06-14-2012 12:28 PM
I have had no problems with Easy Solve but have an issue/ question. When it 'optimizes my internet' I get details about things that need to be fixed to free up space like clearing the cache/history/temp files and thats fine but when it shows the fixes needed - it lists I.E. and Chrome but not Firefox. FIrefox is very popular and its the browser I use daily. so thats what would need to be cleaned out. I keep I.E. and Chrome on my PC too but rarely use them so why is FIrefox being left out?
06-14-2012 01:32 PM - edited 06-14-2012 01:34 PM
FWIW, Easy Solve doesn't really solve anything. The things it does can be done using Windows tools, browser tools, or other 3rd party tools. My review of Easy Solve is below. Some of the "fixes are not browser specific, but they are related to Windows.
Here is my review of Easy Solve. Since you mention fixes I will highlight the relevent portion in red.
I also highlighted something interesting about clearing the cache since you also mentioned that.
I participated in the trial for Easy Solve and was not impressed. Neither was anyone else who participated in it.
Stay away from it. It really doesn't do very much. And it doesn't diagnose any problems. All it does is run a scan and lists "problems" it finds.
If you don't subscribe to SIgnature Support all it will do is clear out your cache and tell you to fix things that really don't need to be fixed. You will be told there are things that need to be fixed in order to optiminze your system but no real details are given about WHY it needs to be fixed. Some of the things it wants to "fix" are Windows default settings, which probably have not caused you any problems and are ok to leave as is.
Example: "Set Critical Windows 7 Services" with no information on these services.
Another example for Optimize my Computer: I was told Desktop Shortcuts are disabled. Fixing that added 2 shortcuts which I did not want-Network icon and an icon for my user folder. These only showed up after logging off and then logging back on.
One thing I encountered was being told to clear the cache-AFTER I did an experiment. I cleared my cache. I then ran Easy Solve. I was told the just cleared cache needed to be deleted, so I did some searching and found a history item. When you sign in to Easy Solve it is added to the history. So even if you clear your cache, which includes history before running it, you will ALWAYS be told the cache needs to be cleared. This item is an EASY SOLVE ITEM that gets added to history.
It will want to "help" you if you are not connected to the internet. I also tested this "help".
The only way I could test it was by unplugging the wired connection my computer has to the router. My husband was using his computer in another room which is a wireless connection so I could not unplug the modem.
It told me to Check your Cables. I checked and gee whiz the cable was disconnected from the router, I plugged it back in. There was nothing that told me I was reconnected to the internet.
The next screen was Reset the Modem. There is no need to reset the modem if the problem was a simple of case of cables or power cord being disconnected or loose.
If you reset the modem and that doesn't work you are told to call Comcast.
Obviously if there is a service outage checking cables and resetting the modem won't work.If there is a Comcast network issue and your internet starts crawling slower than a turtle it won't be able to help you..
Easy Solve assumes something is wrong on YOUR end of things when that may not be the case..
After the trial I uninstalled Easy Solve.
I reinstalled it when someone else asked about Easy Solve. I wanted to see if anything had changed.
It has not. It still drops items into history so it still tells me it needs to be deleted even though I cleared it before running Easy Solve. It still tells me critical items need to be fixed with no info on WHAT/WHY they should be fixed. It still tells me desktop icons need to be added to my desktop.
On 4-16-2012 I deleted one my secondary Comcast email addresses. The next day I opened up Windows Live Mail. A pop up from Easy Solve appeared on my screen, telling me
I knew what the problem was-I forgot to delete the account from WLM. Being the curious type I ran the scan.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words I present these snips taken after the scan:
Easy Solve either has delusions of grandeur and thinks it can solve all problems or email "problems" are listed in invisible ink. Comcast has once again added to its not-so-stellar branded software history with Easy Solve. There is nothing about email in the results.
I DID NOT USE IT TO FIX ANYTHING.
I have not tried the connection portion since the program has been released. That will have to be done when no one else is using his/her computer.
This past weekend I had to reinstall Windows 7. I will soon install Easy Solve and run it to see what it "finds" and if anything has changed since I wrote my review.
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06-14-2012 04:12 PM
Thanks so much....very enlightening. I pride myself in keeping my PC pristinely clean and free from goblins and gremlins and use the 'normal' tools to do what its does with cache,temp files,etc and have no use for the features of Easy Solve and paid tech support...No thank you. Your examples were great . I guess I was just ticked off that I have three browsers and the ONLY one I really use is the ONLY one it did not check on. I can see it being of some use to newbies or those who simply do not know what tools they already have and don't try to find out. Their pcs are probably a disaster. I had a friend who bought a new PC because hers was getting cranky and THE ONLY thing really wrong was so much junk and stuff she never cleaned up or out . I cleaned it up for her but she still got a new one....waste waste waste.
Speakiing of doing a good clean out....I want Win 7 badly but never used my free Vista upgrade due to all the bugs and in my opinion it was unworthy and would have to do clean install to go to Win 7 so am procrastinating. I hate reloading my extensive software when changing OS......hate it hate it hate it.
I am going to just TKO Easy Solve...thats my idea of solving this issue
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