Make Windows go like a bomb, boost your browser and clear out your registry with these tools - most of which are free. If you want a faster system, you could buy a new PC. Or you could read this article instead.
Internet and network tune-up
Want to get more out of the internet and your network? These tools will speed up downloads, help you find fast Wi-Fi, peer into your home network, and more.
Spiceworks IT Desktop
If you're like many people and have more than one PC connected to a network, you may be looking for a tool to help get the most out of your network. This free software scans your network, identifies every device on it, and displays detailed information about each. In addition, it lists all applications and operating systems, and sends you a variety of warnings, such as when antivirus definitions are out-of-date or new software is installed. Though this software is free, it displays ads. To get rid of the promos, you'll have to pay $20 per month.
- Download Spiceworks IT Desktop | Price: Free
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor
Want to optimise your use of Wi-Fi hotspots? Give this free Vista gadget a try. It runs in the sidebar and displays information about your current Wi-Fi connection, as well as nearby hotspots. You'll be able to see how strong or weak your connection is compared with others, and find information such as your IP address, MAC address, and signal strength.
- Download Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor | Price: Free
Expired Cookies Cleaner
Your PC has dozens and dozens of cookies that websites use for things such as automatically logging you in or remembering how you've customised the way they work. Cookies typically have time-out dates, after which they won't work, but even then they stay on your PC, clogging it up. This free little utility finds expired cookies and deletes them. No fuss, no muss - they're gone.
- Download Expired Cookies Cleaner | Price: Free
This excellent freebie cleans many different types of Internet junk, including cookies, temporary files, and Browser Helper Objects. The program also includes a security feature that will block Browser Helper Objects from being installed on your PC.
- Download HackCleaner | Price: Free
Download Accelerator Plus
People who live to download will want this free program, which optimises every aspect of the downloading process. It splits individual downloads into pieces and downloads them all simultaneously from the fastest servers it can find. It's extremely easy to use and integrates with your browser, so when you initiate a file download, it automatically launches. You can also manually add downloads to the program.
The utility restarts interrupted downloads, and pauses and resumes downloads. Its history manager shows all the files you've ever downloaded, plus their size and where they downloaded on your hard disk. It has a lot more features, as well - and you can't beat the free price.
- Download Download Accelerator Plus | Price: Free
Yet another excellent optimisation tool for downloaders, FlashGet speeds up downloads and helps organise them while keeping you safe. The program searches for downloads via numerous protocols, including HTTP, FTP, and eMule. It's good for managing downloads, too, allowing you to delete files from within the program.
- Download FlashGet | Price: Free
NEXT PAGE: browser optimisation
- General tune-up tools
- Application and startup optimisation
- Hard-disk cleaning and backup
- Internet and network tune-up
- Browser optimisation
- Registry cleanup
- Security optimisation
- Interface tune-up
- Miscellaneous optimisation tools