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Old 20. Feb 2010, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering if anyone here has tried this software? I noticed comments about it in the PC Utilities section and decided to try it. So far I have been singularly impressed! It's initial aggressiveness worried me, but after it cleaned up many shortcuts (most to programs I had long forgotten after uninstall), did a very thorough junk file cleaning, and performed its maintenance routine, I suspect that my previous utility suite was merely being overcautious or lazy!

Its defragment program seemed to actually increase my system's quickness in loading of programs, and I've been using Auslogics Defrag since replacing SmartDefrag.

I usually worry about the aggressiveness of tune-up utilities, but I've been using it for several days, with absolutely no complaints, and wondered if anyone here has tried it?

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Old 22. Feb 2010, 02:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe the professional version is well-known and generally praised product, so I'd say it's worth having.

I've tried it myself, but would like more control in what it deletes.
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Old 22. Feb 2010, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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WinUtilities'defrag uses JkDefrag source code; it doesn't clarify users and hides from user that info.

It seems their policy isn't fair and square; some time ago they released a similar app. that isn't available anymore: Perfect Utilities. It cames with Relevant Knowledge a known adware.
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Old 02. Mar 2010, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the free version and it works well for me. After using it for a little while due to some positive post, it has got my system running a bit better. There is also TweakNow which a link can be found on the Tune-Up Utility pages.
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Old 02. Mar 2010, 07:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I decided to upgrade to the WU Pro- but I'm not sure the extra effort was really worth it considering all the tools in the free version. I'm also trying TuneUp Utilities. Its internet connection optimizer fouled up my connections quite badly (fortunately TCP Optimizer was able to straighten the problems out! ). Still, it has some nice tools as well. It's one of those utilities that seem able to get you into really deep water if you're not careful.

Overall, I've been very pleased with WinUtilities. Their people seem genuinely interested in providing help if you need it. I know nothing of YL Software, but this program has certainly pleased me.

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Old 11. Mar 2010, 12:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have used it for over 9 months with no problems. Better than AShampoo, I think.
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Old 11. Mar 2010, 03:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I decided to upgrade to the WU Pro- but I'm not sure the extra effort was really worth it considering all the tools in the free version. I'm also trying TuneUp Utilities. Its internet connection optimizer fouled up my connections quite badly (fortunately TCP Optimizer was able to straighten the problems out! ). Still, it has some nice tools as well. It's one of those utilities that seem able to get you into really deep water if you're not careful.

Overall, I've been very pleased with WinUtilities. Their people seem genuinely interested in providing help if you need it. I know nothing of YL Software, but this program has certainly pleased me.

Kyuzo.
I tried TuneUp utilities to clean my registry and ended up having to reinstall windows. I don't use registry cleaners anymore! These utilities packages seem to have a lot of stuff in them that can either disrupt your OS or make no tangible difference e.g. memory optimizer. For sure, some of the utilities are good and benign but like you say Kyuzo, some of them can get you into deep water.
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Old 11. Mar 2010, 08:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks, grf! TuneUp Utilities looks like a good program, but I'm extremely careful with it. I used to use System Mechanic before I got WinUtilities Free, and SM (I know it's a paid program, please don't chide me) had these built-in safety warnings for practically everything you wanted to do. When I first got it, SM's scary messages would leave me second-guessing whether I really wanted to clean out my junk files, defrag, or what-have-you.

TuneUp seems to go MUCH deeper into registry tweaks, obscure Windows settings and the like. Someone like Midnight Cowboy or Anupam might benefit from such arcane offerings, but I barely know the difference between RWIN settings and maximum MTU!

I decided to update from WU free to WU Pro (I really can't tell much difference-I need to do more research). One thing I can say is that so far none of the automatic procedures WinUtilities has performed has detrimentally affected my computer in the least. And Pro's internet accelerator actually helped my connection speeds.

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Old 12. Mar 2010, 08:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I would not have posted on this thread, but now that my name is mentioned, I will .

I have never used any such combo utilities like the ones mentioned on this thread, so I don't have any idea about them. I have never used registry cleaners, and I don't intend to use them in the future too. I always see registry cleaning as a process, which has quite a lot of risk involved, and I think users would be better off without using it.

I like to keep my system clean though, and I don't like useless things lying around. Once, I had just out of curiosity used CCleaner registry cleaner tool, just to analyze and see what it finds. There were many entries there, for which the corresponding program had been uninstalled. I was tempted to use the cleaner that time, but I decided the risk would not be worth it.

For system tune up, I use CCleaner everyday (without the registry cleaner). I sometimes use disk defragment, but the frequency of using is very low. I sometimes use registry defrag, but only very rarely.

I know MC does not use registry cleaner, and advises against it. He does not even use a file cleaner like CCleaner .

Amongst file cleaners too, I only trust CCleaner. I find it very safe. All other file cleaners, look like CCleaner anyways, and some of them can bring down your system, by cleaning important system files.

For average users, I would advise not using registry cleaner at all. Using CCleaner, and disk defragment would be enough. I haven't used any combo utilities till now, so I don't know what all is there in them... but I think individual software are there, which perform the job better in that category, like junk cleaning, or managing start up programs.
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Hi Anupam.
Can registry defraggers cause damage in the same way registry cleaners do?
Also, can you recommend a good site where i can learn more about the registry as my knowledge of it is about zero. And do you just know when people mention your name, like even when you're sleeping, because that would be spooky..cool, but spooky
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