I was beginning to think that the time of the free promotional keys was gone when I spotted yet another promotion at Tip and Trick. This time it is possible to get a free key for PC Tool's Desktop Maestro 2 software that usually retails for €39.95 (that's Euro, multiply by 1.6 to get Dollars). Desktop Maestro features several system tools that fall in the cleaning, optimizing and protecting category.
Desktop Maestro 2 offers three functions in the main menu. The first is scanning the Registry of the computer. A run on my system found 1880 problems that were listed in several categories like Custom Controls, Startup Programs and Add/Remove Programs. Each entry that was found was classified with a priority from low to highest. The second function can be compared to programs like CCleaner. It's called Privacy Guardian and deletes temporary files and settings like the history. This section is divided into five parts including Windows, Browsers and Plugins.
The optimize button finally leads to a page with system information and three ways to optimize the system. It is possible to compress the Registry, defragment the hard drive and click on a Optimize the System button which apparently adds some tweaks and patches to the Windows Registry.
Several free programs can do the same, if you already have them installed there is not much need to install Desktop Maestro. If you want to take a look do the following.
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