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Paphos Internet Issues

Paphos Computers – Paphos Internet Issues

 

With all of the storms that are around the Paphos area at the moment quite a few people have called us regarding Internet issues and disruptions. The best advice we can give is that if your internet goes off, first try one of two things before calling anyone out.

 

1. Leave it for a little while – many people around Paphos receive their broadband via a wireless network. If one of the main transmitters acquire a problem due to storm weather, no matter what you try in your own home you will not resolve the problem. Many of the companies are quite proficient at dealing with transmitter issues quite quickly so give it a few hours and see if your internet returns.

 

2. Try restarting your router and your computer. Turn off all plugs relating to your internet at the power socket for a least 30 seconds (and turn of your PC or Laptop also) and then turn everything except your computer back on. Wait a few minutes then turn on your computer. Quite often IP address issues can cause issues with internet connections and a simple reset of all equipment can resolve the problems. In addition, if you have a MAG box or an Android box for TV, then you should also restart these after restarting your router. This will avoid any IP address conflicts.

 

If your internet is still not working after trying the above, then give us a call and we may be able to talk you through a few more diagnostic steps to help resolve the problem for you.

 

Wishing you all a very happy New Year.

 

Paphos PC Repair

Paphos Computer Repairs – Blocking Ads

Paphos Computer Repairs – Blocking Ads

 

Many customers often complain about about Ads popping up while they surf the web. Ads can be caused by many different things but quite often can be simply removed by installing an ad blocking extension into your browser.

 

One of the best ad blocking extensions (Add-Ons) is called AdBlock Plus. The easiest way to install this add-on is to simply install the extension from your browser. Below I will walk you through the steps for installing AdBlock Plus on to the Google Chrome browser but all of the main browsers follow a very similar method for installing.

 

1. Open up your Google Chrome browser

 

2. Click on the three vertical dots in the top right hand corner of the screen.

 

3. From the menu which will appear, move your mouse pointer over MORE TOOLS and then left click EXTENSIONS

 

4. An extension window will now be displayed similar to the one shown below

Paphos Computer Repairs - Blocking Ads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Click on the GET MORE EXTENSIONS link at the bottom of the window

 

6. A new window will appear. In the search box type AdBlock then hit the Return Key

Paphos Computer Repairs - Installing Adblock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. From the list find ADBLOCK PLUS and click on ADD TO CHROME

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8. Click ADD EXTENSION when the security window pops up.

Paphos Computer Repairs - Adware Removal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. That’s it. Restart Chrome and watch the ads disappear.

 

If you find after installing AdBlock you still get lots of ads appearing then it may be that you have a malware infection on your computer. Please contact us for a quote to remove the infections for you.

 

For Virus and Spyware Removal in Paphos contact Paphos PC Repair

Paphos Computers – Repairs, Tips and Tricks

Paphos Computers – Repairs, Tips and Tricks

 

Today’s Tip: Help! my Windows 10 Start Menu is not working!

 

A common problem with Windows 10 is that at times, especially after your computer has done the dreaded Microsoft Update, users find that when they click on the small Windows icon at the bottom left of the desktop screen, the Windows 10 Start Menu does not pop up.

 

A possible fix

 

One possible fix is to reboot your computer into safe mode, click on the Start Button, watch the Start Menu appear (Hopefully!!), and then reboot your computer into normal mode again.  So how do you reboot into safe mode when you cannot access the start menu?

 

The easiest way is to simply press CTRL, ALT & DELETE at the same time.  This will open up a screen with several options.  At the bottom right of the screen you will see a power icon.

 

To reboot into safe mode hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and then with your mouse click on the Power Icon and select Restart.

 

After a few seconds (or maybe more than a few – just keep waiting – and keep the SHIFT key pressed down) another Window will appear.  Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Start Up Settings then Restart.  Your computer will now restart and you will see yet another new screen after the reboot.  Select option 4 from the list (by pressing the number 4 on the keyboard) and your computer will now restart into Safe Mode.

 

Once in safe mode, login as normal and wait maybe 30 seconds for things to load.  Try the Start Button and if it works click START, POWER ICON, and then RESTART, to restart the computer again.  Hopefully your Start Menu issue will now be resolved.

 

If your Start Menu still fails to load then you may need to call out one of our Paphos Computer Repair Technicians.  We cover all of the Paphos area and our call outs are free.

 

(Note: all of the steps above you try at your own risk.  Paphos PC Repair takes no responsibility for any damaged caused to your computer by attempting this DIY fix.)

 

Paphos Computers Tip and Tricks. Computer Repairs by UK Technicians in Paphos.

 

Contact Paphos PC Repair today for a quality service at a sensible price.

