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Your computer is a powerful tool, and can be used to do many useful and exciting tasks. We can help you get the most out of your computer. Here’s a list of the services provided by Iowa PC Services:

  • Computer repair – desktops and laptops
  • Software setup, upgrades
  • Recommendations for buying a new PC
  • Networking – wireless or wired, setup and repair
  • Data recovery
  • Training

Computer Service & Repair

In just a few short years, computers have become an important part of our lives. We depend on our computer to for many day-to-day tasks from work to play, shopping to entertainment. But if your computer is not working properly, you may be losing time, money, and opportunity.

Iowa PC Services, Inc. provides you with all the services you need to keep your computer running its best. We’re happy to answer your questions, and help in any way we can. If you have an emergency, such as a computer that will not boot, or a hard drive that has crashed, call us for professional assistance in recovering your data and setting things right.

Networking

More and more people have multiple computers in their home, and are finding out about the benefits of setting up a network to connect these computers. With a network, you can share a single internet connection among several computers as well as share files and printers.

Data Recovery

When your computer won’t start up, or you can’t get access your documents, pictures, music or other data, give us a call… We recover what you can’t replace!

Slow Computers

One of the most common complaints we hear is of computers running slowly. We have extensive experience in making your computer run more quickly. Our process of eliminating unnecessary programs, marketing or promotional software, spyware and viruses is more fully explained on our article on slow computers.



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Get Remote Help!

Posted: March 18, 2014

We use the service provided by LogMeIn.com to provide remote help for our customers.  If you would like for us to help you remotely, please visit the following address:

Install LogMeIn remote software

Avoid Java whenever possible! When it’s not, minimize the risk.

Posted: October 26, 2013

Java is dangerous

Yes, it’s true that we recommend that Java be uninstalled. It’s not that Java is malicious, but that there are definite security problems associated with having the java engine on your computer.

According to an article in USA Today, Kaspersky Lab estimated that last year 50 percent of all website exploitations were due to vulnerabilities in Java. Because of this, it’s best not to have Java on your computer if you don’t have a particular need for it.

If you need to uninstall Java, here’s an article that tells how.

However, if you need java, then it’s necessary to put up with the risk.

If you need to install Java, here’s an article that tells how.  But be sure to follow the instructions contained in the article that mention that you need to un-select the extra software that’s offered, such as the Ask Toolbar.  Java is notorious for pushing “extra” offers that will slow down your computer and change it’s behavior in annoying ways.

If you need Java on your computer, then there is one additional item to consider.  You may need Java because of a program that is written in the Java language that you need to run.  If this program runs when you are in your browser, then you are required to leave Java enabled in the browser in order for this program to run.  No further action is required on your part, but you are also in the highest risk category of Java users, because allowing web pages to access Java programs also allows virus programs and other malicious software to use Java for their purposes.

Because of this, you may want to ask those who are telling you that you need Java whether it needs to be enabled in the browser or not.  Because, if at all possible, when you are required to have Java on your computer, then it is recommended to disable the Java browser plug-in that enables java in the browser.

One way is to ask, but possibly an easier way is to try disabling the Java plug-in using these instructions.  If your needed program still works, then you are in safe territory.  However, if disabling the Java plug-in as described here prevents you from successfully using the system that requires Java, then you’ll need to re-enable it.

There is one last way to minimize the danger of having Java enabled, and that is to enable the Java plug-in for one browser – say, Internet Explorer, and use that browser only for your Java-requiring application.

Then use a different browser for all of your other browsing – Chrome or Firefox, for example, and disable the Java plug-in in that browser using the instructions listed above.

Help for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition users

Posted: October 25, 2013

Microsoft-Office-Starter-2010

Microsoft recently made a change that affects all users of Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition that has made it completely unusable for many of our customers.  Here is a work-around and a solution to that problem…

The problem is that when you double-click on a Word document, or an Excel document, they are no longer opened in Word or Excel.  In fact, it turns out that Microsoft has purposefully done this in an effort to get more people to stop using the free Starter edition and purchase a paid version of Office.

There is one work-around available that may allow you to continue using the Starter Edition.  Here is how you do it:

  1. First, open Microsoft Word.  This is done by finding a Microsoft Word icon on your menu or desktop and opening that first.
  2. Next, Click “File”, “Open”, and browse to the file you want to view, select it, and open it.

These two steps are not useful or convenient in every case.  For example, if you have received a Word or Excel document as an attachment in email, you are no longer able to double-click the attachment.  You first have to save the attachment to a known location, such as your Desktop, and then do the two steps above in order to view it.

We are now recommending a solution to this problem that does not involve using Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition at all.  Instead, we recommend using Libre Office.  This is a free Office program that you can download free from http://libreoffice.org.

This free program makes an excellent replacement for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition.  The general approach is this:

  1. Uninstall Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition.
  2. Download and install Libre Office.
  3. Enjoy

Make sure to put a check-mark next to all document types listed during the install.  This will make it the default document handler for Word, Excel, Powerpoint documents so that they open properly when you double-click on them.

If you have questions about this solution, feel free to give us a call at 515-299-4555!  We’d love to help!


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