Computer Tuneups

What can be done to speed up my computer?

If your computer is running slower than it used to, a technician should be able to help you bring it back in time to the days when it ran faster.

A technician's tune-up services should generally include disk defragmentation, startup entry inspection, RAM and hard drive analysis, and an inspection for problems like viruses and spyware. Some of these tuneups can easily be performed by yourself using free software, but if you are unsure, it might be better to go with a professional, especially if you suspect a virus.

Speaking With a Tech

Ask your tech which of the above services he performs. Usually, virus removal will incur a separate fee; you might ask ahead of time how much that would cost you. A technician's "tuneup" service is often a chance to get your foot in the door. Be careful; a dishonest technician could easily recommend services that you don't need. If, after the tuneup, the suggested services seem rather high, tell the technician that you'll get back with him in a bit after he recommends any extras. Take time to research your market, calling up at least two other techs to make sure you're getting a good deal. If you are able to cite a better rate, he migth just give that to you.