Please also check out the Services page for a list of common problems/solutions and pricing.

Case Studies

Here are some examples of repairs and servicing tasks undertaken by the PC Doctor. New examples will be added as soon as I take the photos, so check back regularly.

Computer Dust - Dust can shorten the life of your PC/Laptop.

Liquid Spilled on Laptop - A horribly common problem, heres what happens and what to do to minimise damage.

Faulty Laptop Power-Jack - The charger socket on laptops is vulnerable and often breaks.

 

Downloads

Some useful programs and fixes.

Avira antivirus Free Edition - One of the best antivirus available! Totally free!!

Malwarebytes antimalware - Excellent, free, antimalware package, a quick scan is usually fine, full scan can be an overnight task! Remove EVERYTHING it finds.

Hijackthis! - Don't use this if you dont know what your doing, you could make things worse. I may have asked you to download this and send me the log file from a system scan.

All audio/videoCodecs - 'Combined community Codec pack'- Install this if you are having difficulty viewing movies (Divx/Xvid etc.)

Windows Update Fix - For windows XP only! Run this Paisley PC Doctor batch file to fix windows update problems.

Restore IE Desktop Icon (XP/Vista) -Will restore the missing internet explorer icon to your XP or Vista desktop. Save the file, then double click it to apply changes. Refresh desktop or reboot. Job done. Didnt work? Try this one

Restore IE Desktop Icon (Windows 7) -Will restore the missing internet explorer icon to your windows 7 desktop. Save the file, then double click it to apply changes. Refresh desktop or reboot. Job done. Microsoft insist this cant be don- but there are commercial politics at play.

DNS/Winsock/Firewall reset tool - I put these commands together to fix some common internet problems, wont harm your system- just flushes some caches and resets the windows firewall and winsock to default.

Norton Removal Tool - A tool which will cleanly remove all traces of Norton Antivirus/Firewall, even if the standard uninstallation method failed. I've had to have to use this a lot lately! Works in XP and Vista.

Hardware Diagnostic Tools

Some useful software to test your Hard Drive and Memory. These are all bootable ISO CD images and cannot be run from within Windows.

Memtest - Test system memory. Leave for several hours for accurate results. Even a single error is a fail.

Excelstor - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

Fujitsu - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

Hitachi - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

IBM - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

Samsung - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

Seagate/Maxtor - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.
Seagate/Maxtor- (Text only version)Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

Western Digital (Scorpio) Hard Drives - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.
Western Digital (Caviar) Hard Drives - Check your Hard Disk Drive for hardware faults.

General Help/Hints/Tips

Here are some general topics I felt were worth talking about

Norton Antivirus/Firewall- Why you should consider uninstalling your Norton applications.

Malware (adware, spyware, etc.)- Still Under Construction, check back soon!
Windows Vista- Still Under Construction, check back soon!
Registry Cleaners/Fixers- Still Under Construction, check back soon!
Defragmenting Hard Drives- Still Under Construction, check back soon!
Backup your data!- Still Under Construction, check back soon!
Data Recovery- Still Under Construction, check back soon!