Editor's note: This 2008 review covers an earlier version of this software file. Although the software appears to have been updated, PCWorld has received complaints that the vendor is unresponsive to queries. PCWorld's attempts to contact the vendor have not been fruitful.
If you want to clean and optimize your PC, improve your privacy and security, or do other similar tasks, you'll want Glary Utilities. It's free, it's simple to use, and it'll make your computer run much better.
This excellent free tool promises one-click cleanup and optimization and it delivers. It scans your system for problems with your Registry, shortcuts, startup programs, and spyware, and then gives you the option of which to clean up. It also deletes traces of your Internet surfing and cleans up temporary files. Optimization doesn't get simpler than this.
Its cleanup and repair tools include a Registry cleaner, as well as a disk cleaner, and also a shortcuts fixer that corrects any shortcut errors on your Desktop or Start menu. Among its optimization tools are a startup manager, and a very good context menu manager for editing the right-click context menu that appears when you click a file.
There's also a file shredder, encryption tools, a tool for cleaning up your Internet traces--the list could go on for a long time. For anyone who wants to take control of their PC, and doesn't want to pay a penny, Glary Utilities is a great one to get.
Note: An installation option, turned on by default, installs the Ask toolbar and set Ask as your default search engine. If you don't want that to happen, uncheck the boxes next to "I accept the license agreement and want to install the free Ask toolbar" and "Set Ask as the default search engine."