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Giveaway of the day — PCBoost 4.9.9

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User rating: 243 (27%) 646 (73%) 31 comments

PCBoost 4.9.9 was available as a giveaway on September 27, 2013!

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PCBoost allows you to run programs such as games, video production, photo editing software and any software that requires excessive processing power to run much faster than the software was originally designed for. With little to no effort you can instantly force programs and games to run faster on your computer without having to purchase new hardware.

Most programs are designed to use a minimal amount of CPU (processor) power which often leads to the CPU being idle and not used to its fullest potential, with PCBoost your computer is able to take advantage of this by allocating more CPU power to the currently active application.

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP & Windows Server 2012, 2008, 2003 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

PGWARE LLC

Homepage:

http://www.pgware.com/products/pcboost/

File Size:

13.9 MB

Price:

$14.99

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#31

I´ve tried Process Lassowith Sony´s free massive multiplayer tactical egoshooter "Planetside 2" which is very CPU and hardware intensive and And I think that the game felt more responsive on my XP. Though it still always crashes after undefined time. Maybe todays giveaway might do a better job on this.

Reply   |   Comment by Soerenbrod  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

I agree with Mitchell (#10 and #15).

This program works better than Process Lasso on my machine Windows XP SP3.

The GUI is also minimalist and pleasant to the eye as I like.

Give it a try before voting.

Reply   |   Comment by MR_MIKE  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

@Frank D, comment #20 - They are permanent if you use Prio. http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Prio.shtml

Reply   |   Comment by Ted  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#28

As someone who has built PCs since the 80s I have tried just about everything and have spent many a day delving into the deepest darkest parts of windows and this is a BAD IDEA!

The reason why is simple, you have a third party slamming priority on programs without having a clue as to what is going on in the rest of the system and can cause hangs and lock ups. For an example real time is reserved traditionally for kiosks and other embedded roles where that single program is ALL that is running, yet your average desktop is gonna have a good dozen or more background tasks, the same goes for high.

At the end of the day MSFT R&D spent millions on the timing of the CPU scheduler to insure you got the most work per cycle, this takes all that R&D and throws it out the window. At the end of the day these types of programs should have went out with XP but like memory optimizers its really not needed today.

Reply   |   Comment by KevinB  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#27

#19 "Springy"

http://www.howtogeek.com is dead wrong about about Revo Uninstaller, i have used it for years, Revo Uninstaller has solved pc problems for me more then once, here is

link to: lifehacker's Revo Uninstaller review

link to: free version Revo Uninstaller

Reply   |   Comment by Robert R.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

#18 by XP Man said "Yesterday Microsoft announced that their anti-virus software was not up to scratch and should not be used as your main anti-virus; so I removed it and used another one".

Please refer to the Web Site and more details....Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by John A  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#25

@19 Springy (????) That page you linked to seemed out of this world... Third party uninstallers (like revo-uninstaller) are nonsense? Third party defragmenters are not of any use? Outbound third party firewalls have no merits against the built in firewall from XP sp2? Full security suites are not useful: just trust on a antivirusprogram and the built in firewall from windows xp? Wow!

Reply   |   Comment by Hasta la vista  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

#15 [Mitchell]:
Process Lasso did not make your computer run slower, although something you adjusted may well have.
You can't [shouldn't] blame software for doing what you told it to.

As for your other statement, the more knowledgeable among us know snake oil when we see it and call it out immediately. It's not always necessary to download, install and run the oil through our pipelines.

Reply   |   Comment by Spaceman Spiff  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#23

Thanks #20 Springy,
for your comment and link to *How to Geek*, [lost track of that site!] Good article. Wish more people would read it, before complaining of their slow system.

