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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer

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Introduction

PC tune-up utilities are a great way to get a performance bump for personal computers without upgrading hardware.  They can repair issues that lead to instability, and help make a computer more secure by removing traces of personal information. PC tune-up utilities should be part of your overall PC maintenance strategy, which should also include a firewall, anti-malware, anti-virus and a defragmenter. This category will focus on tune-up utility suites.

These utility suites are a collection of modules which address most common problem areas and or potential trouble spots found on PCs. While some suites focus on data cleanup, some provide continual monitoring and real-time system statistics like monitoring CPU temperature and RAM usage. The common thread with all these suites are their abilities to clean temp files, remove incorrect registry entries, ensure privacy by deleting traces of information left by Internet sessions and more. For the purpose of these reviews, the focus will be on the ease of use, and how effective a utility is using a one-click feature.

All the software reviewed here was tested while installed at the same time. I didn’t detect any incompatibilities between them or other programs. We at Gizmo’s like to keep in mind not all users are created equal. Therefore the major consideration in the ranking is how simple a program is to use yet remain effective. The advanced features are secondary. The user can determine their own expertise and whether or not to delve into the advanced functions.

If you have never tuned up your PC, then you should see a real improvement in speed and responsiveness the first time you run these programs. However, on subsequent runs the improvement may be less noticeable, if at all, but it is still a good idea to run them regularly.

Caution: These programs make changes to system files. Before you start with any tune-up programs there are important steps you should always take to help prevent problems and provide a way to recover if anything should happen. Prevention can be your most valuable tool.

  1. Create a Windows system restore point.
  2. Have a recent back up of your critical data.
  3. Read about the utility, review the documentation, become familiar with the automatic vs. manual modes before running.
Discussion Prelude

All the programs tested offer similar features. My first objective was to test them against each other to determine which programs removed the most data using the one-click option. While CCleaner performed admirably (comparable to Glary), it lacked the one-click feature and the additional suite options so it wasn't included in my list. All of the programs reviewed are suitable for the novice user. 360Amigo and ToolWiz removed the most data in my tests. Glary is the best on-demand program performing the fastest one-click clean with good results.

 
Discussion

360Amigo is an impressive program for being in it's first version. When the home screen appears, simply select start scan. A nice default feature is the smart defragmenter to help keep the hard drive defragmented with each scan. The fastest way to launch a scan and repair is from the tray icon. Right click the icon then click "one click cleanup" and 360Amigo will open, scan and clean in one simple step. Since this program is a limited version of the paid version, there are features that are disabled. On the home screen these are listed as Exclusive features. I do like the System Information window though it's not really relevant to the scan. This feature does minimize as a small toolbar on the Windows Desktop by right clicking the tray icon and selecting "show toolbar in the desktop". 360Amigo does offer custom settings on the System Cleaner, System Optimizer and Tools tabs or simply selecting settings by each of the categories on the Home tab under Cleanup. For the novice user I recommend the default settings. As with all of these suites, I recommend reviewing the settings menu to turn off any undesirable features like reminders, updates, launch on startup, etc.

ToolWiz Care in appearance is somewhat similar to 360Amigo. The main tab called Checkup offers the one-click feature, system resource information, and some optional features. Since there is no paid version to upgrade too, all the features are functional, unlike 360Amigo. On the downside the program is missing any help to learn all the fancy bells and whistles. The GUI interface is clean and colorful. The program loads quickly and performs smoothly. The tray icon provides many options from a right click popup menu including the floating toolbar. Hover your mouse over the toolbar to see system resource information. The toolbar says "Time Freeze is Off". Time freeze works like a sandbox. If you're not sure what a sandbox is, read this article. On the right edge of the tool bar is an icon called screen capture. It's like the Window's 7 Snipping Tool. Screen Capture will let you capture parts of your screen to save as a picture image, or edit in the ToolWiz Picture Editor. This program has a lot of useful features, some not particularly related to system cleaning so I won't review them, but they could be worth checking out. As a one-click cleaning tool ToolWiz is very good. While I appreciate the fact ToolWiz is free and the developer doesn't solicite donations, the lack of help and support can leave the novice user floundering with all the gadgets.

Glary will launch by default upon installation. When the main screen appears it starts on the overview tab. Select the 1-Click Maintenance tab, select the Tracks Eraser then scan for issues. I feel Glary is the best on-demand cleaner. Once you've performed the 1-click scan and repair Glary will remember this setting and alway start here. For future scans open the program, click scan, click repair and its done. The fastest of the suites by far. Glary will clean as good as CCleaner with greater simplicity. Click the "Show Details" links next to the "Problems Found" to easily see what was scanned and removed. This program also adds a lot to the startup process, so I recommend adjusting the options in the settings menu. The Advanced Tools tab is for the more experienced user, offering additional features and custom settings. This can be a dangerous area for the novice, so use caution. There are also additional advanced settings by selecting the icons at the bottom of the window. Again I urge caution for the novice. Glary doesn't provide a floating status of the system resource use like the other programs in the category.

 

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360Amigo
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Thorough scan, ease of use, doesn't install 3rd party software
disabled pro features, will likely disappear altogether as freeware since the product has now been purchased by another vendor.
http://www.360amigo.com/
1.2.1.8200
9.66 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Free for private use only
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows® XP in 32 bit, Windows® Vista, 7 and 8 in 32 bit or 64 bit Editions

On the download page, scroll down, on the left side click to download from Major Geek. The default download will take you to CNET. I didn't have any issues downloading from CNET however its good to have options.

