PcBoost


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 33 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.9.23.2013
File Size:
4.78MB
Date Added:
August 12, 2013
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $14.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
72,976
Downloads Last Week:
29
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

We've seen plenty of tools that promise to boost your PC's speed, but like the proverbial bear in the woods, some do and some don't. PCBoost promises to boost your PC's speed, too, and it has some options and displays that can help you do that, up to a point. It's shareware, though you can try it for free for 30 days. It's affordable, but it doesn't do more than many free system optimizers, and actually does less than others. It claims to exert control over how your PC prioritizes processor resources, "accelerating" (prioritizing) some programs over others. Many common programs that don't benefit from acceleration are already included on a block list that you can add apps to.

Our first hint that PCBoost might not be much of a bargain came when we opened the user interface and saw the pixelated edge of the CPU usage display. We clicked View and Change Settings, but there's only one control, a Processor performance settings slider with four stops plus a checkbox to run apps on the fastest core available in multicore CPUs. We could Save or Reset our choices or open the Help file. To its credit, PCBoost's Help file explains much of how the tool works in detail, including the Advanced settings, most significant among them being the Application block list and how to add programs to keep them from being accelerated. But Windows already lets you prioritize for programs or background services and shows CPU use in greater detail. There's a benchmarking tool, but it's not much more useful than the Windows Experience Index.

This raises an important point: PCBoost will be most effective in older, more basic Windows installations that lack the tweaks built into newer versions like Windows 7, and in older machines that have been poorly maintained or never optimized. In particular, gamers struggling to squeeze every drop of speed from an old sparkbox should give it a look. If it boosts your PC, buy it. If not, try another tool. But if you already have Windows' Advanced System Settings and Performance Information and Tools, give them a look, too.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PCBoost 4.4.1.2013.

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  • All Versions:

    2.8

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 14
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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    Results 1-10 of 29

  • 1 stars

    "SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    June 10, 2014   |   By nuttymaster1

    Version: PcBoost 4.9.23.2013

    Pros

    BIG FAT ZERO!!!!

    Cons

    These guys trick you into downloading,and in order to fix any issues you have to buy!!! Screw that, way too many FREE programs out there>>>DONT D/L this,you'll be wasting your time!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    NOT GOOD, the ceo needs checked!

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  • 1 stars

    "It's good, but it's not that good."

    October 16, 2011   |   By wen1985

    Version: PcBoost 4.10.17.2011

    Pros

    It does boost your PC

    Cons

    It doesn't your PC to its top performance. Besides that, it's not uer-friendly.

    Summary

    It's not that good.

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  • 2 stars

    "No Discernible Difference In Speed"

    July 23, 2011   |   By ritchie58

    Version: PcBoost 4.7.18.2011

    Pros

    Very easy to configure. No problem installing or uninstalling.

    Cons

    Nag screen during trial. Possible suspicious behavior encountered (see Bottom-line summary for details).

    Summary

    This software might benefit someone with an older, slower PC but I did not detect any noticeable increase in the performance of my software. I noticed a slow down during boot up which is understandable as I had it as a start up program. The pop up nag screen to purchase a license was annoying but what troubled me the most to the point where I uninstalled it was the program was repeatedly attempting to access my firewall's memory which was disconcerting. Maybe I just needed to add my Comodo firewall to it's exclusion list but that was the final straw to get rid of it.

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  • 2 stars

    "I use Advanced Windows care, I saw no pluses in this program."

    May 09, 2008   |   By dragonelf2

    Version: PcBoost 3.5.5.2008

    Cons

    It offered nothing I couldn't achieve with freeware.

    I've already deleted the progeam.

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  • 1 stars

    "Made no difference"

    April 08, 2008

    Version: PcBoost 3.4.7.2008

    Cons

    constant pop up asking me to register. a lmost impossible to uninstal due to several pop ups nag screens. This software is best avoided

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  • 1 stars

    "I've done some test with 3DMark and found no differences"

    March 17, 2008   |   By yduuz

    Version: PcBoost 3.3.17.2008

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  • 4 stars

    "Cool"

    January 29, 2008   |   By thesonicguy

    Version: PcBoost 3.1.1.2008

    Pros

    Speed's up the CPU on "HIGH".

    Cons

    "REALTIME" Will crash my PC.

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  • 3 stars

    "Just a suggestion for the publisher, PGWARE"

    September 05, 2007   |   By goldengreeke

    Version: PcBoost 3.9.3.2007

    Pros

    All your apps work pretty well on pc's with 512 MB of memory or less. I have a test pc like that, which I never upgraded, and all five of your products that I have tried helped performance quite a bit,(GameGain, PcBoost, PcMedik, SuperRam, and Throttle). I have a higher end pc with two gigs of memory, and your products did nothing that I could notice, however. Why not combine all your products into one super application, raise the price, and I think you would have a product with a force to be reckened with. I like your free trial, and I am happy they work with Vista.

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  • 2 stars

    "Step on up - BUDGET PC OWNERS! The Price is right! "

    April 19, 2007   |   By curtisb3000

    Version: PcBoost 3.1.15

    Pros

    This product may help you, but for me it's just eye candy on your desktop to MAKE YOU THINK IT'S DOING SOMETHING IT'S NOT!

    Cons

    PGWARE I think is targeting a niche group of computer users that don't want to spend money on CREDIBLE software makers in exchange for the ILLUSION that they are doing something for their pc when very little is being actually done. Gamegain is okay, but I have tried nearly every product they have and I don't recommend them for high end pc users and moderate range pc users. Only those with budget pc's may notice a difference.

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  • 5 stars

    "fixed security problems I had"

    November 28, 2005   |   By newsguy09

    Version: PcBoost 3.10.3

    Pros

    This is a great little util that runs in the background. It's made my photoshop and video editing proggies work without any hitch. For those of us that need every little bit of cpu power like gamers and video/photo editors this is a great little prog.

    Cons

    Too basic and it's hard to see if the trial is worth it without purchase.

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