Reply   |   Comment by Maximus  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#22

@Michelle (#8): The changes you can make using Task Manager are only temporary -- per session. With Process Lasso, changes you make are carried forward until you change them. There are many other options available in Process Lasso that make it much more useful than Task Manager.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank D  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#21

Funny, I've just finished reading an article called "10 Types of System Tools and Optimization Programs You Don’t Need on Windows" at How To Geek, and this sort of program was one of them.

http://www.howtogeek.com/172839/10-types-of-system-tools-and-optimization-programs-you-dont-need-on-windows/

Reply   |   Comment by Springy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#20

To thumbs up, or thumbs down, for a software a voter has not tried, is a disservice to the programmer and GOTD Community.
.
Thumbs up . . . . . . . . . . no vote
No interest / no try . . . . . Yes vote
Thumbs down . . . . . . . . no vote

Reply   |   Comment by Maximus  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

A number of years ago I wrote a a search program in which I could control the priority of the search component, and whatever priority I set it to it never seemed to make any difference to the speed of the PC even on a single core machine, I must admit I found this strange.
Yesterday Microsoft announced that their anti-virus software was not up to scratch and should not be used as your main anti-virus; so I removed it and used another one. Before this my machine was horrendously sluggish with Explorer errors popping up all the time, now it is a totally different machine.

My point being, maybe before changing low-level functions such as priority it is worth looking at the software you are using.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#18

Wow, software like that, which is proven to do nothing that it claims, then on top of that the fake reviews from one-time-reviewers-nothing-but-all-pgware-products on CNET (newsguy09, reviewed the whole PGWARE catalogue with 5! stars on the same day in 2005) is proof enough for the placebo effect the company creates with the softwares.

One serious reviewer made a summary with one nifty sentence out of the box after seeing the first 5 or 6 5-star-rewiews on PGWARE's PcBoost 4.6.10.2013:

"The ripoff outfit PGWARE who produce this snake oil have packed the reviews with their shills, OBVIOUS FAKES who sing its praises. This is obvious to anyone who has actually installed this awful, buggy scam of a program that tries to dupe the less-knowledgeable.
...
In addition, PGWARE has a script on its web server that floods the desktops of those visiting (from sites it disapproves of) with hundreds of popups forcing a reboot, ironically accusing the *user* of criminal wrongdoing... Such practices are clearly the work of malicious, unprincipled "insert some secret word here" who prey on the less fortunate, not professional software developers.
"

Read the full review here, that guy deserves a Oscar, for the summary (review #9 from the top or #2 from the bottom), it's from 2004 - old - and still current at the same time!:
http://download.cnet.com/PcBoost/3640-18512_4-13163619-2.html

There are programs in the www, that are able to make some differences, they probably do all not have a PGWARE stamp on it. My advice to PGWARE and their software catalogue: rewrite all products from scratch and rebrand existing and proven technology, that is better than offering programs that are able to do nothing and simply cheat on customers and their money.

If you have too much money in the month and you wanna "Run to the Hills" because you feel like a Rockstar for a day, then buy PGWARE programs and live the wasteful life.

To all visitors, expect NOTHING, if you have bad pc performance, think about upgrading hardware, buy a better CPU, more RAM, a decent graphics card, if you need more RAM, buy a new RAM channel or a Dual-Channel pair, if your internet is slow, think about changing the provider and invest more money per month for a better connection but please, don't think that software - no matter what it claims it can do to have a reason to get your money - will make significant differences, it won't, only physical hardware with those technical capabilities will, some call that evolution in computer history, if you would achieve that with softwares, we still would ride on a Pentium I with 512 MB RAM into the Wild West sun, that sounds so romantic but the reality isn't, if you wanna ride, get a good horse!

Reply   |   Comment by kin0seC  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)
#17

As Giovanni mentioned in his comment, razer game booster is the best.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

How many of you are actually trying this software before you give a thumbs down??? Maybe one out of a 100 negative votes have actually tried it.

It works very well for me, whereas Process Lasso just slowed down my PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Mitchell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#15

As a self-confessed speed junkie, I find this software sadly wanting. See Giovanni's post for good alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Happy Dae  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#14

Re Giovanni's tips -

ThrottleStop is not only just " for advanced users " - you have to have (a) Intel CPU('s) as well - won't work with AMD cpu's...

Reply   |   Comment by Hugo_vH  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#13

Thanks, Ashraf, for reminding everyone that this sort of software "... will have little to no effect if you have no CPU use issues."

