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TuneUp Utilities 2012

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TuneUp Utilities 2012 presents a wide range of useful system maintenance and optimization tools in one interface. Some tools you'll use to regularly clean your system, while others only need to be run only once in a while or if you have a specific Windows problem. The 2012 version of TuneUp Utilities also includes the Program Deactivator, which disables unused programs until you need them, and Economy Mode, which can help laptop users improve battery life. TuneUp Utilities is free to try for 15 days. A nag screen tracks the trial period.

TuneUp Utilities keeps things simple with its 1-Click Maintenance scan feature, which combines tools for deleting temporary files, cleaning and defragmenting the registry, removing broken shortcuts, optimizing system startup and shutdown, and defragmenting hard drives. The scan recommended various actions, but we liked that you could exclude any you didn't want to implement. The program's main interface toggles between a summary overview and a tabbed Category view. Creating a Profile let us save our system maintenance preferences as well as configure the optional Economy Mode and Turbo Mode. The Program Deactivator made specific recommendations for restoring system performance, such as disabling and uninstalling unused programs. TuneUp Utilities also recommended changing our browser and display settings to reduce performance-hogging processes. The Fix Problems tab offers a number useful fixes for common Windows problem like desktop icon errors. Under Settings, we could integrate the Disk Space Explorer and Shredder (secure delete) tools into Windows context menus and the Undelete tool with the Recycle Bin. Some users have reported difficulty uninstalling TuneUp Utilities during or after the trial period, but we had no such troubles, and the product uninstalled cleanly and completely.

We just scratched the surface TuneUp Utilities 2012's features since many are used for specific errors or issues, but we found the program to be a simple way to perform basic but necessary maintenance. While experienced Windows users may prefer separate freeware applications to an all-in-one approach, others will like the recommendations and tweaks packaged together in TuneUp Utilities 2012.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AVOID THIS LOUSY THING. Made account just to say that."

    January 1, 2013  |   By JustForThisOne

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    Well, the nicest thing was, it eventually let me uninstall it through the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs dialog. That is to say, it didn't LET me uninstall it from its own uninstall option. It POPPED UP ANOTHER WINDOW ASKING ME TO BUY IT. BECAUSE I CLEARLY WANT TO PAY MONEY FOR IT WHEN I'M TRYING TO UNINSTALL IT. THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE. RRRRGGGHHH.

    Cons

    Firstly, it's clearly malware. Secondly, it's obviously malware. I could go on.

    Thirdly, it's depressing, because it shows that we are still at a point in human informational development where elderly, easily frightened computer users constitute a sufficiently lucrative customer pool for these umpteen gazillion janky "maintenance" programs.

    And also depressing that CNet let this one through, whether by bribery or simple inattention. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one, but I hope someone upstairs is asking someone else some questions here.

    Summary

    Even if this program actually does anything beneficial to your machine after installing, the way it pester-markets itself, including the ol' "I-respawn-from-your-RAM-if-you-try-and-close-me-down" trick, makes it unquestionably malware. I kinda feel sorry for whoever developed the legitimate, working parts of the program. As a coder, I'd hate it if all my hard work were shackled to something as shady as this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I got my PC back"

    April 23, 2012  |   By pug4838

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    Absolutely None

    Cons

    Read all other reviews

    Summary

    How I uninstalled it:

    1. Start windows in Safe Mode
    2. Uninstall using Revo Uninstaller (Moderate Mode)
    3. Restart windows in Safe Mode
    4. Run Glary's Utilities in Moderate mode to repair registry
    5. Restart Windows

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malignant Garbage"

    April 18, 2012  |   By JBH_Johnny

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    None that I could tell - the utility told me that my laptop was running faster, but I did not observe any improvement in its performance or battery life over the trial period.

    Cons

    Basically a waste of time when you are using it - Eminently frustrating when you want to get rid of it!!

    Constant reminders (about hourly) coupled with an incessant pop-up on the desktop (which reappears instantaneously after you close it) will drive you nuts.

