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Tools to keep Windows streamlined.

Getting the best resources from your system doesn’t just stop at defragging; after all these years, think of the bits and pieces of files embedded in the darkest crannies. Your hard drive could use some scrubbing, or at least a good clean-up program.

Innovative Technologies recently released Advanced Uninstaller Pro 2003 5.3, for application removal. Uninstaller doesn’t leave remnants or trails of data strewn about your hard drive. The utility works from a simple interface and can disable programs, detect and delete shortcuts that don’t work, and delete history logs for every major application. Pro 2003 is Win 95+ compatible and available for a free trial download, or $19 to buy.

Tweak Now released RAM Idle Professional 3.3. It will help squeeze every last bit of memory by freeing up physical RAM wasted by Windows temporary and error files. For the very picky memory enthusiast, Idle Pro lets you set each application processing priority, allocating more attention to the important programs on your hard drive. This will come in handy when your system resources dwindle and you want to control how programs are swapped in and out of memory. Idle Pro is free for trial download or sells for $19.95, for Win 98 and up.

If you’re unsure whether a folder deserves deleting, maybe its time to investigate its space usage distribution. SizeExplorer 2.8 is a cheap tool that shows the actual space any folder uses, through graphical charts, file distribution statistics, exports, and a complete file listing. It won’t be hard to spot useless and bulky files on your local and network drives, making disk management a snap. SizeExplorer, compatible with Win 95 and up, is free to try or $10 to buy.

Systweak released Advanced System Optimizer to keep your PC streamlined and running smooth. System Optimizer comes with several applications, including the Cleaner, which utilizes 48 different filters for junk file removal. The Cleaner checks for all kinds of invalid entries, fonts, and file info. Systweak offers a free trial download; otherwise Optimizer is $39.95 and Win 95+ compatible.

If your Internet files are amassing, it’s time for the Acesoft Tracks Eraser Pro. Eraser Pro was designed as a Privacy Protection application specifically for Explorer, Netscape, Opera, and a few other browsers. It will clean your cache, cookies, and history folders easily. It will even flush out typed URLs and anything in your browser’s “autocomplete” function. Eraser Pro runs $29.95 and is compatible with Win 95 and up.

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