Are New Computers Really 'New'?

Are you thinking about buying a new laptop or PC? You may want to consider having it serviced after purchasing.

Why? Well, despite what people think, when you buy a computer from a high street computer retailer, they tend to come preloaded with software called “bloatware”. The retailers argue that they put this on for your benefit, as you will automatically have the various applications conveniently on your machine, but it is worth remembering that your choice is being taken away. You should consider also that retailers might be just as motivated to increase their profits by including bloatware!

Preinstalled bloatware is very often irrelevant to the consumer and, therefore, takes up unnecessary hard drive space, uses more of the computer’s resources and slows it down.

The salesperson may try to encourage you to purchase virus and malware protection software when you buy your computer. These tend to be commission sales and there is often a less expensive and more efficient alternative software on the market. It is not as hard as you may think to get exactly what meets your requirements; if you are prepared to do some research, or you can always get an Independent Computer Technician like myself to help you.

When you purchase a computer that has been sitting in a warehouse or shop for weeks or even months, it may not be up-to-date with the latest operating system updates, which are designed to give you security patches and keep you safe online.

Having your computer serviced upon purchase may feel unnecessary; after all, you have just bought a ‘new’ computer. However, it can rid your computer of software you don’t need, check for updates and generally ensure that you have (or give) a computer that is as clean, fast and safe as possible and, most importantly, you actually know what you have on it!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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