Application suggestions for ZeuAPP
Posted 09 March 2011 - 09:12 PM
You don't appear to currently have any system information tools listed. May I suggest SIW (System Information for Windows); it is very good, truly portable and does not come down compressed, everything is included in a single executable.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:42 PM
PS - regarding Winmate, not sure I'd want to include it given the comments on WOT.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:43 AM
Besides which; these types of combination optimisation/tweaking/maintenance apps can be dangerous in the wrong (inexperienced) hands.
Nick - I recommended TweakNow PowerPack 2011 to you earlier. It is similar to WinMate but comes from a very well respected publisher and has an established history of being safe to use (somewhat akin to CCleaner).....that's the difference.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:59 PM
Edit: Tweak Power Pack 2011 is already in, however I was asking to see if someone had any experience with alternatives.
Edit 2: Added Libre Office. Number of apps is 180 now!
Posted 13 March 2011 - 03:15 AM
Well why didn't you say so mate. I've had plenty of experience with many of the free ones.
*Advanced SystemCare free - Wouldn't go near IObit products myself. IObit have been under suspicion for some pretty nefarious dealings and although some of their products (including Advanced SystemCare) are quite good I would never recommend them on principle. Plus IObit home page is rated Orange by WOT.
*WinUtilties (free Edition) - From YL Software. Another publisher who has, in the past, employed some rather dubious tactics. Not so long ago YL Software offered everyone free lifetime licenses for the Pro edition of this software. Around 6 months later they withdrew support completely and the software that everyone had installed, and was supposed to last a lifetime, reverted to trialware with a 30 day expiration. I would not recommend any of their products either.
*Glary Utilities - A popular suite but more suited to advanced users. Some of its features are not up to par and the free version includes advertising.
*Comodo System Cleaner - Is very aggressive and definitely not suitable for the general masses. One for advanced (very experienced) users only.
The others not mentioned here are all relatively new and have not yet had time to establish a proven track record.
Generally speaking Nick; all these types of suites are a jack of all trades and master of none proposition. Most users would get better results installing separate dedicated tools/utilities. The one advantage the suites have, of course, is convenience.
Here are a group of tools all available from the same developer but each one is separate and dedicated to just one task. The developer is comparatively unknown in freeware circles but I have tried/tested most all their software and they work well (as advertised), efficiently and all are very easy to use. They are all available in portable versions too: http://www.ss-tools.com/
Well worth consideration.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:48 PM
Nick - The problem with "optimizers" is the safety factor. Most are fine when in the hands of advanced users but many are not suitable for those who are not so experienced. Forums across the net are littered with reports of the damage caused by optimizers. It is often not entirely the fault of the software, rather the inexperience of the end user. I have even read reports of CCleaner (supposedly) creating problems.
Bearing in mind that any serious issues emanating from software you choose to include are going to reflect badly on your own reputation; I am suggesting that, especially in the case of optimizers, you should use extreme caution. Better to have a limited number of proven (safe) products on board than multiple choices which could potentially create problems.
Hope you don't mind me offering my opinion Nick.
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