AVG PC TuneUp User Manual

AVG PC TuneUp User Manual
AVG PC TuneUp
User Manual
Document revision AVG.08 (6/17/2016)
C opyright AVG Technologies C Z, s.r.o. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1. Welcome to AVG PC TuneUp!
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1.1 System Requirements
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1.2 Help and Support
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2. AVG PC TuneUp Installation Process
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2.1 Welcome!
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2.2 Enter your license number
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2.3 Customize your installation
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2.4 Installing AVG PC TuneUp
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2.5 Install complete
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2.6 Welcome dialog
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3. The Dashboard
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3.1 System Protection
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4. PC Modes
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4.1 Economy Mode
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4.2 Standard Mode
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4.3 Turbo Mode
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5. Flight Mode
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6. Menu Bar
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7. Maintenance
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7.1 1-Click Maintenance
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7.2 Automatic Maintenance
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7.3 Changing Maintenance Settings
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8. Speed Up
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8.1 Configuring Live Optimization
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8.2 Disabling Background Programs
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8.3 Disabling Startup Programs
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8.4 System recommendations
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8.5 Managing Running Processes
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8.6 Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown
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8.7 Showing System Information
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9. Free Up Space
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9.1 Cleaning up Windows cache & logs
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9.2 Cleaning up browser
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9.3 Finding and Removing Duplicate Files
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9.4 Finding and Deleting Large Files and Folders
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9.5 Securely Deleting Data
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9.6 Uninstalling unused programs
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10. Fix Problems
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10.1 Fixing Common Problems
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10.2 Checking the Hard Disk for Errors
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10.3 Restoring Deleted Files
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11. All Functions
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11.1 Cleaning the Registry
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11.2 Cleaning Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
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11.3 Defragmenting the Registry
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11.4 Defragmenting the Hard Disk
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11.5 Editing the Registry
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11.6 Changing Windows Appearance
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11.7 Modifying Windows Settings
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11.8 Removing Broken Shortcuts
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11.9 Showing the AVG Optimization Report
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12. Rating Function for Programs
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13. AVG PC TuneUp in Taskbar Notification Area
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1. Welcome to AVG PC TuneUp!
Congratulations on choosing AVG PC TuneUp! You have just acquired a comprehensive collection of over 30
different tools to optimize your PC. Use this software to revitalize PCs, notebooks or netbooks with a minimum
effort.
With AVG PC TuneUp, you can restore the full performance capabilities of your operating system, games and
programs. AVG PC TuneUp can also automatically run important maintenance tasks, such as cleaning up
your hard disk and registry, or you can run them yourself manually. A slow and untidy computer is now a thing
of the past for you. AVG PC TuneUp recognizes whether there are any problems on your system and offers
simple solutions. You can also use AVG PC TuneUp to customize the appearance of your Windows system
to your personal requirements.
We hope you enjoy using AVG PC TuneUp and your new, revitalized PC.
1.1. System Requirements
To be able to install and run AVG PC TuneUp, your computer must meet the following requirements:
· Windows XP (32-bit version only, Service Pack 3 or higher), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
and 8.1, Windows 10 (all 32-bit or 64-bit versions)
· Min. 300 MHz processor
· 256 MB RAM
· Screen resolution at least 1024x768 pixels
· Online version: at least 150 MB of free disk space
· CD version: at least 400 MB of free disk space (plus CD-ROM or DVD drive)
· Internet Explorer 6 or higher
1.2. Help and Support
Help and support is available online at www.avg.com/customer-support. You will find more information about
support options there.
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2. AVG PC TuneUp Installation Process
To install AVG PC TuneUp on your computer, you need to get the latest installation file. To make sure you
are installing the up-to-date version of AVG PC TuneUp, it is recommended that you download
the installation file from the AVG website (http://www.avg.com/). The Support section provides a structured
overview of the installation files for each AVG product. Once you have downloaded and saved
the installation file on your hard disk, you can launch the installation process. The installation is a sequence
of simple and easy to understand dialogs. Each dialog briefly describes what do at each step
of the installation process. We offer a detailed explanation of each dialog window below:
2.1. Welcome!
The installation process starts with the Welcome to AVG PC TuneUp dialog:
Language selection
In this dialog you can select the language used for the installation process. Click the combo box next
to the Language option to roll down the language menu. Select the desired language, and
the installation process will proceed further in the language of your choice. Also the application will
communicate in the selected language.
End User Licence Agreement and Privacy Policy
Before you continue with the installation process, we recommend that you get acquainted with the End User
Licence Agreement and Privacy Policy documents. Both documents are accessible via the active links
in the bottom part of the dialog. Click any of the hyperlinks to open a new dialog / new browser window
providing the full wording of the respective deed. Please read carefully through these legally binding
documents. Clicking the Install now button you confirm to agree with the documents.
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Continue with the installation
To continue with the installation, simply click the Install now button. You will be asked for your license
number, and the installation process will then run in fully automatic mode.It is recommended for most users
to use this standard option of installing your AVG PC TuneUp with all settings predefined by the program
vendor.
Alternatively, there is the option of Custom installation that is available in the form of a hyperlink located
under the Continue button. Custom installation should only be used by experienced users. If you decide
for this way, you will be redirected to the Customize your installation dialog where you can specify your
settings (before that, you will be prompted to fill in your license number).
2.2. Enter your license number
In the Enter your license number dialog you are invited to activate your license by typing it (or rather using
the copy and paste method) into the provided text field:
Please note that this dialog will not appear if you are installing a 14-day Trial version of AVG PC
TuneUp. However, you can always buy the license number later on and activate your application from
the Dashboard – open the "Help" menu in the Menu bar, click the "Activate product" item and enter
your license number (you may use the Copy & Paste method described below).
Where do I find my license number?
The sales number can be found on the CD packaging in your AVG PC TuneUp box. The license number will
be in the confirmation e-mail that you received after purchasing your AVG PC TuneUp online. You must type
in the number exactly as shown. If the digital form of the license number is available (in the email), it is
recommended that you use the copy and paste method to insert it.
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How to use the Copy & Paste method
Using the Copy & Paste method to enter your AVG PC TuneUp license number into the program ensures
that the number is correctly entered. Please follow these steps:
· Open the email containing your license number.
· Click the left mouse button at the beginning of the license number, hold and drag the mouse
to the end of the number, and then release the button. The number should now be highlighted.
· Press and hold Ctrl, and then press C. This copies the number.
· Point and click the position where you would like to paste the copied number, i.e. into the text field
of the Enter your license number dialog.
· Press and hold Ctrl, and then press V. This pastes the number to the location you selected.
Continue with the installation
In the bottom part of the dialog you can see the Continue button. The button gets activated by entering your
license number. Once activated, simply click the button to launch the installation process.
2.3. Customize your installation
The Customize your installation dialog allows you to set up additional parameters for the installation:
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Where would you like to install?
Here you can specify where you would like to have the application installed. The address in the text field reads
the suggested location in your Program Files folder. Should you decide for another location, click the Change
location link to open a new window with the tree structure of your disk. Then navigate to your desired location,
and confirm.
Continue with the installation
To continue with the installation, simply click the Install now button. Alternatively, in case you need to change
or verify your language settings, you can go one step back to the previous dialog using the arrow button
in the upper part of this dialog.
2.4. Installing AVG PC TuneUp
Having confirmed the installation launch in the previous dialog, the installation process runs in fully automatic
mode and does not require any intervention:
After the installation process is finished, you will be automatically redirected to the next dialog.
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2.5. Install complete
The Install complete dialog confirms that your AVG PC TuneUp has been fully installed and configured:
Click the Finish button to finalize the installation process.
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2.6. Welcome dialog
This dialog is the first thing to appear after successful AVG PC TuneUp installation:
Clicking the Scan Now button allows you to immediately run Maintenance and check your computer
for the most pressing issues right away. If you don't want to scan your PC for errors and hidden junk just now,
click the Skip Scan link instead. The main AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard will be opened, allowing you (besides
other things) to run maintenance at any future time.
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3. The Dashboard
The new AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard is the central access point for all functions and optimization options.
Overall optimization status
The Overall optimization status (a circle in the upper part of this screen) shows you how well you are already
using the options provided to you by AVG PC TuneUp. The percentage displayed is in fact a sum
of optimization results in individual tuning categories (Maintenance, Speed Up, Free Up Space and Fix
Problems).
The PC mode
In the PC mode area, you can decide which mode should be turned on for your Windows operating system.
For more information, see PC Modes.
The Flight mode
This area is only active on laptops, otherwise it is grayed out. A simple switch allows to turn off all wireless
network activity on your laptop.
For more information, see Flight Mode.
The Rescue Center
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Use this button to undo changes that you made with AVG PC TuneUp or to perform system recoveries.
For more information, see System Protection.
The Menu Bar
In the menu bar, you have access to the central settings dialog of AVG PC TuneUp and to information about
the program and individual modules.
For more information, see Menu Bar.
The five category tiles
The main area in the AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard comprises five category tiles, giving you fast access
to the key features of AVG PC TuneUp sorted by topic.
Maintenance
This category allows you maintain an optimized system performance and a clean your computer with a single
mouse click.
For more information, see Maintenance.
Speed Up
Under this category, you can disable or uninstall unwanted programs and clean up your system and your data.
For more information, see Speed Up.
Free Up Space
Under this category, you can delete unnecessary data systematically from your system.
For more information, see Free Up Space.
Fix Problems
Under this category, you will find simple solutions for any problems that might occur.
For more information, see Fix Problems.
All Functions
This last category lists all the functions that are available in AVG PC TuneUp, sorted by application area.
For more information, see All Functions.
3.1. System Protection
In the following chapters, you will find out how to use the AVG Rescue Center module to undo changes
that you made with AVG PC TuneUp. You can also use AVG Rescue Center to perform system recoveries,
i.e. to undo changes that you did not make with AVG PC TuneUp.
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System Recovery
The AVG Rescue Center even lets you undo changes made not by AVG PC TuneUp but by other
applications. AVG Rescue Center offers integration with the Windows system recovery function for this.
Windows regularly creates restore points. Should your system stop behaving as it should, you can revert
at any time to one of the restore points. The previous system status is then restored and any changes made
after this point are lost.
Where Can I Find the AVG Rescue Center?
The AVG Rescue Center is always within reach: to access the AVG Rescue Center, click the Rescue
Center button in the lower right corner of your Dashboard. This button is also located in the individual modules.
3.1.1. Undoing Changes
Start the AVG Rescue Center module by clicking the Rescue Center button in the lower right corner of your
Dashboard.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Open
Rescue Center entry under AVG PC TuneUp.
In the right-hand column, AVG Rescue Center shows you a list of all saved backups arranged by module or
date and specifies for each entry the number of modified settings, time of change and the disk space freed up
by the changes.
Showing details
The Details button takes you to an exact log of the changes carried out. However you can only view this log.
You cannot undo only selected changes. For this reason you may have to restore a number of superfluous files
before you can use just one file again that you deleted by accident.
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using this button.
Restore
Use this button to restore the system to its status before the selected backup.
3.1.2. System Restore
Start the AVG Rescue Center module by clicking the Rescue Center button in the lower right corner of your
Dashboard.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Open
Rescue Center entry under AVG PC TuneUp.
Click on System Recovery.
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In the right-hand column, AVG Rescue Center shows you a list of all stored backups and also the time
at which each entry was changed.
Create Backup
Use this button to create a system restore point. Give this point a name by which to remember this system
status at a later time.
Since a system restore point saves the status of your configuration and system files, you are advised to create
a system restore point before mak ing any significant changes to the system (such as installing a program). If
something goes wrong during installation or your computer no longer work s the way it used to, you can always
restore it back to its original status at any time.
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using this button.
Restore
Use this button to restore the system to its status before the selected backup. You will need to restart your
system.
This function is useful if your computer no longer functions properly following a change to the system.
First, select a restore point that is as recent as possible, in order to avoid undoing too many system changes.
3.1.3. Changing Settings
You can change some of the settings of the AVG Rescue Center. In the AVG Rescue Center click
on the Settings button.
Alternatively, you can enter these settings from the Dashboard. In the Menu Bar, click Settings and find
the Rescue Center protection item (in the list on the left side of newly triggered configuration dialog).
Rescue Center Protection
Every AVG PC TuneUp module is protected by AVG Rescue Center as standard. You can disable this
support for individual modules by clearing the relevant checkboxes.
Backups
Here you can set how long the individual backups of AVG Rescue Center should be stored for. The standard
setting is for backups to be automatically deleted after two weeks and for a maximum of 60 backups to be
stored.
Do not restrict the AVG Rescue Center protection too much in order to save disk space. In the event
of problems, the protection function is very useful as a last resort and generally more important
than saving a small amount of space on your hard disk.
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4. PC Modes
In the PC mode area, you can decide which mode should be turned on for your Windows operating system.
Economy Mode
Using AVG Economy Mode, you can reduce the energy consumption of your computer by turning off
the screen, hardware components or unnecessary functions.
For more information, see Economy Mode.