Tips for keeping a laptop cool in Cyprus

How to keep your laptop cool in Cyprus

 

Below are a few tips on how to keep your laptop cool in the Cyprus Sun:

  • Purchase a laptop cooling tray – these are available in local shops like Jumbo, Public’s and even from places like ebay or Amazon. Using a laptop cooling tray is a must. These trays normally have between 1 and 5 fans built into them to keep cool air circulating when using your laptop.
  • Purchase a can of compressed air (sometimes known as an air duster) and once a month give all of the vents on your laptop a quick blast with the compressed air to blow out any dust or fluff. (NOTE: always ensure the laptop is tuned off before doing this)
  • Give your laptop a tuneup up. If you cannot do this yourself get a computer professional out at least once per year to give your laptop a complete tuneup. A computer tuneup will reduce the amount of processes running in the background when your computer is running (plus a lot more things), which in turn reduces the load on the computers CPU, thus reducing the temperature of your laptop and keeping it cooler.
  • Remove any unneeded add-ons from internet browsers. Internet browsers can really increase the load on your laptops CPU depending on the amount of add-ons and other plugins that are running when you start it up. Reducing these can help reduce the load on the CPU, thus helping the laptop to run a little cooler.
  • If the laptop is still running hot after all of the above then you may need to ask a technician to replace the thermal paste in your laptop and check the fan for defects.

Keep checking back for more tips from Paphos PC Repair – Computers Repairs in Paphos at sensible prices!

Computer Repairs in Paphos – Laptop Repairs in Paphos

Computer Repairs in Paphos

 

Paphos PC Repair offers a hardware and software computer repair service in the comfort of you own home. Our skilled technicians are all from the UK and have many, many years experience.  We can repair all models of PC’s and Laptops and offer a no fix, no fee policy.  Give us a call to see how we can help.  We cover Paphos, Peyia, Coral Bay, Kissonerga, Emba, Tala, Lempa, Agios Georgios, …

 

Laptop Repairs in Paphos

 

Paphos PC Repair offers a full laptop diagnosis and repair service to customers around the Paphos area.  Some of the more common faults we fix are:

  • Slow Laptops
  • Virus / Spyware Removal
  • Hard Drive Failures
  • Data Recovery
  • Laptop Screen Replacement
  • DC Jack Connector Replacement
  • Water Ingress Damage

 

Why Use Paphos PC Repair?

 

  • UK Technicians with over 30 years combined experience
  • No Fix, No Fee
  • Free Call Out
  • Very Competitive Pricing – if you find cheaper elsewhere we guarantee to beat it
  • Money Back Guarantee if you are not happy with our service (No Questions asked!)
  • Free Advice
  • Fast Response

We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and want all of our customers to be happy with the service they receive.  Our ethos and business model in the UK was to work on ‘word of mouth’ recommendations and not flood the market with advertisements.  That model converted a small family run business into a very successful IT Repair Service that has been running for almost 15 years.  After moving to Cyprus we now hope to repeat that same success and build up a very happy client base.

 

Computer Training in Paphos

 

Paphos PC Repair can offer computer training in the comfort of your own home, and on you own computer.  Our Technicians are Microsoft Certified – Microsoft Office Specialist Trainers and can help people with everything from simple tasks like sending emails or printing photos to ECDL level Microsoft Office training and website design.

 

Website Design in Paphos

 

Paphos PC Repair offers a full website design service for those wanting to promote their business, club or association on the world wide web.  We can build anything from a small one page advertising website to a fully blow e-commerce online shop.  Our prices are some of the cheapest around but that does not effect the quality of our work.  Drop us and email or give us a call to see how we can help.

Remember, all advice is free and you are under no obligation to use us if you are not happy with the quotation we give give you.  What have you got to lose?

Paphos Computer Repair – Quality Guaranteed

At Paphos Computer Repair we aim to give all of our customers a professional computer repair service in the comfort of their own home. We offer a computer and laptop hardware and software repair service covering the whole of Paphos and only use UK Technicians with proven track records (all of which have worked for us in the UK for many years).

 

Paphos Computer Repairs – Our promise to you

 

If for any reason you are not happy with any part of the service we supply to you, we guarantee you a full refund of any money you have paid to us with no questions asked! We are so confident that you will be satisfied with our service that we feel confident to make this guarantee.

 

Do we have a shop?

 

No we don’t have a shop. The main reason for this is that in the UK we ran a very successful IT company for nearly 20 years and over this time we found that on many occasions customers preferred us to visit their homes rather than visiting a shop.  Some of the reasons included:

 

1. Customers did not have to transport computer equipment back and forth to a shop to get it repaired
2. Quite often faults were location specific – ie: Many customers experienced Internet or Network issues – these types of issues can quite often only be fixed on-site.
3. Appointments could be made to suit times that were convenient to both parties
4. Parking fees – unlike in Cyprus, in the SE of England parking fees are quite often very expensive and many customers found finding parking spaces in town centres to be quite an issue at times.

