Secure IT Foundation

Should you spend money on computer tune up tools?

Posted on: October 19, 2009

Have a slow computer? Tempted by the many software utilities that promise to speed up your computer for €20-50. Don’t bother!

There are two parts to a computer, the hardware and the software. If your hardware is not at a reasonable specification then nothing you do with software will make it run faster than it does.

Extra memory is normally the best hardware upgrade for computers but you can have too much as well. More than 3GB is wasted on Windows 32 bit operating systems regardless of XP, Vista or 7. If you have 1GB or less though, then a memory upgrade will add more speed increase than any software change.

Software tuning is a very complex process that varies on each computer. If you do not know what you are doing then you will cause more problems than you will solve. The Register compared all the paid tuneup tools on Vista and found that the benefits were marginal at best or worse than a free tool available called CCleaner.

Our recommendation is to spend the money that these software tools cost, to hire a security / computer professional who can improve your computer properly and provide added benefits like backups and hard drive encryption appropriate to your circumstances.

If you are in the Netherlands then you can even hire me for a computer security makeover!

SB

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