AVG PC TuneUp

AVG PC TuneUp

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.3
out of 77 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
14.0.1001.489
File Size:
73.53MB
Date Added:
June 25, 2014
Price:
Free to try; annual subscription (15-day trial); $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
137,269
Downloads Last Week:
1,087
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Pros

One-click maintenance: AVG PC TuneUp's initial setup is streamlined. There's really no room for error, since one-click optimization is the first option you see, giving a clear impression that PC TuneUp is hassle free.

Control: When AVG PC TuneUp discovers issues, it presents them in a pop-up window that lets you control which files to clean and which to delete. Highlight a file to reveal a short description of what it is and what it does to your Windows PC.

Clean design: PC TuneUp clearly shows you its process, from Registry scanning to defragmentation analysis. Though it shows warning icons for more system-critical issues, PC TuneUp generally avoids overzealous warnings and large, bold fonts that might give you a sense of pressure or panic.

Cons

Miscategorization: Sometimes it's questionable whether what PC TuneUp declares a problem is really a problem. During our tests, PC TuneUp reported a Windows Media Player option and a Firefox master password setting as errors under PC Health. Though keeping track of browser credentials is a good practice, alerts like these could confuse you about what kind of settings qualify as risks.

Limited trial use: In the trial, maintenance scanning is limited to three days, and the entire program is subscription based. Though the maintenance feature is effective, we find it hard to justify the asking price, nor do we see the app's advantage over free products without the peace of mind.

Bottom Line

AVG PC TuneUp is a well-designed and effective tool that mostly accomplishes what it claims. Its advantage lies in its streamlined user flow and one-click-friendly design. Though PC TuneUp has many tools, there are free programs that perform most of the same tasks, so power users may find it hard to justify paying for the software.

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    2.3

    out of 77 votes

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    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 46
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    "Worst Program I have ever experienced"

    July 09, 2014   |   By MK_47

    Version: AVG PC TuneUp 14.0.1001.489

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing.

    Cons

    Disk doctor get stuck at 29%, thereafter cannot get into Windows.
    After finally managing to get back into Windows, could not uninstall PC tuneup, as the uninstall program would not respond.
    Majority of files on C drive became corrupted.
    Restarted once more, after which pc would not even boot into Windows, as it got stuck in a loop, saying: "Windows ran into a problem, needs to restart."
    After a couple of restarts, it then says there is a problem with the boot file and Windows needs to be reinstalled.
    After reinstalling from a system image, all of my data on my C drive had been lost.
    This product did absolutely nothing but destroy my Windows OS and cause a massive loss of data.

    Summary

    Firstly, on Windows 8, the disk doctor tool, after restarting, got stuck on 29% (at the Windows boot logo), saying Checking and Repairing Drive: 29% (or thereabouts). This persisted for hours without changing. I searched the problem on my phone and found that this is an extremely common occurrence, according to Windows 8 users. After restarting again, the process restarted. Eventually I restarted and it gave me the option to skip the check. Getting into Windows, I immediately went to uninstall the product. Clicking "Yes" on the AVG "Are you sure you want to uninstall", would come to no avail and the product would not reinstall. On top of this, I could not open any files, particularly could not open the AVG PC tuneup itself.
    After yet another restart, Windows would not even boot, it would get stuck in a "Windows ran into a problem, need to restart" loop, in which it would repeatedly restart. After a number of restarts, a new error (worse than the previous) would appear saying that the boot file is corrupted and Windows needs to be reinstalled.
    Thereafter, I reinstalled Windows from a factory image, which finally managed to fix the problem, however, all of my previous data, applications etc. on my Windows were removed.
    AVG PC Tuneup 2014, a product meant to clean up and improve performance, did absolutely nothing but destroy my operating system to the extent that it would not even consider booting up. As a computer science student, I have never come across such an excuse for a product. I have been a loyal user of AVG Anti-Virus for many years, and this fooled me into a false sense of security in all of their products, which is a mistake I will never make again.
    AVG has made a massive mistake with this product, and I cannot even fathom how they, claiming to be a professional company, can make such a disaster of a product.
    It is safe to say that I will never be using an AVG product ever again.

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