This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Launch Series
In part 1 and part 2 of this series we covered everything there is to know about the new features of the TuneUp Utilities 2013 version. In today’s post, we will describe how to get started, and reveal the finished product of the recipe for a clean PC. We can do that by showing performance benchmarks of how successful the software did against the competition! – The results are mind-bogglingly good!
The recipe for a clean PC – Mixing the Ingredients Together (Getting started)
To begin to implement the recipe for a clean PC, let’s begin by walking through how to get started!
1. Download TuneUp Utilities 2013 trial version here. Go to the “Clean up computer” tab
2. To clean up Windows® and programs, click on the top button. Advanced users should check “Show all categories” as this reveals the true cleaning potential of TuneUp Utilities 2013. Now check all the entries you’d like to clean up, but also make sure to read the description on the right:
3. Hit “Clean” to delete all unnecessary temp files, restore points, caches, log files and backups. Next, click on the “Open” button right next to “Clean up browser” to launch TuneUp Browser Cleaner. You’ll see an overview of all installed browsers (e.g. Safari, Chrome, Firefox, IE) and even browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player and Silverlight:
4. And once again, hit “Clean” to get rid of all temporary browsing files that are older than a week. If you’d like to clean everything, uncheck the “Protect items that are less than a week old”. There’s also a neat “Whitelist” that allows you to protect cookies from your favorite websites such as Facebook or Twitter. Just check “Protect cookies from certain websites” and hit “OK”.
5. Last but not least, there’s our TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner. Go to the “Remove broken shortcuts” section and have a look at the entries of invalid entries and broken shortcuts. Even on my four weeks old Windows® 8 PC, I noticed several hundred “dead” shortcuts – and got rid of them by hitting “Cleanup” in one sweep.
Fortunately, you don’t have to repeat these steps over and over again. Once you’ve checked your preferred options in TuneUp Disk Cleaner, Browser Cleaner and Shortcut Cleaner, they’ll automatically be cleaned by 1-Click-Maintenance or Automatic Maintenance:
The recipe for a clean PC -The Finished Product
Our lab testers used the new TuneUp disk cleaning features to check how many unnecessary files and gigabytes of system-clogging files could be found on four very different test PCs. These results were compared with a competing product. On an Alienware® X51 gaming PC, TuneUp Utilities™ 2013 found more than 17 GB of unnecessary data clutter, which amounted to about 48,000 files.
The competing product only detected 4.3 GB of unnecessary data on the same machine, which amounted to a total of 20,000 files.
Even on a freshly-installed Windows® 8 PC (a 13″ laptop), our optimization suite detected more than 11 GB of worthless data (total of 20,000 files) that collected over the course of just a few days. On the other hand, our competition found just 8 GB. On our Windows® 8 tablet (a Samsung Series 7), TuneUp Utilities found four times more than our competition.
The results looked even more drastic when looking at a 17″ multimedia laptop which was reinstalled in July of 2011, and had since been used daily as an office and multimedia workhorse. Over a period of just over 12 months, it collected over 37 GB of unnecessary files! These were mostly age-old restore points and temporary files, which the competitors were not able to remove.
Overall, the new disk cleaning abilities of TuneUp Utilities 2013 are more powerful than before. Did you try them out? Do you have feedback for us? Let us know in the comment section.