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If you’re like me, you like to try out a wide variety of applications for your computer, especially when something new is released. If you’re reading this article, chances are you love checking out apps that can add new functionality to your system. The unfortunate downside to these activities, however, is that your computer can start getting really bogged down as programs are added and removed.

Even with normal use, things get “messy” inside your computer. Temporary files are created and forgotten, registry keys are added and deserted, and all sorts of junk simply gets left across your hard drive. The result can be slow startups, applications taking longer to load, and a general state of usability across your entire operating system.

But fear not, your problems can be solved in one click with 360Amigo System Speedup. In this MakeUseOf Giveaway, we’re offering 20 licenses of the application worth $400 in total to some lucky readers!

360Amigo System Speedup

Simply put: When you use 360Amigo System Speedup, it takes a look through your system and identifies (and promptly fixes!) a wide variety of errors. This application can also remove unused files from your PC, such as abandoned data left by uninstalled applications, and can optimize your Windows startup for faster start-up times.

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When you first fire up 360Amigo System Speedup, you’ll see some information about your system and will probably be greeted with a glaring “Your System Status is BAD” message. Clicking the big red FIND ERRORS button is a great way to make the program happy.

By default, the application will jump to the Registry Cleaner which looks through your operating system’s registry for unused and old entries. It will also clear out file lists from many popular applications, which helps ensure your privacy.

To put this in perspective: I ran 360Amigo System Speedup on a brand new installation of Windows XP – I’m not talking slightly used, I mean I literally installed Windows XP in a Virtual Machine and then ran the cleaner. 360Amigo found 180 registry errors on a new installation of Windows!

Note: When you clean registry errors, make sure to check the “Create System Restore Point Before Cleaning Errors” checkbox.

Opening the Junk Files tab gives you the option to remove Browser Activity, clean up Windows (like emptying the recycling bin, recent documents, temporary files, and log files), and remove invalid shortcuts. This isn’t only a great way to free up some extra space on your system, it’s vital to ensure your privacy.

The System Optimizer tab contains goodies that any system administrator would love. First up, NetState allows you to look at a list of all running programs on your computer that are connected to the internet. If you see something fishy, you can easily terminate its access – this is great if you’re fighting a malware infestation.

Probably one of the most useful features in the program is the Startup Manager tab, where you can adjust which programs startup with your computer. This can singlehandedly make the biggest improvement in your PC’s performance, but be careful – always do some research on Google before removing any applications.

360Amigo System Speedup has many more features which I haven’t covered in this article, so enter the giveaway and try it out for yourself!

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


STEP 1
Join our Facebook page by clicking the Like button or you can follow us on Twitter, if you prefer. If you’re already following us, you may skip this step.

If you can’t see the fanbox, click on this link.

STEP 2
Here’s our giveaway form. Please fill it in accurately. Be sure to enter your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.
The giveaway is over.

STEP 3
You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Share it on Facebook

Or on Twitter

And that’s it! You’re done!

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, September 3rd at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

[update] Here are the 20 lucky people who will be experiencing a leaner, meaner, faster system.

  1. Michael Lynton
  2. Scott Biggs
  3. Omer Vidavsky
  4. Joey Leus
  5. Randy Williams
  6. Ray Taaffe
  7. Jerril George
  8. Wayne Whitfield
  9. Eshwar Mano
  10. Terry Jensen
  11. Deborah Klich
  12. Ferdinand R. Datoc
  13. Rolly Nunez
  14. Laura Lupascu
  15. Paula Hersey
  16. Marc Puleo
  17. Henrik Johnson
  18. Travis Fredrich
  19. Daniel Stanczak
  20. Lee Rouse

Congratulations! Your licenses have been sent via email.

MakeUseOf would like to thank 360Amigo for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Vaibhav Srivastava
    September 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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    September 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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    September 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

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    September 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

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  9. mixer
    August 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Just so you know, clearing out the registry of old or obsolete entries does not do much in terms of performance increase. Sure, there are less registry entries when you're done cleaning, but your system is already fast enough to scan past all of these and look for the key it needs.

    Also, CCleaner is better.
    - just need to add that in there

  10. mixer
    August 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Just so you know, clearing out the registry of old or obsolete entries does not do much in terms of performance increase. Sure, there are less registry entries when you're done cleaning, but your system is already fast enough to scan past all of these and look for the key it needs.

    Also, CCleaner is better.
    - just need to add that in there

    • Cobalt
      September 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      And CCleaner is and always has been, 100% free. Not even a so-called "premium" version is offered, and updates are about once every few weeks.

    • registrycleaner
      October 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool.

  11. kurtum-i
    August 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    thanks very much for giveaway
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  12. kurtum-i
    August 31, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    thanks very much for giveaway
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  13. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    No offence, but I wouldn't even download that for free, let alone pay for it or enter a competition to win it. Looks like the usual crapware interface and has the same features as free alternatives such as CCleaner, which in regards to features like a registry cleaner is much more trustworthy. Don't let any old software 'clean' your registry, as it'll do more harm than good.

    • Nin3
      September 1, 2010 at 3:04 am

      It doesn't seem to offer anything remotely useful that CCleaner, Tuneup utilities, nor jv 16 doesn't already offer, unless one of its many more features is the killer.

  14. aungzeya38
    August 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Great Giveaway.... Thank so much for this opportunity

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