Posted 09 October 2011 - 08:17 PM
I've used it. Actually I think I used gamebooster2. but I doubt there is much of a difference between the two versions.
As far as I can tell it's never caused a problem, and none of my spybot, anti-virus, firewalls, malware removers have ever reported it as a possible bug in the two years I've used it.
As for what it shuts down: when you start it, it gives a list of things running that you probably don't truly need. Then you check the boxes of what you want shut down, and click "game mode" and it shuts down those programs and also shuts down a bunch of other very small background services. There are times this ends up freeing a ton of RAM. But in most cases it frees up very little RAM. It just depends on your system and how long you've had your computer on doing stuff.
When you are done playing your game, just click a button on it to return all the running services.
I've only experienced a couple of problems with it. I remember trying to come out of hibernation while it was set to "game mode" and the computer displayed errors. So I just learned to switch from game mode before hibernating. Also, I was doing something on a secure network, and there was a problem because it had shut down my cryptography service or some goofy stuff like that. but again, the solution is to take it out of game mode so all your services run again. Other wise, you can leave it running in game mode all day and probably never notice an issue with it. But yeah, take it out of game mode when your done playing, everything goes right back to normal.
And as I said, I've never gotten a report about it being a virus or trojan or anything. Also, now that I think about it, I think i have the original gamebooster, I can't check because I am not at "my" computer.
There are times I've played some games that pushed my computer to it's breaking point, and I'd use gamebooster and over clock from 2.6 to 3.0 and the combination of doing that was just enough to get to the game to run smooth. But in most cases neither over clocking or running gamebooster makes a big difference, though sometimes all you need is that extra push, or to free up just that little bit of ram.
And I had a friend who used it and swore every time he went to game mode it free up 1/3rd of his ram. Of course he may have been using this new version 3, and I am using an older version.
So, this program will help a little or it will help a lot, but it can't hurt.
Oh, and gamebooster doesn't over clock your PC, I was just mentioning the over clock thing that I do when I need some extra muscle when a game stutters.