[Windows] Optimize and manage your computer with Baidu PC Faster

Baidu PC Faster6Not everything made in China is crap. Baidu, known prominently as the leading Chinese search engine (it even tops Google there) can attest to that statement. As Baidu now stands at the cusp of becoming a web-service and software conglomerate catering to multiple platforms from desktop to mobile; they fall under the danger of greater scrutiny. Today I’ll be casting some of that scrutiny on their PC optimization toolbox, Baidu PC Faster.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

 Main Functionality

The name of the program is a little misleading and understated. This is not a tool that seems to have been built primarily and intentionally for the purpose of just making your PC faster. I’ve seen and met tools that claim to make your PC faster and they don’t offer the value that Baidu PC Faster offers. What Baidu’s PC Faster does is combine a not-so-short list of features and tools to streamline, manage and optimize your PC.

Pros

  • Allows you to manage your Windows updates
  • Comes with an extensive cleaner that allows you to clean out junk files, registry files and privacy files occupying unnecessary space
  • Contains a speed up tool that helps you manage your start-up items and decrease boot up and loading time.
  • Comes with its own built in Virus Scanner
  • Comes with a toolbox packed with extra PC optimization tools
  • Comes with an app store application
  • It comes with its own tool for Game optimization
  • Comes with a system tray USB drive manager
  • Sleek and aesthetically pleasing design, from its setup to its user interface
  • Easy to use
  • Quick and easy installation

Cons

  • Some of the tools are actually just a good looking front ends for tools that are already there (i.e. a way to bloat the tools count)
  • Some of the features are just cleverly disguised bloatware
  • No comprehensive backup tool
  • The main user interface theme and skin is uncustomizable

Discussion

Baidu PC Faster2This application comes packed with more action than The Expandables, without the steroids, bad acting or leathery skin. Each component honestly deserves its own review. It utilizes a sleek and sexy design from the installation to the user interface which all conforms to Baidu’s theme of always paying great attention to detail. The main applications user interface is reminiscent of Windows XP blue and green color scheme. Unfortunately if you didn’t like XP’s default color schemes, you cant change the theme on or background on PC Fast. Its a small gripe. Most of us aren’t worried about aesthetics anyway. As long as the application works right(?); and yes the application seems to work really well.

PC Faster can be split up into 8 main components which all have their separate functional categories and purposes.  The Home screen allows you to access information on your PC’s status and it comes equipped with a giant green quick care button, which is all you really need as it combines all the efforts of the program to solve your PC’s problems like Captain Planet. The Home screen also contains shortcuts and quick launch widgets to the toolbox, history and scan.

Win Update is a comprehensive Windows Update screen that allows you to manage your most important Windows patches and Baidu PC Faster7fixes. Cleaner helps you manage junk files and free up space. Speed up allows you to increase the speed of start ups by managing your PC’s start up applications and displaying stats that illustrate which applications take most of your boot time up. Virus Scan is a built in malware scanner that provides the simplest tools in keeping your PC safe, although I do suspect that it may be built over your PC’s default virus scanner or a version of the Windows Defender antivirus.  Toolbox provides the user with an extensive array of PC management applications. It’s like a desktop of its own. It has a file shredders, an application that claims to fix Facebook problems (like logging in issues), registry cleaner ,file recovery etc. All very nice and useful applications categorised by whether they increase the efficiency of your Internet experience or your Windows experience.

Baidu PC Faster5The program also comes with an appstore where you can download and purchase applications ranging from games to office applications. You can manage downloads and split applications into all types and sorts of lists. What I found most impressive is that you could search for and install updates of applications that have long existed on your PC. In all honesty though, this is the first blatant example of bloatware on the application. The installation sets the application store up as a separate application. It’s not a fixed component on PC Faster’s user interface but a shortcut. I don’t mind either. Most of the features on Baidu’s PC Faster are cleverly disguised adware but instead of cursing them, you’ll be thanking them because of the quality of the applications presented here. Last but not least, you get Game Faster which is also more of an application on its own than a component on the main user interface. What it does is allow you to minimize or halt processes so that you may lower the usage of system resources which in turn allows those resources to be allocated to a Game or high resource eating applications. It comes with a speed up button that halts processes; which then changes to a restore button which returns those processes to normal. It also comes with a process management tool.