ToolWiz Care
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Runs fast, thoroughly cleans registry, hard drive, and privacy tracking
No help leaving novice users stranded.
http://www.toolwiz.com/
3.1
7.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista. 32/64bit version

Languages: Arabic, English, Chinese (Simplified), French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian & Vietnamese languages

Glary Utilities
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Fast and simple. Good for on-demand scanning. Clear concise options.
Doesn't provide system monitoring, ads to upgrade to pro version.
http://www.glarysoft.com/
4.7
11.8 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 7, 8, 2000, 2003, XP, NT and Vista. 32 bit and 64 bit version.

Supports 36 languages. Improved History cleaning for Firefox v23, Improved Internet Explorer 11 compatibility.

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Comments

by mehman on 3. July 2014 - 12:06  (117116)

360Amigo System Speedup is no longer freeware. It has now become Avira System Speedup, since Avira bought it out.

On Majorgeeks site, the software is no longer available. However it is still available on Cnet.

by MidnightCowboy on 3. July 2014 - 12:40  (117120)

The product is also still available as freeware from Softpedia. I have changed our download link to reflect this although it does look destined to disappear as freeware altogether at some point. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/360Amigo-System-Speedup-...

by mehman on 4. July 2014 - 8:05  (117140)

MC - Thanks for the update.

by Marie Hattingh on 4. March 2014 - 19:18  (114788)

So far so good. Will this really help to assist me in running a faster laptop, without any faults or mistakes in it?

by joeguru on 5. March 2014 - 4:50  (114804)

What program are you trying?

by Marie Hattingh on 4. March 2014 - 19:09  (114785)

Gizmo's -super so far (so good)

by joeguru on 25. September 2013 - 19:48  (111006)

Category Update: New reviews are in progress for this category. Still testing, results in a week or two.

by woodshed on 25. November 2013 - 13:29  (112526)

What about PrivaZer everyone is rating this.

by joeguru on 26. November 2013 - 17:03  (112553)

Thank you for the suggestion. Next time reviews are written I'll take a look at this one.

by felix7 on 26. August 2013 - 12:44  (110327)

How about Baidu PC Faster ?

http://www.pcfaster.com/en/

Plz review this,
Thanks.

by joeguru on 24. September 2013 - 5:34  (110965)

Thank you for the recommendation. I did review PC Faster and found in my opinion the features did not measure up in performance to the other programs already reviewed so a written review won't be provided. However we always appreciate sincere recommendations.

by larchambault on 1. August 2013 - 14:12  (109858)

A Lite Version of System Mechanics is available. Is It a good alternative?

by Anupam on 1. August 2013 - 15:55  (109860)

I have deleted the link from the comment. We have had spam from Iolo in the past, and therefore, we won't recommend their products, nor feature them on the site. Hope you understand :).

by ektorbarajas on 17. July 2013 - 21:30  (109348)

Glary Utilities has being updated to version 3.6 and looks way better than the previous one.

it should be reviewed again and update the rating if needed.

Regards

by woodshed on 1. August 2013 - 9:52  (109853)

Glarys utilities does have a defragger

by ektorbarajas on 1. August 2013 - 13:52  (109857)

Glary Utilities Defragger looks very similar to iobit SmartDefrag, I don't know if iobit assisted Glary or what, but if you check Glary's defragger is very very close to iobit SmartDefrag.

by jamiesaun on 18. July 2013 - 0:39  (109352)

I'll be happy to check it out. Thanks

by joeguru on 14. July 2013 - 22:09  (109240)

I would also suggest Wise365.

by jamiesaun on 18. July 2013 - 0:38  (109351)

Will do. thanks for the comment

by George.J on 15. July 2013 - 14:31  (109273)

+1, It's a collection of brilliant softwares :D

by bigmark0272 on 27. May 2013 - 8:24  (108063)

Adaware keeps popping ccleaner as malware threat.

by joeguru on 14. July 2013 - 22:08  (109239)

I haven't had any issues running the two on my computer. Make sure you have the latest versions.

by Panzer on 3. April 2013 - 8:36  (106766)

"... Synei System Utilities - The complete care package for your computer! This program will clean, speed up, maintain, secure, and repair your system to make your computer run like brand new.

Features:

- A click is all it takes to maximize your PC's speed.
- Optimizes a variety of applications including: system, internet, browsers, games, applications, and much more.
- Laptop users: Increases battery life! Less programs running in the background means more resources, speed, and battery life.
- Gamers: Reduces lag when playing games! Load games much quicker and smoother ...":

http://www.synei.com/items/products/system-utilities

by n.vamsikrishna001 on 17. February 2013 - 6:50  (105483)

i prefer jetclean.it has a good cleaning and ram optimiser. better than ccleaner and more features.

by SpaceCowboy on 5. March 2013 - 15:35  (105970)

I am testing it now. However, I believe the registry optimizing may be too aggressive for the average home user.

SC

by SpaceCowboy on 5. March 2013 - 15:31  (105968)

I'll take a look at that, thank you for your input!

SC

by karadzha on 20. January 2013 - 8:34  (104666)

Toolwiz Care, Wise Care 365 Free and Advanced SystemCare deserve to be at the top of the classification for best optimizing soft.

by UltraCraig64 on 12. June 2013 - 23:01  (108491)

I've been having a great experience with Toolwiz Care for about a month now. I feel it actually trumps Iobit's product (I was a big fan in the past before I learned about the company from this site), and it's not from a shady company. I look forward to seeing what Toolwiz comes up with next.

by George.J on 10. May 2013 - 8:19  (107629)

+1 to Toolwiz Care and Wise Care 365

by Anupam on 20. January 2013 - 8:39  (104667)

IObit's products will not be considered on the site.