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How DNS Settings Can Make Your Internet Faster

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How DNS Settings Can Make Your Internet Faster

DNS Settings for Faster Internet

DNS settings (Domain Name Server) can affect your internet browsing in terms of privacy, speed, security and reliability.

At the most basic level, the internet infrastructure is a series of cables, either copper or optical, which connects servers around the world.

Data is then carried across these cables in the form of electromagnetic waves and limited to the speed of light.

As the speed of light is the theoretical limit of our known universe, we can reduce the distance these waves have to travel to speed things up.

If a DNS server is located far away from you, then your browsing speeds will be impacted.

DNS servers work a lot like giant phone directories, matching domain names (The person who you need to call) to their associated IP addresses (their phone number). When you type a domain name into your browser, your computer  first has to contact your current DNS server to ask what IP address is associated with the domain name. Your computer then connects to the IP address and retrieves the right web page for you.

The DNS servers you use are likely provided by your ISP (Internet service provider). If you’re behind a router, your computer may be using the router itself as its DNS server, but the router is forwarding requests to your ISP’s DNS servers.

Speed and reliability can be boosted by switching your DNS settings, but that really depends on how well your ISP is looking after its DNS servers and how close they are to your current location.

The Mobile Workplace

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Different systems, network connection types and locations all likely have a different optimal DNS setting, therefore, there is no “one setting is the best for everyone” solution.

This is especially so in the modern world where you are moving from your home, workplace, coffeeshop etc.

When you connect to public wifi network, you’ll know even less about who’s running the show and so a switch to a DNS server you trust, makes even more sense than it does at home or office.

Speed, privacy, security, reliability, customization—you don’t really have much control at all over these on public wifi, but different DNS servers can help take it back.

Now let’s look at some of the best known alternatives.

What alternative DNS providers are there?

The most popular and reliable alternative DNS providers are OpenDNS,Google, Quad9 and most recently Cloudflare.

They all boast similar benefits, but contain minor service specific differences too.

With jv16PowerTools NVM you can quickly benchmark to see which works best for you.

Google DNS

Google’s public DNS, using the now famous 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 IP addresses, promises boosts in speed and security over your existing DNS server and  with Google’s know-how you can expect it’s going to be more reliable than most.

Open DNS

OpenDNS has more of a focus on filtering and child safety, and offers paid-for packages mainly for small businesses.

It’s one of the longest-running DNS providers, and got bought up by Cisco in 2015.

The IP addresses for its free, no-sign-up Family Shield package are 208.67.222.222 (primary) and 208.67.220.220 (secondary), though for most packages (even the free ones) you need to register an account first, which might put you off.

Quad9

The big benefits of Quad9 are speed and security, using “threat intelligence from more than a dozen of the industry’s leading cybersecurity companies” to help you steer clear of malicious sites (IBM is one of those partners). It’s another of the newer DNS providers, and takes a strong stance on user privacy and security.

You can get at it through the 9.9.9.9 and 149.112.112.112 IP addresses.

Cloudflare

Cloudflare is the newest arrival, promising DNS servers that are fast, secure, and private.

The IP addresses are 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 (primary and secondary), and you can get started by trying either of those addresses.

Many tests seems to put this as the fastest of all the DNS providers, though margins can be small.

Geolocation

Which DNS Server is best really depends on where in the world you are and what you need. OpenDNS has to some extent been usurped by newer, more privacy-focused options, but the Family Shield is still worth a look if you want family filtering that works instantly with no setup and no sign up required.

While your speed gains will be marginal, changing your DNS can definitely improve your security and privacy.

If you’re behind a firewall or need to get around some censorship, changing your DNS can also be part of your strategy to get around it.

Overall, it’s not quite as technically difficult as it sounds, and you have nothing to lose by making a quick switch .

 Benchmarking 

So how can you know which is the best to use?

Usually, you have to try each of these options individually, changing your settings manually and pinging test servers to check. 

With jv16 PowerTools NMV you can actually do this with just a few clicks of a button, to test, benchmark and apply (production version only).

If you’d like to give this a try with our current BETA, feel free to grab a copy from our user forum (with full install instructions) and find out what DNS Settings apply best for you at your current location. 

Below is a simple step by step guide (Thanks Stefan!) On how to benchmark with our NMV BETA and how to then adjust your settings (our easy apply is not quite yet ready).

 

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Best Free PC Optimization Software of 2018 Previewed

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Fast start-up and speed of operation are two of the best things about a new PC. After all, you want your PC to run at full capacity. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cheap laptop or a powerful desktop gaming computer. But that speed usually does not last long. Every PC slows down, and it can happen suddenly. That’s where the best free PC optimization software deserve the tryout.

All computers end up losing the effectiveness of that first day. They become slow, unresponsive and unreliable. The operating system becomes saturated as programs are added and deleted incompletely. Behind are drivers and all kinds of waste in the OS. Your hard drive ends up filled with forgotten files. Programs create large blocks of cache that we don’t know of.

At a certain point, our full hard drive drowns when the operating system tries to run. The outdated drivers stop working correctly. Toolbars and other junk plug-ins can make our browsers unusable. It is then when you need the best free pc optimizer.

We often consider buying a new PC in two scenarios. When our computers become so run down that we can’t even use Microsoft Word. Also, when Steam games lose the speed and efficiency we were accustomed to. It’s a drastic decision that is usually unnecessary. Instead, you can get a “like the first day” performance for a dozen dollars.

You will no longer spend hundreds or thousands, thanks to a relatively inexpensive tool: a PC optimization utility.

What is an optimization utility?

Rememeber your computer at it’s peak performance? That’s what an optimization utily can do: analyse your system, find and solve problems. It can perform various functions including hard disk defragmentation, repairing the Windows Registry and eliminating duplicate, unusable files.

Some tune-up utilities perform only those basic functions, while more elaborate ones add numerous features that improve your computer in many other ways. Many of the utilities automatically fetch new drivers, shred, schedule and backup automatically.

Advantages of use

An optimization utility can perform a variety of tasks to keep your computer running smoothly.  Below is a list of some of the possible fixes and enhancements that can be made to your computer:

  • Optimize the computer’s registry
  • Increase Internet connectivity speed
  • Reduce Hard drive fragmentation (especially for non-SSD drives)
  • Increase overall computer operation speed
  • Reduce the overall computer boot time
  • Optimize various system settings otherwise unknown to end-users
  • Fix generic computer errors resulted from use of faulty software
  • Update system drivers and provide overall performance reports

As we use a computer, it keeps a series of temporary files and configurations. In the long run, they cause the processor to start slow, inadequately and even show us all kinds of errors. Although Windows usually has a series of individual functions to optimize its performance, in many cases, it’s necessary to resort to a PC optimizer.

How to choose a good PC optimizer?

First of all, you will need to ask yourself what do you need it for.

  • Can it optimize your Internet connection speed?
  • Does it make back-ups?
  • Can you defragment your drives with it?
  • Does it analyze your hardware?
  • Can it remove bloatware?
  • Is it user friendly?

Recommendations for the best free PC optimization software

System Mechanic

This has a freeware and Pro version and is one of the most highly rated PC optimization programs for Windows. The Pro version includes some more advanced modules with anti-virus, internet connection tweaker, Windows customization and search and recovery tools.

System Mechanic has an intuitive UI design that includes most of the software’s tools and options within a left sidebar. It gives you a system status overview that highlights things that need fixing, such as registry issues, junk files or fragmented hard drive.

With the software’s startup manager users can remove the software that starts up when your computer turns on, to speed up boot times. In addition, you can also speed up Windows with System Mechanic’s RAM optimizer that defrags RAM. It can fix invalid registry entries, and that also comes with backup and restore options. Other tools: fixes invalid shortcuts, repair internet connections and defrag hard disks.

Ashampoo WinOptimizer

This software is a stripped down version of WinOptimizer 14, which has more extensive file management and system maintenance tools.

WinOptimizer Free has Drive Cleaner, Registry Optimizer and Internet Cleaner tools for system maintenance. It also has a useful shortcut to run those tools simultaneously.  WinOptimizer’s Startup-Tuner is another system maintenance tool with which you can disable Windows services and edit startup items.

You can schedule an optimization runs and save the most frequently used modules in Favorites for quicker access. In addition, you can split up, encrypt and recover files. It also includes handy Windows customization and file management tools.

CCleaner

You can use this software to free up hundreds of megabytes of disk space, remove software, manage startup items and repair possible errors.

The freeware version of CCleaner lacks some of the file recovery,scheduling and disk defragmentation tools included in the Professional Plus package, but it still has a few useful options.

