There's more than one way to speed up a slow PC. For instance, you can upgrade your hardware by adding more RAM or a faster hard disk. You can remove a lot of your programs or reinstall Windows entirely. Or you can try a program like SpeedItup Free, a free tool for tweaking, cleaning, and boosting PCs, especially older and slower units. It works automatically in the background to recover memory resources, clean system caches, and erase browsing traces. Its Super Defrag tool is supposed to optimize hard disks, improving performance by up to 150 percent, according to its developer.
SpeedItup Free essentially bundles three tools with automatic scheduling and other options, and its colorful, compact interface has three tabs for the three tools. The first tool, SpeedItup, offers four processes, each with a check box: Windows Optimization, Ram Booster, Internet Cleanup, and HardDisk SpeedUp. The other two tabs access the Internet Cleanup and HardDisk SpeedUp tools individually. A large speedometer dial dominates the interface. The program's only options cover automatic startup and operation, plus the ability to delete tracking cookies and select Firefox, IE, Opera, and Chrome for cleaning. The Help button called up a page summarizing what the program does in sketchy detail; for instance, it "first optimizes your windows settings" to boost performance. We can think of lots of ways to do that, and we'd like to know what's being changed, but SpeedItup doesn't share that information. But its RAM booster and tweaks caused no fuss. The disk defrag tool notes that the first pass can take 5 minutes to 3 hours but that subsequent passes are quicker. Ours took less than an hour.
SpeedItup offers to download another of the company's system cleaners, which is fairly typical since the company's in business to sell software. We have no problem with ad-supported freeware, nags, or ad pop-ups (SpeedItup's pop-up is mild by comparison) as long as the program does what it claims without a trial period or requiring you to buy anything. SpeedItup does what it claims. One point, speed demons: Never run Super Defrag, or any disk defragmenting tool (even the Windows defragger) on a solid-state drive (SSD). SSDs don't need defragging, and it just wears them out faster.