I want to start a debate on PC Booster/Optimizer programs so everyone here can throw their arguments as whether they are for or against these type of programs just so people who don't know anything about it can read this thread and it's arguments, and then come to a conclusion to if they should use these programs or not.
Personally, I'm totally against them and there's many reasons why they shouldn't be used. I have a whole canned ready for it that pretty much groups all my arguments and reasons.
PC Booster/Tune-Up Program Warning!
"PC Booster/Tune Up" programs are part of the worst programs you can install on a system. When it comes to messing up your system (Windows), these are as worst as malware. They are completely worthless and useless to use. The worst is that they'll often take action on your system without you knowing, nor authorizing it, which could lead to your system being altered in a way you don't want it to be or even worst, a "broke" system. Every feature they provide, you can either do it natively under Windows, do it via another standalone executable (which is way easier and safer to use) or they aren't providing something you need. Here's a few examples:
- Cleaning temporary files: TFC (standalone executable), CCleaner (installed), Cleanmgr.exe (in-built);
- Managing start-up entries: Autoruns (standalone executable), CCleaner (installed), Task Manager and Registry (in-built);
- Driver Updater: Not needed, all you need is to go on your manufacturer website so you'll be sure to get the right, official, working drivers for your computer or hardware;
- Registry Cleaner/Defragger: Completely useless and also dangerous;
- Disk Defragging: Disk Defrag (in-built), O&O Disk Defrag (installed), Defraggler (installed);
- Powerful uninstaller: Not needed, only needed when you have to make sure a program is completely uninstalled. Revo Uninstaller have a portable version you can use;
- "Enhanced" Task Manager: Procexp (standalone executable), Process Hacker (portable or installed);
- "Active security": Any Antivirus and Antimalware can beat that, easily. These programs aren't made to replace Antivirus or Antimalware products and shouldn't be seen as such;
- Repair Hard Drive issues: Simple chkdsk /r command under Windows (in-built);
And in that canned, I didn't even include the many examples where using a such program completely broke a Windows system, forcing a few people to reinstall Windows in order to solve their issues.
So what's your view on it? For or against these programs? Why and why not?
Note: Before someone posts it, I'm sure that BleepingComputer doesn't endorse the use of such programs since they contain dangerous features such as Registry cleaners, hence there's no need to post that "warning" here as I'm fully aware of it Except if it's part of your canned answer.
Edited by Aura., 16 February 2015 - 11:49 AM.