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Baidu PC Faster is a free system maintenance tool for Windows

Baidu PC Faster is a free system maintenance and optimization program for the Windows operating system.

Many system maintenance tools have the reputation of being snake oil, or at least tend to include modules and tools that do not really help speed up, optimize or maintain a Windows system. While there is certainly some truth to that, they usually do offer enough components that help you make the most out of your PC.

Baidu PC Faster is a free system maintenance tool for Windows that does not have to hide behind established programs such as Advanced System Care, Slim Cleaner or System Mechanic. It is created by the Chinese web service company Baidu. The program displays that many options to you on start that it is quite difficult to review them all.

Baidu PC Faster

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Installation of the program holds no surprises. You can download a web installer or offline installer from the official website. Please note that you participate in the customer experience program automatically unless you uncheck the option during installation.

The start screen displays a "scan now" option that is centered on the screen. It will scan for junk files, unnecessary programs, and unnecessary startup items.

The scan may take a moment depending on the PC. Baidu PC Faster displays a summary in the end that highlights the storage in Gigabyte that you can free up, the RAM you can free up, and startup optimzations.

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Each section is listed below that with each app or item listed individually. You can dive even deeper into the data by clicking on items as Baidu PC Faster will then reveal each individual file it found.

While you can review each item here in depth, there is no option to check or uncheck items  which means that it is an all or nothing system.

The two related items, Cleaner and SpeedUp, work in a similar fashion. While they scan for additional items, they too allow only an all or nothing approach.

Cleaner links to four additional tools that you can run from the tab. You can run the following tools here:

  • Software Uninstaller: Uninstall programs from the PC Baidu PC Faster is run on, and have the program run a scan for leftovers afterwards to remove those as well.
  • Large Files Cleaner: Find large files that occupy lots of disk space, and remove those if you don't need them anymore.
  • Privacy Cleaner: Scans for your Internet history, watched videos, used applications and more, so that you can remove those traces from the system.
  • Plugin Cleaner: This component scans for malicious plugins installed on the system.

Apart from running Cleaner or SpeedUp, you can also run an antivirus scan using the built-in virus scanner. The cloud scan feature checks system settings, installed software, running programs, startup items and critical locations for threats. It appears to be a cloud based antivirus scanner.

Last but not least, there is also a toolbox which links to additional modules that you can run. It includes the following components:

  • Baidu Browser: Will download the browser if you click on the entry.
  • Facebook Repair: Attempts to repair Facebook related issues that prevent you from opening the site.
  • WiFi Hotspot: Turns the PC into a WiFi hotspot.
  • Browser Protection: Protect the homepage and default browser.
  • Faster Now: Displays memory usage, upload and download bandwidth, and optimization recommendations.
  • Game Faster: Attempts to optimize the PC to improve game performance.
  • Disk Defrag: A built-in disk defragmentation tool.
  • Internet Speed Test: Test the upload and download speed of the Internet connection.
  • System Repair: Repair the operating system.
  • File Shredder: Delete files permanently so that they cannot be restored.
  • Win Update: Checks for available updates for Windows and provides you with options to download them.

Verdict

The program is very comprehensive and does - most of the time - a good job at explaining why it recommends something to be removed or changed on the system. As with all system maintenance programs, it is suggested to only change settings or features of the operating system if you know what you are doing. Research on the Internet may help you in this regard as well.

If you are already running a program like System Mechanic or Advanced System Care, then there is not much need to use this program as well. If you are on the other hand looking for a program like this right now, you may want to give it a try to evaluate it.

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    Comments

    1. Dante said on April 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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      I never trust anything from a communist regime. Can never be too sure of what’s installed as back doors. Which is probably why I never did like Kaspersky either. Not that I have much choice when it comes to some hardware. Which is why I like Android – root and flash the rom. And certain motherboards for the same reason.

      1. eastern said on May 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm
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        Check the label on your hardware, PC, laptop, hi-fi, mobile, etc. If you see the words “Made in China” – immediately discard this communist product.

        You are paranoid, dude.

      2. Moein said on March 10, 2014 at 4:16 am
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        Hi my friend! Thanks for your notation! But did you know that liberal and imperialist regimes are the same as the communist ones?
        I suggest you to have some studies on most of the viruses and softwares made by liberal and imperial governments(like USA) that robs the Asian people’s data from their systems.Like babylon – facebook – many Antivirus softwares …
        Sorry for my minus knowledge of english grammer!
        And at last,I suggest my friend to have some studies about Islam and shia and visit sites like nasr TV- khamenei.ir …
        which give you real information about islam,not the data broadcasted from BBC-CNN-VOA …
        Have a good time.A friend from Islamic Republic of Iran

      3. lordmada said on March 27, 2014 at 7:40 am
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        u hate backdoors and love Android??

