If you’re trying to fix your PC, then you’ve probably stumbled across all sorts of different software programs online. Unfortunately, not all of these software websites are genuine. Some are designed to lure customers in with fake promises before charging them hundreds of dollars to fix their PC.

Today, we’re going to teach you how to avoid software scams like this and get your PC back to proper working condition.

Look for customer testimonials

Honest companies publish honest customer testimonials. Meanwhile, dishonest companies falsify customer claims or simply refuse to publish honest reviews. To safeguard yourself against software scams, be sure to look for customer testimonials on the product website. This will show you what other customers have experienced while using that software and help you avoid any surprises down the road.

Reasonable promises

Does the software program promise to speed up your PC by several thousand percent? Does it guarantee easy repairs of all your computer problems? Computers are complex tools, and there are very few programs that can actually live up to these promises. If you can successfully wade through the marketing surrounding a program and understand the true value that lies underneath, then you will be better able to separate good, valuable programs from the poorer quality ones.

Accreditation and certifications

The best indicator of a program’s quality is its third-party accreditations and certifications. Good companies will advertise the awards they have received from other companies, while lower quality software companies will not. With so many different tech websites in the world, every good software program is bound to have a few awards attached to it. Look for these awards on the program’s official website. Whether it’s Better Business Bureau A+ certification or a Microsoft Certified Partner badge, it’s important to recognize these accreditations before you download any program.

Privacy policies and contact information

If a company is trying to scam you out of your money, then they probably won’t advertise their contact information for everybody to see. Instead, they’re going to try to distance themselves from their product to make it difficult for you to find them. Legitimate companies publish their contact information and privacy policies online; companies that are trying to scam you do not. Learn the difference in order to protect yourself.

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