Enhance user’s Capability to Control Running Processes

Acting as a task manager and system-monitoring utility, Advanced Process Controller enhances a user’s capability to control running processes. It has a well-designed interface that is easy to comprehend and use. A system performance graph displays CPU utilization and responsiveness. A list of running process is displayed below that is sortable by column header. The list resembles Task Manager, but features additional capabilities to set processes to auto start at login, change default priority at start-up, and always disallow or open the containing folder.

Advanced Process Controller shines in its ability to restrain out-of-control processes. You merely set your limits of total system CPU usage and process CPU usage and this utility will rein in any process that exceeds those limits. This greatly reduces the number of times an out-of-control process slows your system to a halt. Many of the system’s actions and process monitoring can be logged for debugging help. Though the seven-day trial is short, advanced users will find Advanced Process Controller an effective monitoring utility that surpasses Windows built-in task manager’s capabilities.

Remove Programs with Power Software Wiper

Toni Ham

When it comes to removing programs with corrupted uninstall information, Power Software Wiper is far more effective than the standard Windows Add or Remove Programs dialog. To do the trick, it makes a snapshot of your system, including files and the Registry, before and after you install a program.

If you need to delete a program without an uninstaller, Power Software Wiper simply compares the two snapshots and rolls back the changes. As a bonus, you get bundled several tools for controlling Windows start-up and removing junk Registry keys, cookies, and temporary files. The interface is a bit jumbled, with the uninstall feature mixed in with all the other tools, but the strong Web-based manual helps you find your bearings. Most of all, since Registry problems often stem from poor installation practices, we like the idea of combining an uninstaller and a Registry cleaner. Well played, Power Software Wiper.

Excellent Choice for Anyone Wishing to Cover Tracks

Bruce Thompson

The motto One Step Ahead greets you as you open Free Internet/System History Cleaning Studio, and that slogan rings absolutely true, as this privacy application trumps most of its competition. Basically, the interface consists of three major sections labeled Options, Cookies, and Shredder. Options handles most files you’ll want to erase, including those from the system, Web browsers, and any plug-ins. This application’s support for plug-ins is its strongest feature, since it can clean up after a variety of applications. The section for messaging also handles any Outlook Express file you might want to delete. The only complaint we have with the skinnable interface is that browsers and cookies are separate, which seems counterintuitive. Even though it takes a while for you to set its options, the program takes only seconds to collect and destroy data with a single mouse click.

Free Internet/System History Cleaning Studio works its magic perfectly, so we think it’s an excellent choice for anyone wishing to cover his or her tracks.

Free Registry Accelerator Does Quite Well in Optimizing OS

Dirk Swanson

With its comprehensive suite of utilities (Free Registry Accelerator and Registry Defrag) and attractive interface, Free Registry Accelerator makes it easy to regularly clean and optimize your system for better performance.

In a perfect world, computers would never crash and no software would be ever be buggy. But in this world, we have Windows, and every PC needs a mechanic. Free Registry Accelerator packs a handful of computer-maintenance features into a single application, offering tools to speed up an Internet connection, fix Registry errors, remove broken file shortcuts, back up the Registry, clean junk files, encrypt and decrypt files, shred documents, protect your files from other users, and create disk catalogs, among others.

For casual computer users who don’t mind quirks such as these, Free Registry Accelerator could be an affordable maintenance option. However, you can back up system files and even create a boot disk to use in the event of a full-system crash. The easy-to-use interface makes Advanced System Optimizer perfect for beginners.