On the other hand, some folks lean toward the other extreme, not feeling comfortable with installing anything, including those all important Windows Updates and those who fail to perform any other periodic preventive maintenance. This is a recipe for disaster! Then it is only a matter of time. Your computer will continue to slow down more and more, until it’s just too painfully slow and/or unresponsive to use, or there may be popup programs demanding money to keep you safe, similar to how the Mafia works. We will protect you, if you pay us. Look! After running OUR scanner, we’ve detected hundreds, if not thousands of infections or configurations to tweak for best restoring your computer to it’s former good state of health. Yeh right, or we’ll just take your money and leave you high and dry, holding an empty bag. Never ever pay for this kind of scam!
At some point, your belated efforts for reviving your machine will show little return on your effort; even after running all the updates and cleaners. All of the of the horses and all the King’s men won’t bring your performance back again. Keep in mind, if you are successful enough to rid yourself of any infections, does not mean everything is okay. All infections were designed to reconfigure your system in one way or another, in order to accomplish it’s deviant purpose. Your system may likely still be altered for the worst; a PC point of no return. Chances of reversing the damage are close to nil.
In this case, the next step is to consider re-installing the operating system. At this point, you might ask yourself which operating system will best suit you, Windows or Linux? Which, if you’re not inclined to do yourself, you may end up paying someone else to do for you, or you buy replacement machine, or do without. Like neglecting your own health, your vehicle’s or your computer’s, it may be costly.