Paying for things we get for free?
Written by Gordon Fecyk, 12/15/2012
IT'S BEEN SIX WEEKS since Windows 8's release, and we already have third parties claiming to do a better job of managing Windows 8 than Windows 8 does of itself.
This is an operating system that came with its own updating mechanism since 1998, and now its own after-the-fact anti-virus security blanket. I don't expect an automobile mechanic down the street to know all about a 2013 edition of some new automobile after only six weeks, instead I would go to the car dealership first for service. Why should I trust some third-party with the service of my new PC only six weeks in?
OK, so I made that last step up. But why else would a company want to associate themselves with Microsoft if not for profit?
My worry is what else would you be getting into. I almost fell victim to at least one piece of "ransomware" from another supposed Microsoft Gold Partner: "Here's the files we can undelete for you, now pay us $29.95 to do it." I might have been able to uninstall their software, but I still get junk e-mail from them weekly... or at least I did before I put them in Messagelabs' bin.
OK, so what if I were a complete "n00b" and I was watching a YouTube video sponsored by some driver updating outfit, wondering if my video could play faster if I paid this completely-unknown entity some money? Well, if you're that person, I hope you found this site first because here's what I do:
The support can cost you nothing because, most likely, you already paid for it. Don't pay again for it.
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