Quick question: What motivates you to purchase a new PC? If “slow performance” immediately jumps to mind, then please allow me to help you save a few hundred dollars. There’s a very good chance that your lethargic computer could have in it still a second (or third!) life with a relatively inexpensive tool: a PC tune-up utility.
What’s a Tune-Up Utility?
A tune-up utility is an application that digs deep into your computer and fixes trouble areas. It performs several functions, including defragmenting your PC’s hard drive, repairing the incredibly problematic Windows registry, and deleting useless and duplicate files. Some tune-up utilities perform just those basic functions, while more elaborate ones add numerous features that improve your computer in interesting ways.
For example, Iolo System Mechanic 14—our Editors’ Choice for paid tune-up suites—cleaned our gunked-up test bed with its real-time system monitoring and CRUDD Remover. Likewise, SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner 4—the Editors’ Choice for free tune-up utilities—scored high marks for its effective system cleaning, browser clean-up tools, and community-based system recommendations.
The License Situation
Starting prices for tune-up utilities typically grant one license per purchase, which means you’re allowed to install the software on one machine. That’s fine if you own a single computer, but in the age of multi-computer households, the license costs can put a dent in your wallet. To be fair, most companies offer multi-license packages, but they can prove pricey, too.
That’s why you should look for a paid tune-up utility with no installation limitations (like Iolo System Mechanic 14), or a high-quality free tool (like SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner 4). Both let you clean as many computers as you’d like. (continue reading)