PC optimization suites usually claim they can fix, speed-up, and maintain a PC with minimal effort. One product, however, says it can also reduce energy consumption, which makes it unique.
I'm referring to TuneUp Utilities 2012, which provides Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users with easy access to more than 400 operating system and program settings.
Even so, the software's most interesting feature is TuneUp Economy Mode, which disables power-hungry devices and/or throttles CPU usage when extreme performance is overkill. The company says this not only lets your computer operate longer on battery power but also increase its life span by reducing heat levels.
Another feature, called Program Deactivator, conserves system resources by hibernating programs when they aren't needed. When they are, the software turns them back on just in the nick of time. This "smart" approach is one of the best I've seen, and its impact is noticeable.
Along with optimization tools, the product also includes fixes for common issues that plague Windows. Live Optimization, for example, works silently in the background to prioritize the processes of all active applications, all the while tailoring settings to match your particular tastes and needs.
TuneUp says its tweaks are risk-free, because any change can be easily rolled back. Furthermore, TuneUp Utilities 2012 also detects and rectifies detrimental tuning attempts performed outside of the software.
A single license, which can be used on up to three PCs, costs $39.95. Previous versions can upgraded for $29.95. A free, fully-functional 15-day trial is also available.
TuneUp Corporation, headquartered in Miami, Florida, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany-based TuneUp Software GmbH. The company has been in business for over 14 years and has won numerous awards. For more information, visit Tune-up.com.