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Top Software to Improve the Performance of Your PC

written by: George Garza•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 1/23/2010

When you get a new computer it has fast performance. You could access Web pages rapidly, and applications loaded in moments. But after a while things inevitably seem to slow down when it comes to operating PCs. But PC performance improvement is possible. These are programs that you can use.

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    Improving System Performance

    There are numerous ways to improve your system performance. These include disk defraggers, memory optimizers, registry cleaners, and memory leak removers.

    Disk Defraggers: Hard disks are the slowest component in your computer. Fragmented disks often become a bottleneck and impede system performance. Disk defraggers restore the location of your files together so they are contiguous on the hard drive.

    Memory Optimizers: The memory of the computer is freed-up periodically to improve performance by giving the computer faster access to system programs and installed applications.

    Registry Cleaners: A registry cleaner is a software utility designed to be used on a Microsoft Windows operating system. It is designed to remove redundant or unwanted items from the Windows registry.

    Memory Leak Removers: These are programs designed to reclaim unused memory from programs that no longer need the memory. Such programs may have been stopped, and have released the memory that they used; but not completely. This is a memory leak.

    All of these operations can impede the performance of the computer, and the software listed here is designed to recover or fix these problems.

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    Driver Access - Update Utility

    When an operating system is written, it cannot possibly have all of the information needed to run every hardware component from audio cards and video to network interface cards or hard drives. That is where drivers come in. They are programs that are written that connect the hardware, or software to the operating system. They allow the operating system to connect with and operate the hardware. Service packs issued by Microsoft, or some other operating system company are designed to improve the performance of the PC. Likewise, even after a driver is installed, it can be updated.

    One program that allows you to update your drivers is Driver Agent. This program will scan the Internet and find and download the drivers that you need to keep your PC running efficiently.

    DriverAgent-Report 

    Supports Vista, XP-Home, XP-Pro, 2000, 2003 Server, ME, 98 and 95 (32 bit version)

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    Software Informer

    Once you install a program on your PC, you assume that it will work correctly, and that it will interface properly with your OS. Typically you use your software for only for a well defined set of functions, but if there is a subtle change in the overall configuration it may cause a conflict. The result, a software failure, can be prevented.

    Software Informer is designed to give you the up-to-date information about the software you actually use. Here is what it will do.

    • It will make a list of applications installed on your computer
    • It will check their versions to determine if they are outdated and can be upgraded.
    • If a more recent version of any program becomes available, it will notify you and present a link for downloading the update.

    Software Informer 

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    PC - Accelerate

    Priority change. Each working program has its priority. The Windows kernel is the highest, whereas other programs work with normal priority. But with PC Accelerate you can increase any program's priority without loading the processor!

    Another feature is that it will free up PC RAM. After a program is stopped, remnants may still reside in memory (memory leaks), but this program will unload the remnants from memory as well, making your system perform quicker.

    PC Accelerate-43568 

    Freeware

    Supports: Windows 2000,NT,XP,2003

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    RAM - Maximizer

    RAM monitoring is an important part of keeping your PC fast. Whenever your PC's memory goes below a limit you select, it will increase available physical memory automatically, and it will even allow you to optimize your PC's memory on regular intervals.

    Max RAM Optimizer Other features

    • Increases RAM available.
    • Defragments physical memory.
    • Recovers memory leaks from Windows and other applications.
    • Displays real-time graph of available physical and virtual memory.
    • Frees unused memory used by processes who allocated too much memory.

    Supports:Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista

    Shareware

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    Clean MemXP

    Monitoring a computer involves watching many different operations. Clean MemXP is a system utility that will capture information from many sources and place it into one location. It can monitor CPU usage, availability of RAM and Virtual RAM, as well as disks, processes, network operations, services, and startup programs. It can optimize system performance by defragging physical system memory.

    Clean MemXP 

    Features:

    • Defrag Physical Memory when Memory reaches a limit.
    • Display information for all system disks and drives.
    • Display and explore Special Folders of Windows.
    • Monitor CPU Usage with support up to4 CPU cores.
    • Monitor RAM and Virtual Memory Availability.
    • Monitor Active Processes and Programs
    • Monitor Netwotk Bandwidth Traffic
    • Monitor Processes accessing Internet via TCP Protocol.
    • Manage Windows Services.

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    Advanced System Optimizer

    If you would like to have all or nearly all of the utilities mentioned so far in one location the look at Advanced System Optimizer (ASO). This is one of the most comprehensive software PC performance enhancing tools. This program includes 22 utilities designed to keep the PC running smooth, clean and error free.

    Features:

    • Smart PC Care(New)
    • Game Optimizer(New)
    • Driver Updater(New)
    • System Protector(New)
    • Disk Tools(New)
    • Backup Manager(New)
    • PC Fixer(New)
    • Disk Optimizer(New)
    • Undelete(New)
    • Registry Cleaner
    • Registry Optimizer
    • System Cleaner
    • Disk Explorer
    • Uninstall Manager
    • Memory Optimizer
    • Privacy Protector
    • Secure Delete
    • Secure Encryptor
    • System File Backup & Restore
    • System & Security Advisor
    • Duplicate Files Remover
    • Startup Manager

    ASO Windows Optimizers 

    Shareware

    Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (both 32 and 64 bit)