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virus cleaning on a mac (but i thought macs don’t get viruses)

virus cleaning on a mac

BUT BUT i thought macs don’t get viruses! is one of those phrases that if i could get a nickel every time i heard that, i would have a lot of nickels! or not!

reality is that a lot of people are surprised to hear that macs get some kind of viruses, because that is one of those myths (and sales points) people know about macs in general. people are sold on it from long time ago and rightfully so. Because the statement is kind of true in a way.

when someone says macs do not get viruses they mean mac OS or macs operating system can not be infected with a virus. that is almost entirely true. because mac os is built(unlike windows) in a different way. where pretty much all programs run independently of operating system. they are like little separate entities running their little scripts and they don’t rely on other programs or operating system to do it. they use operating system as foundation only and thats why it is difficult to put a virus on mac which would affect the way computer works as a whole. so usually there is no need of virus cleaning on a mac at all. virus cleaning on a mac

windows is actually opposite. windows runs as if the whole world is a bubble and everything is connected inside with each other. all programs are connected with windows as if they had umbilical cord connected to the mother for survival. and therefore by injecting a code into a system like that it is easy to affect the whole operating system and make things crash or whatever else viruses do that will affect everything.

however in todays day an age things are different. and the main difference is that word virus used to describe malicious programs in the past. has now evolved into many different other words. like malware, adware, ransomware, cryptoware, etc etc. they all do different things and thats why they have different funny names.

now lets get to the actual topic of this post! About time right!? the picture i have posted above is from a virus scan on an imac that customer brought in. it was infected pretty heavily. if you opened a browser, first of all you would see some strange looking home page, that sort of looks like google but its not. then you see all kinds of ads popping up, then you type a web address into a window but you are taken to completely different website! whats going on?! well you need a virus cleaning on a mac. thats whats going on!

most of the time these days people get what’s called adware on their computers. they are kinda like viruses but they are not! i call them legal viruses. they are legal because they don’t have any characteristics of a virus, they even have a special term to be called- PUP or potentially unwanted programs. they don’t do any harm to your computer but they sure are annoying. on mac you see them in forms of mymaccleaner, mackeeper, shopping buddy, etc etc. what they do is they pretend to be an antivirus or a shopping companion or something else, they are hard to turn off, they offer you to buy something and so on. but they don’t steal your information nor do they harm your computer, they just annoy and trash your computer hoping you will buy something or they will take you to a site they advertise so you can buy something there!

anyhow that is what you get on a mac (as well as on pc) nowadays! they are common, they hijack your browsers they drive you crazy and thats when you know you need a virus cleaning on a mac!

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macbook pro water damage battery replacement

macbook pro water damage battery replacement

the great Bruce Lee once said, don’t be rigid,  Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.  the reason he said that is because water has no shape or form on visible level and there is really no way to know where it’s gonna go, unless you have a container for it or you restrain it. 

so when someone spills fluids or water on a macbook pro there is really no way of telling where the water is going to go.  so best thing you can do, really, is to open the lid up as fast as possible and disconnect the battery. it is electricity that kills computers when water is on them. nothing else. but if you dont disconnect battery then there is no way of knowing where the water will go or what damage is it going to do. macbook pro water damage battery replacement

like in this case of macbook pro water damage battery replacement, water went literally everywhere. macbook pro needed logic board repair because it would not start at all. and then after logic board was repaired. we noticed that the battery was not recognized. and it was obvious why. the red dot on battery board indicated there was water there and there was corrosion on board itself. so verdict was simple battery was shorted out it was dead.

