Need Software to Fix Your Windows 7 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
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.
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 7 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.
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