WinUtilities Free Edition

WinUtilities Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 631 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.98
  • Total Downloads:
    1,892,719
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 21, 2011
  • Price:
    Free; Paid upgrade available

Editors' Review

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In our duties reviewing software for Download.com we install and uninstall a lot of programs. As we're sure you can imagine, this creates a bit of a mess on our PC. Many programs leave files behind when they're uninstalled, and since we're constantly downloading and deleting things, we end up with a lot of invalid shortcuts, broken registry entries, etc. For this very reason, we were excited about trying WinUtilities Free Edition, a suite of tools designed to free up disk space and improve system performance. We were quite pleased with the program's results.

Some of what WinUtilities does--disk defragmenting and cleanup, for example--can be accomplished using the System Tools that come with Windows. But we liked the way the program combined these and other functions into one clean, intuitive interface, making all of the most useful Windows maintenance utilities easy to access. The program contains a full complement of features to help you manage your computer's performance and security, including a file shredder, duplicate file finder, task scheduler, and much more. The program's One-Click Maintenance feature allows users to run a variety of customizable buttons with the click of a single button. The program's built-in Help file is well written and thorough. Overall, we were quite impressed with WinUtilities, and we think it's a great tool for keeping your system in good shape and free of performance-hindering junk.

WinUtilities Free Edition is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 631 votes

    • 5 star 236
    • 4 star 213
    • 3 star 51
    • 2 star 25
    • 1 star 106
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5 stars

"A great product providing tools to clean your computer."

April 04, 2011  |  By ThePoisonedBlade

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

The options are many.
The tools are effective.
You can let scans pretty much handle themselves.

Cons

It might be hard for some people to understand the many different options available.

Summary

This product is definitely worth a try. It is free, and one of the most comprehensive softwares that I have ever seen.

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4 stars

"Quick and trouble free"

April 02, 2011  |  By grglaub

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

I use WinUtilities to clean my hard drive and registry and find the program to be fast and effective. Large numbers of unneeded files and registry entries are gone in a flash with no problems.

Cons

I have found no particular shortcomings with this program.

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1 stars

"DANGEROUSLY OVER-AGGRESSIVE"

April 01, 2011  |  By cdbob

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

Less than one.

Cons

Is so indiscriminate in its operation, it's worse than useless.

Summary

Luckily, I only tried one of its modules first as a test: removal of "BROKEN SHORTCUTS." It was supposed to remove shortcuts to programs that no longer function. Instead, it removed my desktop shortcuts to my 2nd Internal HD, both of my DVD drives etc. These shortcut icons worked before I installed this program. They vanished off my desktop immediately after its test use. If it can't discriminate between "broken" shortcuts and essential ones, it is less than useless -- it's outright destructive. I am SO glad (a) I never attempted to use its registry cleaner etc or my PC would have been rendered unusable (b) I could use my last Windows Restore point to undo the damage. Individual utilities like CCleaner (with its very UNagressive registry cleaner), MyDefrag, Revo Uninstaller etc are much better free choices.

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5 stars

"Awesome tool!"

March 30, 2011  |  By JackWes

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

All functions work as advertised.

Cons

None for this free tool.

Summary

If you have nothing else, this is great.

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5 stars

"Great application"

March 30, 2011  |  By scorpio1028

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

Simple even to novices

Cons

None at this time

Summary

Just one-click is what's required, nothing simpler than that

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2 stars

"too slow to use"

March 28, 2011  |  By yayejn

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

it does not speed up my system, just slow it down when use it. the boot is quite slow now.

Cons

take almost one night to defrag the system.

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2 stars

"compels you to install the ask toolbar."

March 27, 2011  |  By Peccadilloes

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

not tested because of this deal breaker

Cons

ask toolbar is a pest to remove

Summary

never put software with ask or toolbars which are compulsory

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3 stars

"Easy to use, does a good job"

March 27, 2011  |  By redsimp

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

Cleans up the registy & disk very well

Cons

Duplicate file finder - do not use. I don't know where it found the "duplicate" file, but when I deleted some of them - they were gone for good. Disk defrag took over 8 hours to complete

Summary

As long as you don't belive the duplicate file finder & do a disk defrag just before leaving on vacation - this is an easy to use, multi-purpose utility that definitely sped up my computer.

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4 stars

"am highly pleased with this app.."

March 26, 2011  |  By 1luminia1

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

It does the job!!

Cons

I don't have any...

Summary

this app does a wonderful job...

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5 stars

"Possibly the Best All-In-One free Utility Suite"

March 26, 2011  |  By TonyBeGoode

 |  Version: WinUtilities Free Edition 9.98

Pros

Has tons of tools to clean and optimize and seems to be particularly effective at registry cleaning and repair.

Cons

Browser-related tools limited to Internet Explorer (bummer), but it's not a deal-breaker. Otherwise no cons to report.

Summary

This program has taken me some time to explore since it is of the "swiss army knife" genre of utility programs. Whoa ! this thing is comprehensive! So far, every feature (web browsers wipes excepted) has impressed me with it's safety, ease of use and effectiveness. Definitely a winner !

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.98
Version 9.98 includes updated Database, improved Duplicate File Finder module and Windows Tools module, and Minor bug fixes.
General
Publisher YL Software
Publisher web site http://www.ylcomputing.com/
Release Date March 21, 2011
Date Added March 21, 2011
Version 9.98
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.09MB
File Name wufinstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,892,719
Downloads Last Week 1,142
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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