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What is Computer Repair
Computer repair is the process of identifying, troubleshooting and resolving problems and issues in a faulty computer. Computer repair is a broad field encompassing many tools, techniques and procedures used to repair computer hardware, software or network/Internet problems. Computer repair is also known as PC repair.
What is a computer Virus
A computer virus is a type of computer program that, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code. When this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected” with a computer virus.
Virus writers use social engineering deceptions and exploit detailed knowledge of security vulnerabilities to initially infect systems and to spread the virus. The vast majority of viruses target systems employing a variety of mechanisms to infect new hosts, and often using complex anti-detection/stealth strategies to evade antivirus software. Motives for creating viruses can include seeking profit (e.g., with ransomware), desire to send a political message, personal amusement, to demonstrate that a vulnerability exists in software, for sabotage and denial of service, or simply because they wish to explore cyber security issues, artificial life and evolutionary algorithms.
Computer viruses currently cause billions of dollars’ worth of economic damage each year, due to causing system failure, wasting computer resources, corrupting data, increasing maintenance costs or stealing personal information. In response, antivirus tools have been developed, and an industry of antivirus software has cropped up, selling virus protection to users of various operating systems. Even though no currently existing antivirus software was able to uncover all computer viruses (especially new ones), computer security researchers are actively searching for new ways to enable antivirus solutions to more effectively detect emerging viruses, before they have already become widely distributed.
The term “virus” is also misused by extension to refer to other types of malware. “Malware” encompasses computer viruses along with many other forms of malicious software, such as computer “worms”, ransomware, spyware, adware, Trojan horses, key loggers, rootkits, boot kits, malicious Browser Helper Object (BHOs), and other malicious software. The majority of active malware threats are actually Trojan horse programs or computer worms rather than computer viruses. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected host computers, such as acquisition of hard disk space or central processing unit (CPU) time, accessing and stealing private information (e.g., credit card numbers, debit card numbers, phone numbers, names, email addresses, passwords, bank information, house addresses, etc.), corrupting data, displaying political, humorous or threatening messages on the user’s screen, spamming their e-mail contacts, logging their keystrokes, or even rendering the computer useless. However, not all viruses carry a destructive “payload” and attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which modify other software without user consent by injecting themselves into the said programs, similar to a biological virus which replicates within living cells.
What is Malware?
Malware is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. A wide variety of types of malware exist, including computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, rogue software, and scare ware.
Programs are also considered malware if they secretly act against the interests of the computer user.
A range of antivirus software, firewalls and other strategies are used to help protect against the introduction of malware, to help detect it if it is already present, and to recover from malware-associated malicious activity and attacks.
A Computer Technician
A computer repair technician is a person who repairs and maintains computers and servers. The technician’s responsibilities may extend to include building or configuring new hardware, installing and updating software packages, and creating and maintaining computer networks.
Computer malfunctions can range from a minor setting that is incorrect, to spyware, viruses, and as far as replacing hardware and an entire operating system. We provide services, at low affordable set rates. We can provide services off-site, where the client can drop their computers and other devices off to us. We also provide on site services where necessary in out local area. Remote services also available where applicable.
While computer hardware configurations vary widely, we work with five general categories of hardware; desktop computers, laptops, servers, computer clusters / mobile computing devices ( Laptops and notebook computers ). We also work with and occasionally repair a range of peripherals, including input devices (like keyboards, mice, webcams and scanners), output devices (like displays, printers, and speakers), and data storage devices such as internal and external hard drives and disk arrays. We may also be involved in system administration, and work with networking hardware, including routers, switches, cabling, and wireless networks.
When possible, computer repair technicians protect the computer user’s data and settings. Following a repair, an ideal scenario will give the user access to the same data and settings that were available to them prior to repair. To address a software problem, the technician could take an action as minor as adjusting a single setting or they may implore more involved techniques such as: installing, uninstalling, or reinstalling various software packages. Advanced software repairs often involve directly editing keys and values in the Windows Registry or running commands directly from the command prompt.
A reliable, but somewhat more complicated procedure for addressing software issues is known as a system restore (also referred to as imaging, and/or re imaging), in which the computer’s original installation image (including operating system and original applications) is reapplied to a formatted hard drive. Anything unique such as settings or personal files will be destroyed if not backed up on external media, as this reverts everything back to its original unused state. The computer technician can only re image if there is an image of the hard drive for that computer either in a separate partition or stored elsewhere.
On a Windows system, if there is a restore point that was saved then the installed applications and Windows Registry can be restored to that point. This procedure may solve problems that have arisen after the time the restore point was created.
Finally, if no image or system restore point is available, a fresh copy of the operating system is recommended. Formatting and reinstalling the operating system will require the license information from the initial purchase. If none is available, the operating system may require a new licence to be used.
Repair and maintenance services may include…
Some of the most common types of PC repair and maintenance services include: computer development, re-location and setup, virus and spyware removal & malicious software prevention, network design & configuration, computer peripheral installation, configuration and networking including printers, hardware installations and upgrading memory, hard drives, SSDs, video cards, and disk drives.
For online support and remote services, the main types of services include: locating and removing viruses and other malicious software from the system, turning up a personal computer, helping it to start and function faster, configuring and repairing email access clients such as Outlook and their associate data files, configuring external devices such as printers, scanners, and external storage drives.
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