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Keep the “heart” of your computer humming; clean the cooling fan.

Cleaning the cooling fan in your laptop or tower computer is critical to increasing the life span of your computer’s processor and computer in general.  This essential maintenance task is often overlooked and when action is taken by people, shortcuts like using a compressed air canister to blow out dust and debris seem to be […]

Elk River Health Care Provider Pays Ransomware. Are You Next?

Last August I wrote about what Ransomware is, shared statistics to highlight the urgency for health care providers and small businesses to take action to protect themselves, and offered our Managed IT Service Agreement as a solution to prevent a Ransomware attack.  Recently, a local businesses in the health care industry was hacked by ransomware and […]

2 Reasons to Custom Build your Next Computer.

Most people know RB’s Computer Service as “the local computer repair shop” or a place where one can purchase a commercial grade previously owned Dell or HP desktop or laptop for around $350.  Others rely on us for remote IT support. However, we have a growing number of customers purchasing custom-built computers from us.  One […]

2017-Time to Embrace Windows 10 | PC’s the Size of Credit Cards

Happy New Year!  Like every year, there is no shortage of news to share as it relates to personal and business computers.  For the defenders of Windows 7 & 8 & the resisters to Windows 10, NOW is the Time to Act if you want a new or previously owned computer using Windows 7 & […]

2 Great Christmas Gift Ideas, Save $$$

$350-$390  Previously owned commercial grade HP or Dell laptop and desktop computers.  Customers who have bought these routinely come back to me with a thumbs up gesture of satisfaction.  These are also called “off-lease commercial computers” and we stock them.  These computers usually make their way to us after a large company like Target procures […]

Get your PC Moving with a Solid State Drive, SSD.

Last summer I wrote a post on a “Lifesaver Stop Patch” for Windows 10 Automatic Upgrade (  Many customers and clients contacted us and took action.  For a number of others, we helped upgrade their computer to Windows 10.  After getting everything synced with Windows 10, many people noticed quickly their computer took longer to […]

Time to get Serious in 2016! | Back Up your PC & Network.

Few people take it seriously, but backing up your computer files is more important in 2016 than ever before, and will only be more so in the future. (Jim Martin, How to back up your PC, laptop, phone and tablet for free | Keep your files safe by making copies, March 9th, 2016, ).  From college […]

Wireless Security: Just How Private and Secure is your Wi-Fi, Laptop, and Smartphone?

Most people know what the term “hacker” refers to.  But, do you know what “Wardriving” or “Cantenna” mean?   Further, most people have embraced some type anti-virus software for their desktop or laptop as a norm like getting the oil changed every 3000 miles on the car or truck but are leaving themselves vulnerable to malicious […]

Local Health Care Clinics: Ransomware is a Real Threat, Take Action and Get HIPPA Compliant Today.

  At RB’s Computer Service we have seen malware crop up, seen different viruses catch a blaze and have worked with our clients over the years to thwart them out.  However, the stakes and consequences associated with a “Ransomware” intrusion are so much more malicious than others.  Local health care clinics, family practice doctors, general […]

Urgent: “Lifesaver Stop Patch” for Windows 10 Automatic Upgrade

Let’s face it, without Microsoft I could not run my business the way I do.  My daughter would not have been able to complete her school work when she was in school.  Microsoft is, has and will be an integral partner in my business operations and life.  But, the Windows10 Automatic Upgrade is causing controversy […]