Is all this PC maintenance software any good, and what do I really need?

Elizabeth M September 5, 2013
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Is PC Pro & Privacy Control (same company) any good? I’ve had it for 6 months, time for renewal. I also have PC Health Boost and CC Cleaner (free).

And, sorry, how do I clear Event Viewer?

  1. Oron J
    September 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I don't know these products, but if you are referring to the ones made by Pareto Logic, then be warned that this company has a poor reputation on WOT and elsewhere.
    Regarding the "computer health" aspect, I agree with Alan and Jan. CCleaner will do everything that needs doing (and CCenhancer takes it even further). I see no reason to pay for other software to do the job.
    If you are concerned about privacy, Steganos offers some good products, but they do a very different job than Pareto Logic's Privacy Controls, so read carefully before making a decision!

    • Justin P
      September 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      To add to Oron's point, there's nothing magical this software does that you can't learn yourself. Clean your drive regularly, uninstall programs you don't need and ensure you've got decent antivirus and you should be in great shape.

  2. Alan W
    September 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    In my opinion you have all you need in CCleaner! The rest you can dump as it is not needed.
    And never run a registry cleaner, not even CCleaners registry cleanr. It dosnt speed anything up at all and in in-experienced hands can do a lot of damage.

  3. Hovsep A
    September 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    PC Pro and Privacy Control can you link the web page?

  4. Jan F
    September 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I don't have any experience with either tool but generally my opinion is that there are more than enough free tools doing the very same job.

    You are using CCleaner – have you looked into CCleaner Enhancer? It adds a load of new cleaning options to it's list. I would almost say you can get the same results as with any "privacy cleaner".
    http://singularlabs.com/software/ccenhancer/

    Moreover if privacy is a concern you should simply switch to a browser offering a 'privacy' mode like Chromes incognito mode or Firefox/Safari private surfing. In these modes the browser will automatically dispose all the history and data of your browsing session as soon as you close them.

    I couldn't find a conclusive answer for PC Health Boost but if it's the one tool that I found it has a very poor web of trust rating and you should consider removing it.
    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/pchealthboost.com/rate?utm_source=addon&utm_content=warn-rate

    If you are looking for an all-in-one solution maybe you'll like IObit Advanced System Care.
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/optimize-sterilize-harmonize-system-iobit-advanced-system-care-windows/

    You can find more tools in the Best of Windows software Top List
    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software