List of 100 Free PC System Tools

Do you like to keep your PC tuned up and humming along? Gizmo’s offers plenty of top-notch free tools for maintaining the system and keeping it safe but it doesn't hurt to check out some other lists. Here is another large collection of free PC system tools that I came across.

It is TechRadar’s 100 best ever free PC system tools. Many items in the list will be familiar to Gizmo’s readers; it includes favorites like CCleaner and Malwarebytes. But there are a number that I am unfamiliar with and it’s a convenient collection in one place that supplements Gizmo’s selections. Here are the categories that are included:

  • System health tools
  • Desktop customisation tools
  • Cleanup and stabilisation tools
  • Windows security tools

And there you have it - more free applications to add to your toolbox.

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by Alex Rodriguez (not verified) on 14. May 2012 - 1:07  (93429)

Many programs listed here are great, however, the list is somewhat outdated. There are various that no longer exists or supported. For example, Comodo doesn't seem to support Time Machine anymore. Each time I try to download it brings me back to their main page. Registrytweaker domain is closed and up for sale.

by kell (not verified) on 10. May 2012 - 12:32  (93303)

And by the way. THANK YOU for the list. Lots of my software is over 2 years old, some much older than that.I don't get all the hate for older software but then, I'm older myself.

by kell (not verified) on 10. May 2012 - 12:29  (93302)

Here: http://comodo-time-machine.en.softonic.com/

by Deputy (not verified) on 13. May 2012 - 22:01  (93427)

the correct link for the latest free version of Comodo Time Machine direct from Comodo is:

https://www.comodo.com/home/backup-online-storage/data-recovery.php

by MikeR on 14. May 2012 - 14:00  (93450)

But that's the same link I referred to in my earlier posts. There is no 'latest free version' there. Nor anywhere on the Comodo website: that link merely takes you to a blind download which opens Comodo's home page and does nothing else.

My friend did follow a link kindly provided on here by kell to the softonic site but after downloading Comodo Time Machine from there ran it through Malwarebytes which reported a PUP (a toolbar) in the Softonic download. He wasn't happy with that so had Malwarebytes delete the downloaded file in its entirety.

All of which would suggest that the TechRadar report is some way past its use-by date. In still promoting the non-existent Comodo Time Machine it seems never to have been revised since July 2010 -- almost two years ago.

Sorry, TSA, but that's hardly an up-to-date list on any reckoning.

by Anupam on 14. May 2012 - 18:44  (93457)

I have gone through the list myself, and only a few products in the list are not available presently. But most of the products mentioned in the list are still there. And that is the prime reason why the author decided to post this link, despite the article being 2 years old.. simply because 100 system tools were listed at one place.

Now, just because Comodo Time Machine isn't available today, or a few other products... that is not good enough reason to repeatedly bash the article, and the editor, and the site.

I bet most of the people did not know until this list, that Comodo Time Machine is not available nowadays. Is it the fault of the author? You should ask Comodo why isn't the product available for download, when its page still exists.

So, please stop repeating the same bashing statement, and kindly overlook the small shortcomings, and just appreciate the efforts of a man who week after week brings you great tips on computer.

And if you still don't like the article, and cannot appreciate the efforts made, please just move on.

by AlwaysGetsItWro... on 10. May 2012 - 17:17  (93320)

I have tried this piece of software at least twice on both Windows XP and Windows 7 (always 64bit versions). And everytime the machine will end up crashing. The longest any machine has lasted with it installed is a whole week and I still had to use a image to restore the machine.

Lucky I image once a month and backup files too. Although I have had an image fail before.

