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  A-Tec Computer is your lower-cost alternative to larger computer stores' service centers.  I provide quick service and genuine personal attention to your computing needs.  My specialties are in residential issues but I also respond to commercial requests.

Areas of service include Nicholasville, Lexington, Versailles, Richmond, Georgetown, Danville, Lancaster and nearby Kentucky communities.


Windows 10 Upgrade: To upgrade or not to upgrade...

In early June 2015, Microsoft sent out an update to computers running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 which caused a white Windows logo to appear in the the icon group near the clock.

Clicking this icon opens a notification window that allows you to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 which will automatically download into a queue within a few days.  The user can then install the Windows 10 upgrade after being notified that the upgrade is ready.  This is a free upgrade which according to Microsoft, the free upgrade window ends on July 29, 2016.

I have been advising most customers with Windows 7 machines to NOT necessarily do the upgrade unless they want to pay a pro to get the computer to work like it did before the upgrade.  The upgrade DOES change how you get to things on your computer.  If your system is working fine, my advice is to not fix what isn't broken unless you are prepared to have me iron things out for you if there are problems with the upgrade or if the end result isn't to your liking.  If you are having issues with your Windows 7 operating system, "upgrading" to Windows 10 might not help.

In some cases, the manufacturers are not supporting the upgrade on certain models and unless you check the driver and download page for your model at your computer manufacturer's website, you will not know if the upgrade works on your computer until after the upgrade and things don't work right.

For customers who currently have computers running 8 and 8.1, it's best to do it especially while the upgrade is being offered for free.

If you need help with this upgrade, contact me.

Windows 10: Training and Solutions...

New computers are now being shipped with Windows 10 and let's just say that it's different than what you are used to.  If you want it to look and behave more like Windows 7, I can set it up and configure it so that it is very much like the operating system that you already know how to use.  Check out my Windows 10 page.

CryptoLocker: Worse than a classic virus...

Cryptolocker and its variants are a type of ransomware that encrypts/corrupts your files.  Currently, there is no cure to regain access to your encrypted files besides paying the ransom.  The malware can be removed but removal should not be attempted if you intend to pay the authors the ransom they are asking.  There are passive and proactive protection solutions. 
Read more.

Comprehensive Computer Services
A-Tec offers reasonably-priced solutions to a multitude of computing and technology issues.  I have a creative can-do attitude but at the same time, I can also see the last domino fall and will recognize early on when a repair may involve more money than the issue is worth.

My diagnosis is free (less travel) and I realize that this policy does not always generate immediate business, but my strong business ethic is to honestly advise potential customers based on what I would do if it were my issue.  Sometimes it's better to cut your losses and NOT repair a computer.  I will give you some possible repair options and then advise you on what I would do.

Virus / malware removal is a specialty
Expert malware / virus removal including the FBI Virus.  PLEASE do not purchase a money card as instructed by this malware variant - you will lose your money.  Call me instead.

Malware infections typically begin online with fake warning pop-ups followed by fake virus scanning windows.  Interacting with either can cause the installation of malicious files and system changes that bring automatic web page redirects, more false virus warnings, loss of Internet connection, etc..

Before attempting to repair a malware infection on your own, please read this warning note.  I use my own systematic technique which succeeds without data loss, file damage or system changes where others may tell you a reformat/reinstall is necessary.  I can usually completely reverse even the worst infection during a house-call which is the same rate as a pickup & return.

Click here for my rates and also read about my malware removal procedure.





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Drop-off, on-site, and remote service

  • Malware / Virus Removal
  • Hardware / Software Glitches
  • Laptop Screen Replacement
  • System Upgrades
  • Network Setup / Troubleshooting
  • Windows Reinstallations
  • New System Set-up
  • Instruction / Tutoring


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