AVG PC TuneUp is a commercial program that has been designed to identify and resolve issues on machines running the Windows operating system.
The program is the successor of TuneUp Utilities, a program that has been released until 2014 under the name before AVG renamed it to AVG PC TuneUp.
Installation of the program is straightforward. AVG distributes it as a web installer by default but you can download a full 32-bit or 64-bit installer of the trial version or full version instead as well from this download site.
The program suggests to run a scan of the system right on first start which you can skip if you want to go straight to the central hub of the application from where all of the available options can be reached.
The four main functions listed on the page are maintenance, speed up, free up space and fix problems. There is also a link to all functions (32 of them) that the program has to offer, and a couple of other options such as switching modes, opening the rescue center or the settings.
Maintenance scans several areas of the operating system to find and correct issues. As it stands, it does the following when you hit its button:
The Speed Up module scans the system for tweaks that improve the performance of the system. Part of it suggests to run the maintenance module and follow its findings first, but the following options are added on top of that:
The third module scans the system for unused or duplicate data, and offers access to several tools to free up more space.
The fourth and final of the large modules displays PC health issues and common problems that you can fix using it.
You can access all functions individually with a click on the button in the main interface.
The different modes of operation
AVG PC TuneUp supports so-called modes that you can switch between. Standard mode is enabled by default, but you can switch it to economy, turbo or flight mode.
Economy mode tries to save battery by turning off programs and devices that use a lot of power. Turbo mode on the other hand has background processes turned off automatically, while flight mode connectivity features such as WiFi or Bluetooth.
The settings provide you with options to customize each of the modes and several of the tools provided by the application.
You may furthermore disable or manage the live optimization feature here which will change the priority of processes based on load, and enable password protection to prevent unauthorized access to the program.
You find plenty of alternatives, both free and commercial, that provide a similar feature set. Here is a small selection:
AVG PC TuneUp is one of those massive programs that combine dozens of tools under one hood. These programs can be useful, but in my experience, they are not as useful as their advertisement makes them look like.
Many of the features provided are provided by free programs such as CCleaner or WizTree as well, often better, but it means to juggle around multiple applications instead of one. While that takes more time, it is often the better option in my opinion.
Now You: Do you use all-in-one tools or specialized programs?
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