Optimize Windows 11 Services with PC Services Optimizer 4.1

We at Smart PC Utilities are thrilled to announce the release of a new version of our Windows services management and optimization solution, PC Services Optimizer. The new release would allow you to optimize Windows 11 services besides bringing several UI enhancements, feature improvements, and bug fixes that aim to make optimizing unnecessary Windows services easy, safe, and straightforward.

You can download the new release from the PC Services Optimizer download page.

In this post, we will highlight features, enhancements, and bug fixes brought by PC Services Optimizer v4.1.1388. You can view the complete list of changes on the PC Services Optimizer release notes page.

What is New in PC Services Optimizer v4.1.1388:

New Features

  • Added support to optimize Windows 11 services.
  • Added Spanish UI localization.
  • PC Services Optimizer can now automatically create system restore points before optimizing Windows services. Therefore, you can undo any undesired changes made by PC Services Optimizer to your Windows services configuration.
  • Added an option to disable Windows telemetry services.
  • Added an option to allow the verification of the service image files digital signature in the Services Manager.
  • Added an option to highlight services by digital signature status in the Services Manager.
  • Added an option to search VirusTotal for service image file information in the Service Manager.

Improvements

  • The core services management module has been improved.
  • Improved Windows services listing and management in the Services Manager.
  • Minor License Manager improvements and bug fixes.
  • Improved the user feedback and error reporting module.
  • Improved the PC Services Optimizer Debug Mode.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed minor UI glitches that affected the User Profile window.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from saving specific user preferences in the Registry.

Removed Features

  • Removed the Services Snapshot creation notification.
  • Removed the options to disable Internet and Wireless networking services from the User Profile.

Anti-Ransomware CryptoBuster v1.0.935 Beta 2 Released

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of the second beta of our anti-ransomware software CryptoBuster. This new update brings a small but important set of changes and bug fixes that aims to improve the software’s performance and reliability, therefore, the user experience.

You can download the new CryptoBuster version from the CryptoBuster download page.

In the following notes, you will get a summary of features, enhancements, and bug fixes brought by CryptoBuster v1.0.935. You can view the complete list of changes on the CryptoBuster release notes page.

What is New in the Anti-Ransomware Solution, CryptoBuster v1.0.935:

New Features

  • Added the ability to filter the CryptoBuster security events by their status in the Security History.
  • Added an option in the CryptoBuster settings that allows to turn off and disable all CryptoBuster’s features.

Enhancements

  • Improved the CryptoBuster dashboard.
  • CryptoBuster uninstaller can now delete all honeypots created by CryptoBuster.
  • CryptoBuster can now show alerts about license expiration.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a critical bug that caused the CryptoBuster service to crash on computers using languages other than English.
  • Fixed bugs in the CryptoBuster licensing system.
  • Several bug fixes.

CryptoBuster v1.0.823 Beta 1 has a known issue that affects the updates installer module; this will prevent CryptoBuster from installing this update automatically, so you will have to download and install the new version manually.

Game Fire v6.8 – Improved Game Booster with Epic Games Support

We at Smart PC Utilities are very proud to announce the release of Game Fire v6.8. This fresh release of our game booster brings official support for Microsoft Windows 11 and Epic Games, new system optimizations, improved user interface, functionality enhancements, and minor bug fixes. With this update, you will have the best possible gaming experience in one click.

You can download the new Game Fire update from the Game Fire download page, or you can use the Game Fire updater app included in the Pro edition to download and deploy this update automatically.

In the following notes, I will give you a summary of features, enhancements, and bug fixes introduced in Game Fire v6.8. You can view the complete list of changes in Game Fire 6.8 release notes.

What is New in the PC Game Booster, Game Fire v6.8:

User Interface

  • Added support for Russian localization in the user interface, thanks to our user Alex. Users can contribute to Game Fire localization, see the Software Translation page for more details.
  • Improved the Flat UI Framework with new software UI components redesigned to use this UI framework; this aims to support the dark style through all the software UI.
  • Minor UI improvements and bug fixes.

My Games

  • Added support for Epic Games so that you can manage and launch all games available in the Epic Games Store, including exclusive titles like Fortine, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Crysis.
  • Improved the My Games widget.
  • Improved the games loading speed in My Games and the My Games widget.
  • Fixed issues related to hiding/unhiding the listed games in My Games.

