Very often we come across a hundred advertisements telling us why we need to use “this and that” tool to improve our PC’s performance. It may look quiet tempting and most of us do end up indulging in “upgrading” our systems. However, the truth is that a good number of these upgrades are actually quite pointless and contribute very little to improving your system performance. In fact, some of these upgrades or programs might even cause problems in the long run.

So, if you ever catch yourself wondering whether to install a certain upgrade or not, this list of useless PC upgrades might come in handy.

RAM

Add more RAM if you run out of it.


RAM Boosters

The PC tool is flooded with this type of stuff and a lot of them do not live up to their claims or make very negligible improvements to your performance. RAM Boosters basically claim that they can free up memory in your RAM and boost its performance. The truth is, most operating systems are capable of managing RAM memory on their own.

The general misconception is that if the RAM uses too much memory then that must be a bad thing. On the contrary, If your RAM is occupied, then it is a good thing, since, that is exactly what RAMs are supposed to do. When your RAM is full, it can actually make your system work faster by accessing programs from the RAM memory instead of going all the way to the Hard Disk.


If you use your PC for heavy duty work such as media editing or game playing with high definition graphics, then it would make sense for you to upgrade your RAM capacity instead of installing a RAM booster application.


Registry Cleaners

There are very few scenarios where you might be required to clean up your registry, but on the whole, registry cleaning is rarely required. The other problem is that most of the registry cleaners rarely clean significant items because it is quite impossible as a system registry is made up of thousands and thousands of entries. So, cleaning a few of them won’t do anything to speed up or improve your system’s performance.

Game Boosters

Most modern PCs do not require game boosters to improve game playing in your system as they all come with the right software and hardware. You might notice that your system slows down during games, but this is mostly because there might be other heavy programs running in the background. So, the next time you need full system capacity for a game, make sure you close all other programs. Downloading a game booster tool is a sheer waste of time and money (if its a paid version).

Defragmentation Tools

Defragmentation is a default feature available on Windows, which clearly negates the need for an extra defragmentation program. The default defragmentation feature found in Windows can do a fine job by itself. In fact, if you happen to be an average PC user, you probably wouldn’t even need to defrag your system.

Third Party Uninstallers

Another pointless tool is the third party uninstaller. In fact, it is probably the most pointless of them all. Third Party Uninstallers, as the name suggests, help you uninstall unwanted programs. This is quite useless as almost all programs on your PC can be uninstalled through the Control Panel and Programs option. Unless you are one of those people who installs tons of applications and needs to uninstall all of them at once, you wouldn’t need a separate uninstaller tool.

Memory Optimizers

Memory Optimizers create the false impression of decreasing your RAM usage, however, in actuality, they do the exact opposite. How memory optimizers work is that they either make a running application write its memory onto the Windows page file or they self-allocate memory in large quantities, thereby making Windows discard cached data and writing application data onto the page file. After which, they empty the memory after deallocation.

Though these steps release RAM memory, they end up forcing the program to get data from the page file which only slows things down in the long run. So, now, data is moved from fast memory to slow memory, then back to fast memory again. This is just a roundabout method to executing a task that can be done directly.


Third Party Updater

The third party tracks and monitors all the applications on your PC to see if newer versions are available for update. This isn’t very useful considering that most of the applications that come out today have their very own updater that take care of everything. Some of these programs can even be customized to download the update and install it on their own.

In the case of applications that don’t come with automatic updaters, it’s probably because they do not need to be updated very frequently.

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