Glary Utilities Free (last updated Jan. 9, 2013), is a reasonably complete set of system tools with which even a relative newcomer to the computing game can tweak, repair, optimize and improve system performance. Since discovering Glary Utilities years ago, it has remained my go-to application for system maintenance and cleanup.
With a graphical user interface arranged in a clean straightforward manner, you can quickly find the tool you’re looking for: disk cleaner, uninstall manager, secure file deletion, memory optimizer, 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.
You can avoid all of the above (strongly recommended), by selecting the Slim Version – no toolbar. Alternatively, choose either of the two Portable Versions as per the following screen shot – no toolbar.
I suspect that there may be users who see the advantages of installing a Toolbar such as the one offered as part of this installation package. Quite frankly though, I’ve yet to meet one. For a taste of my views on Toolbars please see – We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Toolbar!
For users who are comfortable with a “one click” solution – Glary Utilities covers the basics nicely.
Results: running the Standard Version installed on an SSD HD. Scan time – 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
Results: running the Portable Version from a Flash drive. Scan time – 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
Dig a little deeper: The hands-on crowd can dig into the individual Modules and clean and massage their machine to their heart’s content.
Users can even avoid the frustration of having to hunt down a number of standard Windows tools by selecting the appropriate tool from the System Tools menu.
You can comfortably fine tune the application using the clear and precise Settings Menu. While the “Settings” menu is often the last item to be looked at following an application installation, it should be at the top of the “to do list” prior to running any new application. Unpleasant surprises can be avoided with a little prep work – first.
Of particular interest, to those of us who work with files using a “context menu”, Glary Utilities has a nice selection of new items which will be added to Windows Explorer.
There are those who will take comfort in an included “Restore Center” but, a more prudent course to follow is – prior to completing any significant system changes – take the time to generate a manual Restore Point.
Disk Cleaner – Removes junk data from your disks and recovers disk space
Registry Cleaner – Scans and cleans up your registry to improve your system’s performance.
Shortcuts Fixer – Corrects the errors in your start menu & desktop shortcuts
Uninstall Manager – Uninstalls programs completely that you don’t need any more
Startup Manager – Manages programs which run automatically on startup
Memory Optimizer – Monitors and optimizes free memory in the background
Context Menu Manager – Manages the context-menu entries for files, folders…
Tracks Eraser – Erases all the traces,evidences,cookies,internet history and more
File Shredder – Erases files permanently so that no one can recover them
Internet Explorer Assistant – Manages Internet Explorer Add-ons and restores hijacked settings
File Encrypter and Decrypter – Protects your files from unauthorized access and use.
Disk Analysis – Shows you the disk space usage of your files and folders
Duplicate Files Finder – Searches for space-wasting and error producing duplicate files
Empty Folders Finder – Finds and removes empty folders in your windows
File Splitter and Joiner – Splits large files into smaller manageable files, and then rejoin them.
Process Manager – Monitors programs that run on your PC and stop spyware and Trojans.
Windows Standard Tools – Provides direct access to the useful windows default functions.
Current Version: 22.214.171.1248.
File Size: 8.59 MB.
Release Date: Jan. 9, 2013.
System requirements: Windows 8, 7, 2000, XP, Vista. 32/64bit versions.
Languages: 23 Languages.
Download at: Glarysoft
9 responses to “Glary Utilities 2.52 – A Free Collection of System Tools and Utilities – In 2 Flavors”
I’ve always found Glary Utilities to be an excellent program and I’ve used it for years. I find it very useful for repairs and additional clean up after a virus removal.
I’m wondering if you think Microsoft going to a white listing type model will make the OS virus free? While flaws in the OS will always happen with such complicated software, I think there may be a time when you may only be able to install apps from the Microsoft Store, is this a good thing? We may be more secure but is it worth the freedom we now have.
Hope you’re staying warm.
Nope – control by MS, or anyone, for that matter (including increasingly oppressive governments) is bound to raise the hackles of “freedom to choose” activists like me – and yourself (undoubtedly).
Whitelisting/Blacklisting/Pinklisting/ – pick any color – just won’t cut it (at least in my view). The bad guys are capable of spoofing just about anything.
Unless the existing infrastructure undergoes a complete revision (decades away – if ever), the fight will continue – and, the bodies will continue to pile up. Sad really.
Hi, Bill —
About Restore Points – are there any utilities that you can recommend to quickly create? [ grammar — create quickly ? :>) ]
Glary Utilitiies is a great set of utilities – I’ve been using an older version for some time. I wonder, though – How does it “optimize free memory”? If it’s free, it should not need optimizing. Perhaps it closes remnants of stuff left behind by programs that did not close completely? If so, the text should probably be “maximizes free memory by . . . . .” .
Well now! I’ve just learned something – I’ve never considered such a beast. But, as it turns out, there is one. See – Create a Restore Point in Windows with a Single Click. Having read the page it seems caution is the operative here.
Good pickup on the “free memory” thing. Take a look at one of my older posts – Older Computer? Insufficient Memory? Try FreeRAM XP Pro. It covers the highs and lows – the ins and outs – of this type of app/applet.
Hope that helps.
BTW, the guys over at ExploitShield have a question for you (in the comments to the article).
I often swing from Iobit’s Advanced System Care to Glary Utilities and back… This usually occurs when I see such a good reviewer (and writer), as you, that I get excited about the product and install it and remove the other…. Which one is your favorite?
You flatter me – but, I’ll bask in the warm praise nevertheless. 🙂
Been running Glary for years – gonna stick with it.
Bill, Thanks for the heads-up on Glary Utilities…I had been using it in the past, but somehow switched to another package for that function. Your article made me remember how good…and fast, a job Glary does. I downloaded it and am using it again.
Despite all the competition – Glary Utilities still manages to hold its own. Good to hear that you’re finding it useful.
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