How to Repair a Mobile Phone Dropped in Water

It is quite painful to see your mobile phone dropped in water. However, you are not alone, so don’t be too hard on yourself. A friend of mine had same problem with her iPhone 2. She was away in Thailand on vacation and somehow placed a loosely closed plastic bottle of Pepsi in her bag. When she took out the phone it was completely wet. She could do a couple things. First, she could throw away the iPhone and buy a new one, which is expensive. Second, she could look for the nearest phone repair shop. Last, she could try a few easy steps to see if you she could fix the phone herself.

Keep in mind that the liquid could be just on the surface. Below are some of the things you might notice when the liquid gets inside of the mobile device.

    • Ringing issues
    • Power issues
    • The screen becomes dull and sometimes you can notice the water on the screen
    • Interface irregularities

Things to do:

Immediately remove the battery or carry out a forced shut down, whichever one makes more sense at the time. You should try to shut down the Smartphone as soon as you notice that it is wet. This is because the electronic components in the phone need to stay dry to avoid harmful crisscrossing of electrical charges and destructive chemical reactions. Therefore, the first thing to do to a Smartphone dropped in water should be shutting it down.

Next, remove all the detachable parts of the Smartphone. By detachable, I’m talking about the back cover, the battery, any memory cards, and then the SIM card. Use a clean, dry cloth to dry the phone. There probably will still be some water inside the phone. You should place the phone and the other components on a clean surface for it to dry.

Another great remedy to try is to next take the smartphone and place it into a bowl of rice. The reason this works is that the rice will draw out and absorb the water. Rotate the phone every hour or so. Overall, you should let it sit in the rice for most of the day.

One thing we want to point out is that you should not use any type of appliance that applies extreme heat. An example of this is a hair dryer. A hair dryer can damage the smartphone if used the wrong way.
It is good to allow more than 24 hours before reassembling and turning on your phone again. At this point, hopefully your Smartphone is back to normal working condition.


Computer Maintenance Schedule

I was asked by a few of my readers lately about what my monthly, or even weekly, computer maintenance schedule looked like. I figured this was a blog-worthy topic. Let’s dive right into what a good computer maintenance schedule looks like.

Weekly PC Maintenance Tasks

There are a few things that should be done on a weekly basis for sure. The first, and probably most important, is to run a virus scan. I would highly recommend setting up some type of automated schedule in your virus protection software so you don’t forget to do this. I personally like to do Friday at lunch for my work PC. This way I am not disrupted by the scan too much.

Another task I would recommend doing weekly or biweekly is defragmenting your hard drive. This will keep your hard drive running efficiently at all times and keep fragmentation at a minimum.

Monthly Computer Maintenance Tasks

There are things that should be done on a monthly basis as well. I like to run a spyware scan monthly to make sure my computer stays spyware free. This is something that could be done more often if you would like. I would recommend Ad-Aware as a good, free spyware scanner.

Another good task to do monthly is cleaning up your disk when it comes to unused programs, folders, and files. I like to delete temporary files and cookies, check to see if I have any unused programs I can delete, and check to see if I have any old docs, videos, pictures, etc that I can delete. Cleaning up your disk monthly can help keep your disk usage low and your hard drive running efficiently.

One last thing I like to do monthly is to clean my registry. This is something that I would consider optional. This is a debated topic as some people say it does wonders and other people think it is not worth the risk. The risk being you could delete a needed registry key. Most registry cleaners backup your registry before cleaning, which should cut down or even eliminate any risk. I personally have not had any problems when using a registry cleaner. Also, I have tested it using performance monitoring tools and noticed that it does help performance a bit. I personally use Registry Booster. However, there are many good registry cleaners on the market.

How to Recover From a Virus Attack

Prevention is the best security policy. It is best to observe some safety precautions while online and offline. However, no precaution can guarantee a virus free computer. Virus attacks can do all sorts of damage to a computer. They destroy files, corrupt applications, and corrupt data. Let’s delve into how to remove a virus from your computer and things you must do to get your computer up and going one more time.

Limit the Spread of the Virus

The first thing to do when you suspect that a computer has virus is to disconnect the computer from the network. This is necessary to prevent more attacks. Simply put, it is like controlling a disease from spreading.

Removing the Virus

Some viruses are designed to attack operating systems whereas others attack applications only. The best way to get rid of such malicious programs is by having good security software on your computer and making sure it is up-to-date. If you are able to boot up your computer, start by booting into safe mode with networking. In safe mode, run a virus scan with the virus software of your choice. Hopefully the scan is able to find and remove the malicious software. At this point, we also recommend downloading and installing malwarebytes. Open up malwarebytes, update the malware definitions, and then run a scan. Malwarebytes is usually very good at finding and removing viruses and malware. At this point, we recommend restarting into safe mode again and then running another scan to make sure your computer is clean.

If you are unable to remove the virus with your virus software and malwarebytes, try to use the system restore to restore the computer to a previous working condition. This only works if you have a good previous restore point however.

If your system is not rebooting no matter how hard you try, use the installation disc to try to repair the operating system. The installation disc does three things. You can use it for a fresh installation. You can also use it to restore your system. Last, it is used to perform a system restore as well.

You may want to reinstall your operating system in cases where your operating system has been severely damaged by the virus attack. By reinstalling, you will lose files that you have not backed up. Regularly maintaining backups is a good habit. For one reason, the operating system can crash when we least expect it and sometimes just when we need an important piece of data on the hard drive.

