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Giveaway of the day — WinUtilities

Optimize your system performance and remove unneeded files and Internet tracks.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 1078 (70%) 470 (30%) 168 comments

WinUtilities was available as a giveaway on October 30, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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WinUtilities is an award winning collection of tools to optimize and speedup your system performance. this suite contains utilities to clean registry, temporary files on your disks, erase your application and internet browser history, cache and cookies. you can control startup programs that load automatically with windows, find duplicate files, fix broken shortcuts and uninstall unneeded software. other features include secure file deletion, recycle bin shredding, cleaning tasks scheduling and undelete deleted files.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Publisher:

YL Computing

Homepage:

http://www.ylcomputing.com/content/view/49/

File Size:

5.80 MB

Price:

$49.99

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#168

I downloaded from giveawayof the day a few months ago. It worked fine until a couple weeks ago when I used it to get rid of dupicate files. It showed over 18k of dup. files. Not knowing what I was doing, I stupidly deleted them all. Now my computer has stopped working. It brings up a blue screen for a second. Cycles through start normally or safe mode etc. I tried even to restore the computer but it stopped and started the cycle again.

I've even sent it to what my husband calls the laptop guru at work and he has been unable to save it. I've stupidly neglected to save my pictures from the last several months and will now lose them.

I've never had a mechanical problem with a download from giveawayoftheday before. But it would have to be a big one when it happened.

Reply   |   Comment by Roxanne Laity Young  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#167

Works well, but better used in conjunction with other 'clean-up' wares that are available free.

Reply   |   Comment by Ryan G  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#166

I agree with Arturo, $50 is a lot of money. Although so far it seems to do its job better than others I've tried. Too bad there isn't some kind of discount to purchase it or an option to donate money for those who downloaded the software for free (who might wish to give it to others or install it on another machine).

Reply   |   Comment by morna  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#165

My Comment got deleted for some reason, but I installed this software and I don't know what it did, but I can no longer run some of my programs and every time I boot up, I get a Windows Installer window that pops up and tries to install 'Photo Gallery'. After failing to install it, it then asks for the original disk or brows to location of files.
This pops up 3 times, Then it come sup FOUR MORE Times and tries to install 'Fax'. I even had a System Restore point set before installing and the programs that wouldn't run before, still do not.
I've used CCleaner and NEVER had a problem. Will just stick with that and DO NOT Recommend this one!

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#164

Disastrous on my XP x64 system--erase shortcuts, applications will no longer start properly, seriously damaged system restore.

DO NOT USE ON XP x64 SYSTEMS! More like malware than a utility, for me.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#163

I love it took care of all problems on my PC. Works supper good Thanks really needed that.

Reply   |   Comment by Ramon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#162

Well I dl and installed this and it was ok. Went to use 22 days later and it was inoperable. tried to run exe from saved file and no go. You get what you pay for

Reply   |   Comment by Mack  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#161

It would appear that this software winutilities is infected with Ezula Adware/malware all the way to its exe. command how do you get rid of it / /?

Reply   |   Comment by RA~ALLEN  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#160

Seemed to do what it stated, but now I get a Windows installer window that pops up that keeps trying to install 'FAX' and after looking for the file locally, ask for the disk to be inserted. What a pain!

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#159

Disappointing. I tried to download this one on the day it was posted, and it would not download. Now that I see the good ratings, I am even more frustrated than before.

Reply   |   Comment by DJGray  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#158

#156: "it accepts the registation O.K.& even after a restart I still get the trial program."

I had exactly the same experience as #156. I've installed a number of GOTD programa before, and I did follow the instructions. WindowsXP Home SP2, updated.

Reply   |   Comment by redmaledeer  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#157

Downloaded this sotware and ran the disk cleaner and the registry cleaner. I try and keep my system clean as possible with CCleaner, ad-adware, spybot; avast, avg, etc. I was surprised when the regestry cleaner got over 200 hits.
The only issue so far has been with the duplicate files finder. Seems like it is finding duplicates that don't exist. I tested with one file it found and let it remove it. I then searched my system and the the file was gone (only in the recycle bin) even though it said I has 2 before. I am still trying figure out what is causing that. It located over 500 duplicates but they don't show up when I do a search for them (only 1 shows up) ......

