Beware of software that promise to ‘accelerate’ the PC or mobile phone

Have you ever visited a web page that opened a “pop-up” window or is an ad for a software that promises to improve your computer’s performance? In many cases, these softwares are bad news – fraud than just install more junk on the computer instead of improving performance. This is not a new practice, but it remains common and also gained adaptations for tablets and phones: apps that promise to improve the performance of the cell are also there.

A variation of the scam masquerades as antivirus software or anti-spyware, doing a “check” on your computer, finding a thousand problems and asking that the purchase of the license is taken to proceed with the cleanup.The mysterious “registry cleaner” is also a common theme.

There are, rather, ways to improve or accelerate certain PC tasks on mobile. The problem is knowing when software actually fulfill the promised or when he just install other unwanted or worse programs, submit false performance statistics for you to buy the software thinking that it can make a “miracle” on your computer.

But there are some easy to observe details. The fraudulent programs usually do not explain precisely how to speed up your PC or mobile. Furthermore, it is not offered a period of 30 days, for example testing. Instead, only one analysis is identifying existing problems, saying that you need to pay for cleaning or performance improvement.

Explaining better: there are several software that are called “rogue antivirus”. These programs sometimes installed without authorization, to frighten the user until the program is purchased to perform a “clean” that does not exist.

For software that promise to speed up PC, they usually do not do anything that actually improves performance. Free applications such as CCleaner , performing the same type of cleaning, removing temporary files and other unnecessary data. There will be, however, a significant improvement in the performance of your PC with just that. The so-called “registry cleaners” sometimes impressive, detecting thousands of “invalid entries”. However, within the Windows registry, it is not much.

Software that adjust hardware settings to really accelerate the PC usually be provided by the equipment manufacturer. This procedure, called “overclocking”, needs to be done carefully. A misconfiguration can leave your computer unstable or cause it to heat up, jeopardizing the operation. These software overclocking are usually free, but now there are some who are paid (the manufacturer sells the hardware with a lock to limit the ability, and the software does the unlocking as an “upgrade” of the hardware).

In the cell there is also the possibility to perform overclocking, with the same risks. This is possible in Android and generally requires access “root”.

There are, unfortunately, some legitimate software that follow the same recipe for fraud, demanding payment to clean house after all favorable analysis. This is bad practice, because it prevents you from really knowing if the software will make a difference on your computer. When in doubt, avoid.

Stay tuned:

1. In general, do not believe in software that promise to improve your computer’s performance, unless the program clearly states you do – for example, if it provides a friendly way to disable Windows services or manage the software that are started with the system. Yes it can help leave your computer faster.

2. Do not be impressed with numbers of “problems” encountered by software cleaning registry, cookies and the like.

3. The way the software offers its testing period can be a good indicator of quality. Ideally, the test for a period in which you can enjoy all the features of the software.

4. To perform basic cleaning in Windows, use the program CCleaner , which is free.