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PC maintenance is one of those tedious chores that most people postpone until their machine is just barely limping along. You know who you are. Yes, you, with the five hundred desktop icons and ten minute boot time. Glary Utilities is designed for you.

We’ve reviewed Glary before Keep Your PC Running Smoothly With Glary Utilities Pro Keep Your PC Running Smoothly With Glary Utilities Pro There are quite a few PC maintenance utilities that make it a matter of routine. And keeping one’s computer in good running health should be a matter of routine. So, today we are going to... Read More , but the latest version brings a lot of changes, including improved Windows 8 support and an entirely new look and layout. Read on as we test the new version on an aging and largely neglected Windows 8 desktop computer, which was chosen because it needed help the most.

What Is Glary?

Glary, in a nutshell, is an automated tool to make routine PC maintenance and cleanup easier for normal users. Rather than trying to figure out how to use a half a dozen tools that may or may not come bundled with malware, or (god forbid) flipping through configuration options yourself, you open Glary, click a couple of buttons, and watch things get better. Glary aims to make computer maintenance an automatic background task, and (on the whole) it does a pretty good job. In particular, the scheduled maintenance tools are nicer than those of many of its competitors.

Included in Glary’s core features are a registry cleaner, a hard-drive defragmenter, a spyware remover, privacy tools, and a custom startup manager. The whole package comes out to an 11.8 megabyte download for Windows. There’s a free and pro version of Glary that differ in some of the features offered, including privacy tools and technical support. We’ll be reviewing the pro version in this article.

Glary Utilities One Click Maintenance

Glary’s core feature is called ‘1-click Maintenance,’ and it does pretty much what it says on the tin. You click the big blue button that’s prominently displayed when you open Glary, and Glary runs a basic suite of PC cleanup tools automatically: it cleans up your registry Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More , fixes your shortcuts, runs a spyware scan, clears temporary files that might be eating up disk space, and lets you revise your list of startup programs. It’s a handy feature, and seemed to immediately make a real difference in our computer’s performance. For many users, this will be the only feature that they need.  That said, Glary comes with quite a few handy utilities, and some of them will likely wind up being useful to you.

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Key Features

  • 1- Click Maintenance
  • Startup Manager
  • Registry Cleaner
  • Spyware Scanner
  •  Privacy and Encryption Tools
  • Drive Cleaner
  • Hard Drive Defragmenter

UI & Interface

Glary effectively apes the look of Windows 8 Metro apps (but thankfully doesn’t actually open as a resource-gobbling fullscreen app). It has a sleek, friendly blue-and-white interface, and is fairly sensibly laid out. The new look is a major improvement over the glossy Web 2.0 look of the last version we reviewed, and seems to have made it significantly easier to get around inside the app.

Glary Utilities Advanced Tools

Tools

To see a list of the individual tools included with Glary, check under the ‘Advanced Tools’ tab. Glary’s tools are divided into sections: for example, the ‘drivers’ has several driver related tools list (‘backup’, ‘restore’, and ‘uninstall’).

There are 38 tools bundled with Glary, and a full rundown of all them is beyond the scope of this article, so let’s talk about a handful of useful things you might want to do beyond what’s offered by one-click maintenance.

File Encrypter

Glary Utilities Encryption
Encryption is a powerful tool that most people don’t realize they have access to. Modern encryption tools allow you to protect your data Not Just For Paranoids: 4 Reasons To Encrypt Your Digital Life Not Just For Paranoids: 4 Reasons To Encrypt Your Digital Life Encryption isn’t only for paranoid conspiracy theorists, nor is it just for tech geeks. Encryption is something every computer user can benefit from. Tech websites write about how you can encrypt your digital life, but... Read More so securely that it’s unlikely to be decrypted, even by a computer the size of the solar system running for a trillion years.

Glary includes tools for encrypting and recovering sensitive files in this manner. From your tax returns to your sex tape, encrypted files are useful, and Glary provides an easy-to-use interface. Make sure you use a secure password, and don’t forget it. Encryption, as a privacy option, is a Pro feature, and the free version won’t include it.

Disclaimer: If you have strong security needs, for example, if you handle confidential data for clients, consider using an industry-vetted, open-source tool like TrueCrypt, which we’ve covered before.

Hard Drive Defragmenter

Glary Utilities Defragment

One side effect of the way that data is stored on hard disks is that as the drive is used, pieces of a particular file get scattered around the disk, slowing down a number of basic computer operations. Glary has a hard-drive defragmenter that can go through your drive and reassemble scattered files. This can take several hours, but it can also have a dramatic impact on the speed of your machine.

