Computer viruses aren’t just a minor annoyance, a slight frustration as you go about your day. To fully appreciate the importance of virus removal as part of your overall maintenance program, you need to understand the risks your company may be exposed to as a result of unchecked computer infections.
The risks of unchecked computer viruses
Even a minor virus or piece of malware can seriously interfere with productivity within the office. Putting aside the direct impact of a virus slowing down systems, interfering with access to programs and services, and forcing downtime while IT fixes the problem, you face a serious problem with morale when employees constantly struggle with system infections. Virus removal as part of your maintenance program will keep everyone satisfied and productive.
Security failures can have any number of costly impacts on your company, far beyond the obvious downsides of having private records and information exposed. If clients and business partners don’t trust your security, they won’t work with you. If no one works with your company, you’ll lose far more than you’d ever spend on anti-virus maintenance.
In any modern workplace, data likely plays a critical role in day to day operations. A loss of data means a loss of work, a loss of reputation, a loss of clients. Keep viruses from wreaking havoc on your systems, and you protect against those losses.
Many viruses place extra strain upon your hardware, borrowing CPU cycles to various nefarious ends. Others use physical means to bypass security, placing even more strain on your system. As a result, unchecked viruses can run through the lifespan of hardware components at an accelerated rate.
If you don’t take adequate measures to protect the data held on your systems, maintain uptime for customers, and generally protect against the disruptions and threats of computer viruses, it may increase your legal liability in the event something goes wrong. Leaked customer data, losses due to outtages, and other costs may fall on your shoulders if you’re found to be irresponsible in your virus removal strategy.
Perhaps the most dangerous form of virus in today’s digital ecosystem, ransomware infects machines, encrypts their contents, and forces your company to pay ransom to recover your system. A massive expenditure, interruption, and/or loss to no benefit whatsoever, companies should be extremely alert to the risks of ransomware.
Basics of virus removal
To help paint a clearer picture of what proper computer maintenance entails with regards to virus removal, let’s start with the basics of preventing, removing, and recovering from virus infections.
- Identification. To remove a virus, you need to understand what it’s doing and how—and where it’s hiding.
- Removal. Removal of a virus depends upon the nature of the virus. Some can be deleted directly and immediately, while others require an exhaustive process to root out every particle of the virus hidden away.
- Recovery. Often, viruses alter and infect legitimate files on your system. Proper virus removal will remove those altered files as well, meaning you’ll need to replace lost data with new installations or backups.
- Vaccination. Good virus removal includes steps to prevent a repeat infection. If you can identify how a system was infected, you can prevent against that avenue of attack in the future.
Computer viruses, like illnesses in humans, cost the least when we focus on prevention and early treatment. If a virus doesn’t seem like a big deal, that’s good news—that means you can handle it now, before it costs you big. Make virus removal a staple of your maintenance. It’s worth the investment.
As with most forms of maintenance, computer maintenance is a crucial investment for any company looking to maintain the healthiest bottom line possible. When computers go without maintenance, they begin to behave erratically, slow down, crash unexpectedly. Components wear out early, data is lost, and clients experience outages, downtime, and delays. All of it easily avoidable with basic upkeep—all of it far more expensive for your company than maintenance. Let’s take a closer look at each way computer maintenance saves your company money:
Employees can’t work to their fullest potential if their systems are bogged down with adware, unreliable due to unmaintained hardware, and running outdated software missing key features and improvements. By keeping your computer systems well maintained and running at peak efficiency, not only do you equip your team with the best possible tools for the jobs at hand, you minimize morale-sapping computer failures and the need for constant tech support.
It’s a simple truth for nearly anything you care to name: basic maintenance saves money over time. It holds as true in computers as it does in people, homes, air conditioners, or cars. For computers, maintenance comes in two key forms: physical maintenance and software maintenance. Physical maintenance is simple; clearing out dust, making sure ventilation is working properly, etc. Software maintenance can be more complicated, covering everything from software updates to malware removal to basic cleanup of unnecessary garbage data. Combining both adds years to the lifespan of every computer in your network, saving you a huge amount of money over time.
How much downtime can your company afford in a day? A week? A month? A year? How much does it cost when your systems come down unexpectedly because of a crash, a hardware failure, or some other problem that regular maintenance could have helped you avoid? Even if you can afford downtime, there’s a world of difference in the impact of scheduled downtime for thorough maintenance and unplanned maintenance you’re forced into by a system failure.
When a system fails unexpectedly due to poor upkeep, data will almost inevitably be lost. Even if you have a healthy cloud-based backup system in place, it can only do so much—a few minutes of lost data here and there isn’t a disaster, but it is a pain. A pain for your team, a pain for customers affected by the loss, a pain for your bottom line.
Basic system maintenance also plays a critical role in maintaining the security of your data. While no system is perfect, the vast majority of vulnerabilities within your software will be patched away shortly after being revealed to the wider world. Un-updated software on your systems means more than a few gaps in your security, it means gaps which are well-known and thoroughly documented by anyone and everyone with an interest in bypassing your security.
It’d be irresponsible to describe the potential downsides of skimping on maintenance without taking a moment to discuss the experience on the client end. When something goes wrong on your end, it almost always means a corresponding inconvenience for a customer. When those problems stack up, and become a trend, your customers notice. That’s when your reputation begins to take a hit. Computer maintenance is directly tied to the actual and perceived reliability of your company—and that, in turn, is tied directly to your bottom line.
