This is a guest post by Liz Cornwell. She is @Aussie_Sheila on Twitter.
Everybody hates slow computers, but only a relatively small part of computer users try to do something about it and make their sluggish systems faster. Most people just assume that computer slow-downs mean it’s time to get a new one. They don’t even think about doing some maintenance and tweaking some settings with the help of various utilities. And that can make a lot of difference.
These days there are a lot of computer speed-up programs to choose from. Some of them have a limited number of tools, whereas others offer extensive functionality.
Auslogics BoostSpeed is one of the programs that have all the tools needed to speed up, optimize, and protect a computer. This program has more than 18 tools and a no-nonsense approach. Rather than providing dubious speed-up tweaks, this application focuses on genuine optimization techniques, such as disk cleanup, hard drive and registry defragmentation along with tweaking and optimizing Windows settings.
Auslogics BoostSpeed has an intuitive tabbed interface, which makes it very easy to navigate the program. You can choose to either perform quick auto-optimization or use the program’s advanced tools for extensive tweaking. When you first open the program, you will be prompted to run a system scan and repair errors. There is also a Quick Tasks bar on the right-hand side where you can erase browser and Windows history, cleanup temporary files, and optimize memory. These features are great for those who are looking for hassle-free one-stop maintenance software.
On the second tab you will find a very useful tool called System Advisor. This tool scans your computer and tells you what exactly is slowing you down, which errors need fixing, which security settings need to be changed, and which services are not in use and can be disabled. System Advisor is very quick and exceptionally easy to use even for complete computer novices.
The third tab displays a system information summary. There are four graphs that show CPU, RAM, disk, and network usage. This tab is really useful if you need to monitor your resource usage and computer activity.
The fourth tab allows the user to access all BoostSpeed’s tools. The tools are grouped together into nine categories – Disk Maintenance, Registry Maintenance, Free Up Space, System Status, Software Control, Privacy, System Tweaks, Speed Up Internet, and Disaster Recovery.
The Disk Maintenance section has all the necessary utilities to cleanup, defragment, and repair hard drives. The Disk Cleanup tool identifies and deletes junk files that take up valuable space. Disk Defrag defragments and optimizes files and free space on your hard drive, which speeds up access to files and folders. Disk Doctor is very similar to Chkdsk, but it has more options and its interface is a lot nicer. Cleaning up the drives once a week and defragmenting them once a month can make a lot of difference and make your computer run a lot faster.
The Registry Maintenance category provides access to Registry Cleaner and Registry Defrag. Both tools are very fast and efficient and it’s nice that Registry Defrag doesn’t lock up the computer when running (some registry defragmenters do that). Defragmenting the registry is probably even more important than registry cleanup, because it helps to free up RAM and makes your computer run more efficiently.
The Free Up Space category has a duplicate file finder and a tool called Disk Explorer. Disk Explorer is very useful if you are short on hard drive space and need to identify the largest files and folders on your disk, so that you can move them to a removable drive.
If you want to get to know your computer better, then have a look at the System Status section. There you will be able to get a lot of information about your computer, such as hardware and software configuration, running applications, processes, and locked files, as well as Windows services. One of the tools, Auslogics Task Manager, is a real gem and a great standard task manager alternative, as it provides a lot more information about everything running on your computer. This little application is part of BoostSpeed, but it can also be downloaded separately and is absolutely free to use.
When you have all the system information you need, you can move to Software Control. There you can disable unnecessary startup entries and uninstall unused programs.
Unlike a lot of similar programs, Auslogics BoostSpeed pays a lot of attention to protecting your privacy. There are tools to securely shred files, clean-wipe free disk space, and remove history traces, so that no data can be recovered.
If you want to fix faulty Windows settings and optimize them for your hardware configuration and Internet connection, use Tweak Manager, Service Manager, and Internet Optimizer. These tools will speed up your computer by simply fine-tuning Windows and disabling everything you don’t use.
And last but not least, BoostSpeed is absolutely safe to use because it backs up all changes that are made to your computer. But there’s more – it can also recover files that you’ve either lost or deleted by accident.
Auslogics BoostSpeed comes with a 15-day trial and costs 49.95USD (1 year license for up to 3 PCs). If you don’t feel like spending money on the software just yet, Auslogics has some freeware applications that can be used to perform basic computer maintenance: Auslogics Disk Defrag, Auslogics Registry Cleaner, Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, and Auslogics Task Manager.
About the Author: Liz Cornwell is a freelance writer who specializes in computer optimization, Windows tips and tricks, and software reviews. In addition to that, Liz is a regular contributor at the Element Moscow magazine – a top entertainment publication for expats living in Moscow, Russia.