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Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?

Owen Woodson 02 Feb 12 - 08:58 AM
Bonzo3legs 02 Feb 12 - 09:21 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 02 Feb 12 - 10:12 AM
EBarnacle 02 Feb 12 - 10:24 AM
Bill D 02 Feb 12 - 11:05 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 02 Feb 12 - 07:01 PM
Bernard 02 Feb 12 - 07:48 PM
eddie1 03 Feb 12 - 05:10 AM
Bonzo3legs 03 Feb 12 - 05:23 AM
Wheatman 03 Feb 12 - 05:54 AM
Bernard 03 Feb 12 - 07:50 AM
Tootler 03 Feb 12 - 03:38 PM
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Subject: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 08:58 AM

My computer is freezing and hanging a lot, and I am thinking of investing in a tuneup package.

I'd be glad if anyone could tell me what experience they've had of using same, and which would be the best package to go for.

Many thanks.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 09:21 AM

Waste of time, back up all of your data and reinstall your operating system.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 10:12 AM

Before you put yourself to all that time and trouble try downloading Advanced System Care Free.

Now on version 5, I have used it for years and found it pretty good.

It's free, takes minutes to download, and minutes to operate.

Bottom line, if it doesn't give you sufficient improvement, you can still format C. What's to lose?

Don T


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 10:24 AM

No matter how you go, back up your data.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 11:05 AM

Do NOT... I repeat...NOT use any of the tuneups advertised on TV.(MyCleanPC was the worst)

Tests have been done using brand-new computers with no problems, and the 'scan' always found dozens of problems which they happily offered to fix...for $$$$


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 07:01 PM

Yer right Bill, that's why free programs are better because they scan and fix.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Bernard
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 07:48 PM

The two most common problems are insufficient RAM and a hard drive with less than 20% free space...

Although XP originally worked happily with 256Mb RAM, 1Gb is the least you can get away with these days. Vista and 7 need at least 2Gb...

The easiest way to free up hard disk space is to add a second drive and migrate your 'My Documents' folder to it - assuming that you've stuck with the defaults that mean all your music, photos and videos are in there.

This has the additional advantage of keeping your data and operating system on separate drives - a little safer.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: eddie1
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 05:10 AM

Got a call a few weeks ago from a very helpful gentleman (with an Indian accent) who advised me that when doing one of their regular checks of my pc, they had discovcered that it was infected by several fatal viruses and badly needed a tune-up. I only needed to log on to their website to have everything fixed for free!
I thanked him profusely and advised him that I would have my son-in-law, who works for the Computer Fraud Section of Thames Valley Police, take a look at it and save them the trouble. At that point there must have been some problem with the telephone connection because the line went dead!

My conscience is troubling me terribly because my son-in-law is actually a car mechanic. Could I be sued for giving out false information?

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 05:23 AM

Wonderful story!


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Wheatman
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 05:54 AM

I got a lot of these calls last year. They became really irritating so I started to ask them how they got my telephone number, repeatedly. They never gave a straight answer. They also suggested they were connected to or working from information supplied by Microsoft. I could never understand their company name. I contacted Microsoft who confirmed that they do not supply details to third parties. This I also put to the callers. After 5 mins of questions from me they hung up.I do use tune up utilities, it seems to help keep me going. Gan Canny Brian


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Bernard
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 07:50 AM

One trick they use is to tell you they have taken control of your telephone line.

They use a very simple trick - they ask you to hang up and try to use the phone... when you hang up they mute their phone, so it sounds like your phone is dead, but it isn't - the incoming call on a land line holds the call until they hang up, unlike a mobile which disconnects irrespective of who placed the call.

A lot of people are taken in by it and panic, though. If you were just to hang up and leave the phone on the hook for about ten minutes, they'd get fed up and go away - and your phone would then work 'normally' again (well it was working normally already, though you didn't know it!).


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Tootler
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 03:38 PM

When I get one of these calls, I tell them (truthfully) that I use Linux. They usually hang up before I can.

I moved to Linux when the problem the OP described became chronic. I had tried the various cleanup procedures described in the magazines - defrag the hard drive, clear out temp files, the recycle bin etc. etc. There reached a point where these seemed to have no effect so I downloaded Ubuntu and tried it and got my computer back again. At the time my hard drive was only about 60% full so I had enough space for a dual boot as there were some windows programs I wanted to hang on to.

So if you're prepared to spend time learning a different way of doing things installing Linux is another possibility. It certainly gave my computer a new lease of life and extended its life by about 2 years. Now I wouldn't go back to Windows even though I gather that windows is much improved since Win7.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: Greg B
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 04:25 PM

CrapCleaner is a good, free, utility which gets rid of many of the useless files that accumulate on your PC in time. Run that first.

MyDefrag is a good, free, disk defragmentation tool that does many things that the internal Windows tools doesn't, and does the thing
that it does do, better.

If your Internet provider gives you the McAfee or Norton suites for
free, they often contain some registry clean-up utilities that may
or may not help you, but are unlikely to hurt.

Of course "freezing and hanging" can be indicative of a virus, and
in giving the above advice I assume that you have scanned the system
with one of the reputable antivirus tools, either free or paid.


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Subject: RE: Tech: PC Tuneups do they work?
From: AKS
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 05:28 AM

Win XP users will find a helpful bunch of tweaks at http://kadaitcha.cx/xp/performance.html (caution ­- some understanding of os required when applying all of those).

AKS


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