Install or not to install! that is the question!!

@bunnybon7 (37922)
Holiday, Florida
October 6, 2008 10:36am CST
i have a fairly new laptop and almost every day i turn it on it has another popup that says i need to install something for pc performance, etc. today it said i needed to update a new version of Adobe shockwave player. im not pc literate enough to ever know if i should install anything. it worries me if i dont install it and worries me if i do! one time i installed a new java and right after i could not get pogo to work any longer. so, i had to uninstall it and install the older version again. it was a humungus pain so as a result i dont ever install any more. how can i know if i really need these things?
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
6 Oct 08
If it ain't broke don't fix it. If your computer is running good and doing what you want it to then forget all these updates.
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@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Oct 08
thats what i've been doing but its kind of annoying and worrisome when it keeps saying you need updates
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
wow i should look into slave drive. i know every time i download any IM i have problems also. thats why i never IM any more. i figure we got phones if someone wants to talk you want to talk to
• Singapore
7 Oct 08
Hi bunnybon, Here's a rule of thumb you might wish to use. Only install something "on demand". If you feel you NEED this, then install it. Otherwise, why bother putting an white elephant in your computer? Updates are fine, once you have the programs already there, then updates just fixed issues in the previous version of the programs you have already installed. Shockwave is useful to have so you can install that. As for the one for pc performance, I don't know which you are referring to. But yes, there are such programs around that help you tweak your PC's performance. If you find your computer slow, you may wish to try them. Cheers!
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@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
its not slow. so maybe i should not worry and try the update for shockwave i guess
@Beruang (1309)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 08
Most new software nowadays come with auto update functionality and it will check the internet for a new version of the programs whenever you are connected to the internet. It is safe to go ahead and install the update but please make sure that you have read all the instructions carefully so that you do not mess anything up on your computer. Once in a while when you are browsing the internet, and if you do not use any pop up blocker on your web browser, there will be screens popping up asking you to install or download this and that. Be careful with those things since they can virus or bad stuffs that could cripple your computer or give access to your data to hackers. So, if it is not related to the programs that you have, then just close it. It is good to make a list of the programs and their versions for easy reference when asked to upgrade. Cheers!
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@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Oct 08
thats a good idea. i should make a list of whats installed. thanks
@essytssy (125)
• India
6 Oct 08
I can understand how difficult it will be for a beginner. I appreciate your patience Bunny. Actually you need to install Adobe shock wave player. This will help you to view online videos. Most of the software have to be updated. so I recommend you to install best anti virus software and do updates regularly which will prevent the harmful things and makes laptop as your best friend. me too start using the computer similar way, now I am proud to be an software engineer. ALL THE BEST. TAKE CARE
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@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Oct 08
great. but do they charge you for this software? it never says.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I panic over all the warnings microsoft throws up. "warning: Are you sure you want to - " or "warning, this page contains -blah blah I never know what to do with those updates either. Especially for programs i didn't even know I had. Sometimes, I think it's only another way to get info from us, they trace our usage of their program with their updates. I guess I'm paranoid. travel lightly anawar
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@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Oct 08
me to. i think your right. im paranoid also.
@swerdna (117)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yr best bet is if you don't know what yr doing, don't install. And if you get the spyware/adware/virus scan pop-ups, NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER install, unless you feel like reinstalling all the original software after it crashes.
@swerdna (117)
• United States
7 Oct 08
that's if you have windows. if you have ubuntu (linux OS) installing is just fine. In fact, I suggest you get ubuntu anyway and install that. If you have anything saved, like songs, pix, etc, save them to some other media, then install ubuntu. I've had it for about 4 months on my laptop and NO headaches, no viruses (even though I've downloaded A LOT of music and movies)
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@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
very good advice. i do have windows
@swerdna (117)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Another thing in ubuntu's favor is it's ABSOLUTELY FREE. It was created as a big F-U to Bill Gates & Microsoft. Considering they're already gearing up to release a new version of Windows, rendering Vista obsolete, I'd go with ubuntu. When they (ubuntu) have updates, it automatically finds them online and asks you if you want to install them, you don't have to send Mr. Gates a bunch of money just to keep yr computer working...