Standard Mode
Standard Mode represents the normal operating state of Windows.
For more information, see Standard Mode.
Turbo Mode
You can use AVG Turbo Mode to give your system an additional performance boost at any time and
adjust it to suit you.
For more information, see Turbo Mode.
4.1. Economy Mode
In this chapter, you will learn what exactly happens when you switch to the Economy Mode and when it
can be useful to do so. You will also receive instructions on how to turn on and configure the Economy
Mode.
What is the Economy Mode?
The Economy Mode is an intelligent module of AVG PC TuneUp for saving energy. The Economy Mode
provides immediate energy saving whenever you need it. When you switch your computer to Economy Mode,
it reduces the energy used by hardware and the tasks, programs and features that are running
in the background and not strictly necessary. They are turned off, which can reduce energy consumption (and
electricity costs) considerably.
When Should I Switch to Economy Mode?
Using the Economy Mode, you can considerably reduce the energy consumption of your desktop PC or
extend the battery life of your laptop, if there is no power socket available. Note however that when you switch
to Economy Mode, some functionalities are switched off and will not be available again until you turn off
Economy Mode.
How Can I Tell How Much Energy Has Been Saved in Economy Mode?
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The Economy Mode Configuration Wizard uses a traffic light system to show you how much energy you
are actually saving with your settings. If the bar to the right of the total saving is green, your energy savings are
high. A yellow bar represents moderate energy savings and a red bar represents low energy savings.
The actual level of energy savings in the Services area, for example, can be seen from the color of the bar
that is shown to the right of the area in the navigation bar.
How to Switch the Computer to Economy Mode
At the bottom left of the AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard, there are three switches. The left-hand switch is
for Economy Mode. When you click this switch, the computer is switched to Economy Mode. The AVG
icon then appears in the notification area of the taskbar, notifying you that Economy Mode is turned on.
Alternatively, you can access the switch for Economy Mode directly via the AVG PC TuneUp
icon in the notification area of the taskbar. Left-click on the icon. A pop-up window opens, showing
the Economy Mode switch on the bottom left.
How to Find Out if Economy Mode is On
If Economy Mode is on, a AVG PC TuneUp icon appears in the taskbar notification area (in the bottom righthand corner beside the time), which tells you that Economy Mode is on. You can also recognize this from
the switch in the Dashboard.
How to Configure Your AVG Economy Mode
The first time you turn on Economy Mode, a window opens that allows you to make your own settings
for Economy Mode. Decide here whether you want to use the default settings for Economy Mode or whether
you want to configure them yourself for your own requirements.
For more information, see Economy Mode Settings.
4.1.1. Economy Mode Settings
Start the wizard for configuring the AVG Economy Mode by clicking on Settings in the menu bar
of the Dashboard, selecting the Economy Mode area and clicking the Open Configuration Wizard
button located there. Alternatively, open the All functions screen from the Dashboard and click the little
gearwheel button next to the Turn on Economy Mode entry (under Computer).
Please note that if the Economy Mode is already switched on, you don't have to run the Wizard again. You
can alter Economy Mode settings directly in central configuration dialog of your AVG (the Economy Mode
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item). Simply check (or uncheck ) the appropriate boxes and click Apply.
Now prepare your own Economy Mode by selecting which hardware components, services and features may
be temporarily turned off in order to save energy when Economy Mode is turned on. The more you authorize
to be turned off, the more apparent the energy saving will be.
General Settings
Here you can specify whether configuration functions should also be offered that reduce the performance
of the system and turn off visual effects. You can also decide whether Economy Mode should remain turned
on when the computer is restarted.
Screen
Your computer's screen may use more energy even than hardware components such as the hard disk or
the processor, for example. Reducing the screen brightness or turning off the screen after a short time if you
are not using the computer will reduce energy consumption considerably.
Screen brightness (only for laptops)
General: This setting determines how much the general screen brightness should be reduced when
Economy Mode is on.
When dimming: This setting determines how much the general screen brightness should be reduced
when the screen is dimmed when Economy Mode is on.
Screen behavior
Turn off: This setting determines the period of time after which the screen should be switched off when
Economy Mode is on.
Dimming (only for laptops): This setting determines the period of time after which the screen is dimmed
when Economy Mode is on.
Hardware
If you turn off hardware components temporarily, the energy consumption of your computer will be reduced.
What is more, every computer has many services running in the background that detect connected devices
and provide you with the necessary functions to use these devices. You can restrict the amount of this support
in order to reduce the energy consumption of your computer.
Hardware components
Hard disk standby: This setting determines the period of time after which the hard disk should go
into standby mode when Economy Mode is on.
Processor energy-saving settings: This setting determines the extent of energy saving for the processor
when Economy Mode is on.
Wireless adapter energy-saving settings (only in Windows Vista and 7): This option determines
the extent of energy saving for the wireless adapter when the Economy Mode is on.
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Connection to external devices
Synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of addresses, emails,
music files, etc. with your cell phone or portable media player and the related program will not start
automatically when the device is connected while Economy Mode is on.
Support for digital cameras and scanners: This setting means that you cannot import images from your
digital camera or scan images when Economy Mode is on.
Services
The operating system performs many more tasks than most users are aware of. Many programs and services
run permanently in the background, although they are not strictly necessary and use energy needlessly. If you
never use some of these functions you can disable them and permanently reduce your computer's energy
consumption.
Background functions
Network sharing of media library: This setting ensures that other network devices cannot access your
images, videos or music in the media library when Economy Mode is on. However, Economy Mode
does not affect the share of folders in the network.
Quick search using index creation: This setting ensures that Windows does not create an index of your
files and emails when Economy Mode is on. Turning off this setting slows down any searches
significantly.
Error Reporting: This setting ensures that no data will be gathered regarding errors and there will be no
communication with Microsoft about crashed programs or other errors when Economy Mode is on.
Support for virtual machines: (This setting is only available if your computer has software for virtual
machines installed on it.) This setting turns off background functions for the use of virtual machines
when Economy Mode is on.
Various services
Rarely used services: This setting turns off services that are only needed in specific circumstances
(e.g. company networks) or situations (e.g. installation of new programs) when Economy Mode is on.
Special encryption services: When Economy Mode is on, this setting turns off services for logging
onto a domain.
Network communication services: When Economy Mode is on, this setting turns off network
communication services that are rarely used, e.g. fax or peer-to-peer services.
Display
Visual effects provide a graphical display of Windows but take up valuable space in the memory. Particularly
with a low performance graphics card you can increase the computer's performance by turning off visual
effects.
Tip: This is a popular way of increasing the performance of netbook s on a sustained basis.
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Visual effects
Visual special effects for windows: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows,
the preview window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Economy
Mode is on.
Classic window style: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of windows,
menus and buttons when Economy Mode is on. Also, in Windows XP, the colorful Windows interface is
disabled, whereas in newer Windows transparency effects and thumbnails of windows in the taskbar are
disabled.
Desktop background
Slideshow: This setting stops the slideshow for the desktop background when Economy Mode is on.
4.2. Standard Mode
The Standard Mode is turned on by default (if you have not switched to either the Economy Mode or
the Turbo Mode).
In Standard Mode all functions of AVG PC TuneUp are available without restriction.
4.3. Turbo Mode
In this chapter, you will learn what exactly happens when you switch to the Turbo Mode and when it
can be useful to do so. You will also receive instructions on how to turn on and configure the Turbo Mode.
What is the Turbo Mode?
The Turbo Mode provides an immediate performance boost whenever you need it. When you put your
computer into Turbo Mode, an analysis is performed to see which of those programs and functions currently
running in the background are not strictly necessary. These programs are stopped or slowed down, allowing
the additional processing power gained to be used exclusively by the programs you are actually running.
How Does the Turbo Mode Work?
The following graphics illustrate the internal workings of your PC with the programs that you are currently using
(green) and those running in the background (blue). Here you can see how your PC is assisted as soon as you
enable Turbo Mode:
The green circles represent those programs that you wish to accelerate using the Turbo Mode. The blue
diamonds are all the programs and functions that are not required at all when Turbo Mode is on. These are
therefore turned off so that all of the PC's processing power is available to the required programs.
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In addition to those programs that you are currently using (green), many others are also running
in the background that are really not that important for your work (blue). If such background processes
suddenly start to require a great deal of processing power, they are assigned a lower priority so that your other
programs can continue to run smoothly.
When should I switch on Turbo Mode?
Using the Turbo Mode can, for example, speed up computer games, make it easier to work with performancesapping programs or prevent videos from flickering or freezing when they are played. Note however that when
you enable Turbo Mode, you also turn off some functionalities that will not be available again until you turn off
Turbo Mode.
How to Switch the Computer to Turbo Mode
At the bottom left of the AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard, there are three switches. The right-hand switch is
for Turbo Mode. When you click this switch, the computer is switched to Turbo Mode. The AVG icon then
appears in the notification area of the taskbar, notifying you that Turbo Mode is turned on.
Alternatively, you can access the switch for Turbo Mode directly via the AVG PC TuneUp
icon in the notification area of the taskbar. Left-click on the icon. A pop-up window opens, showing the Turbo
Mode switch on the bottom right.
How to Find Out if Turbo Mode is On
If Turbo Mode is on, a AVG PC TuneUp icon appears in the taskbar notification area (in the bottom right-hand
corner beside the time), which tells you that Turbo Mode is on. You can also recognize this from the switch
in the Dashboard.
How to Configure Your AVG Turbo Mode
When you start Turbo Mode for the first time, the Turbo Mode Configuration Wizard will appear to help you
create your own customized Turbo Mode. The wizard is integrated into the new central configuration dialog
of AVG PC TuneUp.
For more information, see Turbo Mode Settings.
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4.3.1. Turbo Mode Settings
Start the wizard for configuring the AVG Turbo Mode by clicking on Settings in the menu bar
of the Dashboard, selecting the Turbo Mode area and clicking the Open Configuration Wizard
button located there. Alternatively, open the All functions screen from the Dashboard and click the little
gearwheel button next to the Turn on Turbo Mode entry (under Computer).
Please note that if the Turbo Mode is already switched on, you don't have to run the Wizard again. You
can alter Turbo Mode settings directly in central configuration dialog of your AVG (the Turbo Mode item).
Simply check (or uncheck ) the appropriate boxes and click Apply.
In the Turbo Mode Configuration Wizard, set up your own Turbo Mode in six easy steps – simply select
which tasks, programs and functions can be disabled temporarily to give a performance boost while Turbo
Mode is enabled. The more you allow to be switched off, the better the gain in performance will be. You
can always temporarily turn off all functions and tasks suggested here. None of your software features
for Internet security or virus protection will be turned off.
Step 1: Postpone automatic maintenance tasks until later
Maintenance measures that start automatically in the background are important for the maintenance of your
computer, but are not usually urgent. They can be carried out at a later date to free up the resources needed
for your programs.
Postpone scheduled defragmentation: This will prevent the scheduled hard disk
defragmentation by Microsoft or other well-known manufacturers from starting when Turbo Mode is on.
Postpone scheduled maintenance tasks: This will prevent automatic maintenance tasks and scheduled
tasks for Microsoft and other manufacturers from being carried out when Turbo Mode is on. This
includes AVG Automatic Maintenance and the automatic creation of backups.
Postpone automatic updates: If you select this option, you will be notified that program updates are
available but these will not be automatically downloaded or installed while Turbo Mode is on.
Step 2: Limit connection with external devices.
Every computer has many services running in the background that detect connected devices and provide you
with the necessary functions to use these devices. You can limit this support and have more resources
available for your programs.
Turn off synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of addresses,
emails, music files, etc. with your cell phone or portable media player and the related program will not
start automatically when the device is connected while Turbo Mode is on.
Limit support for digital cameras and scanners: When Turbo Mode is on, you cannot import images from
your digital camera or scan images.
Step 3: Reduce visual effects
Visual effects provide a graphical display of Windows but take up valuable space in the memory. Particularly
with a low performance graphics card you can increase the computer's performance by turning off visual
effects.
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Tip: This is a popular way of increasing the performance of netbook s on a sustained basis.
Turn off visual special effects: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows,
the preview window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Turbo Mode
is on.
Switch to classic window design: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance
of windows, menus and buttons when Turbo Mode is on. Also, in Windows XP the colorful Windows
interface is disabled, whereas in newer Windows transparency effects and thumbnails of windows
in the taskbar are disabled.
Step 4: Configure computer resources for optimum performance
Your computer's resources are in demand. A clever sharing solution for the resources will help increase your
computer's performance enormously.
Tip: Since this does not limit any functions, this setting is also highly recommended for the long term.
Ensure optimum performance regardless of energy use: This setting uses the "high performance"
Windows energy-saving plan when Turbo Mode is on. This ensures maximum performance regardless
of the amount of energy used.
Step 5: Disable background functions
The operating system performs many more tasks than most users are aware of. Many programs and services
run permanently in the background, although they are not strictly necessary and use valuable resources. If you
never use some of these functions you can disable them and permanently increase your computer's
performance.
