Piriform utilities for a healthy PC
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 5:06:17 PM
I'm using Piriform tools for years and even after several months and years of usage, not a single thing went wrong. I'll describe the tools a bit so you'll know what to expect from each.
This was probably their first tool. It's designed to do various maintenance tasks like:
- clean unnecessary files
- clean unnecessary registry entries
- clean sensitive history data
- manipulate startup entries, System Restore points, uninstall entries
- option to securely wipe deleted data
It's very minimalistic but still incredibly powerful and reliable. Clean all the junk and never have to worry about stuff going wrong.
There are bunch of defragmenters on the market and they promise all sorts of things and they come with load of bloat. Defraggler is more straight forward. It's small, it's fast, simple to use and doesn't come with loads of junk. It's basically just one very powerful EXE.
It can quickly defragment files, perform a full placement optimization, allows defragmentation scheduling and even has ability to defragment system locked files at boot-time (pagefile for example).
Recovah' aka file recovery tool. It's simple, easy to use and powerful recovery of files. If you ever delete anything by mistake, Recuva just might save your bacon. Have used it couple of times to recover stuff and it did a pretty darn good job.
Can't really say much more than it's a system information tool. It will churn out info about your system, what hardware it has inside, what is its status and what software is installed on it.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Also one of the best things about all their tools is that they offer them completely free of charge.
If you need a priority tech support, you can get it for a fee, but programs alone are free.
Good thing is also that you can unpack each installer with 7-zip or WinRAR and extract one EXE and make all these programs portable and even smaller with less stuff on disk.