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Review: PC Tools Performance Toolkit 2011

Utility software should make a computer work faster or more reliably.

So you might expect improvements from installing PC Tools Performance Toolkit 2011.

While the software helps, it’s a case of three steps forward two steps back. The performance boost isn’t worth the effort of the software’s NZ$60 asking price.

PC Tools Performance Toolkit promises to improve a Windows computer’s performance by clearing out registry junk and unneeded programs.

Improved performance

It does this. After an hour or so of using the software the test machine had slightly more free disc space, ran slightly better and booted 10 seconds faster. No dramatic improvements, just less waiting.

On the negative side, it killed Windows 7 search and wiped the machine’s Firefox history. Neither would have been a terrible thing, if the software warned these things were about to happen.

It didn’t, Performance Toolkit automatically makes choices. Not always wise choices. Sure, it may have an option to review and reject its tweaks, but on the first pass it came up with hundreds of things it said needed fixing.

Even after a couple of weeks it consistently finds things it wants to change – obscure system things . It’s run more than ten times. Each time it checks the computer’s system health and gives it a dire diagnosis before moving in for some radical doctoring. You’d think these things would all be fixed by now.

Verdict: PC Tools Performance Toolkit

Performance Toolkit is not rubbish, it made a difference, but most of its tweaks are unnecessary and do little to make noticeable improvements. If you’re really worried about your PC’s performance go and buy some extra Ram or more disk – both a better investments.

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