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macbook pro beer damage repair

macbook pro beer damage repair

  1. statistic show that mac users are way more prone to spill fluids on their macbooks than pc users. i dont know why that is. i suspect because mac people are free souls and creative types and dont sit in their cubicles with their back straight looking at one point into the monitor! and yes they don’t. that is obvious. the creative types sit at starbucks, on couch, on sofa, on beach, at parties and many other places where there are drinks and fluids around! it sounds so freeing and great, yet they do pay a hefty price for it! see you can be creative all you want, but computers by the way they are made, they just don’t like to get wet!

macbook pro beer damage repairi personally sit with my computer everywhere too, but i dont let drinks or any other fluids near it. i have seen it too many times gone wrong way! so i guard my laptop from those kind of accidents! so this macbook pro came in cs fluids were spilled on it! and i was told it was water, but when i opened it. i smelled some other smell and it was too familiar for me not to recognize( Brett Kavanaugh would have recognized it too! he loves it so much! LOL) haha it was beer! so now we had a macbook pro beer damage repair on our hands! and it was a little different from water. cause some beers are sweeter than others so i think they put sugars in them and that makes beer a little sticky too. so few components had to be washed off.

anyhow this macbook pro 2015 had battery damage too, so that had to be replaced also! it turned out all ok at the end! computer works fine! everyone is happy!  toast to that!

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Install windows on Imac 27 inch

install windows on imac is usually a  simple thing if you know how to follow directions.

in a perfect world! what directions don’t tell you many times – is what to do when one step does not work as expected. and you can not proceed to next step! which is usually the case with all apple products and their use! they are advertised and seem to be very flawless, until of course you run into some trouble! then you have to go scout the forums or call all your friends or finally go find a computer person like us to help you!install windows on imac

this is what happened  to this 27 inch imac. the owner wanted to install windows on imac. and she did it pretty much ok except of  one thing. she installed wrong windows! the reason being is that older imac do not support windows 10. and bootcamp notifies you of that when you attempt to, however in her case it did not and she was able to install it! soon after that however it was clear that something was not running right. and that issue was the drivers. the drivers for winodws 10 on 2011 imac are not even available. so computer was restarting and doing all kinds of strange behaviors.!

so she brought it to experts! but for us also it was a little tricky at first, because imac would not boot properly from windows 7 installation. it would freeze and stop in the middle of installation, etc. i had to go back to bootcamp and restore original partition, create a new one and follow steps from beginning and even then imac was confused prompting me i can not install windows 10 on this imac, when i was using windows 7 disk!

anyhow it all worked out well at the end! install windows on imac 27 inch was successful. everyone is happy!

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Macbook air water damage repair in Agoura hills 2 of them

Macbook air water damage repair agoura hillsMacbook air water damage repair in Agoura hills 2 of them

these two macbook airs came in from same person! they both had fluids spilled and both were not turning on. imagine your kid spilling water not on one but two macbook airs almost in the matter of days! pretty scary situation!

even though the source of damage was the same -fluid, the results were not. one macbook air water damage repair was simpler than the other. first one still had charging light coming on. which always means there is better chance of survival and it did. upon opening macbook air and inspecting internal components it was clear there was water damage, however it was not so bad looking. therefore we proceeded to clean up the logic board by removing all visible and invisible corrosion from it. then we let it sit and dry for a little while and when it was visibly dry the board was reassembled into computer case and we tried to turn it on! and bam! it was working like before (or even better) 🙂

second macbook air water damage was not so lucky. the charger light was no longer coming on. also water spill was much larger and the simple clean up did not help to revive it. upon testing couple of components it was clear there was circuit damage on the logic board. therefore this macbook air water damage will need a more extensive repair, which takes a little longer. but most likely will be fixed too! usually it takes 3-4 days with us!

now if you are going to learn anything from this check this out! as i was explaining this to the customer. the fluids do not damage computers. you can put logic board in water and hold it there for an hour and take it out, let it dry and it will work as it did before. so do other components. i used to have a customer who used to wash her keyboard, cause she thought they were disgusting in dish washer! she would let them dry out and they would be working perfectly. so its not the water that kills them. it’s electricity mixed with water.

when water gets onto computer and computer is still being fed electricity (usually from battery) that is when wrong contacts are being made on the logic board or other components. its like when you have two prongs in electrical outlet on your wall and separately they just sit there and nothing happens. but try to put ends of a wire into both of them and see what happens. you will see sparks flying and something melting fast! its because they are not supposed to touch together. yet water does that when it gets on board.

so the best thing you can do in situation that has fluid spilled on their macbook or laptop is not only to flip machine over so the water runs out. but you have to disconnect battery immediately! of course apple doesnt make it easy to do! but if you discount that part and have proper screwdriver you can do it! and do it right away! then you will save your computer!

