Is your computer running slow or has it encountered malware? If the answer is yes, you’ve probably thought about consulting a computer repair technician in your area. Before you do that, you may want to consider a doing a few things on your own. We’re not suggesting that you need to turn into an immediate expert or that you need to rip your computer apart to fix the problem. Instead, here are some quick fix options that range from novice to an advanced beginner skill level. Read through these suggestions to see if you’re comfortable doing this before you call a computer repair shop in Ottawa.

1- Malware and virus removal (novice)

Viruses and malware are one of the most common threats to computers, which can be dealt with easily. However, many computer repair service providers charge a considerably higher cost for using simple antivirus tool which computer users can use on their own without much assistance. The thing that puts you in a jam is which antivirus brand is most suitable for performing the antivirus detection and protection tasks.Stick to the top brands and be willing to pay for it. Cracked or pirated versions of the software may be susceptible to trojan viruses that will just infect you again.

2- Reinstalling the operating system (advanced beginner)

Although this may sound daunting, The major operating systems have actually made this very easy to do.  With the installation media, you can run an automatic repair or you can even reinstall completely while relying on a friendly installation wizard to guide you through.  Reverting back to its factory state will often get rid of the problem and let you start using it again like new.  If you have the CD or DVD with the original installation media, feel free to use it.  You can also download it from the operating system’s main site.  Don’t forget to back up important files and be ready to install your important programs again. 

3- Bloatware removal (beginner)

If you have purchased a new computer or have reset the existing one, you might have observed that it is now packed with irrelevant software called bloatware which slows down the speed of the computer. Many technicians who perform computer repair in Ottawa charge a small fee for removing such bloatware. You can also remove bloatware by using a program that scans and uninstalls useless software from the computer. Users can also uninstall each bloatware from the uninstall a program in control panel.

4- Upgrading RAM or hard drive (advanced beginner)

Sometimes you have just outgrown the original specs of your computer.  Upgrading your hard drive and RAM as technology improves or as better hard drives & RAM comes down in price is a great idea. Upgrading or adding new RAM or hard drive is a simple procedure if you have bought the right ram for the computer. Upgraded RAM increases the speed of the computer and an upgraded hard drive increases the storage in the computer. The procedure might seem complicated because it involves re-installation of the windows when replacing the old hard drive with a new one but isn’t that difficult as well. 

5- RMA the computer (novice)

If you’ve purchased a computer or laptop and that computer or laptop breaks down, then the thing you should check the warranty before going to a computer repair shop. If it is under warranty, then contact the manufacturer to RMA i.e. Return Merchandise Authorization the computer and repair it. On the other hand, if it’s out of warranty, or you’ve built it yourself, it may be time to find a professional in your area.

These are relatively easy fixes.  Based on your current skill level, some may be easier than others.  They don’t take a lot of time, but you do need to be careful.  If you don’t feel comfortable with these fixes, it would be a good idea to consult a one of our computer repair technicians in Ottawa.