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SundayKittens's avatar

Do computer-improving websites like really work?

Asked by SundayKittens (5834points) September 4th, 2010

I just saw a commercial for It promises to find and fix whatever issues are making your computer slow….viruses, malware, etc. I am trying anything I can to avoid buying a new laptop, but it keeps shutting itself down and freezing, etc.
Anyone have any experience with these kinds of websites?

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

No. It’s a scam.

Apparently this website is questionable. If you need to SPEED UP your computer, then go to (see my review).

If you have VIRUS problems, then you need anti-virus software.

Those are 2 different problems…registry cleaning for speed, and anti-virus software.

gorillapaws's avatar

Always read the fine print: “Computer performance improvements may vary depending on the software you are using and other multiple factors outside of our control.”

SundayKittens's avatar

The dumb thing is, my comp shuts itself down mid virus scan, so I’m looking for other methods. Thanks guys!

gorillapaws's avatar

@SundayKittens you might have a hardware issue. I would backup everything you care about and do a clean installation of the OS. Then I’d install a reliable anti-virus program and make it a point to only install software that’s from a reliable source. Also try to minimize the amount of 3rd party software you install.

If you’re still having issues after a clean install, there’s a good chance you have a hardware issue.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SundayKittens What virus scan are you using? Have you tried running it in safe mode?

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anartist's avatar

They do what you can do yourself, by defragging, optimizing, cleaning, with many utilities that come with windows or are available for free. And they can make terrible mistakes such as remove or damage software you use [such as screen-sharing software] by treating it as a virus. Avoid a waste of money and possible damage to your setup. Do it yourself.

Go to and download one of the good free AV programs and try it instead of what you have. Then read the reviews and download disk and registry cleaners, disk optimizers [auslogics or wise are two possibles.]

Be a little cautious with registry cleaners., That is some deep territory.

jerv's avatar

I go with Avira for antivirus as it is among the most effective at any price. CCleaner and Spybot also see regular usage on my PC.

However, it sounds almost like you might have bad RAM; a blown DIMM will cause that sort of instability. You can test your RAM fairly easily to see if that is the case.

SundayKittens's avatar

I used CCleaner immediately after the first suggestion and it has helped so far, I think. And thanks, @jerv I’ll try that!!!

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