TuneUp Utilities 2014 Review
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- Application: TuneUp Utilities 2014 14.0.1000.221
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From the makers of the renown AVG Antivirus comes the 2014 version of TuneUp Utilities, a long-standing application suite with powerful modules and rich customization techniques aimed at tweaking and optimizing Windows, as well as fixing various issues.
The lucky owners of previous versions may upgrade to 2014 for $29.95 / €24.95.
Installing the app takes little time. The full package includes context menu integration for files and folders with TuneUp Shredder, Disk Space Explorer (folders only), and Undelete (Recycle Bin).
In addition, TuneUp Utilities will automatically run at the first startup and on a regular basis (informs the user). Any of these options can be deselected in custom install mode.
The modern interface has a well-organized structure, with all main features broken down into separate categories. The dashboard provides direct access to “Maintenance,” “PC performance,” “PC Health” and “Rescue Center.”
As far as web browsers are concerned, TuneUp supports Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari, as well as Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight plugins. It handles cookies, form data, Index.dat files, saved passwords, logs, database optimization, and so on. Cookies from specific websites and items less than a week old may be protected.
PC performance can be increased based on an initial configuration that focuses on the Internet connection mode, speed, criterion used to optimize visual effects, and others. TuneUp makes recommendations for unused programs, functions that negatively impact performance, hardware, TuneUp services, Internet connection, browser settings, display and animation effects.
PC Health deals with various issues found in Windows. For instance, TuneUp says if User Account Control is turned off, administrative shares enable network access to all drives connected to the PC, credentials in web browsers are not protected by passwords, or if the system drive has never been checked for errors. For each problem, the application shows how it negatively affects the machine, offering a solution. Just like in PC Performance, issues may be hidden permanently or for 30 days.
All taken actions are logged in the Rescue Center, from where they can be undone. Modules stored in this area include one-click maintenance, economy mode, performance boost, problems to resolve, program deactivator, registry cleaner and editor, repair wizard, shortcut cleaner, startup manager and optimizer, styles, system control, and uninstall manager.
Economy mode is a component that takes care of notebook batteries by extending their life span to ensure minimal power consumption. It can be set to moderate or maximum level. Manual configuration implies customizing screen, hardware, services and display settings. It addresses processor energy-saving, synchronization with mobile devices, network sharing of the media library, and others.
Alongside the dashboard are five other tabs dedicated to optimization, cleanup, resolving problems, personalization, and all functions. System load can be reduced by deactivating programs and startup apps, uninstalling tools, and tweaking live optimization options (speed up apps startup, increase response rate, specify exceptions).
As far as program preferences go, context menu integration can be disabled, the traditional Task Manager can be replaced with TuneUp Process Manager, while system tray notifications can be hidden. The app is capable of checking for updates automatically and deleting Rescue Center backups regularly. Meanwhile, password protection may be enabled to prevent unauthorized users from using TuneUp.
The program sports an impressive range of features and, at the same time gives access to tweaking each setting. Extensive help documentation is available, explaining each aspect of all modules, thus decreasing the learning curve for less experienced users.
Windows 8/8.1 is supported, along with both 32 and 64-bit architecture types. Automatic maintenance is reliable when leaving the PC unattended, while one-click maintenance deals with all types of issues selected by the user.
CPU and RAM usage is generally low, and the interface is clean and intuitive.
Getting lost in TuneUp's numerous options is very easy. Perhaps the developer should have integrated a separate tab for keeping track of program activity via log data.
Users looking to optimize system settings, resolve various Windows problems and keep a clean workspace can resort to TuneUp Utilities with confidence. The 2014 version has a lot to offer and the pricing is convenient.