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5 tech things that are a waste of money

Cleaning out an old drawer, I recently unearthed a floppy disk. I blew off the dust and smiled at the little plastic square. I wondered what this disk could possibly contain. At some point, certain technology isn’t useful anymore.

Don’t let manufacturers trick you into buying something you don’t need. Here are five dubious tech money-wasters and how to avoid them.

1. Computer tune-up software

An ad pops up on your computer: “Slow PC? Get a Free PC Tune-Up!” There’s a simple graphic and a phone number. Every computer could use a tune-up, right? Making sure your computer is running smoothly is just part of being a responsible user. So, why not go for it?

Hold the phone! Tune-up software is great, but you don’t have to pay for it. Many people don’t realize this. They shell out money for software that’s available for free, or they click the wrong banner ad for subpar service.

Let me save you some time: Try Wise Care 365. It’s quick to download, the features are easy to use, and you can scan your PC in under a minute. When it’s finished, the PC Checkup feature will give your computer a grade on a 1-10 scale, indicating how sick or healthy your computer is.

Another helpful tool is IObit Uninstaller, which helps you free up space on your PC. Its Advanced SystemCare feature can optimize an older computer by up to 300 percent. The software deletes junk files, clears out private information and disables unneeded startup items. Think of it as a deep cleanse for your hard drive.

Your PC could be loaded with malware or spyware. That will definitely slow things down. To find out, use Malwarebytes. It's capable of finding and removing threats that other software misses. Plus, the free version won't conflict with your existing anti-virus. Click here to get this great free download now.

Before you use any of these programs, practice safe computing. Make sure you have a backup.

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