Reply   |   Comment by Lester Bishop  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#156

Seems a great program to me ,very comprhensive & informative& easy to use. - but to register it is another ball game ,I have tried 5 times to register it.

it accepts the registation O.K.& even after a restart I still get the trial program.

Reply   |   Comment by leftey  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#155

I am very surprised that this program gets so many thumbs up. For many of you this program and others like it are not needed. Your OS already have programs to do what this one does.

Seems like this does please many though.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelly  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#154

Forgot to mention that I love the speed with which WU scans. Faster than GU.

#127 - Although the window size is limited, you can widen the columns the same way as in Windows Explorer.

Reply   |   Comment by TxMoggie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#153

This download did wonders in cleaning up junk of all kind on both my desk top and laptop computers.....highly recommend it.

Reply   |   Comment by BJ  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#152

WOW! I had tried CCleaner, RegCleaner and a couple of other utilities but have been happily using Glary Utilities on a regular basis for more than a year, even though I new it wasn't catching absolutely everything. I ran a registry check with Glary and it found only 12 errors; WinUtilities found 1795!!! And I did look at all 1795 entries. WU found invalid class IDs and entries for software that had been removed so long ago that I had forgotten that it was ever on my computer. THANKS GAOTD!

BTW, these giveaways install best/easiest using IE.

Reply   |   Comment by TxMoggie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#151

THANKS RYAN (#106)! GOOD ANSWER!------------ HAVE A GREAT DAY.

Reply   |   Comment by Mexican  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#150

Most are acting like this is the only program that does all these tasks, pfft Sorry kiddies its NOT Tune Up Utilities 2008 and A.S.O. do all these PLUS Alot more, iam sticking with them.

Reply   |   Comment by StanP.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#149

Hmmm. "Setup" as usual pops up the registration info, then takes me to the giveaway website, but then stops, without installing the program. It's happened twice now. I wonder why. Hope I figure it out before midnight.

Reply   |   Comment by madman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#148

This is a good program, however not nearly as good or as complete as TuneUp Utilities. However Tuneup Utilities is not free so one can't complain. But if you were going to spend money on a utility suite TuneUp Utilities would be a much better option.

Be extrmemly careful with the registry cleaner in WinUtilities - like 99% of registry cleaners it identifies some legitimate and needed registry entries as being bad. If you go ahead and delete all found registry problems then quite possibly it will cause problems with Windows or some of the programs you use. So be careful - either manually verify every error found - or a much better option is to not use the registry cleaner.

It's working noting that 99% of registry "problems" are completely harmless - and leaving them in place will not harm your computer at all - even if hundres of supposed errors are found.

TuneUp Utilities 2009 (soon to be released) is much better - but of course not free. Also the registry cleaner included with TuneUp Utllities is one of the very few which are safe to use. (It is exceptionally rare for it to give a false posative). (However as I said previosuly cleaning the registry is usually a waste of time).

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#147

Again I gave this a very fair trial. I have been using this off & on all day since down loading it.downlaoded well no problems. This is an exellent program. I love it. It found tons of duplicates which I didn't know I had. This is also loaded with many other tools. This old Indian rates this as a 10. Great gifting this day. Thank you for this. I will use this alot & sertainly recomend it to friends & relations.

Reply   |   Comment by WolfCloud  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#146

I LOVE this utility. It has so many very nice features. I have the 30 day trial on a thumb drive and install it whenever I work on someones computer. It makes cleaning a PC VERY easy.

Reply   |   Comment by wiggumc1  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#145

Wow, nice piece of software. Thanks GOTD! The developers must have put a lot of effort into making it user friendly - looks nice and works great. Life is good.

Reply   |   Comment by Tertium Quid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#144

I already own this software and it is absolutely the best. I've tried a lot of other utilities, but this one went through my Vista registry and was quick and accurate.

It is worth every dime of the $49.99 I paid for it.

