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IObit Smart Defrag

Version Tested : 2.1 Beta

Website: www.iobit.com
Download: Page

Description: A disk defragger with an auto defrag feature, which can defrag files one at a time when the system has spare resources. Has express and full defrag, and enables scheduling

Although this programme is still in a beta state, I believe it’s worth mentioning. We all know what windows defrag is like on XP – sluggish, and requires you not to be doing anything else at the same time, or you’re in trouble!

Well this one is a little different. It allows you to defrag and continue working, and you’ll hardly notice that it’s using any resources. It’s simple and neat, without a tonne of confusing options. It also gives you a recommendation, like “defrag now” and “enable schedule”. You can set up the auto defrag, which defrags disks all the time when you machine is using less than a user defined CPU level. Kinda handy don’t you think? Personally I love this little programme – it means I now never have to think about defragging my disks every again. Yes, it does have a few adverts about its other products down the side, but I feel it’s a small price to pay for such a good app.

Portable : NA



Website update

The website is now on hold until I have more time to really start it, which will probably be around summer time, after my exams. However, I will try and spend some time on making a new review post soon.



7-Zip

Version Tested: 4.42 7 zip in action

Website: http://www.7-zip.org
Download Page: Page Direct

Description: File Zip programme with highest compression available that I’m aware of. Uses own formats as well as most others.

I could truthfully say that 7-Zip is the best file compression utility I have come across in years. It’s very easy to use but this definitely doesn’t mean that it is lacking in functionality. It offers both high performance and an intuitive interface, a balance which is difficult to get right. Its compression ratio is high, as it uses its own zipping format (7zip), which is better than anything else I’ve seen. It also makes a very tidy self-extracting archive without any unnecessary clutter. With an integrated benchmarking tool, you can test your system to see how much power it takes depending on the level of compression you’re after, before you start that 30gb job. It also integrates into the Windows right click menu which makes it very easy to compress a file with only a couple of clicks. This nifty zipper is certain to meet all of your compression needs.

Portable: Available



CCleaner (CrapCleaner)

CrapCleaner doing is stuff!Version tested : 1.39.502

Rating : 5 % appohols PICK

Website : www.ccleaner.com
Download : Page

Description : Cleaner app that deletes redundant files and fixes registry issues. Inbuilt uninstaller and start up manager.

Probably one of the most well-known cleaners out there, and my personal favourite. The main cleaner is split up into two different bars, one being windows and the other being applications. The windows bar enables you to select what needs cleaning in respect to windows, like clipboard, recycle bin and memory dumps, whereas the applications bar enables you to select cleaning of selected applications, like 7-zip, DVD shrink, and google toolbar. They are also both split up into categories, making it even easier if you want to clean something specific.

The second tab, issues, is basically a registry scanner, where you can select which areas are to be scanned, for example obsolete software and missing DLL’s. The tools tab has an uninstaller and a startup list, both of which are quite useful when you’re having a tidying session. The options are not extensive, but neat and tidy, just the right amount.

Overall, this performs rather well, and I use it regularly. It cleaned over 500mbs the first time I used it, and I’m somewhat of a tech guy. There is no “undo” function, but I haven’t seen the need for one with this app.

Portable : Available



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