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AVG PC Tuneup (Program Deactivator)


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#1 Techminator

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:48 PM

Program Deactivator from AVG PC Tuneup is a great utility which detects which service is running in the background and also shows how much load it's putting on system and gives option to put it to sleep thereby speeding up your system. I've not come across any other software which does this. Most of them let you disable starup entries but there are background services still running.

 

Does anyone know of any alternative free software which can deactivate programs or any manual way to do it? I know using msconfig command it is possible but one does not know how much load which service is putting on system. Also, to use that program again one has to again go into msconfig and enable that service which can be time consuming.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:04 PM

I would avoid products such as AVG PC Tuneup or any other type of similar products.

 

Most of the "load" is from programs that automatically run at boot, whether they need to or not.

 

Check out Sysinternals' free Autoruns tool...

 

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902

 

You can do advanced monitoring of running processes by using Sysinternals' free Process Explorer tool...

 

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

See which process is using the most CPU and/or memory.

Double click on the process name and select the Threads tab to see which thread is using the most resources.

Also, enable the VirusTotal check in Process Explorer by clicking on Options > VirusTotal.com > Check VirusTotal.com



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:23 PM

That is not working, it's too complicated to find out which process takes most load. Do you know of any such software like avg pc tune up utilities?



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:31 PM

That is not working, it's too complicated to find out which process takes most load. Do you know of any such software like avg pc tune up utilities?

Not if you read the help files and understand what it does and how to use it...

 

The danger of bricking your computer by turning off something you shouldn't is increased exponentially when using "tune-up" utilities.

 

Restoring your system from scratch as a result is a lot more work.

 

Up to you.


Edited by jwoods301, 17 July 2017 - 11:32 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:35 PM

I've been using AVG Pc Tuneup Utility for many many years and found it's program deactivator very useful. It is very safe to use but not free. Maybe you did not use it and so don't know about it.

 

Talking about bricking computer, there is high risk of that happening using the two utilities you provided. There are all services listed but program names of those services are not listed so how is anyone suppose to know to which program does iyip.exe refer to?



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:44 PM

You have total control with both of those utilities...however, if you don't know what you're doing, most any tool can potentially brick a system.

 

That's why you learn how to use the tools.

 

The way you're supposed to know is in the documentation.

 

Right click on any process and select the Search Online... option.

 

If AVG PC Tuneup is so good, why are you looking to replace it?


Edited by hamluis, 18 July 2017 - 04:42 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:49 PM

like i said, avg is not free



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:42 AM

Free stuff...right.

 

http://www.techsupportalert.com/



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:14 AM

Please don't reply to questions if you don't know answers and can't read properly. All you have done is forced your opinion and software down my throat.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:59 AM

So, if you know the answers to everything, why are you here asking questions?

 

 

I gave you enough information to find the answers.

 

Appears you want to be spoon fed the perfect tool...doesn't exist.

 

Your welcome.


Edited by hamluis, 18 July 2017 - 04:44 AM.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:46 AM

 

Does anyone know of any alternative free software which can deactivate programs or any manual way to do it?

 

I believe the response provided with link...is a valid response to your posed question.

 

Louis



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:58 AM

 

 

Does anyone know of any alternative free software which can deactivate programs or any manual way to do it?

 

I believe the response provided with link...is a valid response to your posed question.

 

Louis

 

your belief is far from fact.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:24 AM

Here is a nice write up on why tune-up programs should be avoided.   

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/172190-avg-pc-tune-up-warning/


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