Reply   |   Comment by Darren  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#143

I download very few utilities from GOTD (or anywhere else). Most are either not needed, don't work well or have good or better free alternatives. I'm happy to say this isn't one of them. This simply has too many tools to discuss. But it did find over 300 registry errors and almost 200 invalid shortcuts that I wasn't even aware of. Be sure and set the option to run a system restore point...just in case when messing with utilities like this. But this does WAY more than CCleaner or another favorite cleaning utility.

The only small complaint I have is that you cannot resize or maximize the window to view the full file paths easily. Some items allow you to export that list to HTML, but how about just letting you maximize the window?

Reply   |   Comment by Geek Grrl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#142

For those asking about the program being a trial.....you need to FOLLOW instructions and REGISTER the program with the provided key.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#141

#127, PF, you can export the registry search results.

As I've said many times before, anytime GOTD offers anything which claims to clean, fix, or optimize Windows, most users heap praise on it whether it deserves it or not.

Let's see, this is version 6.2, and they haven't figured out how to allow windows to be resized, maximized, or have scroll bars, and you're trusting them to muck with files and registry entries? These days, I would expect a middle school student programmer to know how to support resizable windows. Their progress indicators aren't useful and slow down operations.

Do not use the Jump to Registry feature of their Registry Search. Regedit is dangerous because it's always "live", any changes you make are made to the registry right then, and there's no undo. When I tried their Jump to Registry feature, it jumped all over the registry, and wound up at the wrong location. It was so much fun reading through the 5,000 changes which occurred over the course of the day to make sure that WinUtilities hadn't screwed anything up. It's not like this feature is hard to implement. There's a registry entry which you can set (surprise, surprise), and Regedit will open to that key.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#140

this give away of the day is a great thing for pensioners especially if you live in australia.i find winutilities better than tune up so i am very happy with this program.
and especially happy its free.thanks

Reply   |   Comment by richard cable  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#139

Thank you for today's offering - a big thumbs up! The dsl install took under 3 minutes on my Windows XP and registered without any problems, because I read the 'readme' file. This program really does as it states and for that, I am truly pleased with today's offering. Thanks !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Kim  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#138

I tried to install this twice, and both times it gave me the error message that the key was invalid. Hmmm.

Reply   |   Comment by avalonfaayre  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#137

Just tried it out on Vista HP 32 bit. Works good ,a keeper. I would not give the asking price but free yes, $19.95 maby. But im cheep so make up your owne minds. The program does work on my computers ,it does what it says.

Reply   |   Comment by Florida Boy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#136

I have no problem scrolling left and right or up and down after running reg cleaner to view entire file name and location. You can double click to auto-size each column (near top between "location and "problem")or manually drag the column wider or narrower.

Reply   |   Comment by magiccrpet  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#135

I have tested this on XP2 and as 119 says this is DANGEROUS - didn't get the blue screen of death but neither of my Browsers would work as one of the Registry items it deleted was "blank.htm" !!!!!!!

Fortunately I had done a registry backup prior to the delete and everything easily brought back to normal.

I am deleting this software - like now!

Reply   |   Comment by Gooner  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#134

To #121, Register it with the number given in the read me text. Don't forget to enter your name too or it will spit it back at ya.

Reply   |   Comment by magiccrpet  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#133

Yes, some of the windows have truncated information. Right-click and choose Edit to see all of it. Or save to HTML and read in your browser.

Microsoft is the king of truncated information but they don't provide alternate ways to read it!

Reply   |   Comment by dwm  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#132

For those trying out programs such as these, it's really worth the time spent to read the instructions carefully. Some of the folks who have commented above apparently didn't have time to read.

Good rules for doing massive changes:
1. If you're going to get rid of junk files, make sure you've backed up your system.

2. If you're going to make changes to your registry without reviewing the proposed changes, make sure you have created a system restore point. Better yet, make sure you have an emergency recovery CD.

...

One other comment: This software is an opportunity to try out a wide variety of software. Don't complain about the price. You aren't paying for it -yet-. If you rely on the program and then have to actually buy it for your next computer, don't complain. I really appreciate the thoughtful comments listed every day. Especially comparing the current offering to others that they have tried.

GOTD is a great way to start my day.

