After you've had a PC for a few years, it's bound to get cluttered. With temporary files, unused programs and bits and pieces of irrelevant code piling up, it's not at all uncommon for a laptop or desktop to start dragging its heels through a startup sequence and exhibiting lag when running demanding programs.
If you want to keep your PC running at peak performance, you'll need to take charge. That means you'll need to conduct registry repairs, get rid of old programs, clean out your Internet browser's cache, defragment your hard drive, and ensure that all of your software is up-to-date on a regular basis.
Or, if that sounds like too much work, you could let a PC system utilities suite do it for you. These programs automate a lot of the repetitive, tedious and often highly technical tasks required to keep your computer clean and streamlined.
TopTenREVIEWS, a sister site to Tom's Guide, reviewed the 10 best PC system utilities. If you're in the market for one, here are a few top recommendations:
Ease of Use
Every PC system utilities suite lets you scan your machine and schedule ongoing maintenance tasks. What sets one program apart from another is how easy it is to use. Look for simple interfaces if you want to set up the program and never look at it again; more advanced interfaces are good for users who like to customize their systems and tweak every little detail.
Help and Support
If you have questions or problems with your software, you'll want answers as soon as possible. Any PC utility service that offers phone or live chat support is ideal. Companies that offer email addresses for specific inquiries is the next-best option, while customer service via website forms is often the slowest and least reliable.
To compare costs, check out the best PC system utilities software comparisons on TopTenREVIEWS.
PC system utilities suites are ideal for those who want their PCs to run like new, but lack the time or know-how to manage their system performance manually. A good system utilities suite should offer ways to scan the system for spyware and privacy vulnerabilities, clean a registry, get rid of unused files and set up automatic scans for the future.
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