That aside, the concept of the time machine is great let me know if you come across any free software capable of making it work. I have some paid software that works well enough for me, but I am always interested.

by MikeR on 10. May 2012 - 14:24  (93312)

Kell:

Thanks for that. Though if Comodo has dropped this software -- I wonder why? -- it's remiss of Tech Radar, whose 'updated' list is linked to in this techsupportalert article, to feature that particular app so early and so prominently: Tech Radar is, in essence, recommending people to use a specific app as a sensible safety-net for test installs yet the recommendation is meaningless because the app doesn't exist.

by Dew Yodor (not verified) on 9. May 2012 - 20:05  (93272)

I agree 100% with Chilli above, this list is 2 years old, and one helluva lot has changed in the software world in 2 years. Some links don't even work etc.

Come on Gizmo guys, get with the times and recommend current stuff .. :-)
Dew

by MidnightCowboy on 10. May 2012 - 5:49  (93288)

The goal of all our editors is to present information we believe to be of interest to our majority audience. In as far as we can, everything listed here is tested for it's suitability to meet this objective. Quite obviously, where large lists are concerned this is not possible but anything needing clarification as the result of feedback will be so noted in the articles concerned. It is also worth bearing in mind that not everything "new" or "most recent" is necessarily better than an older version or a product that ceased development some time ago. This applies to some Linux stuff as well so is not just restricted to Windows. Please also appreciate that not all editors are able to monitor their pages 24/7. Although our mods do their best with the comments arriving, if readers believe something needs urgent attention, the best way to communicate this is to myself or one of the other mods using our PM system. This way it will be dealt with almost immediately, time zones permitting.

by dagbreek (not verified) on 9. May 2012 - 17:01  (93265)

Downloaded Stardock three times (as recomended by setup program) and each time I tried to run the setup file I got the msg. that the file was corrupted and to download again.
That's a dud in the list. I never did like having to download from CNet anyway.

by Chilli on 9. May 2012 - 15:56  (93260)

My concern is the article you point to is from July 25th 2010.

Sure some of these tools are updated regularly etc. But tools like this change in a couple of years. Just might be wise to check how old a tool is and what exactly it is doing before you use it. New server packs etc for windows come out all the time etc. Just saying.

by MikeR on 9. May 2012 - 15:44  (93259)

Well done on emphasising the importance of a good rollback facility: Comodo Time Machine is indeed a nicely thought-out app. I've just flagged up this article -- and CTM -- to a friend, but he's emailed me back to say he can't actually, er, find CTM.

I dunno. Some people. Except. . . I can't find it either. Has Comodo dropped it? Every time I click on 'download' for this app at Comodo's website, all that happens is I'm taken straight to Comodo's home page. Where there's no mention of CTM at all.

Just wondered if I'm having a dumbo moment or if, in compiling / updating this latest list, techsupportalert actually tried to DL Comodo Time Machine??

Thanks.

* Just to add: this link to Comodo's 'free products' page contains no mention of Comodo Time Machine:

http://www.comodo.com/products/free-products.php?track=2720

so although techsupportalert's recommendation of it as a 'must have'is understandable, a helluva lot of folks are going to be mightily frustrated if it's currently unavailable.

Softpaedia has a Beta version from January 2011. . . although I'm always wary of recommending any Beta version of any software to a computer novice like my friend, does it now seem that this is the only CTM option left??????

by A_Nonny_Mush (not verified) on 9. May 2012 - 16:43  (93264)

https://www.comodo.com/home/backup-online-storage/data-recovery.php

by A_Nonny_Mush (not verified) on 9. May 2012 - 17:18  (93266)

Apologies...that link redirects if you try to d/load. Looks like they abandoned it. It wasn't without issues if I remember correctly anyway.

by MikeR on 9. May 2012 - 19:19  (93271)

That's the link I was referring to in my original post.

But there's still NO clarification on here as to what the situation actually is.

Come on, Techsupportalert. It's counter-productive in the extreme to circularise this luvvly website's fervent admirers with emaiols which subsequently link to the publicising in a 'current', 'updated' reference resource that which clearly hasn't been checked to see if it is indeed still current.

If Comodo Time Machine no longer exists, then what else doesn't exist in this supposedly up-to-the-minute 100 best listing????????

by George.J on 9. May 2012 - 7:23  (93246)

Sweet :)

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