84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove PCBoost?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
67% remove it33% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #15,575
United States Rank #20,588
Reach 0.0175%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.91 days
233.36 days >
Average installed length: 122.61 days


VersionDistribution 0.29% 0.58% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 1.16% 1.74% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.87% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 1.45% 1.45% 0.29% 0.29% 0.87% 0.29% 8.43% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.29% 0.58% 2.33% 0.29% 0.58% 0.58% 0.58%
131 versions


What is PCBoost?

PCBoost is a utility designed to optimize PC performance by allowing the user to prevent various processes from running on startup. PCBoost includes a Windows registry repair utility designed to fix potentially damaged registry entries by scanning for entries that point to various files that are no longer active on the PC. The necessity and usefulness of registry cleaners is a controversial topic, with experts in disagreement over their benefits.

About  (from PGWARE)

PCBoost allows you to run programs such as games, video production, photo editing software and any software that requires excessive processing power to run much faster than the software was originally designed for. With little to no effort you can instantly force programs & games to run faster on your computer without ...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is pcboost.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 9.43 MB (9,885,913 bytes). PCBoostUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Starts automatically
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pgware.com
Help link: www.pgware.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PGWARE\PCBoost\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\PGWARE\PCBoost\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 9.43 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PCBoost

Program executable:pcboost.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\pgware\pcboost\pcboost.exe
Additional files:
  • PCBoostRegister.exe - PCBoost (PCBoost Registration)
  • PCBoostResource.dll - PCBoost Resources
  • PCBoostTray.exe - PCBoost Tray Applet
  • PCBoostUpdate.exe - PCBoost Updater
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PCBoostTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PCBoost' which loads as "C:\Program Files\PGWARE\PCBoost\PCBoostTray.exe" /start.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010240868%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00085341%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00017068%
0.015104% average

How do I remove PCBoost?

You can uninstall PCBoost from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PCBoost, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PCBoost.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 67%
Keep it 33%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.27%
Windows 10 23.32%
Windows XP 10.20%
Windows Vista 3.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.22%
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.17%
Windows 7 Professional 12.32%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.26%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.45%
Windows 8.1 4.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 26.72%
  Germany 9.37%
  Russia 4.68%
  United Kingdom 4.68%
  Iran 3.86%
  Netherlands 3.31%
  Canada 3.31%
  Italy 3.31%
  Egypt 3.03%
  Poland 2.75%
  France 2.20%
  UA 2.20%
  DZ 1.65%
  South Africa 1.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.50%
Acer 22.50%
Dell 21.00%
ASUS 7.00%
Toshiba 5.50%
Samsung 3.00%
Intel 2.50%
Lenovo 2.00%
Medion 1.00%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.15%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.08%
MSI MS-7641 2.31%
Acer Aspire 7730G 2.31%
Dell Inspiron 7720 2.31%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.54%

Publisher URL: www.pgware.com


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