For the last few months I have been running a background program called 'Boost'....I think I even downloaded it from here somewhere. But I kinda started to suspect it might be doing more harm than good when I read the other evening within these forums that these sort of PC-cleaning programs have the potential to cause catastrophic registry errors and might be harmful in other ways too.
Also, it seemed like it was constantly telling me my PC was needing a 'boost' every 15 mins or so, and stranger still, it would ONLY rate the current performance of my PC at any ONE of several values (in percent terms) between (obviously!) 9 - 100%.....the lowest being 9%. What I am trying to say is that the lowest value it would ever rate it as was 9%, and other results would be incremental....like 14%, 26%, 43%, 62% and so on up to 100%. It would only show certain values - never anything in between those values. Maybe I am looking too much into things, but this to me suggested that the program MIGHT be fake, although I would be surprised if any such fake or even malware-containing programs were ever published on these forums?
Ever since removing this program and a couple of others that I felt weren't needed, my pc has responded noticeably better and cooler with less fan intervention.
I am by no means an expert with the technical/mechanical/engineering side of pc's and it's associated software, but reading that de-fragging and registry cleaning has the potential to cause more harm than good - and is not necessary in many cases - kinda shocked me somewhat as I have always performed these tasks religiously, even though I only use my pc for very basic tasks and don't have very much at all stored on it!
Anyone with any thoughts, especially on the validity and worthwhile-ability (for want of a better word! lol) on these so-called pc tune-up programs?
EDIT......Apologies to those more established members who might read this........I have just read more deep into the forum to see that a lot of solid answers are there to what I want to know and that starting a new thread may not have been necessary! But of course, I will keep following this thread and be willing to take on board any comments that are made here!
Edited by robby501, 06 March 2015 - 10:10 AM.