PC Repairs and Support in Warwick and Leamington Spa

March 26, 2009

ASL Computer Services are now offering on-site computer support and repair services in Warwick, Leamington Spa and surrounding villages. This is in addition to the existing areas covered (Rugby, Daventry, Southam, and Coventry).

One of our experienced PC engineers will come out to your home or office to fix your PC problems. No call out fees or travel time charged.

Why not give us a call today on 01926 298034

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ASL Computer Services opens shop on eBay

January 20, 2009

We have just opened up an eBay shop, which will be selling various computer related items; Desktop PC’s, Laptops, Peripherals,  Software, & printers.

Some items will be auctions, starting from as little as 99p, and other items will be “Buy It Now” at a fixed price. The shop will be “stocked up” over the next one to two weeks, so please drop in and take a look at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/ASL-Computer-Services

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services


Holiday Photos

July 1, 2008

We are now quickly approaching the peak holiday season. Many of you will be almost ready to jet off on that well earned summer holiday. While on holiday you will no doubt take lots of pictures with your digital camera, or even your mobile phone, as many phones now have high quality cameras built in. But what do you do with your pictures when you get home?

Many of us will transfer our holiday photos onto our computers and then leave them there never to be seen again. Why not do something different this year. Create a free account with one of the many Internet based photo album services. When you have uploaded your pictures into these web based albums you can share them with your friends and family across the Internet. You control exactly who can access your pictures, or you can make them public, it’s your choice.

It is much easier that creating CD’s and putting them in the post, or trying to email large photos to individual people. There is another advantage as well. As your pictures are then stored somewhere else as well as on your PC you have a backup. So if the ones on your PC are deleted accidentally you have not lost all your pictures, just download them again from your web album.

A number of companies offer this service, take a look at:

Flickr –  www.flickr.com

Snapfish –  www.snapfish.com

Photobucket –  www.photobucket.com

Putfile –  www.putfile.com

Picasa Web Albums – http://picasaweb.google.com

Alternatively if you have a facebook account you can use that to share your photos with individual friends, all friends, all friends and friends of friends, or even everyone.

Facebook –  www.facebook.com

Enjoy your holidays and take lots of photos.

 

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
Sir Frank Whittle Business Centre, Great Central Way, Rugby. CV21 3XH
Tel: 01788 298034  


The end of Windows XP

June 7, 2008

It looks like anyone wanting to buy a new PC with Windows XP as the Operating system is very quickly running out of time.

At the end of this month (30th June 2008) Microsoft will prevent the major PC builders (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc) from supplying any desktop or laptop PC’s with Windows XP, Vista will be the only available Microsoft operating system. The only exception to this rule is the Ultra Low cost PC’s which will still be allowed to be supplied with XP Home pre-installed, but they are a very small and specialist market.

With just over three weeks to go until the deadline the manufacturers are running out of XP licences, and they cannot get hold of any more. We are already finding it is almost impossible to obtain new desktop or laptop PC’s with XP Home or XP Professional.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services


AVG Free Edition

May 31, 2008

For a number of years now we have been recommending AVG Free edition as the ideal Anti Virus product for the average home PC user. It has many advantages over other Anti Virus products:

* It is free of charge for home PC users
* It does not consume lots of memory and processor power, so is ideal for older less powerful PC’s
* It is very effective at protecting your PC from Viruses

Recently AVG released a major update to their AVG products. Those with the paid for AVG products will automatically be upgraded to the new version, but the AVG Free users will have to upgrade manually. The existing AVG Free Version 7.5 will not receive any virus database updates after 31st May 2008, so users of the old free product will need to uninstall version 7.5 and install the newer version 8.0 as soon as possible to ensure continued full virus protection.

Some of our customers have had some difficulty in finding the download link for the new AVG Free Edition program so we have put a link to the download on our webpage. Just go to our website www.computerrepairinrugby.co.uk and you will find AVG Free Edition V8 under the “useful links” section on the right hand side of our web page.

Please note that the AVG Free edition is only for home PC users. Business users, or home PC users requiring more advanced virus & spyware protection, should consider the paid for AVG Anti Virus and AVG Internet Security products. We are an authorised AVG reseller so can supply these paid for products if you require them (you can purchase and download via our website, or we can visit you to supply and install these products). However, the average home PC user will find the basic AVG Free version will give perfectly adequate protection from Viruses.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
Computer Support and Repair for Small Businesses


Windows Vista

April 6, 2008

Back in February we wrote about Windows Vista and how we thought it was still too early to adopt this new Operating Systems for any serious PC use. The update to Vista, Service Pack 1, which was supposed to fix the many bugs, and speed up the slowness of Vista, seems to have made little difference.

I found this blog entry today that asks if Microsoft are trying to quietly kill off Vista by extending support for XP, and announcing the replacement for Vista (Windows 7) will be launched sometime in 2009. It looks like Vista will be around for less than two years before it is replaced.

http://tektodo.com/2008/04/05/the-end-of-vista/

Our advice at ASL is to still stick with XP as the Operating System for your new PCs. Hopefully “Windows 7” will be more successful than Vista.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
If you have a PC problem, ASL can fix IT


Firewalls for Windows PC’s

September 23, 2007

 A few years ago firewall products such as Zone Alarm were very popular, and rightly so, as they protected your computer from external attack. Then when Windows XP Service pack 2 was introduced the operating system included it’s own built in firewall, so everyone tended to forget about firewall products. However, hackers are getting more devious. More and more people are on broadband and leave their PC on all the time (just waiting to be attacked by a hacker who wants to empty your bank account).

 

We have been looking at some of the firewall products available and they have improved a lot in the last couple of years. Both “Comodo Firewall” and “Kerio Personal Firewall” are impressive products, far more sophisticated that the Windows XP built in firewall, and they offer a good level of protection. The best part is Comodo is totally free, and the Kerio product comes in both free and paid for versions (the free version looses some the the more advanced features after the initial 30 day trial).

You can download these programs below

Comodo: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

Kerio:  http://www.sunbelt-software.com/Kerio.cfm

Chris Moody
www.aslcomputerservices.co.uk
Specialists in Computer support for Small Businesses and
home PC users in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire

 


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