Computer maintenance is about reliability and control. You’re going to spend money on your computer systems to keep them functioning one way or another–so be proactive about it.
Is your notebook or laptop crashing, restarting without warning, chugging on normal tasks, redirecting you to sketchy websites, or refusing to start up? Is your screen chipped, cracked, shattered, or discolored? Or maybe you just need a popped-off key replaced?
Whatever your problem, you can bring your notebooks and laptops to Corey’s Computing in Winnipeg to find the solution. Whether it’s a top-of-the-line system for business or an old personal computer years past its best, we can help you get it running the way it ought to.
Problems Corey’s Computing can help with
Computer problems come in countless forms, especially with the relatively delicate components of a notebook. Problems we’re equipped to repair include, but aren’t limited to:
When your notebook starts crashing, it’s time to see a professional. The little problem causing a blue screen here and there can quickly become a big problem forcing a complete replacement of your system, if you don’t attend to it quickly. When modern computers crash, it’s usually for a good reason—a reason you need to figure out as soon as possible.
Even the strongest laptops on the market fall short of the capabilities of a full-featured desktop. So it’s no surprise that as videos get bigger, programs get more complicated, and components get older, your notebook may start to chug. A professional once-over can do a lot to restore your computer to its original state—or help you figure out your next move, if the notebook’s reached its limit.
Identity theft remains a significant problem, and an unsecure notebook used on unsecured networks exposes you to huge threats. Whether you’re handling a personal computer with credit card details or personal information or a business notebook carrying client data, keeping your notebook secure against intrusions, takeovers, and ransomware should be a high priority.
Modern businesses need effective, secure notebooks with the latest and greatest industry-appropriate software—and they need those laptops to play nice with the rest of their systems.
While modern notebooks may be better constructed than ever, accidents still happen from time to time. Replacing a damaged screen isn’t a task for amateurs, nor is it always as cost effective as you might like.
A proper solution to match your needs
In most cases, we’ll be able to help you repair your notebook and get on with your life. But even if repairs aren’t in the cards, Corey’s Computing can help you figure out the next step to getting back in business.
Depending on the problem at hand, you may need data recovery to move on. Viruses, damaged hard drives, and various other problems can all result in lost information, especially if your system is physically damaged in an accident. We can help you recover as much of what’s been lost as possible.
If it turns out the problems with your notebook aren’t related to viruses or damaged components, but simply amount to your system being too old for the task at hand, we can help you figure out an appropriate upgrade path. For some systems, that means directly updating your notebook. If that won’t work, we’ll help you identify the right laptop or notebook to meet your needs.
After we repair your notebook or help you with another solution, make sure to ask us about maintenance plans. Like any complex piece of machinery, your notebook will function better for longer if you keep up with proper maintenance. Updating software, cleaning hardware, and removing malware can keep an older notebook running like new for years.
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Is your laptop screen cracked, chipped, warped, discolored, or otherwise damaged? It’s time to contact the professional computer repair experts at Corey’s Computing. Don’t make the mistake to many others have made—laptop screen replacements aren’t a reasonable DIY task for an amateur, even if you’re comfortable with tools and electronics. Here are just a few of the reasons you should leave it to the experts:
There’s a huge difference between the right components for your screen repair and ‘good enough’ components for your screen repair. The former will match your computer exactly, restoring full functionality. Poor suppliers and low end operations trying to cut corners can end up putting low quality components in your computer—resulting in inferior quality, risk to your other components, and a worth of other headaches.
When you bring your laptop to the professionals at Corey’s Computing, you can be certain you’re getting the right components for your computer—high quality parts from the manufacturer or a reputable third party vendor, so your computer looks and lasts as long as it ought to.
There are certain key proprietary tools involved in many screen replacement projects. Adding the costs of these tools to components to the investment of time and additional risk, and paying a good team of professionals for your screen repair job makes a lot more sense. Working on a laptop with the wrong tools adds a lot of extra risk to the process—and it’s rarely worth the investment for non-professionals.
At Corey’s Computing, we keep the necessary tools at hand to handle screen repairs and screen replacement for nearly any laptop model. For us, it’s just part of our business—for you, it would be a pointless extra expense.
If you’re going to invest money in repairing your laptop screen, you want to make sure it comes out looking as good as new. That means leaving it to the professionals. When you bring your laptop to Corey’s Computing, we can tell you immediately what we’ll be able to do for you—you won’t have to guess at the end product, or how much it will end up costing. You’ll get a fair assessment of cost and an appropriate outcome, guaranteed. That level of consistency and reliability isn’t something you’ll get from DIY projects or amateur repairmen.
You risk damaging your computer further when you undertake a serious repair project like screen replacement on your own. A damaged screen is already a pricy repair job in a lot of cases—the last thing you want to do is add to your final bill with extra damage. Mess up a component like the motherboard and you’ll easily spend three or four times as much as you would have for professional screen repairs. You might even lose data if you break the wrong thing.
When you work with trustworthy laptop screen repair professionals, you can get certain guarantees of the quality of the work—guarantees and protections you won’t have if you attempt a DIY repair or pay an amateur to do the work. Corey’s Computing guarantees a certain level of service, and our products and services are always under appropriate warranty. Even the best teams make missteps from time to time—work with computer repair experts, and you can be certain that if a mistake does happen, you’re covered all the same.
We are computer repair experts.
You can find out more about Corey’s Computing laptop screen repair services, and our many other personal and business computing services, by contacting us today at http://www.coreyscomputing.com/contact/.