Browsing the web, playing games, editing video, and other activities slowly wears down your PC as your operating system and hard drive fill up with abandoned registry items, forgotten files, and general computing detritus. As a result, your once-snappy machine may take longer to boot, crash with greater frequency, lock up more often, or experience an increased number of errors. Tune-up utility Glary Utilities Pro leverages a collection of more than 20 tools to kick these problems to the curb. The app is easy to use and improves your system’s performance, but its license limitations and lack of software descriptions relegate it to the middle of the pack status.
You begin by initiating a system scan to identify problems on your PC. You can tackle all of the issues at once using Gary Utilities Pro’s 1-Click Maintenance feature, or you can choose to fix individual sections one at a time. Regardless of your approach, clicking the Repair Problems icon after the scans are complete begins the cleanup process. The tune-up time varies from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on your PC’s state of disarray. My worn test PC, with its out-of-date drivers, splintered registry, and hard drive full of junk, took close to an hour to clean.
Glary Utilities Pro prompts you to remove unwanted software and junk files, but unlike SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner Plus, it doesn’t provide detailed descriptions, which is a missed opportunity for educating subscribers. Many—if not most—people will simply delete items without much thought, which can be risky. Fortunately, Glary Utilities Pro has backup and restore functionality that may prove a technological godsend for those moments when you carelessly bork your PC and need to turn back the clock.
Sadly, the program also lacks community-based ratings that help you determine which apps you should keep. I prefer SlimWare Utilities’ much more informative approach, which helps you decide what should be removed and teaches you about programs’ functions, too.
On the upside, Glary Utilities Pro contains an incredibly helpful driver updater that seeks out fresh drivers when the ones that are installed on your PC go out of date. Glary Utilities Pro identified half a dozen dust-covered, outdated drivers on my test system and downloaded the newest versions so that my hardware and software could return to peak operating efficiency.
You can schedule tune-up times so that Glary Utilities Pro handles the cleaning and repair tasks at specified hours. This isn’t an unusual feature—Anvisoft Cloud System Booster , CCleaner Professional Plus, and other quality tune-up utilities have this feature, too—but it’s always a welcome addition. Other useful features include the Startup Manager and File Shredder tools. The former lets you limit the software that launches as your PC boots, thus reducing the boot time. The latter securely overwrites deleted files so that they’re very difficult to recover. It’s a feature that proves useful when it comes time to get rid of sensitive data, such as tax preparation information.
Thankfully, Glary Utilities Pro’s many features are easy to access and activate. The tune-up package has an easy-to-understand interface that makes navigation a breeze. Its blue-and-white color scheme is easy on the eyes, too, which is one of the more overlooked aspects of utility software. Just because you’re working in your PC’s trenches doesn’t mean the software you’re using can’t also look good!