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imac video card replacement

imac video card replacement

is a very common repair on imacs before 2013. graphics chips used to fail quite often on macbooks, imacs as well as pc, mac minis and all other devices. there are couple reasons for it. some graphic chips were defective, some were good but perhaps were not installed properly, some overheated and their life expectancy has shortened, some just died prematurely.imac video card replacement

graphics chip overheating definitely contributes to failure and apple of course is a little responsible for it as well! first of all apple markets their devices as invincible and all super powerful designed for high end graphics processing used by creative people in all kinds of industries. now in reality, macbooks are really not designed for that at all. they might have powerful hardware and some do, but they dont have proper ventilation whatsoever. imacs are a little better but just as bad. they are all in one computers and they dont really have proper ventilation either, which is necessary for any graphics chip that will be overloaded to max capacity to process data, which makes it heat up to the max. as result they will have shorter life span and will fail and imac video card replacement will be needed.

another thing that apple is doing to their macbooks and imacs and their customer that not a lot of people know. is that they use cheap thermal paste to create heat continuity from the chip to the heat sink. the cheap thermal paste is not so good after all and it prevents heat sink and fan from doing its job properly also. if better paste applied some people recorded temperature drops at around 15 degrees lower than with bad paste that apple uses.

knowing apple, this maybe intentional. cs if your imac video card fails and you need imac video card replacement they will quote you a price that is not cheap and you will start thinking about buying a new imac. And their sales people will also steer you in that same direction. anyhow. who knows whats going on there. im just giving you direct info from whats going on in mac repair world!

anyhow, this 20 inch imac was not booting up. and after few tests and other component tests we quickly determined it was graphics chip failure. since this was an older imac it was actually cheaper to replace video card with new video card and problem was solved. if you have 2011 or 2012 imac 27 inch it is usuallly cheaper to get graphics chip replaced!

call us if your imac doesn’t boot, or you see colored lines on screen, or pixelation or imac doesnt even start. they are all indicative of video chip failure and they need imac video card replacement or repair.

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macbook pro water damage repair

macbook pro water damage repair

macbook pro water damage repair

macbook pro water damage repair

when compared side by side in the times of busy-ness. People who own macbooks (apple products) the “creative” types. they tend to be more clumsy with their devices for some reason! it’s almost as if the pc people are really sitting properly in their cubicles, back straight, not moving around for 8 hours other than to go to kitchen take a coffee or water break! just like steve jobs predicted in his 1984 commercial! lol

the ratio of macbook pro water damage repair to pc repairs is staggering in apples favor! but im not here to judge! to us its a great thing! we get more work this way!

now a little tip of how to handle macbook pro water damage. first thing you want to do right away if you spill water or fluids on your macbook is to disconnect the battery (and charger). the reason being is that water or fluids alone are not going to damage the logic board. in fact logic boards are washed in fluids usually water to get the corrosion off. what kills macbook logic boards is electricity. water makes connections in wrong places and that creates a short. so many water damages can be prevented if one could disconnect the battery quickly! however that is not always possible! because on macbooks battery is inside of the computer. and to open it you nowadays need a special tool with pentalobe tip. which no one usually has (im guessing apple did it on purpose!).

so next best thing if you spill water or fluids on your macbook. first thing is at least unplug it and then turn it upside down or whichever way so the water comes out where it came in. and rush to the nearest mac repair place to have it opened and disconnect battery then you can possibly save the logic board and you wont need macbook pro water damage repair at all!

however if its too late and you let computer dry out and its not turning on. we can fix your macbook logic board 95% of the time! its cheaper than buying a new logic board or new computer! cheers!

