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Spruce up your PC for spring with these top apps

Every machine needs tune-ups, and that includes your PC. Without regular cleaning and updates, your system performance suffers, slowed down by hefty files and unneeded software. Fortunately, many fine -- and free! -- utilities can do the system spring cleaning for you. Here's a roundup of our favorites.

CCleaner

CCleaner is one of our go-to, no-nonsense Registry cleaners. It scans your PC for junk files, unnecessary Registry entries, and unused cookies. It's good practice to run these scans at least once a month.

Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller is an alternate uninstallation utility for Windows. What it lacks in … Read more

Spring clean with Revo Uninstaller Pro

If you're an app aficionado, you've heard of Revo Uninstaller. It has been praised as one of the best uninstaller programs for PCs and runs circles around the default Windows uninstaller. Thanks to the folks at Revo, you can now get this essential toolkit for only $15.70 -- 60 percent off the regular price of $39.25.

A combination uninstaller and Registry cleaner, Revo Uninstaller Pro is one of the first program that new computer owners should install. This premier software allows you to remove installed applications quickly, while efficiently cleaning up leftover files and Registry keys, … Read more

Review: Anvi Uninstaller gets rid of nasty programs

Anvi Uninstaller does a fine job of deleting most programs, but it makes you delete them one by one. You can't even queue up multiple programs to delete, making this program take about as long to use as Windows' default method. While it still has the upper hand over that program, it doesn't size up well against batch uninstallers that are easy to find.

This program is portable, which means you can take it with you on a USB drive to uninstall programs on any computer you want. It might show up as suspicious in your antivirus software, … Read more

Review: IOBit Uninstaller 3

Pros

Useful organization: Uninstaller categorizes your installed apps into several tiers: Recently installed, Large programs, Infrequently used, and Windows Updates. These are often the main criteria that most users would follow to justify removing apps.

Batch uninstallation: You can queue up uninstallations for multiple applications, something glaringly absent from the traditional Windows control panel. Though it's not an automated procedure, nor is it a simultaneous uninstaller, the Batch Uninstaller works as listed and is one of the most useful features of IOBit Uninstaller 3.

Cons

Not in real time: If IOBit Uninstaller is currently running and you install a … Read more

Review: Advanced SystemCare 7

Pros:

Lots of Tools: IOBit's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to Advanced SystemCare means you're bound to find something useful for your machine in its massive library of tools, tweakers, and cleaners.

One-Click Fix: Despite its daunting list of options, users shouldn't have trouble finding some kind of fix-all option. When in doubt, most users will probably opt for just that.

Cons:

Lackluster Redesign: Claims of a Metro-friendly redesign amount to nothing more than color changes, font tweaks to a thinner sans-serif type, and icon packs. Many tools are shortcuts to separate applications that are visually inconsistent and offer questionable … Read more

Review: Uninstaller deletes all traces of unwanted programs and does it with style

Uninstaller goes deeper than Windows' built-in uninstall utility and looks very good while doing it. This neat program bucks the trend of uninstallers that look and feel like they were designed with only the tech-savvy in mind. It matches those good looks with quality performance to boot.

Uninstaller digs deep to uninstall programs that Windows' own utility won't let you touch. In addition to that, it will delete any leftovers that other uninstallers leave behind, so you don't need to run a registry cleaner after you delete your programs. Uninstaller sports a visual view of your programs that … Read more

Review: Geek Uninstaller isn't the fastest uninstaller around

Geek Uninstaller takes care of problem programs really well and can even uninstall programs other programs can't. It's one of the most powerful uninstallers you can find for Windows. Since it comes in a slim, portable package, it's wonderful to stick on a USB to help fix buggy PCs on the go.

Even though portable programs may make some antivirus software flag them as suspicious, our antivirus software didn't make a peep during testing. When you launch Geek Uninstaller for the first time it gives you a lengthy list of all of the programs on your … Read more

Review: dUninstaller removes programs incredibly fast, but it's not thorough

dUninstaller performs faster than other uninstall utilities, but it could dig a little deeper when deleting your programs. In our tests, it only turned up a handful of the programs we have on our computer. It's still a good way to start the long process of cleaning up your PC, though.

The program folder contains everything needed to run the portable application, which can also go anywhere with you on a flash drive. Once you load it, it scans your computer and produces a list of programs it can remove. This list won't be expansive, but it will … Read more

Completely uninstall Mac apps with AppCleaner

Mac OS X is a thoroughly modern operating system, except for the shocking lack of an uninstall program. Dragging an application to the trash removes the app itself from your hard drive (well, after you empty your trash), but this method leaves behind many associated files that got installed along with the app. Thankfully, there is a free third-party app that rounds up all of the supporting files rattling around your hard drive and deletes them along with whatever app you are uninstalling.

The app is called AppCleaner, and it provides a small window where you can drag and drop … Read more

Review: Revo Uninstaller thoroughly cleans leftover traces of uninstalled programs

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. However, it's not the most convenient way to kick programs off of your hard drive. It tucks many of the best features behind a paywall, too.

Revo Uninstaller comes with the free trial, which lacks some of the high-end features of the pro version. Though it can delete some registry errors that usually come with deleting programs, it doesn't remove all of them. To do that, you need to upgrade or use a … Read more