Should I Fix My Computer or Buy a New One?

Unless you are a recent entrant to the world of computers, this is probably a question you’ve asked yourself before. After all, if your computer doesn’t work properly, you may have a strong instinct to throw it out and go get another one but keep wondering if it is worth fixing. This article is intended to help you decide which of these paths you should take to get a PC up and running so you can go about your work or play.

You may be thinking that since this is a computer repair technician writing this article, I’m going to tell you that in almost every case, you should fix your computer rather than get a new one. Not so. Just as there are a host of reasons to fix your computer, there are plenty of reasons to buy a new one instead.

Although the costs of consumer computers are nowhere near the costs of new cars, those of you who have had to decide whether to fix an older automobile or buy a new one may find it helpful to think about that process because it is similar. I would advise you to make two columns and write the reason to buy or fix in the appropriate column.

If you think it through this way, you will find yourself coming to a reasoned and reasonable conclusion. Also remember that if another person has your same PC model and the same problem, what he or she decides does not make their decision good for you. Keep in mind that there is not a right or wrong answer, only the best answer for you. While this article and others can help your decision process, the best answer for you is something only you can decide. Be wary of people who are certain that they know what you need.

Let’s look at some reasons to repair your current computer:

• Budget – Although the extra expense can be worth it, buying a new PC is USUALLY more expensive than fixing your current computer. If you are on a tight budget or are just a frugal person, fixing most problems may be best for you.

• Data – This second reason is related to the budget item. Whichever route you decide to take, you can (usually) keep your pictures, documents, music, emails, business files, and important personal information. It is easier, though, if you are keeping your computer because if you get a new PC, you will have to pay someone to transfer that information to a new PC. Many of you can do this without problem but not everyone can. Also, if your PC won’t boot to Windows and the data has to be extracted from the computer, most of you will need someone to get the data off the hard disk, which means you will be paying both for a new computer plus a service fee to a computer technician.

• Applications – If you get a new computer, you will also have to reinstall all of your applications. Some can be downloaded, like iTunes or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Any that you paid for, such as Microsoft Office, however, will likely be on CD/DVD. They must be installed from this media, along with the product key that came with them. My experience has been that both organized and unorganized people have a tendency to lose application CDs, particularly if they have had their computer for several years. Before buying a new computer, gather all your application installation CDs and make sure you have a disc for all the applications you use. You may be able to avoid this process and have all your applications as they were if you get your computer fixed. However, it should be noted that if the proposed fix to your current PC is to reinstall Windows, this issue is moot because all of your applications will have to be installed on a new Windows installation, just as on a new PC.

• Upgrades – If your computer is just a little slow or can’t do a certain thing, you can usually upgrade the RAM or video card, or the aforementioned USB 3.0 card much more cheaply than you can buy a new PC.

• Windows 8 – Have you used or seen Windows 8 or 8.1? If you get a new computer, it will have Windows 8.1 on it. This is important because for all its pros and cons (and I don’t wish to engage those questions here) many, many people find it hard to use and a significant departure from the interface of Windows 7 and earlier versions. Like anything else, you would probably get used to it, no matter how much you dislike it, but if it isn’t intuitive to you, why buy a machine that comes with it? Windows 7 can be put on new computers after purchase by computer technicians if you buy a copy online. But again, you would be paying more-this time for a new computer, plus a legitimate copy of Windows 7, plus the cost of a service technician to install Windows 7 on the computer.

• “Right Fit” – Buying something new is usually seen as “sexier” than keeping or repairing something used. So, if none of the reasons above grab you, think of this. If you were happy with your computer before it needed to be fixed-happy with its speed, memory, accessories, capabilities and performance, it is likely that that computer is the “Right Fit” for you. Why get another computer when you can probably spend less and get to keep something that fits you?

