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Clean your machine with Tuneup Utilities 2013

Stay on top of computer maintenance with this full-featured program.

As is the case with any machine, computers require regular maintenance to keep them running their best. Tuneup Utilities 2013 is a suite of tools for fixing, tidying, and optimizing your computer. With a straightforward interface and plenty of options, it's worth checking out if you're not sure how to keep your machine in top condition.

Tuneup Utilities 2013 has a 1-Click Maintenance tool for users who want to get everything taken care of at once, as well as several other options that give you more control over what the program does. Tuneup Utilities started by performing an analysis of our system, looking at a variety of different performance metrics. It determined that we needed to clean our Registry, remove broken shortcuts, clean up Windows and programs, clean up our browser, and optimize system startup and shutdown; it also let us know that our Registry didn't need to be defragmented but that we should defragment our hard drive during our next maintenance session. Tuneup found quite a few problems on our computer and asserted that we had "high system interference." With the click of a button we were able to solve these problems, or so the program says; the only real evidence we had was that it told us that 867 Registry problems had been corrected, 58 broken shortcuts had been removed, 275 unneeded items had been deleted, and so on. We hadn't been having any significant performance problems to begin with, so it's hard to say whether Tuneup made a noticeable difference for us, but we can at least say that it didn't cause any problems. An addition to the 1- Click Maintenance tool, Tuneup Utilities also lets users create PC usage profiles to determine how best to optimize their systems, and a System Protection feature lets users undo changes made by the program -- always a good thing when you're mucking around in the Registry. Tuneup Utilities has a user-friendly interface and a thorough built-in Help file. Overall, we think that Tuneup Utilities 2013 is a good choice for novice and intermediate users who understand the importance of system maintenance but need some assistance in performing it.

Tuneup Utilities 2013 has a 15-day free trial. It installs and uninstalls without issues.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Tuneup Utilities 2013 13.0.2020.14.

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