We are permanently closed. Thanks for your support!

After three and a half years in business, Computer Help NI is now closed. This venture has been thoroughly enjoyable and a constant learning experience, but it hasn’t generated much revenue. Therefore, when I received an excellent job offer, I accepted.

I appreciate that good computer help can be difficult to find, so I’d like to make the following recommendations:

For home customers, I recommend David McAlinden of Respawn Repairs. David provides excellent on-site support for computers and mobile devices and operates the same “no fix, no fee” policy that my customers are accustomed to.

For business customers, I recommend Support IT NI. Their growing team of experienced IT staff provide excellent IT support and managed services for small and medium-sized businesses.

Thank you for your business; it has been my pleasure!

Dave Rand, Owner



PC and Mac repairs, upgrades, and support

Help getting started:
Advice for choosing the right equipment Computer equipment installation and setup Patient guidance for using your computer safely and securely
Help making the most of your investment:
Upgrading components to boost performance Transferring data from old systems Setting up and troubleshooting networks
Help if things go wrong:
Diagnosing computer problems Removing infections and malicious software Replacing defective computer hardware Recovering data from failed hardware
Help with home and business systems:
Web development, hosting, and SEO. Some examples: Anne McAlarney (artist portfolio website & hosting) Corum (band website & hosting) Pamela Greene Art (artist portfolio website & hosting) Richard Clark Designs (trade website hosting) Vector Fit Golf (trade website & hosting) Vintage Painted Pretty (search engine optimisation [SEO]) Tuck Mill Cottage (trade website & hosting) Domains, email, website management, and website security Information security assessments and training Information security compliance: ISO 27001, Cyber Essentials, PCI DSS, NIST
We only charge if we can fix your problem, and we will confirm the total price before completing any repairs. Most issues are resolved in an hour or two. If parts or supplies are needed, we will source these at the best price we can. There is a one-hour minimum for callouts, with no charge for travel time. Payment is due when work is completed; we accept cash or BACS transfer.

About Computer Help NI

Dave Rand

My name is Dave Rand. I'm originally from Minnesota, in the US, and my wife, Liz, is from Newcastle County Down. After living together in England for several years, we found the perfect home in County Down and are now living in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains.

I've worked with technology for more than 20 years. This has included writing software and managing software development teams, managing computer and network equipment for a charter school, and leading the Enterprise Security team at a global manufacturing company.

For more information about my professional background, please view my LinkedIn profile or visit my personal website at daverand.co.uk.

Contact Info

Phone: 028-4321-8180
Email: help@computerhelpni.co.uk


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Privacy Policy

Any personal data collected will be used strictly for business purposes. We will not sell your personal data under any circumstances, and we will only use your data to contact you in relation to your business with us.

UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) registation: ZB123322


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are following strict social distancing guidelines:

  • Masks

    We will wear a mask and ask that you do the same or that you remain at least two metres away.

  • Safe drop-off

    To provide a safe way for you to leave your equipment with us, we will provide a safe place for you to put your item(s) while we maintain over two metres of distance between us.