The word PC maintenance immediately conjures up head-cringing images of wading through loads of settings, booting and rebooting the computer a few times, uninstalling applications, and still not be sure what went wrong. In most cases, it ends up with a call to tech support or the neighborhood geek. But for most of us, a trip down the do-it-yourself computer troubleshooting part shouldn’t be like a walk on burning coals.
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 pick up just such a tool for our review and see if it can help us save a few hair splits. Glary Utilities Pro is a well-reviewed and well-championed name in utility tools. If you are looking for an all-rounder to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC, this is worth a trial by fire.
Unwrapping Glary Utilities
Glary Utilities is a system software for Windows that has different specialized power tools for maintaining and fixing your personal computer. Utilities included cover the gamut of cleanup and repair, performance optimization, privacy and security, disk usage, and other system information tools. Before we dive down and take a deeper look, let me highlight that the key feature of Gary Utilities is 1-Click Maintenance. A single click starts the scan of your system and then a one-click cleanup and optimization for a healthier computer than the one you started out with.
Glary Utilities is a 6.3 MB download for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit). There is a free version and a PRO version with a few more advanced features. We are reviewing the PRO version.
The Small Army of Tools in Glary Utilities
All the tools are arranged in Global Modules in Glary Utilities. As you can see in the above screenshot, each of the modules corresponds to a key computer maintenance function. For instance, let’s look at the Privacy & Security module which has everything you need to erase your computer history; making sensitive files unrecoverable after you delete them; recover deleted files; and protect your files from unauthorized access. Similarly, the Clean Up and Repair has tools for cleaning up your disk, registry, shortcuts, and programs you no longer need.
As a detailed explanation of each module would be overkill for this article, let’s slice and dice one of the more critical modules –
Taking One of the Tools for A Run – The Registry Cleaner
Are registry cleaners really helpful? We had two detailed discussion on this by Chris and Tina. There’s an industry out there and you probably would be swayed by the hype too. Glary has a registry cleaner too which ‘cleans up’ your registry by hunting down invalid paths, invalid file associations, dead file extensions, invalid startups, adwares and spywares that use registry, and a few more dead entries. I wanted to put it up against the most popular cleanup tool out there – CCleaner which we have reviewed so many times.
You can select the section you want to scan and run it. My small tests netted me a few results. Glarys Utilities registry scan goes deeper than CCleaner. Consequently it takes much more time.
What I disliked was the cleanup and repair feature of Glary’s did not give me a warning or a feature to backup the registry before I touch it any way. It does automatically back up the registry but someone who is less of a power user could appreciate a warning. But in their defense, whenever you clean the registry, an Undo file is generated for any changes made which can be used to restore the registry. You can export the registry list as file. Glary’s also has a full-fledged Restore center for undoing any changes you might have made.
Gary’s registry cleaner does allow you to check every tiny detail of the registry entries it caught in its scan net. You can choose to disable the ones you don’t want to zap.
The Key Features
1-Click maintenance gives you a one-touch action to perform all the thorough system checks and error correction with a single click without launching each individual system repair module.
You can set the above tool for automatic scheduling. You can fully customize the schedules with multiple schedules. This is only available in the PRO version.
A further option gives you a choice between scanning for problems and also repairing those in one go. With the latter you can select individual areas to repair and leave the rest.
Shutdown Tracks Eraser
When you shutdown, the software will erase all URLs, logs, and cookies, thus safeguarding your privacy. You can choose individual settings for instance, if you want to retain auto-fill form entries. The shutdown tracks eraser is also available only in the PRO version.
The Final Health Report
The 1-Click Maintenance tool is one definite reason to use the software. But Glary’s Utilities is also well packaged beyond that. There are thoughtful features built in like a feature to delete the backups after a scheduled period. Automatic scheduling of program updates is a PRO feature but it gives the user some control. I especially liked the inclusion of file and folder tools like Disk Analysis which helps me better organize the space in my hard disk. I can also ascertain the number of empty folder I have cluttering up my computer. The File Splitter & Joiner is another useful tool you would appreciate. I would have liked a complete folder encryption-decryption utility, but it is limited to files.
In the end you get a well-tried and tested piece of software that falls in the critical area of PC maintenance. In the end you also have a bevy of useful tools in a simple, swift and user friendly interface (that’s also skinnable). There’s no reason not to have it.