This is the second Tech Depot Blog UK Podcast, hosted by James Woodcock. On this occasion, Andrew Breen joins me to tell us all about one of their primary products, BoostSpeed which is currently in its 5th version. BoostSpeed claims to be your one-stop computer maintenance and optimisation tool, providing you with everything you may need to keep your PC running fast. The program will clean up, speed up and repair your system, tweak Windows settings to your liking and protect your privacy.
Below is a transcription with some of the highlights from the podcast, however in the audio version you can enjoy the full interview covering additional topics located at the bottom of the article.
James: Please tell us a little about yourself?
Andrew: I am from Canada. I have always worked in online marketing, worked accross Canada and then moved into Australia which is how I hooked up with the team at Auslogics. As people can tell from the name ‘Aus’ stands for Australia, which is where most of the team is.
Most of my work is focused online because that is where a lot of our customers are. Right now I am working on promoting our latest product which is BoostSpeed 5.
James: So how did Auslogics begin?
Andrew: They started in 2008, in Sydney Australia. Like a lot of advanced PC users, they saw that Windows wasn’t doing a great job when it came to helping users maintain their systems – especially system management tools. They are either too complicated or too hard to find or they just weren’t there.
Take Windows Disk Defragmentator for example. To start it is super slow, I have been using Vista and it’s taken up to a full day just to ‘defrag’ one hard drive – plus they thought that the built-in defragmentor wasn’t doing a great job. Another example is the registry repair, it is long proven that Windows is built in a way that the registry does need cleaning from time to time and yet there is no built-in way to do that with Microsoft, so Auslogics thought that they could create a software package that was faster than Microsoft’s tools, had more features and was more user friendly.
James: What is BoostSpeed?
Andrew: You can make the analogy that computers are like cars, without the proper care they start slowing down, experiencing problems and breaking down. BoostSpeed 5 is like taking your car to the garage – we can help you tune up your computer and diagnose and fix problems before they become really big issues. Let’s face it, most Windows computers are built in a way that they do need maintenance and we provide the necessary tools and functionality to do that.
James: What kind of problems could we expect without software such as Auslogics BoostSpeed?
Andrew: Slowness is really one of the main issues we try and address and that really comes from the registry. Basically, the registry is the core database of any Windows operating system and it stores and manages all the settings for pretty much everything on the computer – all of the hardware, all of the operating system software, all of the applications and user settings. New registry entries are made every day when you are using a computer, especially when you are trying out new software. I am sure you find, after you un-install software – your computer is never quite as quick as it was before and that is a problem with the registry. Ideally, configuration settings should be deleted from the registry automatically when you remove an application or device but often that doesn’t happen. To put it simply, registry errors slows down your computer and that is why registry clean-up is so important.
The register cleaner deletes redundant entries from your registry, but there are bits of free space all over the registry and that’s where Registry Defragmentors come in. Registry defragmentation slows down your computer sometimes more than the errors and that is why we put both Registry cleaner and a defragmentor within BoostSpeed 5.
James: What is Disk Defragmentation?
Andrew: Microsoft provides the tools sometimes, but they are never perfect and that is a classic case with the Disk Defragmentor. It is painfully slow and it doesn’t do anything more than defragment the files, but really that’s not quite enough. The free space also needs to be ‘defragged’ so the new files aren’t split into dozens of fragments and file placement needs to be optimised for faster access.
Basically our software fights all the fragmentation and file placement problems. We are actually quite proud that it’s the fastest defragmentor available on the market today. We get fantastic reviews.