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Glary Utilities

CNET Editors' review

Glarysoft's Glary Utilities is one of the most consistently popular and most frequently recommended system utilities, and why not? It bundles some of the most useful Windows-related tools in one free download. It scans and cleans your PC, cleaning temporary files, removing junk files, fixing broken shortcuts, and resolving a wide range of issues, both major and minor, that most Windows users will have no trouble recognizing. You can configure its One-Click Maintenance option to run just those processes you want with a single click, making regular maintenance just too easy for excuses. You can run any of its many tools individually, too.

Glary Utilities has a basic but colorful (and skinnable) dialog-sized interface with tabs for Status, 1-Click Maintenance, and Modules. Under Modules, Glary groups a wide variety of tools under a series of headings, some of which access the same tools from different categories: Clean & Repair, Optimize & Improve, Privacy & Security; Files & Folders; and System Tools. We clicked Scan on the 1-Click Maintenance tab, which initiated a system-wide scan for junk files, spyware, and lots of other stuff that we needed to fix or throw out: sort of like cleaning the basement, actually. Glary Utilities displayed its summary findings, and we could click to view details or just press Repair Problems to fix the lot, which we did. The tool swiftly purged our system of the obsolete, unneeded, and junk data that can clog your machine over time, compromising performance and even security.

The 1-Click Maintenance is reason enough to keep Glary Utilities and run it regularly, but more excellent reasons can be found in its Modules, which let you run Glary's utilities individually as well as access many more tools, including a file shredder, startup manager, memory optimizer, registry defragmenter, and file recover and undelete tool. It also lets you run a variety of Windows utilities from Glary's interface, including the Process Manager and System Information. Running tools like the Duplicate File Finder now and again and the 1-Click Maintenance regularly will help keep your PC running fast, smooth, and safe. We recommend Glary Utilities to all Windows users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 4,246 votes

    • 5 star: 2220
    • 4 star: 1607
    • 3 star: 190
    • 2 star: 62
    • 1 star: 167
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love this utility"

    October 22, 2012  |   By brianmacky

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    This is so incredibly easy to use, it is extremely thorough as well. I couldn't ask for more.

    Cons

    none of which I am aware.

    Summary

    You would be crazy not to download this utility for free!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like the simple look of it"

    October 22, 2012  |   By Peachson

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    Has a one button maintenance option which is great for those still not sure

    Cons

    Some of the options still appear daunting to those of us non geeks. When you see what it does with files, folders, etc you are not sure if deleting them all is good for your system. Some more guidance would be helpful.

    Summary

    I have the Pro & I use it everyday. Mostly the registry editor or the one button facility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "never had a problem"

    October 21, 2012  |   By cstack418

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    it worked when nothing else did

    Cons

    tries to install that pesky Ask tool bar , that's the reason I don't recommend to noobie friends

    Summary

    its the first thing I do

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy to use and delivers what's promised"

    October 21, 2012  |   By salbus82

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    one-step instructions
    written in layman's terms making easy to use and understand
    performs quickly
    major PC operation improvement
    free to use

    Cons

    none that I've encountered yet

    Summary

    I highly recommend this application to anyone and especially to friends who aren't computer "pros" because of the extreme ease of downloading and use.
    Thanks for a superior product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T USE AT ALL"

    October 20, 2012  |   By comptroub_HK

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    NOTHING UNIQUE IN FIXING. MOST ALREADY PROVIDED BY OS. STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE COMPLICATES THE OS BY INSTALLING DUPLICATE SOFTWARE IN IT. YOU WON'T HAVE TWO IDENTICAL BATHTUBS IF YOU LIVE ALONE, WON'T YOU?

    Cons

    SIMPLY HIJACKS YOUR BROWSER..........SURFING PROBLEMS.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Abysmal practices"

    October 16, 2012  |   By m.vehec

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    None, just avoid it.

    Cons

    Hijacks all browser search engine defaults and home page preferences. This alone should keep you from downloading ANYTHING from this company.

    Summary

    Crapware at its worst.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very comprehensive program."

    October 9, 2012  |   By Bob1019

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    Seems to cover all the bases and does it well in a format that is easily understood.

    Cons

    Some items are combined that do not understandably go with each other.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy way to clean my computer"

    October 7, 2012  |   By deannap913

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    Quick cleaning

    Cons

    Don't have any complaints

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  • 3.0 stars

    "seems to work"

    October 6, 2012  |   By ldrekowski

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    does what it's supposed to, but you have to watch out what you delete. i had to reinstall my printer software because it deemed it unnecessary.

    Cons

    same as above

    Summary

    i uninstalled toniarts easycleaner and replaced it with this. toniarts was not compatable with win7

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Lot Under The Hood"

    October 4, 2012  |   By Slate2k

    Version: Glary Utilities 2.49.0.1600

    Pros

    Glary offers a lot of good tools, as well as providing easy access to some of Window's own powerful tools, all under one hood, in a comprehensive, user-friendly environment. It offers some things that other "free" utilities require you to upgrade to a paid version to get, such as the registry cleaner and registry defragmenter. It even has a nice little file shredding utility for added security. Overall, a very nice package for free.

    Cons

    Call it childish, but I like a graphic, grid-type defragmenter and optimizer; I guess that comes from Microsoft's previous versions of it's own defragmenter. Unfortunately, Glary makes use of Window's Current Defrag, which isn't nearly as cool as the old one. On a less esoteric note, there are a few tools lacking that I like to see in this kind of package, namely a tool to effectively deal with malware as well as an easy to use tool to significantly boost network and/or browser performance. I'm also not entirely impressed with the memory optimizer - there are many good, free, stand-alone products out there for memory optimization that I'd consider before using this one.

    Summary

    Glary offers access to a lot of helpful tools to keep your computer running smoothly and securely - for free. There are a few holes in the package, such as lack of a malware tool as well as the absence of a tool to significantly improve network performance. Still, this is a great start and has a lot to offer - all under one hood. Also, I've used this, and prior versions, of Glary Utilities, and I've never had it freeze or crash; these days, that seems to be rare with the abundance of so many poorly written packages floating around (including commercial ones). Although I've recently switched to a paid product that better meets my needs, I'd recommend Glary Utilities in a pinch.

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