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I'm due to be getting my brand new high spec laptop (Ideapad Y580) in the next week as an upgrade my ancient one. I want to keep it running as well as possible so that the laptop has a nice long lifespan. In the past I've used: TuneUp Utilities, Auslogics Boostspeed, Auslogics Defrag, and other tools I can't remember right now.

Are any really worth using? What do you use?

asked Sep 23 '12 at 07:22

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I always say the least amount of programs you install on a computer the best it is for it.

Maintenance-wise, my computer only has a very basic anti-virus.

No need for a defrag, I'm using a SSD.

Registry scanner, or file cleaner? I use ccleaner to do both.

answered Sep 23 '12 at 09:36

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The least 3rd party programs the better I guess as well. Less chance of something going wrong. I'll have the OS on a small SSD but the rest will be on HDD.

(Sep 23 '12 at 15:18) phync phync's gravatar image

Windows 8:

Maintenance-wise: Everything stock, since Windows 8 has Windows Defender (MSSE) default installed.

Defrag: Windows does it automatically.

Registry scanner and file cleaner: CCleaner.


Windows 7 and everything below:

Maintenance-wise: MSSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) with ZoneAlarm's antivirus.

Defrag: I defrag every month or so.

Registry scanner and file cleaner: CCleaner.


I don't have any new software for you to download, since you used all the ones I would recommend.

answered Sep 23 '12 at 16:08

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edited Sep 23 '12 at 16:29

See, again, it depends. He mentionned he has a SSD, which all defrag will do on a SSD is use read/write cycles. Defrag is useless on SSDs.

As far as ZoneAlarm, I wouldn't even bother. Use the firewall that comes with Windows 7/8.

CCleaner and MSSE are really the only 2 apps you might need. I don't even use MSSE myself as I know how to avoid trouble :)

answered Sep 23 '12 at 17:39

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