TuneUp Utilities 2009
If you're looking to tune up your PC, you won't go wrong with this latest version of TuneUp Utilities. This software does a comprehensive job of cleaning up your PC to make sure it runs faster, more smoothly, and without problems. It's one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind. TuneUp Utilities includes everything from a startup optimizer to a driver defragmenter, overall speed optimizer, Windows Registry cleaner, and more.
The overall organization of the included tools is quite simple, and TuneUp puts all of its considerable features within easy reach. Included are both one-step optimizers--for when you want to follow a click-once-and-then-done routine--and in-depth optimizers that let you pick and choose among recommendations.
Even if you think you've already whipped your PC into shape, you'll most likely find some excellent help here. For example, when using the Quick Optimization feature, I found half a dozen programs that I didn't realize ran when my system started. Telling the program to stop them from running automatically sped up my boot-up, and cut down on RAM use.
There's plenty more here as well, including a very nice Rescue Center that lets you undo any changes the program made to your system, as well as gives you access to System Restore.
Given that this program doesn't come cheap at $50, should you buy it after trying it? That depends on the state of your system, your time, and your pocketbook. You can find many separate, free utilities that clean your Registry, hard disk, and system, and perform similar tasks as TuneUp Utilities. But you won't find a free one that does it all. So if you're looking for a single, do-it-all tool, TuneUp Utilities may well will be worth it for you.