Slowing Down? I have what the doctor ordered!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with The Real Estate Tech Desk

Notice A Big Slowdown On Your Computer?

 

Does your computer run slower than it did when you first purchased it?  Do programs and web pages take forever to load?  Well rest assure that it's not just you having this problem, almost every computer user will have slowdowns and issues over time with their computers, but you don't have to LIVE with it! Here are a few solutions and items to look for if you notice slow downs and problems.

 

Memory:  Check to see how much memory you have in your computer, alot of Windows XP machines that are a few years old, only have 256MB of memory.  This was fine several years ago, as programs that you run didn't demand much memory to run, but as software has updated, new software is released, and users are using more and more programs at one time 256MB is just not enough, heck even 512MB isn't enough for many users.   To check to see how much memory you have on board, click on START, RIGHT CLICK on MY COMPUTER, then click on PROPERTIES  on the main page that pops up, under the  "  Computer:  " section, it will tell you how much memory that you have.  If it is 512MB or less, I recommend a memory upgrade, it is a small cost to pay (less than $30 usually for 1GB  of memory - 1GB = 1000MB)  It will GREATLY improve productivity and help with alot of quirks associated with low system memory.

 

 

Spyware & Junk Software:  Here is another big item that the majority of computers have.  More than likely there is spyware and other junk software installed on your computer.  You may ask how it got there, since you don't think you installed anything.  Well most of that software comes into your computer by you installing software you think is legit (or IS legit) but it has other junk software attached to it.  Spyware also comes from emails, and from websites that you visit.  You may notice popups on your computer, even if you are not in Internet Explorer, this is all from junk and spyware.  Now, you can't always get rid of all of that software, but you can get rid of some of it.  Visit: www.spybot.com and download it, and run it, and remove what it finds.  This will help, but you still may need to hire a professional to properly clean the system, since your privacy and files on your computer may be at risk.  A professional will use many different types of software to clean the computer, as well as know-how to access parts of your computer known to store spyware, what I like to call "Hot Spots".

 

 Windows Updates:  These also can help with performance, also not to mention fix many flaws and security risks in Windows.  You can access Windows Updates by clicking START, then ALL PROGRAMS, then clicking on WINDOWS UPDATES at the top.  You can also open Internet Explorer, and type in:  http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.  These updates should be done on a monthly basis.  Simply follow through the prompts to update your computer.

Up-To-Date Anti-Virus:  This is a must! It helps keep your computer running normal, blocks junk software and viruses from attacking your computer.  Not only do you need Anti-Virus software, make sure your subscription is up-to-date.  Expired Anti-Virus won't do you much good.  I recommend AVG AntiVirus (www.grisoft.com) You can download the FREE version (absolutely free) for your home computer, and you can purchase the security center for your work/office PC's.  I recommend this over Norton or McAfee, because the cost is less (or free)  and it doesn't use as many system resources (meaning it doesn't slow your computer down as much by running the software)  Norton and  McAfee are bloated software, and they don't seem to release as many updates as AVG.

 

If your computer is running slow, has popups, or just isn't running properly, give "The Real Estate Tech Desk" a call.  We can log remotely into your computer, no matter where you are, and evaluate and fix your computer from our location.  Don't fuss with taking your computer in to the store and spending crazy amounts of money that companies like Best Buy and Staples charge, and use a company that will keep your cost minimal, knows the technology needs of real estate professionals and doesn't require you to leave the comfort of your home or office!  Call 410-274-4871 or visit:  www.defpc.net to contact us today, to schedule a computer cleaning session.  We guarantee your satisfaction, and will keep your cost to a minimum!

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Rainmaker
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Winter Baserva
Seasons Realty Group of Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Realtor -Homes For Sale, Atlanta, GA

Thanks for the great tips!

September 25, 2008 09:19 AM #1
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Bill Parecki
Hawaiian Island Homes, Ltd - Hilo, HI
RS, ABR, RDCPro, SFR, E-Pro, CFA

Aloha David,

Good Post and thanks for the tips.  I immediatly checked my memory (my computers memory) and was surprised to find that I .99 gig of memory. I'll be adding some more soon.

September 25, 2008 09:26 AM #2
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My laptop is a few year old, and a little slow yesterday as I added my new wireless printer, I will have to check these things out. Thank you.

