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Giveaway of the day — Driver Booster Pro 3.1

Driver Booster Pro scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically.
$22.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 266 (74%) 93 (26%) 41 comments

Driver Booster Pro 3.1 was available as a giveaway on January 6, 2016!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$39.99
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Resize partition spaces without reformatting disk and reinstalling OS!

Driver Booster is a driver updating software, created with IObit's most effective driver update technology. The program scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically, downloads and installs the right updates for you with just ONE click. It restores system and backs up drivers with its Rescue center. It also provides more gaming performance and protects your computer from hardware failures, system crashes and conflicts. Save your time with Driver Booster Pro.

Please note: The program includes a 6 months license.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10; 1 GHz processor or faster; 512 MB of RAM memory; 50 MB of free hard drive space

Publisher:

iObit

Homepage:

http://www.iobit.com/driver-booster-pro.php

File Size:

13.1 MB

Price:

$22.95

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#19

Put this on my new updated Windows 10 PC the day it was on here & it totally screwed up my system, would not start up again and kept hanging on a blue screen, it erased the drivers for wireless mouse & the keyboard, therefore making it impossible to respond, had to put a copy of windows 7 on via CD and start up from that and install it on a partition. Eventually got windows 10 back after many, many hours of searching on the web for a sollution, and instantly deleted this program. would never use again. Just be aware of what could happen.

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin Hendon  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Tried to get this last night but every time I clicked the Share n Download button the Facebook link wouldn't pop up or would be off-screen and when I did find it, part of the window would be cut off n no way to click the post button. Tried restart browswer but it did the same thing. Had a long day n fell out before I could figure it out.
Win 10 x64 Acer Laptop w all updates.

Reply   |   Comment by John McDermott  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

All my drivers are up to date yet this program found 10 outdated. This was all wrong. A 3 month old driver I installed 2 weeks ago for my WiFi is considered very old..... WHAT???? I do not trust this program. If you are not having a problem with your system, DON'T UPDATE YOUR DRIVERS!!! Next, stop asking to install other "FREE" programs. Just give us a clean install of the program you offer. Thank you though for the key right in the read me. I hate jumping through hoops like that German company that had 5 steps to initialize the license.

Reply   |   Comment by LancasterPA  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#16

Anyone know what it means just below the description it says, "Please note: The program includes a 6 months license."

After six months what happens, does it turn into the trial version?

Reply   |   Comment by CJ  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

CJ
Most likely as it's just a 6 month sub offer.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

John
Just to be more clear for what i said. You will lose the pro features after 6 months & revert to the Free version.

See here: http://www.iobit.com/driver-booster-pro.php

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

John
After 6 months it will revert to the free version, which finds slighty fewer driver updates and has a slower download speed.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Roger
And you will get to buy it for next to free if you like it. The longer you hold out the cheaper it will get. If you don't like it dump it!

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

I knew I needed a driver for my graphics card, so when I saw this giveaway I thought this would do the trick..big mistake.
The driver update stuck at 39% and wouldn't budge for nearly an hour. I eventually gave up and pulled the plug. When my pc started up all my icons had shifted all over the shop, and my clock reset itself the year 1906 (only kidding)..
Next time I'll listen to what MikeR says..

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Charlie
You should always use your manufacturers website for your latest graphics cards driver updates. Especially since you get to choose to revert to an earlier driver version if the latest is not stable for your rig.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Presently I am using MS Security Essentials (Free), iObit Advanced System Care 9 Pro and Driver Booster Pro 3.1 on my Win 10 Pro PC. I do not disable system restore to save space on my SSD's. I provide online and telephone support to our customers 300+ over ten years running. I have also been using the Kerish Doctor 2015 a recent GOTD and have had some great results with it.

Presently many are finding that their smart phone costs more than their entry level desktop workstation.

Many of my customers have been able to install the above programs (free editions) and return their desktop to a usable condition. I have noticed many here are cost conscience and to be truthful I have been getting my best over all results with iObit for over a decade. I have tried all of those other "Known Resource Robbers." My boot time is 39 seconds. During my time as an MS Beta Tester I will note that many of the programs and solutions for Win 10 have taken awhile to surface and to be honest MS is finally getting in sync with iObit.

