TuneUp Utilities 2014 will upgrade to AVG Performance 2015

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  1. sg09

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    I have gotten a mail today informing about the upcoming release of AVG Performance 2015 replacing TuneUp Utilities 2014. I've never been a big fan of System Utility software but I hate the fact that AVG is killing the TuneUp Utilities brand name. What do you say?

    50% Early Bird Discount
    https://eshop.avg.com/us-en/cart?ecid=em-tuu-bl-Early Birds-po2lb

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  2. Night_Raven

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    A useless software product is discontinued. I fail to see the loss and/or problems involved with this. In other words: good riddance.
     
  3. Stigg

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    Yes indeed. Be gone...
     
  4. TairikuOkami

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    People do not defragment or do not clean files these days? Microsoft basic tools usually suck, alternatives like TuneUp made it better.
    It is shame to see its name go after 17 years. It was not so great lately, but still, then again AVG has its own branded name for it.
     
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    My thoughts exactly! Though, it will be replaced by another useless product, so there is no net gain here :)
     
  6. Raza0007

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    So what happened to their recently released AVG PC Tuneup 2014 which was just a re-branded TuneUp Utilities 2014?

    So now they are discontinuing both products and releasing AVG Performance 2015?

    EDIT: I just checked, AVG PC Tuneup has been around since 2011 at least. I believe it was about this time that AVG bought Tuneup Utilities and re-branded it into AVG PC Tuneup.
     
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    Useful or not, as you said this one particular product is lame and nobody who is into tune-up utils ever consider it. So nothing to lose even if they discontinued it completely really. AVG never makes quality products to begin with anyway, even their AV which is supposed to be their flagship product line is hopeless. (bashingavg.txt)
     
  8. Night_Raven

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    I don't know. Do they?

    For cleaning temporary files the built-in Disk cleanup works just fine. Yes, some tools like CCleaner (etc.) might remove more unneeded files, but those are usually small (log files similar), so they take up very little space, so who cares.
    As far as defragmentation goes, there are much, MUCH better defragmenting applications out there. The best is even free: MyDefrag. If the user really wants to spend money, there is UltimateDefrag and O&O Defrag, which are also quite good. Not to mention that the buil-in defragmenter in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is also very good. And if users really want to avoid the built-in and want something both simple and free, there are numerous programs like that as well like Defraggler, IObit Smart Defrag, Auslogics Disk Defrag Free, UltraDefrag, etc.. True, they are not very good, but at least they are free.

    Having TuneUp for defragmentation and temporary file cleaning is like having Adobe Photoshop for the (sole) purpose of resizing images: huge overkill and (in TuneUp's case) there are better alternatives.
     
  9. TairikuOkami

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    Disk cleanup takes 30-60 minutes or even more to clean a few KB sometimes, it is like Privazer. MyDefrag is so outdated, that I would be afraid to use it, not sure if it would even run on 8.1 x64. Built-in defrag takes so much time, that if you let it run, it probably never ends. What is better it subjective, some prefer all-in-one, some a standalone software, like a security suite vs AV + firewall + whatever. I use WiseCare Free, but TuneUp is worth its money, it is a nice collection of useful software.
     
  10. HAN

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    I tried TuneUp a few years ago. It never made anything any better and I had some file association problems after using it.

    The best thing about it all was I learned that I should never use anything like that ever again. I haven't and my computers have been much better off...
     
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    AVG killed the brand. Congrats AVG.
     
  12. peteyt

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    TuneUp Utilities in my opinion went wrong when they started adding the automatic optimisation stuff - I have no problem with optimisation programs but there was no way to turn it off inside the program which is okay for people who know how to close processes, services etc. but not for the general public. It seemed a program that was supposed to make things faster was starting to do the complete opposite.

