TuneUp Utilities -- Is it any good

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Recently got a free copy (3user) of TuneUP Utilities with Kaspersky, im thinking of trying it on a couple of machines XP and Vista, has anyone used it, and is it any good, or can it make new problems rather than fix things on machines that run OK ?

Is this kind of utility more use on older versions of windows rather than say windows 7?

Question by:Benboben
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    This as with similar products will get a mixture of reviews, some say its good others bad and there will also be those whose system will go wrong after running it.

    General rule of thumb i use is to create a system restore point beforehand and run the software if you believe it will make a difference to your system performance outside of other free utilities like CCLeaner, Defraggler etc

    I've not used it on Windows 7 so am unsure how it will react/interact
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    proceed with caution......some of these apps are a bit like 'snake oil' -- they may seem to be doing a lot, but if it removes or changes the wrong thing, your system might need a rebuild.

    as mentioned, do a system backup and create restore point to then test out the software.  PC Tools and Uniblue all do similar packages and with similar results.  Although i have to admit CCleaner is in my toolkit.
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    IMHO, the previous posters gave you good advice.

    Make certain you can "get back to where you came from".  Even when uninstalled, you can be left with some less than desirable artifacts due to the operation of these utilities.  They get their hooks deep into the OS by virtue of its requirement to do so by the very nature of the beast.

    When it comes to the Registry, please read:

    Registry Cleaners - Good or harmful to your PC?

    Even Ccleaner requires extreme caution.  Unless you specifically know the consequences of what you do with any utility, it is better left alone.

    I used to use utilities of this kind and found out the hard way that it's far too easy to FUBAR a system to the point of a complete "Nuke & Pave".  (Which isn't too terribly bad if you have a complete system image c/w programs to put back over the ruined install)

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    Many thanks, for the comments

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