What’s the deal with these sites that promise to double your PC’s speed with just the click of a button? Yes, we all hear the commercials where someone is ecstatically happy because his or her PC is running “faster than ever”. Oh really?
You may think I’m posting this because I’m a repair technician and get angry when I hear these. Well you’re right, but not because I’m afraid of the competition. I’m angry because these claims are mostly scams that take advantage of people. You can speed up your PC by downloading any of a wide selection of free utilities, versus paying these bozos.
Now I’m only talking about very basic cleanup processes on PC’s that are basically in good shape, because that’s all that these sites or the free utilities can handle. A badly under-performing PC that locks up and freezes, or gets Windows errors cannot be fixed like this. These sites dupe people into thinking they will, and that angers me even more. Then, they start charging extra fees for more extensive procedures.
Why not Clean Your PC Yourself, for Free?
I recommend a great little free program called “C-Cleaner“. It’s very popular among PC Technicians and is part of our arsenal of standard tools. You can download it from the “Resources” tab on our Saguaro PC Tech website, or at Download.com. There’s a paid version too, but you don’t need it.
To clean and tune a really slow PC suffering from lockups and errors, several procedures are required, including checking for viruses and spyware, checking the health of the hard drive, removing outdated programs, installing Windows and driver updates, etc. The list goes on.
Again, these sites will charge for more work, but many of these procedures can’t be done very well, or even at all via on line support. Don’t waste your time or money. You may find that taking your PC to a reputable local repair shop will be both cheaper and more effective.