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WinUtilities Free Edition

I’m always looking for new products that will clean junk from my computer. As a result, after repeatedly installing new junk removing software, more junk accumulates. While I have kept, and still use, several other utilities, none seem to clean as thoroughly as WinUtilities. Most maintenance software misses or ignores certain items, including WinUtilities, but this one seems to find and correct more problems than any of the others. It also includes more features than any I’ve tried.

The download and installation is easy, with only a couple steps in the installation process requiring attention. The first is the request to install the Ask Toolbar. If you’d like that feature included, just click Next in that window. I passed on that option and on the next, which creates a Start Menu Folder. If you don’t want a Start Menu folder created, check the box. I did allow a desktop icon, although the program launches when installation is complete. To download WinUtilities, click here.

The interface is simple and straightforward. There are four tabs; Modules, 1-Click Maintenance, Scheduled Tasks, and Status. Unless you’ve purchased the upgrade, you won’t be able to schedule tasks, and Status just gives a rundown on options and updates.

So, if you like tinkering (as I do), you’ll probably spend most of your time in Modules.


If you don’t, 1-Click Maintenance is the place for you. Just select what type of maintenance you want done, by checking the boxes (or use the default setting), and click the big orange button.


To the left, in the Modules tab, you’ll find six buttons; Clean Up & Repair, Optimize & Improve, Privacy & Safety, Files & Folders, Registry Tools, and System Tools. Each of these opens a sub menu with several more options. Rather than attempt to explain all the features, I’ve just listed them all below, along with the explanations provided by WinUtilities. I didn’t test all of the listed features, but each one tested, worked well.

Disk Cleaner
Removes junk data from your disks and recovers disk space

Registry Cleaner
Cleans and repairs invalid registry entries and errors

Shortcuts Fixer
Corrects the errors in your start menu and desktop shortcuts

Uninstall Manager
Uninstall programs completely that you don’t need any more

Registry Defrag
Defragments and optimizes the Windows registry

Disk Defrag
Defragments disk drive to improve you system’s performance

Memory Optimizer
Monitors and optimizes free memory in the background

BHO Remover
Removes BHOs you don’t want to keep

Startup Manager
Manages programs which run automatically on startup

History Cleaner
Cleans online activity tracks and protects your online privacy

Process Security
Monitors running processes and optionally stops them

EXE Protector
Protects your executable files from unauthorized access and use

File Shredder
Erases files permanently so that no one can recover them

File Undelete
Quick and effective way to retrieve accidentally deleted files

Document Protector
Protects your documents, pictures or video files with a security password

Duplicate Files Finder
Searches for space-wasting and error producing duplicate files

File Splitter and Joiner
Splits large files into smaller manageable files, and then rejoins them

Registry Backup and Restore
Backup and restore your Windows registry

Registry Search
Searches for the registry by the specified wildcard

System Control
Organizes and manages your Windows settings

Task Scheduler
Manages scheduled tasks which run automatically at a specified time (available only in the paid version)

System Information
Provides comprehensive information on your computer

Auto Shutdown
Schedules your computer for shutdown at a specified time

Everything you need for your computer in one toolbox.