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Tag: MAINTENANCE

CCleaner updates with full Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 support

CCleaner continues to be one of the most popular Windows maintenance programs we cover here at Download Squad, and Piriform has released a minor (but important) update. CCleaner version 3.05 now includes full support for both recently-released Web browsers, Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4. The update doesn't stop there, however. CCleaner is now better at scanning your registry for unused...

System Nucleus is a powerful Windows diagnostic, backup, and reporting tool

When I first glanced at System Nucleus, I thought it might wind up being just another system reporting tool, spilling details about my system to a text file for posterity. In fact, that's barely the tip of the iceberg -- System Nucleus features a number of useful tools for Windows troubleshooting, tweaking, and maintenance. One of my favorite components is the backup & recovery tool, which...

Get Advanced SystemCare Pro 3 for free -- this week only!

Whenever there's a new post about cleaning, maintenance, or tune-up apps on Download Squad, it seems like there's always at least one commenter who proclaims their affinity for Advanced SystemCare. And with good reason: SystemCare does a good job of cleaning up temp files and browsing traces (including Flash cookies), tuning the Windows registry, and it can even clean up some basic spyware. ...

Vanity Remover quickly finds and removes empty folders

One of my resolutions this year was to stick to a regular system maintenance plan. I've got CCleaner set up to purge garbage files and prune my registry, Security Essentials doing nightly scans for malware, and the Windows 7 backup utility saving my important files to an external hard drive. A handy little tool I'm adding to my routine is Vanity Remover. It's a small, portable tool designed to...

Download Glary Utilities Pro for free - today only!

Giveaway of the Day has done it again! The other day they were offering up Driver Magician Pro for free, and today they've gone one better. Until the end of the day, GOTD is providing a free download of Glary Utilities Pro - one of my favorite multi-purpose system maintenance programs. I've mentioned Glary Utilities before. On top of the cleanup, tune-up, and repair options the free version...

5 computing resolutions to make for the new year!

The new year is here, and it's time to make some resolutions! I've got plenty of habits that need some reworking, so here's what I've resolved to do in 2010: Back up my important files regularly. I've always sucked at doing this, and it's time to change that. With so many good online options (like Mozy, Backblaze, and Carbonite) and external hard drives being so cheap, there's really no...

6 free Windows programs to fix and prevent PC problems on your own

Yesterday I wrote up a little list of things I wished people would quit installing on their PCs. Today, I've put together a selection of handy programs those same people can use to take care of some of the annoyances I mentioned - and more. Here are six (seventeen, really, but some are grouped) simple applications that will help - and they're all free for personal use! 1. PC Decrapifier - A lot...

40+ great open source apps & games to trick out your new Windows install

This weekend I finished setting up a fresh triple-boot install on my MSI laptop. With my operating systems ready to go, the time had come to start reinstalling applications. While it wasn't a conscious decision, I noticed that the majority of my apps were Open Source - so I decided to keep the ball rolling. Even if you haven't just gone through a reformat, these are great applications and well...

CCleaner adds another C: Chrome cleanup

CCleaner has long been a favorite app of our readers, and its developers continue adding improvements to the already great program. One big addition in the current build is support for Google Chrome, which rounds out CCleaner's ability to tidy up after the five major Windows web browsers (IE, Firefox, Crome, Opera, and Safari). CCleaner has actually been sweeping up after Chrome since December,...

MainMenu: Automated maintenance for your Mac

MainMenu is a small utility for the Mac that contains a number of maintenance tools and system tweaks designed to keep your Mac running smooth as a baby's cheek. With its small footprint and even smaller icon sitting in your menu bar, it's easy to sell MainMenu short. But this little program packs a lot of punch. MainMenu has one-click functionality for repairing permissions, rebuilding your...

Google Apps Calendar Maintenance

Calling all Google Apps users, your schedule might not be spot-on this Thursday. Users of Google Apps can expect some downtime during routine maintenance of the Google Calendar Thursday April 26th, from 8AM to 9PM. As is expected with any sort of maintenance, downtimes may and will occur and in this case Google Calendar might not be accessible for some time. Scheduled maintenance during daylight...

Digg down?

One of our favorite sites (yours and mine) is down this morning. What does this mean for Digg? Crazy-cool new changes and upgraded features? Has Digg been hacked, or is this routine? "Out of service" doesn't look too good, but is this just web 2.0-speak for hold-on we're kicking-up the good stuff another notch? I don't remember Netscape going down to launch their video product site-wide, but...

Microsoft announces OneCare official release

After months of beta-testing, Microsoft has announced the official release of Windows Live OneCare, its Windows security and maintenance suite. OneCare includes anti-virus software, firewall, a backup utility, and spyware protection via Windows Defender, plus disk defragmentation, cleanup, and Windows Update features. OneCare is now available through the Windows Live web site and will cost you...