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