It doesn’t matter if you own a refurbished laptop, or a brand new PC, if you have a Television and have a cable TV subscription then you probably have been tempted by one of the many advertisements for PC improvement including promises to "double your speed”. Don't be fooled into thinking that you have to spend a lot of money to have some remote guru fix your computer. The fact is most of these promises to improve your speed are really come-ons to sell you some pretty basic software for anti-virus and registry clean up utilities. The offers advertised on TV run a remote scan on your computer and then report back to you in shocking terms the number of errors that need to be repaired. The next step is to offer you several protection packages, the basic level being a downloadable set of programs typically selling for $39 dollars. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy a laptop under $300 and then spend $39 for software you probably can do without. These same utilities are available free on the Internet and you don't have to buy these software packages advertised as improvement programs on television. The basic actions of these programs are to clean your hard drive of files you don’t need, or no longer use. You can download all of these programs online for free.
The first thing you need is a good free antivirus and malware detection program. The free Microsoft Essentials software is about as good as you can get and it’s free and easily updated, plus since it's from Microsoft you know it will play well with your other Microsoft software. Use a search engine like Google or Bing and search for the link to Microsoft Essentials free software. The second program you need is the free version of CC Cleaner. Google this and you can download it and run it to perform the registry and file cleanup the “for pay” packages offer.
Just these two programs will go a long way toward accomplishing, for free, what the highly advertised programs do, that are advertised on Television. Give these suggestions a try. It's safe and it's free.