I've ordered broadband internet but I don't know what to do next!!!
Your provider will send a box (a router) in the post. This needs to be connected to your phone line using an adapter/filter so that both your phone and the router can be connected to the same line. You will then need to install the software that comes with the box, and enter any username and password that they will have provided. Your internet provider (BT, Sky etc) will not do this for you. If you want them to come, they will charge you in excess of £50. We charge a set fee of £35 for broadband installation in North Devon.
My internet connection has stopped working. What can I do?
In some cases, simply turning your router off for 30 seconds, and then back on again, seems to solve the problem. However, it can be more complicated than this. There are a number of reasons why your internet connection may not be working, from incorrect passwords to annoying viruses. Call us on 01271 321222 and we will try to help.
Why is the internet running so slowly?
In some cases the issue is a simple one to resolve. It could be a fault in your set up, or a problem with your internet service provider, but there could be something more sinister going on in the background, such as viruses, adware, spyware and trojans. We charge £30 per hour to come out and fix these problems, with 95% of issues being resolved within the hour.
What are viruses, trojans, spyware & adware?
They are an internet user's worst enemy! Whilst you are innocently surfing the web, malicious websites attempt to install viruses in clever ways. For example, a warning might pop up on your screen informing you your security software has found a virus and you need to "click" to remove it... when in fact, in reality, when you "click" you actually install the virus onto your system! Adware is a little program that watches what websites you visit and then attempts to sell you things by popping up adverts all over the place. It can drive you crazy! Spyware attempts to extract personal data from you, such as names, email addresses, passwords, date of birth, credit card numbers etc etc. Its not just when browsing the web that you need to be careful. They can also be installed on your system via your email. We can remove these issues, and set up preventative measures to stop it happening again. We charge £30 per hour to remove viruses. In some cases, it is more efficient for us to take the computer back to our offices. This allows us to run checks on it whilst we do other work, meaning that your costs are less. However, there will be times when certain viruses just simply cannot be removed. In this case, we can discuss other options with you, such as backing up your personal files and completely wiping your system.
Is my internet connection secure? Can other people use it?
Pretty much all internet providers will send you a wireless router as part of your contract. This router should already have its own ID and password, which is usually printed on the router itself. Theoretically this means your connection is safe from others. However, its sometimes a good idea to change the password to something more secure. We can help you set up a wired or wireless network that will be reliable and secure. The charge for this service is £35 per hour.
I need help now! How quickly can WillcoxMedia come out and fix these issues?
If you live in North Devon and we are not already working out on location, we will aim to be at your property or business within a couple of hours. You can call 01271 321222 or the mobile on 0777 250 4922. For non-urgent enquiries, please use the contact us form.
Why is my computer running so slowly?
When you first buy your computer or laptop, is runs like a dream. A year on, and it really starts to slow down; two years on, and it can become almost unusable. This could be for a number of reasons. Typically you will have too much clutter on your hard drive, which slows the system down, and takes longer for your computer to access your files and programs. Or it could be a virus, or incorrect drivers for your hardware. If performance cannot be improved, the next step is for a memory upgrade, therefore increasing your computer's ability to "think" and act quickly.
My computer is taking forever to start up!!!
This is nearly always down to the number of start-up programs you have. Many software companies want their programs to load as soon as you turn on your computer, so that you use them more. This means that more and more programs try to load up, and bog down the entire system. We have seen computers taking 30 minutes or more to start functioning normally following start up procedures. We can control which programs do and don't load when you turn on your computer. Most of the programs that load up, you simply do not need!
What other ways are there to speed things up?
What are the costs involved in having WillcoxMedia assist me or my business?
We charge £35 an hour to get your computer up and running properly. However, particularly stubborn PC's may need to be taken off-site so that we can work on them whilst doing other things. This keeps our fees down. We will advise you if we feel there may be other costs, such as the purchase of a new hard drive.
Software and Hardware Installation
What is the difference between software and hardware?
