Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tired of Spyware and Adware? Are Pop-Ups slowing your computer down?

From area director Rom Van der Zee:

Would you ever willingly send your personal information to a third party, not knowing what they would do with it? Or would you ever sign up to receive extra commercials during your favorite television show?

Well, when Spyware and Adware infect your computer that is exactly what you’ve done.
Spyware is software that gathers personal information from computer users without their knowledge. Adware is software that displays unwanted advertisements on your computer. The two are like close cousins and most often live together on personal computers.

How do these unwanted guests get invited in?
Spyware and Adware invade personal computers when users click on tempting advertising pop-ups and e-mails from untrusting sources. They are one of the main causes of computer slow downs and system crashes. Basically, they make the computer sick so it doesn’t function to its full capabilities until it gets to a point of crashing.

The big question is how can you keep them away?

Follow the following easy prevention techniques to help avoid these unwanted guests:

  • Avoid opening suspicious pop-up advertisements and e-mails.
  • Install basic pop-up blockers available from your preferred internet service provider.
  • Keep computer updated with the latest Anti-Virus software available.

If these trouble shooting tips don’t seem to be working, Fast-teks in-home computer repair will scan and remove Spyware and Adware from your computer. They will also place free software on the computer that will prevent most Spyware and Adware activity.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Fast-Teks at 888-917-FAST (3278) or visit the website at

Fast-teks On-Site Computer Services has the answer!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What would you do if you lost your business or personal data?

From Fast-teks Area Director Terry Anderson:

More frequently, we rely on our computers to store essential information about our lives and our businesses. We expect the data (information) to be there whenever we need it without making sure it is backed up.  Sometimes we may put the data on CD's which is a start but then we have to manage multiple discs and hope we can find them when we need them and that they haven't been damaged too.
Here are the 5 main reasons for online automated data backup:

 1. The cost of forensic data recovery (getting the information out of crashed or destroyed internal or external hard drive) can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars and take 10 business days or more to get your data back.
 2. The forensic data recovery costs do not include technician service fees to remove the hard drive and prepare it for shipping or the cost of actually replacing the hard drive and replacing the data if it is recoverable.
3. The cost of lost productivity may be measured in days, weeks and months.
 4. Sometimes the data can NEVER be recovered. Some businesses that lose their data never recover from the data loss and go out of business.
 5. The HIPPA compliant Fast-teks online data backup solution is securely encrypted and redundant with your data being stored in two secure sites.

Tell us what you would do if you lost your business or personal data?

Friday, June 18, 2010

What are you getting for dad this Father's Day?

It's time to honor dad for all he does! You can count on him for embarrassing you at the most inopportune moment, but you know he's always there for you. How will you show your love for your dad this Father's Day? Check out PC Mag's top 10 Tech gift ideas

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What are the gadgets you can't live without and why?

Today's technology rich world offers up a smorgasbord of choices when it comes to gadgets and tools. Many of us would have a hard time living without our smart phones or laptops. I have family scattered to the far reaches of earth, so it helps me stay connected with them. Check out the CNET review of their top 10 gadget picks, and tell us whats on your list and why it's there!

CNET Top 10 must-have-gadgets

Fast-teks Nancy