Must-have utilities for your Windows toolkit

Jessica Dolcourt Jessica Dolcourt, Senior Editor November 5, 2009

How often do you think about the background systems that make your computer run smoothly and surely? As with most foundations, generally only when they're broken or faulty. We've assembled seven free software utilities to help keep your system in top form in times of turbulence.


There's Glary Utilities, which wraps a Registry cleaner, memory optimizer, and start-up manager in one. When files go missing, an app like Pandora Recovery can often help retrieve them. CCleaner wipes away Internet tracks, while Smart Defrag is the best disk defragger we've seen to date.


Then there's 7-Zip, which supports a range of compression file types to read and/or write files in RAR and ZIP formats, and more. The straightforward SyncBack backup program is ideal to help keep home users and small businesses from losing valuable files in the event of a system crash. We round out the collection with Revo Uninstaller, an uninstaller with multiple power levels for completely removing unwanted programs down to their traces.

Product Name Glary Utilities Pandora Recovery CCleaner Smart Defrag 3 7-Zip SyncBackFree Revo Uninstaller
Date Added July 21, 2014 February 04, 2009 July 24, 2014 July 04, 2014 June 03, 2011 February 26, 2013 July 05, 2013
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Review Date April 30, 2014 October 22, 2012 April 10, 2014 February 17, 2014 November 08, 2008 November 07, 2008 June 09, 2013
Summary Glary Utilities is a comprehensive system cleaner and performance booster for your PC that includes an excellent suite of tools. You can take advantage of ... Read more Pandora Recovery Wizard is a free tool that helps you locate and recover lost or deleted files from your system. You can browse for files ... Read more CCleaner is a free Registry and junk-clearing utility for keeping your system clean and optimized. ProsBasic UI: CCleaner's four main features -- Cleaner, Registry, ... Read more Smart Defrag 3 hits all the notes you'd expect from a defragger, but it is too aggressive in terms of advertising. It throws recommendations ... Read more It's easy for Windows users to forget that WinZip isn't the only file-compression utility in the world. Like its better-known competitors, the free ... Read more This straightforward backup utility makes it a snap to safeguard and synchronize your files, and its freeware price just sweetens the deal. Surprisingly flexible for ... Read more Revo Uninstaller adds some serious power to uninstalling programs, but not a lot of speed. It certainly runs circles around the default option in Windows. ... Read more
License Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
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Downloads Last Week 20246 18640 353128 90794 13898 431 9875
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File Size 13.44MB 3.12MB 4.59MB 8.69MB 1.09MB 10.92MB 2.5MB
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Publisher Glarysoft Pandora Piriform IObit 7-Zip Software 2BrightSparks VS Revo Group