Black Friday Advice

Black Friday For me Black Friday is a mixed bag. You of course can get some incredible deals however the deals that you typically get on Tablets, Laptops, and desktop PCS are lackluster at best. Be very cautious that you don’t let price dictate purchase because many times these Black Friday deals are lackluster PCS at best. Here is a […]

7 Deadly Computer Virus Signs

What’s In The Box!?!?! Viruses (For the Most Part) don’t really want to be found, Believe it or not they work the best when they can be quiet not make a lot of noise and exist in your computer for a long time. Most viruses do such a good job of hiding that you may not even know that they […]

What is a Computer Virus?

Such A Simple Question…. With a Thousand Answers! The Easy Answer: A computer virus is a program that runs on your computer that has malicious intent. The Plane Speak Answer: A computer virus is a program that has a specific job. Typically its job is to collect information about you or open up additional security breaches in your computer that […]

Hey I found your missing tools!

Windows 10 Surprises Windows 10 had a ton of really cool surprises, and some not so cool.  One of the most common questions I get asked about is the Missing Control Panel and Original Internet Explorer. Well in this months Tech Tip I help you win at this little game of hide and seek.  Not only are you going to […]

Aw Snap!

Your Mission, If you choose to accept it. Moving one file, from one folder to another, or organizing your files can be a chore. Nothing is worse than trying to resize windows to try to make it easy on yourself but never fear!  Windows Snap is here to save the day! Check out the video below for a quick real […]

Does Your Computer Need a Tune Up?

Do you need a computer tune up?? You take your car in for an oil change every 3000 miles, have its tires rotated and get the engine tuned up from time to time. Yet while we all make sure to maintain our vehicles, most of us don’t bother to perform similar tasks on our personal computers, even though we may spend […]

2017 Summer Giveaway – Results

Northwoods Computer Guy’s 2017 Summer Giveaway

The Summer Giveaway is back for 2017 and this year we are celebrating home automation and portability by giving away a brand new Amazon Fire Tablet with Alexa integration!

You Can Win Me

For your chance to win simply click on the links to our Social Media pages and Like, Follow or Review to enter!  There are many ways to enter, and for max entries try them all,  The Contest runs from May 1st. – July 31st. and The Winner will be drawn on August 1st.

Are you ready to bring home the Amazon Fire Tablet with Alexa?  <—She’s The Bomb!

  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. 
  • Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service – just press and ask
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games
  • 8 of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage
  • Prime members get unlimited access to hundreds of songs, books, videos & more
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life

The 2017 Summer Giveaway has ended as of 11:59 pm last night and this morning, We Have A Winner!!!
Congratulation to Samantha Masterton of Antigo!

We had 320 (I know I said 230 in the video but I was wrong! lol) entries and I was so socked at all the positive feedback. From Twitter to Instagram, From Google to Tumber so many nice reviews, Follows & Likes! Thank you to everyone that took the time to let me know how I have been doing and following my madness!

Sam’s review had given her 10 entries into the contest and her winning ticket was drawn by my daughter Cali this morning (8-1-17)

Here is her Review (It was very nice!!)
Northwoods Computer Guy is your Antigo answer for all things to do with your computer. He has fixed a paper jam for me. He has helped me pick out new products. He tuned up my old beast of a machine. He did all this quickly, in a super professional and friendly manner, and within my budget. You can’t go wrong! Call Scott today if you have any computer needs. -Samantha Masterton

I can’t thank everyone enough for not only taking the time to review my company but really melt my heart with all the very kind words! Thanks So Much! -Scott

Review Us to Win!

Northwoods Computer Guy Testimonial Submission

1981 – Video killed the radio star

August 1, 1981

  • I really do remember this day in history quite well, I remember waiting patiently for the channel to go live… MTV, presumably standing for “Music Television”, launches on cable TV.

As most people know, after the introduction sequence, the first video played was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. However, a bit of trivia is that the second song played was “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar.

MTV had an immediate impact on the music industry and was an iconic symbol of the technology-driven 1980’s.  What was your favorite video?!?

NCG Gives Back!!

The Computer Guy Gives Back!! Scott & Gerrie from NCG love to help out in our community. Volunteering has always been not only part of the business, but something we both are very passionate about! We have been active members in The Antigo Langlade County Chamber of Commerce for many years. We also have donated time and service to the […]

Dust is killing your computer!

Dust Will Damage or Kill Your Computer!!!

Quick question for you;  What do your vacuum cleaner and your computer have in common?

No, the answer isn’t that they both suck… Actually the answer I was looking for it was; They both collect dust through a process of air intake… Ok, so they both suck.

Let’s get this moving

So your computer uses fans to circulate air throughout your computer helping keep it cool. Unfortunately, this process has a nasty habit of sucking in every bit of air that is around your computer, regardless of its cleanliness. Usually that air contains dust, hair,  particles and even smoke.

Having dust build up in your computer causes many issues. The worst of which can shorten the life of your computer!

One of my favorite ways to describe this is;  The inside of your computer is warm. It’s kind of like a desert. The dust and particles can accumulate around your circuitry and your hardware basically giving them a coat. Now, how comfortable would you be in a coat in the desert?

Dust build up causes:

  • Overheating which can lead to failing computer parts
  • Noisiness
  • Slow, Sluggish, & Unresponsive computer

Let’s blow this place.

It’s very important to have your computer cleaned regularly.  Just as you get oil changes on your vehicles, your computer needs maintenance too.

Taking the time to thoroughly clean out your computer can be time-consuming however with a can of air or a well filtered air compressor you can remove a lot of that pesky dust and you will find your computer having a much longer life! Remember, when using canned air hold the can upright, turning it on its side will release the liquid CO2 directly onto your components causing damage.  Also, be careful when using filtered air compressors that you do not have your air strength up too high, you can unknowingly blow pieces (Jumpers, wires, etc..) off of your computer.

If blowing out your own computer is something you’re uncomfortable with, or you do not wish to do it, you can bring your computer in to me and I’ll happily take care of all that dust for you.

I recommend regular tune-ups every 6-12 months, depending on your computer’s needs.  Tune-ups are fairly inexpensive and can lengthen the life of your computer.  I will clean out this dust as part of your tune-up.

Scott Blows

Check out the video below to see an example of how bad the buildup can get!

(P.S. I may or may not tease my dogs with the air compressor!)

Happy Birthday FF!

On this day in history our good friends at Nintendo released the original Final Fantasy video game for its Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. To this day it is still one of the most successful role-playing games for the NES! Final Fantasy helped to popularize the genre and has gone on to spawn one of the most well-known RPG […]

Your Eyes Need This!

Did your eyes know it? Did you know that your computer screens emit bright blue light that looks a lot like the sun?  It’s true and your eyes need a break from this light!  Did you know that it has been throwing off your body’s internal clock at night and preventing the secretion of melatonin, which causes you to become sleepy? […]

GoldenEye Ransomware… Worst Birthday Present EVA

New Strain So this year for my birthday the monsters that brought you the Petya Ransomware have issued a new strain called GoldenEye that’s currently making computer users scared, paranoid, and a little upset. So what is it and what does it do?!? Well the GoldenEye strain is a ransomware type virus. What it does is it locks your computer […]

Happy Birthday Atari 6/27/1972

Happy Birthday Atari 6/27/1972!! This iconic gaming company started off back in 1972 believe it or not! The very first video game released on the system was Pong! It was the first commercially successful video game and lead to tons of other video games including the one I am playing which is Pitfall on the original Atari 2600.