    Trying to uninstall the thing turned out to be a massive nightmare!! I'm on my fourth 3rd party uninstaller in an attempt to get this garbage off my computer at the moment. I have wasted an inordinate amount of time trying to expel this program from my life!!!

    Summary

    Obviously, this was a money earner for CNET, but it is an impossible hassle for users.

    I appreciate that you need to make money by reviewing ordinary software sometimes, but this really is malware and it is not appropriate to endorse it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Decent, no major issues"

    April 15, 2012  |   By Nikkosan327

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    It did what it said. Cleaned up my laptop nicely. Had an issue where the boot process was hanging badly. After running TuneUp Utilities once, the hang ups were gone, everything ran much faster.

    Cons

    One day trial? And not worth dropping $50 on.

    Summary

    I had zero problems uninstalling this piece of software (took all of maybe 3 minutes). The reminders to purchase the full version were getting annoying. I should note, however, I downloaded TuneUp directly from their site, not through CNET.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "4 Hours worth of work."

    April 13, 2012  |   By xxSmootxx

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    lol....implications......there are none

    Cons

    Like many of your members, CNET, my brother was lured into the false assumption that this program actually protected any computer from viruses. Not only did it just sit there half the time, it constantly alerted that we hadn't bought the full version, and no matter what we tried found it impossible to uninstall it. 4 hours. 4 miserable painstaking hours looking through countless registry entries. I'm not even mad, I'm disappointed really. What happened to you guys? A few years ago you wouldn't even think of putting garbage like this unto this website, and to give it a 5 star ranking, and a bogus review? Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    Malwarebytes in safe mode, along with Kaskerpy with updated virus logs should get rid of it. Please take this program down. DO NOT INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE IT IS MALWARE UNLESS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH COMPUTERS AND REGISTRY ENTRIES DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS!

    Summary

    I wonder how much they paid you to give this a full review? I also wonder how long it took you to get rid of the application.

    Please remove this. IT IS MALWARE. It does not belong here.

    Updated on Apr 13, 2012

    If everyone up-votes the comments about this program being malware, and reports the 5 star comments as spam/malware, then they wil have to do something.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "none. Having to give 1 star is wrong. I give it zero."

    April 11, 2012  |   By tnmorg

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    No benefits at all and MANY MANY dangerous hazards. Stay clear of this c**p; please please stay clear.

    Cons

    None. Having to give 1 star is wrong. I give it zero. If you value your computer and your sanity please, please give this one a miss.

    Until now although I sometimes disagreed with CNET I did trust their integrity but now I distrust them totally. Either their testing was non existant, or they value their rake off more than they value their members.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I used to trust you CNET."

    April 11, 2012  |   By vojkanbecir

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    I dont see any pros.

    Cons

    How am I gonna uninstall this now?!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    April 11, 2012  |   By sk8tr88

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    Installed it on my desktop and lappy, startup time on the desktop improved around 50% Didn't see the same improvement with the lap top but its a new machine. It came up with options for security and speed I would not probably thought of

    Cons

    None yet, $50 is probably too much to pay.

    Summary

    No problems

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent utility program for new users."

    April 8, 2012  |   By speadfreaksa1

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    An excellent utility program, if you do not have an earlier version. Do the tweaks in this version worth the cost of upgrading to the new program; I'm not completely convinced.

    Cons

    Cost of upgrading:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Will not uninstall"

    April 6, 2012  |   By djfranzz

    Version: TuneUp Utilities 2012 12.0.3010.5

    Pros

    None, Nadda, Zip!

    Cons

    I can not get this to uninstall. When I try to, the program asks do I want to uninstall yes or no. Clicking on yes results in nothing happening. Clicking now shuts down the uninstall.

    Try to stop the process in the task manager? It restarts automatically.

    Summary

    I wish I had read some of the reviews before I tried this out. I thought I could trust cnet not to allow software like this on their site.

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