CCleaner’s primary tools are its flexible hard disk and registry cleaners, which you can configure to delete a variety of more specific file and registry items. You can also select specific folders or files to either delete or exclude from system scans and clean up third party software file items.

WinUtilities Free

It’s an all-in-one PC optimizer with a freeware and Pro edition.  The UI design of both editions is very similar, but the File Undelete, Task Scheduler and Duplicate Files Finder only work in the Pro version, which also has free technical support.

WinUtilities Free has 25 modules that consist of PC optimization, clean up and repair, files & folders, registry and other system tools. Users can select Registry Defrag, Disk Defrag, Startup Cleaner, RAM optimizer and BHO (Browser Helper Objects) Remover tools.

Also, the software includes a Disk Cleaner to remove junk data, Registry Cleaner to fix invalid registry entries, Shortcut Fixer and Uninstall Manager. In addition, registry tools can split and merge files, analyze disk space, back up the registry and remove and restore context menu options.

Most of the clean up and defrag tools are incorporated in an 1-Click Maintenance option.

What is our recommended solution?

If you want to make a comparison between the software described above and our own optimization tool, jv16 PowerTools, you can read more on the blog. There, you can find extensive benchmark reports that will shed a light on the best free PC optimization software.

Windows Startup Time Improvement Benchmark

By | benchmark tests

Windows

Startup Time Improvement

Benchmark

These tests were performed in February of 2017

Introduction

In recent years, Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies which have attempted to answer questions about the quality of different registry cleaning products as well as what kind of effects they can have on your system.

Windows startup time improvement is something that concerns us, especially since we released the Startup Timer tool. In order to satisfy this curiosity, some test cases had to be performed.

Cumulative Test Results: Summary

We measured the Windows startup time improvement in an attempt to determine if using registry cleaners will have any positive (or negative) impact on the average Windows startup time for either Windows 7 and/or Windows 10.

Interesting benchmark summary takeaways:

  • The highest total Windows startup time improvement after using a registry cleaner was 56 seconds
  • The lowest total Windows startup time improvement after using a registry cleaner was 5 seconds
  • The highest total number of Windows system problems reported after using a registry cleaner was 14224
  • The lowest total number of Windows system problems reported after using a registry cleaner was 252
windows startup time improvement
Product Total system problems Total Windows startup time improvement (seconds) Total system problems Test 2 Total system problems Test 3 Startup time after Test 2 Startup time after Test 3
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 3790 44 2087 1703 87 48
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 3586 46 3119 467 87 46
Ace Utilities 432 46 332 100 88 45
Acleaner 7262 47 7243 19 88 44
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 2011 34 1726 285 89 56
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 1957 32 1924 33 90 57
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 3873 33 3804 69 90 56
jv16 PowerTools 5154 56 4593 561 91 32
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 758 44 579 179 90 45
Netgate Registry Cleaner 1795 46 1593 202 90 43
Registry Life 252 46 209 43 90 43
Registry Help Free 499 42 321 178 90 47
Registry TuneUp 953 36 922 31 90 53
RegSeeker 4452 37 4400 52 90 52
SlimCleaner Free 14224 42 14073 151 91 46
TweakNow PowerPack 2996 32 2339 657 91 56
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 325 5 241 84 91 83

Windows Startup Time Improvement: Verifiability

All possible measures have been taken to ensure the verifiability and credibility of these these benchmark results. For instance, all the testing has been recorded in both video and screenshots, links to see these recordings for each tested software are provided below.

Current Benchmark Objectives

This current case study aims to continue the tradition that Macecraft Software has established while releasing similar product comparison test reports alongside every recent major product release. The latest benchmark test report currently covers the following tests completed in February 2017:

  • Test 1: Number of errors found from a freshly installed Windows 10
  • Test 2: Effect on Windows startup time on Windows 10
  • Test 3: Effect on Windows startup time on Windows 7

All of the test results are accompanied by screenshots and video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

This case study is open to discussion and public review, in this forum thread.

We would strongly appreciate if you could join the discussion on the forum, let us know what you think about the tests done, comment the current test results and recommend us new test ideas that we should cover in future similar studies.

Windows Startup Time Improvement: Test Methods

The testing was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.0.32 r112930) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM. The virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS (64 bit) with Intel Quad Core i7-6700K CPU @ 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM with a system disk of Samsung SSD 850 EVO.

The products tested were chosen simply by searching Google with search words “registry cleaner” and “make windows faster”. Only products that have a dedicated website were accepted to this study. In other words, if a product was only found from a software download website but it didn’t have a website of its own, we assumed the product has been deprecated and did not download it for testing.

Test 1: Number of errors found (freshly installed Windows 10)

A total of 67 products were tested in this benchmark of registry cleaners with the purpose of ultimately determining the Windows startup time improvement, if any, after using each of these products. Each software was ran using its default settings on Windows 10 with all updates installed, with no third party software installed. The purpose of the first test is to determine which products can be tested, that is, which products allow cleaning and fixing the system without the need to buy anything.

As the products are run on a freshly installed Windows 10 with no third party software installed, the assumption is that not many errors should be found on the system. Nevertheless, the number of registry errors and unneeded files identified by the different products are in the first test results table below.

Test 1 interesting takeaways:

  • 37 out of the 67 tested products allow the system to be cleaned / fixed without having to pay.
  • 1 out of the 67 tested products removed files from the computer without user confirmation.
  • 20 out of the 67 tested products opened at least one advertising browser popup after installation.
  • 1 out of the 67 tested products opened three advertising browser popups after installation.
  • 8 out of the 67 tested product installers contained at least one prechecked bundled software.
  • 1 out of the 67 tested product installers contained three prechecked bundled software.
Product Version Registry errors found Unneeded files found Trial restriction Comments Screenshot
Wondershare 1-Click PC Care 8.2.1.0 564 52.1 MB Trial restriction: Can only clean disk. Screenshot link
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 1.2.1.7900 105 8.7 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 1.1.0.0 461 n/a Screenshot link
Ace Utilities 6.3.0 29 3.99 MB Screenshot link
Acebyte Utilities 3.1.2 548 2.99 MB Screenshot link
Acleaner 4.5 15 n/a Screenshot link
Advanced System Optimizer 3 3.9.93636.16880 0 7.81 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Advanced SystemCare 10 10.1 939 26 MB Prechecked bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
AVG PC TuneUp 16.72.2.55508 76 12.8 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Argente Utilities 1.0.7.0 36 0 MB Screenshot link
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 14.00.04 62 13 MB Forces user to receive a license key via email. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 6.1.1.0 23 n/a Prechecked to install three bundled software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
AthTek Registry Cleaner “lastest version” 759 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Avira System Speedup 3.1.1.4250 7 0.02 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
AVS Registry Cleaner 3.0.5.272 256 24.4 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Chily Registry Optimizer and Cleaner 7.12.01 590 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Baidu PC Faster 5.1.3.131061 n/a 755.7 MB Screenshot link
BitOptimizer 3.3.16 24 11.4 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Carambis Cleaner 1.3.3.5315 56 35.77 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Prechecked to install bundled software. Screenshot link
CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner 4.5 90 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Comodo PC TuneUp 1.0.265884.46 0 25 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Cloud System Booster 3.6 56 0.01 MB Screenshot link
iolo System Mechanic 15.5.0.61 25 n/a Forces user to receive a license via email. Screenshot link
Norton Utilities 14.5.0.120 43 13.9 MB Disc Cleaner removes files without user confirmation. Screenshot link
Ccleaner 5.26.5937 14 33.5 MB Prechecked to install bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 4.0 build 20160918 65 n/a Screenshot link
JetClean 1.5.0.129 325 7.67 MB Screenshot link
Glary Utilities 5.68.0.89 16 5.85 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 2.0.1 15 100 files, size n/a Screenshot link
MYPCTuneUp 2017 1.7.61 82 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
PCRx 2.0.0.105 15 53 MB Cannot clean: software crashes when attempting to clean. Prechecked to install two bundled software. Screenshot link
Raxco PerfectRegistry 2.0.0.2679 4 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Premium Booster 3.8 build 9900 95 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Little Registry Cleaner 1.6.0 100 (approx) n/a Screenshot link
Netgate Registry Cleaner 16.0.990.0 15 Prechecked to install bundled software. Browser popup when installed, browser popup while cleaning. Screenshot link
Registry Life 3.3.6 35 Prechecked to install bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
RegAce System Suite 3.3.1.0 419 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
RegCure Pro 3.3.2.2 24 12.6 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
RegHunter Registry Repair 2.1.7.2022 101 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Drill 4.4.01 598 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry First Aid 11 11.0.1 build 2433 492 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Healer 5.5.0 build 574 378 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Medic 2015 86 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Registry Help Free 1.82 (1.8.2.1) 188 n/a Screenshot link
Registry Reviver 4.12.0.10 26 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Registry TuneUp 5.7.0.26 30 n/a Screenshot link
Registry Wizard 3.2.16.613 130 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
RegSeeker 3.01 build 3680 50 n/a Screenshot link
RegVac Registry Cleaner 5.02.15 127 n/a Screenshot link
SeriousBit Enhanso 2.1.1 81 14 MB Screenshot link
Simnet Registry Repair 3.1.1.2 33 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Simplitec Simple Clean 2.5.0.39 27 7.4 MB Screenshot link
SlimCleaner Free 4.0.30878.55015 49 33 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
Speed It Up Free 11.32 n/a n/a Three browser popups. Screenshot link
Speedy PC Free 3.3.21 24 11.6 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Synei System Utilities ‘4.0 36 58 MB Screenshot link
System Cleaner 7 7.7.32.720 67 7.76 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Browser popup. Screenshot link
TweakNow PowerPack 4.6.0 38 8.4 MB Screenshot link
Uniblue PC Mechanic 2017 1.2.0.0 25 42 MB Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Prechecked to install bundeld software. Browser popup. Screenshot link
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 12.8.4 186 n/a Screenshot link
WinASO Registry Optimizer 5.2.0.0 94 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
Windows Doctor 2.9.0.0 409 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
WinMend Registry Cleaner 2.2.0.0 693 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
WinTools.net Premium 17.2.1 99 n/a Trial restriction: Does not clean the found items. Screenshot link
WinUtilities Free 13.25 66 0 MB Screenshot link
Wise Care 365 4.53 51 638 MB Browser popup. Screenshot link
jv16 PowerTools 4.1.0.1670 150 14 files Screenshot link

