Software Support FAQ's
- I get annoying pop-ups, what should I do?
The important pop-ups that need your attention would be your security software, Adobe and your Windows update, all others would depend on what you have installed and if you use it.
If you think you're spyware infected you can download FREE Malwarebytes and run the scan.
Remove the check mark from "Enable free trial" at the end of the install and make sure to "Select all items found" at the end of the scan if it found spyware or adware then click remove selected.
You can download Malwarebytes through our menu under support then downloads.
More about updates on our March 2012 newsletter, it can be accessed through our menu.
- Why is my computer running slow?
There are many reasons why a computer may run slow, but I'll give you the most common problems to check for.
- Older processors are not fast enough to handle the newer larger software, requiring more data to be process. If you have an older single processor, you need to check with the Task Manager if it's staying at 100% for to long, if it is, you need to find the culprit in the processes tab.
- Also, there could be more software running in the background, using up more RAM, hard drive access, and CPU access, also can be check with the task manager.
- A virus, spyware, adware, can slow it to a crawl.
A corrupt registry can also cause problems.
Hard drive speed failure.
So bring it in for a free diagnostic!
For more information on how computer speed works, you can read our February 2012 newsletter for a more detail explanation. It's available in our e-Newsletter page through our menu.
- My HP network printer does not connect anymore, why?
HP printers will sometimes change their address automatically and that is sometimes the problem.
You can avoid this problem by setting it to a static address, that info should be available on the HP website.
Also sometimes just a reboot will solve the problem (not sleep mode).
- I have Windows XP or Vista, can I upgrade to IE11?
Sorry, Microsoft stop support for Windows XP (End of life) and Vista (End of life).
The good news is that you can use Firefox and it's better that IE11.
You can download Firefox from our download page.
Note: Google stopped Chrome support for Windows XP, Vista and older versions of OS X.
- How do I check to see what version of Internet Explorer I have?
Open IE and click on help then "About Internet Explorer". On newer versions click the gear on the top right then "About Internet Explorer".
- Why can't I open some attachments in my email?
The attachment in your email can be a picture, video, document or just about any file. If you're getting a message asking you which program you want to use to open it, you probably don't have the software needed. You can read our May 2012 newsletter for a more detail explanation. It's available in our e-Newsletter page.
- How can I check my internet speed?
The address is www.speedtest.net, type it in the address bar.
- What is the difference between the address bar and a search bar?
The search bar will search only the search engine like Google, Yahoo and so on that you are using. The address bar is for when you have the exact web address like www.eslpc.com, it will not search.
You can read our July 2012 newsletter for a more detail explanation. It's available in our e-Newsletter page.
- My security software is going to expire, should I renew it?
It depends, if it's not Norton Security then we recommend uninstalling what you have and installing the Norton Security.
You can also download a free one from our download page but Norton is better as of 2014.
- What is Java and do I need it?
Java is rarely used anymore by websites. There are still some websites that require you have it installed for there site to work, but we recommend uninstalling it and if it's needed the website will let you know so you can download and install it. Spyware loves Java and that is why we suggest that you uninstall it unless you really need it.
- What is Adobe Flash Player and do I need it?
Adobe Flash is much less necessary than it's ever been. Modern mobile platforms like Android and Apple’s iOS don’t offer Flash support at all, and that’s slowly pushing Flash out of the web.
So in short, uninstall it and see if you need it. You can read more about the Adobe Flash in our July 2015 newsletter, it's available in our e-Newsletter page.
Hardware Support FAQ's
- My computer won't turn on anymore, what can I do?
Sometimes from electrical storms or spikes, will cause electronics like computers and printers to freeze.
You can try removing the power from the unit and wait 20 seconds and plug it back in and see if it works.
If it still doesn't turn on, then bring it in for a free diagnostic.
- My computer is running hot, what can I do?
It could be your heat sink is clog, give us a call so we can look at it for you.
- I change the batteries on my wireless keyboard or mouse and now it doesn't work?
Sometime accidentally the batteries are put in wrong so check to make sure they are in correctly. Also depending on the model of your keyboard or mouse you may have to press the button on the receiver and then the button on the keyboard or mouse. These are small buttons located under the keyboard or mouse.
- My printer is printing blank pages, what can I do?
It could be a bad print head or just that the ink has dried out. If you use the printer often then it's most likely the print head is bad. If it has been a while from the last time you use it, it could be the ink has dried and you'll have to purchase new ink.
- I lost the sound, what can I do?
Sometime people accidentally mute the sound. Check your speaker icon on the bottom right of the taskbar to make sure it's not muted.
- Should I get a backup drive?
That depends on the user. Some people do not save anything to their computers, no picture, documents and so on. The question you have to ask yourself is, if my computer died tomorrow would I lose important information (do not include internet info like your bank), if you answer yes then you need a backup source, if not, then you're ok. More information regarding backup in our May 2013 and January 2015 newsletters, available through our menu.