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Does Your Computer Need A Doctor Called? Or A Second Opinion?

Apr 23, 2008
Quite often for some unexplained reason our computers slow down, they crash and burn, we receive strange error messages with no idea how to fix them, or worse yet, the dreaded blank blue screen appears for no apparent reason. Usually the reason for these types of errors is because of "bugs" in our personal computer system.

One software program that claims to be able to efficiently and effectively detect and delete the bugs in your computers system is PC Bug Doctor. It offers a instant free trial download and features include free scanning of your computer, repairs to errors that are slowing your computer down and fixing files which have been corrupted. It also includes service to your operating system and repairs common reboot errors.

If you have been using your computer for more than 30 days, it is almost certain that there is hidden software, fragments of software and other errors within your system. Research has shown that 94% of personal computers have files that are corrupt and potentially damaging. It's not uncommon for personal computers to have up to 200 errors.

So, how do our personal computers get so messed up with "junk?" The same way we humans do. We shake hands, handle money, open doors, or push shopping carts. Each contact can leave us open to a "bug" in the form of illness or infection. Most times we effectively fight off the effects of the contact, but how often also do you have a co worker coming into work sick, who then shares their virus with others? Computers work the same way. Wherever you may visit, download or install software, even software you can trust, your computer can have bits and pieces of the software stuck in its operating system and registry. When this debris is left it collects and causes errors, slowdowns and leaves your computer open to other threats as a result possibly even slowing down your antivirus or anti spyware software. Some common "bugs" left on most people's computers include redundant files, invalid application paths, and short cuts to removed programs.

In addition to a free trial, PC Big Doctor also offers a full 30 Day Money Back Guarantee for subscribers. A yearly subscription is available for $39.95, with unlimited scanning and repairs during that year. Also available you're your subscription is unlimited and free tech support. A Lifetime License option for $77.00 offers a huge savings and you get lifetime use, lifetime updates for free and lifetime tech support. It has been rated "excellent " for ease of installation and use.

In order to make sure the information on products provides consumers with the best possible information to make an informed choice on which software protection(s) they need to protect against viruses, spyware, adware, malware, phishing, hijacker, and other threats to your computers performance as well as your personal information, I actually give them a trial run. While not a computer software engineer, I know what I like and I know what works for me. In searching for information, it is best to look around, and not to depend on simply the statements of a products website.

Additional research and test trials of PC Bug Doctor show the following:
According to Top Ten Reviews, PC Bug Doctor (Complete) Ratings are as follows:

Overall Rating 2/4
Ease of Use 4/4
Feature Set 2/4
Ease of Installation 4/4
Help/Support 1/4
Safety 1.5/4
However, additional testing and research found:

"PC Bug Doctor from Maxium Software is successful at finding invalid shortcuts on your machine. However, due to the lack of support and limited feature set and safety tools, I would recommend selecting another program for your registry repair needs."

Since seeing is not always believing, I continue my research with a test technical support call. For this consumer, technical support (especially when much is made of it being free and unlimited) is one of the most important factors of a computer software product. In my customer service test, a call was placed for service at 8:30 am. Five hours later, I received a return call. Yes, they returned my call. Yes they answered my questions. However, I don't have 5 hours to spare out of my schedule when my computer screen goes to blue or I get error messages, and I don't think many other people do either. No other technical support is available, not even online forums, email support or FAQ's. Much of products effectiveness involves the ability of customer support to assist you with the installation, customization or use of their product in a timely manner.

In a comparison of registry cleaners in test completed by Experts Review April 2008, their technical professionals rated RegCure as the clear winner of the most highly rated registry cleaners. A close second was awarded to RegSweep. RegCure was described as "easy to use, eliminated all known errors on our computer, includes great safely features and left our PC running incredibly fast. We were extremely impressed!"
RegSweep was considered by testers to be very user friendly but did not perform as well in tests. Testers had this to say about RegSweep- "A really good tool and is gaining in popularity. Didn't perform as well in tests as RegCure, but still left our computer in great shape."

On the PC Bug Doctor website, many customers provided glowing reviews of the effectiveness of this service. It is important when choosing a registry cleaner or "bug doctor" that is you choose one that is proven effective by one or more of the world's leading research labs, such as PC Magazine, PC World, CNET, PC Pro Magazine, PC Authority, PC Answers and other trusted labs.

When choosing a good registry cleaner consumers should make sure that the features of the cleaner include backup and restore, early detection of system errors, be able to work in the background, provide excellent and timely customer service, as well as be able to detect the highest number of errors on your personal computer to provide you with the highest level of protection. With other more efficient registry cleaners available, especially those that may include better and timelier customer service, consumers may wish to look for a second opinion before trusting their computer to this doctor.
About the Author
Lisa Carey is a contributing author for
Identity Theft Secrets: prevention and protection
. You can get tips on Identity theft protection, software, and monitoring your credit as well as learn more about the secrets used by identity thieves at the Identity Theft Secrets blog.
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