As can be seen from the results table above, 37 out of the 67 tested products allow the system to be cleaned and/or fixed without having to pay. Only these 37 products were therefore passed through to the the next tests to see what kind of effect they have on Windows startup time improvement.

Test 2: Effect on Windows startup time (Windows 10)

In the second test case, we measured the Windows startup time improvement after using each of the tested software on Windows 10.

Product Total Items Startup Timer (After) Comments Screenshot Video
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 2087 87 Screenshot link Video link
RegSeeker 3119 87 Screenshot link Video link
Acleaner 332 88 Screenshot link Video link
jv16 PowerTools 7243 88 Screenshot link Video link
Registry TuneUp 1726 89 Screenshot link Video link
Ace Utilities 1924 90 Screenshot link Video link
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 3804 90 Also installed Auslogics BoostSpeed Screenshot link Video link
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 579 90 Screenshot link Video link
Netgate Registry Cleaner 1593 90 Deletes a network drive shortcut Screenshot link Video link
Registry Life 209 90 Screenshot link Video link
SlimCleaner Free 321 90 Screenshot link Video link
TweakNow PowerPack 922 90 Screenshot link Video link
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 4400 90 Screenshot link Video link
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 14073 91 Product crashed Screenshot link Video link
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 2339 91 Screenshot link Video link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 241 91 Screenshot link Video link
Registry Help Free 4593 91 Screenshot link Video link
Acebyte Utilities 1881 91 Screenshot link Video link
SeriousBit Enhanso 573 94 Screenshot link Video link
Synei System Utilities 1464 94 Screenshot link Video link
Cloud System Booster 6987 95 Screenshot link Video link
Norton Utilities 1503 95 Screenshot link Video link
CCleaner 3227 95 Screenshot link Video link
Simplitec Simple Clean 3320 95 Screenshot link Video link
iolo System Mechanic 2395 96 Forces email activation Screenshot link Video link
JetClean 2264 96 Screenshot link Video link
Advanced SystemCare 10 5168 97 Screenshot link Video link
Argente Utilities 23446 97 Screenshot link Video link
AVG PC TuneUp 1666 100 Screenshot link Video link
Glary Utilities 86 100 Screenshot link Video link
Baidu PC Faster 4314 104 Screenshot link Video link
Avira System Speedup 569 106 Screenshot link Video link
WinUtilities Free 412 110 Screenshot link Video link
Wise Care 365 6025 132 Screenshot link Video link
Little Registry Cleaner 1594 Product crashed Screenshot link Video link
RegVac Registry Cleaner Windows refuses to run the software, calls it “Malicious file” Screenshot link Video link
Speed It Up Free Product crashed, does not run Screenshot link Video link

Test 3: Effect on Windows startup time (Windows 7)

In the second test case, we measured the Windows startup time improvement after using each of the tested software on Windows 7.

Product Total Items Startup Timer (After) Comments Screenshot Video
360Amigo System Speedup Pro 1703 48 Screenshot link Video link
Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 467 46 Screenshot link Video link
Ace Utilities 100 45 Screenshot link Video link
Acleaner 19 44 Screenshot link Video link
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2017 285 56 Screenshot link Video link
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 33 57 Screenshot link Video link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 69 56 IDM fails after cleaning Screenshot link Video link
Lavasoft Registry Tuner 179 45 Screenshot link Video link
Netgate Registry Cleaner 202 43 Removes network shortcut Screenshot link Video link
Registry Life 43 43 Screenshot link Video link
Registry Help Free 178 47 Screenshot link Video link
Registry TuneUp 31 53 Screenshot link Video link
RegSeeker 52 52 Screenshot link Video link
SlimCleaner Free 151 46 Screenshot link Video link
TweakNow PowerPack 657 56 Screenshot link Video link
Vit Registry Fix Free Edition 84 83 Screenshot link Video link
jv16 PowerTools 561 32 Screenshot link Video link

Other Historical Benchmark Tests

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies:

Scan Speed Benchmark – Software Testing Weekly #5

By | benchmark tests, blog, pc optimization expert

Scan speed benchmark of the latest versions

This scan speed benchmark test case came to mind after the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 has been released. We then decided to test the actual scan speed versus number of errors found for the latest three public versions of the Clean and SpeedUp My Computer tool.

Why this test now?

On the occasion of releasing jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.1.0.1728 it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fill a Windows 10 virtual machine with residual registry and file system data, then compare the performance of our latest three publicly released scanner versions.

Using this scan speed benchmark, we hope to show the differences in terms of scanner speed (the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 is very fast) and how we managed to obtain it (faster speed most of the times means lower accuracy).

The “crap.reg” registry file imported to the test system contains over 10000 unique registry and file system orphaned entries and other errors of various severity levels.

We use such test data to ensure the fact that the latest version of our scanner does not have any false positives. This will be the subject of an upcoming quality testing report as part of the weekly test routines.

Tested jv16 PowerTools versions

The following jv16 PowerTools 2017 versions have been tested:

  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.10.1689
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.10.1703
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.10.1728

To download the latest version of jv16 PowerTools, always go to: https://www.macecraft.com/download/

Test Cases

The objective of this one-off test case was set to:

  • Test Case #1: Compare the volume of Registry Errors, Temp Files and History Data found versus the overall Clean and SpeedUp My Computer scanner speed between latest three publicly released versions.

The information on which this test case relies is provided by the ML_CSMC_Scan log file, which can be found in the ‘Backups’ folder of your jv16 PowerTools 2017 installation path.

Test Environment

The current benchmark test was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.1.22 r115126) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM assigned.

Said virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 17.04 LTS (64 bit) with an Intel-i5 processor, 20 GB of DDR3 virtual memory and a SSD system disk.

Such an ordinary test environment was created and used in order to simulate the easiest conditions that can be reproduced by any software consumer to verify the validity of these tests.

Verifiability

All of the past and current test results are accompanied by screenshots and/or video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

Test Case #1: Summary

→ scan speed for the latest versions of jv16 PowerTools

Below you can find the actual scan speed benchmark scores recorded by each of the tested jv16 PowerTools versions:

  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1689 completed scanning using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer in 160 seconds
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1703 completed scanning using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer in 244 seconds
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1728 completed scanning using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer in 95 seconds

The latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 (version 4.1.0.1728) completed scan of the entire system much faster than any of the other two latest public versions.

→ number of errors found using the latest versions of jv16 PowerTools

Below you can find the total number of errors found by each of the tested jv16 PowerTools versions:

  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1689 found a total of 12235 system issues
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1703 found a total of 12281 system issues
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1728 found a total of 12174 system issues

Scan Speed Benchmark: conclusions

The latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 – build 1728 found only 0.87% less system issues than the previous public version while it is more than twice as fast.