In our case, the defragmenter did seem to have a noticeable impact on how quickly the machine could open large video files, although your mileage may vary.  There are a lot of defragmenting utilities 3 Excellent Defrag Utilities & Why You Still Need to Defragment In 2012 3 Excellent Defrag Utilities & Why You Still Need to Defragment In 2012 Accessing files from the hard drive is a speed limiting step in operating a computer. Hard drives used to be a major bottle neck and fragmentation of data slowed them down even further. With the... Read More available, of course, but it is nice to have it all in one place.

Drive Cleaner

Glary Utilities Drive Cleaner

Along with fragmentation, there are other problems that can plague modern hard drives. Most people don’t practice good computer storage hygiene, and this leads to drives, over time, becoming cluttered with large numbers of small files that the user doesn’t really care about- temporary files, empty folders, dead shortcuts, that kind of thing. A disk cleanup utility simply goes through and clears out some of this junk, freeing up more space for useful data.

In our test, the disk cleanup utility was able to free 220 megabytes, but in some cases they can clear up quite a bit more. With the expansion of modern hard drives, this feature is less critical than once it was, but it’s still plenty useful on older machines.

Worth it?

Glary is one of those tools that everyone should have on their computer, just for the sheer amount of time and frustration that regular maintenance can save you down the line. In our last review, we concluded that Glary was a flexible, useful tool for easy computer maintenance, and it’s improved significantly since then, both in terms of interface and compatibility. It’s a handy tool, and one that comes bundled with a number of surprisingly helpful utilities.

Glary is a solid tool, and there’s no reason not to get it, especially if you’ve been letting your PC maintenance slide.

  1. sana ur rehman
    April 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing=http://crackedtool.com/glary-utilities-5-x-pro-serial-key//>Glary Utilities but Admin what difference between cleaner and GU ?

  2. dragonmouth
    March 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    It seems that some posters are under the impression that I am knockig Glary. Far from it. While I have not used Glary myself, I have heard only good reports about this suite. I have used other suites and they made life with Windows much easier.

    I keep forgetting that a PC, tablet and/or a phone today are an appliance that should work firs time, every time. Today's users don't care what makes them tick, just like they don't care about what makes their radio, TV or car tick. If there is a problem with their PC, users expect a program or a suite of programs to automagically fix it.

  3. Sreeraj R
    March 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I like and uses glary soft

  4. Aquariuzz
    March 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    What makes Glary greater than iObit ASC?

    • Sreeraj R
      March 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      It is very simple and powerfull

  5. Jo-anne P
    March 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I also enjoy to muck around although more times than not I muck myself right into a corner lol. Of course once I dig myself out i am right back in their up to my eyeballs. Having things to "just work" is also a great way to go on things lol

  6. dragonmouth
    March 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    "(god forbid) flipping through configuration options yourself"
    God forbid users should get educated about the configuration options of their computer! Let them remain fat, dumb and happy. I'm sure MUO Answers can use more questions like "Where's my ANY button?" or "The coffee cup holder on my PC broke. How do I fix it?"

    • Howard B
      March 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Gee, I thought only Mac users were "conditioned to be fat, dumb, and happy" about their computer's configuration?

    • Andre
      March 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Personally, I enjoy fiddling with, building, and occasionally accidentally bricking, my computers. However, many MakeUseOf readers do not, and want things to just work. That's allowed, and we aim to please.

    • Tinkicker
      March 27, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Is there a feature available in Glary that will eliminate constantly negative and sarcastic posters? Well, really just the one that I see pretty consistently all over MakeUseOf ? Damn! Talk about a freakin' downer!
      Hey, you, troll! Yes, you...you know who you are! How about contributing something USEFUL to the conversation once in a while and not all the tripe?
      The staff of MakeUseOf probably is required to tie their hands behind their backs to keep from saying this...but I'm not.
      BTW, I've used Glary for years, love it...it's part of my routine of deep pc cleaning...and I know it doesn't have the anti-troll function. Too flippin' bad. 8D

    • dragonmouth
      March 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Tinkicker,
      In your righteous indignation, you missed the point.

      Yes, all these utility suites, such as Glary, work great and provide convenience. I am not saying otherwise. But computer users should not become totally reliant on them because none, especially the anti-malware programs, are 100% effective. It would be nice if PC users were at least a little bit educated about what is going on with and in their computers because that would help them use the utility suites intelligently, rather than mechanically. Just go through MUO Answers and see how many problems could have been avoided if the user just knew a little bit about the workings of a computer.

  7. Zack McCauley
    March 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    You can also get it Free on Giveawayoftheday.com or Bitsdejour as well. They run GUP fairly often on them. The licenses usually are just for that version though, so no free updates :(

    Great utility, though there are very very very few differences between the Pro and Free version. The free version will definitely help ANY machine that is supported for sure and it is a good way to test either one.

    I've used GU for years and only have the pro from one of the giveaways. I never noticed much difference between either.

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