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Nicely packaged suite of tools

Get an easy-to-use alternative to Vista's built-in tools, which don't necessarily work better than their Vista counterparts, but do come in one easy-to-understand package.

For Vista users not happy with Vista's built-in tools, this suite of optimizing and maintenance tools offers an easy-to-use alternative. The tools don't necessarily work better than their Vista counterparts, but they come in one easy-to-understand package.

Infibia Easy Tools for Vista launches a colorful, nicely designed palette of icons, each of which represents a tool for performing system maintenance and enhancement. The provided tools include the usual suspects for this type of performance toolbox, including a disk cleaner, memory optimizer, defrag utility, and a registry fixer.

The utility performed well in our tests. Some of the tools, such as the memory optimizer and the One-Click Optimizer, aren't activated in the demo version. A nag screen to register the product popped up every time a tool was selected. Each available tool opened an easy-to-understand box with a colorful icon, a short description of the tool's function, and a list box or small display pane and progress bar, as appropriate.

In the end, none of the tools really functioned any better than their built-in Vista counterparts. What makes this toolbox appealing is its user friendliness and ease of use. Infibia Easy Tools for Vista has a short 14-day trial, but that's enough time for users to see if they feel it's worthwhile to ante up and register the program.

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