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Every day we see customers who are shocked that their computer has a virus. They thought they had security software and they thought it was doing it's job.

But here's the thing....You get what you pay for...and YOU play a massive part in your computer's secuirty. You have to check before you click anything, you have to choose the right security, AND you have to know when it's time to renew your services. 

We recommend Norton Internet Security 2014 and it's avialable instore at PC Pitstop Port Macquarie for $85 installed.

If your computer is in for service and we notice your Norton is out of date we will update it at the same time for a reduced fee of $65.

Keep your PC and your Stuff safe with industry-leading protection.
Emailing, sharing files, visiting social networks, shopping online, or just browsing websites. Whatever you like to do on your PC, we help keep it—and the Stuff on it—safe from viruses, online threats, and problems that could slow down your computer.

Gets rid of viruses and spyware, so you can read emails and download and share files without getting or passing on threats, plus it helps prevent online identity theft and blocks websites that could steal your credit card numbers or other information. So you can surf, shop, and bank online worry-free.

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Norton's internet security suite offers excellent malware detection and consistently performs on pace with the best available security software.

Avoid the horror story happening to you. Don't get caught without. It could cost you more than you know.
 
 

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Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.

To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

o   If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.

o   Charge the battery until the battery light turns off

o   Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it. This is referred to as ‘exercising the battery.’

o             DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet. 

Plus, try these:

  • Dim your screen
  • Shut off unneeded hardware
  • Avoid multitasking
  • Avoid multimedia
  • Know when to sleep and when to hibernate


If unfortunately your battery has completly died we have a solution for that too. Bring your laptop instore and we can fit a Universal Power Supply at the correct voltage and correct fit for most modern laptops for $85 in about 10mins!

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Keyboard Shortcuts for the Modern User

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Exercising your Laptop Battery and Charger

 

Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.

To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

 

  1. If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.
  2. Charge the battery until the battery light turns off
  3. Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it. This is referred to as ‘exercising the battery.’
  4. DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet.

 

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Laptop Optional Accessories

Laptop Riser/Cooler
Protect your hard drive and components from over-heating and destroying your data. Over-heating is one of the most dangerous things your laptop can do! It also tilts your laptop so you don’t have to tilt.

Mouse
Wired or wireless, feel more in control with a USB mouse.

Protective Bag/Case
Polyurethane or leather. Not just for travellers. Laptop bags protect your investment and keep all your accessories in the one place.

 

USB Hub
4+ ports. Increase your USB ports to connect more devices and never have a lack of USB inputs.

Norton Internet Security
Stay safe with the very best anti-virus software. Do you bank online? Then you need Norton Internet Security!

Backing Up
Invest in back up hard drives and automated backing up software, to avoid the trauma of losing precious photos and data.

 

 

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PC Pitstop iphone and smartphone repairs

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Dropped or damaged your

smart device - iPhone, iPad
or Samsung Device? 
Most repairs same day!

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PC Pitstop Computer Repairs

PC Pitstop Workshop Repairs   Workshop Repairs


We locate the issues & 

determine the best way
to fix them. Most repairs
completed within 24 hours

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PC Pitstop Computer Tune-ups 

PC Pitstop Computer Tune Ups   Computer Tuneups


Over time you will notice your 

computer slowing down. Time
to book your computer for its
yearly service and tuneup.

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 PC Pitstop Business Support

PC Pitstop Business Support   Business Support


PC Pitstop provide reliable

small business solutions so
you can focus on delivering
exceptional customer service!

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 PC Pitstop Virus and Spyware Removal

PC Pitstop Virus & Spyware Removal  Virus & Spyware removal


Most computers are home
to hundreds of viruses and 
information stealing bugs.
Stay protected & up to date.

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 PC Pitstop Home and Business Onsite Support

PC Pitstop onsite Home and Business Support    Onsite Support


PC Pitstop can provide you
with onsite assistance in your
home or office at time that suits
you. Most areas only $99/hour

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PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner :: Making IT Easy for YOU

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We are so excited to finally have our PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner in store for everyone who receives any service from PC Pitstop! So many of you have been wanting something like this and it will definately make life easier for a lot of businesses and families! We've been working on this handy guide for 12mths and it's jammed packed with over 30years experience in computer repairs, computer builds and everything in between.

It features an entire section dedicated to Customer Care Guides - 22 simple 'How-To' guides for navigating your computer, your devices and the internet. The Preventative Maintainence Schedule at the back of the booklet details exactly what service is recommended for your computer at various points in it's life and can even be stamp certified that you were looked after by a PC Pitstop Trained Technician.

We love providing extra value and this Manual is the perfect tech-education and tracking tool for all our customers!

Pick yours up after your next service today.

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Batteries and Chargers

Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature. 

pcpitstopaus-laptop-chargerTo prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

  • If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.
  • Charge the battery until the battery light turns off
  • Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it.
    This is referred to as ‘exercising the battery.’
  • DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet. 

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[THIS ARTICLE CAUGHT MY EYE! WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SAVE $$ ON POWER THESE DAYS, IT'S CRAZY?! HERE'S SOME IDEAS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT BIT]

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From a three-in-one charger to a switch that shuts off standby power to your computers, here are five gadgets for keeping a lid on your electricity use.

Power costs are only going one way, and that's upwards. Energy isn't a cheap matter for any business, but that doesn't mean you have to put up with high energy bills. 

