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.
Removes junk data from your disks and recovers disk space
Cleans and repairs invalid registry entries and errors
Corrects the errors in your start menu and desktop shortcuts
Uninstall programs completely that you don’t need any more
Defragments and optimizes the Windows registry
Defragments disk drive to improve you system’s performance
Monitors and optimizes free memory in the background
Removes BHOs you don’t want to keep
Manages programs which run automatically on startup
Cleans online activity tracks and protects your online privacy
Monitors running processes and optionally stops them
Protects your executable files from unauthorized access and use
Erases files permanently so that no one can recover them
Quick and effective way to retrieve accidentally deleted files
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
Searches for the registry by the specified wildcard
Organizes and manages your Windows settings
Manages scheduled tasks which run automatically at a specified time (available only in the paid version)
Provides comprehensive information on your computer
Schedules your computer for shutdown at a specified time
Everything you need for your computer in one toolbox.