Other Changes

  • Added support for Microsoft Windows 11.
  • Added new Windows service optimizations in the Game Mode Profile.
  • Improved the License Manager, also users are now required to confirm their email addresses before activating the Game Fire Pro trial.
  • Improved the Debug Mode and extended it to support the Game Fire update installer.
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issues when handling file paths containing invalid characters.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 11 v10.0.22000 and later.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 and later

For more information, see the Game Fire page

CryptoBuster – A New Anti-Ransomware Solution

We at Smart PC Utilities are proud to announce the release of the first Beta of our new anti-ransomware solution CryptoBuster. We designed our new software solution to work with your existing security product to offer an additional security layer and form the last line of defense against ransomware to protect your valuable data from permanent damage.

CryptoBuster features a user-friendly interface that makes it very easy to use and customize; it also has a small system footprint so that it can run smoothly side by side with your existing security solution without affecting the system performance.

The current CryptoBuster Beta offers two main protection modules to help detect and stop ransomware, Honeypots and File Extensions Monitor.

Honeypots

Honeypots are decoy files that CryptoBuster uses to detect malicious activities on your computer; this is an efficient and proven technique with low false-positive chances to detect and stop ransomware when they start to encrypt the user files.

You can either create honeypots manually customizing their names, locations, and file types, or you can take advantage of the Honeypots Wizard that can deploy dozens of honeypot files in all critical system locations using custom names and file types that would allow ransomware to target those honeypots before they start to encrypt the user’s files, thus protecting important data from being encrypted by ransomware.

CrpyotBuster will instantly monitor the created honeypots and will notify you when an unauthorized program changes a honeypot file as this strongly indicates malicious activity. Besides notifying the user about honeypot changes, CryptoBuster can be configured to respond to honeypot changes with a series of actions aimed to prevent data damage like sending an email notification, suspending the program that changed the honeypot then terminating its process tree, and disabling all active network adapters.

Learn more about honeypots and how to use them to protect your computer from ransomware from the CryptoBuster user guide.

File Extensions Monitor

Besides Honeypots that are effective to stop ransomware when they start to encrypt the user files, File Extensions Monitor can monitor the file system to detect the creation of specific types of files that may indicate ongoing ransomware attack or sometimes may indicate the preparations for an attack.

For instance, CryptoBuster can detect the creation of files with extensions that are known to be used by ransomware to encrypt user files, also you can configure CryptoBuster to detect the creation of potentially dangerous files like batch files and scripts that are commonly used in ransomware attacks, or even to detect the creation of files of unknown types which is an aggressive technique used to stop most of the ransomware strains that change file extensions.

Learn about the File Extensions Monitor and how to properly configure it to help detect ransomware from the CryptoBuster user guide.

Roadmap

We will continue to improve the existing CryptoBuster protection modules and introduce new ones; here are some features and ideas we are working on:

  • The development of a Windows Driver to intercept and block ransomware at the Kernel level.
  • Support the creation of honeypots and file monitoring in network shares.
  • New protection module to monitor services, scheduled tasks, and startup programs to prevent ransomware from achieving persistence.
  • Working on techniques to detect and prevent data exfiltration.

Please feel free to report any bugs and share any feedback and suggestions you have; this will greatly help us improve our software solution.

System Requirements

Free 30-day CryptoBuster Trial

Game Fire v6.7 – Enhanced UI with Several functionality Improvements

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of Game Fire v6.7. This minor update for our game booster brings several UI enhancements, feature improvements, and bug fixes, the result would be an improved user experience and a better system optimization in order to achieve the best gaming experience with the least effort.

You can download the new Game Fire update from the Game Fire download page, or you can use the Game Fire updater app included in the Pro edition to download and deploy the update automatically.

In the following notes, I will give you a summary of features, enhancements, and bug fixes introduced in Game Fire v6.7. You can view the complete list of changes in Game Fire 6.7 release notes.

What is New in the PC Game Booster Game Fire v6.7

User Interface

Game Fire v6.7 Light Blue theme
  • We added initial support for UI dark and light modes, we will continue to support both user interface modes across the entire Game Fire interface in the next software releases.
  • Added an option to allow Game Fire to automatically select the theme that matches the default app mode used by Windows.
  • New fresh user interface icons.
  • Added Spanish localization, thanks to our user Ivan Calafell García. Users can contribute to Game Fire localization, see the Software Translation page for more details.
  • Minor user interface and Flat UI framework improvements and bug fixes.

