Baidu PC Faster is a free PC optimisation, cleanup and maintenance suite.
The program has all the regular speedup tools, with modules to remove junk files, clean the Registry, wipe browser and application histories, control your Windows startup programs, optimise your internet connection, free up system resources, and more.
These modules were of variable quality. The Disk Cleaner found more leftovers than CCleaner on our test PC: impressive. But the "Plugin Cleaner" found a "malicious plugin" that we couldn't even see was on our system. And it didn't tell us where the "plugin" was being used (a browser, Office, something else).
The App Store is a more unusual extra, an easy way to find and install further programs. If you need an Office-type application, for example, you might click the "Business" category, browse to LibreOffice, click "Install", and just wait: Baidu PC Faster will download the latest version and launch its installer for you.
The integrated Virus Scanner is another ingredient you won't find in most maintenance suites. It's not a market leader - AV-Comparative's October 2014 Real World Protection Test gave the Baidu engine a 94.1% protection rate, 15th out of 22 - and wouldn't be our first choice, but it's still useful as a second line scanner.
Bonus extras include a defrag module, file wipe and undelete tools, a context menu editor, LSP repair tool, and more. Some of these are basic, but a few are worth having, including a new tool to turn your PC into a wifi hotspot.
Baidu PC Faster has a few issues. Some modules are rather limited; it's a little intrusive, adding three services to our test PC which were running all the time; and although the English language translation has improved vastly, there's still more to do. (On reboot, a pop-up reminder of files to be cleaned appeared. A list box offered two options, both of them in another character set which we were unable to read.)
Version 188.8.131.52752 (full version history):
- Added scanning and uninstalling features for programs which lack their own uninstaller
- Optimized the interface of the scanning process
- Added a WiFi Hotspot feature—“Send file to Mobile” which can make you send file from PC to mobile.
- Optimized WiFi Hotspot feature to give you a better user experience
Baidu PC Faster is an easy-to-use PC speedup suite with some genuinely effective features. Its tools vary in their quality, though, and you should explore them carefully to find out what works for you, and what really doesn't.