Disable media library share in local network: This setting ensures that other network devices cannot
access your images, videos or music in the media library when Turbo Mode is on. However, Turbo Mode
does not affect the share of folders in the network.
Turn off quick search using index creation: This setting ensures that Windows does not create an index
of your files and emails when Turbo Mode is on. Please note that turning off this function significantly
slows down the search.
Turn off error reporting: This setting ensures that no data will be gathered regarding errors and there will
be no communication with Microsoft about crashed programs or other errors when Turbo Mode is on.
Turn off support for virtual machines: (This option is only available if your computer has software
for virtual machines installed on it.) This setting turns off background functions for the use of virtual
machines when Turbo Mode is on.
Step 6: Additional performance boost
Every time Windows starts up, it starts up services that are used rarely or never. These services can occupy
a large amount of the system's resources and slow down your PC. To prevent these services from not working
when you need them, you should only turn them off temporarily for an added performance boost.
Turn off rarely used services: This setting turns off services that are only needed in specific
circumstances (e.g. company networks) or situations (e.g. installation of new programs) when Turbo
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Mode is on.
Turn off special encryption services: When Turbo Mode is on, this setting turns off services for logging
onto a domain.
Turn off network communication services: When Turbo Mode is on, this setting turns off network
communication services that are rarely used, e.g. fax or peer-to-peer services.
Step 7: How long should Turbo Mode stay switched on?
The Turbo Mode can either be switched off automatically when the computer is shut down, or stay on until you
switch it off manually. If you leave Turbo Mode on constantly, this can also speed up the startup process.
However, please note that for the system performance increase, the features that you selected
in the configuration wizard must be switched off. If, when Turbo Mode is on, you are missing a required feature,
turn Turbo Mode off and modify your settings so that when you restart Turbo Mode, this feature is available
again.
Click Finish to close the wizard.
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5. Flight Mode
This feature is only active on laptops, otherwise the whole section is grayed out.
The Flight Mode switch allows you to partly turn off wireless network activity on your laptop. This includes:
· Wifi – technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data or connect to the internet
wirelessly using radio waves.
· Bluetooth – wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances using shortwavelength radio transmissions.
Please note that when you access this feature for the first time, an information dialog appears asking you
whether you really want to activate Flight Mode. However, you can simply choose not to display this
message ever again (by checking the appropriate checkbox).
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6. Menu Bar
In the menu bar, you have access to the central settings dialog of AVG PC TuneUp and to information about
the program and individual modules.
The "Settings" Menu
Clicking on Settings takes you to the central configuration dialog of AVG PC TuneUp. Here you can adapt
the program to your requirements, apply maintenance settings and configure AVG Live Optimization, AVG
Turbo Mode, the update check and many other modules of AVG PC TuneUp.
The "Help" Menu
The Help menu provides you with access to this program help. You can also click the link there and go
to the AVG website directly. You can also use the Activate product item to enter the license number and
activate your AVG PC TuneUp, or Register product item to get access to additional user support and special
offers. Finally, the About entry opens a window with detailed information on your version of AVG PC TuneUp.
This information can be useful if you need to contact technical support.
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7. Maintenance
In this chapter, you will find out how 1-Click Maintenance or Automatic Maintenance can help you
to maintain an optimized system performance and a clean computer, so that the system runs quickly and
reliably.
7.1. 1-Click Maintenance
1-Click Maintenance is particularly suited to those users who would rather set the time for maintenance
themselves and wish to monitor its progress. 1-Click Maintenance can be started by clicking
the Maintenance tile (the leftmost tile in the Dashboard). After maintenance has been performed by 1-Click
Maintenance, further details on any problems found are also displayed.
By default, 1-Click Maintenance performs the following tasks for you:
· Cleans your registry
Over time, the central Windows registry becomes filled with hundreds of superfluous entries.
These include references to non-existent files, backlogs of programs deleted long ago and faulty
entries. Your registry is cleaned, making your Windows system fast and problem-free.
· Removes broken shortcuts
1-Click Maintenance checks whether there are any broken shortcuts on your desktop or
in the Start menu or Quick Launch taskbar and then automatically deletes them. At the same
time, a search is also made for faulty entries in the history lists of various programs such as
Windows Media Player or Microsoft Office.
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· Frees up disk space by deleting unnecessary files
So-called "temporary" files are something of a nuisance. Windows and programs create
temporary files on the hard disk, in order to temporarily store certain settings or data. If
the program in question is closed, these files should really be deleted from the program. However,
the program in question often "forgets" to clean up after itself so that over time your hard disk
can be filled with a lot of unnecessary data. 1-Click Maintenance reliably deletes all temporary
files and folders from your hard disk.
· Cleans up your browser
As you surf the Internet, your browser saves various kinds of data on your computer. 1-Click
Maintenance cleans up the cache and download history of your browser.
· Optimizes system startup and shutdown
Some programs that are run each time you start your system slow down the startup process
to an unnecessary extent. Such known programs that are definitely not required are turned off
here.
· Defragments your hard disk
In the background, AVG PC TuneUp changes the arrangement of files and folders so that they
can be read more quickly. Regular defragmentation is paramount - especially if the data structure
of your hard disk changes frequently, for example because you move or delete files or install new
programs. Defragmentation is, however, only carried out when necessary. And you can even
choose whether - if it was determined that defragmentation was necessary - a thorough or a quick
defragmentation should take place, or whether this should depend on the result of the analysis.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are detected by AVG PC TuneUp. They are not analyzed or
defragmented, as it is not possible to optimize solid-state drives through defragmentation and
they could be damaged by defragmentation.
7.2. Automatic Maintenance
The Automatic Maintenance is particularly useful for all users who do not want to worry about
the maintenance of their computer. As its name suggests, Automatic Maintenance regularly and
automatically performs the most important maintenance work on your system to ensure that Windows remains
fast and stable.
The Automatic Maintenance function is also configured so that it performs all maintenance tasks. However,
it is run in the background and only the notifications tell you when it was carried out.
Performing Maintenance
You can specify whether and when Automatic Maintenance should run automatically in the background. You
can even have automatic maintenance run only in idle mode, i.e. it only starts when you are not currently
working on your computer and no programs are required in the background. This way Automatic
Maintenance will never interrupt your work. If you select this option, following the number of days specified
by you, maintenance will be attempted as soon as your computer is in idle mode. Three days is selected
by default.
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If, after a period of a week, it was not possible to perform full maintenance because your computer was not
in idle mode for long enough then - if you enable this option - maintenance will be carried out anyway. This
prevents your computer from not being maintained over a long period of time.
If you choose scheduled maintenance, the procedure is similar: If your computer is not switched on at the time
of scheduled maintenance, Automatic Maintenance is performed 5 minutes after you next start your PC.
This option can also be disabled.
If you work with a portable computer, you can also specify - in addition to the other options - that you don't
want maintenance to be performed when the computer is running off the battery, so as not to reduce
the battery life unnecessarily. This option is enabled by default.
7.3. Changing Maintenance Settings
In the Dashboard, click click the gearwheel button on the Maintenance tile (it's the leftmost one). The central
AVG PC TuneUp configuration dialog opens, with an area for Automatic Maintenance and one for 1-Click
Maintenance. Configure your settings here.
Alternatively, you can open the maintenance settings window by going to All functions in the Dashboard and
selecting the Settings entry under AVG PC TuneUp, or click on Settings in the Dashboard menu bar and
select the Automatic Maintenance or 1-Click Maintenance area.
Because AVG PC TuneUp preferably wants to provide comprehensive maintenance for your computer, all
maintenance tasks are activated by default for both Automatic Maintenance and 1-Click Maintenance.
However, if you do not want certain maintenance tasks to be performed, you can exclude them from
maintenance. For example, if you would rather defragment your hard disk manually, simply clear
the Defragment hard disks checkbox.
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8. Speed Up
Your computer does not always work quite how you would like it to. Often it seems to take an eternity to call
up individual programs or to save files and you start to doubt the performance capabilities of your computer.
But in many cases this has nothing to do with the hardware. The problem is caused by the programs that are
started, without you being aware of them, or remnants of programs that were not completely removed from your
computer during an uninstallation process.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
The Speed Up Potential
In this screen, you can uses a graph to see you how extensively you are already using the options of AVG PC
TuneUp to increase performance and maintain the system and what potential for optimization still remains.
In the graph, the green sections on the left represent the modules you have used to make your
optimization progress so far, while the gray sections on the right represent open optimization options.
A message is assigned to every section of the graph: the messages under green sections are purely
informative, notifying you about already completed optimizations. The messages under gray sections,
representing the optimization potential that can still be exploited, are more interactive, allowing you to directly
access problems and deal with them right away.
Below the graph, you can see the current messages about optimizations already completed and about
untapped potential. If you point your mouse cursor at any of the sections, an appropriate message will be
displayed. In case of sections containing some unused potential, some button (like Scan, Fix or Show) will
be available; clicking it opens the precise AVG PC TuneUp module that you can use to achieve the unused
potential.
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What is used to calculate the Speed Up Potential?
The Speed Up Potential is calculated based on the analysis results of the following sections:
Maintenance
For this section to be considered as optimized, one of the following conditions must be fulfilled:
· Automatic Maintenance must be activated with all the necessary maintenance tasks enabled,
or
· 1-Click Maintenance is carried out within 14 days of use with all the necessary maintenance
tasks.
Live Optimization
For this section to be considered as optimized, the two Live Optimization options should be enabled.
These two options have the same weighting.
For more information, see Configuring Live Optimization.
Recommendations
Please note that you must answer the questions on your profile in order to receive appropriate
recommendations for your system.
For this section to be considered as optimized, you must either accept or hide all recommendations.
Recommendations that you have hidden for 30 days will cause the status to be reclassified when this
period expires and the recommendation will be displayed again.
For more information, see System recommendations.
Turbo Mode
For this section to be considered as optimized, you have to properly set up your Turbo Mode profile
(i.e. the Turbo Mode doesn't have to be switched on, but it has to be prepared for use).
Disable background programs
The Optimization Potential analyzes how many of your existing background programs are using up your
system's resources and recommends that you optimize these through AVG Program Deactivator.
In doing so, the Optimization Potential takes into account the fact that you have classified some of your
programs as important despite their system load and that they should remain active. Therefore this
section of the graph is considered as optimized after a certain number of programs have been disabled.
For more information, see Disabling back ground programs.
Disable startup programs
The Optimization Potential analyzes how many of your existing startup programs are using up your
system's resources and recommends that you optimize these through AVG StartUp Manager. In doing
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so, the Optimization Potential takes into account the fact that you have classified some of your
programs as important despite their system load and that they should remain active. Therefore this
section of the graph is considered as optimized after a certain number of programs have been disabled.
For more information, see Disabling startup programs.
Other useful modules
There are other useful modules not included into Speed Up Potential calculation that you may still want
to run to further improve your system performance. These are listed on a ribbon in the lower part of this dialog:
· Showing programs using CPU
· Showing system information
· Optimizing startup and shutdown
8.1. Configuring Live Optimization
In this chapter, you will find out how and why you can increase the performance of your computer by turning
on AVG Live Optimization.
AVG Live Optimization consists of two intelligent optimization methods that monitor the load your computer
is under in real time and can thereby intervene if necessary to avoid sudden drops in performance. Both
optimization methods work to accelerate performance - one increases the computer's response rate, the other
the speed at which programs start up - but only when necessary.
This is done by intelligently prioritizing the programs that are running. If your computer is already working
at near full capacity and you start a program, this program will start more rapidly if it is briefly assigned
a higher priority. And if a background program suddenly gets carried away and requires a particularly high
amount of computing power, it will be assigned a lower priority so that the programs you are currently using
will run more smoothly. This enables work to be carried out quickly, even at high capacity.
Start the AVG Live Optimization module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking on the Live
Optimization section of the Speed Up Potential graph.
Alternatively, you can open the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting
the Configure Live Optimization entry under AVG PC TuneUp. You can also click on Settings
in the Dashboard menu bar and select the Live Optimization area.
Here you can select the two optimization methods. Since both of these are intelligent optimizations in real
time, they do not always take effect immediately. Rather you specify here that from now on the load under
which the computer operates is to be monitored so that both optimizations can apply if the need arises.
Select here the optimization methods to be carried out where necessary:
Increasing the Response Rate
This optimization method monitors all background processes and gives them lower priority if they take up too
much computer power. This ensures an optimal response rate and prevents juddering by windows or programs.
This intelligent optimization identifies need and ensures that the computer's response rate is always optimum.
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The following pictures represent the inside of your computer before and after the Increase response rate
option is enabled. Here you can see how the load on your PC is reduced:
In addition to those programs that you are currently using (green), many others are also running
in the background that are really not that important for your work (blue). If such background processes
suddenly start to require a great deal of processing power, they are assigned a lower priority so that your other
programs can continue to run smoothly.