Baidu PC Faster3The application is minimizable to the system tray where it flashes messages and notifications from time to time like news casts on the integral needs of your PC. From the system tray icon, you can also access the applications background settings, open the main application screen, send feedback and access the About screen. Another fun item that the app comes with is a USB disk guard that gives you extensive pen drive and hard-drive options that Windows never thought of including. It also lives in your system tray notification area as a tiny icon. The application comes with two context menu items – shred with PC Faster and scan with PC faster.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Baidu PC Faster comes with more thinga-ma-bobs than Inspector Gadget. This is not a PC optimization tool. It’s an app suite… one that seems to be too good to be true — especially at its price of $0. However, in a market over saturated with PC optimization tools, I’m pretty sure that every user has at least two installed. Does Baidu PC Faster really offer you something unique over the rest? Meh, not really. Still, it is worth a shot if you are into such types of programs. Why not make Baidu PC Faster your third? Get yourself a ménage a trois of efficiency and, as always, feel free to provide feedback in the comments below.

Price: Free

Version reviewed:  3.6.0.33146

Supported OS: Windows 7/8/8.1

Download size: 9.3 MB + 

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0 / 47

Is it portable? No 

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19 comments

  1. Father Richard

    Intolerance of those we judge to be intolerant is still intolerance. Since the obvious purpose of this article has nothing to do with exact usage of grammar or the correctness of generalizations (or any other “political correctness” judgments), I would like to ask everyone who is upset to unclench their panties and relax. The world is full of hurt people looking for a forum to pay attention to their particular form of pain and this is not the place for it. Mdu shared information about a free offering that, taken together with the more HELPFUL comments, has helped me decide whether to try the software or not. There are forums, even some on line, that are specifically for venting personal judgments of others “correctness” in everything ( including internet post ). Take your problems with my post and this article there and be sure I will not be offended as I do not need others to pretend to care about my personal opinion of what the proper way to speak of others is. Therefore, I will never see such properly placed complaints about me and you won’t have to deal with the guilt of being the insensitive person I know you struggle not to be. I too have had computers destroyed by these “all in one” fix programs. The management of the Windows updates however intrigues me. I am not aware of other free ware that does that. Anyone who knows of such a program that stands alone (or nearly alone) and does not require such a large installation of unneeded functions, I would appreciate the info. Keep up the good work Mdu. Thanks from someone who read your article for the purpose you wrote it.

  2. Mdu
    Author/

    [@CompNetTeach] I apologise if you feel offended. Once again, it was a remark against the general consensus. I have no problem with Chinese products. As tactless as it may seem, it wasn’t meant as flamebait. With that being said, you expressed some issues with my writing, as far as even saying that its flippant- just to paraphrase. I could point out that your use of the word ‘intonations’ is malapropistic at best and also point at your redundant use of a comma before the conjunction ‘and’. I hope you do realize that all articles are reviewed and edited before they’re posted. We could spend the whole day/night pointing fingers at each others imperfections whether cultural, grammatical or ethical. What if the first sentence read – ‘Not everything made in China is crap, no matter what the general consensus may imply’?

  3. Mdu
    Author/

    [@Mike S.] I understand what you’re saying, I guess this is one of those situations where intent deviates from content. It was not social commentary on Chinese people but the country and I was drawing on the general consensus. That being said, I understand but I also believe that we give words power.

  4. Mike S.

    [@Mdu]
    1. You are assuming that I am not Chinese/do not come from a Chinese background. Further assumption.

    2. I see, and so if I was not African-American, I could not object to your making derogatory remarks about that group? “Not all blacks are . . .”? Likewise, “Not all Jews are . . .”? And even, “Not all white people are . . .”? You comment, “let those people speak for themselves”–but others aren’t allowed to express their own opinions and object to insensitive or even offensive statements?

    3. Yes, I might agree as to China’s production of many low-cost, “cheap” items. Of course, they’re only being produced because the rest of the world is buying them. And, of course, the majority of Apple’s products come from China.

    4. “With all due respect, let those people speak for themselves and form their own opinion and if they should find it offensive then so be it.” Wow. But thank you for trying to be, as you write, “complimentary.”

    I apologize if I have come off as attacking–that really has not been my intent. Nor do I assume that as yours. And the Internet is not the best of places to see one’s intent. But I am becoming increasingly intolerant of rash generalizations and related derogatory comments about people–comments can hurt and demoralize, and often do (and yes, that is based on personal experience).

