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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 15, 2013

Boost enhances your PC's performance by applying targeted cleaning and intelligent tweaking to your system, programs, and processes. Boost's Basic and Advanced modes make it suitable for a wide range of users, and its changes are easily undone, if necessary. But Boost's ability to analyze and apply specific tweaks and fixes means it can usually find something to improve even in the best-kept systems. Boost is free to try for seven days, though you can extend the trial by another seven days by supplying your e-mail address.

Boost's setup wizard includes several steps and numerous options, though it offers clear explanations at each step, and nearly every option can be changed, easily, later on. Are you a Power User? Boost offers an Advanced mode for users who check a box attesting to their expertise. The program's user interface rated our system's performance at 49 percent and displayed a Meh icon (halfway between Sad and Happy face icons) and noted its Strengths and Stability issues, including Windows not updated in nine days (none had been available). The information was clear and easy to read, although we still aren't sure what the 49 percent was in reference to, although we assume it means 49 percent of its maximum performance. We could also view our system's CPU, Disk, and Memory performance on graphs. Settings include stuff like Always On Top and Auto Boost (disabled by default). We could also configure Allowed and Blocked programs, a nice touch to have more general control over your system.

We clicked the "Boost" button. A pop-up notice informed us that Boost made no permanent system change, to restart to undo Boost, and included other notifications. Clicking "Start" began the actual boosting process. Clicking "View Details" let us see what Boost did: problematic services blocked, critical hooked programs blocked, processes intelligently boosted (CPU affinity and dynamic tuning) programs decluttered, and file clutter removed. We could click Boost's tray icon to re-boost our system on demand. Did Boost boost our already healthy system? It seemed to, though if your system is older or slower to begin with, Boost will have a bigger effect. Will it work for you? Try it and see!

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.2

Performance updates and new improved interface. Boost is now free.

General

Release January 2, 2014
Date Added January 2, 2014
Version 1.0.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 50,843
Downloads Last Week 16
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Developer's Description

Boost helps you gain back control of your PC by improving performance and stability with one click. Boost maintains performance and stability by preventing unnecessary programs from consuming system resources and affecting critical programs. When you start to feel your PC become sluggish, don't reboot, simply give your PC an instantaneous Boost with just one click. Boost helps to restore the pep in your PC by removing crapware, bloatware, trialware, bundleware, and adware. Such "crapware" (and yes that's an industry term) are known to cause system crashes, boot delays and just give your PC an overall sluggish feel. There are many forms of such extraneous software such as unneeded toolbars, adware, tracking programs, and other "free promotional software" to name a few. Think of crapware as being, just a whole mess of clutter that is causing your PC to feel bogged down. Boost can help shave seconds, or even minutes, off your PC boot time. By automatically removing unnecessary start-up programs as well as empowering you to make informed decisions of which programs are truly needed, Boost cuts down your boot time and saves you precious system resources. All with the click of a button. When a program crashes, Boost can quickly analyze, troubleshoot and find a solution to prevent future crashes by identifying and correcting the cause of problems. Boost proactively monitors your PC for hardware and software issues in order to prevent Blue Screens and other fatal system errors. Boost keeps you in the loop by alerting you before hardware errors occur and you lose your critical data. There is nothing better than the feeling of a brand new PC. However, over time your PC quickly becomes sluggish, bogged down with tons of programs and clutter. With Boost, one click is all it takes to make your PC feel like new again.