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PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer

CNET Editors' review

We test a lot of programs, but it's rare that we like one enough to keep it. But PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer has become a permanent fixture and our go-to program for keeping our computer running on all cylinders. However, it's not for newbies.

This program installs with two interfaces: a wizard and the main layout; both sleek and intuitive. Using the wizard, we were quickly able to find and fix registry errors, free up hard disk space, remove browsing traces, and optimize our disk drive. Our only complaint is that it's all or nothing with the wizard: You can't view any of the registry items it finds before they're deleted; not good. However, the main interface lets you view the registry search results so you can see what should and shouldn't be deleted. After that, we were able to easily perform a quick performance check and individually tweak our registry, hard disk space, and so on. We especially liked the program's AutoPilot Scheduling feature, which lets you schedule regular performance tweaks. It was all so easy that we didn't even need to consult the searchable Help feature, but it's there if you need it.

PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer has a 15-day trial period. It left behind a folder after uninstallation. Although this program is easy to use--actually, because it's easy to use--we don't recommend it for novices. Messing around with your registry is serious business, even for advanced users. Used with caution, though, it's an excellent PC optimization tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "? ? ? ? ?"

    June 12, 2011  |   By a_la_n

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 116

    Pros

    Great! Lots of features, more user (and safer) choices if you change options from the wizard mode which gives very limited choices when used- it is easy though!

    Cons

    few. boot time defragment would be useful. Wizard cleaning may be a bit aggressive for some as installed and could be toned down a bit.

    Summary

    Try it. I think you'll like it- I did!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Neat, superb and wonderful."

    April 1, 2011  |   By Peque1920

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 116

    Pros

    everthing.

    Cons

    nothing at all.

    Summary

    I love it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It does nothing for my computor"

    September 7, 2010  |   By msddesigns

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 116

    Pros

    Nothing it does not work

    Cons

    Can I have my $29.95 back? It does not work!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy to use and fast"

    September 3, 2010  |   By heelsea

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 116

    Pros

    navigation on home page is easy and instructions are clear and operation is speedy. seems to do a good job

    Cons

    have not found any yet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Several tools in one place"

    July 27, 2010  |   By colonsegur

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 116

    Pros

    Very good defrager ( same as in PerfectDisk I assume ), other features not equally good, but good enough for me.

    Cons

    Tweaking area can have more tweaks

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is an amazing piece of "one click" software!"

    March 5, 2010  |   By sysmechpro8positive

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 116

    Pros

    This is from the same company that makes PerfectDisk - even Microsoft rates it as the best defrag software. Perfect Speed not only cleans up registry but also defrags and reclaims wasted file space.

    Cons

    The tweaking portion does not offer enough (but it is just a free throw-in)

    Summary

    It is well worth the money to buy it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Confusing Interface; Uncertain Result"

    January 29, 2010  |   By wallacemann

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0 build 114

    Pros

    It offers a lot of features

    Cons

    I'm not sure how well it performs. The interface is definitely confusing. It keeps wanting to monitor my computer.

    Summary

    I installed it. I used it for about a week. I hated it. Based just on my experience, I would give it 1 star. But I lost patience with it and uninstalled it after a week of trial, so to give it the benefit of the doubt, I rated it 3 stars.

    Other programs detected registry errors that PerfectSpeed did not detect. PerfectSpeed is very slow to run. What's more, it installs monitoring software. If there is anything I do not need, it's more little monitor programs to slow my PC down. It's VERY confusing to run. I think they designed it with the idea that you set it up, it runs in the background, and you forget about it. I didn't want more junk running in the background. When you fire it up, there is no very clear button that says "RUN ME NOW". There a lots of little drop-downs and widgets and things and you have to discover the "actions" drop downs to get it to do stuff. Once running, there's only a tiny little indication that it's running at all.

    Originally, I got it for disk compaction. My defrag software, which I liked, did not compact the free space. This program does some compaction, which is nice. But instead of putting up with it, I decided to keep my current defrag software for defrag and combine it with the default Windows XP defrag, which does a terrible job at defrag but which actually does a very good job at compaction.

    This could be completely circumstantial, but I'll include it in case others report something similar. If nobody else mentions this, I ignore it. Right after I installed PerfectSpeed, my system became slow to the point of unstable. Application took forever to open. Firefox complained that some unstable add-in had been installed and suggested that I disable it. I'm not sure that PerfectSpeed caused this, but when I install something and my system gets funky, I don't waste a lot of time diagnosing it. I un-install and move on.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Product"

    November 20, 2009  |   By AAB26

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0

    Pros

    stable, reliable, very kind on the CPU and RAM

    Cons

    Even though it has a sleek UI but the program may be too complex to beginners

    Summary

    saying that Raxco has a good defragmentation tool is like saying that google is a good search engine.

    Really this program has the best HDD optimizer and it's alone worth the 29.99 USD. I know that smart defrag is good and other products but this one is a different league.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not really impresed"

    October 11, 2009  |   By ChewieUK

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0

    Pros

    Cleans what it tells you.

    Cons

    PerfectSpeed does not offer you a list of possible changes, merely makes them and shows you what it's done afterward.
    Cleaning browser cache and cookies requires reboot.

    Summary

    As a fan of Perfectdisk, I was willing to give PerfectSpeed a chance, despite Kaspersky blocking access to the setup file. I should learn to trust Kaspersky more often.

    There are a myriad of cleaning tools out there; some are good and others aren't so great. PerfectSpeed might well perform well but it's not free while more capable software is.

    First, let me say I only ran the registry cleaner and started the history cleaner tool.
    While the registry cleaner seemed to work, it deleted entries without asking me to verify them first. OK, there are people that don't understand some of the inner workings of Windows but that's no reason to not offer a veto on any proposed action - especially when we're talking about making changes that could break Windows or cause software to malfunction.

    The next item I tried was the history cleaner but I didn't actually run it to see how good it is because the options to clean browser cache and cookies require a reboot.
    Yep, this program requires you to reboot your machine to do something that all other programs of this type can manage without doing so.
    You can clear out your cache in Internet Properties in Control Panel without logging off or even closing Internet Explorer, let alone rebooting.

    It was at this point that I uninstalled the program and went back to CCleaner.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Most complete optimizing software I've used."

    August 30, 2009  |   By 48av8r

    Version: PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer 2.0

    Pros

    I particularly like the Defragmenter. The duplicate file feature is very useful.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative about this product.

    Summary

    This program is much more robust and has many more features and options than the Rx Suite. I also like the fact that it's Microsoft certified. It's a one-stop PC clean up machine.

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