Careful power management of your devices, be they office printers, shared storage, laptops or desktops can go a fair way to lowering your power bill, along with sensible practices when it comes to issues such as office heating and lighting.

You can also invest a little in gadgets designed specifically to save power in the medium to long term. Below are five gadgets to help you monitor your energy usage. There's no magic bullet here, and these devices won't pay for themselves extremely quickly at current Australian power prices - but if you're looking to stop wasting electricity, it's one way to start.

1. Belkin Conserve Switch

It's tempting to leave everything in standby mode so that it's ready to go at the click of mouse or keyboard, but that's also a great way to use a honking great amount of standby power. That's especially the case if you're not only running a desktop computer or laptop, but also possibly a small printer, switch, external monitor or additional power board from the same socket.

Instead, Belkin's Conserve Switch uses a simple one-touch switch that controls the power to eight connected devices, including two master switch devices. That means that your IT gear that has 24/7 connectivity needs - or that won't react well to a sudden shutdown - can be left on the two master switches, while six other power draining gadgets are turned off remotely when you leave the office each night.

2. Kensington AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, Tablet Charger

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If you've got separate chargers for your phone, tablet and laptop, it can be very tempting to leave them permanently plugged in so that you've got power on the go whenever you want it. The problem there is that each and every one of those chargers is using power when it's plugged in, whether you're charging or not.

Kensington's AbsolutePower charger combines laptop charging from a small power brick along with two 2.1A USB ports, from which you can charge your phone, tablet, and anything else that'll take a standard USB power charge. As well as being handy (you don't have to juggle different chartgers), it doesn't use up power sockets in your office, or, more critically, power due to unused chargers. This one costs $149.95.

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3. Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme

If you're a mobile worker, it can be tempting to stow a portable battery or two in your bag when you're out and about, because there's nothing worse than your smartphone going dead on you when you've got critical email to catch up on or clients to contact.

Keeping a portable battery charged continuously can waste power though - unless you use other methods to charge it with. Powertraveller's line of solar-powered gadgets are geared more towards outdoor enthusiasts, but that's no reason why you can't turn their solar expertise to benefit your business. Keep one of these solar-chargers near your window, ready to pick up when you walk out of the office. Solar batteries don't charge fast, but you'll pay a grand total of absolutely no electricity for all the power that you'll ever use through them. This one costs $150.

 

4. Jaycar Mains Power Meter

Saving power is a grand ideal, but in order to properly save something, it's important to first be able to measure it. Now, you could take the very low-tech approach and go look at your power meter spinning over, but that'll only give you a complete power draw for the building you're in, which isn't very useful when you're trying to cut down your IT energy costs specifically.

That's where a power meter such as Jaycar's simple and cheap Mains Power Meter can pay dividends. You plug it between your devices and the wall socket, tell it your current energy price as per your provider's bill, and it will give you a live estimate of the running cost of your equipment over a period of time.

That's useful data; not only will it give you a more realistic picture of your ongoing data costs, but it will also make it easier to work out which bits of IT equipment are drawing the most power, and proportion your use of them in the most cost-effective manner possible.

 

5. 2013 Macbook Air

 

You might think we've gone insane picking a premium Ultrabook style laptop as a "energy saving gadget", but there's distinct method to our madness here.

The latest version of Apple's MacBook Air laptop runs on Intel's fourth generation Core chips (also referred to in the IT industry as "Haswell" processors), and boasts a hefty battery life of up to 12 hours on the 13 inch model. That's great and it does so by working while only sipping at the battery, because the new Intel chip is conservative when it comes to power usage.

As such, any laptop with the new Intel chip - we've picked the Air simply because Apple was first to the Australian market with the new Intel chip - will run faster than your current gear but it will also use less power while it's running.

 

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If your laptop looks anything like the one the on left...consider how it might look on the inside?! Signs of a CRUSTY computer include:

Arrow-Right-icon slow startup - enough time passes that you've made a cup of tea before anything comes to life?

Arrow-Right-icon slow or lagging navigation - you're on the edge of your seat leaning forward in an attempt to push the cursor along faster??

Arrow-Right-icon computer freezes or blue screens - typing away and then realise nothings happening on screen or suddenly the screen is bright blue??

Arrow-Right-icon computer reboots or turns itself off - you're left wondering what you clicked, what you did wrong??

Fun isn't it?!

Of course, there are plenty more symptoms of a sick machine but they all hint at (or scream) that they need some TLC.

Arrow-Right-icon If you're a business user we recommend you get a PC Pitstop Tune-up at least every quarter.

Arrow-Right-icon If you're a power user or gamer we recommend you get a PC Pitstop Tune-up at least every 6months.

Arrow-Right-icon If you're a home user we recommend you get a PC Pitstop Tune-up at least every 12mths.

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Laptop Riser/Cooler

Protect your hard drive and components from over-heating and destroying your data. Over-heating is one of the most dangerous things your laptop can do! It also tilts your laptop so you don’t have to tilt.

Mouse

Wired or wireless, feel more in control with a USB mouse.

Protective Bag/Case

Polyurethane or leather. Not just for travellers. Laptop bags protect your investment and keep all your accessories in the one place.

USB Hub

4+ ports. Increase your USB ports to connect more devices and never have a lack of USB inputs.

Norton Internet Security

Stay safe with the very best anti-virus software. Do you bank online? Then you need Norton Internet Security!

Backing Up

Invest in back up hard drives and automated backing up software, to avoid the trauma of losing precious photos and data.

 

 

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