Related weekly benchmark test reports:

Wider benchmark test reports:

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies:

Anti-Exploit Kit Benchmark – Software Testing Weekly #4

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Anti-Exploit Kit Benchmark

The current anti-exploit kit benchmark is the expression of following our customers closely and taking their recommendations seriously, no matter how out-of-the-box they might be at first sight!

Why this test now?

The idea is based on a message received from one of our existing customers:

“Because jv16PT is not a spyware/malware product it would not fare well – Indeed, it is an unfair comparison; however, I have seen dramatic performance improvements once these products have been run.”

As our customers are usually power users, this gut feeling was taken to the testing lab in an attempt to determine the effects that these software products may have on the overall system performance after used to perform their primary scope.

Anti-Exploit Kit Benchmark: Tested Products

This week, we took into consideration the suggestion of one of our customers and started on a test case journey to determine PCMark 10 benchmark scores (while ignoring GPU requirements) for a Windows 10 system, before and after using the following products:

  • SuperAntiSypware Professional Trial v.6.0.1244
  • Malwarebytes Premium Trial v.3.1.2
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 v.4.1.0.1728

Test Cases involving PCMark 10 Benchmark

The objective of this test was set to record the PCMark 10 benchmark scores of a virtual Windows 10 computer, under the following test case scenarios:

  • Test Case #1: Before installing and using any of the third party common software (Windows 10 fresh)
  • Test Case #2: Before installing and using any of the tested PC system utilities (Windows 10 fresh + common software installed)
  • Test Case #3: With third party software installed, after installing and using SuperAntiSpyware
  • Test Case #4: With third party software installed, after installing and using MalwareBytes
  • Test Case #5: With third party software installed, after installing and using jv16 PowerTools 2017

PCMark 10 Benchmark: Test Environment

The current benchmark test was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.1.22 r115126) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM assigned. Said virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 17.04 LTS (64 bit) with an Intel-i5 processor, 20 GB of DDR3 virtual memory and a SSD system disk.

Such an ordinary test environment was created and used in order to simulate the easiest conditions that can be reproduced by any software consumer to verify the validity of these tests.

PC System Benchmarks: Verifiability

All of the past and current test results are accompanied by screenshots and/or video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

Test Case #1: Summary

→ freshly installed Windows 10 with no third party software

In the first test case we measured the PCMark 10 score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose.

We did not yet install any of the most common software used today. The reason for this extra benchmark score (before installing any other third party software products) is to determine a baseline benchmark score for a freshly installed Windows 10, according to the PCMark 10 Benchmark software.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #1

On a freshly installed and updated Windows 10, PCMark 10 has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • PCMark 10 Essentials Benchmark score: 4020
  • PCMark 10 Productivity Benchmark score: 3718

Test Case #2: Summary

→ freshly installed Windows 10 with popular software installed

In the first test case we measured the PCMark 10 score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose. In the second test case of this week, we recorded the PCMark 10 score for a Windows 10 system with some of the most popular software installed.

The system in this test case was neither cleaned or optimized using any of the tested software (SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, jv16 PowerTools).

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #2

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installedPCMark 10 has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • PCMark 10 Essentials Benchmark score: 3369
  • PCMark 10 Productivity Benchmark score: 3674

Test Case #3: Summary

→ after using SuperAntiSpyware

The system in this test case was cleaned using SuperAntiSpyware Professional Trial v.6.0.1244.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #3

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installed, after the system was cleaned using SuperAntiSpywarePCMark 10 has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • PCMark 10 Essentials Benchmark score: 2878
  • PCMark 10 Productivity Benchmark score: 3615

Test Case #4: Summary

→ after using Malwarebytes

The system in this test case was cleaned using Malwarebytes Premium Trial 3.1.2.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #4

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installed, after the system was cleaned using MalwarebytesPCMark 10 has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • PCMark 10 Essentials Benchmark score: 3118
  • PCMark 10 Productivity Benchmark score: 3482

Test Case #5: Summary

→ after using jv16 PowerTools

The system in this test case was cleaned and optimized using jv16 PowerTools 2017 v.4.1.0.1728.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #5

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installed, after the system was cleaned and optimized using jv16 PowerToolsPCMark 10 has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • PCMark 10 Essentials Benchmark score: 3383
  • PCMark 10 Productivity Benchmark score: 3858

PCMark 10 Benchmark: conclusions

After using jv16 PowerTools, Windows 10 (with popular software installed) obtains a PCMark 10 Productivity Benchmark score which is slightly higher than the score obtained on a fresh Windows 10 system (with no third party software installed).

Even if this comparison is not necessarily fair, as our customer also mentioned during the recommendation of such a test, it is still interesting to see the effects that popular software have on computing performance.

Related weekly benchmark test reports:

Other benchmark test reports:

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies:

PCMark 10 Benchmark Alternatives – Software Testing Weekly #3

By | benchmark tests, blog, pc optimization expert

Introducing PCMark 10 Benchmark

The new PCMark 10 benchmark software was released only few days ago by Futuremark Corporation.  On this occasion, we wanted to compare scores obtained by a Windows 10 system, before and after cleaning with CCleaner and jv16 PowerTools.

Why this test now?

Last week we tested the PCMark 8 benchmark score obtained by a Windows 10 system before and after cleaning and optimizing it with CCleaner and then with jv16 PowerTools.

While PCMark 8 was never advertised by Futuremark Corporation as a fully compatible benchmarking solution for Windows 10, we wanted to take the new PCMark 10 for a spin. The results of the PCMark 10 benchmark have been compared with last week’s PCMark 8 benchmark score results for the same test case scenarios.

Tested Products

In ‘Software Testing Weekly #2‘ we looked at the top competitor (according to Google.com search results for “registry cleaner”) and decided to see the PC system benchmarks score impact (if any) before and after using the said product: CCleaner.

In last week’s tests, we used CCleaner Professional. For this week, we decided to visit the ‘Builds’ page of CCleaner and choose a different, lighter version, in order to offer CCleaner all the advantages possible in terms of fairness for these tests.

The reason for choosing a different version of CCleaner was mostly driven by the fact that there seems to be a version of the said product which does not include advertisement toolbars attached.

Since jv16 PowerTools is all about no bloatware, no adware and no spyware attached to its installer ever in its history of being a PC System Utilities suite, we decided to test a similar version of CCleaner, that is supposed to not contain ads or any toolbars attached.

For the above reasons, we choose to take a closer look at this product and included CCleaner – Slim instead of CCleaner – Professional in this weekly test report.

Test Cases involving PCMark 10 Benchmark

The objective of this test was set to record the PCMark 10 benchmark scores of a virtual Windows 10 computer with some of the most common 3rd party applications installed, under the following test case scenarios:

  • Test Case #1: Before installing an using any of the third party common software (Windows 10 fresh)
  • Test Case #2: Before installing and using any of the tested PC system utilities (Windows 10 fresh + common software installed)
  • Test Case #3: With third party software installed, after installing and using CCleaner – Slim
  • Test Case #4: With third party software installed, after installing and using jv16 PowerTools 2017
pcmark10 benchmark windows 10

PCMark 10 Benchmark: Test Environment

The current benchmark test was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.1.22 r115126) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM assigned. Said virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 17.04 LTS (64 bit) with an Intel-i5 processor, 20 GB of DDR3 virtual memory and a SSD system disk.

Such an ordinary test environment was created and used in order to simulate the easiest conditions that can be reproduced by any consumer to verify the validity of these tests.

Using high-end hardware or complex distributed system may result in more professional test methods but may also return test results that are only applicable in an uncommon environment (test lab which does not reflect a real world use case).

For the future, we will also approach this from the ISO point of view. For now, trying to keep it simple while educating consumers about their options is our primary objective.

It seems that on a freshly installed Windows 10 virtual machine, with all of the Oracle VirtualBox Guest Additions installed (for DirectX compatibility and other simulated operating system features), PCMark 10 does not have any compatible benchmark in store.

The reason for this issue is that our virtual test environment is based on hardware that does not have an OpenGL 4.3 compatible GPU.

Alternatives for PCMark 10 benchmark software

As the latest version of PCMark 10 Benchmark software has proven to be unavailable to benchmark a Windows 10 appliance that does not have an OpenGL 4.3 compatible GPU installed, we started looking for alternatives. Using a simple Google search, we stumbled upon the following PCMark 10 alternatives:

PassMark PerformanceTest benchmarks the speed of your PC computer hardware, then compares the result to other machines. Includes disk, 3D and CPU tests.

Phoronix Test Suite is a free, open-source benchmark software for Linux and other operating systems developed by Phoronix Media.