RE: PCBoost raising program/process priority...
There's a reason most software is set to run at normal priority -- in fact, software that performs really processor intensive stuff like encoding video may be set to lower than normal priority in its preferences, so you're not in effect locked out of your PC/laptop while it's encoding. That was [is] a problem with single core CPUs, where mouse/keyboard input would seem to be ignored until the CPU was no longer so busy. If you've got a muilti-core system [I think most are nowadays], raising an app's priority *may* in certain circumstances give it a slight boost -- in win7 you can easily find out by right clicking that app in Task Mgr. & setting it's priority higher. It may do more good shutting down unneeded apps, processes, &/or services so there's less demand on resources to start with -- win8 is better than win7 is better than XP when it comes to using minimal resources for anything in the background. But again as Ashraf pointed out, if you don't have issues there's nothing to improve.
.
PCBoost also: "Constantly switches the foreground application to use the least used processor core on multi-core computers; ensuring applications always have the most CPU power available to them." I think that *may* be a solution in search of a problem -- I haven't seen it myself but maybe I'm lucky? If you experience a system slowdown check the performance tab in Task Mgr. -- if only one core shows any activity & it's maxed, maybe PCBoost will help. Otherwise, while you've got Task Mgr. on-screen check out the processes for your security software -- if any show CPU usage that may be why things slowed down, because your security stuff is scanning your drive(s) or watching/examining processes & files in use.

Personally, in my experience & all that... like most people that have been around PCs a while, I'm definitely not a fan of any sort of performance boosting software. They can help a little when a PC/laptop is marginal for the task(s) you want it to perform, & they can be a bit of an ego booster for those who want to be seen as some sort of geek, but if you've got the right hardware setup for what you want/need to do, they're [most] often not worth the cost/effort. You want speed, buy the best CPU & GPU you can afford, & optionally overclock it. You don't have to go overboard, but don't skimp on RAM. There are Windows apps to control CPU clock speeds -- you're better off using a board with a good bios & setting things there. Higher power & speeds require more cooling -- cooling that won't fit into a very small case & definitely can't be shoehorned into a laptop... if you want/need the smaller form factor that's cool, but you'll often pay more & most always get less. When it comes to apps that may help load balancing etc. for multitasking, it can be healthier [for you] to remember that multitasking doesn't require a PC -- rather than trying to get more done with a PC while a job's running, consider doing something that doesn't need a PC, but does mean getting up out of your chair & moving around. Electronics like a PC are MUCH easier to fix [or replace] than the human body, which has yet to evolve to sitting in a chair. :)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)
#12

Any of you experts know why my pc seems (sometimes)so slow to do something, but when i check cpu use it is maybe 70% idle. I may be just trying to use windows explorer for example - ok the antivirus may be doing something in the background here, but still only using minimal cpu? Its like some small app is holding up running other programs while there is plenty of cpu overhead available?

Reply   |   Comment by ray hines  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

It seems to work better than Process Lasso . for me at least. Much less complicated. It is worth a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Mitchell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#10

"Razer Game Booster (==> incredible powerful FREE app)
So far the only tool I tried which has really made a huge difference on my system while playing games!!!"

A new version came out a few days ago. The recommended default settings don't do much, but if you deactivate every process that you don't need to play your game, it's magnificent. I use it in combination with Lasso.
I will try today's offering, though.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#9

Why not just use Windows task manager to do the same thing?

http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/feature/Optimizing-Windows-7-application-performance

See the section titled "Setting the Program Priority in Task Manager."

Miki

Reply   |   Comment by Michelle Erikson  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#8

There seems to have been a big discussion when this publisher offered PCMedik 6 here (http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pcmedik-6/). Jim Stones mentions:

"The INFORMATION COLLECTION and SOFTWARE PIRACY sections contain a number of troubling clauses, but this section is particularly outrageous:

13. AUDIT. You agree that on PGWARE’s request you will certify in writing your compliance with the terms of this license, including your use of the Software only on the number of computers licensed. You also agree that we may perform an audit which may include examination of your physical premises with prior written notice, and that any audit conducted will be paid for at your expense including an initial U.S $500 investigation fee. Provided that an audit determines all computer licenses have been legally obtained you will be refunded any audit expenses incurred."