Game Mode

  • Added an option to control whether Game Fire can restore the stopped processes when Game Mode is turned off.
  • Added an option to control whether Game Fire can restore the stopped Windows services when Game Mode is turned off.
  • Improved Windows services optimization.

Other Changes

  • System Diagnostics can show the disk type (whether SSD or HDD) in the Storage section.
  • Added an option to allow the copy of a single record in the Live Optimization log.
  • Removed the notification of the .NET framework version compatibility.
  • Changing language and theme settings will automatically be applied to the Game Fire Tray application.
  • Added an option to enable users to subscribe to the Game Fire Beta updates channel.
  • Improved the creation of system restore points.
  • Moved the option “Optimize third party apps and services“ from Game Mode Profile to Game Fire Settings.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Game Fire from listing processes that have empty command lines.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from adding or editing Steam and Uplay games in My Games.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit)..
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 and later.

For more information, see Game Fire page

Game Fire v6.6.3473

We at Smart PC Utilities are excited to announce the release of Game Fire v6.6.3473. This version includes minor bugfixes and reliability changes aimed to improve the user experience.

What is New in Game Fire v6.6.3473

  • Added the ability to validate game paths entered in the Add Game dialog box so that Game Fire can handle errors when entering invalid game paths.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Game Fire from detecting the system UI language so that Game Fire can show the UI with the correct localization.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes occur when the user cancels a game files defragmentation process.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Game Fire from listing Windows app processes in the Process Optimizer.
  • Fixed an issue that caused My Games to override custom preferences of Steam and Ubisoft games.
  • Fixed an issue when Game Fire adds new entries in the Live Optimization log.

You can download the new Game Fire version from the Game Fire download page. If you are already a Game Fire Pro user, you can use the Game Fire updater to download and deploy the new version automatically.

Game Fire v6.6 – Improved Games Support with New Game Booster Options

We at Smart PC Utilities are thrilled to announce the release of Game Fire v6.6. This fresh update of our game booster software brings new Windows boosting options as well as dozens of feature improvements and bug fixes, this will allow you to tweak more Windows settings in order to achieve a better gaming experience with fewer lags and interruptions.

The new Game Fire update is available for both Free and Pro editions. You can download it directly from the Game Fire download page, or use the Game Fire updater app included in the Pro edition to download and deploy the new update automatically.

In the following few notes, I will give you a brief about features, enhancements, and bug fixes introduced in Game Fire v6.6. You can view the complete list of changes in Game Fire 6.6 release notes.

What is New in the PC Game Booster Game Fire v6.6

We have added Japanese localization, thanks to our partner Dieci. We will continue to support more languages in the upcoming Game Fire releases. You can now instantly change the UI language by using the new option in the Game Fire main menu, this will eliminate the need to open the Settings window to change the language and to restart the application manually.

Game Fire Gray color theme

Starting from Game Fire v6.6, the user interface will support color customization. We have added a Gray theme and will continue to add more color themes in the next releases. Besides the color themes, we are working on a complete dark style so that Game Fire’s UI can blend with the Windows dark mode.

We have improved the way Game Fire uses to launch games registered in My Games where Game Fire launches them directly instead, they will be launched using a new module (GameLauncher.exe) that will launch games like they were started from the Windows File Explorer, this approach will fix many issues with games using anti-cheating mechanisms as they think Game Fire is a cheat or a debugging tool.

As for My Games, we have improved the integration with Steam and Ubisoft Connect, added support for Battle.net games, and added an option to refresh the games cache to fix issues with some games and to update game graphics when they change.

System Optimizer added an option to automatically create system restore points before optimizing system settings. We have disabled the optimization of specific settings that are known to be incompatible with the user computer configuration. System Optimizer can now optimize permissions-protected system configurations.

Visual Effects optimization options

The new update introduces new game booster options you can use to optimize Windows visual effects in real-time, this would help reduce stress on computer resources when using a low-end CPU or GPU. Also, Game Fire can now optimize Microsoft non-Windows services besides the improved optimization of third-party services and scheduled tasks.

We have improved Live Optimization by fixing issues in the Live Optimization log, improving the optimization of background processes, and disabling the alternation of the processing priority of full-screen games as this impacts FPS negatively.

Game Fire v6.6 fixed a critical issue that caused the starting of multiple instances of the same app when Game Fire restores the optimized processes when Game Mode is turned off.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit)..
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 and later.

