For many, fixing computers has become a lifestyle. Their entire life earnings come from this and, I’m pretty sure many enjoy this occupation. I myself used to make a living of fixing computers for others, but the thing I hated the most was to go to the client’s home. Carrying DVD’s and kits with me all around town was a nightmare. But luckily, nowadays this issue is not that tiresome as it used to be. Everyone being connected to the Internet makes the job of the computer geek much more easier.

We now have at our disposal screen sharing apps that allow us to fix just about any software related problem over the Internet, without making a step out the door. This gives us more productivity, because we don’t need to go anywhere to fix someone’s browser because Google isn’t loading (funny how often this happens) and we can only focus on real problems that require our skill and attention.

Fix a computer remotely using the proper tools

For someone who is attempting to fix a computer remotely, the tools needed are a few portable programs, some screen sharing apps and a sturdy Internet connection (I’ve seen some that used their smartphones or tablets to share the screen with a computer and fix it, but in this case, I strongly recommend that you do it over WiFi because it can be pretty consuming, or use a good data tracker, available for both Android and iOS).

With these tools we can offer assistance anywhere in the world and short of installing a new OS, we can do pretty much anything on a software base. Also, from my experience, when you fix a computer remotely, everyone thinks you are a computer genius, capable of doing anything, something like a “Computer Whisperer”.


From my experience, most of the issues people have on a computer are related to viruses. These virtual terrorists lurk in dark and strike remorselessly on unsuspecting victims that click links without thinking first, or open spam mails. This problem is very easily sorted by using a reliable Antivirus software (a free antivirus software would do the job also) and installing a firewall for future protection. You can accomplish this task remotely by using a screen sharing application or by remotely controlling the target computer.

Fixing slow computers

Although slow operating system on a computer or laptop is most likely due to natural aging of the hardware components, there are a few tricks that you can do to give it some extra boost. Defragment the hard drive using a good Defrag Software or clearing the temp, cache or registry files, archiving multiple files into one file are just a few simple tricks that you can do remotely and they would have a pretty decent effect on how a computer performs. Also, try updating drivers to newer versions, this could do the trick for some, especially for gaming improvements.

Scanning hard drives for bad sectors


I learned this trick when my hard drive started failing. I spent more than a week scanning it, but in the end it did the trick. Although this process is usually done with a bootable flash drive, without the OS running, you can still attempt to do it under Windows and it works pretty good. This process, if completed correctly could save the owner of the computer lots of headaches with buying and installing a new hard drive and losing his data.

Installing and Uninstalling programs

You can accomplish this task with great ease over the Internet. Remotely installing and uninstalling apps from a computer can also improve its speed or offer better productivity. Although this task might not seem to be so complicated, many install apps that they use for a certain task, and when they are finished with it, they forget to uninstall it, thus, they keep piling up.

Installing new devices

This could be more tricky than the other fixes. But all you need to do is let the owner plug in the device, and from there you can download and install drives and test the new peripherals to see if they are working properly.

All of these tasks and more can be accomplished over the Internet, by remotely controlling a computer. Although, for more serious tasks, such as installing a new OS or changing a hardware component you will need to leave the comfort of your home, by learning how to remotely fix a computer you will diminish your workload and have much more time for yourself, time you would normally spend in traffic. Learn to value your time, and for a computer repairman, time and knowledge are the most important things he has.

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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.