Windows

Review: UniBlue SpeedUpMyPC

Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC can increase the performance and extend the life of a PC.

Back in 2010, I reviewed the current version of UniBlue PowerSuite which included (and still includes) an application called SpeedUpMyPC. UniBlue has rewritten the installation program and added several new features to the application itself in the 2012 version.

Disclosure: SpeedUpMyPC 2012 was evaluated using a not-for-resale license provided by UniBlue. The latest version, SpeedUpMyPC 2013, has been released.

More speed

SpeedUpMyPC 2012 is a tool for improving system performance. It does this by installing system speed tools, performing system tweaks, disabling unused processes, and cleaning up the registry based on results from a system scan. The scan is done immediately (by default) when the application is first run and is then repeated every two weeks (again, by default). Once the scan finishes, the user can deselect the items they do not wish to have changed.

Some of the improvements include an application to monitor runaway CPU usage by a process or application; tweaks to Internet Explorer, network cards, and core OS settings; disabling of application update processes; and fixing orphaned registry items.

The best thing about SpeedUpMyPC, though, is the fact that it logs everything it does and can restore those items if you are unhappy with the change for any reason.

Specifications

Who's it for?

Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC is for any PC that isn't performing as well as you would like. Home users and Network Administrators can use it to extend the life of their PC or refresh a PC without reinstalling from scratch.

What problem does it solve?

UniBlue SpeedUpMyPC modifies Windows to make it run faster and at optimum performance by installing speed tools, making operating system tweaks, disabling unused and unneeded processes, and cleaning up registry issues.

Standout features

  • Easy to Install - UniBlue touts a one-click installer and it's practically true. Once the installer file is executed, you click once to install then once again to finish.
  • Easy to Use - During the installation, the option to start SpeedUpMyPC immediately and to start a scan immediately are checked by default. After the scan is finished, you can perform all of the suggested changes at the click of one button.
  • Safe to Use - SpeedUpMyPC logs all changes made and allows you to undo any of them at any time in the future.
  • Registry Defrag - Hidden within the manage tab instead of being part of the normal scan and repair feature is a Registry Defrag which also should help improve system performance.

What's wrong

  • Excessive changes - To me, some of the changes are excessive, including the disabling of a few of the nicer features of Aero like the translucent coloring inside of a selection box and showing the contents of a window while dragging, especially when the system can handle this strain.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

For companies with meager PC refresh budgets, UniBlue SpeedUpMyPC can provide a safe and inexpensive way to stretch the lifespan of their existing machines without the effort of reimaging by disabling unneeded services, monitoring and controlling excessive CPU use, and cleaning up garbage in the registry.

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8 comments
Matt Nawrocki
Matt Nawrocki

After having looked at the website for this program, it gives off a fly by night sort of vibe. Also, as far as tools go to improve Windows... I'd suggest sticking to quality freeware like CCleaner and Defraggler... both from Piriform Software. :) http://piriform.com

theowlit
theowlit

The one and only time I saw anything from UniBlue installed on a client's computer effectively destroyed the thing. It stuffed up registry entries, made some bizarre changes to internet connectivity where I couldn't turn on any network adapters for him and yet an Internet connection was still present somehow. As soon as I uninstalled that rubbish, hey presto, everything was back to normal. It was like nothing had happened as soon as I got rid of it.

ashley.cox
ashley.cox

Easy way to fix slow PCs: 1) When you buy a new PC, reinstall JUST Windows and the necessary drivers for your system 2) Install just the antivirus you need - not bloated av/malware protection that offers 10,000 "protection" mechanisms 3) Never install "free" software from the internet, watch out for "web installers" that offer you other bloatware 4) Never install anything that claims to "speed up" your PC. It will do the opposite and as user mentioned here, hold you to ransom. The best way to a secure and speedy computer is to use it correctly and wisely when running applications downloaded from the web.

david
david

What was supposed to be a "free" download was a hoax. Yes, I did a "free download" and did the "free test", but when I tried to repair these errors - was taken to a "pay up or get sucked" panel. I attempted to un-install this UniBlue thing and ended up having to re-format my hard disk and start my installations from scratch. I hate it when software companies lures one into believing that they provide a free tool - even if it is for evaluation - and you end up with software that continuously holds your computer hostage - even if you attempt to uninstall the gag. I've adopted a strategy where if I see UniBlue advertised on the page, I get out of that page. And I have not had the need for UniBlue ever since. Learn something from Avira. I gladly purchase from Avira because they deliver and can be trusted.

Jeff7181
Jeff7181

Really? This is published on TechRepublic? I'd expect this from PCWorld, but TechRepublic? Why not just do a head to head with mycleanpc.com... Any Network Administrator caught using this to "extend the life of their PC" should be fired.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you used SpeedUpMyPC? What did you think of it? Did it improve the performance of your PC?

Jeff7181
Jeff7181

I don't use any "tools" to repair my PC because I don't break it in the first place. I don't install/uninstall experimental pieces of software on my PC - that's what VM's are for. In the event I do install a relatively intrusive application (it. one that tightly integrates with Windows and could be a messy uninstallation) I do a full image backup of my PC first so I can restore it to the exact state it was in before the application was installed. Other than that, it's just smart computing that keeps my PC running well. I built my desktop PC about 4 years ago, I put Windows 7 on it about 3 years ago. I built it with some longevity in mind, so performance is not an issue today. It has 8 GB of RAM, a Core 2 Duo E8400 and has had several different graphics cards and hard drives over the years. Never had to reinstall Windows and have no doubt that it boots as fast today as it did after installing the OS and software 3 years ago. If you're using tools to fix your PC, you're doing something wrong.