Having a computer problem? Need some computer repair? Have a virus, computer not starting, hearing loud noises, hear a clicking noise or any of a magnitude of other issues? The Tech Bytes staff can help with your computer repair or tune-up services. Our professional staff can diagnose your computer issues for you and get you back up and running in no time.
Tech Bytes, LLC is located in the quad cities, heart of the Iron Range – Eveleth, Minnesota. Being located in Eveleth, we are only minutes away from Virginia, Gilbert, Mountain Iron, and other cities such as Biwabik, Aurora, McDavitt, Tower, Embarrass, Babbitt, Buhl, Hibbing, Duluth and others are within a 50 mile radius of us. We can provide you services at our shop in Eveleth, at your business or even remotely. With a stable internet connection and your computer connecting to it, we also offer remote connections for computer repair.
Does your computer have a virus? If it does, we can help you out. The first thing you should do is contact us and we can help you diagnose the severity of the virus. Most viruses we are able to remove and then you can continue to use your computer as normal. There are a few viruses out there, such as the Cryptowall virus which require a re-installation of the Operating System. The chances of recovering encrypted files are low. Tech Bytes has been able to recover some, but more times than not the data is lost. We are very thorough on our scans and we use several malware/virus scanners to be thorough. We run the scanners until there are no more threats found.
A screen pops up and you cannot do anything to close it out. The only option is to call the phone number that is on the popup. If you called this number and let the person on your computer, you have been scammed. Please remember, that none of them (Microsoft, FBI, IRS) will ever call you and they won’t have a popup on your computer asking you to call them. If you ever see one of these screens, do not call them, instead try to end the task, which will in turn close out this window.
To end the task, you can press the windows key + R. Type in the command taskmgr and click Run. You will have a screen come up, where you can right click on the browser you are using (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge) and end the task. After ending the task on all occurrences of the browser your popup that was on the screen will be gone. As long as you didn’t let anyone on your computer, you should be just fine. If you have let someone who called you, or you got their phone number from a popup, it would a really good idea to get your computer checked out to make sure there are no backdoors set up on your computer.
So you press the power button and your computer won’t start. Does any power come on at all, does it start part way up or maybe it keeps restarting. If there does not seem to be any power, you will want to make sure the power cable is plugged in and there is power to the outlet. Press the cable in to make sure it is tight. If there is power to the outlet, and computer is not turning on, it could be a few things but most likely the power supply.
Different noises than normal are heard while running. What kind of noise is it? Is it a clicking noise, a loud steady noise or something else? Maybe the drive is making a clicking noise, it very well could be your hard drive. If it is your hard drive, and your computer turned on all the way, we strongly suggest making a backup of all your data immediately. Hard drive failure may be imminent and could happen at any time once it starts making the clicking noise. Need us to help with your backup? Send us your hard drive or bring it or your machine in to the office and we can put your data onto a flash drive or an external drive.
If your fan is making the noise, you will want to replace the fan as soon as possible. When the insides of a computer get too warm, they won’t last as long and overheat different components of your computer.
While turning on your computer or while using it, get a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). You are unable to use your computer reliably as this happens too often. Blue screens could be cause by mis-configured software, a corrupted update or failing hardware. Tech Bytes can help pinpoint the issue and fix the computer. Many times, the blue screen of death will contain stop codes which will sometimes help narrow down the issues.
If your computer is running slower than normal these days, you can bring it in to us and we’ll optimize it to perform at its peak performance. This includes cleaning the hardware as well as cleaning up the OS- making sure there is no malware or viruses, running windows updates, fixing registry issues- and more. If the computer is still slow after the tune-up, we could see if more RAM may help speed things up or if there are any other hardware improvements we might be able to make. Prior to us doing the tune-up, we will take a look at the specs of the computer and tell you if we believe it is worth fixing the computer or purchasing a new one.