Software is programs that you install from a disk or from the internet to carry out various tasks, such as word processing, accounting, photo editing, games etc etc. Once installed, you can run these on your computer, often without the need to use the disk ever again. Actual physical items such as printers, cameras, hard drives, monitors, graphics cards etc etc are called hardware, and will nearly always require a software installation in order to get them to work.
How long will it take you to install my item, and what is the cost?
We charge an hourly rate of £30 as each hardware/software is invariably different. Some will take just 10 minutes to install, whilst others may take hours. Most home installations are very quick. If you have a number of items to install then you can cram as many in as you like!
What installation services can you offer my business?
Almost anything - network printers and fax machines, scanners, accounting software, anti-virus, software upgrades... to name but a few.
Can I connect computers together to share files, internet access etc?
Yes, we can create a wired or wireless network, meaning any number of computers (with your permission) can share your internet connection, share files, share music, share a printer etc etc. This can be particularly useful at home, and an absolute necessity at work.
What else can I connect to my network?
Printers, scanners, cameras, external hard drives, games consoles (PS3 / Wii / PSP / XBOX etc), music centres (if compatible), TV's etc etc.
Our business network has gone down. Can WillcoxMedia do anything?
Yes, we can help. We have many clients in the Devon area whose businesses are supported by WillcoxMedia. In emergencies we will usually drop everything to come out and attend to your problems. Networks can be really temperamental, especially when you have 10 or more computers, all using different operating systems and different versions of software. Call us as soon as possible and we'll assist.
How much does it cost to set up a network?
It really depends on what you need, so contact us first. Our hourly rate is £35, and as a rough estimate, it may take an hour or two to set-up. In an office environment, it can day many hours, or even days, depending on your requirements. Additional hardware costs may be applicable (a new router, or some cabling for example).
I think my hard drive is corrupt!
It's a horrible situation to be in, particularly if you haven’t backed up any of your data. However, all is not lost (most of the time!). It is possible to recover data from a non-compliant hard drive, but it can take a considerable amount of time, depending on how damaged the hardware is.
I can't find a file. I may have deleted it!
Don't worry. When you delete a file in Windows, it hasn't actually been deleted. All that's gone is the visible link to the file. The file is still there, although the longer it remains "deleted" the more chance it has of being written over with something else (if you "delete" a file, Windows presumes you don't need it and may at some point wipe over it, or part of it, with a new file). We can recover nearly all data if you feel the file has been "deleted".
I was doing some work and I accidently exited without saving the file. Can I get it back?
This is a proper "roll your sleeves up" job! It's not easy but we can give it a go. Thankfully, Windows does store temporary files in all sorts of weird and wonderful places, so there is a good chance we can find it.
How can we stop this from happening again?
Back up your data... regularly. We can set up a regular back up schedule for your home PC or business systems. More often than not, we would choose to run multiple back ups using different media. For example, in a large business, we would back up some data on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday to one external device, whilst Tuesday and Thursday data will be backed up on a completely different device. This is an automated service, so its no hassle to anyone in your company, and we can even have the system email you every day to let you know the back up was successful.
What are the costs to recover my data, or to schedule back ups?
We charge £35 per hour. The time taken is dependent on the data itself. Many files can be recovered extremely quickly, whilst corrupted data may require your hard drive to be taken back to our offices for further investigation. Back up scheduling is completely different for home users as it is for business systems, so please contact us.
I'm not very good with computers and would like to learn the basics...
We can teach you the basics with some one to one tuition. We'll take notes together whilst we do this, which you can refer back to once needed. "The basics" may include browsing the web, sending emails, moving or deleting files, creating word documents, getting photos from your camera onto your computer... there are many things to learn. Contact us for further details.
I know all the basics, but I quickly want to learn more advanced computing skills...
More advanced computing skills take quite a lot of time and effort. Whilst we would be happy to guide you through various software (we use all the common programs), it may be better to register for a specialist course at a college. However, call us on 01271 321222 and we'll see what we can do for you.
How much does it cost for computer lessons?
You'll need to call first. We charge £30 per hour, but we do offer introductory rates at a discounted price, plus we offer a discount for multiple sessions. We can advise you how long we think it will take to learn something. For example, "the basics" can usually be covered in a couple of short sessions.