When computers run short of memory, the best solution is to add more RAM. But if your PC is already maxed out on memory modules, you can use software to free up resources and improve your system's performance. There are several ways to free up system memory. Rizone Memory Booster uses the simple but effective technique of making regular Windows API calls to tell the operating system to clean up running processes, freeing up system memory in the process. Its automatic mode cleans your system memory at regular intervals determined by the software, but you can configure the program's interval as well as disable the automatic flushing process and run the tool manually as needed.
Memory Booster is portable freeware that runs as soon as it's opened, so we saved the program's executable to a directory of our choice and clicked it. Memory Booster's interface is simple but cleanly designed, with a green bar graph displaying RAM usage and color-coded spectral graphs showing Memory Statistics and CPU Usage; a key list displays all resources and values. The graphs aren't large, and it can be a bit hard to distinguish resources, but it clearly shows spikes in use for specific resources. The program has two controls, Optimize and Defrag, plus a button opening an Options sheet that let us configure how often the program optimizes our system's memory, to play an audible alert, and to start with Windows. Although this is a simple tool, it packs a full Help file.
As we noted, Memory Booster does its thing as soon as it runs, showing its boosting action in a green progress bar at the bottom of the interface. It counts down the time between optimizations in the bottom edge of the window, and even displays the current time. Our test system has 8 GB of RAM, so we opened all kinds of programs and files at once to give it a challenge. While Memory Booster made little difference in our system's performance, we could clearly see its actions in its displays. We recommend it to all users whose systems need a boost.
Before you think "Not another Memory Booster / Optimizer", Rizonesoft Memory Booster is not just another Memory Booster. And yes, I know that many software companies claim that they have the solution to never upgrading memory again. First of all, most of these companies are full of it, most of them rely on the placebo effect, this is, if you think it is going to work, it will. Also, most of them will try and optimize your system by forcing memory out of RAM. Rizonesoft Memory Booster does not run on the placebo memory optimization engine and will not force any memory out of your RAM. It will however make a safe Windows API call that tells Windows to clean up the workspace of all processes thus freeing up any memory, processes no longer needs (Clear Processes Working Set). It will do this periodically to help improve the speed and the stability of your system. Keep in mind that this method will not free up a big amount of RAM, but instead will, as previously stated, improve the stability and performance of your computer. This will also cure memory leaks and in some cases has been able to unfreeze programs. Because it uses a Windows API call, you know that it is safe to run. Memory booster will now also force processes trying to hog all your processor power to calm down a little. It will scan all open processes; when a process with a priority of above normal is found, it will set it to normal. In turn this will free up some needed processing power.
What's new in this version:
- Processor and Memory icons added.
- Force malicious processes to behave function.
- Removed the useless menu.
- Better support for Windows 8 and 8.1
- Documentation and about pages.
- The status bar is in view now on Windows 8