Best PC utilities for Windows (free)

I have just purchased a new laptop and among the software I have installed there are these free PC tools that help fix errors, crashes, corruptions and make PC boot and run faster.

Glary Utilities

If you want to clean and optimize your PC, improves your privacy and security, or do other similar tasks, you'll want this program. It's free, it's simple to use, and it'll make your computer run much better.

Its cleanup and repair tools include a Registry cleaner, as well as a disk cleaner, and also a shortcuts fixer that corrects any shortcut errors on your Desktop or Start menu. Among its optimization tools are a startup manager, and a very good context menu manager for editing the right-click context menu that appears when you click a file.

There's also a file shredder, encryption tools, a tool for cleaning up your Internet traces - the list could go on for a long time. For anyone who wants to take control of their PC, and doesn't want to pay a penny, this is a great one to get.

CCleaner

Like it or not, your PC is full of junk. And no matter how hard you try to keep the junk off, it accumulates over time. This must-have does a great job of cleaning everything out. It clears your browser cache, temporary files folder, browser history, Windows log files, hot-fix uninstallers, and temporary files from third-party applications. The app offers a lot more, too, including a Registry cleaner and an uninstaller. Considering that it's free, it's hard to beat.

PC De-Crapifier

As good as CCleaner is, there's something it doesn't do: Track down "craplets" and kill them. Craplets are useless programs and trial versions that come installed on many new PCs, or that piggyback onto other downloads and install themselves on your computer. The result: a clogged hard disk, and a slower system.

That's where this free must-have comes in. It looks for dozens of craplets, finds them, and eliminates them.

The program's list of targets is long, and it includes the craplets most commonly preinstalled on PCs, such as QuickBooks Trial, Dell Search Assistant, Wild Tangent Games, a variety of Norton and Symantec trialware, and Yahoo Toolbar. Be sure to see the full list.

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