Also don't miss Bubby's comments.

@FrancisBorne, I know what you mean!

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

Use Process Lasso or Process Tamer (also mentioned by Ashraf in his review), but not this. Definitely DO NOT pay for this software, it is not worth $5 let alone $15 for the extremely limited functionality it provides.

Reply   |   Comment by NightKev  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#6

A marveloous piece of Cr@@ which will probably be remembered only for its bold claims and for almost anything else....LOL!

Here a review from Softpedia:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/PcBoost.shtml

BETTER FREE ALTERNATIVES (not mentioned by Ashraf)

* ThrottleStop (==> only for advanced users)
Amazing FREE and highly customizable APP which helps you adjust the performance of your Intel CPU according to the programs you are using, as well as protect your PC from overheating using the 'BD PROCHOT' option. What it does is to automatically detect your CPU type and speed, offering you 4 CPU performance profiles: optimized performance, gaming, Internet navigation and battery support.
For instance, if you choose the "battery support" profile, it lowers the CPU speed by decreasing the multiplier value for your processor, so as to reduce the power usage when your laptop is running on battery. Cool, isn't it? Perfect for laptop nerds like me.....LOL!

http://forum.techinferno.com/throttlestop-realtemp-discussion/23-throttlestop-guide.html

Download (==> should you be for some reasons reluctant to register on their compelling forum):
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Benchmarks/ThrottleStop.shtml

* (Portable) Actual Booster
As the award winning "Process Lasso" this magic tiny cool FREE tool can dramatically optimize your PC performance, making your system faster and more stable, by automatically allocating the majority of your system resources (CPU power, RAM etc...) to the currently active applications or games.

* Mz CPU Accelerator 4.1
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/CPU-Tweak/Mz-Cpu-Accelerator.shtml

* PTray
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/PTray.shtml

And if you are a frantic PC GAMER like our friend Whiterabbit from UK:

* Razer Game Booster (==> incredible powerful FREE app)
So far the only tool I tried which has really made a huge difference on my system while playing games!!!

http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster

My 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 cent!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+186)
#5

This program is really wonderful and also useful. I don't know why so many people are voting against it. I have a nice program which I couldn't use because just running it, without using it, used to consume 100% of CPU! Now I can use it becase, thanks to PCBoost, it consumes only 24-27% of CPU!
Thanks a lot GAOTD for always making such useful programs available (this program, Tipard DVD Ripper, SoftSkin Photo Makeup, Animated Wallpaper Maker,etc).
Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by yasser  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-86)
#4

One slight objection against PCBoost 4.9.9:
Process Lasso Pro 6.7 from 2013-09-25 GOTD (2 days ago).

Every GOTD user who is interested in this type of software just has got Process Lasso Pro. Please read GOTD comments to this on
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/process-lasso-pro-6-7/
Unfortunately you have to activate Javascript to read more than 3 past comments.

Many greetings to all people sending useful comments and to all moderators (and to the one and only censor)! I wanted to say this for a long time!

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#3

Here's what Softpedia says about this program;
"Unfortunately, PCBoost isn't able to do any wonders on your computer, while the way it tries to improve performance is actually quite basic and you could even do it manually straight from within Windows.

PCBoost switches running processes priority between High and Realtime, depending on the active window at a given time, so you may even end up with a slower machine in case something goes wrong."

Personally, I don't like what it says in the publisher's description about being able to "force" programs to run faster. Presumably some other program or process will then be forced to run slower? It sounds like a handy way to make your system unstable.

Thanks GOTD, but I think I'll give this one a miss.

Reply   |   Comment by Ghenghis McCann  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+117)
#2

No Thank you for this ofter I rather used Iolo System Mechanic I been using past 8 years no issues :)

Reply   |   Comment by Robert McClelland  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-56)
#1

Pros
*Uses two methods to try to help increase performance:
*Has a built-in CPU benchmark
*Easy to use

Cons
*Eh. Bold claims are backed up with not-so-bold functionality.

Free Alternatives
Process Lasso Free
Process Tamer

Final Verdict
Click here for final verdict and full review

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf from dotTech  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)
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