System Utilities

O&O Spring Cleanup Bundle and Discount

It’s time for Spring Cleaning and here is another computer bundle, this time from O&O software. It includes:

DiskImage for making a backup of your system or for cloning and entire drive
Defrag to keep files tidy.
AutoBackup for backing up files and syncing files to external drives
SafeErase for deleting Temp files, Internet files, Wiping Free Space and even the entire drive

I’ve used DiskImage in the past and it has worked quite well for me. It’s currently scheduled to make an image of my C:\ drive every two weeks. So if something goes wrong with that drive, it should just be a matter of replacing it, restoring the image and back up and running.

O&O is offering each program for $12 for 1 PC, or you can buy a bundle with all 4 apps to cover 3 PCs for $39. Clearly, the bundle price is far cheaper than buying 1 copy of each. It’s an 85% discount on the cost of each app.

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Ashampoo Bundle System Utilities 13–Winoptimzer, Uninstaller, HDD Control

With Spring Cleaning comes the time to dig through your system and clean out some of those old files and programs you no longer need. Ashampoo has a bundle offer to help with the task and it comes with a really good price. The Bundle System Utilities 13 contains Winoptimizer to help clean out old files, Uninstaller which can be used to remove programs you no longer need and monitor new ones as you go forward, and HDD Control to keep an eye on your drives so you don’t suffer from data loss, a problem I seem to keep running into as I add more and more drives to my system.

Even at the lowest discount price, all three apps would be around $36. However, with this bundle, you can get all three for less than half of that. Using the link below, you can get all three for $19, or just over $6 a piece. That is a really good deal.

Ashampoo Bundle System Utilities 13–Winoptimzer, Uninstaller, HDD Control

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Black Friday Deals for O&O Software Products. 50% Off Entire Catalog

The Black Friday Specials are coming in faster than I can read/delete them. A couple of good ones caught my eye like the entire O&O Software catalog on sale for 50% Off. That is a pretty sweet deal considering it covers O&O Defrag, O&O DiskImage, O&O SafeErase and others. These guys make some really good software not only to keep your system running smoothly, but to resurrect it from the dead if something goes wrong. O&O DiskImage is a personal favorite of mine to take snapshots of the entire drive so all I have to do is boot from the Recovery CD and restore the image. I’ve actually had to do this more than once and it’s incredibly easy to use and restored all my files perfectly. I currently have DiskImage cloning the drive in my main machine and putting the image file on a data disk.

Click the link below and add whatever items you want to the cart, each will get the sale price.

Save 50% on O&O Software Products

You can also still get the Autumn Bundle which includes:

O&O Defrag
O&O CleverCache
O&O AutoBackup
O&O MediaRecovery
O&O SafeErase

If you don’t need all those or already have some, go for the mix and match option.

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Ashampoo Core Tuner 2 Free Full Version Serial Key

I’ve written about Ashampoo Core Tuner 2 before and think it’s a useful tool to help fine tune your system. Core Tuner allows you to limit or maximize processor usage and assign profiles so that you can stop unwanted services when you need all your system resources for playing games or converting video.

Now you can get a Free copy of the latest version. Simply visit the registration page, enter your email and your key will be displayed on the screen and sent to your email address. Ashampoo offers steep discounts and sales via email so it’s not a bad deal to get on their list.

That’s all there is to it. 30 seconds worth of work and you can master all the processors in your system. And yes, this is the full version, not a "basic" or "essentials" version.

Ashampoo Core Tuner 2 Key Features:

  • Optimal use and management of up to 8 core processors
  • Automatic as well as manual assignment of cores and priorities
  • Rule management with well-structured administration of all adjustments
  • Profile management for the creation of own individual profiles
  • Predefined basic profiles for the individual adjustment or easy use
  • Instant use of profiles with just a few clicks
  • Optimized start of applications by focused assignment of computing power
  • Management of autostart entries and services including ratings platform
  • Visual display of system capacity of all processor cores as well as single processes
  • New intuitive user interface

Visit the Ashampoo Core Tuner 2 registration page here,  enter your e-mail address and then click on the “Request full version key” button.

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System Cleanup on the Cheap – System Optimization Series

We’ve gone over a slew of tools that can be used to clean up and clean out your machine. With all those terabytes of space at your disposal it’s easy to let things pile up and folders will become bloated with unused files and duplicates of the same thing you couldn’t find from the first time you downloaded it. For this final part here are some tools to help you clean up your machine, recover disk space and remove some programs. All of these programs are FREE. Not shareware, or trials, or limited time versions. They are free tools to help you get the job done.

From MindGems is FolderSize. Personally, I think this is one of the most beneficial tools you can have. This tells you how much space each file and folder on your machine is taking up. I found this to be an extremely beneficial tool in TuneUp Utilties which helped me remove over 500GB worth of files. Here is the free equivalent.

Simply run a scan of the drive and you’ll get a report of folder sizes. Drill down into each one and remove what you don’t need, make a backup or move them off to another drive. A very cool tool that’s easy to use and comes with a pricetag of $0.

Folder Size

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From the same company comes the Duplicate File Finder to help remove the same file that inevitably ends up on your machine. These can be duplicate images, the same PDF manual over and over again, video driver downloads, INI files, Zip or Rar archives or even ISO images for the same program. Duplicate File Finder is here to help locate all those files and help you get some space back. I know that I had the same download multiple times because I couldn’t find where I put the first one. Duplicate File Finder also comes with filters so you can isolate images, PDFs or archives.

Fast Duplicate File Finder

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To help clean up your system is the venerable CCleaner. With just the touch of a button it will remove Internet clutter from both IE and Firefox. It can also be used to clean the registry and keep things tidy in there. A registry cleaning is always a good idea after you remove a ton of programs to make sure all those entries actually go away. It too has a Duplicate File Finder. If you don’t have it installed, you should. It’s handy, small, quick and keeps things cleared out. For those of you worried about lingering cookies (like I am) you can run this as a scheduled task to make sure all those remnants get swept away.

CCleaner

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And finally, Index Your Files. I don’t like the Windows Search or Index feature. It uses too many resources for my liking. There is a fine alternative though, Index Your Files. IYF builds a database of everything on your system. Forgot where you put a file? Want to see a list of all your ISO images? Just type those into Index Your Files and you’ll get a listing of everything that matches and the directory it’s in. this is great for finding PDF files and lost archives. Again, free to use and much lighter on resources than the stuff Microsoft anchors us with.

Index Your Files

There are a lot of excellent tools out there for getting your machine back under control after so many files and programs have been downloaded. I quite literally bloated my 1.5TB drive to have under 300BG of drive space left. Where did it all go? What could I get rid of? Using a combination of tools, I was able to literally move, backup and delete over 500GB of hard drive space as well as remove a dozen programs I hadn’t used in over 6 months. I think TuneUp Utilities is pretty excellent with Ashampoo Uninstaller and Core Tuner offering some very nice features of their own. TuneUp strikes me as the Norton Utilities of old and I like that. It has a lot, but not everything. I like Uninstaller so I can try out programs, but make sure they actually go away. Core Tuner is good for truly making low priority apps a low priority and giving more power to programs that can use it. There are lots of excellent tools out there, but there is a lot of junk as well. But you have to start somewhere and I think this list of apps is a pretty good one.

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