UserBenchmark is a free all-in-one benchmarking application. Benchmark your CPU, GPU, SSD, HDD and USB Drives then compare results with other users and see which parts you can upgrade together with the expected performance improvements.

Having at our disposal the above alternatives to PCMark 10, we decided to use the benchmark software that promises on their official website (at first sight) to deliver results in the fastest time possible.

For this reason, due to its slogan (“Speed test your PC in less than a minute”), we decided to use UserBenchmark as an alternative to PCMark 10’s requirement for an OpenGL 4.3 compatible GPU to be mounted on the tested system.

PC System Benchmarks: Verifiability

All of the past and current test results are accompanied by screenshots and/or video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

Test Case #1: Summary

→ on a freshly installed Windows 10 with no third party software

In the first test case we measured the UserBenchMark score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose.

We did not yet install any of the most common software used today. The reason for this extra benchmark score (before installing any other third party software products) is to determine a baseline benchmark score for a freshly installed Windows 10, according to the UserBenchMark testing software.

As mentioned before, UserBenchMark was used as an alternative to the PCMark 10 benchmark due to lack of support on our test machine for an OpenGL 4.3 compatible GPU.

A complete PCMark 10 benchmark will be done later for the same purposes, in a similar environment, this time with an OpenGL 4.3 compatible graphics card installed (in order to obtain the best results).

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #1

On a freshly installed and updated Windows 10, UserBenchMark has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • CPU Benchmark score: 58.8
  • SSD Bechmark score: 121.1
pcmark 10 benchmark alternative

Test Case #2: Summary

→ on a freshly installed Windows 10 with common software and antivirus monitoring enabled

In the first test case we measured the UserBenchMark score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose.

In the second test case of this week, we recorded the UserBenchMark score for a Windows 10 system with some of the most common and/or popular software installed.

This week, we also included Avast Free Antivirus in the installed popular software. The purpose of this antivirus live monitor being installed and enabled is to see how much of an influence it will have on the CPU benchmark score calculated by UserBenchMark.

The system in this test case was neither cleaned or optimized using any of the tested PC System Utilities (CCleaner, jv16 PowerTools 2017).

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #2

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installed and an antivirus live monitoring engine enabled, UserBenchMark has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • CPU Benchmark score: 42.5
  • SSD Bechmark score: 118

Test Case #3: Summary

→ after cleaning and optimizing using CCleaner – Slim (without browser advertisements toolbar)

In the first test and second test cases, we measured the UserBenchMark score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose, with and without third party common software installed.

In the third test case of this week, we recorded the UserBenchMark score for a Windows 10 system with some of the most common and/or popular software installed, after being cleaned with CCleaner.

The system in this test case was cleaned and optimized using CCleaner – Slim for the reason that we learned that this version may not include browser toolbars and other advertisement components that may be rather resource consuming and user annoying, as possibly do other versions of CCleaner, as advertised by its publisher.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to properly run CCleaner – Slim after it has been installed due to the fact that the application crashed. This issue seemed to go away only after the system was rebooted. Possibly, the live monitoring engine of CCleaner had some trouble starting the first time.

Once the test system was hard rebooted, CCleaner – Slim run successfully and was able to clean some temporary files off the hard-disk. The total volume of data removed equaled 329 MB. Its registry cleaner component also found 53 registry issues that needed fixing.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #3

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installed and an antivirus live monitoring engine enabled, after the system was cleaned and optimized using CCleaner – Slim, UserBenchMark has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • CPU Benchmark score: 61
  • SSD Bechmark score: 34.6

Test Case #4: Summary

→ after cleaning and optimizing using jv16 PowerTools 2017 (no adware, no spyware, no toolbars)

In the first test and second test cases, we measured the UserBenchMark score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose, with and without third party common software installed.

In the fourth test case of this week, we recorded the UserBenchMark score for a Windows 10 system with some of the most common and/or popular software installed, after being cleaned with jv16 PowerTools 2017.

The system in this test case was cleaned and optimized using jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.1.0.1728.

Based on instructions displayed by jv16 PowerTools, the system was rebooted. This allows registry keys that could not be fixed during normal operating system operation to be addressed. Also, during the first reboot after using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer tool, if you have run it using its default settings, the Registry Compactor tool will also be executed.

This should provide faster access to common registry keys after jv16 PowerTools has completed compressing all of the registry hives.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #4

On a Windows 10 operating system with most common software installed and an antivirus live monitoring engine enabled, after the system was cleaned and optimized using jv16 PowerTools 2017 v.4.1.0.1728, UserBenchMark has calculated the following PC system benchmark scores:

  • CPU Benchmark score: 62
  • SSD Bechmark score: 28.6

PCMark 10 Benchmark: conclusions

The first thing that struck us is the big difference in UserBenchMark score for the SSD disk before and after using either CCleaner or jv16 PowerTools.

According to UserBenchMark’s algorithm to calculate this type of score, the system ranked 60% poorer in terms of file system access speed after using either CCleaner or jv16 PowerTools. This could be a side effect of the live monitoring agents of both products (to be determined in later test cases).

A test will be carried out in the future to determine the benchmark score of a Windows 10 system with and without live monitoring agents enabled by the PC System Utilities tested in order to address this concern.

CPU Benchmark SSD Benchmark
Windows 10 fresh 58.8 121.1
Windows 10 fresh + common software 42.5 118
Windows 10 cleaned with Ccleaner 61 34.6
Windows 10 cleaned with jv16 PowerTools 62 28.6

For one of the next weekly testing routines, we will get an OpenGL 4.3 compatible GPU in order to be able to run the complete battery of tests included with the latest PCMark 10 benchmark.

As past results alone are not necessarily the best way to guarantee future events, we do plan to correlate results from previous weekly benchmark tests and find a reasonable way to average them for a more clear impression on the effect that popular PC system utilities have on the operating system.

Related weekly benchmark test reports:

Other historical benchmark test reports:

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies:

PC System Benchmarks – Software Testing Weekly #2

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Introducing PC System Benchmarks

PC system benchmarks are a good method to identify potential bottlenecks in your computing performance and choose effective system upgrades. As there are several types of different PC system benchmarks, our focus has always been on those that provide scripted test scenarios inspired from real world use cases.

In March of 2015 we set off to test what various software products were doing to our computers. In this study, 133 products were tested. The inclusion process was simple and straightforward: few software download sites were manually scanned for any products claiming to make your computer faster by cleaning it or by fixing system errors.

In October of 2016 we tested the top ten registry cleaners. The products tested were chosen simply with a Google search of Windows registry cleaners and the top ten results were picked.

In January of 2017 PC system benchmarks were performed to determine the best registry cleaner from a selection of the top three which previously ranked best.

This week, as we have just released jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.1.0.1728, our interest for PC system benchmarks was reborn.

registry cleaner

Why this test now?

Today is supposed that PCMark 10 will be released for public use.

As it has been quite a while since PCMark 8 has been the standard in PC system benchmarking, we wish to celebrate the upcoming public release of PCMark 10 this week with a Windows 10 benchmarking test report done using PCMark 8, before and after using popular PC system utilities.

Since PCMark 8 is not necessarily fully compatible with Windows 10 benchmarking methods, we expect surprising results and some enticing conclusions that may lead us to further test cases for next week’s lab report.

Once PCMark 10 will be released, the conclusions of this micro test will be used to compose the test cases for a much wider study involving more software products that promise to clean and speed-up your computer.

If at the time of reading this report PCMark 10 has been already released, then you can freely benchmark your computer using this software for free in the same way that we did in our lab with PCMark 8.

To download PCMark 10, visit: https://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark10/. We would love to know your results, so don’t hesitate to join the discussion about this topic on the forum.

Tested Products

To start, we looked at the top competitor (according to Google.com search results for “registry cleaner”) and decided to see the PC system benchmarks score impact (if any) before and after using the said product: CCleaner.

In order to learn the most from this experience, we downloaded the free, professional trial of CCleaner in order to evaluate this software from the best angle possible.

As far as we know, this version is supposed to be fully featured, including an active background system monitoring service – which may or may not have an impact on the overall PC system benchmarks score given by PCMark 8 – to be determined.

Test Cases involving PC System Benchmarks

The objective of this test was set to record the virtual PC system benchmarks score given by PCMark 8 on Windows 10 with some of the most common 3rd party applications installed:

  • Before installing and using any of the tested PC system utilities
  • After installing and using CCleaner – Professional
  • After installing and using jv16 PowerTools 2017
pcmark8 windows 10

PC System Benchmarks Test Environment

The current benchmark test was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.1.22 r115126) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM assigned.