Take Future Precautions

Now that the virus is gone, you have to take all the necessary steps to avert future attacks. Some of the things you can do include regularly changing your ISP passwords and email passwords, keeping your virus software up to date, and keeping regular backups in case of future problems.

A password should be a combination of alphabets, numbers, and special characters. It is important to have your password in your head. Jotting it down on a piece of paper or having them in a folder on your desktop is very risky.

Windows ReadyBoost – How to Use It and a Performance Analysis

Windows ReadyBoost is a cool feature that is newer and only available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. You plug in a USB flash drive and then Windows can use the flash memory to increase its memory size since flash memory is faster than most hard drives. If your computer is running slow, enabling ReadyBoost could be a good thing to try if you have a USB stick sitting around.

How to Enable ReadyBoost

Turning on Windows ReadyBoost is super easy. Just take your flash drive and plug it in to your PC. After you do this, Windows should pop up a message asking how you want to use the flash drive. Click on the option that says “Speed up my system Using Windows ReadyBoost”. That is it. Keep in mind that you will not be able to use any space that you give to ReadyBoost.

If the ReadyBoost popup did not come up automatically for you, then you may have disabled the ReadyBoost service. Click on Start -> Type services.msc into the search box, hit enter, and then check the ReadyBoost service to make sure it is enabled.

Analyzing ReadyBoost Performance

Generally speaking, ReadyBoost helps your computer’s performance a lot more when it comes to tasks that are not CPU intensive. So, application load/close times, application switching times, etc saw the most improvement. AmandTech performed a benchmarking test which can be found here.

In their test, they found that adding 1 GB worth of ReadyBoost flash memory took seconds off of different application load and close tests. For example, using 512 RAM + 1 GB ReadyBoost, they were able to open Adobe Photoshop CS3 13 seconds faster. This is a nice improvement.

More RAM is always Better

Not matter how you look at the performance tests by AmandTech, the bottom line is that adding more memory is the better thing to do. Just by adding another 512 MB of RAM, they were able to cut load times of Photoshop by 26 seconds. Compare this to the 13 seconds cut by using 1 GB of ReadyBoost. So, you if you don’t a flash drive sitting around and you are looking for more performance, upgrading your memory is the way to go. However, if you already have a flash stick sitting around that is not being used, you might as well put it to good use and boost your PC’s performance.

How do I know if I have a Virus?

A virus can be a tricky thing to identify and can be even trickier to get rid of. Today, I thought I would talk about some of the ways that you can identify a virus or malware on your computer.

Your Anti-Virus Gives a Warning

A warning from your antivirus program is the most obvious way to tell you have a have a virus. Often times, these are also the easiest viruses to get rid of since your antivirus can often successfully remove these types of viruses.

Constant Popups

If you are experiencing constant popups, then you may also have a virus. Generally, these will be drastic and won’t necessarily be browser popups. Also, you may notice that they popup when you are not even trying to browse the Internet. An example of this is a popup that tells you that your computer is infected and that you need to purchase their antivirus software to fix your PC. In this example, this popup will NOT be from the antivirus you currently have.

Your Computer is Now Extremely Slow

Another sign of a virus is that your computer was very peppy and all of the sudden it has become so slow that it is almost unusable. This could be another problem for sure, but a likely issue is that a virus or malware has taken over your computer.

Constant Weird Behavior

Another common sign of a virus or malware is constant weird behavior. Weird behavior can be a lot of things. Some examples include programs constantly opening that you haven’t opened, you keep losing control of the mouse/keyboard, when trying to browse the Internet you keep getting redirected to random sites, etc. All of these plus more are signs that a virus or malware has infected your PC.

These are the most common signs of a virus or malware. Also, keep in mind that a virus can be something that you don’t see as well. Some malware tries to stay hidden on purpose so you don’t detect it. It will stay hidden and try to spy on you to get sensitive information such as passwords and financial information.

A Virus can be nasty and that is why it is important to have a good anti-virus program installed. You should also keep the anti-virus definitions up to date and you also need to keep your operating system up to date as well.

Slow Running PC? Think about Adding Memory

So, your computer has been running really slowly lately and you have been thinking about getting a new one. Before you scrap your old computer, you should give some consideration to upgrading your memory. This is especially true if you mainly use your computer for email, web browsing, and Microsoft Office.

Many of the newer programs use more and more resources, particularly hard drive space and RAM. If you have never upgraded your memory for your current computer, you may be able to bring it back up to speed with a simple memory upgrade.

First, I recommend running the Crucial Memory Adviser. This tool from Crucial will scan your computer and let you know your current memory setup and how much memory you can add. If you have less than 2GB of memory and you are able to bring your system memory up to or greater than 2 GB of memory, then a memory upgrade may really be able to help you regain computer speed.

Installing Memory is Pretty Easy

The great thing about a memory upgrade is that is very easy to execute on your own, even if you don’t feel that comfortable digging inside your computer case. Generally, you just need to unplug the computer, take of the cover, and snap in the new memory.  Here is a full guide on installing memory for more help.

Memory is Inexpensive

Another great thing about a memory upgrade is that generally it is a pretty cheap upgrade when considering the amount of performance you can get out of this upgrade. When I look to upgrade a computer, I usually try to see what kind of upgrade I can get for under $100. If I can’t add that much memory for under $100, then I may think about a new computer. However, if I am able to go from 1 GB to 4GB for $100 or less, for example, then I would do this before buying a new PC. There have been many times when I have been able to help a friend or family memory improve their PC performance significantly for less than $50. I would consider this well worth it when the alternative is a new PC for hundreds of dollars.

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