Soluto

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Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 107 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.3.1024
File Size:
1.44MB
Date Added:
October 29, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
137,961
Downloads Last Week:
378
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

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Editors' review

Soluto is an unusual program. This "Anti-Frustration Software" analyzes your system and compares its findings with an online knowledge base that proposes solutions to various performance bottlenecks. It focuses on three areas: Chop Boot, which reduces your startup time; Lighten Web Browser, which shows you how to speed up your surfing by optimizing your Web browser; and Heal Crashes, which tries to fix any problems causing programs to crash.

Installing Soluto requires a reboot, during which it analyzes your system's boot process and looks for improvements. Soluto's animated graphics and flow-based layout give it a feel somewhat reminiscent of Windows Media Center. It identified three categories of startup entries, displayed in expandable, proportional, color-coded sections on a hierarchical line. The first section, "No-brainer," listed four apps that we could remove from the boot process right away. One was our backup software, which we preferred not to change. However, the other entries listed recommendations to pause or delay an item during startup, based on what other users had done. We were more circumspect with the 10 apps listed in the "Potentially removable" section, which the program says is for advanced users. We made a few changes but mostly left these programs alone, which the program recommended, too. By far the largest section is startup entries that Soluto can't change--yet--and also programs that shouldn't be changed, such as antivirus software.

Soluto's online database grows over time as more users report their findings. We can see how it could help guide inexperienced users in choosing what to boot and what to skip. The browser tool identified 4 add-ons we could remove and 11 others we could potentially remove. We disabled a few, though most were there for a reason. The Heal Crashes tool correctly noted that our system had not crashed recently but offered to help fix it if it did. For inexperienced users with crash-prone systems, this could be a useful tool.

Soluto's interface bears a "beta" label, but we had no trouble using the program. While it made few drastic changes to our system, and thus no drastic improvements, it did a fine job of analyzing our system's potential weak points and proposing tested solutions. If your system takes too long to start or it's slow and balky, give Soluto a try. Someone might have already proposed a solution to your problem.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 107 votes

    • 5 star: 54
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2 stars

    "Uh..what.. again cnet isnt what it used to be.."

    November 21, 2013   |   By spiky84

    Version: Soluto 1.3.1352

    Pros

    Dont know installed but havent used.

    Cons

    Not told that it would link with companies website without permission, and upload computer info, only told that it required a reboot, also not told that I would be asked to join companies website and that they would try to force feed me the payed version?

    Summary

    this yet again cnet?, if your going to list the program description, please do so properly, it says that it keeps a database of info from its users..BUT no where in the description page did it say that it would automatically link up with the companies website and upload my computers data and inner workings to it, if I wanted my data and info(personal/data) immediatley accessable to a 2nd/3rd party that I dont know.. I would not be fixing it myself, and I do not like the idea of it immediatley happening without asking permission, as I do not yet know if the site and company are trustworthy!... ALSO it does not say anywhere that the company will try to get you to join their site.. and that if you do visit it, it will constantly try to get you to upgrade!( is this a trial listed as free yet again?)

    I used to go to cnet for everything.. with each download I get more and disenchanted with this website.

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  • 4 stars

    "Cured slow boot times on all my computers"

    August 20, 2013   |   By ribbie149

    Version: Soluto 1.3.1352

    Pros

    Especially useful to correct slow boot times. Delayed start option on non-essential boot items is really a great tool. I cut my boot time on my old Comapaq V5000 laptop down from over 5 minutes to under 3 minutes. Incidentally, you can solve your slow Avast boot time by going into settings>troubleshooting in the Avast program and disabling the rootkit scan on boot. You can also set a delayed start for Avast in the same area, although that did not cut much time off of the boot for the program.

    Cons

    Results seem to fluctuate from boot to boot. This may actually be occurring, but I do not have the expertise to know for sure if this is normal.

    Summary

    Nice program that has solved a major boot time problem for me.

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