In order to ensure that no system updates or other updates are downloaded during the testing procedure, the system was disconnected from the Internet before starting each PC system benchmarks test set.

The virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 17.04 LTS (64 bit) with an Intel-i5 processor, 20 GB of DDR3 virtual memory and a SSD system disk.

Such an ordinary test environment was created and used in order to simulate the easiest conditions that can be reproduced by any consumer to verify the validity of these tests.

Using high-end hardware or complex distributed system may result in more professional test methods but may also return test results that are only applicable in an uncommon environment (test lab which does not reflect a real world use case).

For the future, we will also approach this from the ISO point of view. For now, trying to keep it simple while educating consumers about their options is our primary objective.

PC System Benchmarks: Verifiability

All of the past and current test results are accompanied by screenshots and video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

ninite software installer

Test Case #1: Summary

In the first test case we measured the PCMark 8 PC system benchmarks score for a virtual Windows 10 system that was freshly installed and updated for this purpose.

In this environment, we installed the most common software used today, according to ninite.com. This wonderful tool allows you to quickly install or update multiple commonly used software at the same time, either on a local end-point or even across the network.

Once all the software has been installed, the virtual machine state was saved and we used this state of the operating system as a benchmark point of comparison (without any PC system utilities installed or used on the machine before measuring its baseline PC Mark 8 score).

pcmark 8 windows 10

In order to measure baseline performance, we run the free, conventional test offered by PCMark 8. This test is advertised as being the standard for common home computing tests.

The first of a total of six tests that PCMark 8 does is a scripted scenario in which the PC system benchmark score is measured while simulated social networks are automatically browsed by the benchmarking software.

During this automated test, no user interaction is needed as it is not recommended to use the system which is being benchmarked at the same time that tests are running.

In the second test system performance is measured while browsing for items to buy from an online retailer.

The third test addresses the common use case scenario of editing content using a word processor.

In the following test PCMark 8 measures overall system performance during a simulated video conferencing session.

Finally PCMark 8 helps to determine the PC system benchmark score while the computer is being used for photo editing.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #1

On Windows 10, without cleaning or optimizing the system with any PC system utilities, PCMark 8 has calculated a PC system benchmark score of 1060.

Here are the individual score values allocated to each of the tests:

  • Writing 5.51557 s
  • Video Chat encoding v2 Conventional 237.00000 ms
  • Web Browsing – JunglePin 0.44450 s
  • Casual Gaming 0.70 fps
  • Advanced Photo Editing1 Conventional 0.98143 s
  • Web Browsing – Amazonia 0.16620 s
  • Video Chat playback 1 v2 Conventional 20.01 fps

The total PCMark 8 Home Conventional Score for this test case was 1060.

Video recording of the PC system benchmarks done on Windows 10.

Test Case #2: Summary

In the second test case, the previously saved Windows 10 snapshot (with most common 3rd party software installed) has been cleaned and optimized using this week’s tested PC system utilities.

pc system benchmarks

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #2.1 (CCleaner – Professional Edition v.5.31.6105)

After cleaning the Windows 10 test system with CCleaner – Professional Edition (Registry Cleaner) a total of 53 registry problems were fixed.

After cleaning the Windows 10 test system with CCleaner – Professional Edition (File Cleaner) a total of 400 megabytes of disk space were cleaned.

On Windows 10, after cleaning and optimizing the operating system using CCleaner – Professional EditionPCMark 8 has calculated a PC system benchmark score of 1016.

Here are the individual score values allocated to each of the tests:

  • Writing 5.72957 s
  • Video Chat encoding v2 Conventional 284.00000 ms
  • Web Browsing – JunglePin 0.45689 s
  • Casual Gaming 0.69 fps
  • Advanced Photo Editing1 Conventional 1.02341 s
  • Web Browsing – Amazonia 0.17674 s
  • Video Chat playback 1 v2 Conventional 18.03 fps

The total PCMark 8 Home Conventional Score for this test case was 1016.

Video recording saved while measuring the PCMark 8 PC system benchmark score after cleaning and optimizing Windows 10 with CCleaner – Professional Edition.

PC System Benchmark Results: Test Case #2.2 (jv16 PowerTools 2017 v.4.1.0.1728)

After cleaning the Windows 10 test system with jv16 PowerTools 2017 a total of 83 file and registry related problems were fixed. More detailed statistics are available when using the software’s dedicated tools. For the purpose of this test, we used the Clean and SpeedUp My Computer tool.

This tool was designed to automatically use multiple other tools packed into jv16 PowerTools (such as the Startup Optimizer and Registry Compactor) in order to both clean and optimize a system’s performance.

On Windows 10, after cleaning and optimizing the operating system using jv16 PowerToolsPCMark 8 has calculated a PC system benchmark score of 1030.

Here are the individual score values allocated to each of the tests:

  • Writing 5.57387 s
  • Video Chat encoding v2 Conventional 277.33333 ms
  • Web Browsing – JunglePin 0.46557 s
  • Casual Gaming 0.70 fps
  • Advanced Photo Editing1 Conventional 0.97845 s
  • Web Browsing – Amazonia 0.17018 s
  • Video Chat playback 1 v2 Conventional 17.01 fps

The total PCMark 8 Home Conventional Score for this test case was 1030.

Video recording saved while measuring the PCMark 8 PC system benchmark score after cleaning and optimizing Windows 10 with jv16 PowerTools 2017.

PC System Benchmarks (micro testing): conclusions lead to wider tests

After cleaning the Windows 10 operating system with either CCleaner – Professional Edition or jv16 PowerTools 2017, the PCMark 8 PC system benchmark score was lower than before using any PC system utilities to clean the operating system in the first place.

This result is not surprising for us at all, considering that both of the tested registry cleaners attach a resident process to the system in order to monitor the operating system’s health and overall performance.

How can the operating system get a lower PCMark 8 benchmark score after it has been cleaned?

Most likely, the reason for the lower score obtained by the operating system after being cleaned with each of the tested products in comparison to the baseline test score is because of an extra running background process in both cases, however, this is just an assumption at this level.

In order to clarify this assumption, more extensive tests will be carried out in the near future, with and without background monitoring services enabled for either jv16 PowerTools and any other similar interest software product that we can easily find using a simple search on Google.com

With PCMark 10 pending release later today, we wish to do a similar test case scenario next week and hopefully compare the results between PCMark 8 and PCMark 10.

Results should vary as PCMark 10 has been specifically designed to become the industry standard for benchmarking Windows 10 operating systems, as PCMark 8 has been for a long time in regards to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

What do we expect to see in the next PC system benchmarks done on Windows 10 with PCMark 10?

First of all, we expect PCMark 10 to be far more compatible and capable to measure small differences of Windows 10 performance before and after certain actions have been performed in the test environment.

As PCMark 8 was not necessarily designed to manage Windows 10 after its latest updates, we expect this to improve with the latest release of PCMark later today.

For the start of the next week, our weekly software testing report will most likely include a preview of PCMark 10 and the scores obtained by a Windows 10 virtual environment before and after cleaning it with popular pc system utilities.

Related weekly benchmark test reports:

Other historical benchmark test reports:

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies:

Benchmark of Top Three Windows Registry Cleaners

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Benchmark of Top Three Windows Registry Cleaners

This test was performed in January of 2017

Introduction

Based on the benchmark results of the top ten Windows registry cleaners performed in October of 2016, Macecraft Software continues its tradition of comparative tests with a focus on the top three Windows registry cleaners that ranked highest in our most recent tests.

Tested Software Products

The most recent test was published in October of 2016 and was used to pick the top three participants for the current case study.

This test continued the tradition that Macecraft Software has established while releasing similar registry cleaner comparison test reports alongside every recent major product release. For the release of jv16 PowerTools, the report from October of 2016 covered the following tests:

  • Test 1: Number of errors found
  • Test 2: Windows startup time (measured with a stopwatch)
  • Test 3: Windows startup time (measured with software)

Based on the Benchmark of Top Ten Windows Registry Cleaners, we have temporarily narrowed our focus for this test on the top three previously ranked products:

  • Auslogics Registry Cleaner
  • CCleaner
  • jv16 PowerTools

Each of the top three Windows registry cleaners was downloaded from their official website and installed using their default settings.

