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25 Sep 2012 - Article No: 1614

del C:\\\\WINDOWS\\system32 Speed Up Instructions - Internet/Facebook Rumour

Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour


Okay, listen up.
When Microsoft was first getting started, they knew they wouldn`t make enough money just from the profits of their operating system. Everybody knows people pirate Windows. So they had to get creative. A guy named Chris Liddel came up with the idea to put a folder called "system32" in the Windows folder that literally slows down your machine--on purpose. "System32" holds 32 GIGABYTES of deleted files, internet history, uninstalled programs, and other worthless crap that intentionally clogs up your machine. Why did they do it? Because Microsoft owns several PC "cleaning" tools, like TuneUp Utilities, Norton Antivirus, etc. More money for them. I`m not cool with that, however. Here`s how to outsmart those assholes once and for all.
Open notepad:
Type the following text:

@echo off
del C:\\WINDOWS\system32

Save as "speedup.bat" (select "all files" instead of "text document")
Double click the .bat file.
Reboot, and your PC is twice as fast. (You didn`t hear it from me)


This message claims to speed up a computer by removing "crap" intentionally put there by Microsoft to cause their users to invest in their tune-up tools.

The message is actually a scam, designed at fooling users into corrupting their computers. Important operating system files and applications are stored in the system32 directory, and if deleted the computer would be rendered inoperable.

Do NOT follow the instructions.



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