Review: Achieve a frustration-free PC solution with Jumpshot

This Kickstarter idea automates PC troubleshooting and cleaning, to help reduce headaches.

Dubbing itself "a new weapon to battle PC frustration," Jumpshot is a fully-automated solution to PC troubleshooting. Getting Jumpshot to run is easy: just download and run the setup file at Web site (Jumpshot.com). You can also get the file via USB stick featuring three Jumpshot mascots. The USB is a nice touch with some space to spare (We got the 8GB model!) in case you want to back up a couple of vital files. Of course you can always use your own thumb drive. You will still be required to be connected to the Internet for Jumpshot's service to work. After the initial setup, your computer will need to be rebooted; this is known as "Sedation." Essentially this will put your PC into Jumpshot's custom Linux environment where it can perform the next step, spotting issues and removing them.

After connecting to the service, your part is done; just let Jumpshot run automatically while you do other work. Addicted to the Internet? No problem, Jumpshot has a basic Web browser built in for you to play with -- great for basic Web surfing such as reading texts and working on e-mails but it won't play most video or stream content (Sorry, no Netflix or YouTube yet!). The idea is to have you go about your day and come back to a clean(er) PC.

On our test case, a Windows 7 laptop, Jumpshot was able to deactivate almost 80 percent of these add-ons and performed some essential Windows' Update. The program was able to disable these startup services but at the same time left the files available on the machine. The things we noticed that it left untouched were the bundled anti-virus, manufacturer's recommended Internet search, and home page. This is understandable considering that not having an AV is a security risk while browser behaviors are built in to the internal settings and are harder to remove minus the user's direct input.

In conclusion, Jumpshot's performance exceeded our expectations. The service consistently removed 80-90 percent of adware, malware, and other PC annoyances I've thrown at it. The leftover files will still irk, but could be overlooked as PC usability is restored. Although not yet capable of replacing a human IT, Jumpshot will continue to improve through its social/cloud-based network, learning from user feedback. With a $20 fee for one-time use, it can still be cheaper and easier than bringing your PC to a repair shop. It can also save some time and get family members out of your hair for a while. Note: Jumpshot can diagnose software problems but will not assist you with hardware trouble. Check out the long review here.

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