Computer Speed-Up Service

Computer Speed-Up Service

Every now and then, your PC or Mac needs a tune-up, like your car.

We offer a complete computer speed-up and health-check service for both Windows and Mac systems.

Our computer speed-up process includes:

  • A professional assessment of your PC to help pinpoint the root cause of your system slowdown. This includes diagnostics on your RAM, hard drive and motherboard.

  • Running professional-grade tools to investigate the CPU and RAM usage of your Windows or Mac system in real-time.

  • Optimisation of your virtual memory settings.

  • Cleaning out any temporary, junk and cache files that may be slowing down your PC.

  • Running a professional virus, malware and rootkit scan to detect and remove any malicious executables that may be running in the background.

  • Uninstalling any unwanted programs.

Benefits of our PC / Mac Speed-Up Service

After your slow PC or Mac has been fixed, you will enjoy several benefits, including:

Faster Boot-Up Times – We can optimise the boot process of your computer so that it boots-up in optimal time.

Faster Internet Browsing – After your PC or Mac has been tuned-up, you will enjoy faster internet browsing speeds.

Faster File Access – You should be able to access your files and folders more swiftly.

Less Crashing – If your system is experiencing frequent crashing or non-responding errors, our PC tune-up process will get your PC running faster and smoother again.

More Secure PC – During our PC tune-up service, our technicians will check the security settings and security software of your PC. This is to make sure that you’re protected against viruses and malware.

Reduce your risk of Data Loss – Our PC / Mac tune-up service includes a hard drive diagnostic scan to check for any problems with your hard drive’s health.

Your data is important to us. All of our technicians use only the safest procedures and techniques to optimise your PC’s performance, without ever compromising the integrity of your data.

PC Clean-Up Tips

My PC is running slow, how do I improve its speed?

There is nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. Even simple computing tasks will take longer than they should.

Below are a few tips to help you make your Windows computer run faster.

TIP: Finding the real cause of computer slow downs

One of the most important tasks in troubleshooting a slow PC is pinpointing the root cause of its slowness. If this is not found, you could end up wasting a lot of time and effort trying to fix problems that are not related to the cause! Also, do not mix up the symptoms of a problem with the actual cause. For example, an overheating computer will often exhibit the same symptoms as a computer infected with viral or malware processes. Therefore, you must approach the slow PC problem with an open mind and try to be as systematic as possible when eliminating the possible causes.

So, before you start troubleshooting, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did your Windows slow down suddenly, or has it been getting progressively slower over the last couple of weeks?

  • Did you install any new hardware onto your system recently?

  • Did you install any new software onto your system recently?

  • Has your computer been displaying any unusual error messages?

  • Have you seen any BSOD or Stop error screens on your computer lately?

Reduce the number of programs that run at start-up

When you boot-up Windows, some non-essential programs will start-up and then run in the background. This can result in your CPU cycles and RAM being overstretched. Fortunately, Windows provides you with a quick way to disable these non-essential programs at start-up. Firstly, you must access the Run command or Search box. Inside this box, type “msconfig”. This should bring up the System Configuration dialog box. Click on the Start-up tab and use the cursor to disable any programs which you do not require to start-up on every boot-up.

Disable Visual Effects

Disabling Windows visual effects will sometimes lead to a slight increase in system performance, especially if your computer is barely powerful enough to cope with the demands of Windows 7 or Windows 8. Disabling visual effects might mean a small reduction in the aesthetics of your Windows environment. For example, you might notice that the transparent glass look of Windows is diminished, but your system will go faster. Visual effects can be disabled by going to Control Panel > Performance Information and Tools > Adjust Visual effects > Adjust for best performance > click OK.

Addition of extra RAM Upgrades (Memory)

If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, you should have at least 4 gigabytes of RAM as a bare minimum, so additional RAM can be one of the quickest ways to improve your computer system’s speed, assuming that all other possible culprits for the computer slow down have been eliminated.

