Just for fun let’s compare owning a computer to owning a car. First off, who would buy a car, jump in it and drive across the country, before at least learning the basics of how to drive and how the car works? Depending on your age you probably took Drivers Ed in high school. If not, you all at least read the drivers manual and took a drivers test.

But how many people buy a computer, fire it up and never think to read the manual or use the help features? Everyone who owns a vehicle knows you have to change the oil, filter and tires on a regular basis. But how many of you have your PC inspected, the CPU cooler cleaned, or the fans checked? You have a battery in your car; did you know you have a battery in your computer that keeps the time and date? How many of you would drive your car in downtown New York, and leave it unlocked while you went sightseeing? But you’ll surf the internet with outdated, or no virus or spyware protection, leaving your computer unprotected.

Would you let a stranger get into your vehicle at a stoplight, and drive it to their house instead of yours? I’m sure you wouldn’t, but you will open an email attachment from a stranger and allow malware to redirect your computer to an unknown website. I could go on, but I hope you see where this is heading.

You don’t have to know how to repair your engine or transmission to operate a vehicle, and you don’t have to know how to format and reload your hard drive to operate a computer. But there are some areas that you should become familiar with, if you want either one to run properly. Don’t take for granted that your internet service provider is protecting you while on the internet. Just like a car, it’s up to you to keep it secure.
If your computer starts to run slower and slower, don’t ignore it and think it’s just getting old. Have it checked by a professional; a tune up will probably cost less than an overhaul. And last of all, don’t be “computer illiterate.” There is help on the internet, help built into your operating system, and plenty of books, for the beginner to advanced. Whether your PC or Mac requires a tune up or overhaul, your welcome to stop by Computer Genius anytime and discuss your computer needs.

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