Weighing it Out: Pros and Cons of a PC Performance Scan
written by: Daniel Barros•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 9/10/2009
Been too timid to try out a system performance scan to figure out what's up with your sluggish PC? With our guide to Scanning the Performance of your System, you'll finally be able to diagnose any and all issues with your PC.
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Running as Fast as It Can
Been too timid to try out a system performance scan to figure out what's up with your sluggish PC? With our guide to Scanning the Performance of your System, you'll finally be able to diagnose any and all issues with your PC
System performance is something that has plagued man ever since the dawn of the PC age. Computers wouldn't run as fast as one would hope, they would be sluggish when loading programs, and they would crash if not configured properly. Luckily, as PCs have evolved, so, too, have the tools necessary to keep them within normal parameters. A huge industry has been formed as a result of PCs requiring maintenance - these tools provide the necessary means for automatically fixing any and all computer issues you may be having, with a few even taking care of pesky viruses.
What could possibly be bad about a system performance scan? Plenty if you're not sure of what you're doing, however, in no case will the scan itself actually be detrimental to your system. So, without further ado, here is our central list of pros and cons for running a well-oiled machine:
A system performance scan will let you know what's wrong with your computer - you'll be able to diagnose and fix problems efficiently
As far as fixing the problems go, most system performance scanners come with built-in auto-fixers. This means that once a scan has been run, you can click a button and all your problems will magically vanish away with ease
System performance scanners let you know what exactly can be done to speed up your computer. The built-in one that comes with windows lets you know which hardware parts to switch in order to have a better machine. This information is helpful for those people not sure exactly which piece of hardware is holding them back from the greatness of a maximum score
Modern system scanners also have a built in scheduler feature that runs the program silently in the background and only informs you once done - these can also be further automated to fix problems automatically.
As technology becomes all-encompassing, more and more system scanners include defrag tools and great registry tools - this means that for a set price, you can have an all-in-one performance package.
In a word: Trojans. Your friendly neighborhood hacker has made it a prerogative to make your life miserable by offering free system scanners inside fake website ads that then transfer a lovely trojan or virus over to your computer to start mining your information. Whatever you do - do not click on ANY of those ads that mention a system scan. They are ALL fake and should be treated the same way as any other annoying pop-up - with a Firefox add-in.
Some system scanners require you to purchase before you even try the product - this is a scam in most cases. A good scanner is usually available for free, and all-in-one software is usually available at a low cost to you after a certain amount of time in a trial to see if you like it. Remember to never buy before you've tried out the software
In a nutshell, if you haven't scanned your PC yet, there are plenty of great scanners out there, including CCleaner (completely free). However, if you want the complete experience, I'd recommend Tune Up 2009, as it keeps your PC the way it was intended to be kept - clean and free from problems and bugs that cause hours of headaches.