Whether you’re a computer technician in the field or a computer user that enjoys tinkering with DIY computer repair, you need to have a list of resources at your fingertips that you can rely upon. Not everything you read on the Internet is accurate. So if you’re in the business, you cannot afford to waste time hunting down solutions for your problems. PCTechBytes is adding some of our favorite online tech resources. This evolving list will help you in repairing, upgrading, removing malware and troubleshooting complicated PC problems so you can get on the the next job quickly.
Top Windows Resources:
You really have to start at the source when it comes to Windows. The Microsoft Knowledgebase has troubleshooting guides for just about every version of Windows, as well as most hardware and software that interact with it.
Wikipedia is a resource you can use to check facts. While most of the information here should be correct, it is a site that can be edited by people that can have bad information. But the Wiki community keeps it a pretty reliable source of information.
Top Virus and Malware Removal Resources:
SARC is a Symantec website that deals with viruses, their explanations and removal. Its a great resource for identifying the viruses of the month and finding ways to remove them from infected computers.
Top Anti-Malware Downloads
MalwareBytes – Free -Anti Spyware
AVG Free – Free Antivirus
aVast! – Free Antivirus
Super Anti Spyware – Free Anti-spyware
Major Computer Manufacturer Support
Get model-specific tutorials for any Dell, HP, Acer, Gateway or Sony computer you’re working on. Once you input the model number, you will have access to drivers, troubleshooting tips and manuals for your Dell product.
Top Motherboard Manufacturers
The following motherboard manufacturer’s can provide you will information for most boards you’ll find in a computer case. Download drivers, manuals or other important facts from their respective websites.
Top BIOS Manufacturers
You can find BIOS codes and updates for the BIOS running on most motherboards from these top BIOS manufacturers.
Hard Drive Manufacturers
Get information, diagnostic and other utilities from major manufacturers of hard drives.
Boot disks enable you to access Windows when it cannot load or boot to an alternative OS like Linux. This can help you repair and installation or diagnose problems with hardware that are preventing the Operating System from running.
You can find other valuable resources and tips for repair in our computer fourms. Or, if you see something we’re missing, please feel free to make a suggestion as we plan on expanding this list to cover most hardware and software problems you’ll face in the field.