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I see about 10 of these commercials on TV everyday advertising their ability to "speed" up your computer like 200% and what not. Ive always been skeptical of these sites because i figure they just install either freeware AV's or scanners or just make you pay for some companies AV services...

But what is the REAL DEAL with these guys. Are they legit.

A few of them are:

www.doublemyspeed.com

www.fixmypcfree.com

www.pcpitstop.com
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  1. It is commercials they do nothing but use the tools that are already built into your OS.
    There are multiple settings and tools in a computer BIOS and in OS to optimize operation of the computer.
  2. I suspect that their little programs won't harm your PC, but as rolli stated, there are built in tools that can help optimize a system. Plus, there are free alternatives that do the same thing, so really, they are just trying to get your money.
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  4. such sites are a pure waste of cash!
  5. http://www.piriform.com/

    use free defraggler and ccleaner and that will give you the same results as these sites!
  6. ccleaner +1
  7. Better program than defraggler.

    http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/

    I've used both, and auslogics has always done the job quicker. But ccleaner is great. Also, they've got portable versions of ccleaner as well as auslogics. This is great because if you are working on something and don't want to install, works great.

    Just be careful, the doublemyspeed site, if any of you use the web of trust extension on firefox, is rated pretty bad, people accusing them of installing rogue antivirus, so I'd be a little careful.

    Also, on the fixmypcfree site, if you click their banner ad about increasing boot performance, the site they take you to is rated questionable according to web of trust. So I would be wary.
  8. A lot of them just do the same stuff that a tech would do excepted upgrade memory or hardware.

    I downloaded Pc Health Advisor from fixmypcfree.com and did see a boost in my performances. My computer starts up a lot faster then before. Also my internet and other programs such as outlook and word worked a lot smoother. Hope this helps :p
  9. I have TuneUp Utilities, Your Uninstaller (got this little utility to clean up junk files).
    Yes you can do manual clean up and optimization with windows - like Disk CleanUp, Defrag but it cannot clean all the files.
    Windows usually accumulate the files when you surf and downloads files from the net, burn files on your writer or using photo editing apps. But you can change the settings of your temp files so windows will save the files to the folder of your choice.
  10. Thanks for the responses. I happen to use cCleaner myself as well as defraggler, malwarebytes, and Avira resident AV. They all do wonders when used correctly. I was more curious about the truth of these sites and "PC solutions" that i see all over tv
  11. the truth is you can perform what these websites do with very little pc knowledge!
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    The truth is, the programs you have right now, are capable of cleaning your PC as much as what they will do.

    They aren't going to overclock your computer, so once it's optimized, it is what it is. They aren't going to turn a Pinto into a Ferrari.

    As far as being safe? I think that depends on who is on the other end of the line. Some 'techs' are more honest than others. I don't think Geek Squad is dishonest as a whole. But they certainly have some dishonest techs, and have been busted in the past.
  13. Best answer selected by peskoly.
  14. Thanks for the vote :)
    Hope it helped.
  15. Peskoly said:
    Thanks for the responses. I happen to use cCleaner myself as well as defraggler, malwarebytes, and Avira resident AV. They all do wonders when used correctly. I was more curious about the truth of these sites and "PC solutions" that i see all over tv


    Peskoly did you ever find a way to get the commercials stop playing?? if so how did you do it?

    Harry
  16. harryromano said:
    Peskoly did you ever find a way to get the commercials stop playing?? if so how did you do it?

    Harry


    Peskoly was referring to commercials on TV. To get them to stop, you just turn off the TV.

    However, if you're getting pop ups on your computer, run through the malware guide in my signature.
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