Speed up the startup of my programs
This optimization method intervenes if you start up a program manually when the computer is already under
heavy load. For a short period immediately after the program has started, processing power is temporarily
redistributed, giving the program in question a separate performance boost. This boost is achieved
by temporarily prioritizing the program in question.
The following pictures represent the inside of your computer before and after the Accelerate program
startups option is enabled. Here you can see how a newly started program receives a particular performance
boost:
For a short period immediately after the program is started (orange) the processing power of the computer is
temporarily redistributed, giving the program in question a separate performance boost. This boost is achieved
by temporarily prioritizing the program in question. No other programs (green and blue) are affected.
How do I know when Live Optimization was enabled?
The great thing about Live Optimization is that it works intelligently in the background. Whenever one of these
two optimization methods is improving the performance of your PC in the background, this is also indicated
by the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.
8.2. Disabling Background Programs
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Program Deactivator module to disable programs
that place a load on your system at various times (at system startup, during operation and at shutdown) and
why it is useful to do so.
Until now, users only had two options for dealing with unnecessary programs: They could either remove them
from the system completely or accept that their background programs would continue to slow it down. After
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a program is uninstalled, there is always the risk that files that were dependent on it will no longer be able
to be started. If the program is left on the computer, it is always available if it is needed, but continues
to impair system performance.
AVG Program Deactivator not only reduces the load of programs at system startup, but also during normal
operation and at shutdown, where the load is a result of services and tasks belonging to one program.
AVG Programs-on-Demand Technology
Thanks to the AVG Programs-on-Demand Technology there is now a third option: Disable programs
that are no longer required first and see if you can continue to work without them. If you notice that you need
a program again, it is no longer a problem. You can start the program as usual - the AVG Programs-onDemand Technology reactivates the program in the background, as if you had never disabled it. With
the improved AVG Programs-on-Demand Technology, programs are even disabled automatically after they
are used, so that the load on your system is always kept as low as possible.
Design of AVG Program Deactivator
AVG Program Deactivator is divided into three areas: the All installed programs area, the Load from
installed programs area and the Details area. You will now find the additional Introduction
button in the menu bar, which allows you to open the introduction to AVG Program Deactivator at any time.
All installed programs
In the All installed programs area, you can see an overview list of all the programs installed on your
system together with their load status. In the Name column, the programs are sorted according to their
load: high, medium or low. Programs that do not place any load on the system have the status "none"
and are not listed by name. The value for the load is always the highest value for startup, operation or
shutdown. In the Status column, you can see the current status of the programs.
Load from installed programs
In the Load from installed programs area, you will find three graphs that are designed to give you
a visual overview of the load on your system: The left-hand graph shows you the load on system startup,
the centre one the load during normal operation of your PC and the right-hand one the load when
shutting down. A legend with explanations is provided underneath the graphs. If a program is selected
in the list, this is shown by a program icon next to the graph.
Details
In the Details area, you can see the name of the selected program, its current status and the load
on the system from that program. You can use the switch to enable or disable the program. If no
program is selected, you will see an overview here showing how many programs are enabled/disabled or
relevant to the system. If several programs are selected, the details area shows the number of programs
with the various statuses. The status shown next to the switch is the predominant status. In the next
column, you can see the current status of the program in question.
Possible Statuses of Programs
In AVG Program Deactivator, there are four different statuses for programs.
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Desired status
In the Desired status column, you can see the status that you have selected for your programs. You
can change the desired status by clicking on the switch.
Enabled
The program is fully enabled and is having an impact on the load on your computer.
Disabled
The services of the program that run continuously in the background have been turned off.
Required by system
This is a program that AVG PC TuneUp has classified as relevant for the security or proper
operation of your system and the disabling of which could have serious consequences. Therefore, it is
not possible to change the status of one of these programs and the switch is grayed out.
Impactless
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load.
For this reason, the switch is grayed out and cannot be changed.
Current status
In the Current status column to the right, there is further information about the current status of a program.
Permanently enabled
The program is fully functional and is causing a system load even when you are not using it.
Disabled until program startup
The program is fully disabled and will not cause any load on the system until you start it
again manually. It will be disabled again afterwards.
Disabled after idling or restart
The program cannot be turned off during normal operation; Program Deactivator will disable it
automatically the next time the computer is idle or the system is restarted.
Disabled after restart
The program cannot be turned off during normal operation; Program Deactivator will disable it
automatically the next time the system is restarted.
Cannot be disabled
This is a program that Program Deactivator has classified as relevant for the security or proper
operation of your system and the disabling of which could have serious consequences. Therefore, it is
not possible to disable it.
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Does not cause system load
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load.
Changing Settings
If you have turned off the setting Disable again automatically when closed (recommended) under
Program Deactivator in the Settings, your programs may have the following status:
Current status
Enabled
The program is fully functional.
Disabled
The services of the program that run continuously in the background have been turned off.
Scheduled to be disabled
The program will be disabled automatically as soon as this is possible.
Required by system
The services of the program that run continuously in the background have been turned off.
Impactless
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load.
Status description
To the right of the Current status column, the Status description column contains further information about
the current status of the program in question.
8.2.1. How to Disable Programs
How to Disable Programs
Start the AVG Program Deactivator module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking on the Disable
background programs section of the Speed Up Potential graph.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Disable
background programs entry under Installed programs.
The AVG Program Deactivator module uses AVG Programs-on-Demand Technology, which reduces the load
on your system and therefore increases system performance.
How to Disable Programs
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1. Select a program in the list that has the status Enabled.
2. Disable the program using the switch in the status column or in the details area or click
on the Disable button in the toolbar.
How to Enable Programs
1. Select a program in the list that has the status Disabled.
2. Enable the program using the switch in the status column or in the details area or click
on the Enable button in the toolbar.
How to Enable or Disable More than One Program
If you select more than one program at the same time, the possible action depends on the predominant
status. For example, if two selected programs are disabled and one is enabled, you can only enable
the programs. However, with two enabled and one disabled program, you can only disable the programs.
Following the action, a window is shown in the display area to the left informing you of the result of your
action.
8.2.2. How to Configure Program Deactivator
How to Configure Program Deactivator
In the upper right corner of the Dashboard you can find the menu bar. By clicking on Settings you open
the central setting dialogue of AVG PC TuneUp which offers you a list of the most important settings of AVG
PC TuneUp along with their respective options, sorted by modules.
Click on Program Deactivator on the left in order to open the settings for AVG Program Deactivator.
8.2.3. Load Points
Load Points
The AVG Programs-on-Demand Technology calculates the load on your system based on an internal
points system. For this, AVG PC TuneUp determines the background programs associated with each
program, i.e. the programs or services that were installed together with the actual program and are then
continually run without the user's knowledge, "stealing" processing power. The more background programs
there are for a program, the more this program burdens the computer. The AVG Programs-on-Demand
Technology calculates the amount of executed programs at different times: system startup, operation and
shutdown. The display in the Load column takes the highest of these three values.
8.3. Disabling Startup Programs
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG StartUp Manager module to speed up the startup
and working speed of your computer and why it is important to do so.
Many programs start automatically in the background when you turn on your computer. This makes perfect
sense for important functions and services like the virus scanner or the configuration console of your sound
card.
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However, programs often start automatically in the background that you require only very occasionally or never.
Every time a program starts automatically not only does it slow down the Windows system startup but
the individual program parts that are always running in the background also slow down your computer. Some
of these programs can also irritate you by displaying advertising messages.
More Information About Startup Programs
When installed, some startup programs are entered in the Start Menu from where they can be easily removed.
However, most startup programs enter themselves directly in the registry and are not to be found in the startup
folder. Often during system startup and user logon, scheduled tasks are used to start programs automatically.
AVG StartUp Manager finds all startup programs, regardless of how well hidden their start command is.
For every startup program it also supplies a detailed description and an evaluation of the necessity
of starting this program automatically.
AVG StartUp Manager does not just allow you to enable or disable startup programs, it also tells you about
the individual programs and provides recommendations for every startup entry.
Note that disabling startup does not remove the program itself. It only disables the startup and therefore
speeds up system startup and the speed of your computer.
8.3.1. How to Configure Your System Startup
How to Configure Your System Startup
Start the AVG StartUp Manager module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking on the Disable
startup programs section of the Speed Up Potential graph.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Disable
startup programs entry under Installed programs.
Before the program starts, the startup screen may appear for the Rating function for programs. Here you
can decide whether to enable this feature and click OK.
When AVG StartUp Manager starts up a list of all Startup programs opens. When you use the module
for the first time, all entries are enabled. This means that these programs will automatically start
in the background every time the system is started.
In AVG StartUp Manager you can choose from the following functions:
Disabling Automatic Program Startup
This prevents the program from starting automatically in the background when you next start up
the system. The entry remains in the list however, meaning that you can turn automatic startup back
on at any time.
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1. Select a startup program from the list.
2. Disable it using the button or from the toolbar.
If, despite our Tips for Optimizing System Startup, you are not sure whether or not you should disable
startup programs, we recommend that you disable one startup program only, restart your computer and
start the programs you use in the usual way. This helps you find out whether the automatic startup
really is unnecessary. If something doesn't work properly the next time you start Windows, select
the check box again. If everything is working as it should, you can disable the next startup program.
Enabling Automatic Program Startup
This starts the program automatically in the background when you next start the system. Afterwards,
you can disable automatic startup at any time again.
1. Select a startup program from the list.
2. Enable it using the switch or the button in the toolbar.
Adding a startup program
To have the system automatically run additional programs on system startup, simply add them
to the list.
1. On the toolbar select the Add button. Alternatively you can right-click to open the context
menu and select the Add program entry.
2. From the list, select the program that is to start automatically each time the system is
started. If this does not happen, click Browse and select the program you want from the list
that opens.
Removing a startup program from the list
If you are sure that you do not want a program to be started automatically, you can remove it from
the list. You can add it back to the list at a later stage by clicking Add or using AVG Rescue Center.
1. Select a startup program from the list.
2. On the toolbar, select the Delete button. Alternatively you can right-click to open the context
menu and select Delete.
8.3.2. Tips for Optimizing System Startup
Tips for Optimizing System Startup
As the name suggests, a startup program is one that automatically starts up every time you start up your
computer. For this reason, it is always active in the background and occupies your system's resources, even if
you never use the program. This makes perfect sense with a virus scanner, for example. On the other hand,
some other startup programs could place an unnecessary load on your system.
The fewer the programs that start up automatically in the background, the faster your system will start up.
In addition, your computer will run faster if there are no unnecessary programs active in the background.
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What Guidance Does AVG StartUp Manager Offer?
For each program, decide based on the following information whether it should start automatically
in the background on startup.
Evaluation
For most startup programs, AVG StartUp Manager provides an evaluation showing you whether
an automatic startup of the program is necessary, unnecessary or optional. Thanks to a database
maintained by the AVG team, all security-related programs, for example, will be classified as
necessary. Well-known unnecessary startup programs will be classified as unnecessary. Other
programs that appear incorrectly in the list will also be considered as unnecessary. This is the case,
for example, if an entry in the list refers to a program that has already been uninstalled.
This classification can result in many programs being classified as optional. In this case, the decision is
based on your usage behavior. The description, online search or the Rating function for programs
will help you further with this.
To learn more about how the Rating function for programs can help you mak e the decision, see Rating
Function for Programs.
Description
If you select a startup program in the list, the database will supply a description of the program
to make the decision easier for you.
In the case of very unusual programs, AVG StartUp Manager might not recognize a program. If so, you
can obtain information on this program by searching online via a link.
In addition, you can also help ensure that a description of this program appears here in future,
by providing AVG with information on this program via the Report program link.
Rating
The Usefulness column provides you with information on how useful you and/or other users of AVG PC
TuneUp find the program. If you have not yet provided a rating, you can rate it now. AVG PC TuneUp
calls up the ratings of other users from a serverdatabase and displays them. These ratings are
automatically updated regularly.
If you are still unsure, despite our guidance, whether you should disable a startup program, we recommend
that you disable just one startup program, reboot the computer and start up the programs you use in the usual
way.
If something does not work properly following the restart, all you have to do is select the check box again. If
everything is fine, you can disable the next entry and enjoy a faster system startup.
8.4. System recommendations
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use System
recommendations to increase the performance of your system, by turning off unnecessary tasks and
services.
You can improve your system performance by turning off tasks and services that run in the background and
that you rarely, if ever, need for your day-to-day work. For tablet PC compatibility (i.e. the option of operating
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the computer by moving a stylus across the screen) or network server technologies. You can also increase
the performance of your computer by uninstalling programs. A search is therefore run for programs that have
not been used for a long time - programs that you may not even remember you had and which slow down your
system unnecessarily. AVG PC TuneUp also recognizes when your computer hardware is not powerful
enough.
Your Internet settings can prevent Windows from using the bandwidth of your Internet connection optimally.
Downloading two files at once or downloading data from websites can be slowed down by Windows default
settings. You will also be shown the potential for optimization here too.
Should your computer be slowed down by superfluous visual effects, this will be identified.
AVG PC TuneUp checks your computer for such performance-sapping visual effects and provides
recommendations for increasing performance.
