Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 Advanced – Free
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 is a comprehensive toolkit that provides everything you need to clean, optimise, tune and manage your PC.
If your system is weighed down with too much junk, for instance, then you can always use the Drive Cleaner to remove redundant files. The Registry Optimizer will detect and delete leftover Registry entries, and the Internet Cleaner will erase your browser cache, history, cookies and more.
If you’re more concerned about general performance issues then the built-in defrag tool and startup program manager will be interesting. There’s also an internet tuner that will automatically optimise your internet connection settings, and another module provides easy access to performance settings in Explorer, IE, Firefox and more.
The Privacy and Security section includes handy modules like a secure file deletion tool, and a file encryption program with the ability to create self-decrypting EXE archives. You can also choose to hide particular drives in My Computer and Explorer, a simple but effective way to prevent other users of your PC from tinkering with important files.
Keep browsing the modules and you’ll also find a file undelete tool, a visual styler to customise your desktop’s appearance, an icon saver to save and restore desktop icon positions, and a tool to explore how your hard drive space is being used (very handy if you’re running out and not exactly sure why).
If exploring all these options sounds like a lot of work, then you’re right – it is. But Ashampoo have thought of that, too. The program also comes with a 1-click optimization tool that scans your hard drive, Registry and settings for problems, and resolves them all in a single click. PC management doesn’t get any easier than this.