PC Prescriptions: 21 Free Apps to Keep Your PC Healthy

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korwulf

I must be doing something wrong with Revo, not only does it not recognize all the programs on my pc, but in Hunter mode it lists every program as the last program installed, and then tells me there is no uninstal package for that program, go find it yoursef.  Which I did, it was in the game's folder, exactly where it should have been.

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dtitzer

Great list, Dave. I knew of a few, and learned about some new ones.

FWIW, I'm a fan of Cobian Backup, and use it to backup just personal documents and the like. I prefer it (for now) because it's backups are not stored off in a proprietary format; great for restoring files to a new system because Cobian doesn't need to be there first!

Soluto is something I must definitely try out.

As for VirtualBox, I'm still a VMWare fan. The player will allow you to create simple VMs, no hacking required.

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Brian Dowding

AllMyApps should not be in this list.

 

Ninite is great!  All the apps install with default settings what they ought to have been and all the apps are truely free.  Good job.

 

AllMyApps advertises 14 day trial versions of apps as available free apps, and it is a bloated, misrepresenting POS.  For example, picking the first one I can think of alphabetically, AV Voice Changer is NOT a free app, but AllMyApps reports that it is and installs a demo that will expire in 14 days if you don't pay for it by then.  How did anyone decent on a PC come to like that so much as to recommend it on a national publication?

I thought the slogan was "Maximum PC - No BS".  Well there is a mountain of it on that recommendation that someone neglected to screen out.

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alabasterdragon

 

TsunamiZ

 

Maybe you should just stick with AOL. I think programs like this maybe well above your skill level. You know, not everyone should use these kinds of programs. I've seen the results of people who can not run disk clean up or defrag (the ones built into windows) with out messing things up. If you are one of those people, just igknowledge your limitations, and hire professionals to cleanup and optimize your PC. Trust me it's a lot cheaper in the long run to just have someone who knows what they are doing. Just because you replaced a motherboard once, or even build one PC from scratch, that does NOT make you a professional. For that matter, neither does going to a technical school or a university.

 

FYI I've run Revo on at least 100 different computers and removed at least that many programs with it, and have never once had it cause any problems whatsoever. I've had better success rate with Revo that with the windows "add/remove prgrams" such as removing program reminates that windows didn't even know were still there, but were causing error messages at every boot up. Usually that problem is cause by someone who doesn't know what they are doing trying to pretend to be a tech.

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Mysts

You should ad pc-decrapifier to this list as well as Hirens Boot Disc (constantly being updated) This way people would not have to "clutter" up their computer with software only to clean other software out. 

Thank you MaximumPc 

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alabasterdragon

This is where portable versions of these programs are really handy. You can load them up on a flash drive and just use them when you need.

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joeking

Great list indeed.  CCleaner and Driver Sweeper are two programs I use often, I recommend them to everyone I talk to.

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Wingzero_x

I use Double Driver for my driver backup needs. Now if you can give us a good guide to slip stream those drivers into our Windows install media.

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grexxman

Never used Clonezilla before but I'm a superfan of Macrium Reflect Free.

Once you make an image of your drive, you can then choose to mount it and copy whatever you need from it.  The nice thing is that you can use Macrium to restore an image onto another hard drive if necessary as well. 

I've actually used it to make a virtual machine of what used to be a physical machine.  Fun stuff! :)

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rsaotome

Very nice list, some in here I've never heard of.

Will recommend to friends & family!

*bookmarked*

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nbrowser

What about PCDecrapifier, works incredibly well from several uses I've done with it.

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TsunamiZ

why does maximum pc keep recommending revo uninstaller?  i've tried it and it's crap.  it messes up your pc and programs.  same goes for all these types of uninstaller programs.  if you really need to clean stuff up that bad, you're better off doing a reformat. 

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Danthrax66

You're doing it wrong.

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US_Ranger

You might be alone on Revo screwing your computer up. I've been using it for awhile and it works great for me as well as everyone else I've talked to. 

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TsunamiZ

well, it definately screws up programs.  example, i uninstall 1 adobe program and it messes up other adobe programs.  it's not smart enough to tell them apart and removes the wrong things.

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Slurpy

Adobe in particular is really bad about sharing files in their software suite without earmarking them for all the relevant programs.  Outside of integrated suites like Autodesk, Adobe CS, etc., you shouldn't be having problems with Revo.

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Wingzero_x

What could be happening is it's uninstalling shared files. When it scans the files to uninstall it shows you a list of not only the files its going to scrub from your programs folder, but any registry bits its going to get trash as well. If you don't read take note of these items then it is your fault.

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DogPatch1149

I have to disagree.  Maybe I've just been lucky, but Revo has always worked quite well for me.

I think the one thing to remember when using it (or any uninstaller) is to not just blindly accept what it recommends be removed, especially in the advanced mode.  All uninstallers have their issues with either not doing enough or doing way too much - for me, Revo has worked best out of them all.

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TsunamiZ

the point of using these programs is to automate the uninstall cleanup process for you as a convenience.  if you have to spend time to manually correct all the errors of its long scan list, then it is a hassle and a risk--not worth it.

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bautrey

Nice list.  *bookmarks*

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