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AppBooster

Editors' Review

by   / August 30, 2010

For PC users, "new computer speed" is like "that new car smell," but how would you feel if your car got slower and slower every time you drove it? Savvy gamers, road warriors, and tech types know the trick of shutting down unneeded stuff to reclaim some of your system's performance, but it's cumbersome at best and too intimidating for most casual users, who are, ironically, the ones who need it the most. Enter AppBooster from Mobile Concepts. It shuts down unneeded applications, processes, services, and Windows Features running on your PC and returns your machine to normal operation when you exit the program.

When we opened AppBooster's colorful interface, a wizard prompted us to create a new profile; you can also edit and delete profiles and create shortcuts to specific programs from this intro page. AppBooster's targeted categories, Device Support, Windows Features, and Applications, each feature five check boxes for deselecting items from the program's shutdown list, as well as good enough explanations and labeling to keep most inexperienced users from going wrong. For instance, we opted not to terminate Office and Browser support under Applications by simply unchecking the appropriate boxes. We like the ability to easily add specific applications to the list, too, as well as the option to test your settings before you save the profile. Clicking Activate initiated AppBooster's system scan, returning graphs and percentages of RAM and CPU power regained. We clicked the system tray icon to deactivate the software, which took about a minute and seemed to restore our machine completely to its previous state.

AppBooster is free, though there's a paid upgrade that adds some features. Activating and deactivating the program takes a while, which makes toggling between modes cumbersome, but AppBooster is all about boosting PC power for a specific use, so it's not such an issue. Though the gains it produced on our fairly new, well-maintained testbed machine weren't huge, they could be significant to mobile users or on an older PC with a lot of software installed.

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Editors' Review

by   / August 30, 2010

For PC users, "new computer speed" is like "that new car smell," but how would you feel if your car got slower and slower every time you drove it? Savvy gamers, road warriors, and tech types know the trick of shutting down unneeded stuff to reclaim some of your system's performance, but it's cumbersome at best and too intimidating for most casual users, who are, ironically, the ones who need it the most. Enter AppBooster from Mobile Concepts. It shuts down unneeded applications, processes, services, and Windows Features running on your PC and returns your machine to normal operation when you exit the program.

When we opened AppBooster's colorful interface, a wizard prompted us to create a new profile; you can also edit and delete profiles and create shortcuts to specific programs from this intro page. AppBooster's targeted categories, Device Support, Windows Features, and Applications, each feature five check boxes for deselecting items from the program's shutdown list, as well as good enough explanations and labeling to keep most inexperienced users from going wrong. For instance, we opted not to terminate Office and Browser support under Applications by simply unchecking the appropriate boxes. We like the ability to easily add specific applications to the list, too, as well as the option to test your settings before you save the profile. Clicking Activate initiated AppBooster's system scan, returning graphs and percentages of RAM and CPU power regained. We clicked the system tray icon to deactivate the software, which took about a minute and seemed to restore our machine completely to its previous state.

AppBooster is free, though there's a paid upgrade that adds some features. Activating and deactivating the program takes a while, which makes toggling between modes cumbersome, but AppBooster is all about boosting PC power for a specific use, so it's not such an issue. Though the gains it produced on our fairly new, well-maintained testbed machine weren't huge, they could be significant to mobile users or on an older PC with a lot of software installed.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0

  • Memory Booster: Prevents swapping during Gameplay to reduce lags by swapping unused memory before starting the Game or Application.
  • Windows Sidebar and Tray-Gadget: For fast access to the Booster Mode and the Booster Profiles a Sidebar Gadget and the optional Tray-Icon are available, which need only a small amount of memory.
  • More Details about unneeded Applications: Each category now contains a detail view with information about uneeded processes. This makes it easier to customize a Booster Profile.
  • Improved User-Interface
  • Large Database Update
  • Desktop Shortcuts now included in the Free Version

General

Publisher Mobile Concepts
Publisher web site http://www.mobileconcepts.de
Release Date November 23, 2010
Date Added November 24, 2010
Version 2.0

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 8.1MB
File Name AppBooster20_Pro_Setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 41,579
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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