Many people have come to me frustrated at the speed of their computer. I know how frustrating that is because I’ve had to deal with my computer being slow. What is perhaps even MORE frustrating than the slow PC problem are the results that come up when searching the Internet for solutions!
The web is filled with webpages that list various kinds of software tools and utilities (Over 10 million, in fact!). That is where the real problem comes into play. There are so many of these pages, none of which particularly help speed up slow computers… and if they do, it’s only a very short list of one or two programs.
I was frustrated with the resources I found. That’s why I spent hours of research to create my own comprehensive list of software so it would be easy to share with my friends who want to make their slow computers fast. Below is a list of free software that can be used to tune up your computer, a description of what each program does, and a link to where you can download them. Just follow the links ahead, run the software, and enjoy the speed of your newly optimized PC!
A souped up version of the Task Manager that is built in to Windows. It makes it easier to tell if a running process is legit or not and can also show what programs are using the CPU and also which process is hitting the hard drive (with the right tweaks).
Similar to process explorer. I like process explorer better, but I wanted to give you guys another option as you may find this one a bit easier to use. It is also Open Source and has really nice graphs to make it easy to track performance!
Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.
Malware Bytes Anti-malware
The ultimate malware scanner. If you suspect that there is a malicious program running on your computer making it slow then you absolutely should download and run Malware Bytes. It works really well at getting rid of bad processes and also is free!
When you run this program it automatically kills of any known malware running on your system. This is very useful for stopping the programs that hijack your computer and won’t let you do anything once they start running. After it kills the bad programs, it lists what it killed and where it can be found.
Super Anti Spyware
Spyware hides on your computer and collects your personal information to sell to third parties often without you even knowing! This program scans your computer to find and remove spyware. There are many programs like this out there this just happens to be one that I’ve used and like.
Adware will often piggyback install during the install of another program and then later annoys you with the likes of pop-up ads. Ad-aware will scan your computer and help you remove these annoying ad programs. I have used this one for years. It always seems to find a lot of junk to remove.
Free Windows Registry Repair
I’ve tried a lot of the free to use registry cleaners out there and this is by far the best one I’ve found. You have to be careful with registry cleaners because a lot of them will permanently crash your computer. I have never had that happen with this one. I’ve tested this registry cleaner on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and it has worked wonders. The worse your system is the more junk the scan will find and the faster your PC will become.
Scans your computer and produces an in depth report on registry settings. Very helpful in removing malware but be warned, this is for advanced users because it does not tell you what is safe to get rid of or not.
This programs is a PC optimization tool that combines a registry scanner, computer cleaner, privacy cleaner, and more into an easy to use, well designed user interface. It will do everything the paid version will do with the exception of you can only clean a certain number of items at a time instead of all at once. After that you will have to rescan to remove further problems. This is a great tool I recommend for even complete beginners.
Microsoft Security Essentials
Free antivirus software courtesy of Microsoft. I’ve found Security Essentials to be light on PC resource use while providing decent protection at the great price of free. Look elsewhere if you are a high risk user (frequently get viruses) and or would prefer a more robust virus scanner.
Free antivirus software that has a great in depth virus scanner. I found it to be a bit resource heavy (especially when scanning) and also would scan too often for my liking. But if you need better than average, good protection it is definitely worth it. Paid version offers more features and options.
Bonus! LogMeIn is a super easy to use remote access solution that lets you log in to and use your computer from anywhere that has an Internet connection. Just install the software and you are ready to access your computer from anywhere. That means no more waiting to get home to access a file on your home computer or being stuck at the office to work on a project.
I hope you found my list of PC Tune Up Utilites helpful. We will be constantly adding to and updating this list as we try out different software so be sure to bookmark this page now. And by all means Please share this page with your friends!
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