TuneUp Utilities 2013

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Powerful & Thorough Windows Tuner!"

    December 26, 2012  |   By Word-Man-Chuck

    Pros

    I really like this product. As with ALL registry cleaners, please use them only after you've taken 2 Precautions:: You've backed up your Registry & you regularly do Full System Backups; (Yes, I know you already do that ... just making sure :) ). This product is very competitive & Very Similar to the Also-Excellent System Mechanic by Iolo. Both products have About the same tool-set. One of the interesting distinctions offered by Tune-Up is the means to _Automatically_ Disable selected High-Load Background Services when they're not being used . . . While you could manually do that by opening Windows Services, it's really convenient to have this done automatically.

    Cons

    Frustratingly, the F1 Help Function FAILS !! Arrrgh!! Fortunately, you can grab a (Less-Convenient) PDF Manual from the Tune-Up Website. I emailed Tune-Up Support about this Failure & they advised that I do a Complete Uninstall & Reinstall of their product. I did that (even though it meant redoing all of the many product settings). And, Once Again, the Help File ... FAILED !!

    Summary

    There are 3 All-in-One Toolkits on the market that I have tested to be Excellent -- CCleaner (Free!), Tune-Up Utilities, & Iolo System Mechanic . . . CCleaner is Super-Safe -- & the Latter 2 are More Thorough & Offer a Vast Array of Tools. A strength of "Tune-Up" is that it really truly assists you to discover which programs are causing the greatest Load on your computer. I really wish they would fix the problem with their HELP FILE -- That was Very Frustrating!

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