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Why do most people NOT have a backup system for their everyday data, whether it be digital photographs, music tracks, office documents or anything else! We are regularly involved in data recovery from dead or corrupt hard drives because clients have no backup of their personal files, emails or specialist software.
If you own a tower computer you may be able to have a 2nd hard drive fitted inside - a very quick method of copying important files; if yours is a laptop then an external USB hard drive is essential.

More than one computer in the house?
We are able to configure a simple home network so that you can backup data to another computer as well as share the internet, share a common printer even if all other computers are turned off.

So you buy an extra hard drive!

Once you have the drive then you need to use it regularly; there are several free software packages available on the internet that will help you backup your data and several other software packages available for just a few pounds.

Need help!

If you would like to see some of the options or just enquire about costs, etc then contact your local computer shop, of nearly 17 years supplying homes, businesses and schools with computers, software and installations - click here to visit Martin Group Services web site.

www.google.co.uk
For those on dialup internet connections it is advantageous to have, as your home page, a page with few graphics on it. Google is one such page and (1) is quick to load (2) one of the best Search Engines (3) the home of some innovative add-ons.To change your Home Page if using Windows; open a browser (Internet Explorer); click on Tools, then select Internet Options. In the box that appears you will see the option to type new information for your Home Page - type in www.google.co.uk and select OK.
Click on Preferences and scroll down the page, underneath the language options and change the number of displayed items from 10 to 100 (this will result in having to click 'next page' so often. You may also wish to tick the following option which forces each hyperlink to open a fresh page. There is nothing worse than to close a web page and find you have lost your previous page!

www.picasa.com
A FREE software download from Google. You also need to be running Microsoft® Windows XP or Microsoft® Vista for this version to work). Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organised by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organised. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures – you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello™, and even post pictures on your own blog.

www.adobe.com
Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free package from Adobe that allows you to view pdf files (portable document files). These files are often manuals or lther documents supplied by businesses, containing appropriate information. The latest version (8) will only work on Microsoft® Windows XP, or Microsoft® Windows Vista. Other older versions can still be found on their website.


HP Inkjets
Epson
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Canon
Bubblejets
Lexmark
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Inks,
Toners &
Papers
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Laser
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46 Queen Street · Bude · Cornwall · EX23 8BB
Tel: 01288 355477 • Fax: 01288 357931

MARTIN COMPUTER SERVICES
Sales Tel: 01288 357930 · Support Tel: 01288 357940

COMPUTER SHOP OPENING TIMES
Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Saturday (Shop only) 8.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

(We close on all Sundays, Public and Bank Holidays)

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REPAIRS · VIRUS REMOVAL


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Virus & Trojan Protection & General Information:
virus3 YOU MUST HAVE ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE INSTALLED IF YOU CONNECT TO THE INTERNET AT ALL!

There are several anti-virus software packages available from a number of suppliers: Some of the major names in this field are McAfee, Norton, Panda, AVG, etc. Most of the packages now offer a number of forms of protection for you to consider, like additional firewall options, anti-spam and anti-hacker options to name but a few.
The downside of all these options is that an older, slower, machine will almost certainly go even slower!

If you do have up-to-date software then renew it when the year is up! Make sure it still updates automatically too! It frequently happens that a virus/unhindered! So, keep an eye on things; don't assume all is well because it said it would be on the box!!
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ou may find that as more people connect to the internet via broadband that more and more providers are offering, or supplying, modem routers. A router offers more general protection by way of a hardware firewall; they offer the facility of networking a number of computers by way of an internal 'private' network which is not directly connected to the internet.

If you believe that you have a virus but no up-to-date anti-virus software then you may find that you are unable to install any further software. Any infections (virus or trojan, etc) have the ability to prevent any updates to your system.... they are also able to stop you from running several programs in case you are trying to prevent them from running.

Buying software and trying to install it on an infected computer will usually fail. If this is the case please seek professional help.


Should you wish to consider alternative FREE options to protect your PC:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Free)  Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.  It is one of the best pieces of software for this purpose and updates automatically by way of Windows Updates.

Avast (Free)  Although FREE, Avast also provides real-time protection for your home PC or laptop, guarding against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.  It is one of the best pieces of software for this purpose and updates automatically.

AVG (Free)  This is FREE Anti-Virus software that is effective with updates occurring frequently. If you install this software or stick with a paid-for option then it is still recommended that you install the following software for that added bit of protection.

Malwarebytes (FREE)  This software is one of the best for offering protection against Spyware, Malware, Freeware and other forms of unwanted activity downloaded secretly by your browsing habits. Running this software will check for TROJANS and other serious infections AND it does a good job of getting rid of them.

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