30+ Amazing Utilities to Clean and Optimize Your Desktop

One of the major pain points of using a Windows PC is the constant attention it needs to secure and optimize it. However, things have improved to a great extent with the current crop of Windows releases. Besides, there a ton of quality apps available to help you make the experience a whole lot better.

In fact, with the right set of apps, you can actually optimize, tune and push the limits of your hardware. After the break we have compiled a list of apps that will come in handy to make the most out of your desktop. Check it out!

CleanMyPC

CleanMyPC

CleanMyPC

Not many Mac developers are fans of Windows. MacPaw is one of those rare developers who develop for Mac and Windows. I am a big fan of their CleanMyMac app and the same awesomeness is available for the Windows as well. The app gets rid of unneeded files, system junk and application leftovers in a jiffy. Easy to use yet full-featured Windows Maintenance and Cleaning solution.

Price: $39.95
Free Version Available: Only a free trial

Ashampoo WinOptimizer

Ashampoo WinOptimizer

Ashampoo WinOptimizer

Free your system from unnecessary data and services that slow down your PC with Ashampoo WinOptimizer 9. The app is very easy to use thanks to its intuitive user interface. WinOptimizer provides several modules that defragment, check for errors, analyze utilization or determine the health status. To make the desktop boot faster, you can turn required applications “on” and “off” again when they are not needed any more.

Price: 29.99 GBP
Free Version Available: Only a free trial

Avanquest Fix-It Utilities

Fix-It Utilities Professional is your ultimate all in one PC repair and maintenance solution. The app allows you to take control of your PC with one-click comprehensive diagnostic tests that leave your computer running like new. Another nice addition is the integrated PC protection tools. From viruses and malware to rootkits, Fix-It works round the clock to protect your PC from intrusion.

Price: $33.29
Free Version Available: Only a free trial

Norton 360

Norton 360

Norton 360

It has been years now, but still couldn’t shake off the horrible days when you needed specialized software to get Norton uninstalled from the PC without a trace. I have been hearing that the app is now way better. Norton 360 offers complete protection, maintenance and tune up tools to keep the desktop chugging along. The Price is a sticking point though.

Price: From $49.99
Free Version Available: Only a free trial

System Mechanic

System Mechanic

System Mechanic

One of my old favorites that has become even more awesome. We reviewed their newest version few weeks ago and were thrilled about the performance and capabilities of the app. The app automatically accelerates PC startup, internet speed, program operation and gaming performance. To top it all, System Mechanic is powerful enough to remove over 50 types of junk files, and wipe sensitive internet and chat history for a cleaner, faster PC.

Price: From $39.95
Free Version Available: Only a free trial.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

A single purpose app, but Auslogics Disk Defrag is an important tool that’s worth mentioning when we are talking about tuning up the desktop. It will improve your PC’s performance by defragmenting and rearranging files on your disk. While doing so, the app places system files to the faster part of the disk, minimizing the time needed for the hard drive to access them.

Price: From $29.95
Free Version Available: Yes.

TuneUp Utilities

TuneUp Utilities

TuneUp Utilities

TuneUp Utilities is another well known name in the business. We tried out the app few days ago and had a lot of good things to say about the app. TuneUp Utilities has got one of the most comprehensive toolkit ever for tweaking every aspect of a desktop. I am a big fan of their Live Optimization and the ability to cleanup the traces left behind by over 50 web browsers.

Price: From $49.95
Free Version Available: Only a free trial.

Paragon Partition Manager

With ever increasing hard disk capacities, it’s often confusing whether to format the drive into multiple partitions or leave it as is and organize data in a bunch of folders. Thanks to apps like Paragon Partition Magic, you have the option to resize your partitions at will. The technology is now so advanced you don’t have to reboot the PC to get the process of resizing going.

Price: From $49.95
Free Version Available: Yes.

Kiwi Tools

Kiwi tools is a collection of small applications that either used alone or in combination help you increase the desktop’s performance. They’re meant to be easy, fast, reliable and most of them are free! These tools take care of monitoring system performance, network performance and application performance. Kiwi Application Restarter is a brilliant tool to run or terminate apps
without hassle.

Price: Not available.
Free Version Available: Yes.

Puran Utilities

Puran Utilities is a set of more than 20 software utilities including but not limited to utilities that can help you get the best performance out of your computer. The app also provides an automatic and a one click solution to keep your computer clean and error free. Since the app is a freeware it’s worth giving a try.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

Speccy

Speccy

Speccy

I’m a big admirer of this neat, little app. Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what’s inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information you need. It’s a big help when you are finding the PC to be slow and are wondering if it’s hardware or software at fault.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

Listary

Listary breathes life into your workflow. Replace File explorer in favor this app and you’ll see a lot of your computer usage issues go away. Speed up your work by gaining instant access to your favorite folders and files. Access any deeply nested folder with a keystroke. Listary also brings recent folders and files to your fingertips from within Explorer and File Open/Save Dialog box. Everything you have always wanted in the explorer is now at your disposal, thanks to Listary.

Price: From $19.95
Free Version Available: Yes.

TabExplorer

In a way, tabs in web browsers have spoilt us. I can’t stop expecting every single app I come across to support running multiple instances of it with tabs. Windows Explorer is no exception given how much time we spend in it. TabExplorer does one thing perfectly, it adds tabs to Windows Explorer. With this app, you could boost your productivity and save precious time.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

xplorer 2

Here’ s another utility to tinker with Windows explorer. xplorer² is a desktop file manager combining the simplicity of windows explorer with the speed and efficiency of traditional dual pane orthodox file managers. Filter, preview, search, color code, organize, clean up files – this app pulls off so many things effortlessly.