 

Do you offer telephone support?

 

Yes, give us a call and we will see if we can help you. Sometimes easy fixes can be sorted over the telephone but this obviously depends on the issue been experienced and also the technical ability of the person making the call.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email and we will do our best to answer any queries you may have.

Website Design in Paphos

Here at Paphos PC Repair we offer a professional Website Design Service for businesses and residents living and working around Cyprus and beyond.  In today’s world having a web presence is essential as Google is now the first port of call when people are looking up information or sourcing new places / businesses to suit their needs.

 

Website Design in Paphos – how we can help

 

At Paphos PC Repair we offer a full range of Website Design services including:

 

Basic 1 page advertisement type webpages
This type of webpage is suitable for small businesses / freelancers who just need a simple webpage to advertise their services.

 

Personal / Business themed websites optimised for Google and Bing
This is the most popular form of website and is really the way most people will go if they want their website to have a good ranking presence in the likes of Google, Yahoo & Bing. Most websites will consist of 6 – 10 pages of information and can have blogging platforms included.

 

Fully blown website shops
e-commerce web-shops have become a really popular way of selling via the internet but do require quite a lot of work to keep them updated and ranking on search engines.

 

CMS – Content Management Systems
CMS systems are now becoming the most popular way of creating websites.  Some people still prefer html hard coded sites but one of the main advantages of using a CMS system is the ease with which it can be updated and added to by the owner of the website themselves (with no prior coding knowledge).  Website security is also a must in this day and age and CMS systems provide the user with very robust security used by millions of people around the world.

 

Mobile Friendly Websites
A must in today’s Mobile / Smart Phone age.  To rank well in Google having a site which is mobile friendly is no longer a good idea, it is essential.

 

SEO – Search Engine Optimisation
SEO is quite often an overwhelming prospect to many computer users who just want their website to rank well in Google but have no knowledge of how to achieve it.  There is no short cuts or easy ways to do this but here at Paphos PC Repair we can help with getting your website to the top of the Google Rankings.

 

We also offer high speed, secure web servers to host websites on.
Why not give us a call to see how we can help or drop us an email.

Don’t break your computer

Just a quick tip for those who are new to Windows 10 (especially those who got the forced update to Windows 10 without ever asking for it).

 

Many customer both in the UK and now in Paphos have mentioned that when Windows 10 installs Windows Updates it can quite often take a long time, and at times it appears that the computer has crashed or stopped working. When Windows 10 first came out the update process did catch out quite a few technicians (the Microsoft Tech Net forums were full of complaints).

 

Windows update normally follows a three step process (but not always) – step one of the Microsoft Update process normally happens when you are working on your computer. Microsoft will send your computer whatever updates it has available and your computer will begin pre-installing whatever it receives, while you are using your PC / Laptop.

 

Stage 2 happens when you go to shut down or restart your computer. Most times you will be shown a window which tells you updates are been installed and not to turn off your computer. This stage normally has a percentage counter which during the shutdown process will count up to 30% then your computer will either turn off or restart, depending on what you told it to do.

 

Stage 3 will continue the percentage count from 30% – 100% and then your computer should load into Windows as normal.

 

The stage where people often get a little concerned is during the stage 3 process. Quite often at this stage your computer may show a completely black / blank screen with nothing displayed on it at all. This screen can remain for as long as 7 – 8 minutes at times, depending on the update and the specification of your computer. If you leave the computer it will eventually come to life and continue the update process but many customers have become concerned during this stage and have often forced the computer to turn off, believing that it had crashed, resulting in the operating systems file becoming corrupt and the computer becoming un-bootable.

 

My advice to you is, if you see a black / blank screen during the boot up process, do not turn off your computer – or not at least for the first 10 mins or so. A good indication as to whether your computer has really crashed is to see if the hard drive light on the computer (if you have one) is flickering at different rates. If so, it shows the hard drive is reading / writing and therefore working on the updates it is trying to install.

 

Should your computer get corrupted or if it is not responsive / non-bootable give us a call.

Encryption Ransomware Removal

Backup your data NOW! Over the last few months several nasty encryption type virus’ have been making the rounds on the web. By clicking on a link, normally on an email, a small program gets installed on computers which encrypts all documents, pics, music and then holds users to ransom by telling them to get their data back they must pay for an encryption key via a ‘deep web’ website.

 

Our advice is, back up your data onto an external hard drive or cloud service now as the encryption these pieces of Ransomware use are real and in most cases it is impossible to get your data back – and I personally would not recommend attempting to pay the ransom, as by doing so there is a very good chance your credit card will be emptied.

 

There have been occasions when we have managed to retrieve users data but it is a 50/50 chance and depends on what shadow areas on the computer have been left intact. If you have been hit by an attack like this give us a call and we can try to recover your data for you, and ensure your computer / laptop is clean so you are not attacked again.
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