What’s worse? A slow computer or one that is infected by malware. In many cases, viruses are one reason your PC may be underperforming. Too many files, RAM-guzzling programs, and an overall poor-quality machine are all genuine reasons for a laptop or desktop device to slow down.
There is little you can to improve your computer if most of its specs can’t handle the work you use it for. If it’s also old and rusty, you should probably invest in a new one. But if you have a relatively new, good-quality machine that suddenly started to underperform, there is a solution. Below we’ve compiled a roundup of utilities designed to clean computer operating systems, files and programs.
1) CCleaner 5.0
Few PC utilities can do a better job at cleaning files, recovering missing files and solving network issues like CCleaner. Ranked among the very best tune-up tools, the latest version of CCleaner promises to remove all unnecessary junk files that have been slowing down your machine.
Besides deleting unnecessary files, the utility tool also monitors your browser to eliminate unwanted cookies. That way, you avoid getting bombarded with target ads every time you browse the Internet. Another tweak the tool will do is to clear your registry, the part of your computer that stores some settings and apps.
The registry gets cluttered with junk files the more you continue to use your computer. CCleaner clears the junk with one scan to improve performance. It also ensures unused programs aren’t running in the background and helps increase your PC’s booting time.
The famous antivirus company also offers a PC clean-up tool that monitors and removes junk files in real-time. Norton is designed to improve computer memory, free up space in your hard drive and optimize apps for smooth streaming or gaming.
Anything that frustrates your user-experience, including viruses, are detected and deleted instantly. With your command, you can permanently erase particular documents from your computer. No one can ever recover them again, even by using other file recovery tools.
On the Internet, Norton monitors your browsers for suspicious files and alerts you to delete them immediately. The program is easy to use does most of the work in the background. Not to be mistaken for the antivirus, don’t expect this program to remove malware and antiviruses.
However, the latest Norton utilities 2019 has some unique features that are rare among its competitors. For instance, buying one license helps you protect up to 10 computers. Most other solutions limit you to 2-3 computers. The utility tool also monitors and removes files that slow down your computer’s startup time.
3) Anvisoft Cloud System Booster
For a free program, Anvisoft does more to clean up your PC than most paid utilities do. Its primary goal is to remove unnecessary files- -and it does that efficiently. It monitors your registry for junk files and cleans up common network problems.
If you can’t install games on your computer because of dll file errors, Anvisoft promises to solve the problem. It also provides solutions when games like FIFA and Angry Birds fails to run on your PC for unknown reasons.
Despite being a free program, you are eligible to ask for customer support any time of the day. The Anvisoft Company has a team of dedicated staff members whose sole goal is to ensure their utility tools runs efficiently.
However, customer support priority is given to users who buy the premium program renamed Cloud System Booster. Sold for a price of $23 per year, the tool works on the cloud to monitor your computer and remove junk files. It also does a little bit of Internet security, removing harmful add-ons and malicious files.
4) Slim Cleaner
Slim Cleaner works with you to identify files that slow down your computer you probably don’t need anymore. It comes in both free and paid plans. The freeware only cleans up your PC when you manually command it.
The paid plan monitors your machine and removes junk files in real time. It also removes files that slow down your computer startup time and does a performance boost. More importantly, the tool closes down programs running on the background you don’t need to prolong your PC’s battery life.
With Slim Cleaner, you have the option to buy a one-year plan, a two-year plan or a lifetime license for five computers. It costs roughly $20 for the one year, one computer license and $60 to get the utility tool for life to protect five computers. The two-year plan costs $40 and protects three computers.
5) AVG Tune-Up
AVG has a great reputation as a computer antivirus program but it also offers several other computer solutions. Their Tune-up program comes as a suite of several tools, each meant to help your computer in some way.
At its core, the AVG tuneup program aims to speed up your computer’s performance speed. It removes junk files and recommends files you should delete to improve your user experience. Using its unique sleep mode, the software sends programs running in the background to sleep. That way, your RAM is freed up for other programs.
When it comes to cleaning up your disk space, AVG scans deep to remove all deadweight from your machine. Online, the program removes all the files that clutter Chrome, Firefox and can’t be removed by any other method. The result is a lighter, better-performing computer.
Since it’s a suite, the AVG TuneUp solution is more expensive than your average PC cleanup tool. It costs $49 a year to access it but it probably solves more problems than many cheaper tools. A free download is also available but it comes with far fewer features.
Upgrading your RAM; buying a new hard drive and replacing your PC’s motherboard can help boost its performance. But at what cost? Most of the upgrades cost hundreds of dollars. By contrast, a good low-budget utility tool will clean up your machine 24/7. All the junk files are removed and the startup time is tremendously improved. With the best solutions, you also get protection from adware companies.