Hi everyone, I have been a long time Bleeping Computer surfer, never had signed up in the forums until I read this post and I just had to throw my hat into the ring.
As far as driver update software goes, yes I would tell you to stay away from the majority of them as MOST of them will try to get you to download and install drivers from less than savvy sources.
I have never really been a big fan of Iobit myself but I heard good things about Driver Booster so decided to give it a run just to see for myself and I really have to say that I was impressed. Yes on the initial installation it will throw an option at you to install Advanced System Care at you but you have the option of un-ticking it and not installing it.
Every single driver I have updated with the program has come straight from the source and never once has a driver come from anywhere else during the time I have used this software, which is almost a year now. So the old adage that "driver download software will destroy your system" really does not apply here, I've been using it almost a year now and my system runs as slick and smooth as the first day I bought it and have yet to do any type of restore, roll back or anything else of the matter from a bad driver download.
So for all you "do it your selfers" who would rather surf twenty five boring manufacture sites searching for your driver in a mountain of drivers can keep on keeping on, Driver Booster makes it fast and painless. If any one of you are brave enough to download and test it and can prove that your drivers are coming from anywhere but the source .... I would be glad to see it.
My advice is, as with anything else, when using software such as this, exercise common sense and WATCH were your drivers are coming from, if it isn't straight from the source don't download it.
For the noob, I would definitely suggest Driver Booster, it makes finding drivers a no brainer, if your comfortable using it fine, if not that is fine too.
Are updating your drivers going to make your system faster .... no, but the rule of thumb is that keeping your drivers up to date is just good house keeping and will result in less problems, or, on the other hand you can go with the old "if it aint broke don't fix it" adage.
Are you going to get a bad driver every now and then? more than likely, I've gotten bad drivers straight from manufacturer's and Windows Update, it happens, and for all you IT guys throwing up the sign of the cross in the horror of reading this, tell me you haven't downloaded a bad driver straight from the source? If you tell me you never have and I'll tell you I got some premium swamp land for sale cheap too.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't knock it until you've tried it, this isn't the dawn of the internet or even ten years ago when every single driver update software was downloading from wherever it could find a driver that was even "similar" to the one you have or from less than desirable places.
Edited by DrkKnight, 27 April 2015 - 08:32 AM.