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Hazel for Mac review

A flexible and feature-rich file management application, Hazel for Mac makes it easy for you to organize files and folders, offering through its intuitive interface an extensive range of functions that are about more than just categorizing newly-saved files.

Pros

Automates file management: Hazel for Mac offers a rich set of functions that make file management a breeze. It can sort downloads, automatically move files to specific folders or export them to iPhoto and iTunes based on predefined rules, resize images to manageable sizes, run scripts (including AppleScript), and manage your trash by partially emptying it once it reaches a … Read more

MacBooster review

MacBooster helps you increase the processing speed of your Mac by identifying duplicate files, finding and removing malware, and making it easier for you to uninstall unwanted applications. It's a useful but somewhat pricey solution.

Pros

Intuitive design: MacBooster features a clear layout and menus that are easy to navigate. The information buttons and help guide offer valuable assistance.

Useful uninstaller and startup optimizer: Two of the features we were especially impressed with were the app uninstaller, which lets you search for applications that you haven't used for a certain number of days, and the startup optimizer, which … Read more

Clean Master review

Clean Master reclaims Android device resources by cleaning caches, closing apps and processes, and deleting junk files, leftovers, and other unnecessary items. Kingsoft's app enhances your security and privacy by scanning for malware, cleaning logs and other records, and enabling real-time protection and safe browsing. Its App Manager can back up and uninstall applications. It does all that and then some for free.

Clean Master scanned our system when we opened it and displayed our free storage and RAM space on its home screen above four tools: Junk Files, Memory Boost, Security & Privacy, and App Manager. We opened … Read more

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 review

Ashampoo's all-new WinOptimizer 11 packs more tools for cleaning, optimizing, and protecting your Windows PC than its freeware competitors, including WinOptimizer Free. And it has a sophisticated yet easy-to-manage layout with support options that the free system utilities can't match. In addition to regularly scheduled system maintenance and tweaks, WinOptimizer 11 has a One-Click Optimizer, extras like anti-spy protection, and a host of modules. Recent upgrades include Live Tuner 2.0, Game Booster, and User Rights Management.

Pros

Does it all: WinOptimizer 11 has an impressive array of tools and features -- more than other software of its … Read more

Wise Disk Cleaner review

Wise Disk Cleaner scans, repairs, and defragments your computer to keep it running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. No matter how many problem files you have hiding on your hard drive, this handy utility will find and remove or repair them and get you back on track.

Pros

Fast: Both scanning and fixing took less than a minute during testing, making this one of the more efficient disk cleaners out there. That way you won't have to wait long to begin enjoying a speedier PC experience.

Scheduling and customization: There are multiple options for scheduling regular scans and … Read more

CCleaner review

CCleaner is a free Registry and junk-clearing utility for keeping your system clean and optimized.

Pros

Basic UI: CCleaner's four main features -- Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options -- are clearly marked on a vertical tab menu. Initiating a scan and clean is straightforward.

Powerful: CCleaner includes most of the essentials for PC maintenance. It provides tools for clearing your temporary files, cleaning the Registry, and removing unused cookies from your browser. CCleaner also supports 64-bit systems, as well as updated support for popular applications.

Freeware: Upselling and bundling are minimal; CCleaner only offers the option to install Google … Read more

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

Wise Registry Cleaner review

Wise Registry Cleaner scours your Windows Registry for invalid entries and system-slowing junk. It's safe, easy to use, and (best of all) free. The no-nonsense layout groups all the features you need right where you need them, including Registry Cleaner, System Tuneup, Registry Defrag, and Scheduler.

Pros

Cleans deeply: Wise Registry Cleaner has Normal, Safe, and Deep Scan modes. In our tests, it found and fixed issues that similar freeware missed.

Cleans safely: Wise Registry Cleaner passed the acid test: We did what inexperienced users do and just cleaned everything, but no ill effects ensued.

Lots of tweaks: The … Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

CleanMyMac 2 for Mac review

CleanMyMac 2 identifies and removes files that your system no longer uses, and it asks if you want to delete large files that you haven't opened in a long time. This premium app's highly customized and animated interface is straightforward and pleasant to use. CleanMyMac 2 includes basics like a clean-up scheduler, a log-in item disabler, and an uninstall helper.

After a quick intro animation, CleanMyMac 2 presents a beautiful interface -- a sidebar with tabs and a details section. During a full scan, the app looks for log and cache files, universal binaries, language files, and other … Read more