July Special – Free Diagnostics!

Before we get into the special, we will be closed this Wednesday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. Have a happy and safe holiday!

For the entire month of July, we will be offering our thorough In-Shop Diagnostic service for absolutely free. (quick reminder that our 24/7 Maintenance Plan members never have to pay for diagnostics on covered machines!)

If your computer has been running slow, freezing up, not booting up, or sitting under the bed or in a closet, now is the perfect time to have us take a look at it.

During the Diagnostic, we go through a 20 point checklist (depending on the status of a machine.) Included in this list;

Hardware Test: We test the hard drive, motherboard, memory, battery and more. Failing hard drives are a common source of issues and we highly recommend upgrading to a Solid State Drive which has no moving parts and is less prone to failure.

Virus Scan: Nearly every machine that we see that is infected with viruses… also has antivirus software on it. Having something installed doesn’t mean your machine is 100% virus-proofed.

Operating System Tests: Operating System corruptions are also a common issue we see, particularly after a Windows update. Not being able to log in, the computer booting to a black screen, etc. Reinstalling a “clean” install of Windows is usually the best fix here.

We also check your computer for issues with; startup programs, antivirus software, windows updates, security holes, junk data, disk fragmentation, drivers, and more!

Once we have a complete picture of the status of your machine, we will call you and let you know what repairs or upgrades we would recommend, or if a new computer is in your future.

Give us a call or come by to get started and have a great week!

806 722 0770

Custom PC For Sale!

We have an awesome Custom PC for sale!

This machine can handle high-end gaming, as well as photo and video editing, CAD, and much more!

Windows 10
256GB SSD
Corsair Vengeance 16GB RAM
Intel i7 6700K 4.0 GHz Processor
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
MSI Gaming Motherboard
Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler
NZXT H440 Case

$1400

If you need a new desktop, but don’t quite need all this power, give us a call or come by and we can build a custom PC specifically for your needs. Have a great week!

806 722 0770

Is there Russian Malware on Your Router?

Last week the FBI asked everyone (literally everyone) to reboot their routers. Why? The Russians of course.

There is a nasty piece of malware floating around called “VPNFilter” that has infected somewhere in the ballpark of half a million routers.

There is no way to tell if your Router is infected or not. A list of certain devices with certain firmware versions have been published, but they aren’t sure it is limited to that, which is why they are asking literally everyone to reboot their routers.

However, that may not be enough. And they may have used one wrong word that could change the meaning of what they are asking people to do.

REBOOTING your router is what we sometimes call “power cycling”. You unplug the power, wait 30 seconds and then plug it back in.

Unfortunately, many people don’t think that would actually get rid of malware. It wouldn’t work on your laptop, so why would it on your router?

RESETTING your router is the only way to make absolutely sure it kills any malware on it. This resets the entire unit to the settings it had when you took it out of the box.

After that, you will need to update the device’s software to make sure it can’t be infected again.

If you are comfortable doing this, we recommend you do it sooner rather than later.

If you aren’t comfortable with doing this, give us a call. We can help.
806 722 0770