A relatively new Web-based service we've seen more of lately is the driver maintenance site, a Web site that, for a fee, will scan your computer, identify incorrect or out-of-date drivers, and install the proper ones from a vast database of hardware and software drivers. One of them is PC Pitstop, which is both software and a Web site, www.pcpitstop.com. The visually intense site is both a storefront and a portal to forums, newsletters, and other information. It offers numerous free scans for various PC-related issues, all of which seem to lead to the same conclusion: you should get out your credit card.
To use PC Pitstop's services, you need to download Driver Alert, its free scanner tool. Driver Alert probes your system and returns a daunting list of fusty old drivers that simply can't cut it anymore. They're slowing down the team and need to be cut from the roster and replaced with vendor-fresh drivers. PC Pitstop can do that for you, and keep on doing it regularly, for a fee. Whether it's worth it or not depends on your PC maintenance skills, how much trouble you're having, and how much your time is worth.
Since nearly every PC has a few driver-related issues and many users lack the time or skill needed to update or reinstall their drivers, these sites make a good deal of sense for some. PC Pitstop is better than most of its competition. With all such sites, though, it's best to double-check their work yourself.
Driver Alert makes it easy, by matching the latest drivers to your system. The Driver Alert Notification Service will keep you abreast of the driver status of your PCs through the comfort of your inbox. Driver Alert now features DriverMatic technology that standardizes the packaging of the drivers, so that a new driver can be installed with the click of a button. No more reading README.TXT or installation instructions. Just click on the button, and Driver Alert takes care of the rest. Now that drivers have been standardized, you can also automatically keep your drivers up to date in the background. Version 2.0 features DriverMatic technology.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.0 features DriverMatic technology.