disk Properties Box. Click on the Tools tab as shown below.
2. Now you will see the Error Checking Tool, Defragmentation Tool and Backup, click on the Check Now box in the Error Checking section.
3. There are two options in this utility, the first one eliminates system errors and is the recommended choice for most users, but if you are an advanced user and wants to check on every error before this utility fixes them than you can leave this option unchecked.
The second option scans for bad sectors in the hard drive, it won’t fix the hardware issue but will try to move the files from the bad sector.
4. In order to proceed, schedule the Disk Checking to the next system startup by clicking Schedule disk check box.
You can also check your disk for errors from the command prompt.
1. Go to Start menu, open Run, type in chkdsk and hit enter.
2. If you want Chkdsk to automatically fix errors too, type in chkdsk /f instead of chkdsk. Running this utility using the command prompt doesn’t require a re-boot.
Improve performance by defragmenting your hard disk
Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Removable storage devices such as USB flash drives can also become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your disks and drives can work more efficiently. Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule, but you can also analyze and defragment your disks and drives manually. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Disk Defragmenter, and then, in the list of results, click Disk Defragmenter.
2. Under Current status, select the disk you want to defragment.
3. To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click Analyze disk. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Once Windows is finished analyzing the disk, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in the Last Run column. If the number is above 10%, you should defragment the disk.
4. Click Defragment disk. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. You can still use your computer during the defragmentation process.
Cleaning up your hard drive:
The question that usually comes up is " what do you delete?
The rule is: if you are unsure, leave it alone.
You will need to go into Windows Explorer and find files that are no longer needed. There are instructions below on how to do this.
Some files that are not needed that you may find are:
1. .tmp files
These are files that are only temporarily needed. You may find some of them in your c:\temp folder. You may do an F3 at the desktop and the Find dialog box will come up and you can type in *.tmp and it will find all the .tmp files to delete.
2. cache files
Look under options in Internet Exlporer and click on Advanced, then select Cache. Click on Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache.
3. Filecheck files
When a machine doesn't close down properly, some files get lost and the machine saves these files as file000.chk files and are numbered 0001,0002, etc. These can be deleted. You will find these in the C: directory.
Another way to find these is through the Find dialog box. Press F3 while you are on the desktop and type in *.chk by the box that says Find. It will find all of the filecheck files and you can delete them from here.
4. Data files
These tend to pile up in machines. If you have not opened a powerpoint file or a works or word file since 1996, then it would be a good idea to delete the old files.
You now have an idea on what needs to be removed.
Speed up your PC!
How you might ask, by creating a preventive maintenance plan for your computer. This preventive maintenance plan should include the following tasks:
1. Clean up your hard disk
2. Defrag your hard drive
3. Check your hard drive for errors
These automated tasks—while they seem simple enough—are the foundation on which your computer's performance rests. Lucky for us, Windows can completely handle these tasks. You never have to worry about them. You just set up your maintenance tasks once, automate them, and let Windows take care of the rest.
[08/14/12] Many computer repairs can be prevented by maintaining your computer so that it is always in working order. There are some basic computer maintenance tips that anyone can follow to keep their computer running well. Hard drive maintenance, virus protection and spyware prevention are all considered basic computer maintenance that will keep your system healthy.
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