Reply   |   Comment by dwm  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#131

to #106 PLEASE DON'T TYPE IN ALL CAPS, it's annoying. The word 'question' is not spelled with a 'C'. Also it is not bad to have more than one clean up and optimization program. Clean Up Utilities is not a bad program, but this one has some different features, and i suggest you also download it.

Reply   |   Comment by Luke Rehmann  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#130

Hi everybody!!


Until now to optimize and speedup my system I always used the following FREEWARE SW in sequence:


1) REGSEEKER
2) CLEAN MY REGISTRY
3) REG SCRUB XP
4) CC CLEANER
5) Advanced Windows Care
6) Glary Utilities
7) FREE WINDOW REGISTRY REPAIR



And for swift cleaning at the end of every INTERNET SESSION:


DISK CLEANER
INDEX.DAT ANALYZER



Finally to optimize the REGISTRY of my old HOME PC I often used in the past the following little but also powerful program:


NTREGOPT




Well it seems to me that this GAOTD is very good indeed but it's quite similar to GLARY UTILITIES FREE VERSION as for as its main features are concerned, aren't they?

So the question is:

Can WinUtilities replace all the SW set out above or instead it's just as good as GLARY UTILITES??

Could somebody be kind enough to answer my (maybe foolish) question?



Thanks for your consideration.

Cheers from ITALY!!

Reply   |   Comment by giovi69  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#129

Nice program. It found registry problems that neither Glary Utilities or Advanced Windows Care could find.

Reply   |   Comment by magiccrpet  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#128

First time I have not been able to activate successfully. Thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by Evan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#127

WinUtilities registry search function produces a nice, scrollable list of results, unlike RegEdit. It also permits the search to be restricted to various entry types and to specific registry components.

It's a pity, though, that the registry search results window (in XP, at least) is of limited size and cannot be widened to see the registry entries in toto. Neither can it be scrolled horizontally, unlike some of the utility's other search results windows.

Reply   |   Comment by PF  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#126

#106 This is about the same as Tune Up but has a couple of extra features. You can have both on your PC. It won't screw anything up. Recommend downloading and trying it out. If you don't like it, you can always use your TuneUp Utilities to uninstall it.

Reply   |   Comment by Ryan Houseman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#125

Very nice. I would say this is best next to Vista Optimizer and Tune Up Utilities. Glary Utilities is a good freeware alternative. Get this while its free. This is a great little application that can speed up your system and help you keep it that way. You don't have to be a techy to use it and it has a great interface. Works great in Vista. I highly recommend this if you don't have one of these type of apps already.

Reply   |   Comment by Ryan Houseman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#124

I use a variety of programs such as this. This is a nice program. I checked any action it wanted to execute before it did and everything seemed reasonable. This is very similar to the freeware Glary Utilities. I like having both. I also use System Mechanic and Registry Mechanic.

I tried it successfully on XP Pro SP2, XP Home SP2, Vista SP1 32-bit, and Vista SP1 64-bit.

Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by dwm  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#123

this is a wonderful program but if you are not computer savvy becareful.

Reply   |   Comment by Alabama Angel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#122

When a registry is backed up - does it always go to a generic palce on the hard-drive, I ask as it doesn't ask me to set a folder for the backup before I run it?

Reply   |   Comment by Gooner  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#121

If its free, why its saying "Trial Version" and has 30 days for trial???

Reply   |   Comment by ed  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#120

Just a quick note to those having troubles registering todays give away: You have to extract the readme file to the desktop. Then you have to copy & paste in both the name: Giveawayoftheday and the entire registration code, including YLSOFT. & all the didgets including all remaining periods. Restart the program, then click: help/about. The program also updates
Another nice thing about todays give away is the code provided will activate a download directly from the publishers homepage! Theres nothing wrong with the reg code provided in the download from GOTD, your doing it wrong is all! I'd save this activation code because it might be one you can reinstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Charles K  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#119

DANGEROUS! Follow up to my last post: Right after using the Registry cleaner my Vista 32 system got a BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH for the very first time. Rebooting just sent system into a reboot cycle. Had to use System restore to get back. I thought the registry cleaner found an unusually high # of problems. Other registry cleaners find maybe a dozen issues. This Prog found hundreds. Way too aggressive in its suggestions!

Reply   |   Comment by John C  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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