To enable AVG PC TuneUp to provide you with comprehensive recommendations, you must complete
the profile before running the software for the first time. The way is then clear to a rapid and simple
performance boost.
Launch the AVG Increase Performance module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking
on the Recommendations section of the Speed Up Potential graph.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Show
speed-up recommendations entry under Recommendations.
When you open this window for the first time, you must answer the short questions from the profile wizard, so
that the optimization can be precisely tailored to your situation and needs (see Profile).
Overview
The details window opens on the Overview tab, where you can find out whether there is any potential
for increasing performance. In the areas Internet settings and Visual effects, you can perform all
the optimization recommendations found by clicking Optimize all. This will not restrict any of your important
functions.
The recommendations in the Hardware and software area on the other hand depend heavily on your usage
behavior. This is why you can only apply them one at a time.
Switching Tabs
Click on a recommendation or on the Details button to move to the other tabs, where you can view the details
of each recommendation. Alternatively, you can click on the name of the tab you want.
Applying Recommendations
In the Internet settings and Visual effects tabs you can perform all the optimization recommendations found
by clicking Optimize all. Alternatively, you can click on a recommendation in the left column. In the right-hand
area of the window, a detailed description will appear and you can apply the recommendation by clicking
on the button on the bottom right.
In the Hardware and software tab you must answer a few simple questions on each
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recommendation in order to receive suitable options to continue. If you can't answer a question or want
to postpone the decision, you can hide the recommendation by clicking on Hide recommendation
on the bottom right.
Please note that you cannot of course simply accept the recommendations concerning your hardware, but
can only hide them.
Hiding and Showing Recommendations
If you do not want to accept a recommendation, click Hide recommendation. Now you can select whether
you want to hide it permanently or only for 30 days. The number of hidden recommendations is always
displayed in the taskbar on the right. By clicking on the number displayed, you can easily show these
recommendations again.
Changing a Profile
Selecting Change profile on the top right takes you to the profile, which shows the basis for your
optimization recommendations.
8.4.1. Profile
The first time you use AVG PC TuneUp, you are prompted to complete a profile, so that it can provide you
with tailored recommendations for increasing performance. This profile contains the following questions:
How is your Computer Usually Connected to the Internet?
Select the type of connection from the list so that your network, Internet and browser settings (for example
packet sizes) can be adapted as best as possible to your Internet connection.
What Criteria Should be Used to Optimize Visual Effects?
If you select Maximum performance (irrespective of display quality), all effects and the colorful Luna theme
(Windows XP), or the Aero glass theme (newer Windows) are turned off. This is highly recommended,
especially for slower computers, because the display of these sophisticated interfaces really eats up
resources.
If the interface on your computer flickers and it takes a while for windows to open, choose
the option A balance between performance and display quality. The attractive interfaces are retained but
the performance-sapping effects are switched off.
If you have a high-performance graphics card, your system performance will not be improved by turning off
the Windows Vista Aero desk top experience.
How Many Days Should a Program Remain Unused Before We Recommend Removing it?
Your computer is checked for programs that have not been used for a long time. These are then displayed with
the recommendation that they are removed so that they do not slow down your computer unnecessarily.
Based on your user behavior, you specify here after how many days a program that has not been used is
considered to be potentially unnecessary and displayed with the recommendation that it is removed.
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Changing a Profile
You can change the settings for your profile later at any time, by launching the module and clicking
the Change profile button at the top left of the Increase performance - details window.
Note that you cannot confirm your profile until you have entered all the necessary information.
8.5. Managing Running Processes
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Process Manager module to monitor and manage
running processes, system capacity and open files and why it is important to do so.
AVG Process Manager gives you constant control over the programs and processes that are running on your
system and allows you to monitor your system activity.
You can find out how much memory is being used by which processes, view numerous details and terminate
unwanted processes with a single mouse click.
The module also offers real-time graphs for processor and memory usage and provides up-to-date
information on what your computer is doing at any given time.
8.5.1. How to Manage Running Processes
Start the AVG Process Manager module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking on the Show
programs using CPU option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Display
and close running processes entry under Windows.
AVG Process Manager provides a great deal of information on the current status of your system. This
information is divided into three tabs:
Processes
After the module is launched, the Processes tab shows all of the programs and processes that are
currently running. The table shows you the names of the processes together with their priority and CPU
usage. The module also shows you how much memory space the individual processes are taking up.
If you select a process from the list you can view more information on each application with Show
details. Select Terminate process to force an application to close. This is a somewhat drastic
measure, but is sometimes necessary to close a program that has crashed, or if you want to stop
an unwanted dialer.
When User Account Control is enabled, it is possible that only the processes started by you are
displayed. To see the processes started by other users and by the system, click Show all processes
at the bottom of the window.
If you have selected a process in the list, you can click Edit and then Set Process Priority to specify
how much processing power Windows should assign to this process.
Open Files
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In the Open Files tab, you have an overview of the files and folders open at this time. The table will
show you what the file type is, where the file or folder is and which process has opened it at that time.
You should not be surprised if some files are shown in the list more than once. Files and folders can be
opened by more than one process at the same time. It is also normal if files that are obviously "open"
cannot be found in the list. Applications like Microsoft Word and the text editor Notepad only open a file
briefly to read its contents or to save it, but do not keep it open the entire time you are working on it.
Tip: If you try to delete a file and you get an error message telling you that it is currently in use, you
can use this tool to find out what process is using the file and end it. This will then let you delete the file.
Performance
The Performance tab shows you numerous facts about the system.
You can view the current processor usage in percent, and a graph of the processor usage for the last
several seconds. A similar graph also shows memory usage for the last several seconds. You can also
view the current usage of the page file and the physical memory in kilobytes.
There is also a menu bar and a toolbar. Some of the functions here adjust the content of the active tab. These
are described in the sections above. The general functions of the File, Tools and Help menus are always
displayed.
General menu bar functions
Menu "File"
In the File menu, you can use the New application entry to call up the well-known Windows Run
dialog to start a new application or open a file. Click Exit Windows to shut down or restart
the computer so that new settings can take effect.
A function of particular interest is Replace Task Manager, which works by replacing Windows Task
Manager on your system with AVG Process Manager. This means you can call it up using the Ctrl+Alt
+Del shortcut, or right-click in a free area of the taskbar to select it. If you want to use the Windows
Task Manager again, simply select the same menu item to remove the check mark in front of it.
Tools Menu
In the Tools menu you can configure how AVG Process Manager is to be displayed on your computer.
You can keep it always in the foreground, e.g. to monitor the processor usage for your system's uptime.
You can also display AVG Process Manager in the notification area on the bottom right of your
desktop when you minimize the window. There is an icon there, which you can click any time in order
to maximize the window again in no time at all.
Help Menu
In the Help menu you can call up the program help at any time, visit the AVG website or display
information on your version of AVG PC TuneUp.
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8.6. Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown
In this chapter, you will find out how to optimize the startup and shutdown of your computer in next to no
time.
Here you receive recommendations for disabling unnecessary startup programs. These recommendations help
to optimize system startup and shutdown.
For example, common startup services that are not needed immediately after system startup are simply
scheduled to start up at a later time. This still ensures that you will not lose these functions, but they no longer
delay system startup unnecessarily. The waiting time for services to shut down is also reduced. Services will
therefore close faster when shutting down and the shutdown procedure itself will be faster.
You can either apply all of these recommendations immediately, or look at the detailed descriptions first and
then decide one by one.
8.6.1. How to Optimize System Startup and Shutdown
How to Optimize System Startup and Shutdown
Start the AVG StartUp Optimizer module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking on the Optimize
startup and shutdown option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen). The AVG
StartUp Optimizer window is displayed.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Optimize
system startup and shutdown entry under Recommendations.
You may first have to enter information for your profile at this point in order to obtain tailored
recommendations.
Which services and devices do you use on this computer?
Here you can switch off functions that you do not use. It identifies which functions and services you have
already set up and only recommends those that are not being used.
For example, if you never use a printer, you can turn off all background programs that are related to print
control. Simply specify this here.
If you never need to access a company network or domain, you can turn off all related background programs
and services. Simply select the applicable answer from the list.
The more unnecessary features you disable here, the quicker your computer will start up and work, because –
after this optimization – Windows will no longer run these background programs that start up automatically and
are constantly active.
You can change the setting you make here at any time by clicking on "Change profile" at the top right of AVG
StartUp Optimizer.
Which services and devices do you use on this computer?
Here you can switch off functions that you do not use. It identifies which functions and services you have
already set up and only recommends those that are not being used.
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For example, if you never use a printer, you can turn off all background programs that are related to print
control. Simply specify this here.
If you never need to access a company network or domain, you can turn off all related background programs
and services. Simply select the applicable answer from the list.
The more unnecessary features you disable here, the quicker your computer will start up and work, because after this optimization - Windows will no longer run these background programs that start up automatically and
are constantly active.
You can change the setting you make here at any time by clicking on "Change profile" at the top right of AVG
StartUp Optimizer.
Overview
This view provides you with an overview of any optimization recommendations found. You can apply them all
by clicking once on Optimize all.
Details
Click on a recommendation or on the Details link to see detailed descriptions of the individual
recommendations. Alternatively, switch to the Details tab. Here you can apply all recommendations
by clicking once on Optimize all.
Click on a recommendation in the "Optimization recommendations" column. A description of the program and
the recommendation are displayed in the right-hand area of the window. If you wish to allow the optimization,
click on Apply recommendation at the bottom right.
Hiding and Showing Recommendations
If you do not want to accept a recommendation, click Hide recommendation. Now you can select whether
you want to hide it permanently or only for 30 days. The number of hidden recommendations is always
displayed in the taskbar on the right. By clicking on the number displayed, you can easily show these
recommendations again.
8.7. Showing System Information
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG System Information module to display system
information:
AVG System Information looks into your computer and collects all sorts of facts and information about your
hardware and software and your computer's performance.
This information is important if you wish to upgrade your computer or if an engineer asks you whether
certain components are installed on your computer.
8.7.1. How to Show System Information
Start the AVG System Information module by going to the Speed Up screen and clicking on the Show
system information option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Show
system information entry under Computer.
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The facts about your system are displayed on the following nine tabs:
Overview
The overview displays summarized information on the most important components of your computer.
This quickly shows you what processor is installed, the system RAM, the graphic card performance,
the mouse in use, and any available information regarding the disk drives.
Windows
Here you can find out what version of Windows and of Internet Explorer you are using and when you last
booted your computer.
Display
All important information, including the supported display modes and the abilities of your monitor and
graphics card, can be found here.
Memory
Here you see current memory usage and also how much memory is being used by each
of the applications that are currently loaded.
Performance
Shown here are all facts on processor usage, physical memory and the size of the page file. This
information is displayed in three real-time graphs.
Drives
For each drive, here you are shown information on use of storage space and hardware. You can also find
information about how your drives are organized under File system.
I/O Devices
This lists all the important ports, the installed printers and the audio devices.
Communication
When a dial-up connection is open, two real-time graphs show how much data is being sent and
received in kilobytes per second.
System Devices
Information on the processor and BIOS memory is displayed here. Click the link Processor details
to view detailed information on the features of your processor.
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9. Free Up Space
In the same way as your home can get cluttered, your computer can also get clogged up with unnecessary
ballast, which uses up valuable disk space. We recommend that you carry out some spring cleaning from time
to time and delete unnecessary files from your system.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
The Cleanup Potential
In this screen, you can uses a graph to see you how extensively you are already using the options of AVG PC
TuneUp to clean your system and get additional disk space and what potential for optimization still remains.
In the graph, the green sections on the left represent the modules you have used to make your
optimization progress so far, while the gray sections on the right represent open optimization options.
A message is assigned to every section of the graph: the messages under green sections are purely
informative, notifying you about already completed optimizations. The messages under gray sections,
representing the optimization potential that can still be exploited, are more interactive, allowing you to directly
access problems and deal with them right away.
Below the graph, you can see the current messages about optimizations already completed and about
untapped potential. If you point your mouse cursor at any of the sections, an appropriate message will be
displayed. In case of sections containing some unused potential, some button (like Scan, Fix or Show) will
be available; clicking it opens the precise AVG PC TuneUp module that you can use to achieve the unused
potential.
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What is used to calculate the Cleanup Potential?
The Cleanup Potential is calculated based on the analysis results of the following sections:
Auto Cleaning
For this section to be considered as optimized, the Automatic Maintenance must be activated with all
the necessary maintenance tasks enabled.
Remove duplicate files
For this section to be considered as optimized, the AVG Duplicate Finder module scanning has to be
performed at least once during the last 30 days and all findings have to be cleaned (or set to be
ignored).
For more information, see Removing Duplicate Files.
System Cache & Logs
For this section to be considered as optimized, the AVG Disk Cleaner module scanning has to be
performed at least once during the last 30 days and all findings have to be cleaned (or set to be
ignored).
For more information, see Cleaning up Windows cache & logs.