• India
7 Oct 08
Heheeh.. I have a simple policy. If my lappie wants to install something, I just allow it. I have great faith in its ability to know what it needs. Honestly, I am no techie, and I really dunno about all these things. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
• Singapore
7 Oct 08
On demand installation is cool but I don't quite get where that pc performance tweak would be an on demand program.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
thats what i worry about. is it from the pc or from outside force
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Oct 08
i feel the same way. i am very limited to what i do on my computer. that'smy fault, i just enjoy what i do & don't have to have all this z-tra stuff. it's fine if u want it. i don't ever know whether to download or not so i usually don't.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Oct 08
yep thats what i usually do. just not download it.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
7 Oct 08
thanks for the info. greetings from tennesse.
@marina321 (4561)
8 Oct 08
You should install any Microsoft Windows Updates because some are security patches and are required for any new threats.. Not installing it may leave your PC vulnerable. Any others you can decide whether or not to.. I have an anti-virus software provided by my ISP which alerts me when any program or software is trying to connect to the internet and I decide whether or not to allow or block it as some need regular software updates and I do it when I am using the particular program.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Oct 08
yes your probably right about that particular one
@shana123 (2096)
• India
7 Oct 08
Hey bunny Even im not a computer savvy , i dont even know why these pop ups are coming on lol, i sometimes done this and i dont know whether it really harmed my pc or not.. adobe is needed so you can update , i dont think it will harm your pc .
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
thanks everyone says its ok so i'll try it
@avrooi (22)
• Namibia
7 Oct 08
Pop-up messages is usually dangerous, as they can contain virusses and worms. Don't try to install anything except if it's something that you need. Also try to get a good antivirus program installed on your laptop to prevent virusses sneaking into your system and corrupting and making it slower.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
just what i've been worried about. thanks
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
7 Oct 08
It depends.When you open any application it will ask you that a new version is available.would you like to update?if you say no the application will still run.If the version becomes very old the application will stop running and ask you to install the new version.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
now that really makes sense to me.
@takezero (48)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Personally, I prefer to keeping all my software up to date and trying new one from time to time. It gives me chance to enjoy latest features and better experience. Take Internet Explorer, it is ok for IE7 to open multiple tabs inside one window, while IE6 can only open one webpage in it. If you choose not ot update the IE to version 6, it means that you will have to open quite a few windows when you surf the internet, which is, of course, not that convenient. Some people worry that unfamiliar software may not be compatible to their system and might contain bugs. I have to admit that this is partly true; however, there are always risks to try new things. And something can be done to avoid these troubles, you can choose standard rather than beta version of your new software and take a little time to see how others comment on it. After all, new things are always worth a shot.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
thats a reasonable thought.
• China
7 Oct 08
do not install any pack or update program in you computer if you can assure the security, it might be a computer virus.....I am a victim of such things.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
exactly what i worry about happening
• India
7 Oct 08
If the computer is asking for the update, it means that it really needs it. Some updates provide me features such as less memory consumption and can range upto some features like removal of malicious and potentially unwanted programs. But as ofcourse you are the user, so its upto you to decide wether you should take the update or no. I would sugest let the pc update on its own and if it causes problem, you can always uninstall it.
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
thanks. good advice from a guy that seems to know pcs
7 Oct 08
Hi bunnybon7, My LapTop is only five months old and I don't know much about all that stuff so my husband sees to it all the time because he use my LapTop in the morning, well he bought it for me and we both use it so he does everything thats needs doing so I don't have to worry about it. Could not ask someone who knows? Love and Hugs. Tamara
@bunnybon7 (37922)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Oct 08
you are very lucky to have him.