TuneUp Utilities 2013

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    "VERY USEFUL, IF YOU KNOW HOW TO CONFIGURE IT PROPERLY.."

    January 13, 2013  |   By zeroday1

    Pros

    I like the array of options that comes with Tune-Up Utilities 2013. The interface is user-friendly (though could still use a little work) and the 1-Click Maintenance feature offers real streamlined cleaning capabilities.

    Cons

    Some of the functions and configurations (even within the "usage-profile" settings could use better mouse-over descriptions to aid the user to make the right choice when deciding whether or not to let the program make the adjustments based on your profile.

    It could also use more definitive cleaning options that are also specific in their cleaning descriptions (i.e., when you want to clean out the junk from a recent browser session but don't want to delete your browser's book-mark favicon cache---the currents options are not very clear and most of the time I end up having to reload all my bookmarks because I don't know which option to un-check).

    Maybe Tune-up Utilities should recreate the cache cleaners so that they don't touch the favicon cache---seems like that would be a reasonable tweak to apply to this seemingly hefty application.

    Summary

    Although it may seem a bit cumbersome to the average end-user and can use a tremendous amount of system-resources, if you know how to configure the settings correctly, it just may be a useful investment for keeping your computer in decent-running shape.

    For those who may have experienced issues with the "Automatic Maintenance" & "Optimizer" functions---they can be disabled from within the settings menu---you just have to know where to look.

    Personally, I like to make use of this application on demand rather than to have the maintenance set to automatic but you can create a user profile and still disable the automatic optimizations whilst still getting some good on-demand functionality out of it. And at the same time you'll reduce the amount of system resources this application normally would need if you just simply had everything set to run automatically.

    (Just some food for thought for those whom may feel less inclined to tweak an application such as this because of their ineptitude with regard to software in general.)

    Overall, I think this application is a great tool for Windows users and boasts an incredible amount of configurations, however the in-experienced should proceed with caution.

    Remember an application can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The choice is up to you.

    As a general rule, if you don't know what you are doing---then prudence holds that you shouldn't follow through, otherwise you'll be certain to run into issues great & small...

    ; )

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