Browser Data
For this section to be considered as optimized, the AVG Browser Cleaner module scanning has to be
performed at least once during the last 30 days and all findings have to be cleaned (or set to be
ignored).
For more information, see Cleaning up browser.
Other useful modules
There are other useful modules not included into Cleanup Potential calculation that you may still want to run
to get even more precious disk space. These are listed on a ribbon in the lower part of this dialog.
· Finding and Deleting Large Files and Folders
· Uninstalling unused programs
· Securely deleting files
9.1. Cleaning up Windows cache & logs
In this chapter, you will find out how you can free up valuable space on your hard disks under Clean up
Windows and programs and why it is useful to do so.
Under Clean up Windows and programs, you can see a structured list of items, including temporary
Windows files, old backups, obsolete logs and reports and unnecessary functions that can be safely removed
from the hard disk without any negative impact on your system.
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AVG PC TuneUp searches for many types of potentially unnecessary files that can be deleted without
causing problems. It then shows you how much space can be freed up. First you will receive a list of all files
in question and you can then decide yourself which of them you would like to delete.
Particular attention is paid to security. As a result, in contrast to conventional procedures that "blindly" comb
through the hard disk using certain patterns, no unpleasant surprises such as sudden error messages or nonfunctioning software occur.
9.1.1. How to clean up Windows and programs
Start the AVG Disk Cleaner module by going to the Free Up Space screen and clicking on the System
Cache and Logs section of the Cleanup Potential graph.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Clean up
System Cache & Logs entry under Usage data.
You can now remove unnecessary files and old backups and also remove or disable Windows functions.
How to remove unnecessary files or old backups?
1. Select items from the list
As you can see, a clearly arranged list of the files found or old backups is shown. You see at a glance
how much space you could free up. To exclude individual file or backup types from being cleaned up,
uncheck the relevant checkboxes.
For each file or backup type you can also view a description in the right-hand window area by selecting
it.
You can also click the Show item(s) button to view the full list of files or backups recommended
for removal.
2. Click Cleanup.
Cleanup may take several minutes. While the cleanup is taking place, very occasionally it can appear
that AVG PC TuneUp is not responding. This is for technical reasons and is no cause for concern. As
soon as the cleanup is complete, operations will continue normally, and a message indicating
that the cleanup was successful will be displayed. You can close this dialog.
9.1.2. What Types of File are Recommended for Deletion?
AVG PC TuneUp searches for the following types of files and backups which can normally be deleted from
your hard disk without causing problems.
Type
Description
Temporary Windows files
Windows creates files to temporarily store data that should normally be deleted
after its tasks are complete. These files can always be deleted.
Reports and logs from
Windows saves various reports and logs, e.g. for error analysis or
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Windows
on the behavior of programs and services.
Unnecessary Windows
files
You can clean up the image preview for folders and caches category
to gain disk space.
Backup files of Windows
Repair programs like CHKDSK search your hard disk for lost clusters and save
them. Also, whenever you upgrade Windows to a newer version, backups are
created of your documents, settings, and program data. Since these backups
are rarely used, you can safely delete them (but remember that after deleting
Windows upgrade backups, you will no longer be able to restore old documents
and settings from previous installations of Windows).
Windows history lists
Windows creates history lists, which may log which files you were last working
on, for example. These are stored in the registry as references. By deleting or
moving the files, these entries become invalid.
Temporary program files
Many programs create files to temporarily store data that should normally be
deleted by the program after its tasks are complete. These files can always be
deleted.
Reports and logs from
programs
Many programs write log files that can be used to analyze their behavior. This
can be helpful, for example, when trying to solve problems. Any log files
that you do not plan on evaluating can be deleted.
Unnecessary program files
Thumbnails of images are used by various programs to provide a quick preview.
You can clean up the thumbnails, caches of programs and screenshots
(captured images of your computer screen or open application windows)
that you no longer need to gain disk space.
Backup files of programs
Many programs automatically create backups of your files. Also, some
programs create backups of installation files so that you can reinstall
the programs if they ever get damaged. If you feel that you no longer need
these backup files, you can safely delete them to free up space (however,
remember that after removing the installation files, you may need to use
installation disks if you ever want to reinstall the software or make changes
to their installation).
Program history lists
Many programs create history lists, which may log which files you were last
working on, for example. These are stored in the registry as references.
By deleting or moving the files, these entries become invalid.
9.2. Cleaning up browser
As you surf the Internet, your browser saves various kinds of data on your computer.
You no longer need to go through the laborious task of deleting these traces of your surfing activity yourself
using your browser; now you can let AVG Browser Cleaner search for this data for you. Then, you just need
to select the data that you no longer need and AVG Browser Cleaner will delete it for you straight away.
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In the following chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Browser Cleaner module to quickly
clean up your Internet browser by deleting the cache, cookies and history in next to no time.
9.2.1. How to Clean Your Browser
Start the AVG Browser Cleaner module by going to the Free Up Space screen and clicking on the Browser
Data section of the Cleanup Potential graph.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Clean up
browser data entry under Usage data.
Under Browsers, select the Internet browser that you want to clean up. You can choose from Internet
Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari, as well as the plug-ins Adobe Flash Player and
Microsoft Silverlight.
AVG Browser Cleaner then determines the items that can be deleted for the selected browsers. Under
the name of a browser, there is a list of categories that you can clean up:
Type
Description
Cache
All pictures, text and animations that you view in your browser while surfing
the Internet are saved in the cache. If you visit a website again, the text and
images can be loaded from the cache more quickly than from the Internet.
However, it is advisable to empty your cache from time to time.
Cookies
Cookies contain information about websites that have been visited and are
saved by Internet browsers while you are surfing the Internet without asking you
first. A cookie may contain login data for a website or information about
the user’s surfing behavior.
Optimize databases
The Mozilla Firefox databases are optimized to gain disk space.
Download history
The download history contains a list of files that have been downloaded.
Website properties
Some website properties, such as font size, are saved in the browser.
Form data
Data entered in web forms, such as address details, is saved in the browser.
Saved passwords
Passwords for certain websites can be saved. These passwords should only be
deleted by experienced users.
Index.dat files
Internet Explorer's URL caches are saved in what are known as index.dat files.
Please note that these files should only be cleaned up by experienced users.
Internet history
The addresses of all the websites you have visited are saved in the Internet
history.
Last download location
The path that was manually entered most recently for downloading a file is
saved here.
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Session
Mozilla Firefox saves the last and current session with the tabs and websites
opened during that session.
Temporary files
Temporary usage data for the browser is saved here.
More Mozilla files
In these additional files, Mozilla Firefox saves backups, updates, crash and
error reports and log files.
More Opera files
These additional Opera files that can be cleaned up include icons, thumbnails,
VPS, temporary downloads and the app cache.
Most recently entered
URLs
The website addresses that have been most recently entered manually are
saved here.
You have the option to protect the cookies from some websites by specifying an exception and excluding them
from the cleanup. To do this, check the box for the Protect cookies from certain websites option. A new
dialog now opens where you can select the websites for which you wish to protect cookies from the list under
Delete. Once you have made your selection, simply click the right arrow between the two lists. The cookies
from the selected websites are then immediately protected.
Using the Protect items that are less than a week old option, you can protect saved data with a recent
date. To do this, simply check the box for this option. Items that are less than a week old are then excluded
from the cleanup.
9.3. Finding and Removing Duplicate Files
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Duplicate Finder module to locate various
duplicate files or folders on your hard disk and subsequently remove them.
A hard drive resembles a family garage – junk expands to fill available space. An SSD drive behaves very much
the same way, while being considerably smaller. You may not notice it at first sight, but a deeper look will
surely reveal a few dozen duplicate files (or even whole folders) on your hard drive, eating up precious disk
space.
AVG Duplicate Finder lends you a hand in the tedious yet rewarding task of removing duplicate files or
folders from your computer. With its help, your digital junk levels will be notably reduced. It can search for files
or folders with the same name, the same size, and/or the exact same contents. It also helps you examine
each file or folder and decide which one to keep. Finally, it can ignore small files, so you can concentrate
on the more wasteful redundancy.
9.3.1. How to Find Duplicate Files
1. Start the AVG Duplicate Finder module by going to the Free Up Space screen and clicking
on the Remove duplicate files section of the Cleanup Potential graph.
2. Click the Scan for Duplicates button to start searching for duplicate files or folders on your hard drive.
By default, the whole disk is being scanned; however, you can narrow your selection down by specifying
a particular area of you hard drive. The scan usually takes only a few seconds. After it's finished, the AVG
Duplicate Finder displays a new dialog, allowing you to view all duplicates that were found during
the scanning.
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3. Now you can decide whether you want to remove or to keep your findings. All duplicates are sorted
by category (Folders, Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents, Others). There are also two special categories:
· All Duplicates – the "global" category containing all duplicates found
· Selected – contains the duplicates that you have selected for removal (see below). It is only displayed
in case you have previously selected something.
Switch between category views by clicking their names in the column on the right.
You can also use the roll-down menu to sort files in each category (by size, by name etc.) in ascending or
descending order. In case of some files (images, for example), a small preview is available, helping you
to decide what to do with them.
A folder is considered to be duplicate in case it solely contains duplicate files. If only some files in a folder
are identical, these files will be shown in a respective category (Pictures, Music etc.), but the folder as
whole won't be shown in the scanning results dialog. Also, a folder won't be mark ed as duplicate if
the duplicate files it contains are set to be ignored.
4. Choose the files or folders that you want to remove. It's very easy – just check the boxes next to their
names in the right part of the dialog.
Also, you can make use of the Auto-Select All button (located in the lower part of the dialog, to the left
from the Remove selected button). Clicking it triggers a new roll-down menu, offering you either to Keep
the oldest copies, or to Keep the newest copies. Using one of these options automatically selects
(for removal) all copies of every duplicate file found, except the oldest / newest one (you can cancel all your
selections by clicking the Deselect all option in the same menu). The Auto-Select feature can as well be
applied to individual categories (see above) or even to individual files in each category – just move your
mouse cursor upon the category or duplicate file's name and click a tiny arrow appearing to the right of it.
This triggers a similar roll-down menu for keeping only the oldest / the newest copies (or copy), however
applying solely to this single category or file.
Please note, that if you select all copies of the same file or folder, a warning message appears, asking you
to confirm that you really want to remove them all. This is a safety measure ensuring that you don't
accidentally remove the original version.
5. After you select one or more duplicate files or folders, the Remove selected button in the lower-right
corner of the dialog becomes active. Click it and confirm that you really want to move selected items
into Windows Recycle Bin. The removal process itself usually takes only a few seconds.
6. The list of categories and files / folders will be appropriately updated. Now you can either close the module,
or click the arrow button in the upper-left part of the dialog to start searching for duplicates anew.
9.3.2. How to Configure AVG Duplicate Finder
The central settings dialog of the AVG PC TuneUp allows you to modify your AVG Duplicate Finder
behavior.
To access these settings, click Settings in the menu bar of the AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard, then click
on a module name on the left of the navigation bar. You can also access the same dialog directly from
the AVG Duplicate Finder module – simply click the Settings link in the upper-right corner of the window.
Use the Ignore files smaller than: text field to set the maximum file size to be ignored by the AVG
Duplicate Finder (in KB). Such files won't be included into AVG Duplicate Finder searches, thus allowing
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the module to concentrate on bigger and more problematical duplicates.
Use the Ignore hidden files and folders checkbox to exclude hidden files and folders from AVG Duplicate
Finder searches.
Use the Ignore these file extensions: text field to explicitly specify file types (extensions) that you do not
wish to be scanned; simply enter these extensions into the text field and separate individual items by commas
(e.g. .xls, .doc).
9.4. Finding and Deleting Large Files and Folders
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Disk Space Explorer module to obtain a rapid
overview of the space taken up on your hard disks, in order to clean them up quickly and efficiently.
The capacity of modern hard disks and memory cards has increased tremendously over the last several years.
At the same time, the needs of the user have also increased to the point where we still manage to completely
fill up even the new larger drives.
Obviously, this development hasn't exactly made it easier to keep track of these huge quantities of data. With
so many files and nested folders, how is it possible to determine where the most space is being taken up (and
possibly wasted)?
AVG Disk Space Explorer helps you find the largest files. You can then archive them onto a CD, DVD or
an external hard disk, for example. It might be a good idea to make sure that you do not need these files any
more and decide to delete them instead. In this way, you can free up a vast amount of valuable disk space
in one go.
9.4.1. How to Run an Analysis
Launch the AVG Disk Space Explorer module by going to the Free Up Space screen and clicking
on the Find large files and folders option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Find
large files and folders entry under Hard disk.
Choose what to analyze:
Analyzing drives
From the list of all of the drives attached to your computer, select those that should be included
in the search for huge files. The wizard shows the total size of each drive and the free space available. It
is especially important to analyze the drives that have little free space remaining.
Analyzing folders
You can save a lot of time by analyzing individual folders. If you want to analyze an individual folder, you
must enable Analyze folders. Click Select to open a tree structure of all your folders, from which you
can select just one folder by highlighting it and clicking OK.
