I don't usually promote products other than the odd Google advert and in reality that seems to be a waste of time considering I make literally pennies. However one of the products that I do admit to liking and help advertise is the TuneUp Utilities application which takes the best features of all the other clean up and performance tuning apps that are available and puts them into one nice easy to use interface.
You have all the features that other tune up tools such as CCleaner, Comodo and Defraggler have and a lot more. It also combines network and browser optimisations that well known plugins such as FireTune use as well as TCP/IP optimisers such as the DrTCP. It also puts all the important windows configuration options that manage memory, errors, start ups, background processes, programs, display settings and a whole lot more into the same application which means you should never really need another tune up utility once this has been installed.
A break down of some of the features:
- Disk Defragmenter
- Disk Cleaner
- Registry Cleaner
- Memory optimiser
- TCP / IP optimiser
- Internet Browser optimiser
- File Shredder
- Program manager (add / remove programs, shortcuts, start ups etc)
- Windows Settings manager
- Process manager
- One Click maintenance
- Maintenance Scheduler
It also has some features to increase your computers security, manage network traffic and important computer configuration options that can help improve performance. In fact it seems to have wrapped up all the important settings that you would ever need or want to change in a very nice user interface.
If you don't want to spend time going through the many levels of available settings there is the easy option of "One Click maintenance" that will check your system for potential issues and then offer solutions in an easy to understand dialog.
Another feature I quite like, which is probably more to do with the name than any perceived benefit it may give is "Turbo Mode". This is a big round button that you can press when you want a performance boost and it basically just ensures that the process your working on at the time gets the necessary resources and disables CPU and memory hogging processes such as disk de-fragmentation.
The price of the application is £29.99 but you can install it on up to 3 computers and this is a small price to pay for the convenience of having every feature wrapped up in one easy to use interface.
If you are looking for a program that can aid your PC's performance then I would suggest taking a look at Tune Up Utilities first but if you are not interested in paying for your tools and are willing to spend the time tweaking your settings manually then have a read of the following articles which discuss PC, Network and browser optimisation techniques: