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15 downloads to invigorate your PC

Breathe life into your machine

Autoruns

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)

You already know that to keep your system running well and for a long time, you need to keep it free from viruses, spyware and infections. So you're certainly running security software.

But anti-malware software alone can't always keep your system running in tip-top shape. Sometimes the problem is that you're running an application without the latest security patches, and bad guys and bad software can sneak through the holes.

Secunia PSI shuts down those holes. It scans your PC for all the software you have installed, then checks to see if any applications are missing the latest patches. Whenever it finds any, it reports the results. It will also download and install the patches if you ask it to.

It doesn't stop after the initial scan - it constantly runs in the background, checking when there are new patches available, then tells you when it's time to get them. In downloading the patches, it does more than just keep your PC secure: it also helps it run faster, because patched applications usually run faster than unpatched ones.

Works with: Windows 2000 SP4/XP SP2 or later/Vista

NEXT PAGE: Clean your Registry

  1. Breathe life into your machine
  2. Rein in applications
  3. Autoruns and Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
  4. Clean your Registry
  5. Clean your hard disk
  6. Duplicate Music Files Finder and Easy Duplicate File Finder
  7. Troubleshoot hardware
  8. Get a new operating system

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