Hard Drive Replacement / Upgrade

Apart from your system fans, the hard drive is the only moving part inside your computer. Like any moving part, it can suffer from the effects of wear and tear. When this happens you will often hear the hard drive making “labouring” noises while opening up files or programs. These noises can sometimes be an indication that it has incurred a lot of wear and tear and needs replacing if you want a better system performance.

Good to Know: Computer Speed and Broadband Speed – Know the Difference

Some users can confuse the performance of their computer with the speed of their ADSL internet connection. A very slow internet connection can sometimes lead the user to believe that the problem is with their computer when, in fact, it is due to their internet connection speed. You can test your internet connection speed by using an online broadband speed test.

How do I improve the speed of my Mac?

All Macs slow down a little over time, but you should be able to perform your tasks without the constant presence of the ‘spinning beachball’.

Make sure you keep your Mac OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, etc) and applications up-to-date. This will not only solve many problems, like crashes and slowdowns, but also, in many cases, prevent them from happening in the first place.

Remove unwanted programs from your hard drive as unused third-party applications are notorious sources of bugs and other irksome quirks.

De-clutter your Dock, Desktop and Finder. This will make finding files and folders on your Mac quicker.

Make sure that your Mac has enough RAM (Memory). When you first bought it, your Mac probably came with plenty of RAM. But it now slows down when you have several applications open at once and may benefit from a RAM Upgrade.

Check the disk space on your Mac. From the main menu, go to About this Mac. Click on More Info, and then click on storage to see how much of your hard drive space is used. For more detailed information on what applications or files are using the most space, download a free application called GrandPerspective.

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Business IT Networking

We provide a number of onsite and remote business IT support services for Dublin including:

  • VPN setup and troubleshooting

  • Wired and wireless networking

  • Ethernet / Cat 5, 6, 7 cabling

  • Patch Panel Configuration

  • Testing of Network Sockets

  • Cabinet Installations

  • File sharing solutions for Microsoft Office, Sage, AutoCAD, etc

  • Router and Firewall Configuration

  • Apple networking

  • DSL or Cable Broadband Configuration (e.g. Eircom, UPC, etc)

  • Remote Access / Working Solutions

  • File Storage Solutions (e.g. NAS and Apple and Windows Servers)

Troubleshooting Windows Network Problems

Having a fast, secure and reliable network for your office means that your business or organisation can work in a more efficient and collaborative way.

When networking problems do manifest themselves, it can be time consuming to troubleshoot and fix them yourself. So let our technicians use their networking expertise to set-up or troubleshoot your network.

Testing your office network ­– what to do if one computer cannot join your network

Try to ping the IP address of the computer – If the computer is configured correctly and the host that you’re trying to reach is accessible to the network, your ping request should receive a reply. (Make sure that pinging is allowed by your firewall.)

Make sure that the Computer Browser service is running on all networked computers. This is responsible for maintaining a list of computers on the network. If the service is stopped, or isn’t working properly, your computer will become invisible to Network Explorer.

If the IPV4 address and subnet mask of the computer are currently set as 0.0.0.0, the network is either disconnected or someone has attempted to use a static IP address that has duplicated another IP address already in use.

If the IP address is assigned by DHCP, check to see that another computer isn’t using a duplicate IP address.

If the IP address appears to be setup correctly, check the network mask, gateway, DNS and WINS settings by comparing the network settings of the problematic computer with those of a computer that is known to have a reliable network connection.

In certain cases the DNS resolver cache of a Windows system will need to be purged of old entries to enable computers to check for updated DNS entries. You can resolve problems with the DNS resolver cache by flushing it or by re-registering DNS. You can use the “ipconfig” command to flush and re-register entries in the DNS resolver cache by following these steps.

  1. Starting Command Prompt by typing “command” in the Run box.

  2. Cleaning the resolver cache by typing ipconfig /flushdns.

  3. Re-registering DNS entries by typing ipconfig / registerdns

 

 
 
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