Those looking to tune up their PCs should give a long look to
the latest version of TuneUp Utilities. It does an comprehensive
job of cleaning up your PC to make sure it runs faster, more
smoothly, and without problems. This suite includes everything from
a startup optimizer to a driver defragmenter, from an overall speed
optimizer to a Windows Registry cleaner, and more. TuneUp Utilities
2010 adds new tools, such as Turbo Mode, which can offer an instant
performance boost by turning off unnecessary background
As with previous versions,
the program’s overall organization and interface is
straightforward. All of TuneUp Utilities’ considerable features lie
within easy reach. You get one-step optimizers–for when you want
to follow a click-once-and-then-done routine–as well as in-depth
optimizers that let you pick and choose among recommendations.
Particularly useful is the TuneUp Utilities’ automated
maintenance feature, which performs a variety of tune-ups and
clean-ups every three days. You can change how the length of the
interval between the time it runs, as well as what maintenance to
TuneUp Utilities 2010 includes a number of nice new extras,
including speed-boosting Turbo Mode–although you should take care
when using this feature, and configure it properly. It turns off a
number of Windows features; it also makes system changes, such as
turning off Windows Aero and synchronization with mobile devices.
These might be fine if you’re playing a game or working in
Photoshop, but it’s unlikely that this particular set of tweaks
will suit every person at every moment. You can, however, customize
what features Turbo Mode turns off. It’s worth taking some time to
get to know this feature.
Also to this version of TuneUp Utilities are tweaking features,
such as changing the boot screen, logon screen, and startup logo,
changing system icons, and more.
Given that this program costs $50, should you buy it? After all,
there are many separate, free utilities that clean your Registry,
hard disk, and system, and perform similar tasks to those TuneUp
Utilities does. But no free utility, not even the excellent CCleaner,
does them all,. If you’re comfortable with a mix-and-match approach
that requires work on your part, you can get by with freebies. But
if you’re looking for a single do-it-all tool, TuneUp Utilities may
well be worth it for you.