Are they trustworthy?
Almost all popups and advertisements that use banners saying "Fix now for free" are not trustworthy. They are normally a scam attempting to take your credit card info, data or both. At best, these programs might claim to scan your computer and show a convincing list of computer problems. Using this, they will ask for payment to "fix" these problems to get your PC back in shape again. At worst, these advertisements can be downright malicious. Some may attempt to use fake warnings and scare tactics to trick customers into installing spyware on their computers. When installed, spyware will attempt to steal information in the background. Attackers may use this technique to steal usernames, passwords, emails, and credit card details.
Do I need to clean the registry?
The Windows system and various applications installed on your PC do leave files which are stored on your computer. These files can stay behind or go out of date even after the application has been removed. These files normally use up a little space on the hard drive and generally cause minor clutter within the system.
Despite the large amount of "scareware" and fraudulent computer cleanup scans out there, legitimate applications designed to clean your system do exist. This is something that we here at Layer 2 Computers cover while doing a computer clean up. Keeping up with out of date files and freeing up unused space is worthwhile and can be considered "good housekeeping". If the speed of your PC is no longer up to the task, there are ways in which we can unlock far greater gains than simple housekeeping chores.
Relatively low-cost hardware components, such as memory, can be added to boost the speed of even an older PC. Upgrading the computers RAM can double the working memory available to the operating system. With extra memory, many programs can keep more information available to work with. This upgrade reduces loading times and increases the computers ability to run more programs at once.
Another common speed boosting upgrade involves how we store and load data from the computer. Switching from an older style mechanical hard drive to a modern Solid State Disk (SSD) can bring down the startup and loading time of any PC. Loading data from the hard drive is very often the slowest part of a computer. Because an SSD does not use any mechanical components the time to access the disk is nearly instant when compared to older, mechanical hard disks.
Safe Speed Boosts
These upgrades offer boosts in speed to rival a modern system at only a fraction of the cost originally paid for the computer. Upgrading the RAM, swapping to an SSD, or doing both will provide an instant, dramatic, and safe improvement to the speed of your PC.
If your computer is running slow give us at a call at 937-660-4899 to arrange a real and professional cleanup.