Wow, new PC, eh? Nothing else like it: slim, sleek, and speedy, with gobs of space just waiting to be filled up. The last thing you'd need would be a system cleaner, right? What if we told you that it could be even slimmer and speedier if you removed some of the junk like software demos and toolbars that comes preinstalled on new PCs? Suppose there were a free utility designed specifically to slim down new PCs by clearing away the stuff you don't want and won't ever use before it becomes the computing equivalent of belly fat? Suppose such a tool checked online for user-supplied feedback about programs and applications, to keep your system slender as it grows in size? Let's call it SlimComputer, because that's the name of a free tool from SlimWare designed to optimize PCs right from the start. However, it works just fine on not-so-new PCs, too.
SlimComputer's installer includes a fully portable installation for a USB drive, a nice touch since SlimComputer is great for helping out technophobic friends. You can also install the portable version from the program's Settings, including a scheduler, updates, and logs. A Login button let us create and log in to a free SlimWare account to access the company's unique cloud-based feedback system, which draws on user reports to gauge programs' usefulness. SlimComputer's interface has four main tabs plus a tab that opens a separate dialog giving quick access to the most common Windows system tools, such as the Device Manager. The Main tab includes the Scan button plus check boxes for scanning applications, toolbars, startup items, and shortcuts. The Restore tab restores removed items, while the Optimizer tab let us select unneeded Startup items and Services to remove or restore and included an interesting SuperCharged option. SlimComputer's Uninstaller is a built-in "uninstallation" utility that uses the program's color-coded rating system to indicate which programs would be good, optional, or bad to remove, though overall it offered less information than Windows' built-in uninstaller. Two spiffy automotive-style gauges displayed CPU and RAM usage, and the Help section offered a manual, video tutorials, and online help.
So, how did SlimComputer do? A scan displayed apps, toolbars, start menu items, and shortcuts with check boxes to select them to speed things up. We selected those we wanted to remove, clicked Remove, and they were removed, following a pop-up that described what we were about to do. SlimComputer's unique, up-to-the-minute feedback system also seems useful for keeping the bloat away from your PC, new or not.
SlimComputer removes trialware, adware, toolbars, unwanted start-up entries and other unnecessary items from a PC. SlimComputer uses cloud technology and community feedback to provide recommendations about which programs on a PC are unneeded. Using real-time scanning and a live stream to a community-sourced data cloud, SlimComputer evaluates items on a PC and offers customized recommendations to improve PC performance. With one click of the run scan button in the SlimComputer main window, consumers receive information about which software, start-up items and toolbars are considered optional on their PC. The interactive assessments from the SlimComputer, user-based community provide information about the function and usefulness of each item on an individual PC. Users can receive and make recommendations about various pieces of software and rate applications all within the SlimComputer program. This community-based feedback and social infrastructure system separates SlimComputer from other PC cleaning and utility programs. User ratings make up a network of community-sourced data. Every minute, that community-sourced data is fed into a dynamic data-cloud. Every new toolbar, promotion, proprietary service even spyware and adware is catalogued instantly. As soon as the computing community knows about something, SlimComputer knows about it and establishes a profile for it. By accessing this contributivee cloud at all times, SlimComputer creates a customized cleaning profile for any given computer. In addition, SlimComputer provides a single dashboard for access to powerful built-in Windows tools, and can restore disabled start-ups, toolbars and short-cuts with one click. With its community-based feedback about applications and their usefulness, SlimComputer is an indispensable program for improving overall operating system performance and start-up speed.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.3.30878 includes improvements to the UI to make navigation easier between interrelated utilities. It also includes minor bug fixes, performance improvements to shorten scan time, and compatibility improvements for running in Windows 8.