Computer Repair Software
Does your computer seem to be slowing down? Does it freeze unexpectedly, or give you cryptic error messages? Do you suspect malware is hogging some of your Internet bandwidth? Computer repair software offered on many Web sites promises to fix some of these problems. But do they really work?
Software to Fix Your Computer Problems?
You've probably encountered commercials on radio, TV or online, promising software that will "double your speed" or repair common problems such as viruses, spam, popups or registry errors. Some of these software programs do the job for free and the rest for a price. The way many computer repair software sites work is this:
- List common symptoms of a poorly-maintained computer
- Raise the fear of viruses, Trojans, and other malware infections
- Offer a free scan of your computer to show you how badly you need computer repair software
- Let you download a free program that fixes only a few of the diagnosed problems
- Sell remedies to the other problems, one remedy at a time
- Sell an expensive all-in-one computer repair software package
- Sell a subscription to periodic updates to keep you protection against future threats
Some of these computer repair software offers are genuine, but quite a few are wolves in sheep's clothing. You don't really know if the "free scan" report is showing actual problems on your computer or a completely fabricated report designed to inspire panic and a "need" for the company's product. Also, you don't know if the free fix you download actually eliminates malware or infects your computer with even more viruses and spyware, disguised as something helpful.
Be careful to research the reputation of any computer repair software vendor you run across before accepting any free downloads from it, let alone giving them your credit card info. A quick search on Google or the Better Business Bureau website may turn up red flags that should not be ignored. Personally, I'd steer clear of the ones that advertise on radio or TV, for one simple reason. That kind of advertising is very expensive, so you can be sure those companies will do what they can to recoup their costs and make a tidy profit.
Trustworthy Solutions to Computer Problems
I have no problem with profit or honest capitalism, but on the other hand, why pay more than you should for software to fix your computer problems? Here are some solutions that work very well, and are free.
Advanced System Care is arguably the best-selling all-in-one computer repair and automated maintenance software on the Net. The free version does basic maintenance such as superficial registry cleaning and repair of corrupt files. The Pro version ($19.95, recently reduced from $29.95) does deep registry cleaning, Internet speed optimization, detection and elimination of malware, and much more. With the Pro version running in background your computer is constantly kept in tune.
CCleaner is another popular, tried-and-true computer repair software package. It cleans and optimizes Windows registry entries to speed up operations and prevent system errors. CCleaner runs on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and 98, and will work on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of those operating systems. You can find links to CCleaner and other similar programs in my related article Free Registry Cleaners.
Most computer repair software fixes "registry problems" - unused, obsolete entries in your Windows registry that, according to the vendors, clutter up the registry and cause your computer to run slower. It sounds plausible - if your desk is cluttered, you'll work slower as you try to find what you really need. But it's worth noting that many experts in Microsoft Windows systems say that registry cleaners are unnecessary and can be downright dangerous! IT pros urge users to tinker with their registries only when a specific problem has been diagnosed, and not as a routine general maintenance procedure.
That's not to say that computer repair software is totally useless; most such programs do more than "clean" the registry. They can modify esoteric IP settings to speed up Internet browsing; detect and repair corrupted files; sweep up temporary files that waste hard disk space; detect and delete spyware, tracking cookies, and other unwanted software planted by Web sites.
Do you have something to day about computer repair software? Post your comment, question, recommendation or horror story below...
Posted by Bob Rankin on 3 Sep 2010
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