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iobit freewareEvery geek has one: a collection of portable applications for fixing PCs. Most carry them around on a USB key, ready in case some computer problem comes up.

The trouble is, such kits take quite a while to build up. If you want such a kit, but don’t want to build it yourself, check out the IObit Toolbox. You’ll have a bunch of computer repair and optimization tools in a single download, ready to be used.

The amount of tools included in this IObit freeware app is truly staggering; keep reading to see what you can find.

Cleaning Tools

Registry Cleaner looks for stuff left behind in the registry – Window’s monolithic configuration document for everything – and removes anything unneeded. Like all such tools, use at your own risk: many techies feel the benefits of such software are outweighed by the potential damage (eg., unbootable machine). We’ve profiled other registry cleaners before Top 5 Freeware Registry Cleaners That Improve PC Performance Top 5 Freeware Registry Cleaners That Improve PC Performance Read More , but I’m not sure we’ve done this one. It didn’t break my machine but I can’t say I noticed a difference.

Privacy Sweeper can wipe all information left behind by your browsers, including history and cookies. Supports IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

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IObit Uninstaller is an alternative uninstaller. When the default Windows program manager fails, try this one out. More about IObit Uninstaller here How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller Read More .

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Disk Cleaner (above) is a CCleaner-like app that looks at your computer’s hard drive and deletes files you don’t need. It won’t delete anything without your permission, which is good, and it’s got a very simple interface.

File Shredder deletes a file to the point where it cannot be restored. Find similar tools here 4 File Shredders to Make Deleted Data Unrecoverable 4 File Shredders to Make Deleted Data Unrecoverable Read More .

Optimization Tools

Smart RAM is an alternative tool for managing your system RAM, similar to the Autoruns Get Your Computer Startup Under Control With Autoruns Get Your Computer Startup Under Control With Autoruns Read More -like tool that manages your startup scripts. It’s not as complete as autoruns, but it’s good to have in a kit like this.

Registry Defrag does what it says: defragments the registry. This is only useful if you clean your registry frequently, and like registry cleaners is not without risk.

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Game Booster (above) disables many system components so that you can play a game. Useful when you really want to play, but be aware that some aspects of your system might not work anymore until you click the “back to normal” button.

Smart Defrag is a defragmentation program, mentioned in our top 8 defragmenters list 8 Best Defragmenters To Keep Your PC Running Like New 8 Best Defragmenters To Keep Your PC Running Like New Read More . Good to have around.

Repair Tools

Undelete recovers files you’ve deleted. Find similar file recovery tools here 3 Remarkable File Recovery Tools 3 Remarkable File Recovery Tools Read More .

Shortcut Fixer points out shortcuts on your computer that point to nothing, and gives you the option of deleting them.

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Disk Check (above) gives you information about the state of your hard drives.

Win Fix can solve a variety of Windows problems. Check its list to see if your problem is included!

Security Tools

Security Holes Scanner scans your computer to look for common problems and suggest corrections.

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Process Manager (above) shows you the currently running programs, and gives you control over them. Find similar tools here 3 Tools To Manage Windows Processes Better 3 Tools To Manage Windows Processes Better Read More .

Driver Manager scans your computer and tells you if any drivers are out of date.

IObit Security 360 is a malware scanning tool, similar to Malwarebytes Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Read More . Some sort of scan is essential to every kit, so see how this one works for you, though be warned: this one’s not actually included in the kit. Clicking it will bring you to a website to download it from.

Control Tools

Cloned Files Scanner looks for files you have more than once. This could save you a lot of hard drive space.

Disk Explorer gives you a graphical way to explore the contents of your hard drive, and is a great way to see large files.

System Information outputs some information about your system, including the hardware used. Similar to Speccy Speccy - An Advanced System Information Tool For Your PC Speccy - An Advanced System Information Tool For Your PC Read More .

Empty Folder Scanner does exactly what it says: points out empty folders on your computer. Kind of useful, I guess.

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System Control (above) gives you access to various system settings, similar to TweakUI. Check it out and you’ll be able to change quite a bit about your Windows system.

Conclusion

These IObit freeware tools aren’t necessarily the best, but if you want a complete toolkit in one download this is your best bet. Stick this on your USB drive and it just might come in handy.

Is there a better toolkit out there? Point it out in the comments below. Also feel free to share any custom toolkits you’ve built yourself, and what tools make them up.

  1. RgaDawg
    August 30, 2010 at 12:29 am

    A few really good free dupe file finders

    Duplicate Cleaner
    http://www.digitalvolcano.co.u...

