How many of our neighbors, parents, friends complain that their computers are running slow or giving them strange error messages, etc. Those are the kind of people, those who know enough to be dangerous, who fall for this overly simplistic solution and get themselves into bigger trouble by installing crap software that promises to fix everything.
Maybe you’ve seen the ads on the Internet or on TV in the wee hours of the morning. They make lofty promises: get rid of blue screens and error messages! Increase your speed! Clean up your system! But even when these PC cleanup apps aren’t just malware in disguise, the things they’re doing for your PC are often dubious. Many either replicate tasks that can be handled by built-in utilities or do things that could cause more problems than they solve.
Informercials LOOK impressive and easy. The people look SO satisfied at the end. They are chock full of testimonials (paid actors) and they seem like a good deal. They paint a false picture for you in order to grab your cash. This article takes a more in-depth look at what these PC cleaners do. If you don’t know what you are looking it, all these charts and tables with strange words that this program delivers won’t help you fix the problem or keep it from happening again. Most of these issues can be solved by convincing your Mom that that 10 year old Windows machine WON’T run that software no matter what. And regular maintenance can be done with tools you already have or can get for free. These companies prey on those who don’t know enough to know they’re being scammed.