Over time, your PC’s performance begins to slow as the Windows registry goes awry, your hard drive fragments, and applications leave behind junk—even after they’re uninstalled. Anvisoft’s Cloud System Booster remedies those problems by fixing invalid registry entries, freeing up hard drive space, and optimizing computer performance. Cloud System Booster will improve your PC’s performance, but it isn’t quite as potent as the free SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner, the current PCMag.com Editors’ Choice champ (Cloud System Booster’s one-license limitation doesn’t help, either).
Getting Started and Clean Up
Cloud System Booster is compatible with Windows 8 PCs (as well as Windows 7/Vista/XP machines) and certainly looks the part. The tuneup utility utilizes a panel-driven interface that makes it a breeze to quickly access the application’s numerous features (Registry Cleaner, Disk Cleaner, Optimizer, PC Repair, and more). You can run those features individually, or click Quick Care for easy, one-click cleanup. More on that in a bit.
Cloud System Booster also features a handful of extra features that help it stand out from the tuneup-utility pack. You can customize the app’s look by changing its color, font type, font size, and adding a background photo. The Cloud Sync feature updates the Cloud System Booster database with your PC’s information to help Anvisoft better fine tune its offering. There’s also a very useful News Center that supplies users with tips on how to improve a PC’s performance and delete hard-to-remove applications and toolbars.
I tested Cloud System Booster’s ability to whip a PC back into shape by performing two tests—running the Geekbench system performance tool and measuring boot times—before and after running the software to compare the testbed’s potency. I ran each test three times and averaged the results. Before Cloud System Booster cleaned the system, the 2-GHz Intel Core i7 X990 Style-Note notebook with 4GB of RAM, and an 80GB Intel SSD drive achieved a 5,914 Geekbench score and booted in 50.3 seconds.
After using Cloud System Booster, the nootebook saw improved performance: The GeekBench score rose to 6,328 (which was just shy of SlimCleaner’s 6,338), and the boot time decreased to 42.5 seconds (a hair slower than SlimCleaners’s 41.1 second mark).
Those numbers wouldn’t mean much if it didn’t translate into user-noticeable improvements—fortunately, it does. Windows, iTunes, and Steam opened with extra pep that wasn’t present when the machine was junked up.
Cloud System Booster drops the ball in one key area: license limitations. The $19.99 price tag grants you just one license. Comodo PC Tuneup, Iolo System Mechanic, and SlimCleaner, have no such limitations—you can install the software on as many PCs as you wish. If you live in a multi-PC home, you’ll have to purchase a license for each computer.
Emptying the Trash
Cloud System Booster came close to dethroning the Editors’ Choice award-winning SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner, but the license limitations kept it from claiming the crown. Still, Cloud System Booster is a respectable tuneup utility that’s easy to use, attractive, full of helpful tips, and most of all, effective.
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