Type of Program: Utility -Optimizer-Cleaner
Supported Platforms: Win98/ME/XP/NT 4.x/2000
Company Name: NeoByte Solutions
Price: $ 29.95
Installed Size: 10 MB
System LifeGuard is a small system optimizer and cleaner your
hard drive and registry. After a smooth installation, I loaded up System
LifeGuard for the fist time. Having used programs such as this in the past, I
was extremely cautious about what it was supposed to do and I suggest you
proceed in this same manner.
After you get past the annoying registration reminder, you are allowed to scan
your disk for junk files. Once my disk scan completed, I began to sort through
the files that were select by the software's default settings and I noticed
under the "useless" files list that there were several .pdb (Program Database)
files. Now in a typical setting these files may appear useless however, if you,
like me, have Microsoft's Visual Studio installed you may find that these files
are in fact not so useless. In fact, the debugger, in order to pinpoint bugs in
your code, uses these .pdb files. After noticing this, I did find that you could
filter out any specific file type that is common and not so "useless" to your
system and save these settings.
Moving on to its System Utilities you find that it comes with its own Add/Remove
program (just like the windows add/remove), a startup manager which allows you
to edit programs that run at boot up, a system tweaker and an FTP backup tool
which allows the you to ftp files to your backup system.
System LifeGuard also comes with a fully functional Registry Sweeper. It's a
nice touch but in my opinion, this is one area that could use some work. Upon
execution, the program sweeps your registry and then displays a list of certain
entries. This particular program, unlike some of its competitors, does not
display a reason as to why it decided the entries selected are candidates for
deletion and therefore the user is left guessing as to whether or not this entry
should be deleted. On the brighter side, it does contain three warning levels:
red, yellow and green, which indicates how safe it is to remove the entries in
the list but in my trial run all the entries showed up red.
Overall this program has a ton of potential, however its users must take into
effect the fact that this is only version 1.0 and its not perfect, yet.
I recommend this program for use by only advanced PC users due to the lack of an
instruction manual and its somewhat difficult interface. The program does allow
you repair any changes it has made to your system but the user should still be
extremely cautious as to what he/she is deleting.
The shareware version is fully functional for 30 days after which you must
register it or uninstall it.
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Robin Holden