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Clean out junk files in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

Just like your fridge, a computer's storage space needs to be cleaned out every once in a while to keep things running smoothly. "Temporary" files can get left behind permanently, and big updates to Windows may create many gigabytes of backup files that you never end up using. However, many junk file cleaning apps go too far, such as deleting your web browser cache, which will refill itself anyway over time and whose files help you load... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , Files , optimize

Master Windows processes for better performance

Does your Windows computer seem slow, or does it seem to be running a number of mysterious processes like svchost.exe? If you've looked at your list of running processes in the Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Shift-Esc on your keyboard and click the Processes tab), you've probably seen a lot of things that you don't recognize. These can eat up system RAM, which can affect functionality, like how many applications and browser tabs you can have open at once. It's a... Read More &raquo

Topics: Utilities & Operating Systems

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , Windows software , optimize

Windows 10 tips and tricks

Millions of users have upgraded to Windows 10, and now the challenge is figuring out how to use it. Microsoft's flagship operating system combines elements of both Windows 7 and 8.1 but adds a few new places and interfaces as well. To check your network connections, for example, or to see a list of installed programs, the route may be unfamiliar. So if you're lost in Windows 10 right now, let us draw you a map.

Navigate the... Read More &raquo

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , Windows software , optimize

Uniblue Powersuite 2013 boosts PC speed for free

Uniblue, maker of popular PC utilities SpeedUpMyPC, DriverScanner, and MaxiDisk, has just released the newest version of its all-around performance solution PowerSuite.

Along with a minor name change from PowerSuite to Uniblue Powersuite, this 2013 version shows off a completely revamped interface that Uniblue says is designed for all levels of users, ranging from novices to experts. Now, all of the key functions are divided up among three panels: Speed tools, System optimization, and Disk optimization. In addition, upon startup, you... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , Windows software , utility , optimize

Cosmos: A Windows utility mashup

Introducing Cosmos, Support.com's brand-new suite of system care tools that's meant to clean, optimize, and secure your Windows PC.

As is typical with Support.com products, much of the functionality of Cosmos is wrapped in a single, comprehensive dashboard. There are a few tabs and panels, but no exhaustive drop-down menus (thank goodness). Overall, this design seems to suit Cosmos quite well, as it makes the program more visual and easier to use.

Related stories Spring cleaning tips to revive your Windows PC Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , Windows software , utility , registry , optimize

JetBoost and JetClean clear for takeoff

BlueSprig, one of the newer PC utility developers on the block, is today pushing out full versions of its JetBoost and JetClean apps, both of which launched in beta earlier this year.

Tipping the scales at around 3MB each, JetBoost and JetClean are meant to be lightweight, easy-to-use utilities that can speed up and clean out your computer with minimal input.

At a click, JetBoost scans your PC and selectively halts active processes and services in order to boost your... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , Windows software , utilities , utility , system , registry , optimize

Downloads Exclusive: 50 percent off Glary Utilities Pro

Hello, I'm Peggy Yu, senior manager of business development at Download.com. Just like promotions posted in this space by Catherine Hwang, I'm here today to help bring Download.com users the best software deals available. Today we have a particularly good deal for popular maintenance suite Glary Utilities Pro. For the next 24 hours, we have an exclusive offer of 50 percent off Glary Utilities Pro.

Why would you want Glary Utilities Pro? Glary Utilities Pro offers a simple, but... Read More &raquo

Tags: spyware , Windows software , utilities , system , optimize

Erase useless files on your Mac

Does your Mac feel sluggish? Internet surfing, downloading software, and just plain regular use are all major contributors to filling up your hard drive with useless files. As time goes by, your Mac starts to fill up with cache files, unused language files, and even leftover installers, making your whole system struggle to keep track of it all. You can go through and try to clean out a lot of these files manually, but knowing that it might take you... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Files , optimize

Freeware optimizes images side by side

Anyone who has posted images to a Web site or blog knows that making the image "Internet-friendly" is crucial to fast page-loading times. Similarly, optimizing images for e-mail is important because sending enormous image files through your e-mail client can cause problems for those with slower connection speeds. There are several software tools available to reformat and optimize your images, but I found one recently that's free, easy, and effective.

RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) (Free) for Windows takes the... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , photography , image , photo , editing , optimize

Hands-on: WinOptimizer 6

Since its early days, WinOptimizer has folded a ton of PC-optimizing tools into an attractive, compact, and easily navigable interface. WinOptimizer 6, released on Wednesday exclusively on CNET Download.com, adds some new tweaks to keep things interesting and efficient. We've got the summary and pros and cons below.

What's new AntiSpy module: This tool claims to "deactivate potential spy functions." Upon closer inspection, the module really goes after apps and services that send data back to Microsoft. That's ideal for privacy... Read More &raquo

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