Best Free Tune-Up Utilities Kit

 

Introduction

All-in-one packages are an option, but many people find the lack of control frustrating, and it's more likely that you'll be attracted to the use of several specialized packages which offer more settings and better user control. This approach is less convenient than a one-click package that "does it all", but it's more customizable, offers more powerful cleaning functions and most importantly, it's also less dangerous, as it will encourage you to stop and think.

Bear in mind fragmented drives, unnecessary startup entries and so on are not the only causes for a slow computer. I suggest you also follow the Spyware Removal Guide instructions to verify if your computer is clean from malware, which can also slow your computer.

 

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Discussion

There are many different tune-up utility combinations that can be used. Many of you are using some of these utilities already, but for those who aren't, here's my "freeware clean-up kit" suggestion:

Autoruns to disable unnecessary startup items. You can check entries with Bleeping Computer's Startup Programs Database.

CCleaner for disk cleaning and to uninstall programs you don't use.

Defraggler as your disk-defragmenter.

These are suggestions only. There are some splendid alternatives in each category, which you can find in the appropriate software categories at this site.

I recommend that you run the cleaning and defragging programs monthly. After each monthly Windows update is an excellent time to run a clean up. If you install and uninstall a lot of products, you may want to increase this frequency to weekly or even daily.

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 much less noticeable.

Caution

Registry cleaning is potentially dangerous and generally should not be used, and definitely not as a regular maintenance tool. There is no evidence that registry cleaning improves system performance, but there have been many users who have had application and/or system errors after running a registry cleaner. Registry defragging does not have any adverse side effects but I also have not seen any performance gains from it.

Do check the settings for each program before you run it, particularly CCleaner, which can be aggressive.

Remember that cleaning your PC always involves a small element of risk, so create an image backup and have copy of your data before you start.

 

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Quick Selection Guide

Autoruns
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Disable unecessary startup items
12.0
500 KB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Windows XP and higher
CCleaner
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Clean disks and uninstall programs.
http://www.ccleaner.com/
4.13.4693
3.53 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Feature limited freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP to 8.1
Defraggler
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
http://www.defraggler.com/
2.18.945
4.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
This product is portable.
Windows XP to 8.1

 

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