Rick Martin

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#13

Hi, Anyone interested in previous version(s) and Comments of this Software might want to see it here: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/driver-booster-2-1/

BTW.., you will not find these Entries under 'today's' Publisher - iObit, as clicking on it on this page takes you nowhere. So, yes, Google to rescue, I'm afraid. This Publisher goes way back on GOTD! Those new to GOTD might also not have heard of one of our recent regulars here, called Karl.. His Comments were simply outstanding and greatly appreciated. What's more - they were typically first (that is on TOP of daily list of Comments!), thus easy to find. Older Comments now (like these in my link above) will only indicate how many months/years ago they were posted, and besides, not numbered, real time of posting removed - are basically scrambled in any order you fancy. And together with it - vital references to questions asked and answered by Users. What a carry on!! What great shame when confusion steadily takes a common place here.. How exactly does it serve anyone in promoting this Site?

Finally, iObit is known for some really useful set of Tools on anyone's computer/devices (including myself) and although I don't need today's Offer in particular - I use them frequently and recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#12

I have used earlier versions of this program. It does help at times, but I have also had it install incorrect drivers. Fortunately, it has a backup system in place that allowed me to undo. Still, it is better than others I have seen. I am going to download this version 3.1 because the version I have had for the last couple months, version 3.0, keeps causing windows error messages that the driver booster downloader has stopped working, every time I restart windows 10. Hopefully that bug is fixed in this version, we will see.

Reply   |   Comment by spacecon  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#11

Installed as directed on Windows 7. Informed of 3 driver updates, including a Universal Bus Driver. I selected to install this separately and it immediately crashed my computer. Not a good start.

Reply   |   Comment by DanC  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#10

I currently have this version of the Driver Booster. I have to say that it is one of the BEST programs I have ever used for updating drivers. I would recommend this program to everyone. Since I installed it, some time ago on the advice of someone in your forums, it has found just under 50 drivers that were out of date. I LOVE this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Lynne FitzGerald  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#9

I've used Driver Booster since version 1.0 . Never had a problem with it. But I have with other driver updaters. If you do use this software my advice is to install one driver at a time, then reboot to make sure all is well. If there's an issue, you can use the software to revert the update. But if all is well, you can run it again and install one more driver and repeat the process.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#8

I have been using Driver Booster since it was offered on another giveaway for some time. I lost it during a new hd installation I have tried others
that wasn't as reliable. I have never had any problems using this software. I downloaded, ran a scan. It found two
drivers that was outdated. I already knew about the two before the scan. Well pleased . Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by William Carter  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#7

Having tried all of the driver updaters that we have seen on GOTD over the years, this is the only one that I have found to be consistent in it's identification of outdated drivers.

It carries out a system restore backup prior to installation, so if anything does ever go wrong, there is a restorative option available.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

PhilS
System Restore only helps if you have system restore enabled and it functions perfectly....
Not everyone keeps system restore enabled as it consumes vast amount of storage rapidly on highly active filesystems where large files are frequently edited and saved.
I found last time that this offered completely incompatible latest nvidia drivers for an older nvidia chipset that is no longer supported in current builds and only supported upto a specific driver build.
Driver Magician rightly detected this level of obsolesence and only offered the final release version that was later rolled back to the previous version by NVidia themselves probably due to some new bug that was added by the final driver release and they had reached the end of the development budget for that driver code base, so removed the final version and made the previous build the final version offered.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

TK
Anybody that turns off system restore will therefore be quite aware of the risks of installing drivers via this software, or any other method then.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

TK
see how much space rystem restore uses by this command in CMD run as administrator

vssadmin list shadowstorage /On=C:

Reset size with this command (18 gig is an example)

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=18GB

Reply   |   Comment by ilikefree  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

I am very curious to hear iObit's reply to Levitiquetus' and Philip's comments, to wit:

1. Where does Driver Booster Pro get its drivers and how does it ensure they are up-to-date?

2. Why is Driver Booster Pro reporting drivers as outdated when the hardware manufacturers' websites show them as current?

3. Why is Driver Booster Pro calling "very old" a driver that's dated August 2015?

iObit?

Reply   |   Comment by YossiD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

YossiD
2. Are you referring to the computer manufactuer's website, or the device manufacturer (e.g, the Intel website if you have an Intel wirelss adapter)? Almost always, the drivers listed on computer manufacturers websites are outdated.

3. If you ask the question at IObit's forum, I'm sure they'll be able to answer that and your first question.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

For years now, every time I install windows on some machine (my favourite occupation) first thing I do is install the free version of Driver Booster from Iobit.com; it has never let me down, despite all the prompts to go Pro or to install other softwares of theirs. But except from that occasion, I wouldn't use it on a daily basis, no driver needs that much updates.
On the whole, a very good kit of ware, I reccommend entirely.
P.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#4

A positive plethora of "driver updaters" on GOTD recently, so no-one can complain that they're not being given enough choice. However. . .