        Sounds LOL -_-

    2. Richard Steven Hack said on April 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm
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      I wouldn’t worry too much about either Kaspersky or Baidu. The main thing is that computer security people will be all over such a tool and if it does anything untoward it will be quickly discovered. Which isn’t to say that it might not have vulnerabilities that could be exploited now or in the future by Chinese hackers familiar with the program.

      The main issue with this tool is as said, it doesn’t do anything a dozen other tools don’t do. The other question would be if there is an AV scanner service installed in the background whether that could conflict with one’s normal AV services. Also whether the “cloud scan” it does is from one of the known cloud AV services or from some service Baidu has cooked up which might not be as effective.

      1. Dante said on April 13, 2013 at 12:20 am
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        Much like “the computer people” were all over the codes in Huewai switches??

    3. Jim Cone said on April 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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      Re: It is created by the Chinese web service company Baidu…

      I would suppose that employees of American defense contractors are urged to use the program?

    4. ilev said on April 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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      Never trust a Chinese application.

    5. Dukislav said on April 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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      It adds two extra services in the background, some antivirus scaner and “baidu something” service…quite annoying…especially when try to download something from web…

    6. Nebulus said on April 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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      I must admit that I do not trust too much a Chinese application… And one that does nothing that can’t be done using other (free) tools seems rather pointless.

    7. Fahmy Corporation (FREE Software) said on April 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm
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      This program just clone “Toolwiz System Care”
      http://www.toolwiz.com/products/toolwiz-care/

      1. pelkas said on April 13, 2013 at 2:45 am
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        nope, its a clone of Kingsoft’s PC Doctor

        http://www.kingsoftsecurity.com/pcdoctor/

        I think Baidu rebranded the Kingsoft, because their antivirus is also a duplicate to Kingsoft’s..

        1. eastern said on May 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm
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    8. Risky said on April 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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      Seriously ? a chinese software … how much are they paying you

    9. Nerdebeu said on April 13, 2013 at 3:35 am
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      @Dante

      You must wake up, Russia is no longer communist since 1991. If we average the results of all sites, specializing in security reviews, Kaspersky is at the top of the rankings. Here, when there was the Give away, this suite has been embraced. As I can understand a reluctance to Baidu, which I share, but compare Baidu and Kaspersky is totally absurd. (I do not use Kaspersky, but read such things …)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Kaspersky

      1. Dante said on April 13, 2013 at 10:50 am
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        Oh yes. Putin is the very model of non-communist. Da Comrad Commissar.

    10. ank91 said on April 13, 2013 at 3:45 am
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      glary utility is what i use.
      free,
      small,
      no background services.

      +
      ccleaner ane winapp2.ini

    11. Virtualguy said on April 13, 2013 at 10:34 am
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      The Chinese reputation for using any means to steal intellectual property (or anything else they can) is well deserved. I have zero (0) trust in ANYTHING from China. I’ll have nothing to do with Chinese apps or PC software, period.

      1. eastern said on May 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm
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        Check your hardware, dude :D If you see the words “Made in China” – immediately discard this communist product.

    12. morph said on April 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm
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      Most importantly the product works and does a great job no complaints here..

    13. JE OBrien said on April 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm
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      No way in Hell am I installing any software from China. Not with all the online attacks hitting the US from China.

    14. Martin Raeburn said on May 30, 2013 at 1:59 am
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      Why the f*** did politics get involved in a review of a sortware application?? Anybody got a review that is not racial and governmental implemented??

    15. Ben Jones said on July 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm
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      The stupidity of some of the mail here — is mind blowing. Yes please lets disregard all Asian products everywhere –As Mr. Snowden has shown us we are quite safe using the good old U.S of A Companies.

      Sleep safe.

    16. Tri Wahyudi said on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 am
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      I also use baidu pc faster in my computer. In addition to free, this software is also fully equipped facility. And for me, Baidu services in the registry that are not in need of better off alone :D.

    17. MoJoe said on January 26, 2014 at 9:51 am
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      Most of the stuff you have been using for years was ‘Made in Asia’ then labelled elsewhere.

      Grow up and move with the times, in ten years time if you don’t speak or at least know the basics of Mandarin and Chinese culture you won’t be doing world business.

      ….heyyyy remember when ‘Made in Japan’ was a a joke…..

    18. sabur miya said on March 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm
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      i didnot like this software.

    19. alireza said on August 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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      hi guys i thinks there is a great confusion of mixing politics and technology i think the review of a software is not a good place for showing racism i think we evaluate a software with its good traits like simple interface being fast ,etc not by the type of their government.i wanted to read a review of this application but unfortunately most of replies was about sth else.

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