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Thanks for the list but I've wasted so much time over the years with this or that "free" program crashing my computers or taking up resources and/or time to fix things or learn new things as they "pivot" to new business models to try and make money... that I'm happy to pay $50 a year to protect our 3 PCs and two Galaxy S5s... and have it work fairly well and not have ads or other "issues" to deal with. My time and frustration saved is worth it. Plus I use the Norton password manager that seems an added benefit.
Yes, I've noticed MANY of my "no dividend" growth stocks have moved up very significantly lately such that my explore portfolio with only 2/3rds in stocks is beating the S&P500 which usually happens the first year of "something big" which I've speculated may be related to dumb money in bonds looking for better alternatives when they rush the doors.
for example, during the recent decline for those stocks, I bought
AGEN at $2.50 and now it is $8.89 FNSR at $15.00 and now it is 22.68 NNVC at $1.60 and now it is $2.08 UTEK at $17.50 and now it is $19.80 (always been a laggard!)
What is cool is some of the "value dividend stocks" I took profits in, such as AMAT at $25 and selling the last of my "Explore Portfolio" HPQ at $36, are still well below the profit taking points... seems a major rotation is in gear!
Yes, the average person is not illiterate and you and I are not illiterate. However, I stand by my statement about the responsibility that companies , HP or other companies should take responsibility for the problem such as I have had with the current computer.
The computer was still under warranty.
Thank you for your input. Yes, companies must take responsibility for the products they put forth------whether they come from America or another country or nation..
No, the Norton security suite is offered at no cost by Comcast in my area as long as you have internet access through them. You simply download the suite on all your computers and virus definitions can be downloaded automatically by Norton as they become available once you are running the software. I also know that on the east coast Verizon's FIOS service and Cablevision's Optimum Online provide free security software. Check the homepage of your internet provider and they should have a security section that will tell you if they offer anything in your area...
Comcast is expanding into this area. I am considering whether or not to use them. I am in an apartment that has modems installed ------and connect with telephone, internet and television.
I connect only for the internet-------don't need a land line or television. Rather be using my time otherwise.
Went to a community meeting with Comcast reps several weeks ago------this doesn't solve the HP problem however I can take that to computer specialist that I have used for years. He can open the files ------once I get the files, then I will sell the computer and the printer.
I don't like the keyboard----too small for my musical fingers----used to a wider reach from left to right.
Again, thank you for your help and everyone who has responded on this thread. As an investment I have no real opinion about HPQ. Certainly they make a lot of money on the items such as paper, ink cartridges and the replacement parts.
I used Iolo System Mechanic for about a year and didn't renew as I though it to be mostly redundant to computer maintenance that i could do on my own. While not expensive to license my computers actually didn't run any better or worse after I stopped using it. According to comments made on other review sites users allege that System Mechanic doesn’t fix their computer problems and sometimes causes new problems on your PC. Customers allege that when they contact System Mechanic they are told they must spend $100+ for tech support services in order to fix the problems System Mechanic failed to fix. Basically the reviews on System Mechanic are mediocre.
Basically the reviews on System Mechanic are mediocre
I've been a System Mechanic Pro user for ~10 years, and it's the ONLY paid utility I use. I'm not sure which reviews you're looking at but it's rated highly by editors at both PC Magazine and CNET (see below). Cost is actually $19.95 per year for unlimited licenses per family after easily accessible discounts. It has done an especially good job of keeping my 100 year old father-in-law's PC running in spite of the abuse he gives it. He lives 60 miles away and SMPro has saved me LOTS of time and travel to fix it. I have never found it necessary to contact SMPro support for any problems but I'm not surprised they charge for that.
PC Magazine Editors rating: Excellent
If your PC isn't blazing along at the same pace it did when you first pressed the power button a few weeks, months, or years ago, you should invest in Iolo System Mechanic 14 ($39.95). The tune-up utility suite whips your computer back into shape by defragging the hard drive, repairing Windows's problematic registry, and tweaking CPU and RAM usage in real time. With this iteration, Iolo System Mechanic includes an unexpected and welcome new feature, PowerSense, which detects your PC's activity and throttles the CPU up or down as needed. Iolo System Mechanic 14 is pricier than some of its competition (like Slimware Utilities SlimCleaner, the PCMag Editors' Choice for free tune-up utilities), but Iolo's utility comes packed with features that make it worth the price of admission. It's our Editors' Choice for paid tune-up software.