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PCPal

Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

This easy-to-use and easy-to-understand utility helps optimize your PC by scanning for problems and recommending fixes, but its one-click repair feature didn't always perform as promised. PCPal has an attractive, functional interface with two panes, one of which is a small vertical pane with three categories of tools: Checkup, Toolbox, and Offers. In tests, the Checkup tool provided a quick scan of our system and returned a handful of potential issues--antivirus software not operating (even though our third-party security program was running), limited number of Internet sessions configured, and filename extensions hidden--with an automatic repair link for each. In one instance, the repair feature reported that it couldn't work with our OS, even though the publisher says PCPal runs under XP. The Toolbox features mirror tools you can find through Windows' Control Settings--setting a Restore Point, adding and removing programs, and so forth--and we found no improvements over the OS versions. To our dismay, the Offers section simply displays advertising for Windows Live Messenger and a free online backup service. PCPal is free and simple to use, but its performance keeps us from recommending it, and experienced users will have no trouble finding more robust tools.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

This easy-to-use and easy-to-understand utility helps optimize your PC by scanning for problems and recommending fixes, but its one-click repair feature didn't always perform as promised. PCPal has an attractive, functional interface with two panes, one of which is a small vertical pane with three categories of tools: Checkup, Toolbox, and Offers. In tests, the Checkup tool provided a quick scan of our system and returned a handful of potential issues--antivirus software not operating (even though our third-party security program was running), limited number of Internet sessions configured, and filename extensions hidden--with an automatic repair link for each. In one instance, the repair feature reported that it couldn't work with our OS, even though the publisher says PCPal runs under XP. The Toolbox features mirror tools you can find through Windows' Control Settings--setting a Restore Point, adding and removing programs, and so forth--and we found no improvements over the OS versions. To our dismay, the Offers section simply displays advertising for Windows Live Messenger and a free online backup service. PCPal is free and simple to use, but its performance keeps us from recommending it, and experienced users will have no trouble finding more robust tools.

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    3.9

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star 20
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    • 3 star 9
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8.127

Version 1.8.127 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Publisher Gteko
Publisher web site http://www.gteko.com
Release Date December 10, 2007
Date Added December 10, 2007
Version 1.8.127

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista

Download Information

File Size 4.79MB
File Name pcpal_setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 45,212
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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