Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 3 Review
Reviewed by: Makaveli
Reviewed on: September 12, 2007
Price: $25.95 USD
Many of us have thought about every possible way we could speed up our PCs. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times that I've physically and verbally assaulted my computer because of how slow it was running. Most people would like their computers to run as fast as they did when they first got the machine, but not many people know what to do so that they can achieve that goal. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to optimize your system’s performance? Uniblue’s SpeedUpMyPC 3 may be the solution to our problem. Can this software speed up my computer and optimize it to make it run the fastest it is capable of running? Let’s install the program and find out!
Uniblue is among the elite of the PC security and performance software market. The company produces innovative products that are easy to use, safe, reliable and get the job done efficiently. Uniblue continues to strive and manufacture useful products for all sorts of customers in every corner of the world.
Look familiar? The CD case is the exact same one that the Uniblue Registry Booster 2 (OCC Review) is encased in. I finally found out what the whole “Performance, Stability, Security” means. It’s part of a power suite in which Registry Booster 2 is the “Stability” and this SpeedUpMyPC 3 is the “Performance”.
Now let's install the software and get started!
SpeedUpMyPC 3 can be installed by inserting the disc into your optical drive and following the on-screen directions.
When you first open up SpeedUpMyPC 3, you’ll be shown just how terrible your computer is and how it’s not optimized at all. You’ll also be shown a huge button to start scanning your computer. At the bottom of the window you’ll see how many products of the power suite you have installed. For me, I have both SpeedUpMyPC 3 and Registry Booster 2 installed.
The next tab is “Optimization” which is where you’ll be able to monitor and optimize your system’s memory, CPU, hard disks, internet and start up. In the memory subsection, you’ll be able to free up your RAM and monitor your memory for as long as 1 hour.
In the CPU subsection, you can monitor your CPU’s activity as well as “Application Booster” which you can tell the CPU to apply more resources to certain programs to make them run more efficiently.
The next subsection is “Disk” which is where you can watch your hard drive’s read and write efficiency over a minute or hour’s time. After “Disk” comes the Internet section. Here you can see your bandwidth usage, upload and download speeds. The last subsection is “StartUp Optimization” which is where you can add or remove programs from your start up list. I found many programs that I didn’t need to have on the list so this tab came in handy.
The next main tab is “Clean Up”. Here you can start a scan for dump files, temporary files, backup files, lost clusters and other junk files. The second subsection for this tab is “Privacy” where you can scan for cookies, downloaded program files, temporary offline files and much more.
This next subsection is something I really like. It’s called “File Shredder”. When you delete files on your computer, you merely delete the visible reference to it. To insure that the file is completely off of your machine, you can use this “File Shredder” option and get rid of the files. The last subsection under this tab is the “Uninstall Manager” which is much like the Windows “Add and Remove Programs” in the Control Panel.
The last main tab is “Settings”. While in this tab, you can modify when SpeedUpMyPC 3 starts up. You can also tell the program where to put all of the cleaned up and deleted files.
Now that you’ve seen the program up close, let’s run it! You can start the scan by heading back to the “Overview” tab and clicking “Start Scan”. Once SpeedUpMyPC 3 scans your computer, it’ll show you what it came up with and if you want to optimize it. Your system is now optimized and you can see that because the MHz dial is now turned all the way up and proudly pronounces your system optimization as “High”.
Since everything is scanned and optimized, let’s see how much of an impact this program has on the computer.
- Windows Familiar GUI
- Automatic Performance Scan
- System Overview and Recommendations
- Detailed System Graphs
- System Tray Shortcut
- System Optimization State
- Extensive Manual and Help
- CPU Usage Overview
- CPU Booster Functionality
- Memory Usage Overview
- RAM Optimization
- Disk Usage
- Process Viewer
- Disk Analyzer and Defrag
- Internet Speed Analyzer
- Internet Speed Optimizer
- Startup Manager
- Junk Clean-Up Scan
- Detailed Junk Clean-Up Scan Results
- Privacy Protector Scan
- File Shredder
- Uninstall Manager
- Detailed Privacy Protector Scan Results
- Launch Application at Start-Up
- Launch Scan at Start-Up
- Start Scanning When Application Loads
To test Uniblue's SpeedUpMyPC 3, we're going to record the time it takes to access and close some of todays most popular applications. We'll also be looking at the Microsoft Windows shutdown and startup times. "Not Optimized" means that when that test was administered, only Uniblue's Registry Booster 2 had been run. "Optimized" means that SpeedUpMyPC 3 has been run moments prior to testing. Time is recorded in seconds and lower is better.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 Memory
- eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
- Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Sony DVD-R DL Burner
- Windows XP Professional SP2
During testing, I noted how intuitive the user interface was for the program. I really feel like it is easy enough for a five year old to use. The style is exactly the same as the Registry Booster 2 and that's a good thing, because it looks very professional, clean and unique.
Now let's see how well the system performed after the scan and optimization.
I knew that the system would do better after the scan and optimization but I was surprised to see some of the results vary as much as they did. For example, look at the time it took Windows to shutdown after SpeedUpMyPC 3 optimized the system - pretty impressive huh? I was pleased to see my system became even faster.
I’ve finally found a way to SpeedUpMyPC! The answer is Uniblue’s SpeedUpMyPC 3 software. After the Uniblue's Registry Booster 2, I didn’t think my PC could get much faster, but I was sorely mistaken. With the “Performance” piece of the power suite, you really will notice how much quicker your computer gets. There is a plethora of options and features that you can do to make your computer be the absolute best that it can be. The program has a very easy-to-use interface and everything is very clean and professional looking. I am thoroughly impressed with this software because of how many errors it found on my PC and how swiftly it took care of them. I was especially impressed with the “File Shredder” option, because it’s really nice to have the option to completely delete files from your machine and have no trace of them. I also liked seeing the “Application Booster” whereby you can modify the resources your computer uses to run certain applications. I cannot recommend the Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 3 software enough because of how well it lives up to the name it has. It made a noticeable difference in my PC’s performance, while it was very professional and easy-to-use. There is not one thing that I can think of about this product that I did not like. For the price it is set at, don’t pass up on this software!
- Professional Looking
- Performance Boost