Speed up Your Lean Machine with Free Software

I can fetch myself a soda (and probably finish it as well) before Google Chrome will do me the honor of opening and start browsing. Sometimes your system gets so slow it’s downright frustrating. Are you getting sick of your gradually slowing computer? Here is an overview of some freely available software from other companies that can help in speeding up your computer and take away the ick factor 🙂

DISCLAIMER: The creators of “free” software need to make a living, too. Their bread and butter is usually through Pro versions for businesses, and subscriptions through technical support. Occasionally, a free piece of software may no longer be free in the future. I’ll try to keep this page up to date and indicate when or if this happens.

Okay, here we go!


This disk cleanup software is arguably the most popular one. It has been termed as  ‘smart’  because of its ability to take care of the important cookies (like those of Yahoo, Gmail etc) and spares them from the removal process.  It clears out temporary files, cleans the Windows Registry, deletes browser histories etc. I will have a separate review for it soon.

Download it for free here: www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

2. Registry Easy

There are a number of programs that are available over the internet and perform the same tasks as this one but most of them are not free. What a registry cleaner basically does is that it helps you scan your PC, safely clean the errors & invalid entries that cause the system to slow down thus preventing it from freezing and crashing. It also repairs or removes harmful registry entries to boost your PC’s performance. Other freely available software of the same category are Registry Cleaner, Wise Registry Cleaner etc. Among the software that you can  buy online are Registry Reviver, PC Registry Cleaner, ARO, RegZooka etc, all of these have good rating

Download it from:  http://www.regeasycleaner.com/

3. Duplicate Cleaner Free

Your computer can become a warehouse for duplicate stuff over time. You might be entirely ignorant of this abundance of copied stuff because you have made folders within folders and files are just playing hide-and-seek. Duplicate Cleaner Free is among the best rated freely available duplicate file finder. You can find and remove all kinds of music, pictures, text files that are present as multiple copies in your hard drive and are taking up unnecessary space.

Duplicate Cleaner Free is listed as a limited freeware. There are other alternates to this software that you might want to use, like; AntiTwin, Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, DupKiller. 

Download it freely from http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/content/duplicate-cleaner

duplicate cleaner screen

4.Advanced SystemCare Free

This freebie is among the best rated software at PCWorld.com, in the catergory of system tuneups. It performs tasks like; deleting useless files from your hard drive,  protecting your privacy by eliminating traces of your browsing habits, defragging your disk, checking your system for security lapses and more.

Download for free from : http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html

Advanced SystemCare Free Screenshot

5. Autoruns

For somebody more technical, Window’s own built in Msconfig can be used to stop unwanted programs from running. Some users might find msconfig a bit too daunting (and, seriously, one wrong click and your computer may no longer run!) –  in this case, the tool Autoruns (By Sysinternals) would be a smarter choice. The software is freely available and lets you hide and display whatever programs you want in a user-friendly way. It will hide the Microsoft signed entries which will help you to focus on third-party auto-running programs. If my praise for Autoruns is not enough, you should know that Microsoft also admired the company who made this program so much that they bought it!

You can now download it for free from the Microsoft website.

Download it from :http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

Screenshot of Autoruns

6. Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor is truly a goodie. It might not exactly speed up your PC but it will increase your performance and save you from doing a lot of thinking, which will translate indirectly to speeding up your system, right? 🙂  It will make an entire hardware profile of your system and will also tell you everything you need to know about the software that is installed in your computer with complete detail of verison and keys.

It will save you time by keeping an inventory of all software keys, so in case you lose your original installation cd or just don’t want to go to the trouble of looking through multiple cds, Belarc Advisor will keep it safe for you and all in one place. It does speed you up, doesnt it?

Download it from : http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

There, six awesome and free programs and utilities to help speed up your computer. If you know of some more great programs, please leave a comment below!

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