Frequently Asked Question's

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What are your business hours?
Regular business hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
What makes you different from other service companies?

People and Businesses around the world depend on Computer Troubleshooters. We’re the world’s #1 network of computer professionals. There are many reasons our customers call Computer Troubleshooters instead of someone else. Here are just a few –

  • We understand computers and technology issues.
  • We come to you with onsite and professional service.
  • Computer Troubleshooters care about our customers.
  • We won’t call a job complete until the problem is resolved.

Computer Troubleshooters provides the service and peace of mind you deserve. Call us today!

What areas do you service?

We service the New Plymouth area including Bell Block, Egmont Village, Oakura and the surrounding areas.

 

Computer Questions

Do you sell used computers?

No, we only sell new computers and parts.

What is a virus?

A computer virus is a program – a piece of executable code – that has the unique ability to replicate. Like biological viruses, computer viruses can spread quickly and are often difficult to eradicate. They can attach themselves to just about any type of file and are spread as files that are copied and sent from individual to individual.

In addition to replication, some computer viruses share another commonality: a damage routine that delivers the virus payload. While payloads may only display messages or images, they can also destroy files, reformat your hard drive, or cause other damage. If the virus does not contain a damage routine, it can cause trouble by consuming storage space and memory, and degrading the overall performance of your computer.

Several years ago most viruses spread primarily via floppy disk, but the Internet has introduced new virus distribution mechanisms. With email now used as an essential business communication tool, viruses are spreading faster than ever. Viruses attached to email messages can infect an entire enterprise in a matter of minutes, costing companies millions of dollars annually in lost productivity and clean-up expenses.

Viruses won't go away anytime soon: More than 60,000 have been identified, and 400 new ones are created every month, according to the International Computer Security Association (ICSA). With numbers like this, it's safe to say that most organizations will regularly encounter virus outbreaks. No one who uses computers is immune to viruses.

What is a worm?

A worm is a computer program that has the ability to copy itself from machine to machine. Worms normally move around and infect other machines through computer networks. Using a network, a worm can expand from a single copy incredibly quickly. For example, the Code Red worm replicated itself over 250,000 times in approximately nine hours on July 19, 2001. A worm usually exploits some sort of security hole in a piece of software or the operating system. For example, the Slammer worm (which caused mayhem in January 2003) exploited a hole in Microsoft's SQL server.

Worms use up computer time and network bandwidth when they are replicating, and they often have some sort of evil intent. A worm called Code Red made huge headlines in 2001. Experts predicted that this worm could clog the Internet so effectively that things would completely grind to a halt.

The Code Red worm slowed down Internet traffic when it began to replicate itself, but not nearly as badly as predicted. Each copy of the worm scanned the Internet for Windows NT or Windows 2000 servers that do not have the Microsoft security patch installed. Each time it found an unsecured server, the worm copied itself to that server. The new copy then scanned for other servers to infect. Depending on the number of unsecured servers, a worm could conceivably create hundreds of thousands of copies.

What is a Trojan?

A Trojan is a piece of code that performs unexpected or unauthorized, often malicious, actions. The main difference between a Trojan and a virus is the inability to replicate. Trojans cause damage, unexpected system behaviour, and compromise the security of systems, but do not replicate. If it replicates, then it should be classified as a virus.

A Trojan, coined from Greek mythology's Trojan horse, typically comes in good packaging but has some hidden malicious intent within its code. When a Trojan is executed users will likely experience unwanted system problems in operation, and sometimes loss of valuable data.

How do I know if I have a virus?

You must remember that there are very many things that can go wrong with your computer and a virus is not always to blame.

The only way you can know whether or not your computer is infected is by scanning your machine with an up to date anti-virus program.

What is Spyware?

Spyware apps sneak onto your machine when you download many file-sharing services, open infected e-mails, or click on dubious Internet pop-up ads. They can manipulate your system, record your habits, and steal your passwords and credit card numbers. Depending on their degree of aggressiveness, they can steal your privacy or even your identity. And they can be terribly difficult to remove.

Why shouldn't I use Windows XP any more?

As of 8th April 2014 Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means that if you are still using a computer with windows XP it's time for a change. Anybody still using Windows XP after this date will find their computer extremely vulnerable to viruses and other malicious software. If you are unsure whether you are still using Windows XP then you can check by clicking on the start button on the bottom left of your screen, click Run, type "winver" and then press enter. If you are still running Windows XP then there are three possible options.

  1. If your computer is under 4 years old then it is probably possible to upgrade to either Windows 7 (Recommended for those with limited computer experience) or to the new Windows 8
  2. If your computer is over 4 years old it is highly recommended that you purchase a new computer, as installing Operating systems on old machines can prove difficult
  3. If you still want to keep your XP machine then it is important that you disconnect it from the internet, as after 8th April 2014 malicious software will find it much easier to hack into your machine.

    Thankfully Computer Troubleshooters New Plymouth is here to help.

    See our services webpage here for more information on the cost of upgrading