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computer maintenance toolsComputer systems, like any other device, need maintenance. Computer maintenance is generally different from vehicles, appliances and others, mainly because you have to maintain not only the hardware but also the software that you use on your computer.

Software can get outdated, you might have cruft and then there are chores related to the operating system itself – registry, virus cleaning and the likes.

While you might have to shop around in the local market for hardware maintenance, for software PC maintenance we have some very good free utilities that you should check out.

1. Cleaning Tools

As is obvious from the name, these help you keep your system clean. What they clean your system of, depends on what you are using. There are registry cleaners Top 5 Freeware Registry Cleaners That Improve PC Performance Top 5 Freeware Registry Cleaners That Improve PC Performance Read More , file system cleaners Remove Duplicate Files & Directories with Duplicate Cleaner Remove Duplicate Files & Directories with Duplicate Cleaner Read More , secure file erasers 4 File Shredders to Make Deleted Data Unrecoverable 4 File Shredders to Make Deleted Data Unrecoverable Read More and general purpose all in one solutions.

Most of these operate on the registry, optimizing it for performance. There are others which delete temporary files and dangling shortcuts. While the gain is not substantial, you might experience a snappier performance if you have not cleaned up your computer for a while.

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As for the solutions available – CCleaner is well known in the field. It can clean browser tracks and cookies for almost all popular browsers out there, take care of unused icons, invalid shortcuts, DLLs and clean the MRU and recent document history as well.

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Another popular choice is nCleaner. nCleaner offers similar functionality along with scan scheduling, a tweaks manager, services manager, a resource monitor and system advisor.

2. Uninstaller

The Windows Control Panel provides functionality that lets you remove unwanted applications from your computer. It does a decent job for the occasional use that you might put it to. However, if you try out a number of software, or if you have experienced a stubborn software that refuses to uninstall, you should look into some of the 3rd party software managers and uninstallers.

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Revo Uninstaller Revo Uninstaller Will Hunt Down Your Bloatware Revo Uninstaller Will Hunt Down Your Bloatware Read More and IObit Uninstaller How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller Read More are the better ones out there. They offer features like letting you track the most storage hungry software or the ones you rarely use in addition to managing installed Windows updates. Such software usually features a force uninstall mode that lets you override settings or locked files that may be preventing an uninstaller from functioning.

3. Software Updater

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Keeping software up to date is important. Not only for keeping up with the latest features but also for bug fixes and security updates. Many software these days have an update feature built in, web browsers being an excellent example. The software can talk to a server and let you know of important updates or newer versions.

For other software that do not have the feature built in or if you are more interested in a Linux-like centralized update mechanism, you can have a look at some of the previously covered software updaters 3 Software Updaters to Keep Your WIndows Programs Up to Date 3 Software Updaters to Keep Your WIndows Programs Up to Date Read More . AppSnap, QWinApt or Techtracker Find Newer Versions Of Installed Software with Techtracker Find Newer Versions Of Installed Software with Techtracker Read More should be a good place to start.

4. System Info Tools

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While these do not help with maintenance in a direct way, these are certainly indispensable when you need to figure out what is going on with the computer. There are tools that let you view detailed information about your computer Speccy - An Advanced System Information Tool For Your PC Speccy - An Advanced System Information Tool For Your PC Read More and then there are those which can let you monitor the performance of the computer and what is going on inside Monitor What's Really Going On With Your PC With System Explorer Monitor What's Really Going On With Your PC With System Explorer Read More .

5. Troubleshooter/Fixer

It is very difficult to offer a generalized solution for each and every problem your computer might run into. There can be network issues, security issues, slowdown due to cruft or under performing hardware, each asks for a different course of action.

That being said, there are certain issues that crop up frequently and are encountered by many users. Automated detection and fixes are available for many such problems.

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Windows troubleshooting How To Solve Any Windows Problem with Event ID How To Solve Any Windows Problem with Event ID Read More is a good place to start. In addition there are software like FixWin How To Fix Common Windows Problems In A Snap With FixWin How To Fix Common Windows Problems In A Snap With FixWin Read More and Microsoft’s FixIt Microsoft Fix It Center Offers Quick Streamlined Troubleshooting Microsoft Fix It Center Offers Quick Streamlined Troubleshooting Read More center that take care of such common problems for you. If you are still stuck, hop over to MakeUseOf Answers answers answers Read More , and we will try to help you along!

Many problems can also be attributed to viruses 8 Best Sources To Follow Computer Virus News & Alerts 8 Best Sources To Follow Computer Virus News & Alerts Read More and spyware, so you should keep a good antivirus The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs Read More or malware removal tools like McAfee’s Stinger and Malicious Software Removal tool handy.

If you know of any other good PC maintainance software that we might have missed, give us a heads up in the comments!

  1. ngwee
    June 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    its helpful i can answer in faster way all my test papers!

  2. OldUser
    February 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus software has worked great for years on all my windows computers. It's free, it's easy and it works!

  3. p90x
    November 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    CCleaner is a great tool, I have used it and it has really worked well for me

  4. Bandaash
    September 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

    what about tune-up util.

  5. Charles Sullivan
    September 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    F-Secure found Adware in Sumo: rkverify.exe; Gen:Adware.Heur.qq1@R8TEFdhi....
    F-Secure haven't let me down in 3 yrs, so I will have to pass on this piece of software.

  6. Asdjljqwe8
    September 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Spyware: Combofix, Spybot, SuperAntiSpyware-free

    great article!

  7. Asdjljqwe8
    September 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Spyware: Combofix, Spybot, SuperAntiSpyware-free

    great article!

  8. Oglandit
    September 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I think that Secunia PSI is another great tool:

    http://www.oglandit.com/sicure...

  9. Tony
    September 1, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Wise Registry Cleaner, Glary Utilities and Auslogics Disk Defrag are some great additions to this list.

  10. Ammon
    August 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Would love to see an equivalent article for Mac users!

  11. HPearce
    August 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    SUMO updater is IMHO one of the best software updaters available... it covers a lot of software with very few false positives compared to other software I have seen/used .

    FileHippo update checker does a good job but only seems to cover the most major software.

  12. HPearce
    August 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    SUMO updater is IMHO one of the best software updaters available... it covers a lot of software with very few false positives compared to other software I have seen/used .

    FileHippo update checker does a good job but only seems to cover the most major software.

    • Aibek
      August 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      second SUMO updater!

    • Charles Sullivan
      September 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      F-Secure found Adware in Sumo: rkverify.exe; Gen:Adware.Heur.qq1@R8TEFdhi....
      F-Secure haven't let me down in 3 yrs, so I will have to pass on this piece of software.

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