The fact that there is now such an abundance of this type of software reminds me of the not so long-ago when it wasn't "driver updaters" but "registry cleaners" that were being hyped and marketed so assiduously. (And, well. . . we all know what happened to that software sector.) Is "driver updating", then, the new registry-cleaner-registry-optimizer??

The question needs asking because if it is the new commercial money-maker, then the same kind of care that (hopefully) was exercised by GOTDers in using registry cleaners will be similarly exercised here. Why? Because the potential to wreck a perfectly good computer remains the exact same.

Every computer's configuration is individual and therefore, every computer's configuration is different. Unless the folks who author the software which you're going to let loose on your computer are gifted with psychic ability, then they've no more idea than I have of how your own PC set-up works.

We all know what that led to when registry-cleaners-compactors-optimizers were the fad of the moment: more harm than good. Now, with "driver updaters", we're in the selfsame territory: unless>/i> the software developer concerned has come up with an app uniquely tailored to your computer and yours alone (no, they won't have) and unless that software calls upon a driver version database that, equally uniquely, is at all times 100% infallible (but no, it won't be) then you're investing one helluva lot of blind faith in that developer, trusting to luck -- because that's all it can ever be: sheer luck -- that an up-to-date driver crucial to the smooth running of your computer will not be deleted (or recommended for deletion) to be replaced by an earlier, or even obsolete version, that will leave you and your computer seriously. . . distressed.

Me, I don't go in for blind faith. I take the view that software writers and developers are as fallible as anyone else and that driver-version databases are as likely to have flaws as any other database. On which basis, then, this sudden preoccupation with driver-updating is -- to my mind -- nothing but a commercially-driven fad. A fad in the same (profitable) way that registry
cleaners / compactors / optimizers once were. If your computer is running fine, that means it ain't broke. And if it ain't broke, why on earth are using some stranger's software to fix it?>

Someone in this thread has said how today's software is useful for keeping up to date with Java and Flash. Truth to tell, Oracle and Adobe themselves are far, far better than any third party at informing you of versioning updates: you just set up your computer to receive update alerts direct from them and choose to install as and when you wish. Same thing goes for your graphics drivers: it takes but mere minutes to check for an update with the actual manufacturer and, if appropriate, download the latest manufacturer-recommended version from the actual source.
Already this comment thread is featuring user reports of today's software getting it wrong (and this giveaway has only been running a couple of hours at the time of writing). But it would be unfair to single out this developer alone: browse the geek forums and you'll find case after case after case of people winding up with busted computers because the computer users were, frankly, lazy enough and / or daft enough to trust their PCs to the care of strangers when they should been taking that care themselves.

Thanks then, GOTD, but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+85)

MikeR Er, replying to myself . . . Apologies to all at GOTD and all GOTDers for the typographical mess of my post. This is due -- ironically -- to me having updated my spectacles. The new version is bi-focal. This is the first time I've worn 'em and really, I wish I'd stuck with the earlier glassware consisting of reading glasses and distance glasses. Just goes to show: anyone can be caught out by the unintended consequences of version updates -- and make a spectacle of themselves, too. . .

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+58)

MikeR Thanks for a good laugh!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Craig  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

MikeR

MikrR,
Thank you for the awesome review, and even more so for your spectacular sense of humor.
Aside from that, I would like to add that as a non-native English speaker, I truly enjoy reading your posts and am amazed at your outstanding writing skills.

Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

consuella As a non-English speaker, you're the one to whom praise is due. That goes for every other GOTDer who contributes here in what, to them, will be a foreign language. Me? I have as much difficulty being bilingual as I'm encountering, going bifocal. Doh.Thanks, Consuella -- and thanks, too, to GOTD for running this international forum.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

MikeR
Apologies for being OT, but on the eyeware, you can find the formula online to use your distance & reading Rx to come up with an in between Rx for PC use. I generally pay $4-$10 online for a pair using this modded RX -- don't have to be sturdy or look good sitting at the PC -- & it's well worth it.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

MikeR
Interesting take IMHO MikeR. I'd politely disagree on the "if it aint broke" philosophy, but only partially or to an extent, the problem being [again IMHO], it can be difficult to tell if a device or component isn't operating as best possible, & maybe more importantly, why. In my experience, most hardware doesn't match its marketing hype, is broken in some respect(s) the moment you get it, but you don't know if that's the best it can ever do, or if newer drivers might help.

