AVG PC Tuneup 2011
We were told that “if you don’t send faxes using this computer, you can free up memory by disabling Fax service”, for example, but the fax service wasn’t running on our system. Disabling it would free up nothing at all. We would prevent it from running, of course, but that would only happen anyway if it was required for something, in which case disabling the service may cause problems.
Click the Resource Usage tab, then, and you’ll immediately see small performance graphs that highlight CPU, RAM, Disk and Network activity. The program will also point out which process is hogging the most resources,in each category, so if (say) your hard drive is thrashing then the culprit may be identified here. Although there are no guarantees: the information is displayed dynamically and there’s no history, no way to look back at who was doing what a couple of minutes ago.
Running apps and processes are also rated as “Trustworthy”, or not, which in theory should be interesting if you’re looking for malware. Right now it seems to rate rather too many programs as “Unknown” for this to be useful, though, even extremely well known programs like Skype, so we wouldn’t rely on it too much.
Optimisation tools start with an excellent defrag utility. A detailed Startup Manager gives you control over many of the programs that may be launched when Windows starts, even shell and browser extensions. An “Optimise Services” tool provides an easy way to decide which Windows services you need, and the Internet Optimizer tunes your web connection for the best possible speeds.