Top-Rated Tune-Up Software of 2015
Despite being one of the lesser-known defragmentation, tune-up, antivirus, and optimization products, Fix-It Utilities Pro is also one of the most noteworthy.
In our tests it outperformed every competitor with comparable features in protecting and improving system performance.
iolo was outstanding in nearly all areas and was only outperformed by Fix-It Utilities in a few categories.
In terms of usability, iolo has a great interface, but it comes at a cost: reduced overall PC horsepower.
Although it lacks an antivirus component and had no effect on improving our startup times, WinZip System Utilities is otherwise a relatively good product.
Its registry optimizer was a middle-of-the-pack performer, fixing about half of our known registry issues.
Among one of the best known products in the industry, pcTools has a good interface and improved the start up time on our test PCs by about 4%.
Its registry repair, while not as effective as some competitors, was fast and easy to use.
If you think this software looks identical to the WinZip System Utilities, you're right.
Other than different colors and graphics, they look to be the same. Strangely, in our testing them Systweak was able to improve our boot times significantly, while WinZip wasn't.
In many respects, we were unhappy with RegCure Pro. From a poor checkout process to the "Fix All" button skipping things like hard disks defragging, it was an inauspicious start.
Uniblue's defragger was one of the strongest components in what on the surface looks like a well-rounded feature set.
In our tests, it cut our boot times by over 7%; sadly, it turned out to be a huge resource hog once it was running, where we saw a drop in PC horsepower of some 18%.
If all you're looking for is a software to help maintain a well-performing PC then Norton Utilities is a solid choice.
It's boot optimization tools worked well on both disabling unnecessary programs and system apps that contribute to a prolonged startup.
Even thought TuneUp Utilities is made by antivirus maker AVG, it lacks antivirus protection.
No doubt, this is part of the reason it outperformed everything but Avanquest Fix-It in overall system performance.
This is one of those products we really wanted to like, and as a pure registry cleaner / repair / optimization tool, it does an admirable job and has some unique capabilities there.
Namely, you can specify the types of registry errors you want it to find and fix