Is it the hardware itself that will never live up to promises, or is the current driver you're using causing problem(s)? And if it's the driver(s), will a newer version written by the same people have other, pehaps worse problems? In the case of something like graphics drivers, will any improvements outweigh any new problems? And with graphics drivers that can really be a *Your Mileage May Vary* sort of thing, e.g. some apps &/or games win while others lose.

No one writes new drivers for fun, & it's a cost companies would prefer to avoid -- many do. Those that do release new drivers don't completely document the changes, so the only way to gauge whether an update is worth it or not is to try it, preferrably *After* researching what others have experienced, so you might avoid an update that's a complete disastor.

All in all it's a fair bit of work, determining what hardware components you have, checking somewhat regularly for new driver releases for each component, then researching the consequences of updating to any new release. For some [maybe many?] components it frankly often isn't worth the time & trouble. You won't likely care how well the audio chipset you never use works.

That said, I have come across cases where a component wasn't working well, & the only way I could get a better driver was by using one of the driver sites, because the manufacturer itself didn't provide the driver download -- these sites often have drivers from different companies that use whatever component, & those sometimes work. Unfortunately many of those driver sites can be more difficult to use or confusing or seem dodgy, & driver version numbers vary between OEM & the various drivers companies have provided. Apps like Drive Booster Pro may make some of that easier, at the cost of sometimes getting it wrong -- you can't automate good judgment.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mike
I am using the AMD A10 7970 APU "Godveri chip on this machine and the iObit Driver Booster 3.1 over the time I have been using this chip has alerted me to all of the updates written since it hit the shelves. It works twice as fast and now never crashes even though it's running at 5 Gigahertz a 1 Ghz Over Clock. CPU Temp 40 degrees.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

mike Thanks for the heads-up (literally) re specs. Thanks, too, for your response to my original post: as articulate, thoughtful and constructive as always -- and as ever, much appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

mike
I have not been able to find any
can you perhaps be b nore specific
as would benefit this very old git immensely
thanks
ernie

Reply   |   Comment by ernie anderson  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

MikeR
You said "Every computer's configuration is individual and therefore, every computer's configuration is different. Unless the folks who author the software which you're going to let loose on your computer are gifted with psychic ability, then they've no more idea than I have of how your own PC set-up works. "

It really doesn't matter that each computer's configuration is different. Every device driver works independently of each other, and accordingly it does not matter what other hardware is installed in the computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#3

ok, finally decided to try one of these many driver updater programs thats being given away (seems like a lot recently). Installed smooth and easy. Interface was...I guess decent for these things. Ran it, and it told me I had 5 outdated drivers. Went to the manufactures sites to check, and all 5 drivers are up to date. According to the manufacturer. So where do they get the information that a driver is out of date if the manufacturer claims that it's the most recent driver? Uninstalled, suggest everyone do the same. Who knows what drivers they are downloading and from where.

Reply   |   Comment by Levitiquetus  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+68)

Levitiquetus
Almost always the drivers you'll find on a computer manufacturers website are out of date.

Let me explain. Uusally for only about a 6 months after a computer is relased, the manufacuter will provide very occasional driver updates. Newer driver will continue to be relased after that, but the manucfacuters will be more interested in supporting their more recently released computers. There are very occasional exceptions, but on the whole, you won't find them providing driver updates for long. I've installed Windows 10 on a number of old computers, and ever case the manufactuer did not supply Windows 10 drivers.

The best way to check for the latest drivers, is going to the indiviual hardware vendor's websites. For example go to the nVidia website to check for new drivers, if you have an nVidia graphics card.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

I normally use Driver Easy but I downloaded Driver Booster, activated it and ran it in order to compare them.
Driver Booster detected 3 outdated device drivers all of which it claimed to be "very old" although one was only dated August 2015! not that old surely?
I then ran Driver Easy and it discovered 10 outdated drivers and 3 devices that were missing drivers!
Thanks GAOTD but I'll be stopping with Driver Easy.

Reply   |   Comment by Philip  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Philip
Certainly "more" doesn't mean better. Do as others have done, and go to the vendor sites of the "outdated" drivers. You'll see clearly why these driver update softwares are so wrecklessly dangerous.

Reply   |   Comment by khalid  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#1

The AdwCleaner at BleepingComputer removes this, so be prepared to reinstall this if you use some troubleshooting cleaners.

I like this, especially the ability to update software like Adobe, Java, and MS DX, Visual C and stuff -- I just updated them all with one click, and this pro version downloads quicker than the free version.

Nice.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
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