What’s Up With Those ‘My Clean PC’ TV Ads?

The ads keep running on TV, which means people are falling for them, but it’s a waste of money.

The reason companies run ads on TV is because they can reach thousands of people at one time.  Many viewers will buy on impulse, especially if they see an interesting ad with real live people giving testimonials.Windows cleanup

What happens with “My Clean PC” is that you have to download a program that allows you to run a “free scan”.

I would not recommend downloading any program like this, because you might be putting some type of malware on your computer.

What this program will find is probably hundreds of “issues” that consist of all the harmless cookies, caches, and fragmented files that are normal and really don’t harm your computer.Computer issues detected

To “fix” these you will have to pay $39.99 for a one-year subscription.  According to their Terms of Service, you will be agreeing to an automatic renewal of your subscription at whatever the price is at renewal time.

If you contact them via the telephone or internet, they may also try to get you to “upgrade” to more expensive programs and/or paid “remote technical support” service.

As far as any claims “My Clean PC” may make to remove viruses, it just aint so. For less than the $39.99 they are charging, you can get a proven Anti Virus program – I recommend Kaspersky.

Kaspersky will let you run a free PC scan here.

Recommendations to speed up your computer:

Switch to a high speed internet connection.  Many people are still using dial-up, and in some areas and countries that’s all that’s available.  Pick high speed cable instead of DSL – High speed cable may be the most expensive, but it’s worth the money.

High speed DSL is only about 3 times faster than dial-up, while a high speed cable connection is up to 5 times faster.

Get a bigger hard drive!  If you have a lot of files and especially photos, you may not realize you’re using most of your hard drive capacity.  This may be slowing down your computer.  For less than $100 you can buy a 320 GB or larger hard drive.  You should definitely notice a difference in computer speed with the larger hard drive.

They are fairly easy to install, but you need to back up your data first.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, and plan on keeping your computer at least a year or more, it would be worth it to pay a technician to install the hard drive for you.

Free Fixes you can do anytime that will duplicate what “My Clean PC” charges for:

Remove old programs you are no longer using from your computer.  Click Start, then click on Control Panel.  Look for the Icon that says “Add or Remove Programs“.

Right Click on this Icon and then click “Open“.  You will see a list of programs on your computer.  If there is a program you are sure is no longer being used and not needed you can click on it to highlight it.  A button will appear that says “Remove” – when you click that button the program will be Uninstalled from your computer.

You should Delete your Cookies, Internet Browsing History, and Temporary Internet Files often, while you have your computer on.

Disk Defragmenter

At the top of your browser click on “Tools“, and then “Clear Recent History“.  There will be options for “Browsing and Download History“, “Form and Search History“, “Cookies“, “Active Logins“, etc.  It doesn’t hurt to clear all of these.

This will free up disk space, and removing these cookies is a first step in keeping potential viruses off your computer.

Firefox has an add-on you may want to try that blocks online tracking.

Use the Windows Cleanup ToolsDisk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter.

To use Disk Cleanup click Start, then put the cursor on All Programs, then Accessories, and then System Tools, where you will see Disk Cleanup.

Disk Cleanup frees up space on your hard drive by searching for files that you can safely delete.  You can remove temporary Internet files, ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded from the Internet, empty your Recycle Bin, and remove windows components and programs you are no longer using.

It’s safe to use, and before you use it, you can choose not to remove some components, if you want.computer screen drawing

For Disk Defragmenter follow the same sequence as above to get to it – Click Start, point the cursor to All Programs, then Accessories, and then System Tools, where you will see Disk Defragmenter (usually under Disk Cleanup).

Disk Defragmenter reorganizes the files on your hard drive that have been “broken up” and placed in different locations over a period of time.  Having parts of files in different places causes you computer to run slower.

After you click on Disk Defragmenter a window will come on that should say “C:” (for Hard Drive) and show the Capacity & Free Space.  You then click on the Defragment button to start the process, which can take over an hour, depending on your hard drive size.

During the Defragment process you should see a small color bar chart showing disk usage before and after defragmentation. When the Defragment is complete you should Reboot (restart) your computer.

You should run Disk Defragmenter at least once a month, or even more often, especially if you are adding a lot of files, you install a new program, and/or you know you are using a lot of your disk space and haven’t bought a larger hard drive yet.

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