Driver Updater Programs

Dear Computer Lady,

I have read your wonderful newsletter for many years and because of your previous recommendation, which I know you now have changed, I opted to use AVG for the past 10 years. I am presently using a 6 month old Lenovo ideapad 110 lap top computer, which is my life-line and very important to me as I live in Panama using WiFi.

I presently have a basic 2 year contract with AVG. For the first time they have offered me a free AVG Driver Updater. I read their very long contract and wonder if this is something I should accept.

Please advise me.

Gratefully, Maureen

Dear Maureen,

No, you don’t need the driver updater.

For one thing, the free version only “checks” to see if you need updates to your drivers.

Once it has checked, it will try to sell you the paid version of driver updater before it will update any drivers.

The problem with this is that unless you are having issues with a particular piece of hardware, lets say your printer for example, you don’t need to update drivers. And, if you are having problems with your hardware, you can go to the website of the device and freely download and install the drivers there. No expensive driver updater software needed.

In the 20 years that I have been fixing computers, I have only seen a handful that were having problems because of outdated drivers.

This is actually the reason that I stopped selling AVG. The keep trying to sell my customers additional products that they don’t really need.



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