Slow Google Chrome? 7 Tips Worth Knowing

Lots of people use Google Chrome as their web browser because it is good and has useful features such as syncing bookmarks across any device you can use Chrome on. However, it can also become quite slow. As quick google for something such as, ‘speed up google chrome’ will return some good results. The Guardian published an article with tips to speed up the web browser and I have summarised it below (link to full article at the bottom of this post for full info.

Note: Be sure to only do what you feel comfortable to do. We take no responsibility for any damaged caused.

  1. Remove any plugins your don’t want/use – type ‘chrome://plugins’ into the address bar to disable any plugin.
  2. Make plugins ‘click to load’ – settings > show advanced settings > privacy > content settings > plugins > let me choose when to run plug-in content. (This tips appears to have been moved in more recent versions of chrome)
  3. Remove/disable unnecessary extensions – type ‘chrome://extensions’ into address bar and remove what you don’t need.
  4. Suspend your tabs – install the extension called Great Suspender and follow it’s guide
  5. Create saved browser sessions – install and use extensions TabCloud+ or Session Buddy
  6. Turn off background prefetching – settings > show advanced settings > Privacy > untick ‘use prediction to load pages more quickly’.
  7. Use data saver – install the ‘Data Saver’ extension.

Link to original article with more details: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/21/seven-tricks-to-speed-up-google-chrome

Good advice: BACKUP YOUR DATA, sooner rather than later.

Everyone always says, ‘keep you data backed up.’ Not many people actually do. We’ve been having a high number of customers come to use with hard drive problems recently. If they’re lucky we’ve been able to retrieve their data (fortunately this was the case most of the time)…in other cases, documents, music and photos are lost forever…save for very expensive specialist data recovery often costing the best part of a grand. We recommend backing up your files to an external hard drive or USB stick, and additionally backing up up your photos to DVD. A few DVDs and a couple of hours will probably be all you need. This way your priceless photos will be on your computer, removable drive and DVD. You can never have enough sets of backup considering the cost of external HDs and DVD disks being so low. Please backup now!

Some Photos of Recent Work

Here’s a few photos of some jobs we’ve completed recently.

Macbook Pro Broken Glass Replacement

The front glass of this MacBook Pro got badly damaged in an accident and we replaced it. It’s a tricky job to make so no bits of dust get in the way of the LCD display.

Dirty Keyboard Laptop Clean-up

While diagnosing a laptop we had to remove the keyboard and found this dust and dirt!

Dirty Processor Heatsink Desktop Computer Clean

Before and after cleaning the CPU heatsink of a desktop machine

Macbook Air-LCD Screen Replaced Horncastle

Part way through replacing a MacBook Air LCD screen. A very tricky task!

Horncastle dust on heatsink blocking cooling laptop

A HUGE amount of dust and dirt on a heatsink of a laptop. The machine ran at normal sound and heat levels after a good clean.

 

Tips to avoid phone scams

Unfortunately we get too many calls from customers who have been conned, or nearly conned, in a computer related scan. Nearly conned is just as worrying as the computer has usually been operated remotely meaning it’s been compromised and it’s very hard to say all is definitely well. When money has been transferred it has always always been at a cost of over £100.
Watch out for telephone scams

Watch out for telephone scams

Bottom lines are:

  1. If a company calls you, don’t let them take control of your computer
  2. If they have control of your computer and you suspect something isn’t right, don’t let them know, just unplug your router (which kills the Internet connection and their control of your PC).

Common scam techniques and the truth, these are some we have heard:

  • Your computer is running slow and we can fix it. Maybe true, but who is this company and how do they know your computer is slow? Most computers get slow so this will be correct for many cold calls they would make.
  • You computer has a virus and we can fix it. Same as above.
  • Your computer is affecting your neighbours and we can fix it – it’ll crash their computers, phones, break the smart TVs etc. Unless your neighbours share your WiFi, this isn’t possible for nearly all domestic situations. Sure viruses can spread across a network and this should be a concern, but if this is a concern you’re probably more able to be aware of this sort of scam in the first place.
  • You have illegal software on your computer. Even if you have pirate versions of software, the software company would have to work at NSA level to match a telephone to the computer running the software (unless you give it to them). Software is harder to pirate now than ever, so if you are running pirated copies you have really gone out of your way to do so – you are unlikely to have or will ever pay for it. The amount of effort a software company  will have to go to in order to receive money of you…it’s very unlikely to be worth their time (pursuing businesses is a different matter). If you’re concerned you have pirate software take it to a local computer shop like ourselves who can probably tell you in an instant.

If you have been scammed:

  • If you have paid money, tell your bank immediately. They have systems in place that should prevent further money being taken from your account and they may be able to get your money back.
  • If you have allowed remote control of you machine, disconnect it from the internet. Check that no unexpected or unknown programs are in the background. Unfortunately it’s very hard to tell if the machine is completely clean without doing a complete wipe and reinstall of everything (and backup your files first).
  • Installing a good firewall can show you all connections into and out of your computer – you can investigate each and block/remove any necessary.
Note: All information is accurate as far as we know, but further research is always recommended.
* Image used under license from Don Hankins

Windows 10 & Privacy

Hi,

There has been some alarm over the default privacy settings in Windows 10. We’ve found a few guides that can help you tweak them to as you desire.

LifeHacker.com: What Windows 10’s “Privacy Nightmare” Settings Actually Do

HowToGeek.com: Digging into and Understanding Windows 10’s Privacy

If you have a good read of these you’ll be in good stead.

If you have problems with Windows 10 or any other computer problems just contact Horncastle Computer Services and we’ll be glad to help.

Excellent feedback from residential and business customers

Happy New Year to all visitors and customers. We had the new year is going well for you, you friends and family. It is for Horncastle Computer Services. Our customer-focused, friendly, professionally and flexible approach is working out very well for us…evidenced in feedback we are continually receiving from customers. Check out positive feedback and reviews of Horncastle Computer Services for yourself. If you need help with anything IT related don’t hesitate to call as we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.