Price: From $29.95
Free Version Available: Only a free trial.

Rainmeter

Rainmeter

Rainmeter

Easily the crowd favorite in this list. Rainmeter is both an application and a toolkit. The app displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop. Many skins are even functional: you can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

FileHippo Update Checker

Keeping track of updated versions of applications is a pain. Old, legacy versions of software could be buggy and end up clogging system resources. FileHippo Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases. Not all apps are supported, but is a great start.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

CPUID

Want to which part of your hardware is choking your desktop? Visit CPUID. There is a bunch of tools to scan and check each and every parameter of your hardware’s performance. From monitoring power, voltage fluctuations to temperature and performance, there is an app for every
single purpose.

Price: Mostly Freeware
Pro Version Available: Yes.

Advanced SystemCare

Advanced SystemCare

Advanced SystemCare

The app boasts about the one click user interface that conducts comprehensive computer analysis. As a matter of fact, the one click interface comes as a refreshing change. Advanced SystemCare creates a safer online environment by detecting risky websites and other online threats that might harm your PC. It also makes disk scanning and optimization much faster by intelligently organizing drive data for maximum performance.

Price: From $29.99
Free Version Available: Yes.

NetGate Registry Cleaner

NetGate Registry Cleaner cleans and defragments your registry, speeds up your PC, removes unnecessary files on disks and removes activity traces. It includes a Startup manager to manage programs that run from Windows startup and an Uninstall manager for wiping of adamant applications. The app also supports scheduling of scans and backup making our lives easy.

Price: From $16.95
Free Version Available: Only a free trial.

Revo Uninstaller Pro

Clumsy programming or otherwise, it’s really unpleasant when apps don’t allow you to uninstall them. Revo Uninstaller Pro helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer easily. When you have problems uninstalling from “Windows Add or Remove Programs” control panel, turn to this app to get the job done. Eventhough the app promotes itself as an Uninstaller, it’s capable of performing regular performance tasks as well.

Price: From $39.25
Free Version Available: Yes.

CCleaner

CCleaner

CCleaner

How could I not mention this charmer? CCleaner is a must have tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. The app sports a clean, intuitive interface and is a right fit for newbies, casual and power users alike.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker

They couldn’t have come up with a better name than this. Specializing in tweaking and tuning up of desktops running Windows Vista and 7, Ultimate Windows Tweaker detects the right version of the operating system and offers relevant tweaks. The latest update is confirmed to be working fine on Windows 8 releases as well.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

DAEMON Tools

DAEMON Tools is arguably one of the best apps around for optical media emulation. The app offers easy tools for making simple disc image files and emulating virtual CD/DVD drives.

Price: From Euro 24.90
Free Version Available: Yes.

UltraDefrag

UltraDefrag is a powerful Open Source Defragmentation tool for your cluttered hard disks. It can defragment any system files including registry hives and paging files. The app is well known for doing the job as fast and reliable as possible. A competent free alternative to proprietary solutions available in the market.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

AVG PC TuneUp

AVG has become a household name, thanks to their freeware antivirus solution. But, the company also churns out other security and performance management apps like PC TuneUp. Though not a completely free app like their flagship solution, PC TuneUP makes it worth the Price by way of being a comprehensive and easy to use alternative.

Price: $39.99
Free Version Available: Only a free trial.

Comodo System Utilities

Comodo System Utilities

Comodo System Utilities

Another system tuneup utility from a PC security company. Comodo System Utilities is a combination of Registry Cleaner, Privacy Cleaner, and Disk Cleaner. This app toils hard to extract the maximum performance from your computer and keeps it that way.

Price: Free
Pro Version Available: No.

FCleaner

FCleaner removes unused files and invalid registry entries that are eating up your disk space and slowing your system down, tweaks your system and allows your Windows to run faster. The app is available free of cost and is functional enough to handle your online privacy.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities is among the top notch system tweaking apps available. It is a totally safe and free system utility to fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, free up disk space, optimize internet speed, safeguard confidential files and improve your system with the best performance.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: Yes, for $27.97

Raxco PerfectTools

Raxco PerfectTools is a suite of performance tweaking tools that can take care of everything from defrag, system cleanup to hardware tweaking and file recovery. You don’t have to fork money for the entire toolkit. Choose the apps that you need and pay only for what you’ll use.

Price: From $29.99
Free Version Available: Only a free trial.

nCleaner

nCleaner is an advanced system and application cleaner with over 90 cleaning tools available. With the help of this utility, clean over 80 Windows system and applications locations in addition to over 100 application plugins.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

Unlocker

Unlocker is another one of my personal favorites. Few months ago, my Windows installation went berserk and didn’t allow me delete certain file types from my disk. After some searching I found this nifty little app and in a couple of clicks, I got rid of files for good. One of the best single purpose apps ever!

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No. But consider donating $5.

Toolbar Cleaner

Toolbar Cleaner

Toolbar Cleaner

I think the name of the app itself is self explanatory. Toolbars have gone out of fashion, but still few of them of circulating around by catching unsuspecting users off guard. Toolbar Cleaner team claims to perform about one million toolbars, apps and browser helper objects uninstallations per month. Get a copy if you need to get rid of these pesky things.

Price: Freeware
Pro Version Available: No.

Advanced System Optimizer

Advanced System Optimizer is another all-in-one system utilities that does almost everything that’s there to make your computer safe and secure. The inbuilt driver updater, undelete and encryption tools make for a thoughtful addition.

Price: From $39.95
Free Version Available: No

Which apps would you like to see added to this roundup? Do sound off in the comments section!


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