"My computer is so slow it no longer runs programs, it walks them.” Funny? Sure, but if your computer is slower than molasses, it can be incredibly frustrating trying to get anything done. Many people believe that after a certain number of years, the computer just slows down and there is nothing you can do but replace it. In some cases, replacing an old, out-of-date computer with a newer, more powerful model makes economic sense, but many computers can be cleaned and have their useful life extended for much less than a new computer costs.
After the avalanche of email I received from the Windows XP article I wrote last month, I thought perhaps it would be nice to address some rather interesting short topics. Just for the record, RW, at last check, the sky has not fallen, nor is it expected any time soon.
After all the gloom and doom of sequestration, government shutdowns, Obamacare and the highly touted yet totally unfulfilling release of Windows 8.1, I thought it might be nice the share some things out of the Smother Computer Services email bag. If you see something that looks familiar, it may be excerpts from one of your emails.
Many ions ago, as some will recall, a duet from England called Chad and Jeremy recorded a song called “Yesterday’s Gone.” A section of the lyrics went like this; “that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone…” It was about a lost love between two young people but the words brought to mind something that happens a lot with software and in particular, protective software.
A: I have an old computer with (Windows) XP that is running very slow (I think it has a virus). I would like to get a new computer and transfer things to the new computer but I’m afraid it will transfer the virus. What should I do? — Maureen
‘A dog’s New Year’s resolution: I will not chase that stick unless I actually see it leave his hand!” So what does that have to do with computers? Honestly, nothing; but I thought it was kind of funny. Actually, it does have a lot to do with technology and computers.
If you ever watch old mystery movies, there is usually a scene where a guy is walking down a side street on a rainy night when he hears a “Psst. Hey fella. I have a secret to tell ya” coming from a dark alleyway. Well I am giving you the same “Psst. I have a secret to tell you.” It is an easy way to tell if your computer is running well and your Internet is slow and some simple things you can do to fix this.
A longtime client e-mailed me to ask if I recommended having a
certain program run on a scheduled basis. The program happened to
be a registry cleaner that she was considering purchasing. A few
days later I received an e-mail from a reader asking virtually the
same thing. The programs were the same so it sounds like a
marketing ploy. This got me thinking about how long it had been
since I had written a column on which programs I feel are
beneficial for your computer maintenance and which ones may cause
more harm than good. Please keep in mind that every PC tech has
their own areas of expertise, so their advice may differ from
I need to apologize to the guy in the cool looking blue Mustang
convertible at the corner of Piedmont and 48th streets the other
day. I truly was not calling you an idiot, but rather
someone on the radio, really! I can appreciate why you may have had
an uncontrollable spasm in your hand as a response to what you
thought I had directed toward you but, honest, it was the