    Duplicate File Finder
    http://dff.nazrashid.com/

  2. RgaDawg
    August 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    A few really good free dupe file finders

    Duplicate Cleaner
    http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/content/home

    Duplicate File Finder
    http://dff.nazrashid.com/

  3. jasray
    August 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Forgot one essential utility which picked up a reclusive outdated driver--it's the Driver Manager which will also backup drivers. Not many utilities include that option. Glary is good; CCleaner a basic; and System Mechanic Pro (the nearly unavoidable Active Care requirement to pay every year is a bit of a fraud) is great.

    The only real advantage for IObit Toolkit is portability. My guess is that all the tech sites will be carrying this story today or tomorrow--with little or no attribution to the original writer-discoverer.

  4. jasray
    August 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Forgot one essential utility which picked up a reclusive outdated driver--it's the Driver Manager which will also backup drivers. Not many utilities include that option. Glary is good; CCleaner a basic; and System Mechanic Pro (the nearly unavoidable Active Care requirement to pay every year is a bit of a fraud) is great.

    The only real advantage for IObit Toolkit is portability. My guess is that all the tech sites will be carrying this story today or tomorrow--with little or no attribution to the original writer-discoverer.

  5. David King
    August 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Update: http://www.majorgeeks.com/IObi... doesn't display, so I can't download this utility.

  6. David King
    August 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Update: http://www.majorgeeks.com/IObit_Toolbox_d6503.html doesn't display, so I can't download this utility.

    • Aibek
      August 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      loads fine from my end!

  7. Aibek
    August 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    "
    I would warn users, especially new users and maybe some intermediates, that the duplicate file finder and empty folder finder must be used with caution.
    "

    Echo that. These features should be used with caution and when possible with a backup before applying any recommended fixes.

  8. Aibek
    August 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

    "I would warn users, especially new users and maybe some intermediates, that the duplicate file finder and empty folder finder must be used with caution. "Echo that. These features should be used with caution and when possible with a backup before applying any recommended fixes.

  9. Nat Jay
    August 29, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I tend to use Glary Utilities and CCleaner more often, the combination of which has features comparable to IObit Toolkit. There's also System Mechanic Pro.

  10. jasray
    August 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

    IObit Toolkit is most likely the best all-purpose utility I've used. Yes, thanks for the update. I just finished running all of the modules. Fine. However, I would warn users, especially new users and maybe some intermediates, that the duplicate file finder and empty folder finder must be used with caution.

    For the duplicate files found, I went through each one individually. I would say at least 50 were false duplicates. On the Empty Folder finder the same holds true. I checked each folder with about 15 not being truly "empty folders." I did have to re-install one program which means ? most likely I deleted a duplicate file which wasn't a duplicate or the junk file remover removed a necessary file.

    Nevertheless, I would highly recommend the program. In fact, it may be the only utility most users need for a weekly cleaning.

    Oh, one last thing. The TCP/IP settings under the Internet Optimizer are rather generic values. I use a different optimizer which I will use again to reset the variables, but the average user won't notice a thing.

    At first, Windows 7 ran slowly--the first boot, the second boot. Now all is back to normal. My guess is the cleaner cleans out the prefetch and the superfetch. Not really a big issue, but . . . if it happens to someone give the machine some time.

    Five star? Or very close!

  11. jasray
    August 29, 2010 at 5:52 am

    IObit Toolkit is most likely the best all-purpose utility I've used. Yes, thanks for the update. I just finished running all of the modules. Fine. However, I would warn users, especially new users and maybe some intermediates, that the duplicate file finder and empty folder finder must be used with caution.

    For the duplicate files found, I went through each one individually. I would say at least 50 were false duplicates. On the Empty Folder finder the same holds true. I checked each folder with about 15 not being truly "empty folders." I did have to re-install one program which means ? most likely I deleted a duplicate file which wasn't a duplicate or the junk file remover removed a necessary file.

    Nevertheless, I would highly recommend the program. In fact, it may be the only utility most users need for a weekly cleaning.

    Oh, one last thing. The TCP/IP settings under the Internet Optimizer are rather generic values. I use a different optimizer which I will use again to reset the variables, but the average user won't notice a thing.

    At first, Windows 7 ran slowly--the first boot, the second boot. Now all is back to normal. My guess is the cleaner cleans out the prefetch and the superfetch. Not really a big issue, but . . . if it happens to someone give the machine some time.

    Five star? Or very close!

  12. Christianaanderud
    August 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for the find. Will come in handy! :D

  13. Sheeblasta
    August 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    very nice

  14. Anon
    August 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Portable version of Glary Utilities, can be found here: http://www.glaryutilities.com/ (in the download section)

  15. Anon
    August 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Portable version of Glary Utilities, can be found here: http://www.glaryutilities.com/ (in the download section)

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