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Anybody have experience with Pitstop Optimize?

by MartyLK / February 23, 2006 8:06 PM PST

Just checked the cNet forums and came across minimal posts but were positive. How about you all, is Pitstop Optimize worth the money or should I avoid it like the plague?

It's recommended by Computer Associates and is supposedly used by them on all of their office machines.

The only gripe by the reviewers at cNet Download is that you have to register the program for it to fix what it analyzes. Nothing negative, though.

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It's a little pricey...
by John.Wilkinson / February 24, 2006 12:45 AM PST

It's a legitimate program that does tune up your PC, but it's a little overpriced for what it does. It's main points are:

* It cleans out your registry, but you can do that for free with RegCleaner.

* It maximizes your hard drive by removing junk files, which can be done for free with CCleaner, which does a better job, IMO.

* "Energize Internet Speeds!" Well, it adjusts your cache size, deletes temp files, and such, then tweaks a few settings for your connection, all of which you can easily do yourself, especially with Firefox. Also, it's up tp 200% increase in speed, sort of like those advertisements that you can make up to $50,000 a month by purchasing this plan for a home business. I did see an increase in performance after tweaking the connection settings, but it was minimal.

* "Revitalize System Performance!" Honestly, I didn't notice any change, and in reviewing what modifications it makes (click here), I don't see any true performance-enhancing changes.

Overall, it is a nice program, but definately not worth $30 when it makes minimal changes to your system, all of which can easily be achieved for the low cost of Free.

Just my two cents.
John

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"Optimizing" at PC Pitstop
by byker49 / February 24, 2006 2:05 AM PST

In my opinion save your money. I have never used it but I would think a few tweaks by the users would have the same affect. Just Google optimize XP and go to a website and get the usual stuff. (Shutdown seldom used programs that start at windows startup,use firefox, etc,etc).

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