    I've also never liked the fact that if you visit their page for example now, you can buy the 2014 version right now no mention of the newer version (it was the same for past versions). I can imagine some new customers buying the current version unaware of a newer version then having to pay to upgrade to it. It's a bit of a fishy practise in my eyes
     
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    Are tune-up utils safe to use by the general public to begin with?
     
  14. TairikuOkami

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    Some are, as long as people do not use advanced settings to select to clean everything, then all hell breaks loose. :isay:

    Tuneup software is not as much about speeding the computer (that is only about 1-2%) as about preventing the problems and trying to solve them. I remember having various problems, that could be solved with just CCleaner, but sometimes not at all, I had to re-install. Since I run a cleanup regularly, I have zero problems.
     
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    I installed 2014 trial in a VM just to check how they're now, it is already "Tune-up utilities by AVG."
    And when you install it you also have to agree to collecting and sending data from you computer, this wasn't in the past versions.

    1 nice thing that it always did was disabling Administrative Shares, something that is often forgotten when hardening Windows.
    You can disable them yourself though:
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090530075845AA080jQ

    Indeed, I used it in the past for new installs and as easy way to speed up PC's of other people, but it became way to bloated with all the real-time and automatic stuff.
     
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    Settings>Automatic Maintenance>uncheck Enable Automatic Maintenance.

    I have always had some stoopid multi-function utility on my PC's which I purchase when offered at at some major discount, e.g., Download Crew selling Tune-Up 2014 for $16.99.Target always selling System Mechanic for $19.99,etc. I find them a convenient one step method of accomplishing a task that you can do without the program by changing various settings. And despite what most have said, they are not worthless. They all have some useful unique features of their own.
     
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  17. Night_Raven

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    I have seen a very slow cleaning only once (and not on my own system), so I figure this happens very, very rarely, and even then it didn't take 30-60 min.
    Also, it's not like you need to run Disk cleanup often anyway.

    If you mean the latest version is old, then yes. If you mean actually outdated, then no. It might be old but it still runs fine on Windows 8.1 x64. I know because I myself run it like that.
    If it runs fine and is still the best at what it does I see absolutely ZERO reason why I should abandon it.

    Strange, that's not my experience at all, either.

    Some things can be subjective, others cannot.
    Regarding the preference of all-in-one to separate applications, yes, that is anyone's right. I also like when a program does multiple things. It's convenient. However, it just so happens that sometimes all-in-one products aren't (nearly) as good as standalone programs. This is exactly the case with TuneUp.
    And I completely disagree that TuneUp deserves its price tag. I will not go all the way and say it deserves no money at all, but its current price is times what it should be.

    1. If it's not so much about speeding up things, it shoulnd't be called TuneUp because the name implies increase in performance.
    2. I used to use various registry cleaning programs and have never had any of them fix anything. Quite the contrary it was them that were causing some minor issues which I realised after I stopped using them. I do 0 registry cleanups and few (a month) disk cleanups, and also have zero problems.
     
  18. TairikuOkami

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    Tuneup also means to optimize, made to improve working order or efficiency, so it still applies. It is not like Iobit, which pushes a mesage - Up to 300% Faster PC. :thumbd:

    My friend has just had a problem with a computer running very slow and daily BSOD. A process services.exe was taking 25% of CPU and it was completely unresponsive, it took like 1 minute just to open services.msc and so on. I just did a quick run with WiseCare and after restart everything was fixed. It works like a magic. :D

    I have also just found out, trying to find some boot defrag software, that some of them cheat, like Defraggler, which calls registry defragmentation a boot defrag.
     
  19. peteyt

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    I'm sure even turning that off left some parts of it running somewhere but could be wrong
     
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    Has the Hall v. TuneUp Corporation issue been settled?
     
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    The last decent version of TuneUp was 2007/2008, since then it just became bloatware & has several running processes & services & the GUI was a perfect example of bad design. Pity as it was a decent utility suite back in the day.
     
  23. ianx

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    TUne UP utilities bought by avg?

    good bye Tune Up :(
     
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