  5. CompNetTeach

    [Rant On]

    As an illiterate Chinese person who left Asia as an infant, I spent my entire life facing racism and prejudicial behaviour. I find such blind thinking appalling.

    That said, I don’t feel good about many things about China. Unfortunately, we are now seeing the fourth generation of children born under this bastardized communism in the PRC, which has accumulated all of the bad traits of feudalism, dictatorships & communism and not many of the good traits of anything. You have people growing up in a regime whereby anything can be ordained by the privileged, and the net result is a focus on short-term thinking & gains by those trying to get ahead. Thus businessmen try to use the cheapest components possible in building products (e.g. lead & other dangerous materials) that can pass initial inspection. As you go down the ethics scale, counterfeiting, rebadging & theft occur. When you have a ruling class that doesn’t believe in intellectual property and that rules shouldn’t apply to them, why should its citizens?

    IObit was proven to steal Malwarebyte’s IP. Wondershare, Aiseesoft, Anyshare, Wonderfox, Tipard, etc. – how many of them are interrelated, rebadged versions of the same product based on open source components not properly acknowledged as required by GPLs? Yet this same mentality results in the fact that the best DVD & BluRay rippers are from China.

    This offering from Baidu just puts a new face on many components that are cribbed from others. As such, the build quality is very uneven. I personally wouldn’t recommend this “suite”, but for many, the price is right…

    Then again, I have had no problems recommending EaseUS’ utilities. I continually warn against Paragon (from Germany), whose imaging products do not validate data and are ever more showing these issues that Paragon has refused to properly acknowledge – more & more unlucky users are discovering these data integrity problems.

    One of my friends is of eastern European descent working with Africans currently talking to a Taiwan-based manufacturer regarding some customized electronics. We are a globe, and individually, everybody has their strengths and weaknesses.

    I would surmise that English is not Mdu’s native tongue. The sometimes broken grammar and unusual choices of vocabulary do sometimes end up imparting unintended meanings & intonations. Unfortunately, in the ether, the net result is fast flaming (which has already started).

    If everybody would only just respect everybody else…
    {Rant Off]

  6. tony33

    When people want to spend less they get crappy products, I ran across 2 batches of Energizer rechargable batteries, one made in China and the other made in Japan, the one from China wouldn’t hold charge after 6 months, the other made to 1 year…got Sanyo Enerloop (japan) still holding charge after year and a haft….

  7. Seamus McSeamus

    The truth is offensive? I only buy Chinese made products if I absolutely have to, for a myriad of reasons. Chief among them is quality control.

    I’m not saying that other countries, including the US, don’t go to market with things that have to be recalled, but China certainly seems to be at the head of the class in that department.

    Chinese Product Recalls

  8. Mdu
    Author/

    [@Mike S.] Possibly offensive or complimentary depending on how you interprit it. I could go into the stigma of Chinese products, bring up market doping or lead coated products and tell you that my first line along with this entire review was an attempt at destigmatizing chinese products – slightly. What I will say though is that each of those billions of people are individuals who have their own opinions and their own feelings especially when it pertains to their own country. With all due respect, let those people speak for themselves and form their own opinion and if they should find it offensive then so be it. I would find it more offensive if someone who was not even culturally related was to infringe upon my right to an opinion because in all honesty they found it offensive and felt as if they could assert themselves as a representative for me and my people.

  9. smaragdus

    I tested it about 2 or 3 months ago and I removed it- it is an aggressive piece of software that ignores users’ preferences- although I had disabled auto-start and auto-update it auto-started and auto-updated. I did not need and want its security module yet it loaded. It left a lot of junk in the registry. I have had enough of Baidu- after Spark Browser and Baidu PC Faster I am convinced I would not touch anything that comes from this developer. I have no prejudices against Chinese software, on the contrary- right now I am using the cloud storage service Yunio that offers 1000 GB for free and 1 GB more for each day the service has been used. Happy holidays, Mdu, I appreciate your reviews.

  10. Mr.Dave

    Nice writeup, Mdu. May give it a try, still looking for a replacement for all the IObit tools I recently removed. I’m curious how much memory it takes when idle since I’m limited to 2 GB these days…. Sounds like a job for Time Freeze (from ToolWiz) to try this out!