- My computer is running slowly-is it time to buy a new computer?
A slow computer is not necessarily a sign that your computer is dying. A computer will usually perform properly for at least three to five years. If the battery is failing, a new battery is usually easy to find online (often for $50 or less). However if your computer is making noises or overheating, that can often signal an imminent failure.
A slow computer may be caused by a slow Internet signal, a large number of emails stored in your internet account, spyware or viruses, or something called malware. Even old programs or anti-virus programs can slow down your computer. I can analyze and fix most problems to extend the life of your computer. If I recommend purchasing a new computer, you can trust my judgement because I do not sell computers. I can usually find you a “deal” before you walk into a store and find yourself at the mercy of a 'commissioned' sales person. I can also steer you away from add ons or extras that you don't need. Call me at (561) 252-5641 or email me at ComputerCoachOne @me.com.
I always suggest buying a new computer before your current one fails (oftentimes without any warning). If you are using a Windows computer, and don't have the Windows 10 operating system installed, it is time for a new computer. If you have an Apple computer and it was manufactured before late 2009, it is time for a new computer. This is a great time to buy new equipment because of Black Friday deals which will run for at least a week or two. The worst time to buy is during the holiday season, because the 'bargains' are not usually bargains.
If you are planning to gift a new computer to a spouse, child, grandchild, etc. it is best to give a gift card instead, because we all have our own ideas about the best computer for our own use. Don't forget that iPads (tablets) or iPhones (smart phones) also make great gifts, but then again, we can't assume that we can pick out just the right device for someone else. Electronics Store or Amazon Gift cards will always put a smile on someone else's face.
Great gift ideas include Amazon Echo devices or Google Home devices which are voice controlled “intelligent personal assistants.” They play music and news, turn on and off lights, answer questions, play audio books, make phone calls, keep your calendar and lists for you, and much more.
I have mentioned this before, but find it necessary to repeat myself- NO ONE can call you on the phone and tell you that there is something wrong with your computer (even if they say they are from Microsoft). Hang up on them immediately. If you have fallen prey and let them access your computer, please call me and I can remove the hidden programs they have put in your computer so that they can't access your computer any more. If you get a screen on your computer that says you have been hacked and prompts you to immediately call an 800 number-DON'T DO IT. Immediately turn off your computer even though this warning tells you not to, and give me a call. I can remove that 'malware' without damaging your files (561) 252-5641.