Click Next to start the analysis.
The analysis may take a while depending on the size and usage of the selected drives or folders. As soon as
the analysis is complete, click Finish to display the results in the main window.
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9.4.2. Analysis Results
Folder Structure
After the analysis, the AVG Disk Space Explorer main window opens. This is divided into two areas.
In the left-hand area of the window, there is a tree view of your drives and folders, the same as in Windows
Explorer. The data for the location selected in the tree view is displayed in the right-hand area of the window.
By default, the most recently analyzed drive is displayed first.
If you have decided against the analysis and clicked Cancel, the main window still opens, but you will not see
any information on the individual drives. You can also start an analysis from here, but only for one drive each.
Displaying Information
To display information in the right-hand area of the window, you can choose between several views by clicking
on the respective tab at the top edge.
In each view, you will receive a list, and you can sort the columns into ascending or descending order easily
by clicking on the column name. Sorting according to size in particular will give you a quick overview of your
biggest files.
The following views are available for displaying the disk space allocation.
· Overview
The default view Overview is an ideal first step when cleaning up your drives. The most important
information from all of the other views is combined to give you a general overview. You can always find
information about the selected element in the folder tree at the top of the window, in the upper area with
a colorful background. The size and percentage of space used is displayed for each drive. If, however,
a folder is selected, this area will show you the size of the folder including all its files and subfolders.
You also receive information on the creation date of the folder and when it was last used.
The Computer (or My Computer in case of Windows XP) view represents a certain exception in regard
to the first table, since instead of showing an overview of the largest files and folders, it will display
the occupied space for each drive.
o Overview of the Largest Folders and Files
Here you can see a graphical overview of the space on the selected drive or folder in the form of a pie
chart. The size and percentage of space occupied is shown here for up to 10 folders and files. If you
would like to see more than the 10 elements that are displayed, simply click on the link Show
Contents to switch to the Contents view.
o File Types
This table organizes the files contained in the selected element based on file types and shows you
at a glance which types of files (documents, music files, videos or images) are taking up the most disk
space.
Please note that this view does not just include the files that are directly located in the selected drive or
folder, but also includes all files in subfolders. You can limit the amount of information being displayed
by moving a level lower in the folder tree on the left.
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If you would like to see the individual files included in a given file type, simply click on the name
of the file type in the table. This will directly open the correct category in the file types view.
o Top 10 Files
This table is particularly useful in acute disk space shortages. It shows a list of the top 10 files that take
up the most disk space. As with the last table, this view does not just include the files that are directly
located in the selected drive or folder, but also includes all files in subfolders. If you click on one
of the files in the table or on the link Show top 100 files, the corresponding Top 100 files view will
open. There you can move, archive or delete files.
· Contents
This view shows the contents of the selected element in the folder tree on the left. In addition to basic
information such as name and type, as in Windows Explorer, each element has a field that displays its
size and the percentage of disk space that it takes up. A graphical representation with bars allows you
to recognize at a glance which files and folders are taking up the most space.
Double click on a folder to move a level deeper and to show the contents of the folder.
· File Types
Overview and file types
By default, a practical overview of your file types opens, showing you at a glance which ones take up
the most disk space.
The top edge of the window displays buttons for Images, Documents, Compressed files, Music files,
Video files and Other. Click on one of these buttons or on the respective entry in the overview
to display all files of the respective file type.
Advanced: Which file extensions are included?
Each file type category includes files with many different file extensions. Images, for example, includes
the file extensions .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .tif and .png. The exact list of file extensions included is adapted
to suit your system automatically by AVG Disk Space Explorer. Click Advanced on the top right
of your window to display this list. You can customize this easily by unchecking the checkbox.
The Other category shows you all other files that do not belong to any of the other file types.
This is where the list of extensions displayed after clicking Advanced is particularly helpful, as you
can configure which files should be shown in the list shown below.
In the context menu (displayed after right-clicking on the list of file extensions), you can quickly select
everything or reverse the current selection.
Explore your own hard drive and use the available views to look for ways that you can free up more disk
space. Sorting the list by file size or date of last access can also help you discover interesting files.
To do this, simply use the mouse to click on the headlines with a gray background at the top
of the columns.
Cleanup Tip: Sorting files by the date of last access in combination with limiting a view to certain file
types allows you to find objects such as older MP3 files or videos that you may not want to listen to or
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watch any more.
· Top 100 files
For most users, this is the most interesting view. This shows you the 100 largest files in the selected
location of the folder tree, clearly organized by file size. As the contents of all subfolders are included,
this view allows you to free up hundreds of megabytes or even several gigabytes with a few clicks,
depending on the size of your system.
9.4.3. How to Configure AVG Disk Space Explorer
AVG Disk Space Explorer provides you with some options for personalizing the appearance of your system.
To customize the available options, click File and then Settings.
Hidden files and folders
The Hidden files and folders section allows you to determine whether hidden files and folders should be
shown in AVG Disk Space Explorer. By default, the Windows Explorer settings will be applied. If you want
to configure different settings to the Windows Explorer settings, simply click Use user-defined settings and
tailor the options to your needs. By default, AVG Disk Space Explorer protects all elements in system
folders to prevent you from accidentally deleting or moving important system files. If you know your system
perfectly, you can disable this protection in the Protected system elements section. Check the checkbox
beside Permanently disable protection.
Deletion method
The Deletion method section lets you decide which method AVG Disk Space Explorer should use as
the default when deleting files and folders. The standard deletion method Move to Recycle Bin is particularly
recommended for beginners, as accidentally deleted files can be restored.
However, please note that the Windows Recycle Bin can only hold a limited amount of data. If the storage limit
of the Recycle Bin is exceeded or if Windows needs more space, the oldest files in the Recycle Bin will be
permanently deleted over time.
If the deletion method Permanently delete is selected, the Windows Recycle Bin will be bypassed and
the files will be deleted directly. Restoring these files at a later time is only possible with luck and special
software such as AVG Undelete.
The three other deletion methods use AVG Shredder to make restoring the deleted files practically
impossible.
You can find more information about these deletion methods and their settings in Securely Deleting Data and
Deletion Methods.
For AVG Shredder deletion methods, the Repetitions of deletion box is available. The number in it (1
by default) tells the AVG Shredder module how many times it should overwrite the data in order to delete
them completely. Generally, the greater the number, the better the chance that the data will be removed
permanently, with no chance for their renewal. However, great numbers of repetitions may also significantly
prolong the whole data deletion process.
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9.4.4. How to Archive Files
Archiving Files with AVG Disk Space Explorer
If, when browsing through your computer, you find some files that you don't actually need any more but still
don't want to delete, AVG Disk Space Explorer has a great solution to this problem:
Thanks to the smooth cooperation with Windows Explorer you can copy these files to a USB stick or external
hard disk before deletion, for example.
1. Click on the selected file(s) and select Copy from the Edit menu or use the shortcut Ctrl+C.
2. Open the selected target drive in Windows Explorer and paste the copied files using the Paste menu
item or the shortcut Ctrl+V.
Thanks to support for all major burning programs, you can also easily burn files to a CD or DVD. Simply drag
the files you want by holding down the mouse key (drag & drop) directly to the burn list in your burning
program.
Deleting Archived Files with AVG Disk Space Explorer
After successfully archiving the files, you can delete them safely in AVG Disk Space Explorer and
thereby free up valuable disk space. Select a file and then click Delete in the toolbar.
9.5. Securely Deleting Data
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Shredder module to permanently delete files,
folders and the Recycle Bin and why it is important to do so.
Securely Deleting Data Afterwards
If you have deleted a sensitive file in a "normal" way, you cannot subsequently delete it with AVG Shredder.
However we have a tip for you:
When you defragment hard disk s, any deleted files are normally overwritten and cannot be recovered
afterwards. Simply use AVG Drive Defrag to subsequently increase the security of a normal deletion method
(see How to Defragment Your Hard Disk ).
When you delete a file, it generally ends up in the Recycle Bin. In Windows, this Recycle Bin is simply
a folder that collects files for deletion. Retrieving a file from the Recycle Bin is child's play and therefore many
users regularly empty the Recycle Bin or delete their files without sending them to the Recycle Bin, in order
to feel that the file has been securely deleted.
Note however that when you delete a file, Windows does not actually remove it altogether - its entire content
remains on the hard disk. Windows merely marks the file as "deleted" from the file system and releases
the space taken up by the file so that it can be used again. Until this disk space is used again, it is relatively
easy to restore this file (e.g. with AVG PC TuneUp -> Restoring Deleted Files).
However, if you want to be absolutely sure that even professionals could not restore your sensitive data, use
AVG Shredder to irreversibly delete files, folders and the Recycle Bin. You can choose the most suitable
of three different Deletion Methods.
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9.5.1. How to Securely Delete Data
Launch the AVG Shredder module by going to the Free Up Space screen and clicking on the Securely
delete files to prevent snooping option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Securely
delete files entry under Hard disk.
What would you like to delete?
Files
1. Select Files.
This option lets you search for files on your computer to select them for deletion.
2. Click Add to add a file to be deleted to the list.
The Explorer opens. Double-click on a file to be deleted to add it to the list. Alternatively, you
can drag and drop a file from your opened Explorer or from the Desktop to the list. Select a file
with the mouse and drag it into the list.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the space that becomes free through
deletion, thereby increasing security of deletion.
If you add a file to the list by mistake, you can remove it again by selecting the entry and
clicking Remove.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods).
Folders
1. Select Folders.
This option lets you search for folders on your computer to select them for deletion. When a folder
is deleted, all the files it contains will also be deleted. When you select a folder for deletion,
the program detects whether this contains subfolders and you have the opportunity to exclude
these from the search.
2. Click Select.
A tree structure opens in your folder. Select here a folder to be deleted and click OK.
Alternatively, enter into the text field the full path of the folder to be deleted.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the space reserved for the files
in the selected folder, thereby increasing deletion security.
If the selected folders have subfolders, here you can remove them from the search. Do this
by unchecking the Include subordinate folders checkbox.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
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You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods).
Recycle Bin
1. Select Recycle Bin.
This option shows you the Recycle Bin, so that you can empty it. You receive
information on the number of files it contains and the amount of disk space taken up
by the Recycle Bin. You can also display the content before deleting it.
2. Click Show contents.
You receive information on the size of the Recycle Bin and the number of files it contains.
To ensure that there are no important files in the Recycle Bin, you can display the content before
deletion takes place.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the reserved free space of files
in the Recycle Bin, thereby increasing security of deletion.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods).
9.5.2. Deletion Methods
AVG Shredder provides the following three deletion methods that differ in terms of length of deletion and
security of deletion. Each of these deletion methods can be increased by repeating the deletion process. Note
however, that the deletion process then takes longer.
Fast deletion
Files will be overwritten with a single character. The original text of the files will be replaced with endless
columns of a certain letter.
Secure deletion in accordance with DoD 5220.22-M
A procedure developed by the United States Department of Defense (Regulation DoD 5220.22-M) will be used.
Prior to deletion, the files are overwritten with special data patterns multiple times, destroying the original
contents so effectively that even expensive examinations of the magnetic structure of the disk in a special
laboratory would not allow the data to be recovered.
Secure deletion, Gutmann method
This method, named after its inventor Peter Gutmann, overwrites the files to be deleted 35 times with random
values in a special pattern and then deletes them. This method is considered the most secure way to delete
files with software, but also takes the longest time.
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9.6. Uninstalling unused programs
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use AVG Uninstall Manager to display the programs installed
on your computer, why you might want to uninstall them and how to do so.
Over time, you accumulate a large number of programs on your computer, many of which you probably do not
even use. So that your Windows system can run quickly and smoothly, you should regularly remove unused or
unnecessary programs.
Each time you install a program on your computer, it becomes deeply anchored in the Windows system where
it remains until you uninstall it completely. If you no longer require a program, it is not enough just to delete
the program folder or the desktop icon that you use to open it.
Most programs distribute their files across several locations on your hard disk and also make entries
in the Windows registry.
AVG Uninstall Manager lets you rapidly determine what programs you rarely use or which take up
an especially large amount of space. You can show all installed programs sorted according to different
aspects and then, using the useful additional information about when you installed the program and how often
you use it, decide whether you still need it or should uninstall it.
9.6.1. How to Uninstall Programs
How to Uninstall Programs
Launch the AVG Uninstall Manager module by going to the Free Up Space screen and clicking
on the Uninstall unused programs option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Uninstall
unused programs entry under Installed programs.
Before the program starts, the startup screen may appear for the Rating function for programs. Here you
can decide whether to enable this feature and click OK.
AVG Uninstall Manager shows you a list of all installed programs. In the menu bar, click Organize to sort
the table by column or select a filter under View to display only selected programs. This will help you quickly
identify what programs you no longer use or which take up the most space.
If you select an entry from the list, additional information about the program is display in the Details
area to the right. You will see details of the manufacturer, installation date, date of last use, size of program
files on your hard disk, system usage and the program rating.
