Should I trust Driver Booster?

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  1. Teisco

    Teisco Master Guru

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    Have Advanced System Care 9 and it includes Driver Booster. DB is a program that checks your drivers and offers to update them.

    I checked with it and it says I should update some chipset drivers. Now my machine runs fine but I do have a two year old set of chipset drivers from the cd installed..do I let it update?
     
  2. Extraordinary

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    I've used it before, along with others like Driver Genius

    My rule is, let it find them, let it download them, but you check yourself if they are the correct drivers before manually installing them

    Programs like that download the wrong drivers sometimes, but can be handy if you use them carefully
     
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    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    If you have proper backup-restore program (and use it) then you can experiment without fear.

    Edit: Namely chipset drivers usually contain only inf-files with proper chipset resources` names and values.
     
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  4. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Chipset drivers being 2 years old isn't really an issue on Intel platforms. Intel rarely updates chipset drivers. Instead of relying on Driver Booster for Intel drivers, you're better off with the Intel Driver Update Utility. Regardless of driver releases, it will only list updated drivers for your specific hardware.
     

  5. Teisco

    Teisco Master Guru

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    Thanks but that utility does not even list my MB.
     
  6. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    It's not going to list your motherboard. It will detect updated drivers for products supported by Intel though. You're always better off checking manufacturer websites than relying on software such as Driver Booster.

    Asus lists the latest chipset driver as being released September 9, 2015.
     
  7. cookieboyeli

    cookieboyeli Master Guru

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    DO NOT use anything IOBIT! They have gone down the drain in the past few years and are now basically malware, even after uninstalling they leave behind their liveupdate utility to run freely and call home for whatever reason.

    For system cleaning, use CCleaner.
    https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds

    For malware removal use AdwCleaner, and stuff from bleepingcomputer
    like: Adware Removal Tool, aswMBR, ComboFix, Junkware Removal Tool, MBAR, RKill, TDSSKiller, and more.
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/windows/security/

    For uninstalling with leftover registry bits support, use (Portable) Geek Uninstaller (Better than revo, and others!) This can FORCE UNINSTALL every trace of applications with broken uninstallers. :D
    http://www.geekuninstaller.com/

    For driver updating, the only decent program in existence that I have found is Snappy Driver Installer.
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/snappy-driver-installer/
    I cannot say enough good about Snappy Driver Installer. It's free and OPEN SOURCE. It downloads updates through P2P and is wicked fast, able to max out any connection. There is an "offline" version too with all 17GB+ or whatever of driver packs included so you don't have to worry if you service PC's with bad internet or data caps.

    It gives VERY detailed info on the drivers, I'm talking enthusiast grade info, like every piece you can need, all on mouseover (in expert mode). It tells you what's new, what's more optimal to update, and gives you the option to update to all older drivers. It's a really fantastic utility that every user and tech guy should have. I use it for everything except GPU drivers and sometimes audio drivers, as the default MS ones usually work more reliably for basic usage.

    And as for stopping unnecessary services, just consult these articles for your OS and do it manually once:
    Win 7 http://www.askvg.com/windows-7-services-that-can-be-safely-set-to-manual/
    Win 8/8.1 http://www.askvg.com/windows-8-serv...round-services-to-improve-system-performance/
    Win 10 http://www.askvg.com/beginners-guide-to-configure-windows-10-services/

    Extremely useful for system repair is SFCFix.exe THis is the best utility for it you will find, it does online repair and all sorts of fancy stuff.
    https://www.sysnative.com/forums/windows-update/4736-windows-update-forum-posting-instructions.html

    Also extremely useful for system repair is Windows Repair
    http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/windows_repair_all_in_one.html
     
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  8. hellbloodz

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    i dont trust these kind of programs because you know they are not flawless check twice before installing wrong drivers
     

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