In my previous post Is Your Computer Slowing Down? Part II I discussed using software packages to clean up old, extraneous files from your computer in order to increase its speed. In this post, I’d like to make you aware of the existence of some very unscrupulous websites that you should avoid. They sell what the computer security community calls “scareware”.
There are a group of websites that offer to provide “free computer scans” that will reveal and fix the problems with your machine. However, what happens when you agree to one of these scans is that the website pretends to be scanning your computer for speed-robbing conditions. It then displays a multitude of problems with your PC intended to induce you to purchase their package to fix them. Some of the sites say they will fix a small portion of them for free, but you’ll have to purchase the package to have them all addressed.
I have not used any of these packages, nor do I intend to do so. But, I have experienced their sales tactics. These practices are at best indicative of very poor sales tactics and at worse an indication that their product is not good enough to be sold any other way.
So how do you get your slow PC fixed? There are many excellent products, some for free and some for purchase, that will do a good job for you. As I mentioned in Part II, Microsoft provides free software that can be used with Windows. Otherwise, you can feel relatively safe ordering PC cleanup software from a reputable on-line dealer such as Amazon.com or Newegg.com (I have no relationship with either company) by searching on “PC Tools” or “PC Utilities” once you get to their sites.
It’s my hope that you’ll use this information to avoid any contact with these unscrupulous “scareware” vendors and their products. Highly effective, legitimate PC cleanup software is available and affordable to meet your need to speed up your PC.
Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable.