Have you noticed that your PC is taking longer to boot? Or maybe it just doesn’t perform as well when you run resource-intensive programs. Either way, it may be time to optimize your PC – and that’s where tune-up tools come in handy.
In this article, we’ll cover 7 of the best free PC optimization tools that you can use to boost your PC’s performance.
What is a PC tuning tool?
A tune-up utility is an application that analyzes your PC to improve system performance. This can include deleting junk files, managing background processes, uninstalling unused apps, cleaning your registry entries, and more.
While it’s possible to perform most of these functions yourself with a little bit of PC knowledge, the best tune-up utilities will do it all in one click. Only keep an eye out for software designed as a portal to install adware, bloatware or spyware.
Also keep in mind that Windows recommends that you don’t use registry cleaners. Each of the programs in this list offers the option to select which tools to use, so if you’re concerned about using a registry cleaner, just uncheck that option in the tool.
So, with that out of the way, here are the seven best free tune-up utilities for Windows.
Razer Cortex is a free tuning tool developed by the well-known gaming peripheral brand. With Cortex you can scan and optimize your PC. It also features a game booster that claims to tweak your PC for optimal gaming performance. Razer Cortex Features:
- Clean up system
- Junk File Removal
- Browsing history and file cleaning
- PC optimization
- game defragmentation
- Driver Updater
Razer Cortex is a great option if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, all-in-one tool to clean and optimize your PC. Cortex is also completely free. The disadvantage? It comes with a mini version of the Razer store and offers ads based on its products.
CCleaner is one of the better known PC tuning tools. Recently, the free version has been shortened as specific tools have shifted to the paid version, but it’s still quite a free tuning tool. The program offers:
- PC health check
- Cleaning junk and temporary files
- Privacy protection and tracker removal
The custom PC cleaning option allows you to choose from various cleaning options and remove unwanted programs. All in all, CCleaner for free doesn’t do much more than the built-in Windows tools, but it’s worth it for the convenience of being able to perform all its functions with a single click.
Easy PC Optimizer is a completely free software that can scan and repair problems with your computer. Some of the issues it scans for include:
- Operating system issues
- COM and ActiveX issues
- User Profile Problems
- Software issues
- Driver-related issues
With one click, Easy PC Optimizer fixes the detected problems, making your PC work better again. Some additional features that the software includes are:
- Launcher Optimization
- Auto close for unresponsive programs
- A registry restore function in case of destructive errors
- Browser cache and history cleaning
Wise Care 365 Free is a limited tuning tool that analyzes and optimizes aspects of your Windows PC. The free version offers a range of features designed to improve your computer’s performance, including tools to:
- Scan and repair the registry
- Check if the Defender Firewall is running
- Delete useless and unnecessary files
- Optimize system settings for speed and stability
- Optimize Internet Settings
- Cleaning and Disk Defragmenter
The Pro version of Wise Care 365 includes tools for real-time virus protection and PC optimization, as well as ways to increase your privacy.
Restoro is a great choice for those new to system optimization. With one click, Restoro scans your PC for fixable issues. After a few minutes, you will be presented with a list of issues ranging from unused apps to broken files to possible hardware failure.
Restoro’s modules include:
- Windows Registry Optimization
- System File Repair
- Clean up file
- Hardware scan
- Antivirus and anti-malware
- Error message repair
- Duplicate File Detection
- Stability problem and privacy problem detector
The main problem with Restoro is that their free version is for one time use only and the paid version of Restoro offers all the features only for one year. If you just need a quick tune-up, it’s worth installing the program for free and considering investing in it.
Outbyte PC Repair is a lightweight maintenance tool with several useful tools to optimize your Windows PC, speed up startup time and fix minor issues.
Outbyte PC Repair offers:
- Comprehensive diagnostics
- Speed boost (process optimization)
- Energy saver
- Optimization of hard disk space
- Troubleshoot PC Errors
- Virus & Privacy Protection
Unfortunately, the free version of Outbyte PC Repair only comes as a 7-day free trial, but it’s worth a try if you’d buy the full version. Outbyte also offers deals with their VPN software to increase the privacy of your internet connection (for the small price of a slightly slower internet speed).
7. The Windows Suite
People often forget that Windows comes with a whole suite of cleaning and optimization software† The problem is that they are not combined in a one-click application. But if you want to save time, rest assured that the Microsoft tools are safe. In Windows 10/11, these tools include:
With these tools, you should be able to easily give your PC a performance boost without the need for a third-party program, although it will take a little longer.
Just like new
Like anything electrical (or mechanical), a computer needs regular maintenance to perform optimally. Over time, junk files can build up, slowing down your hard drives and reducing the overall speed of your PC. A tuning utility can be the perfect solution for this, and we hope this article has given you some of the best PC cleaners to try.