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Ultrabooks Explained – Do I Need One?

The Ultrabook is designed to compete with the ever-growing demand for a smaller and faster computing devices. Competing against smartphones and tablets, these .8 inch thick laptops were defiantly built with portability in mind. That is not all that was improved on, the battery life of the Ultrabook is designed to last significantly longer than normal laptops.  The Ultrabook isn’t just a name for a laptop, it is a new class of laptop.

The Difference

While most portable computers are deemed laptops, only a select few earn the right to be called Ultrabook. What sets these portable systems apart from the rest? It is the high standards to which they are held. In order to be named an Ultrabook the system must have a battery life that can play 6 hours of HD video and 9 hours of windows 8 idle time at minimum.  It must have Intel Anti Theft and Intel Identity Protection Technology. They awake from hibernation quickly,  in as fast a 3 seconds or less. All Ultrabooks have USB 3.0 and SSD (Solid  State Drive). The SSD makes the system access stored music, movies, and other data with great speed. Every newer Ultrabook comes with an Intel Core i5 processor at minimum. These processors are extremely fast and can multitask like people breathe. They also are touch screen and seem really like tablets without giving up the laptop feel. These are just a few of the specifications that govern the Ultrabooks.

Why?

These high-powered systems are meant to be the cream of the crop in today’s portable systems. They have very quick processors that can handle almost anything you put them through.  These laptops are very responsive and very slim to perfectly suit today’s business professional. So if you are in the market for a new laptop and want the most out of your investment, you can’t go wrong with an Ultrabook.

Who?

The people who would most benefit from an Ultrabook are those that travel frequently and have a need for a powerful machine to complete their tasks. This includes professionals such as software developers, photographers, engineers, and music producers.  Some earlier models cost around 650 dollars but newer models are around 1300 dollars. So these systems are pricey but in the computer world you really get what you pay for. These systems are worth every penny with their many features and system performance.

How To Use System Restore

System restore is a powerful tool when you know how to use it. A system restore point is created when your system makes changes to itself. These changes are usually going to be updates pushed by Microsoft. You do have the ability to create a system restore manually. This is very useful for when you are going to make changes to your system such as installing programs and manual drives. System restore is NOT for data recovery. What that means is when you delete something and it is no longer in the recycling bin the chances of you recovering that data are very slim if at all. For data recovery contact the professionals at IQ Computer Services. While using system restore rest assured your music pictures and other files are safe. System Restore doesn’t tamper with these files just programs and system settings.

How To Get To The Restore Point Menu

  • Go to Start Menu
  • Right-click Computer 
  • Select Properties
  • Click System Protection (on left side of window)

Here you can access everything from creating a restore point to using the restore points you have created. The first link in this menu will briefly explain what system restore does. The next selection takes you through the system restore wizard which we will go through those steps next. The scrolling window allows you to select which drive you want to either configure setting for or create a restore point from.  (NOTE: If you don’t have a drive selected or a drive (turned on) your system will not use system protection.) Your next button will take you to the configuration menu for your restore settings. I can not tell you how to set up your system restore settings because it differs depending on user preference. In this window there is a section titled Disk Space Usage, here is where you set how much of your hard drive will be available to the system restore software. When System restore runs out of space in the allotted volume it will delete the oldest restore point to make room for the one being created. If you frequently create restore points, have large restore points, or want to have more restore points available to use then you may need to have this set to a higher amount than people who have less to backup.

Creating A Restore Point

  • Click Create
  • Title the Restore Point
  • Select Create

Using System Restore

  • Select System restore
  • Click Next
  • Select the Restore Point you want. ( If the one you want is not shown check the box that says show more restore points)
  • Click Next

The system will start restoring itself to the date you selected. Once the computer reboots you are finished and should now be looking at the desktop to your newly restored computer. Now that you know how and when to use system restore you can put this powerful tool to use for you.

How To Remove A Computer Virus

Virus removal can be a very time-consuming and tedious task. When attempting computer virus removal, the inexperienced  may cause further damage to their system by removing critical system files or registry entries. If you want to try this yourself, proceed with caution and at your own risk. Make sure to always have your antivirus up to date to prevent getting a virus in the first place. Your antivirus software can sometimes remove infections but you should really rely on it as a preventative measure. In the unfortunate event that you do happen to get a virus there are many tools to help aid in the removal of viruses.

Safe mode

Booting to safe mode will sometimes keep the PC virus from activating so you can work to remove them uninhibited. Booting to safe mode is different depending on the operating system. During start-up, before the Windows logo appears, you can try pressing F8. If that worked you should be able to choose Boot to Safe Mode With Networking from the options that are displayed. If that doesn’t work, do some research to find out the proper way to access the advanced boot option on your operating system.

Online Scanners

Online scanners are a helpful tool when you can find one that isn’t a scam. Use one from a trusted antivirus company because some of these fake online scanners can actually further infect your system with unwanted ad-ware. Norton and Bit Defender are examples of good online scanners. When in safe mode with networking you should be able to run online scans.

Windows Defender

Let’s start with this is not an antivirus unless you are running Windows 8. AVG, Kaspersky, and Microsoft Security Essentials are antivirus created to keep your system from becoming virus infected. Windows Defender is a anti-spyware software developed to aid in the prevention of malware.

System Restore

A System Restore can help by restoring your computer to a previously saved point in time when your computer was not already infected. This does work sometimes but on many occasions the virus either re-downloads itself or  remains unaffected by the change.

OS Re-install

This is the system cure-all but there is a very probable chance that if you do a re-install you will lose everything on the computer. With some viruses , such as rootkits, can survive a re-install. A professional has a higher chance of saving the files precious to you while still removing the virus.

If you get a virus and don’t want to deal with it yourself, call IQ Computer Services to get it taken care of with expert precision.

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