PC Booster

  spuds 11:04 18 Jul 2009

PCA have a speedtest within the forum, which links to a product called PC Booster. Trying the link it connects to various offers, 'bonus' programs and discounts which appear to perhaps expire this evening, with a then full payment requirement for the main programs.

As anyone used PC Booster/ Modem Booster and the other products, and if so, what are your comments!.

And is there a possible alternative selection of similar 'boost' program for a consumer!.

  rdave13 20:25 18 Jul 2009

To be honest, spuds, tried these type of programs before. As well as 'boosters' there are 'optimising' and 'care' programs as well. For me they are a waste of time. By the time you realise you aren't getting any better results you've wasted valuable time. Sometimes they can create problems you can't figure out.
Four programs I use to keep my PC happy are
ATF cleaner; click here

Cleanup!; click here

Regscrubvistaxp; click here

And Auslogics defrag. Don't download the 'booster' program just the basic defragger if you tend to use; click here .
Just my opinion though.

  GaT7 01:07 19 Jul 2009

I'm with rdave13.

A little extra RAM (if you must spend money on anything!) can help, & doing a few DIY housekeeping tasks are usually the best practices.

MyDefrag click here (formerly JKdefrag click here), seems better than anything I've ever used before, & is freeware. G

  GaT7 01:18 19 Jul 2009

Some 'Tips and tricks' from the MyDefrag website click here...

* Many users start looking for
defragmentation/optimization programs when their computer becomes slow. The main reason for a slow computer is a full hard disk. A full hard disk is slow because the distance between files is greater than on a fresh practically empty hard disk. Deleting half the data on a full disk will just about double the speed. The more free disk space, the faster your computer will be.

* Buy a second hard disk (for example an USB hard disk) and move little used stuff from your primary hard disk to that secondary hard disk. The second disk can also be used for backing up the primary disk.

* When buying a new computer, buy the biggest hard disk you can afford. Investing in a bigger hard disk gives more speed-per-dollar than investing in a faster CPU or investing in more memory.

* Cleanup old junk from your hard disk before running MyDefrag.

* It's easy to cleanup old system files with for example "Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup", or with something like the freeware CCleaner program.

* Reboot before running MyDefrag. This will release files that are in use, so they can be
defragmented and optimized.

* Boot into Windows safe mode by pressing F8 when booting, and then run MyDefrag. It will be slower because the Windows disk cache is off in safe mode, but MyDefrag will be able to process (a few) more files.

* Stop your real time virus scanner before running MyDefrag. Virus scanners check all disk activity, making defragmentation and optimization very slow.

* Move the swap file to another volume, reboot, defragment, and move the swap file back. If you don't have a second volume then temporarily make the swap file small, for example 100Mb.

* Package unused files with a packager such as 7-zip. The packaged file not only takes less hard disk space, but will also defragment and optimize much faster than the individual files. Note: This does not apply to Windows NTFS compression, which will actually make defragmentation and optimization slower.

* The first partition on a hard disk is significantly faster than other partitions. Try to use other partitions only for data that is used less often, such as music, movies, archives, backups, log files.

* If you have 2 physical hard disks of the same speed, then place the pagefile on the first partition of the second hard disk.

...if you'd like to do a bit more fine tuning :-). G

  birdface 09:47 19 Jul 2009

Just to be different I use Winaso Optimizer[free] it only repairs 10 items at a time.And I find it helps speed up my computer when it is running a bit slow.It also does an automatic back up.
Speed up Internet Explorer,Use IE7 pro add-on makes a big difference when Browsing.

  spuds 16:41 19 Jul 2009

Thanks for the responses everyone.

I was just a little curious about the PC Booster and PC Modem Booster programs, and if anyone had taken up the special offer (finished at midnight!) via the PCA link.The write-ups in the link wbsite seem to give a fairly good story (don't they all)about the products, including the offer of a refund. Plus there was also the option of a download or optional cd-rom (£6.95 handling charge). The rest of the offer was 50% off until midnight!.

One computer that I use is mainly for trying out beta or freeware programs, which if any good are then transfered to other units (who said curiousity never killed the cat!). Over the years, quite a number of 'try-outs' have been attempted, and I must agree that most of the 'booster' and 'repair' programs require a lot of convincing as to their worth while and actual capabilities. At present I have been trial running Ashampoo WinOptimizer, Advance System Care (Use to be called AWC) and Tune-Up Faciliies, plus a number of Registry and defrag programs like Eusing, Smart Defrag etc.All seem to have their good or bad points.

The one thing that I have noticed with some of these programs, is that they can find the same faults even after repair, so I wonder, if false-positives are part and parcel of some makers products!.

Thanks again for the responses, will now tick as resolved, unless someone as further to add on this subject.

  spuds 16:52 19 Jul 2009

Forgot to mention that I am looking at some of the download links for possible checking, and have already downloaded My Defrag for comparison to Smart Defrag already installed.

Thanks again everyone for the input.

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