I remember when I switched on my computer for the first time. The bootup animations flew by, the sign-in process was quick and I breezed from one corner of the desktop to another almost instantly.
Well, my computer is only 2 years old, yet I already saw the signs of all processes getting considerably slower. I knew my computer was cluttered and decided it was time to do something about it. The motivation was simple: By removing unnecessary files and cleaning my computer, I was hoping to make my system reasonably fresh and more responsive.
Microsoft has a lot of built-in tools, but I’m not a computer expert and therefore I’m not sure what should be removed and what should be kept. That’s when I decided to look into optimization tools. Although, lately there is a controversy over the effectiveness of such tools, I decided to give it a shot and see for myself the result. After looking around the net, I settled for the optimization tool Outbyte PC Repair because it had a free trial version.
Using Outbyte PCRepair
According to the official Outbyte site, PC Repair “cleans out junk files that are just sitting on your system and eating up your storage space”—which sounded exactly like what I needed since I was looking for 2 main features:
- Declutter the hard drive by getting rid of unused and useless files
- Declutter the desktop by deleting unused apps and bloatware
I also made sure my antivirus was active so it would block the installer if there was any malware. The installation was pretty quick and when I launched the program, I was immediately prompted to scan the computer in search of issues. The scan itself lasted for a few minutes and the results were grouped according to the nature of the detected issue—performance, corrupted files, disk space, privacy protection, passwords, security holes, malware, etc.
Removing Junk Files with Outbyte PC Repair
All those categories were nice and all, but my goal here was to clear out unnecessary files from the PC. So right away, I went straight for the Disk Space option. The program gave me a diagrammatic overview of junk and temporary files left behind by both system and applications. They were:
- Unused system files
- Unused web caches
- Unused application files
- Temporary files
Clicking on the ‘Details’ link next to each type of junk files provides information on their location. For example, my scan result revealed that most of my unused application files were found in the C:\Windows\Sysnative\SleepStudy\ and C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\ folders.
I tried to click the ‘Resolve All’ button, but it took me back to the main overview screen. Apparently, there is no option to clean just the hard disk—perhaps it is only made available to those with a purchased license. So I clicked the ‘Repair’ button, and the program started to fix all found issues, not just cleaning the disk space.
What I instantly liked is that I use the Restore Point feature in Windows to create a system snapshot before starting these types of operations. With PCRepair, I didn’t have to do that because it created one before it began fixing the issues and optimizing the PC. I just had to watch and wait as it repaired each issue one after another. By my estimation, it took about three minutes to complete the entire cleanup.
Unfortunately, after the program finished all tasks, I couldn’t review each result individually because ‘Repair Summary’ wasn’t clickable, but I remembered the numbers – before repair I had 157 GB of available storage, after clean-up it jumped to 166 GB.
Deleting Installed Applications with Outbyte PC Repair
I also decided to take advantage of the included uninstaller and remove uninstalled applications with this software. I have to admit that the uninstaller was both quick and clean. Quick because it really didn’t take much time, clean because the uninstaller removes not only the application exe files, but also settings, startup keys and other items associated with that deleted program.
The uninstaller is located in the ‘Power Tools’ tab on the left pane of the program. Selecting it displays the list of installed programs along with their respective sizes and an ‘Uninstall’ option next to each program.
When I clicked the ‘Uninstall’ button next to CorelDRAW, PCRepair removed it within a few seconds, no extra pop-ups. The program just disappeared from the list of installed apps. So I went ahead and used the Uninstaller to remove a few other bloatware that came with the PC.
The program worked for me and I believe optimization tools are good for those, who don’t know how to clean computers on their own and need help. So give them a try, like I did, and you will find optimizers like Outbyte PC Repair to be just what you need to keep your hard drive spacious. In addition, PC tune-up software offers other features that are designed to improve PC performance. And although I discovered that these tools have their limitations, they remain useful and provide quick results for those who can’t tweak Windows settings manually.
Of course, it is up to you to choose the right software, but optimizers are definitely worth a shot and do the job they promised.