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SlimDrivers

pic_box_slimdrivers_cm2SlimDrivers is one way to download new drivers to replace your old ones. There are two versions of the software: the Pro version, which will allow you to download all the updated drivers at once or the Free version, which makes you download each driver manually. Downloading manually isn’t so bad so the Free version is all you really need.

I really like this software a lot and the drivers they offer are more updated than Uniblue’s I found (I talked about it earlier here). Give it a shot if you haven’t updated your drivers in a while, you may just find your computer runs better!

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Auslogics Bootspeed

With over a dozen unique tools such as Disk Doctor, Disk Defrag, Duplicate File Finder, and several others, Auslogics BoostSpeed is a powerful all-in-one PC optimizer that has everything you need to keep your computer running fast and smooth. With Bootspeed you can Free up the maximum amount of disk space possible by eliminating junk and duplicate files. Restore smooth and stable performance by getting your Windows registry in perfect order. Get your PC running at full speed by taking care of most slowdown causes. Improve your download and web surfing speed by optimizing connection settings. Protect your privacy by erasing confidential data saved in places easily accessible to hackers and much more.

So far I like it a lot. A lot of the tools however can be found in freeware options (such as Ccleaner and Defraggler), but I love the defragger and It is so far my favourite program to keep my computer in tip-top shape. Once again though I should warn you: it’ll scan your PC for errors to fix but you need to pay $49.95USD (3PCs, per year) in order for it to do its job. Is it worth it? Well, that’s up to you. I definitely got my money’s worth.
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Having trouble with the snap.do virus/browser hijacker?

search.snap_.do-redirect2I was having a lot of trouble with snap.do, attained (along with a few thousand other pieces of malware) by a freeware program called Device Doctor which I won’t even link to because they’re a bunch of peckerheads. Anyway I was going out of my mind trying the uninstall method but to no avail because it just kept coming back from the dead until I found this tool. With that tool I successfully removed the nefarious snap.do infection from all my browsers. Try it out and see if it works for you.

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Uniblue Driver Scanner 2014

ds2014With outdated system drivers you could be looking at a slow system replete with freezes and crashes so it’s best to keep them updated as much as possible, but this can be a time consuming process if you’re manually searching them out so I started looking for a decent automatic driver updater this morning and after going through several options (most of which had archaic interfaces) I decided that Uniblue Driver Scanner 2014 was the best one I could find. Like similar programs out there, with a click of a button it scans your hardware and finds all your outdated drivers. With another click you can install driver updates automatically, quickly and painlessly. It even creates restore points before driver installation just in case a problem arises (none did).

In the end I had at least 10 drivers that were Ancient, and were thusly updated within seconds. I recommend you give Uniblue Driver Scanner 2014 a shot if you’re not into hunting down drivers manually.

As per usual, the free version will scan your drivers and tell you which ones need updating but you need to pay $29.95 (for a year’s subscription) for it to actually do anything about them. A worthwhile investment, though!

PROS: Quick download and installation of drivers with no fuss and no muss. Easy to use interface for even the most novice users.

CONS: There’s no freebies given here. The free version only allows you to see what drivers need updating but you can’t update until you pay, unfortunately.

Know of a better piece of software for this purpose? Possibly freeware solutions? Let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE: I wrote this before reading all the reviews (scroll down for the user reviews) for Uniblue. Apparently, no one likes that Uniblue is another company that will rub in your face that you have issues with your computer, but in order to fix them you must pay (well, they do give you 15 free fixes at least). I’m not sure this is enough to damn the entire company altogether but it’s something to think about.

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ShellExView saves the day

shexviewFor months I was having major problems with my Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. It would crash every time I tried to view a folder with over 8,000 folders. Not only that, the system would hang at random times every few days. What I did to resolve this issue was to download the oldie but goodie application called ShellExView. After downloading this and extracting it to a folder on my desktop, I launched it and disabled all shell extensions that were not part of Microsoft and voila! No more crashes. Give it a shot if you’re experiencing problems with large folders in Windows 7!

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