For more information, see Game Fire page

PC Services Optimizer v4 – Improved Windows 10 Services Management and Optimization

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of PC Services Optimizer v4, a new major update for our Windows 10 services management and optimization solution.

The new update is available for both Free and Pro editions. You can download it from PC Services Optimizer download page, or use the updater app included in the Pro edition to download and deploy the new version quickly.

In this post, I will highlight the most noticeable features, and enhancements brought by that version. You can see the complete list of changes in PC Services Optimizer 4.0 release notes.

What is new in PC Services Optimizer v4

We have updated PC Services Optimizer to work with the latest versions of Windows 10 up to version 2004, to accomplish this we have added support for the optimization of new Windows 10 services like Microsoft account sync services, and fixed a critical bug that affected PC Services Optimizer on Windows 10 v1909 and v2004.

We have improved the software’s user interface, aiming to make services optimization process safer and much easier. In User Profile, we added an option to warn the user when optimizing specific services that may cause issues on certain situations.

Improved Windows 10 Services Management

Several improvements and bug fixes were introduced in Services Manager in order to provide power users with the necessary options to help them master Windows services. For instance, we added options to export specific service Registry key or backup all services Registry keys, improved services sorting, and added an option to highlight services by startup type.

The new PC Services Optimizer removed Game Mode feature. However, you can still use our software Game Fire that provides better and customizable game boosting capabilities.

We improved the reliability of PC Services Optimizer, by tweaking the application’s startup speed, adding an option to detect and resolve system features that may interfere with services optimization, and adding a Debug Mode to help diagnose PC Services Optimizer startup issues.

The deployment of PC Services Optimizer was improved by making both Free and Pro editions available from a single package, therefore user does not have to download and install them separately.

The new version improved the installation of software new updates by introducing a dedicated update installer app instead of relying on Windows Command Prompt to do the job.

  • Microsoft Windows 10 v1809 or higher (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit)..
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher.

Game Fire v6.5 – Uplay Support with More Game Boost Options

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of Game Fire v6.5. This new update for our game booster may not introduce many new features but it definitely brings a bunch of enhancements to existing features, this will not only help boost games performance and reduce in-game lags but also will streamline Windows performance for general computing experience.

The new Game Fire update is available for both Free and Pro editions. You can download it directly from Game Fire download page, or use the Game Fire updater app included in the Pro edition to download and deploy the new update quickly.

In this article, I will give you a brief about features, enhancements, and bug fixes introduced in Game Fire v6.5. You can see the complete list of changes in Game Fire 6.5 release notes.

What is New in Game Fire v6.5

Access Your Favorite Games from Anywhere using My Games Widget

The new update brings support for Uplay as Game Fire can now automatically import Uplay games so you can optimize, launch and manage them from My Games interface.

Improved My Games by adding an option to customize the size of games covert art, improving My Games Desktop widget, and fixing several bugs.

Improved user interface including enhancements to the dark style as more UI elements supporting it.

We have added Portuguese localization and will continue to support more languages in Game Fire UI.

System Optimizer has been improved by adding a new game boost tweak “Reserved CPU” and fixing and improving the underlying logic.

Added an option to customize the alert sound played when the temperature of a specific computer hardware exceeds the defined value.

Game Mode enables to select processes, services, and scheduled tasks to optimize

We have improved the Game Mode components editor by improving the listing and management of processes, services, and scheduled tasks, also you will get real-time information of listed system components.

You can now create a Desktop shortcut to activate and Refresh Game Mode without the need to launch Game Fire main UI by using Create Game Mode shortcut on Desktop option in Game Fire Settings below System Integration.

Game Mode Profile has been improved by adding quick links to edit custom game boost processes, services, and scheduled tasks as well as Game Mode exclusions. We also improved the power plan optimization option to allow the user to choose a custom power plan of his choice instead of forcing the use of the Game Fire power plan.

Improved the listing and management of processes, especially Windows Store app processes in Process Optimizer. We also added new columns in Process Optimizer and improved their customization.

Game Mode components editor has been improved to so that user can choose processes, services, scheduled to optimize in Game Mode from a drop down list instead of typing their names.

We have improved the UI of Game Mode Report with added support for Game Mode Refresh.

Improved Live Optimization logic with reduced system resources usage.

The performance and reliability of Game Mode engine has been greatly improved. We also fixed an issue preventing the restoration of some optimized processes when deactivating Game Mode.

Installing Game Fire updates were improved by using a dedicated component to install updates instead of relying on Windows command prompt to do the job, this gives details about errors that may occur during updates installation.

