Archive for General advice – Page 4

Too many toolbars

Popular internet browsers

A ‘Toolbar’ is an extra piece of software which inserts itself into the top of an internet browser and looks a part of it.

These toolbars can add search functions, links to various programs, online services and much more. They are easily available, usually free and are made to sound as though they are things that you cannot do without.

The thing is, you can do without them and we recommend that you avoid them if possible – even if they are from well-known companies.

There are a number of reasons for this. One is that every time you start up your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.)  the toolbar will also load and install itself into the browser. This can not only slow the loading of the browser in the first place but can also slow down the loading of websites, as some toolbars monitor the content of each web page and that information needs to be processed in the background- which slows things down.

This monitoring is another reason to avoid them – usually deep down in the terms and conditions (that no-one reads) is a clause that says that you give the toolbar permission to track what you are doing on the internet and send this information to a third party, either for adverts or something else.

Another practical reason to avoid them is that some are just badly designed and written. They can interfere with legitimate uses of your internet browsers and can even stop them functioning at all in some cases.

In extreme cases, we have seen multiple toolbars in customer internet browsers and this can not only slow the browser down, but also the computer itself.

When you can bookmark your favourite sites, you may want to look at your toolbars, to see if you really need them.

 

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Laptop care

Laptop care when using

When repairing Laptop computers we find that there are a number of problems that crop up regularly, so we want to highlight the most common to help you protect your laptop (as well as Tablets and Netbooks).

Handle with care

When picking up your laptop (especially when it’s in a laptop case or bag) be careful how much pressure you apply to the lid when picking it up using its edge. Inside the lid are a number of electrical items which can cause problems if damaged, as well as the thin screen itself, and too much pressure can cause damage inside the lid.

Similarly, be careful where you leave the laptop, as we have had to replace many laptop screens because the laptop had been inadvertently sat on or stood on!

Needless to say, dropping laptops does happen – unfortunately you may find that you have intermittent problems afterwards due to stress damage inside the laptop, even when you cannot see damage externally. So if you have had an accident with your laptop, keep an eye on how it performs for a while afterwards.

Watch for heat and dust

Heat and Dust are enemies of computers, particularly laptops, so you should avoid placing a laptop on any soft surface which blocks the ventilation holes underneath and/or at the sides. Despite all the marketing photos, this includes quilts, sheets, cushions or anything else that can cover the ventilation grilles.

Also, all computers attract dust and you would be surprised at how quickly dust can build up inside a laptop – if it builds up too much it can cause overheating so just have a look every now and then.

Keep the power on!

Finally, when Windows Updates are installing, make sure that your laptop is plugged into the mains power – you do not want the battery running out during the update process as this can seriously affect your computer.

Similarly, do not close the lid unless your laptop is specifically set up to stay switched on, when the lid is closed.

If you need help with a damaged laptop, give us a call on 01455 209505 or use our Contact form.

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