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50 great tools to speed up your Windows PC

Make Windows Vista and XP fly, the easy way

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.

Browser optimisation

Want to make your browser run better and give it new capabilities, including optimising the way you browse the web? Check out these browser utilities.

Adblock Pro

Here's a great way to optimise your use of Internet Explorer. (Be aware that this tool works only with IE.) It blocks ads of all kinds, including banner, Flash-based, and embedded. You have plenty of configuration options, too, such as the ability to have it display ads only from specific domains or pages. If you turn on the Flash blocker, you won't be able to view YouTube videos, so you may want to instruct the program to display Flash only from specific domains.

Adblock Plus

If you're a Firefox user looking to rid your browsing sessions of ads, this add-in is worth a whirl. It claims to block 99 percent of ads on the web, and based on our experience with it, that may well be true. You can selectively block ads or choose a filter that blocks them all. With a bit of work, you can even allow certain ads through while blocking the rest.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer

Do you use Firefox on more than one PC? If so, you know how maddening it is to keep bookmarks in sync. This free tool automatically syncs all Firefox bookmarks on multiple PCs, and backs up your bookmarks to a server so they'll never be lost. And if you're on a PC that isn't yours, you can pull up your bookmarks from the server.

Greasemonkey

If you're willing to get your hands dirty by digging under Firefox's hood, this may be the best Firefox optimizer around. Through JavaScript, it allows you to customise how web pages look and act so you can change them, add extra features to them, and so on. Actually, you don't even need to tinker much yourself, because plenty of people have written useful scripts that you can simply plug into Greasemonkey.

IE7 Pro

Optimize Internet Explorer with the help of this no-cost utility. It juices up the browser's tab handling, restores all tabs in the event of a crash, lets you use "mouse gestures" for controlling IE, blocks ads, checks spelling, and much more. It also has a scripting feature similar to Greasemonkey for Firefox.

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  1. General tune-up tools
  2. Application and startup optimisation
  3. Hard-disk cleaning and backup
  4. Internet and network tune-up
  5. Browser optimisation
  6. Registry cleanup
  7. Security optimisation
  8. Interface tune-up
  9. Miscellaneous optimisation tools

See also:

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