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TV Commercials for a product that promises to boost your computer performance had me curious. I wanted to know, first if the product had been reviewed by any credible computer news magazines, or Websites, and second if it would boost the performance if an old laptop I have in my office for testing. What I found caused me never to test my laptop.

On the Maxmyspeed.com home page I noticed acclaims from Tucows, CNET, and PCWORLD and so I immediate thought my first desire had been satisfied. PCWORLD did review CyberDefender favorably in December 2009, but the CNET and Tucows were user reviews and anyone, even someone from Maxmyspeed.com can post a user review.

CNET’s download.com is a favorite of mine because it has editor and user reviews. The writers at CNET sometimes do their best to put a product through it’s paces, but only users have to live with those products day in and day out. Users can often lack objectivity when they like or hate a product and so it is harder to find good reviews from users.

Ultimately what I found on Download.com was a lot of positive feedback with typos and where the only con seemed to be that they didn’t know that after installing they would have to pay for the product, but that the product was worth it and they are happy. I don’t find these reviews credible and believe that the company posted them or paid a third party to post them on their behalf.

The negative reviews actually looked like real people writing reviews and they are not pretty. And there are plenty of negative reviews. The overwhelming majority call the product a scam.

The claims in the TV commercial sounded like a company trying to get a few dollars out of people who in hard times would rather spend a few dollars than buy a new computer. Not a very nice way to make a living if you ask me.

Stay away from programs that claim they can make your PC faster – especially MaxMySpeed.com.

What about that PCWORLD article that made claims about the product? Many of these articles are written by freelance writers who are paid by companies like MaxMySpeed.com to submit them to magazines in the hopes of getting favorable press. I suspect that CyberDefender even did a little advertising to greese the wheels a bit.

I have used many of the software and hardware products supposedly reviewed by reputable magazines and I have found few consistencies in my real world use. I don’t even subscribe to PCmag or PCWORLD any longer. They have no credibility with me.