Good functionality outweighs some real problems – System Mechanic

As the pared down version of the pay-version System Mechanic Free is of course not going to offer quite the same level of options and functionality, however it performs all the basic tasks of privacy protection, registry cleanup, optimization and removal of hidden files. The ActiveCare automatic feature is handy for giving a basic level of optimisation for novice users, and the experienced can get in behind the hood and customise it to their preferences. System Mechanics Free also incorporates extra features that would normally be handled by other programs such as spyware removal, disk defragmentation and control of programs that run automatically on startup.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few downsides. Some of the more advanced tools can be difficult to handle such as the option to restore your system to a previous state. This function is less than obvious in the interface and doesn’t allow restoring of individual items. System Mechanic Free can also interact poorly with programs like AVG, which can be quite frustrating.

Overall, System Mechanic Free is a good program that can outperform many other free programs with its core features and also offers some handy extras. However the difficulty of using some advanced features and its problematic interaction with other programs can be a cause for frustration.

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Use TuneUp Utilities 2012 to get your PC running like it did the day you bought it

As many other computer users, I like to install all kind of programs from the Internet. First of all because it’s part of my job and second, for the sake of exploring what’s new out there in terms of software. However, this can mess up any PC quite shortly and there is always the speed issues over time as applications are installed and uninstalled. Actually – to be realistic – in time, any Windows PC become more sluggish and it’s performance degrade just by using it.

Now, to prevent this from happening, you can use a tool such as TuneUp Utilities 2012 that reduces clutter and ensures that all systems are running as they should. TuneUp Utilities has been around for quite a while and it’s clear that this software will stay on the market due to the simple fact that it does the job and it can really optimize your computer for the best performance – not just on paper. Well, considering that just a few days back, the new ‘2012 version’ has been officially released, let’s take a look at the new features.

First of all, there is TuneUp Economy Mode – a feature which prolongs the battery life on your laptop, netbook, and tablet PC and guarantees significantly improved battery life and power consumption. It extends battery run-time on notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs running Windows by up to 30%, while also reducing energy consumption by up to 30%.

What’s behind the magic?

  • Reduced processor power consumption: TuneUp Economy Mode reduces your processors’ performance and optimizes their power consumption for maximum battery life and sufficient power for basic, everyday use.
  • Great power savings for your devices: TuneUp Economy Mode reduces the power consumption of many built-in and connected devices.
  • Turn off energy-sapping programs: TuneUp Economy Mode switches off unnecessary background processes that slow PC performance down.

Second, there is an improved TuneUp Program Deactivator – a feature which takes care of all those programs which run in the background whether they are used or not, slowing your computer down considerably for no good reason. The new Full Automatic Mode in TuneUp Program Deactivator eliminates these unnecessary slowdowns and makes sure your PC always operates at its peak performance. But relevant programs such as antivirus software or drivers will not be deactivated.

  • Start-Stop Mode automatically turns off selected programs when you don’t need them, speeding up your surfing, working, and gaming.
  • Optimized PC / Windows performance
  • Faster boot speeds, applications and gaming.

There is also also Turbo Mode, a feature which for example, enables you to shut down over 70 applications that bring your PC to a crawl with just a single click. In addition, proven maintenance features allow you to perform a full registry clean-up and much, much more.

TuneUp Utilities 2012 costs $49.95, but you can get a free trial for testing purposes prior to purchase from here.

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An optimized hard drive isn’t the end of optimizing your PC. Check out this important utility for additional tweaks!

Taking care of your computer isn’t easy. With malware everywhere, bots, bot nets, viruses etc., you’ve got your hands full. Once those risks have been mitigated, you’ve got PC performance to worry about. Keeping your computer running worry free isn’t just about optimizing your hard drive. It should be about your entire PC. This is one reason why I like WinMend’s Registry Defrag. It’s a must have Windows utility.WinMend Registry Defrag is a free registry defragmentation and cleanup tool. It can rebuild your registry index safely; and can clear wasted registry space to make it easy for Windows and applications to find required data more efficiently. After the Windows registry is reorganized, you will notice a marked improvement in system performance. This tool is safe, reliable, and simple to understand and use.

Read the full review | Download WinMend’s Registry Defrag

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Optimize, clean up, maintain and speed up your computer with Windows Winset 2011

Anyone who installs a lot of programs or has been online as often as most computer users are today will bump into performance issues. Caches get full, drives get fragmented, registries get littered with orphaned entries. It can be a real mess in there. Sometimes the only way to fix the problem is to sweep it all out. This is one of the reasons why Windows Winset 2011 could be the best choice for you. It’s an all-in-one system utility to optimize, clean up, maintain and speed up your computer.
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Speed up your PC’s startup times, increase performance and clear out HDD space with Tune Up Utilities 2011

If there’s one thing that I know of, it’s that 90%+ of all people that use a Windows computer, never ever perform any maintenance operations on it. They never empty cache or temporary file folders. They never optimize their hard drive. They never clean out or optimize their registry.  After a couple-three years, people finally start noticing that their computer isn’t as fast as it should be, and they have no idea what to do or even how to start fixing problems that may exist. That’s why I like Tune Up Utilities 2011.

Read the full review | Download TuneUp Utilities 2011

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Boost your computer performance with ReadyBoost

Every computer has physical temporary storage memory called RAM which provides space for your computer to read and write data to be accessed by the CPU. More RAM  usually allows your computer to work considerably faster so generally speaking, the more RAM you have, the better.

However, running multiple applications, games and so on can cause your computer to run out of RAM. That’s the moment when something called Paging File is used.

The Paging File practically allows the computer to use hard drive space as RAM. This means that if your computer has 1 GB of physical RAM and your computer needs to use 2 GB, it will firstly use the 1 GB of physical RAM and then anything else will be used from the hard drives Pagefile which is called virtual memory.

As a USB Flash drive is  faster than a hard disk (in general; excluding SSDs), Windows 7 has a feature called ReadyBoost which can improve your system performance by using a faster USB Flash Drives instead of your hard disks when the computer runs out of RAM.

When you insert a device with this capability, the AutoPlay dialog will offer you the option to speed up your system using Windows ReadyBoost. If you select this option, you can then choose how much memory to use for this purpose.

The recommended amount of memory to use for ReadyBoost acceleration is one to three times the amount of random access memory RAM installed in your computer. For example, if your computer has 1 GB of RAM and you plug in a 4 GB USB Flash drive, setting aside from 1 GB to 3 GB of that drive will offer the best performance boost.

Note: Only Windows 7 and Vista has the ReadyBoost feature.

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