Free Glary Utilities – Can 8 Million Users Be Wrong?

image Glary Utilities, (updated January 21, 2009), a free all-in-one utility, is a terrific collection of system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain, and protect your PC.

A great deal of personal experience with this  terrific application has convinced me, that a typical user, particularly a new user, will really benefit by having this application on their system. Eight million downloads from Download.com alone, speaks to the popularity of this indispensable application.

Using Glary Utilities, you can tweak, repair, optimize and improve your system’s performance; and its ease of operation makes it ideal for less experienced users.

You can quickly find the tool you’re looking for: disk cleaner, uninstall manager, secure file deletion, memory optimizer, (a gentle) registry cleaner, duplicate file finder, tracks eraser, empty folder finder; a very convenient feature for those of us who like to test drive new software.

Prior to making important changes to your system, Glary Utilities creates a backup copy first, a very important feature.

A quick piece of advice: never allow an application to make system changes, without creating a system restore point first.

As well, you can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, and manage startup programs.

A one click maintenance solution is included, but I’m not a fan of this since I like to be much more hands on. But, less experienced users, should find this feature useful.

This is one of my all-time favorite programs, and I highly recommend it.

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Fast Facts:

Disk Cleaner Removes junk data from your disks and recovers disk space

Registry Cleaner scans and cleans your registry to improve your system’s performance

Shortcuts Fixer eliminates the errors in your start menu & desktop shortcuts

Startup Manager manages programs which run automatically on startup

Memory Optimizer monitors and optimizes free memory in the background

Tracks Eraser erases all traces, evidence, cookies, internet history and more

File Shredder erases files permanently

Internet Explorer Assistant manages Internet Explorer Add-ons

Disk Analysis provides detailed information files and folders

Duplicate Files Finder searches for space-wasting duplicate files

Empty Folders Finder removes empty folders (I love this feature)

Uninstall Manager completely uninstall programs

We’ve talked about older machines here recently, and this application is perfect to rehabilitate an older computer when one considers the minimum running requirements:

  • 30 MB or more free hard disk space
  • Intel Pentium 3/4 or AMD Athlon processor with 500 or above MHz
  • 128 MB RAM or more
  • Internet access

Languages: 23 Languages

System Requirements: Windows 7, 2000, XP, Vista. 32/64bit version.

Download at: Download.com

A portable version is also available which you can download at GlarySoft.

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22 Comments

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22 responses to “Free Glary Utilities – Can 8 Million Users Be Wrong?

  1. abhijit

    Truly a good application……………it does its job more effectively than other premium ones…………..its on my emergency rescue pendrive………….thanks bill……..4 reassuring

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Abhijit,

      I agree with you, “Truly a good application”. I run this almost every day, at one point or another.

      Bill

  2. Hi Bill,

    I use Glary Utilities along with CCleaner to deal with all the junk that accumulates.

    One thing I particularly like with Glary Utilities is the ‘wipe free space’ option in the file shredder module.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      Glary Utilities is full of surprises like the “wipe” option. It’s an amazing program – hard to believe it’s a freebie!

      Best,

      Bill

  3. Liam O' Moulain

    Bill,

    Been using this for a while – great program.

    Thanks.

    Liam

  4. vhick

    I have a license and I currently use it as my daily cleanup routine, together with Ccleaner. A highly recommend this also to my friends and they satisfied. The freeware one is absolutely enough for all you cleaning and tweaking task.

    Thanks for review sir Bill.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Vhick,

      Like you, I use it almost every day, along with CCleaner. I agree with you, “the freeware one is absolutely enough for all your cleaning and tweaking task”.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Bill

  5. Hi Bill,

    Small suggestion:

    Adding ” target=”_blank” ” to download URLs won’t take readers away from your blog when they click on them. 🙂

    rodzilla

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rod.

      I do, in fact, add this. Here’s a very typical download URL “Download.com“. It’s possible of course, that I have missed the odd one or two.

      Thank you for pointing this out.

      Bill

  6. Ranjan

    Hi Bill,
    I’ve recently started to use this app and yes, it does the job for what its made.. Use it along with TuneUp.. Both are doing great job..
    One thing that I do take a look as what ‘cleaning’ its going to do regarding the registry..

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan,

      It’s always very important to review Registry clean up.

      Like you, I run TuneUp Utilities in the background on one of my Win 7 machines.

      Bill

  7. kingpin

    Hi Bill,
    The free version is good but I hear that the paid version is even better with extra must have features!I have fallen in love with CCleaner as it simple and does a neat job.I heard that TuneUp utilities is suited for XP is this true or just a joke.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Kingpin,

      TuneUp Utilities runs well on XP.

      For the average user I can’t see any benefit in paying for the pro version of Glary – the free version has very extensive functionality. CCleaner is a must-have on any system.

      Bill

  8. John Bent

    Hi Bill
    Thanks for this. I have downloaded the portable version. I think it will be most useful on my old Win XP PC. Will compare it with my standalone utilities such as RegCure.
    Best regards
    John

  9. Glarysoft Valentine’s Day Giveaway. Feb 12, Feb 13 and Feb 14. http://glaryutilities.com/holiday-offer/dottech/ Happy news! I got one license for myself.Hurry up!Only 500 for each day.

  10. John Bent

    Bill
    When you say less aggressive than RegCure does that mean less effective? I’ve never had a problem with RegCure; It gives the option to set a restore point and undo the changes after a restart if you notice any problems.
    John
    (PS – note the use of the semi-colon!)

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey John,

      Some Registry cleaners should not be used by average users under any circumstances – they are simple too “aggressive”. In other word, they may flag a Registry entry as being safe to remove (and they may be), but only if the user is totally conversant with working in the Registry.

      I use RegSeeker, and have recommended it highly in the past, but I had to stop recommending it. Average users were ending up with a non-bootable machines after using RegSeeker, despite my warnings that it should only be used by super users, or geeks. I now only recommend Registry cleaners that I consider “gentle”, most particularly CCleaner. While CCleaner will always leave some removable entries in the Registry, this is generally not a problem, (there are circumstances where this might be a problem, however), and it won’t render a machine un-bootable.

      I noticed the semi-colon. Very cool!

      Bill

  11. =====
    Bill Mullins // February 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Reply

    Hey Rod.

    I do, in fact, add this. Here’s a very typical download URL “Download.com“. It’s possible of course, that I have missed the odd one or two.

    Thank you for pointing this out.

    Bill
    =====

    That’s one of the odd one or two you missed. 🙂

    rodzilla