September 25, 2008 09:28 AM #5
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David Fox
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Real Estate Technology Specialist

Hi Bill,

Actually .99GB of memory is GOOD!  now if you had 99MB that would be bad, but .99GB means you have 1GB (One Thousand Mega Bytes) now more memory won't hurt, but you don't need to rush and get more!

September 25, 2008 09:32 AM #7
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Bill Parecki
Hawaiian Island Homes, Ltd - Hilo, HI
RS, ABR, RDCPro, SFR, E-Pro, CFA

Aloha David,

Wow!!! fast response.  I will heed your advise and forget the additional memory. Thanks again for the great post

September 25, 2008 09:34 AM #8
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Dave Hamill
EXIT Realty Legacy - Prescott, AZ
Prescott, Arizona Real Estate

Thanks David.  Had some recent personal experience with your topic.  I got nailed by a virus that went right through a new, updated and active suite of MacAfee virus and spyware protection like it wasn't even there!  Cost me a lot of time and about $150 bucks to have a tech clean the disk and install PC Tools Spyware Doctor.  Tried AVG, but it wouldn't remove this one. 

September 25, 2008 09:44 AM #9
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Very good points for improving computer speed. It might also be a good idea to defrag your hard drive(s) every once in a while. Thanks for the tips.

September 25, 2008 10:01 AM #10
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David Fox
The Real Estate Tech Desk - Crofton, MD
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Amanda,

   Your printer is probably an HP (I am assuming)  and their printers have alot of software with them, that can run slow and make the computer run slower...its all items that together help make the computer run slower than usual.

September 25, 2008 10:38 AM #11
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David Fox
The Real Estate Tech Desk - Crofton, MD
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yes defrag is useful to do periodically. those viruses have been going around lately, windows on your pc popup as antivirus protection (XP antivirus or Antivirus 2008) these are all junk and takes alot to get rid of, alot of these infections require reinstalling windows.... I've fixed over 30 PC's with this issue in the last week and a half.

September 27, 2008 05:30 PM #13
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Great tips. There are a few more things that are good also-- but you have covered a lot of the good ones.

September 28, 2008 12:39 AM #14
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David Saks
The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc. - Memphis, TN
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I scandisk and defrag my computers nearly every day. I still have 98 on a couple, too. In addition to Spybot, Lavasoft's AdWare, a free program, is outstanding for the elimination of addtional browser hijacking components. I also clear my temporary folder after every session. The computer feels like an appendage if you take a few preventative measures to insure it's well being. It may be artificial intelligence, but it's still intelligence. Good post, David. Hope you have fine weekend.

September 28, 2008 02:13 AM #15
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114 - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Let me jump in here and provide an enthusiastic testimonial for David.  I don't know what I'd do without him, and I trust him completely to log into my computer and fix whatever needs fixing.  If you want or need a reference for David, give me a call or shoot an email my way.

October 05, 2008 07:28 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for sharing - Very good advice - I will save this for future help.

October 06, 2008 06:25 AM #17
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David Fox
The Real Estate Tech Desk - Crofton, MD
Real Estate Technology Specialist

David,  WOW  scandisk and defrag DAILY?  that seems a bit extreme...if you having problems and therefore that is why you defrag then you may have some underlying problem on the PC that may need to be checked out.  and YES it is definitely an appendage!!!

October 08, 2008 04:29 PM #18
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David Fox
The Real Estate Tech Desk - Crofton, MD
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Margaret...Thanks for the kind comments, I appreciate it, as always!!

October 08, 2008 05:51 PM #19
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Thanks for the information.  My anti-virus program seems to clean out a lot of spyware but I need to look into getting it cleaned a little better.  I'm sure adding memory will help as well.

October 09, 2008 07:59 PM #20
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David Fox
The Real Estate Tech Desk - Crofton, MD
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Jon,

Yes memory will help your overall speed of working on the computer, but getting a good PC cleanup is essential to keeping the computer running properly and keeping your files secure.   If you want to schedule a cleanup, that is something we can handle remotely!  Give us a call or send an email, and we can take care of it for you.

October 17, 2008 05:46 PM #21
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114 - Crofton, MD
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David, should I assume you've done all these things to all my computers so they're all "perfect"?  LOL.

November 06, 2008 07:11 PM #22
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David Fox
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of course Margaret!!!   I've got everything under control, perfect, and up-to-date!

 

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