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It’s time again for our Movers and Shakers column, where each week, we feature the top ten most downloaded free apps from one selected software category.

This week, we are looking at system utilities. These are the apps that can be used to help manage your Windows system. We will see utilities that help us defragment, fix and speed up our computers.

1. Advanced SystemCare Free

Weighing in at first place, raking in 36,806,594 downloads of all time and almost 1 million downloads just this week is Advanced SystemCare Free. They automate pretty much every aspect of cleaning up your machine. It is geared toward non-technical people so you should not be intimidated by it. This is a great free alternative to something like Norton Utilities (Do they still make that?)

2. Smart Defrag

Smart Defrag helps you automate your defragmentation process so you do not have to remember to do it! I remember when this was an all day event – now with this free application it is a breeze to set and forget.

3. Glary Utilities

A suite of utilities that will help you keep your system spick and span. There are options in here to securely delete your files as well as see what is starting up with your computer (and stop it!)

4. CNET TechTracker

This application allows you to download all your updates for downloaded applications in one place. It can query your software versions and tell you which ones need to be updated as well as how to do so.

5. CCleaner

Good old Crap cleaner! Use this to keep unwanted crap off your system. I used to run CCleaner every day on a schedule before my antivirus applications started searching for crap ““ware!
  1. Auslogics Disk Defrag Another application that will let you optimize and automate the defragmentation process. I have actually used this one before and it was pretty quick.
  2. Wise Registry Cleaner Wise registry cleaner will fix up your registry by finding orphaned and corrupted keys. Always be careful when using a registry cleaner as it can harm your system if you do not know what you are doing.
  3. Easeus Partition Master Home Edition Partition Master is the equivalent of Partition Magic that any one who was using a computer 10 years ago heard of. Use this to resize or do pretty much any task you need to your partitions.
  4. Revo Uninstaller This is a application hell bent on removing applications that do not come with uninstallers or to clean up the junk left behind by another application after removal.
  5. 7-Zip will allow you to zip and unzip your files and folders for free. A much better alternative to WinZip or WinRar when it can be used.

You can also check out our very own Varun’s post on Glary Utilities here Glary Utilities - System Maintenance Made Easy Glary Utilities - System Maintenance Made Easy Read More .

  1. Anonymous
    July 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

    THE BEST maintenance utility for windows is "Tuneup Utilities". It is not a free app but luckily utorrent is

  2. Reg cleaner
    July 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

    It is said CCleaner is one of the best free registry cleaners out threre but I personally havn't tried it.

  3. Aibek
    May 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    We have covered the Eulalyzer in the past

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/s...

    Aibek

  4. Rebecca Doremus
    May 4, 2010 at 3:39 am

    One other program that I find necessary, especially when trying out various other programs, is EULAlyzer (http://www.javacoolsoftware.co... It is a very simple application that checks the EULA for each program you require and lets you know if there are any hidden little nasties. Definitely one of the most useful on my computer. Also, I have been using the Power Suite by Uniblue for over two years. I have tried others, and am in the process of testing Uniblue against Glary Utilities, but I have been very satisfied with Uniblue to date.

  5. Rebecca Doremus
    May 4, 2010 at 1:39 am

    One other program that I find necessary, especially when trying out various other programs, is EULAlyzer (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzerdl.html). It is a very simple application that checks the EULA for each program you require and lets you know if there are any hidden little nasties. Definitely one of the most useful on my computer. Also, I have been using the Power Suite by Uniblue for over two years. I have tried others, and am in the process of testing Uniblue against Glary Utilities, but I have been very satisfied with Uniblue to date.

  6. NJ
    April 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I'm not sure if Advanced SystemCare should be in this list. Sure it's a popular utility but has a history of creating more problems with your system besides being difficult to uninstall. Not sure if anything has changed with the current version but I prefer CCleaner and Glary Utilities any day.

    • Aibek
      April 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      I personally tried all three, my choice Glary Utilities.

  7. Vampie
    April 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    It is time to clean up my portable from work.
    So these come right on time.

    Tnx for the tips :-)

  8. Vampie
    April 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    It is time to clean up my portable from work.
    So these come right on time.

    Tnx for the tips :-)

  9. Doc
    April 20, 2010 at 3:11 am

    @joatmike: Same here.

    • Aibek
      April 20, 2010 at 8:05 am

      and here!

    • Oron Joffe
      April 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      and here...

  10. Anonymous
    April 20, 2010 at 2:36 am

    just me, but I prefer izarc for compression utilities. it's portable and handles a great deal more formats

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