March 2005 Newsletter

What’s New at PC Pitstop, March 2005

Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics


Happy Birthday PC Pitstop!

Five years ago this month, the PC Pitstop web site was born. We’ve been through a lot, including the dot-com market crash, 9/11, and the rise of spyware; many of you have been through it with us. No matter how long you’ve been using the site, we really appreciate your support. Keep telling your friends about the site and let us know how we’re doing by posting a note on our forums.

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Performance Boost

Disk fragmentation is a major performance killer on any system. Executive Software’s Diskeeper eliminates fragmentation and gets your drives running at full speed. With Diskeeper’s simple “set it and forget it” setup, you never need to remember to do disk maintenance again!
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PC Pitstop’s Safe Surfing Video

The general media, especially television, is full of scary stories about spyware, adware, and identity theft. Although they do a great job of scaring, they don’t help you to recognize and avoid the online behavior that can get you into trouble. To fill that gap, we created “PC Pitstop Safe Surfing,” a DVD video disc that shows you real web sites, spyware tactics, and dangerous emails. Get a copy for yourself, but most of all get a copy for those relatives and friends of yours that are always asking for help in cleaning up their infected PCs.
Sorry, we no longer offer this video

Is Google Feeding Spyware Makers?

Google has a squeaky clean reputation for “being nice”, staying clear of the dirty doings of web hucksters that push adware, spyware, and other worthless products. But does it deserve that clean reputation? Google Adwords advertising has become a favorite of scumballs looking for their next victims. Google must surely be aware of the problem, yet it has done nothing to stop it. PC Pitstop users have been bitten by Adwords and they let us know about it in no uncertain terms. How long before Google Adwords become synonymous with scams, ruining what Google pioneered?
Read more…

Two Great Spyware Cleaners

Many people are concerned about spyware, and shady companies are exploiting those worries by selling ineffective anti-spyware products. Some purported anti-spyware products actually install spyware onto your system! We can recommend Spyware Doctor and Pest Patrol for legitimate and effective anti-spyware tools.

Coming in April: Top Dawg 2

Get your PCs in tip top shape for the next PC Pitstop Top Dawg Challenge, coming in April. We’ll be offering several great prizes; our next newsletter will have more details about the contest. If you’re looking to build a contender, head to the overclocker’s section of our forums for some expert advice.

Join PC Pitstop’s Folding Team!

[email protected] lets you use spare computer time for medical research. Instead of having your computer sit idle while you are not using it, why not donate that time to a good cause? The PC Pitstop [email protected] team has almost broken into the top fifty teams, and we could use your help! Learn more and join the team at the Distributed Computing section of our forums!

About PC Pitstop

PC Pitstop, LLC ( was formed in February 2000, and offers users a unique way to make sure their PCs are running fast, stable and secure–all through a free, Web-based interface.

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