Software Product Version Installer file size Installation size License Comments
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 6.1.1.0 8.34 MB 28.1 MB Free for personal and commercial use
  • Sets Yahoo as home page and default search engine.
  • Displays a browser popup.
  • Bundled software #1: Auslogics Driver Updater.
  • Bundled software #2: Auslogics Boost Speed.
CCleaner 5.26.5937 8.4 MB 19.1 MB Free for non-commercial use
  • Displays a browser popup.
  • Bundled software: Google Chrome.
jv16 PowerTools 4.1.0.1666 8.1 MB 19.8 MB 60 days trial for personal and commercial use
  • No bundled software.
  • No adware.
  • No nonsese.

Test Environment

The current benchmark test of the top three Windows registry cleaners was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.1.14 r112924) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores annd 8 GB of RAM assigned.

In order to ensure that no system updates or other updates are downloaded during the testing procedure, the system was disconnected from the Internet before approaching each test candidate.

The virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS (64 bit) with an Intel-i5 processor, 20 GB RAM and a SSD system disk.

Verifiability

All of the past and current test results are accompanied by screenshots and video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

Test Case: Number of errors found on a heavily damaged system

For the purposes of this test, we wanted to assess the performance of the top three Windows registry cleaners (rank based on our previous tests). In order to determine the best registry cleaner that can be used at the start of 2017 to successfully identify, clean and fix as many Windows issues as possible, we created a virtual system that was previously bloated with third party software, which have then been intentionally damaged.

The exact steps to reproduce the test environment are as follows:

Step 1) Installed the following common third party software: Chrome, Firefox, TeamViewer 12, ImgBurn, TeraCopy, Revo, Classic Start, Thunderbird, AIM, WinRAR,  iTunes, Spotify, IrfanView, LibreOffice, Evernote, Steam, KeePass 2.

Step 2) After all of the software have been installed, the virtual system has been rebooted for all system settings changes to be applied.

Step 3) Each of the third party software installed on the test system was run at least once, to make sure its files and registry keys have been written to disk.

Step 4) After all of the software have been run at least once, the virtual system has been rebooted for all system settings changes to be applied.

Step 5) Intentional heavy damage (file deletion) has been applied to each of the third party software folders installed on disk, in an attempt to obtain a heavily bloated, heavily damaged test environment with plenty of registry keys linking to files that no longer exist (most software actually behave in this way after their own uninstaller is used e.g. leave a lot of junk behind).

Step 6) After this heavily bloated, heavily damaged test environment was created, the test system was taken offline, rebooted and a snapshot was saved. This facilitates reuse of the exact same testing ground for all of the top three registry cleaners tested, allowing us to determine the best registry cleaner for this particular use case scenario (which registry cleaner is able to find the most issues, once the installed third party software were damaged).

The following screenshot was taken just before the last step, while emptying the Recycle Bin of any previously deleted files. This will ensure the fact that the current test is focused on the registry cleaning performance of each of the tested products. Cleaning of invalid or orphaned files is outside of the purpose of this test. Any erroneous files found by the registry cleaners tested will not be counted as part of the final test score.

Test Summary: Auslogics Registry Cleaner

Auslogics Registry Cleaner was the first product tested (we tested the products in alphabetical order). The software has been installed with default options and the entire experience recorded on video for verifiability purposes.

After an extremely fast scan that took just under 10 seconds, Auslogics Registry Cleaner was able to find 2340 problems.

Test Summary: CCleaner

CCleaner was the second product tested. The software has been installed with default options and the entire experience recorded on video for verifiability purposes.

After an extremely fast scan that took just under 10 seconds, CCleaner was able to find 2094 problems.

Test Summary: jv16 PowerTools

jv16 PowerTools was the third product tested. The software has been installed with default options and the entire experience recorded on video for verifiability purposes.

After a scan that took exactly 177 seconds, jv16 PowerTools was able to find 15468 system problems.

Conclusions after testing the top three Windows registry cleaners

Test results show that registry cleaner scan speed is not everything. While Auslogics Registry Cleaner and CCleaner were extremely fast to use, jv16 PowerTools was able to find approximately 7 times more system problems than each of the other two products tested. Simple & sinister!

For the purposes of this test, jv16 PowerTools > Clean and SpeedUp My Computer was run using its default settings. Using higher scanner heuristic settings, jv16 PowerTools may be able to find even more system problems, however, it may also require more time to scan.

Considering that jv16 PowerTools > Clean and SpeedUp My Computer tool is not meant to be used many times per day (recommended: periodic in-depth system cleaning e.g. weekly or monthly), the time of scan versus number of issues found trade-off should be acceptable for the given and tested purpose of use.

History

Starting with February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was published on the market), Macecraft Software has published a total of six registry cleaner product comparison studies:

Benchmark of Top Ten Windows Registry Cleaners

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Benchmark of Top Ten Registry Cleaners

These tests were performed in October of 2016

Introduction

In recent years, Macecraft Software has published a total of five registry cleaner product comparison studies which have attempted to answer questions about the quality of different registry cleaning products as well as what kind of effects they can have on your system.

Test methods

The testing was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.0.26 r108824) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM and without any internet connectivity. The virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS (64 bit) with Intel Quad Core i7-6700K CPU @ 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM with a system disk of Samsung SSD 850 EVO.

The products tested were chosen simply with a Google search of Windows registry cleaners and the top ten results were picked.

Verifiability

All possible measures have been taken to ensure the verifiability and credibility of these these benchmark results. For instance, all the testing has been recorded in both video and screenshots, links to see these recordings for each tested software are provided below.

Software

The following products were tested in this benchmark of registry cleaners. Each software was downloaded from their official website and installed using their default settings.

Software Product Version Installer file size Installation size License Comments
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 6.0.0.0 7.76 MB 27.2 MB Freeware Displays a browser popup. Bundled software: Auslogics BoostSpeed.
AVG PC TuneUp 16.53.2.39637 3 MB 254 MB 15 day trial Online installer. Browser popup.
CCleaner 5.22.5724 8 MB 18.3 MB Free for non-commercial use Browser popup.
CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner 4.5 3.3 MB 7.5 MB 15 day trial Seems rebranded version of Registry Clean Expert.
Comodo System Utilities 4.9 2.7 MB 4.8 MB 15 day trial
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 4.0 (build: 20160918) 0.9 MB 1.9 MB Freeware
jv16 PowerTools 4.1.0.1608 9.9 MB 13.4 MB 60 day trial Release Candidate level software.
Little Registry Cleaner 1.6.0 5.4 MB 6.4 MB Freeware Requires the download of .NET framework.
Registry Clean Expert 4.9 2.7 MB 4.8 MB 15 day trial Seems rebranded version of CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner.
Wise Registry Cleaner 9.31.599 4.2 MB 8.0 MB Freeware Browser popup. Bundled software: SpyHunter

Test 1: Number of errors found

Some popular software were installed to the Windows 10 test environment, such as 7-Zip, Audacity, Google Chrome, IrfanView, K-Lite Codec Pack, Norton Security, Notepad++, OpenOffice, Paint.net, SUPERAntiSpyware and VLC Media Player. After these software were installed, all the registry cleaner products were installed to the same system and ran using their default settings.

Software Product Errors found Screenshot
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 353 Screenshot link
AVG PC TuneUp 164 Screenshot link
CCleaner 67 Screenshot link
CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner 252 Screenshot link
Comodo System Utilities n/a Screenshot link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 143 Screenshot link
jv16 PowerTools 1345 Screenshot link
Little Registry Cleaner 276 Screenshot link
Registry Clean Expert 269 Screenshot link
Wise Registry Cleaner 258 Screenshot link

It was not possible to test Comodo System Utilities, the button to start scanning remained disabled and could not be clicked. CCleaner’s results only include the number of registry errors it reports, the software’s file system cleaning module also found 633 temporary files. Wise Registry Cleaner was used using its deep scan feature.

If you wish to verify these results, you can view the video recording of this testing session here: video link.

Test 2: Windows startup time measured with a stopwatch

Using the same test environment with all the same software as in the previous test, the system’s startup times were manually measured using a stopwatch. This was done before and after the system was cleaned with the registry cleaner products.

To establish a baseline, the system was restarted four times and its startup time was recorded. The startup times were: 107, 104, 95 and 108 seconds, resulting a median startup time of 105.5 seconds.

Next, the system was cleaned by each registry cleaner product, the system was restarted one time to apply the changes and restarted two times with the startup time measured. After each software was used, the system was restored to its original state using the virtual machine’s snapshot restore feature.

