They say a car loses half its value the minute you drive it off the lot. The same can often seem true of a brand new computer ó after that lightning-quick first boot or two, PCs have the nasty habit of gradually bogging down until that new quad core processor doesnít seem much faster than the last one you had. Enter TC Disrupt finalist Soluto
, a startup thatís looking to help restore your computer to its former glory. And better yet, itís going to hold those bloated, CPU hogging applications accountable.
Soluto has developed software that monitors your PC for things that are likely to annoy users ó printing problems, crashy apps, resource hogs, and those frustrating applications that randomly cause your mouse to become useless for a few seconds at a time. It records which applications were running at the time of the hiccup, and analyzes low-level events to track things users arenít even aware of, like which applications are competing for memory.
Even better: if a user somewhere in the world consistently has issues with a certain application and then makes a change that fixes it, Soluto can then tell other users who have had the same problem about the fix.
The product looks very compelling, with an impressive UI. After Soluto has analyzed your machine, it can suggest numerous fixes, including Ďno brainersí like omitting certain applications from your bootup. It can show you your computerís speed over time, mapping out when you installed a certain application ó so you can see what led to the problem.
The companyís PCGenome project could actually help solve these problems. Soluto takes user-submitted data from its application and uses it to figure out which software works best on each computer. It can identify which hardware has had issues with which software. It can also help you pick out software that runs well on the specific model of PC youíre using, based on other users.