Now, let’s take a look at some of the reasons to replace your broken computer rather than fix it:

• Age – Although there is no specific age at which retirement and replacement kicks in, most people know it when they see it. If your computer was slow even when in tip top shape, that’s probably a clue you need to go to the computer store.

• Antiquated Accessories – If your PC has a factory-installed floppy disk drive or has a CD but no DVD drive, it is probably time to think about a new PC. Many people want fast peripherals through a USB 3.0 port. If you have a desktop, you can easily get a card installed, so I wouldn’t consider this alone a reason to trash the old PC, but if you’re keeping score, I would mark it in the buy column.

• Major Hardware Damage-If you spilled a Coke or such in the computer, ruining its motherboard, I would not invest in a repair.

• The Laugh Factor – Although I have never laughed at my customers, I have, on occasion, laughed at a machine that is brought in. Why? Because it is so old, so full of dust and cigarette smoke, so slow, that it is almost a joke that someone is actually paying me to fix this computer. If this is your computer, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about but if you don’t already know, deep down, that you need a new computer then take that message from this article. If you decide not to fix it or you just keep your computers for a long time, make sure they inside is cleaned our regularly, whether you do it yourself or bring it in for a cleaning. That dust and smoke residue doesn’t just look bad, it can overheat your computer and cause its death

The question of whether to fix or whether to buy anew can be confusing. I hope that these questions and commentary have helped you make a solid decision. If you decide that you want your computer fixed, call Tom at (903) 650-9483.

Antivirus Support Services to Fix Computer Programs and Software

Antivirus is not the new terminology in the digital world. The services of antiviruses are used by the different companies and organizations worldwide, to keep in check of the threats like malware, spyware or adware etc. With the fast-paced world, it is essential to keep oneself updated of the different PC software is an antivirus software. If one is the newbie in the technological world and is not aware of the Antivirus software then it is quite necessary to keep the check of the quality and services that turn the better results in the limited time. The support of the latest antivirus hubs can turn out the better results.

Wondering, what is a virus and how they affect the computer programs?

Viruses are programs written by professional computer programmers; to affect the performance of the system or applications software installed in a computer. A computer virus normally works in accordance to command sets of computer programs; and are not active until they execute when the program attacked is running. It affects the computer software and hardware indirectly, resulting to the heavy losses in future. The major work of an antivirus is to detect and remove these computer viruses before they infect a computer’s system programs or application software; damaging useful files stored in a computer

Antivirus Support of Business Growth

Some businesses, however, use more hand-on networks and carry a lot of sensitive information. Corporations that handle finances, health records, or truly any storing of personal information on their system should invest in more sophisticated malware protection.

Basic antivirus systems will identify threats that are being sent every day, provided your antivirus systems are updated regularly. Most antivirus systems now are automated to update on a regular basis, so that shouldn’t be an issue. The regular check is necessary to keep many things in check.

The paid antivirus tools and services allow for wider protection and provide the number of resources needed to really offer your network the full protection it needs to be safe.

Features of the Antivirus support to fix computer programs

Real-time analysis

The data help to keep in check the programs for the further attacks. It is most important to be considered before purchasing an antivirus software for the perfect operating system. Real-time analysis can keep entire network need a full-time protection against malware that may attack your system at any time. Continuous scan and monitoring are also some of the important points, that can be considered.

Perfect scanning

With the market analysis of choosing from the top-notch services, scanning allows keeping aware of secretly attacked and infected your computer programs and files. Not all antivirus software will have this feature; as such, it is important to compare and ensure that the antivirus suite with your select strategy.

Performance strategy with antivirus removal

With a lot of antivirus playing the precious role in the tech industry, it is important to keep with the excellent antivirus software. It is used to detect and remove a virus automatically. Many antivirus programs will detect but not remove effectively computer viruses, and this feature is what differentiates antivirus programs in terms of performance.

Antivirus Update

The mechanism must be available so that anyone can quickly make maximum use of the latest updates.

All these features have been showing improvement with business and work life.