Your computer can give you an object lesson in how the Butterfly Effect phenomenon works.
By DAVID SHAMAH
Sometimes, the smallest actions can reverberate down through the ages. Small gestures often mean much more than those performing them intend, or even expect. In the end, people are invariably overwhelmed by the results of what they thought at the time was a meaningless gesture.
Call it the Butterfly Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly-effect).
You don't have to search the annals of history to see how the effect works. In fact, your computer can give you an object lesson in how the phenomenon works. What does it take to bring a system down - from the inside? How hard do you have to work to trash a hard drive with hundreds of gigabytes of data? How much effort needs to go into completely trashing a Windows-based computer?
Not much, actually. In fact, you can do it with one click. Click on the wrong application, Web page, download, etc., and you might install a Trojan or virus that in time will so compromise your system that you may have to erase and reinstall the whole thing. Talk about a Butterfly Effect!
Now, everyone knows that it's easier to break things than make them; one click on a suspicious piece of software can install a killer virus, destroying a computer you spent years getting to work properly. But can the opposite be true? If the Butterfly Effect is a real phenomenon, surely there must be an action one can take to achieve perfection - to repair the effects wrought by the first, bad butterfly, with a good butterfly changing things for the better.
Well, I am happy to say that the PC Butterfly Effect is real - and you can prove it for yourself by downloading and installing the free IObit Advanced WindowsCare Personal (http://www.iobit.com/), the good butterfly that, with just one click, can undo the effects of dozens of bad ones. While there are many programs - pay, share and freeware - that will clean up your computer system mess, none are as easy and simple to use as Advanced WindowsCare Personal - and none (that I've come across, at least) are as thorough in uncovering bad stuff.
I installed the program on a several year old Windows 2000 PC (it supports XP and Vista, too), and it quickly marched through 200 GB split through five partitions on two hard drives - in about 10 minutes. During that time, it uncovered 1,600 or so pieces of potential spyware that it offered to fix, and about 35,000 "security compromises" (no, this was not my computer).
Note, though, that many of the spyware listings had the name Alexa in front of them (http://alexa.com/) - not all would list it as such - and the security compromises included many applications associated with advertising (no doubt because they "phone home"). Which means that WindowsCare's standards are very high. Which is exactly what you want in a butterfly - one that flies very high, and works very hard to protect you.
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