System Optimization and Maintenance software package - Purchase Opinions
So I'm in the market for a software package like the title says. Found this site here...
... that gives a pretty good over view of the software packages they have listed. Now... 1st place winner I've never heard of. Reading reviews of it, I've found that it doesn't seem to be that good a program, and it has a SERIOUS problem with being uninstalled if you don't like it, so I think that one's out. Third place is out because it lacks a memory optimizer (I know some people's opinions on this, but TuneUp's worked very well with my virtual desktop program). So I'm kinda looking at TuneUp and System Mechanic v6 Professional.
I've tried TuneUp before, and it was a very good program. Never had a problem with it, so I'm considering buying it. However, from what I've read System Mechanic will blow TuneUp out of the water in effecency of scanning and memory optimization. The problem? System Mechanic is 70 dollars, first off... second it has a user rating of 5 out of 10 on some sites (buggy, slow, and all around shitty... like Nero 7 up till 7.5, basicly)... Third there are some reports of hard disk death due to it's defragger.
TuneUp is tempting... but if System Mechanic 6 Pro can really do that much better a job, then it might be worth the extra and the risk.
Does anyone use either of these two programs, or have used both? I'm curious on what the general opinion on them is.
Of course I'm open to suggestions too. I know these arn't the only two of their kind.
Let me know, people! This shit keeps my rate of re-formating down! XD
thanks to Silverwmoon!
... You disappoint me.
You can do almost all this stuff manually very easily. Come on, don't start newbie software now!
I recommend system mechanic personally. Its so good a friend and I pooled cash to buy it (both used the cd key etc).
The long version:
When it starts up it analyzes your computer (actually pretty damn quick, although you can set it to "Deep" analyze) to tell you what could be done/needs done.
Internet optimizer, startup optimizer, system customization, defragmentation (I haven't actually tried system mechanics defrag though, I like Executive software diskeeper for that), ability to defrag ram, yet another popup blocker, junk file remover, internet cleanup and privacy tool, duplicate file inspector, duplicate file inspector, repair/clean the registry...
Spyware remover (a really good one I might add), hard drive repair tool, ability to create recovery disks, ability to recover deleted data, ability to fix/remove broken shortcuts, fix security vulnerabilities (both network and OS based), ability to permanently delete files (when you delete them the files are overwritten ___ times, you choose how many to make it harder or impossible to recover)...
ability to track windows changes, a built in anti-virus (I don't know how good this one is either, I use kaspersky... but its spyware remover is excellent so probably pretty good - this, like the firewall you can choose not to install), a "Wipe all data from drive" tool so you can clean (with no chance of recovery of any files on that drive) for whatever...
remove deleted file data (removes it from everything... the MFT, all traces on your computer... overwrittes all potentially recoverable previous deleted files), the ability to relocate software (this one is really cool, you can just choose a program you've installed and it just changes all the registry and stuff to point it at wherever you want to move it to, no uninstall/reinstall necessary)...
a system snapshoot and information report, ability to inspect and undo changes....
The SINGLE drawback - the new version doesn't actually tell you SPECIFICS... like the specific files it deleted cleaning the registry, etc.
I haven't had any problems with it cleaning or deleting anything but the stuff its actually supposed to though, if you do have a problem with it theres a VERY easy and quick undo... for all of its functions that change or remove anything... besides that, I can't say enough good things about it XD
annnd thats it - and yes Jyuu, I know you can do all that manually... and fairly simply - with the use of other (and free) programs - but the sheer ease of use AND efficiency of this program... shockingly nice. Nowhere else did I find ALL that in one package - AND its actually effective (Unlike some of those free programs which do a half ass job). Quality work!
(Oh one pet peeve, it likes to say you have a critical amount of junk files with 300mb plus... but considering it counts your internet temporary files I laugh at that... maybe like 1gb or 2gb would be critical... but people don't always have great comps I guess)
Haha. Ok, thanks a lot Mart. Package sounds good. With the undo, I guess I don't really NEED to know specifics (although I'd reeeeaaaaaally like to :P ).
And yeah, I know Jyuu... PageDefrag is an amazing registry defragger. I could probably live with CCleaner or something, but I don't know how good a job it'd do. I've yet to see a decent and free realtime memory optimizer. Besides that, I'd probably take me a month to find all the registry hacks that these thing can put in. Although I have found a few myself... kernel always in memory, Move to..., and Copy to... are my friends. ^^
Thanks guys. Anyone else?
thanks to Silverwmoon!
I knoooooowww... Thats why I had it as the only con. It irritated me so bad... cause its actually a DOWNGRADE from previous versions... which did tell you what files... makes me wonder what they were thinking. The improved on the efficiency of the rest of the systems though so I guess no complaints since I can always undo.
Originally Posted by Volvogga