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Do I really need this prog?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:13 PM

Hi,I'm on AOL and signed up for a months free trial of their 'Computer Checkup Premium' program, and as the month expires soon I'm trying to decide whether to keep it. It'll cost me 4 (6 US dollars) per month which seems a bit steep.
I'm not too PC-literate, but the advertising tells me it 'cleans up my system' by doing assorted scans (Disk performance/Security/System drivers/Registry problems etc).
I've run it a few times, it takes about 5 minutes to strut its stuff and comes up with hundreds of 'problems' in red letters and asks me if I want to solve them, to which I click 'yes', and it goes ahead, but I can't see any performance increase in my PC afterward.
Shall I keep it? It's just the steep price that puts me off a bit, I mean i'd be paying the monthly fee forever!
Do I really need such a prog anyway? Are there any similar progs that do the same job for a one-off payment that'd be cheaper in the long run?
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:24 PM

I would bet that most of what it is finding are tracking cookies which you acquire every time you go to a new web site. Basically, you can achieve the same results with applications that exist already in your operating system. Defrag, disk cleanup, removal of cookies, etc...

If you have a good anti virus program and firewall you are fairly safe. The rest is periodic maintenance.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 06:01 AM

It'll cost me 4 (6 US dollars) per month which seems a bit steep.

it takes about 5 minutes to strut its stuff and comes up with hundreds of 'problems' in red letters and asks me if I want to solve them

Hi -
This is Very high cost for a job that can be done for free with ATF Cleaner by Atribune (just Google it) combined with a free Antivirus like Microsoft Security Essentials and a free Malware scanner like Malwarebytes Anti Malware -
I have NO paid security on my system at this time (have not for years) and I run very safely - You will find these are 90% scamware/scareware garbage that will actually do nothing to help your system -I hope you do take note of these replies and stop handing over your good money for nothing -

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:13 AM

I think CCleaner and Defraggler can do that for you for free.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 10:35 AM

I would stay away from registry cleaner applications; they are very powerful and unless you really know what you are doing, they can "kill" your computer.
Windows comes with a set of utilities that can clean gunk off your hard drive and defragment your files. Many free Anti-virus and anti-spyware applications can delete cookies and malware safely and quickly and with the added bonus of preventing them.
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#6 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:25 PM

Thanks guys, I've just cancelled it..:thumbsup:
Just a couple more things-
I already have free AVG and free Adaware which I run periodically, will they clean gunk and tidy up my system or do I need a free cleaner-type prog besides?
I used free CCleaner for a long time after somebody told me I needed it, but later somebody else threw a scare into me by saying it might mess up my registry "unless I knew what i was doing" with it.
I didn't know what I was doing with it, so I uninstalled it, I never did know which of the zillion boxes to tick anyway.
In fact I seem to remember I posted in this very forum a while back asking which boxes to tick, but I don't think anybody replied (sniffle)

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:29 PM

CCleaner is quit safe to use as long as the registry cleaner is not used.

I have always liked Cleanup. It is customizable but default settings will generally do the trick.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:59 PM

your avg has a real-time antispyware. if you have adaware (which i like) installed, it also has running processes. my guess is that they're antispyware also. i uncheck the box (lavasoft) in system config to avoid conflict. you may already do this.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:52 PM

your avg has a real-time antispyware. if you have adaware (which i like) installed, it also has running processes. my guess is that they're antispyware also. i uncheck the box (lavasoft) in system config to avoid conflict. you may already do this.


Adaware isn't an anti virus, there is no conflict between the two.

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