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macbook pro keyboard replacement

macbook pro keyboard replacement is one of most time consuming repair in the whole macbook repair industry. its not difficult, yet pretty time consuming, since macbooks are designed as whats called unibody style. that means macbook pro keyboard is on the bottom of the laptop. since the casing is reversed. if that makes sense. 🙂 everything has to come out in order to do macbook pro keyboard replacement. and that just takes time and patience on our part!

macbook pro keyboard replacement

macbook pro keyboard replacement

why macbook pro keyboard replacement is necessary? usually its because some keys are not working or keys are sticky because of fluids spilled on keyboard. or in some cases keyboards stop working from age. in some cases cats or birds break the keys for their amusement reasons. and so on.

in some cases keyboards stop working because the connectors can become corroded and needs cleaned. but in most cases keyboards just go bad and some keys will stop working.

even though time consuming most keyboards can be replaced same day or next day guaranteed!

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a1502 macbook pro 2015 retina screen replacement

a1502 macbook pro 2015 retina screen replacement

everyone praises apple macbooks as if they are the best laptops on the planet! and in some ways they really are! they have hard aluminum shell casings, their screens are amazing, their keyboards are perfect (when they work) and there are many other features that macbooks share that are awesome! as well as the coolness factor, which comes with owning a macbook and sitting in starbucks with it!

a1502 macbook pro 2015 retina screen replacement

a1502 macbook pro 2015 retina screen replacement

BUT just like everything else in life they are not invincible! if you want to break it, it will break! and for the most part, unless macbook is more than few years old. they usually work and run flawlessly! that is, unless humans decide to damage them. purposely or by accident! and main way that macbooks get damaged are two: people either spill some fluids on them or they let them drop from bed, counters, tables, backpacks (ive seen it all). and that causes all kinds of problems.

this is what happened to this a1502 macbook pro 2015 retina screen replacement machine. it was dropped and corner cracked which caused screen to start getting all kinds of lines. but luckily we are here and screen was changed 0vernight! and customer is very happy!

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Imac won’t boot hangs midway imac 21.5inch

Imac won't boot hangs midwayImac won’t boot hangs midway 21.5inch

if you see this screen. on an 21.5 inch imac or for that matter on pretty much any imac. it may mean 2 different things usually.

first – the most obvious and most common issue that you might be facing is hard drive failure. all older and also newer imacs still use regular hard drives and regular hard drives tend to fail sooner or later. hard drive failure will prevent computer from booting like that also in many cases. so to find out if your hard drive is ok do this: turn imac off, then power it on and hold option key. that will take you to boot menu and from there you choose to boot into recovery partition.

if your recovery partition is not there. then you turn imac off and turn it back on while this time holding Command+R keys. this will take you to internet recovery option. this way is a little longer. but whichever way you choose the goal here is to go to disk utility and test the hard drive. run first aid and see what it says. so you can find out why your Imac won’t boot and hangs midway.

from there if you get a message in disk utility in red that says your hard drive needs to be repaired. its a good indication that imac hard drive is going bad and needs replaced (hopefully you have a backup!)

if the hard drive passes test and turns out ok however. and still you Imac won’t boot hangs midway. then the issue is different. and that brings us to our point number two!

Second reason why you may see above screen when Imac won’t boot hangs midway. is video chip failure.

it is also a common issue especially on 27 inch imac, but also happens on 21.5 inch imac as well as older 20 and 24 inch that many people still use! graphics chip failure is very common and can be fixed by replacing graphics chip or fixing existing one! and at fastest mac repair and pc repair newbury park we do both! and we do it the quickest and without any hassles to you!

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Hello my name is Eddie when i opened my first computer store, i did it because i was looking around and saw that people didnt have a proper place to repair their computers. most places were taking days ot repair things for reasons other than waiting for parts to ship. They were just taking forever because they didnt know how to fix computers or how to do it quickly. also some of them thought the longer they fix computer the more money they could charge a customer. and i was absolutely horrified by these stories. geek squad as a biggest computer repair service provider, ships computers out and people have to wait 2 weeks to get it back. who wants to do that? thats why i set out on a mission to change it because i learned if i focus on solving your needs as customer first it would work best for everyone. i customer would get their computer back fast and i would get to go home early!! thats how much concept was born and now its a reality! if you want your pc or macbook fixed proerly and fast. come visit us! we're open! also in my free time i get out of town and shoot landscape photography! feel free to stop by our shop to see my artwork!

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