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Why Doesn't it just Work???

How many times have you either said or heard "I cant stand using my computer, its so slow". What many people don't know is that, just like an automobile, you need to keep your computer maintained or it will deteriorate to an unusable state.

Lets say you purchase a brand new car, but never took anything (trash, papers, etc.) out of your brand new car, never vacuumed it out, and never gave it an oil change. When it hit 15,000 miles and was filled with junk, and didn't run properly, would you "retire" the car, put it in the back yard, and go out and buy a new car? Of course not. You would go get an oil change, clear everything out of the car, and vacuum it out. You would still have well over a hundred thousand miles you could get out of the car.

Unfortunately, when it comes to home computers, many people do do this. They let their computer get filled with junk, don't put software on it such as anti-virus and anti-spyware, and let it deteriorate to an unusable state, then either live with the slow computer for the next few years, or go out and buy a brand new one, dubbing the old one 'that slow piece of junk in the basement'.

I designed this site to hopefully change this trend in home computer users, giving you simple steps you can go through to keep your computer maintained, and allow you to get the most out of the money you spent on your computer.

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