We have added a mechanism to deliver in-app messages with options to customize which type of messages to receive.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 v1809 or higher (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit)..
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher.

For more information, see Game Fire page

Announcing Game Fire v6.4 – Boost Games FPS and Reduce Lag

We at Smart PC Utilities are thrilled to announce the release of Game Fire v6.4, the long-waited update is out. This new update for our game booster will help boost games FPS and reduce in-game lags, the result would be a smoother and less interrupted gaming experience.

The new Game Fire update is only available for the Pro edition, however it will support the Free edition soon.

You can download Game Fire v6.4 either from Game Fire Pro download page or by using Game Fire Update provided you have an activate subscription, if not you can renew it using the subscription renewal page.

In this post, I will give you a brief about new features and enhancements introduced in Game Fire 6.4. You can see the complete list of improvements in Game Fire 6.4 release notes.

What is New in Game Fire 6.4

New User Interface

New Game 6.4 User Interface

The first thing you would notice when launching Game Fire v6.4 is the new UI design that aims to improve usability. The navigation bar in the upper part of the user interface makes it easy to navigate main Game Fire features.

The Game Mode button is now always visible so you can activate Game Mode anywhere in the app interface.

We have updated the design of Game Fire notification windows and Desktop widgets to support a new modern dark style which blends well with Windows 10 theme.

The new design of Game Fire main interface makes more space available for displaying more user controls at once, thus improving the support of small screen resolutions.

We will further improve the user interface by adding options to customize UI colors and styles in the upcoming software releases.

Improved My Games for Better Games Optimization

Access Your Favorite Games from Anywhere using My Games Widget

The new Game Fire update introduced a series of improvements to My Games feature so you can manage and optimize your favorite games more efficiently.

You can now use the new sorting and grouping options added to My Games to effectively manage listed games. Searching games became much faster with instant as you type search.

We have greatly improved the integration with popular gaming platforms like Steam to allow faster games information retrieving. We have plans to support more gaming platforms like Uplay in the software next releases.

Game Scanner received several improvements aimed to boost the speed of games scanning process, we also integrated Game Fire’s online games database into Game Scanner interface.

You can now specify a genre to games listed in My Games, we also added a custom interface for displaying game’s properties.

Game Fire 6.4 introduced new options to help boost games from anywhere in your computer, for example, we have added an option to activate Game Mode when you launch games from Windows Explorer; you do not need to launch it from My Games to activate Game Mode like in the previous versions.

New Options to Boost Games

Besides optimization modules introduced in the previous versions of Game Fire, the new update for our game booster introduces new optimizations aimed to tweak more system settings, for example Game Fire can now turn off Microsoft Cortana, disable the background activities of Store apps, and enforce Windows 10 Game Mode.

We also improved the ability of disabling Windows Defender temporarily to improve games performance especially when playing offline.

The new update added new options in Game Mode Profile to optimize more Windows 10 features that known to be unnecessary while playing games.

New Tweaks in System Optimizer

We have added new system tweaks in System Optimizer along with an improved interface, this will enable you to optimize more Windows settings in order to have a smoother gaming experience.

We also improved the backup of default system settings before applying tweaks.

Improved Process Optimizer

Optimize Processes, Services, and Scheduled Tasks in Game Mode

With the improved Process Optimizer, you will be able to optimize Store app processes in the same way you optimize Win32 processes.

The new update also introduced several minor enhancements in Process Optimizer like the improved columns customization, adding process command line info, and the improvement of processes retrieving speed.

Game Mode can now display process’s impact information so you can easily decide which processes and services to optimize when Game Mode is activated.

Improved Live Optimization to Boost Games in Real-Time

Boost Apps and Games Performance in Real-time

We have improved Live Optimization feature by introducing several enhancements and fixing some bugs, thus improving its ability to boost games and apps performance in real-time.

Game Fire can now display a notification when Live Optimization is triggered meanwhile it will stop showing notifications about optimized processes when working with full-screen apps.

Improved System Diagnostics

Access System Health and Performance Information in Real-time

System Diagnostics received a new tabbed user interface along with lots of new system diagnostic information. We also improved System Performance to show more system health and performance information in real-time.

Known Issues

All languages supported in the previous versions of Game Fire are not available in Game Fire 6.4 as they no longer maintained or working with the new user interface. We will re-support them in the software next releases.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 v1809 or higher (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher

For more information, see Game Fire page

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