David Purcell

David Purcell is a IT professional with over eighteen years of experience in the tech industry. He holds CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network + and ITIL certifications. He has been lead writer at PCTechBytes since 2002.

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Our Pick For The Best VPN Service is ProtonVPN

In this age of digital privacy, having a VPN is an absolute necessity. A Virtual Private Network is a secure, point to point, encrypted network connection that can be used for a multitude of reasons, of which privacy should be …

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Computer Air Duster Metro ED500 DataVac 500

Dust is not only disgusting–it’s a computer killer! Your PC is like a vacuum cleaner, constantly pulling dust, hair and other debris into your computer grills. Your fan speed is affected by dust build-up, and layers of it on your …

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Troubleshoot LED TV or OLED or LCD HDTV Problems

Televisions have always been the central place for families to gather after a long day at work or school. We watch the news, binge watch episodes of Game of Thrones, and try to guess which beach house the couple from …

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Upgrading Issues With Windows 10 Update Version 1903

Windows 10 was supposed to be the chosen one, the Operating System to finally bring peace and balance to the universe, but just as in Star Wars, the Anakin Skywalker of Operating Systems consistently struggles with its purpose and identity …

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Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas For 2019

Father’s Day is probably the single most difficult gift-giving day of the year. After all, what do you get the man who can literally do anything he wants with his bare hands? Skip the t-shirt and World’s Greatest Dad coffee …

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PCTechBytes Computing Guide To Being Paranoid in 2019

They’re watching you. They’re listening to every word you say. If you have a smart phone, they’re tracking your movements. It’s not safe to shop online or even check your email. There was a time when online privacy and security …

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PCTechBytes Ultimate Guide To Improve PC Performance

The PCTechBytes Ultimate Guide To Improve PC Performance was created to help our users navigate the confusing and tedious job of computer maintenance. Routine maintenance isn’t enough to improve PC performance, however. You have to roll up your sleeves and …

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Ultimate Guide To Fix Common Printer Problems

If your printer will not print, there are several troubleshooting tips you can try to fix common printing issues. Since there are so many reasons why this might happen, run through the following options until you find a resolution that …

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Why Your Computer Hates You

“My computer hates me” is something I have heard countless times. There are reasons why your computer runs slow, crashes or just plain acts weird. Perhaps you’ve been neglecting it, or you’ve been unintentionally doing things that have been affecting …

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Imminent Signs Your Computer Is About To Crash

Your computer is a machine destined to fail. While we’d all like to think our machines will boot faithfully until the end of the world, it’s just a matter of time before your hardware fails. Hardware failures can occur all …

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Easy WiFi Troubleshooting Guide Tips and Fixes

As easy as networking in Windows has become, there are times when connectivity problems are encountered that make you scratch your head. The PCTechBytes Easy WiFi Troubleshooting Guide below provides fixes and tips that will help you resolve most of …

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Ultimate Computer Troubleshooting Guide And Diagnostics

Your computer is dead. It will not boot. It was working the night before, but now when you hit the power button nothing comes up on the screen. But is your computer really dead? Or is it giving off subtle …

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Computer Security Tips and Best Practices

These computer security tips can help save your PC from becoming infected by malware. Most computers will get infected at least once in their lifespan. Your PC can be infected just by being connected to the Internet, without opening email …

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Tips And Tweaks On How To Increase Broadband Speed

If you need to know how to increase broadband speed, you need to look at several factors. Internet download speed can be affected by many things, including your Internet plan, the wiring in your home and the hardware and software …

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Smart Home Checklist To Save Your Marriage

Being a technology early adopter has always posed problems for me and my spouse. Me, because I am always attracted to new and shiny technological advances. My spouse, because she has yet another thing to learn–a new remote to use, …

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How Can I Tell If I Have A Computer Virus

How can I tell if I have a virus? If you’re asking, you probably have a reason to ask. Your computer is acting funny. Something is wrong with the Internet or you are having problems getting to certain websites. But …

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We Were Good People Before Technology Got Us

Some people say computers enhance our lives, and some will adamantly explain to you in a ten-thousand page handwritten manifesto just how computers have ruined family, communities and the gosh-darn entire planet. Those digital nay-sayers are just barely old enough …

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Simple DIY OTA TV Recording and Viewing Options

We all want a simple DIY OTA TV recording solution. Watching television over the air is nothing new–people have been doing it for decades. Having the ability to bring a high definition signal into your home, record it and–in some …

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Tips To Improve Your Home Theater Visuals and Audio

A home movie theater can provide years of enjoyment for you and your family. Whether you’re watching television, movies or playing video games, a home theater can greatly enhance your experience if done properly. Follow these home theater design tips …

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Steps To Automatically Disable Touchpad When Mouse Is Plugged In

The following steps will show how to automatically disable touchpad usage on your laptop when you plug in an external mouse. People often experience issues with touchpads when typing and will often prefer to use an external mouse even when …

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Guide To Use Steam Link To Play PC Games On Android

We have reached the point in mobile, home network, and gaming technology that finally enables us to stream video games to our mobile devices. This guide will explain how to use Steam Link to play PC games on Android devices. …

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How To Fix The Black Screen Of Death On Windows 10

Forget the Blue Screen of Death, there is another BSoD in town. Black screen issues in Windows 10 are the new bane of existence for some computer users. But the black screen problem isn’t anything new. It has been around …

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Free Ways To Scan Computers On Networks And Discover IP Addresses

There are several ways to scan computers on networks. You might want to find the IP address of a printer, or the name of a machine so you can remote into it. Fortunately, Windows has a lot of great networking …

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Easily Transfer Files In Windows 10 Using Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing is probably one of the most useful updates in recent Windows history. If you have the April 2018 Windows update, you can now easily transfer files from one Windows 10 computer to another without having to fumble with …

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Definitive Guide To Plex DVR Recording And Live TV Streaming

There’s always been a little mystery around how to cut the cord and dump the cable company that has been gouging you for years. Sure, there were always ways to make this work, but those ways entailed complicated and unsightly …

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How To Use Storage Sense In Windows 10 To Free Up Disk Space

Storage Sense in the Windows 10 April 2018 update is a great new feature that allows you to effortlessly free up disk space. This feature is especially important as solid state hard drives become standard, and disk space becomes a …

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How to Manually Download the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

If you’re tired of waiting patiently for the Windows 10 April 2018 update to be pushed out to your computer, you can manually download the Windows 10 April 2018 update directly from Microsoft. You must be running the Windows 10 Fall Creators …

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Easy DIY Apple and Android Charging Station Project

As we continue to expand our digital lives and shift to mobile platforms, you quickly discover the charging challenges for multiple people and platforms. This easy, DIY Apple and Android charging station will provide you with a safe and organized …

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Home Automation Made Easy With The Philips Hue Starter Kit

Home automation can be easy if you plan ahead. There are several components to consider when planning your home automation scheme so you do not over-buy or purchase components that are incompatible with each other. You will first want to …

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Tweaks To Speed Up Web Browsing And Improve Browser Performance

How can you speed up web browsing? What affects browsing speed, anyway? You might as well be asking What is the meaning of life? Browsing speed is affected by a lot of variables. Your Internet speeds can be affected by …

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