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TuneUp Utilities 2014

TuneUp Utilities 2014
Developed by: AVG Technologies
Ranked: 3rd
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Best price: $49.95
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Stephen
Qualtrough

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Review summary

Good points TuneUp Utilities 2014 review good points

• Light on system resources

• Features an easy, effective one-click-repair tool

• Comprehensive set of system-optimization tools

Bad points TuneUp Utilities 2014 review bad points

• Lacks protection against spyware

Our verdict

TuneUp Utilities 2014 is one of the best system-utility suites available, especially considering the number of optimization tools included. While it is somewhat lacking in the system-security department, its maintenance and optimization features perform exceptionally well. Those looking to breathe life into an old, slow PC may be pleasantly surprised by the results that TuneUp Utilities 2014 can provide.

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Full review

TuneUp, the company responsible for TuneUp Utilities, has developed system-utility software for more than 15 years. As one of the longest-standing companies in the industry, TuneUp has developed quite a following. In fact, according to their website, TuneUp Utilities is used by more than 20 million people worldwide. Eager to try this extremely popular piece of software, we downloaded the fully functional trial version of TuneUp Utilities 2014 and prepared our system for installation.

Setup

After browsing through the EULA, we were ready to move on with the installation of TuneUp Utilities 2014. During the installation, some of the software's primary features were highlighted by the install wizard; this was a nice touch. In under three minutes, the installation process was complete, and we were ready to optimize our system with TuneUp Utilities 2014.

Repair

To get started, we decided to use a few of TuneUp Utilities 2014's system-repair utilities. First, we used its registry tools to clean and defragment our system's registry. Then, we ran a scan that searched for problems with drivers, update settings, security settings, and more. The scan did detect a few problems, and we opted to let TuneUp Utilities 2014 resolve them, which it managed to do quite well.

Optimization

Following our tests with TuneUp Utilities 2014's repair-focused tools, we decided to utilize some of its optimization features. In addition to a disk defragmenter, TuneUp Utilities 2014 features a disk cleaner. The disk cleaner searches for and removes old, unnecessary files, including duplicate files and old backups. TuneUp Utilities 2014 also removes broken shortcuts and speeds startup and shutdown times by disabling unnecessary processes. Once we had optimized our system, we were pleased to find that our startup and shutdown times had been reduced by nearly 20%.

Management

TuneUp Utilities 2014 includes several useful management tools, including an uninstall manager, a program manager, and a utility that manages startup programs. In most respects, the uninstall manager is similar to Windows' native uninstall feature, and it does not provide any added functionality. However, it is nice to have this included for the sake of convenience. The program manager, which is called TuneUp Program Deactivator, makes it easy for users to disable unneeded programs to boost system performance. Finally, the startup-program manager prevents certain programs from booting with Windows, reducing boot time and increasing the availability of system resources.

Security

In the security category, TuneUp Utilities 2014 is slightly lacking. It does not provide protection from spyware, and it does not offer any file-encryption capabilities. Fortunately, it does provide users with a file-deletion utility that can be used to remove sensitive files in a secure fashion.

Features

Scheduler – With this feature, users can schedule various optimization processes so that they run while the system is idle.

TuneUp Styler – This handy feature makes it possible for users to easily customize the Windows theme. With TuneUp Styler, users can change window borders, buttons, icons, and more.

Rating function – Removing certain startup programs can have a noticeable impact on system performance, but it is hard to know which programs should be removed. This feature, a community-ratings system, provides users with information concerning each startup program. This information helps users decide which programs should be allowed to boot with Windows and which programs should be disabled.

Ease of use

TuneUp Utilities 2014 features an excellent interface that is clean, intuitive, and simple. When started up, users are presented with the TuneUp Utilities 2014 main menu. From there, users can easily access all of the program's key components, which are labeled in an easy-to-understand manner. Running these components is very easy, usually only a few mouse clicks are required. The options are also easily customizable.

Help & support

TuneUp does have support staff, and inquiries can be made by telephone during the workweek. Additionally, technical-support inquiries can be submitted via e-mail through the TuneUp website, which also features an FAQ section.

Overall

TuneUp is one of the most experienced developers of system-utility software, and this experience clearly shines through with their latest version of TuneUp Utilities. TuneUp Utilities 2014 offers a wide range of useful system tools, and its top-notch optimization capabilities make this a piece of software that all PC users will be able to appreciate.

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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Repair
 received a rating of 5 for Repair
Optimization
 received a rating of 5 for Optimization
Management
 received a rating of 5 for Management
Security
 received a rating of 5 for Security
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 5 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support