Advanced Mode Tabs
In addition to the more common optimization features we have looked at earlier in this Guide, BoostSpeed gives you even more control over your Windows system by checking every corner of it for potential tweaks that could be applied to improve security, stability and speed.
The Maintain tab lets you run a check for such potential tweaks, review the suggestions and apply any you want your PC to benefit from. BoostSpeed will look for tweaks under Performance, Stability, Security and Internet categories. Once a scan completes, you will most likely get a long list of personalized recommendations, which may include hardware tweaks or other similar tweaks that need to be applied manually, as well as a number of tweaks you can have BoostSpeed apply automatically on your behalf. Review each tweak and uncheck any that you aren’t sure about, then click the ‘Apply all selected tweaks’ button to have BoostSpeed go through the tweaks one by one.
Cat Mode (see next page for info)
Right below Cat Mode, you get shortcuts to some useful system maintenance tools.
Further down is a feature that will come in handy if you need to boost your other computers without having to install BoostSpeed on them. You can simply create a portable version of BoostSpeed, save it on a flash drive and use on other PCs in your household. This is especially useful when you want to run maintenance on a computer that is running out of disk space and has no room for installing other software. Now you can get every PC in your home to run great and help your family enjoy their computers too. Keep in mind that if you want to use BoostSpeed Portable for commercial purposes, you will need to purchase a license.
Do you have any pets in your home who might like hanging out next to or on your desk? Then you will love the Cat Mode feature designed to protect your computer from pet-caused accidents. When active, the mode gets your keyboard (and your mouse, optionally) locked when you are away from your PC, which lets your cat safely rest on your keyboard, play with your mouse or try to type any messages without risking that you’ll get upset at the result. The accidents this helps prevent can be real disasters, as reported by many pet owners who have lost important data or lost access to their computers because of something their pets did.
If you set the idle time to 1 minute, you may see Cat Mode get enabled when you are reading a large article on screen or looking through some other info without touching your keyboard or mouse for over a minute. However, setting it to 5 minutes or longer may result in your cat jumping on your PC’s keyboard before the mode gets a chance to protect it. A good solution would be to set the time to 1 minute, but have the mode enabled every time right before you step away from your PC instead of keeping it on all the time.
Here is how the tool works.
Click on the ‘Options and details’ link to set the time that should pass without any activity on your PC, after which the mode gets enabled. You can also choose whether you want your mouse buttons to be locked in addition to the keyboard; choose the combination of keys that must be pressed to turn the mode off and set other options. When done, click the ‘OK’ button.
Now, you can hit the ‘Activate Cat Mode’ switch whenever you are about to step away from your PC, or have it active at all times, so it will get turned on once your PC has been idle for the amount of time you specified.
To disable the mode when you return to your PC, just click the combination of keys you have set for Cat Mode to require. If you have forgotten it, don’t worry: your screen will show you a prompt whenever your PC gets locked by BoostSpeed.