- If your PC or Internet feels slower than usual,
- If you are frustrated with your ‘out-of-gear’ notebook,
- If you feel like smashing your PC which cannot play your favorite game,
You do not need to look any further. Auslogics might have a remedy – its award winning Auslogics Boost Speed. It is a complete optimization suite that promises to speed up your PC as well as the internet. I took a look at the product to see if it really delivers what it promise.
The version I reviewed is 184.108.40.206 and following are the minimum requirements to run the software
- Vista/XP/2000/2003 (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
- 32 Mb of RAM
- 50 Mb of available disk space
Installation is straight-forward
The installable is less than 5MB which is pretty good for a feature packed optimization suite. The installation process was very simple and fast as well.
The BoostSpeed configuration options are accessible from the main screen. Start the program and click the Settings link in the top right of the interface. In the popup menu select Program Settings. BoostSpeed uses a simple multi-tabbed dialog box for its configuration.
Take a special note of Rescue Center tab. It shows a list of all BoostSpeed program modules, which can be individually selected and deselected for Rescue Center. Rescue Center basically offers you to make backups of any changes made by the different program modules, so the changes can be undone when desired. Considering my experiences this is a must if you deal with PC optimization. Not all other applications, and even some Windows components behave well if aggressive changes are made to the Windows configuration.
Power packed Features List
BoostSpeed includes more than 18 power packed features which can help you optimize and speed up your PC.
- Speed up your PC
Modify Windows settings, file system and services to greatly increase system performance. Increase startup and shutdown speed, disable annoying CD autorun and error reporting features. BoostSpeed will keep monitoring your system for possible optimizations and let you know if such optimizations are possible. You can also run the System Optimization Wizard to periodically optimize your PC.
- Speed Up Internet
Adjust your PC for faster images, music and software downloads, increased browsing speed and reliable Internet connections. View your download speed and graphs. To gain additional performance boost you can also turn on DNS Optimization.
- Block Banner Advertisements
Tired of annoying banner advertisements accompanying many web sites? Now you can eliminate advertisements and also speed up your Internet browsing with BoostSpeed Banner Killer! You can add your own web sites to the black list to block them from showing their advertisements.
- Keep Disk and Registry Clean
Get rid of junk on the disks and registry of your PC. Remove hazardous and space-wasting files left by untidy programs and crashes of your system. Dramatically increase the performance of your PC by cleaning, optimizing and defragmenting local disks and registry.
- Optimize Memory and Appearance
Badly written applications constantly steal memory without giving it back. That’s why your PC becomes unstable with time and you have to reboot. BoostSpeed automatically frees up computer memory to gain additional performance boost. You can also manually recover memory and clipboard.
- Keep your PC fast and safe
BoostSpeed will detect most of the popular “PC-slowers” – bundle-software (such as eDonkey or Kazaa) which silently download malware and spyware to your computer, taking up internet traffic and slowing down the system. This will also keep your system safe from prying eyes of spyware programs.
- Boost Software Products
BoostSpeed can improve performance of different software products, including Microsoft Office, Internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla), E-mail clients (Outlook, The Bat), MSN Messenger, ICQ, Media Player and others.
- System Optimization Tools
Greatly increase your PC startup speed with Autorun Manager, where you can disable or remove the programs which try to load up when Windows starts up. Force-uninstall unwanted software products which take up space on your computer and slow it down.
- Networks Tools
Keep your connection alive while you’re away, synchronize your computer clock with atomic clock over the Internet, lookup domain names and IP addresses, measure your Internet connection speed. Troubleshoot and improve your Internet connection and local network with an excellent selection of network management tools.
Auslogics, the company behind the BoostSpeed offers e-mail support through a contact form on their website. They claim 1 to 2 day response to technical support issues. The program help function also brings the user to the support website, which contains a number of frequently asked questions with their answers. I would prefer the application to have a local help file (.hlp or .chm), so the user is not stuck when he is without an internet connection, but it seems to have become more common now-a-days to offer everything only online.
At the time of this review, the price for Auslogics BoostSpeed is $29.95 (USD). This is not different from other PC performance software. If you are interested in trying the software, you can download a 15 day trial version that allows you to scan your PC from the Auslogics website.
Auslogics BoostSpeed delivers almost everything it promises. Though BoostSpeed produces similar results as other PC optimizer tools (SpeedUpMyPC, AShampoo, TuneUp Utilities) in respect to performance improvement, I found it really easy to use. Rather than being only a PC optimizer, BoostSpeed is a complete system maintenance tool. And if you know what you are doing you can probably get a little more speed improvement out of the tool using the many tweaks in the tool. Since I already had a high speed internet connection, I could not find much of a difference in terms of Internet speed. But it did speed up my lethargic firefox browser!!
It tweaks Windows to its peak performance, it keeps your PC error free, cleans up registry, it even speeds up network connections. Really a great way to keep your computer clean and optimized.
But even if you just want a simple tool to run every month, BoostSpeed can be used with ease.
Don’t blindly go by my words. Check out these video reviews from CNET and decide for yourself!