Cleaning the Windows 10 system with registry cleaners had the following impact on the system’s startup time:

Software Product First startup after cleaning Second startup after cleaning Median startup time after cleaning Video
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 102 sec. 102 sec. 96.5 sec. Video link
AVG PC TuneUp 94 sec. 105 sec. 99.5 sec. Video link
CCleaner 109 sec. 96 sec. 102.5 sec. Video link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 109 sec. 101 sec. 105 sec. Video link
jv16 PowerTools 72 sec. 74 sec. 73 sec. Video link
Wise Registry Cleaner 98 sec. 108 sec. 103 sec. Video link

It was not possible to test CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner or Registry Cleaner Expert, because these products do not allow cleaning of any found errors without buying the full product. It was not possible to test Comodo System Utilities, because its button to start the scan remained disabled. Trying to clean the found items with Little Registry Cleaner caused it to crash, therefore it could not to be tested.

As can be seen from the results above, most registry cleaners had a minimal, under 5% improvement to the system’s startup time. Since the startup time measurements were done by hand using a stopwatch, any improvement under 5% should be considered clearly within the margin of error. Three products provided a measurable performance improvement to Windows startup times, there products were Auslogics Registry Cleaner, AVG PC TuneUp and jv16 PowerTools, which improved the startup time by 8.53%, 5.69% and 30.81%, respectively.

If you wish to verify these results, you can view the video recording of this testing session by clicking the video link from the results table above. The video recording of measuring the system’s baseline startup time, i.e. startup time before cleaning, can be seen here: video link. Video of Little Registry Cleaner crashing here: video link.

Test 3: Windows startup time measured with software

It must be noted that it is considerably challenging to accurately measure computer’s startup time manually by using a stopwatch, as what was done in the previous test.

Therefore, the test was repeated using a software to measure the computer’s startup speed. The new jv16 PowerTools features a tool called the Startup Timer, which, when enabled, measures accurately the time it takes Windows to fully start.

Furthermore, it is safe to assume that one can see the results of running a registry cleaner more clearly the more there is something to clean in computer. That is, using a registry cleaner in a system that has very little software and nothing to clean is most likely unneeded.

This is why the Windows 10 test environment of the previous test was changed in a way more software were installed to the system.

Examples of software installed: Adobe AIR, Adobe Shockwave Player, AIM 7, BitTorrent Sync, Classic Shell, CutePDF Writer, eMule, Everything, FastStone Image Viewer, FileZilla Client, Foobar2000, Greenshot, ImgBurn, InfraRecorder, Java, Launchy, MediaMonkey, Microsoft Silverlight, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Putty, Python, qBitTorrent, Steam, SumatraPDF, TeamViewer 11, TeraCopy, Trillian, VNC Server, Winamp, WinDirStat, WinMerge, WinRar, WinSCP and XnView.

To establish a baseline, the system was restarted multiple times and its startup time was recorded by jv16 PowerTools’ Startup Timer. The last four startup times were: 139, 110, 151 and 163 seconds, resulting a median startup time of 145 seconds. As expected, installing more software to a Windows system caused it to work slower.

Next, the system was cleaned by each registry cleaner product, the system was restarted one time to apply the changes and then restarted four more times and the startup time was recorded using jv16 PowerTools’ Startup Timer feature. After each software was used, the system was restored to its original state using the virtual machine’s snapshot restore feature.

Cleaning the Windows 10 system with registry cleaners had the following impact on the system’s startup time:

Software Product Errors cleaned Median startup time after cleaning Screenshot Video
Auslogics Registry Cleaner 579 144 sec. Screenshot link Video link
AVG PC TuneUp 348 147 sec. Screenshot link Video link
CCleaner 213 (plus 331 temp files) 133 sec. Screenshot link Video link
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 173 135 sec. Screenshot link Video link
jv16 PowerTools 4299 128 sec. Screenshot link Video link
Wise Registry Cleaner 525 141 sec. Screenshot link Video link

It was not possible to test CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner or Registry Cleaner Expert, because these products do not allow cleaning of any found errors without buying the full product. It was not possible to test Comodo System Utilities, because its button to start the scan remained disabled. For AVG PC TuneUp, CCleaner and Wise Registry Cleaner, all of their automated registry and system cleaning as well as system optimization features were used with their default settings. Of jv16 PowerTools, its Clean And SpeedUp My Computer feature was used with its default settings. Trying to clean the found items with Little Registry Cleaner caused it to crash, therefore it could not be tested.

This test seemed to provide quite a challenge to the registry cleaner products with all products finding well over a hundred issues to fix from the test environment.

As can be seen from the results table above, most products were able to provide an improvement to the system’s startup speed. With three products, namely Auslogics Registry Cleaner, AVG PC TuneUp and Wise Registry Cleaner, the speed improvement was under 5%, which can be argued to be within the margin of error of this type of testing. With the other three products, namely CCleaner, Eusing Free Registry Cleaner and jv16 PowerTools the speed improvement was over 5%, to be exact the improvement in speed was: 8.28%, 6.90% and 11.72%, respectively.This test demonstrates that at least in a case of computer with many installed software, running a registry cleaner product can have a measurable impact on the system’s startup speed. In the case of the product that provided the biggest improvement, that is, jv16 PowerTools, the speed improvement on median startup time was 17 seconds.

If you wish to verify these results, you can view the video recording of this testing session by clicking the video link from the results table above. The video recording of measuring the system’s baseline startup time, i.e. startup time before cleaning, can be seen here: video link.

Conclusions

The conducted benchmark tests seem to indicate that overall, many registry cleaner products had an effect to the average system startup time.

History

The first study of this kind dates back to 2009 and was entitled “Registry Cleaner Review and Performance Comparison Study“. A follow-up to this research was released later in the same year. It was Macecraft Software’s “In-Depth Review of 31 The Most Popular Registry Cleaner Products” study.

In 2010, a Comparison of 176 Registry Cleaner Products study was published.

In September of 2013 we did a study from a different point of view: this time it focused on whether or not running a registry cleaner software results in changes to system performance. To measure this, we used globally recognized benchmark scoring software to measure the performance of the test system before and after using a registry cleaner. That study was entitled the Registry Cleaner Benchmark Study.

The most recent study was published in March of 2015 and it further continued to discuss actual, measurable effects that different products claiming to optimize Windows have on a computer’s performance. This study was entitled the Benchmark Report of 133 Windows Optimization Software Products.

This current case study aims to continue the tradition that Macecraft Software has established while releasing similar product comparison test reports alongside every recent major product release. The latest benchmark test report currently covers the following tests completed in October 2016:

  • Test 1: Number of errors found
  • Test 2: Windows startup time (measured with a stopwatch)
  • Test 3: Windows startup time (measured with software)

Now that jv16 PowerTools has been released, this is a practice that we wish to expand over a follow-up, extended study that we will later do in January of 2017.

All of the test results are accompanied by screenshots and video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

This case study is open to discussion and public review on our forum, in this thread.

We would strongly appreciate if you could join the discussion, let us know what you think about the test results and recommend us new test ideas that we should cover in future similar studies.

Benchmark Report of 133 Windows Optimization Software > Summary

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Benchmark Report of 133 Windows Optimization Software Summary

These tests were performed in March 2015

Summary and Discussion

After all the tests performed and the number crunching was done, two main results emerged.

The first result to acknowledge is that it seems very conclusive that installing just a few software products to a Windows PC has a significant effect on its performance, regardless of which version the operating system is which the PC is running on.

This is evident from the following picture of system startup times:

Between all of the tested Windows operating systems, simply installing 15 popular software increased the system’s startup time by an average of 46 seconds which seemed to be pretty dramatic.

The effects on overall system performance as measured by PCMark 7 benchmark software were less dramatic but still clear, as can be seen from the following graphic:

Installing 15 popular software decreased the system’s overall performance on average by 418 benchmark points, which means an average drop of almost 17%.

The second outcome of the testing was that many products which claimed to be able to make a computer run faster seemed to have an effect. Out of the all of the 133 tested products, we could only test the effect of 34 products fully because most products did not allow any changes to be made to the system without buying the paid version of the product. Out of the 34 products that could be tested, the top eight products were selected for more extensive testing.

Test Results

The summary of all of the test results with the eight system cleaning products can be seen from the following graphic:

The above picture has been created using all of the information and data collected from all of the test environments (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview) of all of the eight products which seemed to provide the greatest impact on system performance.

It can be seen that most products seem to have a positive effect on the system’s startup time with the products improving the startup time by an average of 28%. However, the effects on the overall system performance as measured by running PCMark 7 benchmark software, were mainly negative with six products out of eight producing an average decrease of the benchmark score.

The data indicates that only two products seemed to have an overall positive effect on both the system startup time and benchmark scores: jv16 PowerTools X and Baidu PC Faster.

Screenshots and screen capture videos of the tests and the test results are available in the screenshots page and the technical details page. Within these pages includes lists of the technical details of each test setup and describes the testing procedures.