Overheating Computers

With the blistering heat lately, I thought it would be a good time to talk about heat as it relates to computers. Unfortunately, if a computer is overheating it doesn’t start sweating or turn bright red like we do. This makes identifying an overheating computer a little trickier. Here’s a few symptoms to look for.

– Loud Fans. If your computer sounds like a jumbo jet about to take off, something isn’t right. Dirt (especially in West Texas) can accumulate inside the machine making them need to work harder to keep up.

– Randomly shutting down. A lot of things can cause a computer to randomly turn off, but overheating is one of the possible causes. Computers know what temperature they are at, and if it gets to unsafe levels, it will turn itself off to prevent damage to the hardware.

– Heat! If it’s extremely hot to the touch or is blowing out very hot air, it is a good sign that it’s operating at a higher than normal temperature.

How it Works:
On average, a modern processor inside a computer can run around 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. A Heat Sink is attached to the processor with a compound called Thermal Paste that helps conduct heat between the two. The Heat Sink is then attached to a fan that blows the hot air out of the machine. In a laptop, there is normally only 1 fan carrying all of this heat out. In a desktop, multiple fans are used to direct cool air in, through the Heat Sink, and blow the hot air out of the machine.

If your computer is experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help! We can clean dust out of the fans and heat sink, reapply Thermal Paste, replace Heat Sinks and Fans, and a Tune Up can often help the machine run cooler by not putting the processor under so much stress for simple tasks.

Give us a call or come by if you have any questions!

Free Diagnostics This Week Only!

We are only a few weeks away from having our remodel done! This week our remodel special is a Free Diagnostic Service (normally $35!). If your computer won’t turn on, is running slowly, or giving you other problems, bring it by the shop for our thorough diagnostic service. Offer ends!

We will test all of the hardware, check for viruses, operating system errors, updates and much more. Once the diagnostic is complete we will call you back with suggested repairs.

Give us a call or swing by to get started.

806 722 0770

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Global Ransomware Attack

An unprecedented piece of malware called “WannaCry” started spreading through Europe late last week. So far it has spread to over 57,000 computers. Here is everything you need to know.

What is it?

WannaCry is ransomware that will encrypt the contents of your computer and will hold your data ransom. The victim pays a ransom of anywhere between $300 and $600 in bitcoins, per machine. WannaCry also has the ability to spread to all machines on the same network as the infected computer.

How do I protect myself?

Installing all available security updates is an important first step. Windows Updates and Antivirus Software Updates are vital. This is particularly true of users on XP, Vista, Windows 8 or Server 2003. These Operating Systems are no longer supported, but Microsoft has released emergency updates to counter this malware.

A current, off-site, backup of your files is the best defense, as there is no “fix” for WannaCry at this time.

Be careful what links you click on, what emails you open and what attachments you download. This isn’t the first malware of this type, and it won’t be the last. Keeping your computer updated and being cautious about what you click on is the best way to prevent any such infection.

If you need help ensuring your computer is up to date, give us a call. We can help you with this remotely. Our 24/7 Maintenance Plan Customers will have the updates pushed through automatically.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.