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Aug 10, 2011
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The Windows Recovery Virus Returns

Over the past few weeks we have been receiving comments from technicians and private subscribers who have used Reimage to resolve the Windows Recovery Virus.

This virus has been around for a while but has recently resurfaced. The Windows Recovery Virus is a harmful malware that disguises itself as a certified Microsoft optimization program, initiating a scan of the user’s hard-drive, with or without permission. Once this has happened, we must assume that the virus has infiltrated the system, effectively hijacking it by modifying the system settings. It then proceeds to disable any anti-virus and firewall applications. In many cases, the virus prevents any installed programs from running, rendering the PC virtually unusable. To add insult to injury, the virus repeatedly prompts the user to purchase the Windows Recovery registration key, in order to repair the unstable system.

Jun 23, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

Our tips on a slow PC

Here are our tips regarding the causes for a slow PC – we can give you this data based on our unique Reimage technology that has repaired more than 100,000 PCs to date. Hope it helps.

Jan 31, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

10 Simple Tips For Fixing DLL Errors

Knowing exactly what caused your DLL file to go missing or to become corrupted makes the process of fixing the problem that much easier. Generally, there are several ways you can repair a DLL error. Keep reading to learn how you can troubleshoot DLL errors yourself!

1) Reboot Your PC Properly

Believe it or not, this actually works in most cases, because it gives your system the opportunity to reopen necessary files, including the DLLs required by your system and the software you are running on it. Always restart your computer properly, whenever possible.

Jan 31, 2011

5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Downloading DLL Files from Web Sites

Websites that allow easy downloads of single DLL files seem like the answer you’ve been looking for when you get one of those annoying “DLL not found” or “DLL is missing” errors.

Consider this your fair warning – DLL download sites should always be avoided, even though they sometimes provide a quick fix. There are perfectly safe and acceptable ways of fixing DLL problems without resorting to downloading individual DLL files from these sites.

There are a number of reasons that you may end up paying more for your easy solution than you might have thought so check out these very important reasons to avoid downloading dll files.

Jan 26, 2011

What to Do When Your PC Won’t Boot into Windows

The Basic Guide to Troubleshooting Common Windows PC Problems

1) Try Safe Mode First

When your PC just won’t boot into Windows at all, you’ll probably want to start off with Safe Mode—use the F8 key right when the system starts up to access the menu and see if Windows will boot into Safe Mode. If you’re able to get into Windows, the problem is likely something that would load only when you boot normally—graphics card drivers, junk applications, or perhaps some spy ware applications.

If Safe Mode Doesn’t Work

Jan 26, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

Why You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows

One of the most persistent myths about Windows is that you need to reinstall the operating system regularly to keep it running at top performance. Let’s take a look at the real problem and how to fix it.

Let’s talk a little bit about “Windows rot” and how to solve the problem. Windows doesn’t slow down or “rot” if you were to just take care of your PC a little more. Follow these tips, and you won’t have to waste your precious time spend hours backing up data, installing from disc, and re-installing your essential applications.

Nov 29, 2010

8 Ways to Keep Your PC New – DIY Hardware Check-Up

Tip 1. Check your hard drive’s “physical” health

Most new and XP-era drives are equipped with Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, aka SMART reporting. SMART data is stored within the hard drive itself and can often alert you to impending problems before they get serious.

It’s easy to check the SMART data. Two tools we recommend are PassMark’s DiskCheckup and Active@ DiskMonitorFree. Both programs are free for personal use and also come in commercial versions for organizations.

Tip 2. Check your hard drive’s “logical” health

Run chkdsk.exe to check the integrity of your hard drive’s files and to repair any errors.

Oct 26, 2010
Valerie Hayworth

4 Ways to Keep the Ghouls & Goblins Away From Your PC

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The Ghouls – Internet Hackers

“Hackers are attacking PCs with Internet access every 39 seconds.”

- Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds – James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland

The Goblins – Free Downloads

Based on last month’s poll results, it’s pretty clear that the majority of voters, that is, 58% of you wait for feedback from trusted sources before you update your browser. But how do you decide if a “trusted source” is to be trusted? What should you look for?

Oct 13, 2010
Valerie Hayworth

Is it possible to format my computer without the Windows Installation CD?

When I purchased my PC, Windows was already installed. Now, 4 years later I need to format my hard drive due to many viruses but I don’t have the Windows CD. Is it possible to do it without the CD?

I see this question a lot in computer help forums and Q&A type sites. This is an excellent example of how Reimage can help you reformat your PC without using a Windows installation disc.

The Reimage repair replaces system files automatically. It’s like a clean Windows installation in one hour, without losing any programs, settings or any of your personal user data.

Sep 2, 2010
Anat

How to Run Microsoft Update in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

How to Run Windows Update in Windows XP

How to Run Windows Update in Windows Vista

How to Run Windows Update in Windows 7