Auslogics BoostSpeed is a comprehensive suite of tools that will improve performance in just about every area of your PCs operations.

If your system is slow to boot, for instance, then use the Startup Manager to locate and disable unnecessary Windows startup programs, Explorer extensions and more. BoostSpeed can highlight "dangerous" items, programs it believes may be spyware, for an additional security benefit.

Nothing slows down a PC quite as much as a poorly optimised hard drive, but BoostSpeed makes it easy to get your system back into shape. There are tools to remove junk and leftover files, clear your web, Windows and application histories, and explore your drive to see which folders are consuming the most space. Then the excellent Auslogics Disk Defrag will rearrange your files to deliver the best possible performance.

Of course there are also tools to clean up and then defragment the Registry. As well as a module to speed up your internet connection; you can tweak these settings manually, if you know what you're doing, or let BoostSpeed handle the tricky decisions.

And you get plenty of useful bonus functions that aren't strictly performance-related at all, but they're generally worth having so we're not about to complain. These include modules to undelete files, discover and fix hard drive problems, view system information, securely shred data, or wipe entire hard drives to make sure any personal data they contained has gone forever.

But if browsing all these modules sounds too much like hard work, don't worry, Auslogics have thought of that, too. Launch a System Scan and BoostSpeed will automatically and quickly identify Registry problems, leftover hard drive junk, file fragmentation and more. Then you can have the program fix all these issues in just one click.

Alternatively, System Advisor - added back in version 8.0 - can scan your PC for unwanted programs, surplus services and misconfigured settings, recommending tweaks and automatically applying them on demand.

BoostSpeed also has other key features, in particular its Live Speedup module. A Disk Priority Manager optimises applications in real time, your hard drive is monitored to prevent file fragmentation, while disk and Registry cleanups can now be run automatically.

Elsewhere, a Desktop Protection tool prevents system library errors and reduces system crashes. Privacy improvements include a tool to help detect visits to sites containing adult content. And the latest build brings a host of smaller improvements to enhance the program's effectiveness, fix bugs, improve configurability, and generally ensure it does an even better job of boosting your PCs performance.

What's new in 11 (see changelog for more info)?

- Now it comes with a totally FREE version that lets you clean and optimize PC, and a Pro version with powerful advanced functionality
- Completely redesigned interface that’s as easy to use as a web browser
- Cat Mode to protect PC from pet attacks
- Deep disk cleanup, force removal of unwanted software and many other new features
- Almost every tool in the program has been enhanced and improved
- All previously reported bugs have been resolved.

Verdict

Auslogics BoostSpeed is a comprehensive suite of optimisation tools which is easy for PC novices to use, but also gives Windows experts the manual control they need.