If, despite the statistical data that AVG Uninstall Manager shows you, you are not sure whether you wish
to uninstall a program because you do not k now what it contains, click on Online search in the toolbar. A web
page opens displaying the results of the search for the program selected in the list. This page provides
detailed information on the program. This information will also help you to decide whether you should uninstall
a program or not.
The Usefulness column is also helpful for your decision-making process. This provides you with
information on how useful you and/or other users of AVG PC TuneUp found the program. If you have not yet
provided a rating, you can rate it now. AVG PC TuneUp calls up the ratings of other users from a server
database and displays them for you. These ratings are automatically updated regularly.
Click Uninstall to remove a program.
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To remove a program correctly from your computer, highlight the entry and click Uninstall in the toolbar. You
can also double-click on the entry.
The uninstall routine that is now called up varies from program to program. None of these programs merely
deletes the files from the hard disk – they also remove all desktop icons, the entries in the Start Menu and
the entries in the registry. Follow the instructions for the uninstallation procedure to complete the process.
If you do not want to uninstall a program and you wish to be sure that it does not appear in this list
in the future, select Remove entry from the context menu of an entry. You will then no longer be able
to uninstall the program using AVG Uninstall Manager. Note that this does not uninstall the program.
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10. Fix Problems
Unfortunately, things sometimes don't go quite as you expected when you are working with a computer. With
Fix problems, AVG PC TuneUp offers you various functions for discovering and rectifying any problems
that occur. In addition, the program helps you to recover accidentally deleted files.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
This screen is split into two areas:
The Fix Problems list
This list contains all the problems affecting your system's health. For example, checks are made to see if key
settings have been set correctly in Windows, if there is enough free memory on your system drive, if important
security programs are installed and if there are any new Windows updates. Each problem in the list is briefly
described and an appropriate solution is suggested.
Every listed problem can be solved using the specific action button (Fix, Download, Scan etc.). Click it
to download crucial security software, activate disabled Windows functions, or run some AVG PC TuneUp
module.
You can also click the Ignore link to hide some problems, so that they won't impact the system health
anymore. Every hidden problem appears in the bottom of the list. You can click the Stop ignoring link
to activate it again.
Other useful modules
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There are other useful modules that you may want to run to discover and fix possible problems. These are
listed on a ribbon in the lower part of this dialog.
· Fixing other common problems
· Check ing the Hard Disk for Errors
· Restoring Deleted Files
· Undoing Changes using the Rescue Center
10.1. Fixing Common Problems
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use the AVG Repair Wizard
module to fix common problems easily. Simply select the problems in question and AVG Repair Wizard will
fix them for you.
You keep having problems with your computer in your day-to-day work. Without warning, Windows suddenly
displays the wrong icons, hides the taskbar or shortcuts on the desktop disappear.
If you discover problems like these on your computer but do not know how to describe them, you will find this
function very useful. You select the problems that are occurring from a list of typical computer problems, and
AVG Repair Wizard fixes them immediately.
10.1.1. How to Fix Common Problems
Launch the AVG Repair Wizard module by going to the Fix Problems screen and clicking the Fix other
common problems option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Fix
common problems entry under Windows.
Select the problems you have for repair. AVG Repair Wizard shows you a clearly arranged list
of common Windows problems. After you select an entry in the list, a detailed explanation of this problem
appears in the right-hand window area. Select the checkbox for every problem that you are experiencing.
Click Next to start the repair. This opens a list of the selected problems opens that you must confirm
by clicking again on Next. The repairs are now carried out.
Click Finish to close the module.
10.2. Checking the Hard Disk for Errors
In this chapter, you will find out how you can analyze your drives using the AVG Disk Doctor module and
why it is important to do so.
When working with your computer, files are constantly being read and written – regardless of whether you are
editing a text document, looking at pictures or simply starting an application. Windows places all files
in special file systems to allow quick access to all necessary information at any time.
More information on system files
File systems keep track of every file and folder on a drive and save information about these objects such as
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their name, size, date of last access, location and much more.
The file systems used by Windows for hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards (such as those used
by digital cameras) and diskettes are called FAT and NTFS. The newer of the two file systems, NTFS, allows
you to save additional information such as access authorizations and is better suited for the size of modern
disks than FAT.
Over time, errors may occur in these complicated systems - due to defects in the drives being used, power
outages or program crashes. If these errors are not found and corrected quickly, this can lead to error
messages, problems with programs and, in the worst case, total loss of important data.
AVG Disk Doctor performs a thorough analysis of your drives and their file systems. If any errors are found
during analysis, they can be repaired automatically. This is how you guard against data loss.
10.2.1. How to Check your Hard Disk
Launch the AVG Disk Doctor module by going to the Fix Problems screen and clicking the Check disk
for errors option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Check
for errors entry under Hard disk.
Select the drive to be checked by AVG Disk Doctor and click Next.
Select Normal analysis or Thorough analysis.
Because the Thorough analysis can take a long time for large drives, the Normal analysis of the selected
drive is sufficient in most cases – this usually takes 1-2 minutes.
However, if errors occur on your system or Windows reports problems with reading or writing data,
a Thorough analysis is recommended.
Click Next to start the analysis.
During the analysis, AVG Disk Doctor provides you with a graphical display of the progress. The boxes
displayed represent the space usage of the drive being examined.
If no errors have been found, click Finish to exit the module.
In some cases it is necessary to restart your computer in order to successfully complete the analysis or repair
process. This can happen, for example, when active programs or Windows itself are using the selected drive
and thus prevent AVG Disk Doctor from having exclusive access.
If a system restart is necessary, AVG Disk Doctor will show you a corresponding message. You can then
decide if the necessary restart should be performed immediately or if you would like to restart the system
yourself at a later time.
10.2.2. Normal vs. Thorough Analysis
Normal Analysis
Normal analysis takes approx. 1-2 minutes and is generally sufficient.
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Normal analysis is carried out in several phases. The table below shows explanations of all possible steps
(only the first three lines are performed during the normal analysis).
Thorough Analysis
Thorough analysis covers all of the steps of the Normal analysis. In addition, your drives will be checked
for physical defects.
Storage space on drives is divided into so-called sectors, which are usually 512 bytes in size each. In order
to detect physical defects on a drive, the thorough analysis checks the performance of each of these
sectors.
The length of this analysis depends on several factors, including the size of the drive and the degree
of fragmentation. You should allow at least 5 to 20 minutes.
The following table explains all possible steps.
Analysis step
Explanation
Normal and thorough analysis
Checking files and folders
(NTFS and FAT)
Every element in the file system is checked. The program ensures
that the structures of all files and folders are correct.
Checking indexes
(NTFS only)
Indexes are references to folders in the NTFS file system. If any of these
indexes are damaged, the associated folders will not be displayed in the file
system.
If any of your files or folders have suddenly "disappeared", there is a good
chance that they will be recovered after repairing the file system.
Checking security
descriptors
(NTFS only)
Files and folders in the NTFS file system are usually protected by security
descriptors that prevent access by unauthorized users. During the analysis,
errors in these descriptions are found and corrected.
Only thorough analysis
Checking file data
(NTFS only)
All sectors of the disk that currently contain files are checked. This will ensure
that no read errors take place when working with files, If sectors are found
that require multiple read attempts to successfully read the data, the file
data contained will be moved to a sector that is free of errors. The sector is then
marked as defective. This prevents future problems.
Checking free disk space
(NTFS and FAT)
All drive sectors that do not contain any files will be checked for error-free
readability. If errors occur during this analysis, the sector in question will be
marked as defective to prevent files from being saved there in the future.
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10.3. Restoring Deleted Files
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Undelete module to restore accidentally deleted
files.
Have you accidentally deleted an important file and want to restore it? Perhaps you already looked
in the Recycle Bin but it wasn't there?
Then you will be pleased with the functions offered by AVG Undelete. Here you can restore deleted files,
provided Windows has not yet overwritten the drive space that these files took up.
Valuable tips for rescuing data
The following rule of thumb applies: The longer ago a file was deleted and the more you have worked on your
computer since then, the smaller the chance of complete restoration. Therefore, as soon as you realize
that the file should not have been deleted, try to rescue it with AVG Undelete.
Never install software for recovering deleted files on your system if the mishap has already occurred. You could
overwrite important data irrevocably precisely by installing such software.
Even if you install the application on a different drive, deleted data is still at risk from temporary
installation files. Data recovery software like AVG Undelete should therefore always be installed and ready
for use in advance. This means you are always fully equipped to deal with an emergency situation, should one
occur.
10.3.1. How to Search for Deleted Files
Launch the AVG Undelete module by going to the Fix Problems screen and clicking the Restore deleted
files option on the additional modules ribbon (in the lower part of the screen).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Restore
deleted files entry under Hard disk.
Select the drives you want to scan for deleted files.
Even if you want to recover a file on an external storage medium (for example a USB flash drive), this
option will still be displayed.
If you can no longer remember where the files were stored, you can also browse all drives.
Restrict your search. You can refine your search through the entry of search terms. This is recommended if
you can remember the name of the file or even just part of the name.
Search tip: Use the wildcards * and ?
When you enter search terms you can use wildcards. These function in exactly the same way as
in many standard search engines.
The use of wildcards when searching is useful if you cannot remember the precise name of the file or
only wish to search for a certain file extension.
* and ? can be used as wildcards, whereby * represents multiple characters and ? stands
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for an individual character.
Examples for the use of wildcards:
· A search using photo* will find all files whose name starts with photo, and of all file types
i.e. photo_01.jpg, photo.bmp, photo_paris.tif, etc.
· A search for photo.* or for photo (no wildcard) will find all files called photo and of all file types,
i.e. photo.jpg, photo.doc, photo.tif, etc.
· A search for *.doc will find all files with the extension .doc.
· A search for photo_?? finds all files whose name starts with photo_ and which have two further
characters in their name, and of any file type, i.e. photo_01, photo_09, etc.
Why should I search for 0 byte files?
0 byte files consist solely of the file name. It is impossible to restore the content of such files. If,
for example, you have deleted a file with a strictly confidential file name and want to be sure that this file
can never be found again, you can include 0 byte files in the search.
Why should I only search for files in good condition?
With files that are in good condition you stand a good chance of recovering the file in full.
Click Next to start the search.
AVG Undelete searches every selected drive in turn. For large hard disks and if you have not entered any
search terms, the search can take quite a long time.
Search result displays the file name, the original storage location (folder), the size, file type, date last
changed and an estimate of the condition of the file.
10.3.2. File Restoration
Condition of a deleted file
For every deleted file, AVG Undelete determines its probable condition. This is of course the most important
information at this point: you receive a very accurate prediction of whether a file can be restored again in full.
Good condition
If the condition of a file is likely to be good, the place the file originally took up on the hard disk will not
yet have been replaced with another file. It is therefore highly probable that the file can be successfully
restored.
Poor condition
If the condition of a file is likely to be poor, this means that the place that it once took up on the hard
disk, will have been partly overwritten by other files. However, there is still a chance that at least some
of the file can be restored. The precise result of the restoration cannot at this time be determined
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for certain, however.
Restoring files
1. Select the files that you wish to restore.
Use Ctrl-click to select multiple files.
2. Click Restore to start the recovery attempt.
3. Specify whether the files should be restored to the original folder or to another location.
If you wish to select a different location, the folder hierarchy appears and you can select a folder
or create a new folder. Click OK to confirm your entry.
AVG Undelete now restores the selected files to the location specified.
You can also exit the dialog at any time by pressing Cancel.
Was the recovery successful?
As soon as restoration has finished, you can try to open the file. If this works, the file was successfully
restored. If this doesn't work, the file had probably already been overwritten by another file.
If you now wish to use another program to recover deleted files, so as to be sure that you have tried
everything, we strongly urge you not to install this on the same hard disk as the file was stored on.
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11. All Functions
On the far right of the Dashboard, you will see the All functions menu. Opening this menu gives you a list
of all functions that AVG PC TuneUp offers - clearly sorted according to application area. Clicking
on the wrench icon next to an entry opens the settings for that entry, which you can adapt to your personal
requirements.
You will find most of these functions in this view and in one of the five categories.
However, you will only find the following functions in this menu:
Installed Programs
Disable background programs
Allows you to disable programs that you are not currently using, but do not wish to uninstall.
See also How to Disable Programs.
Disable startup programs
Allows you to disable programs that are automatically started in the background when the system starts
up, so as to speed up the system startup.
See also How to Configure Your System Startup.
Uninstall unused programs
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Shows all the programs installed on your PC with detailed information about them, and allows you
to select programs to uninstall.
See also How to Uninstall Programs.
Hard Disk
Defragment
Rearranges blocks of data on your hard disk, providing more disk space and quicker loading times
for documents and programs.
See also How to Defragment Your Hard Disk.
Check for errors
Checks the surface of your hard disk and your file system structure for errors and fixes them to prevent
data loss.
See also How to Check your Hard Disk.
Securely delete data
Gives you three options for deleting your files or folders so that they cannot be restored, even
by professionals.
See also How to Securely Delete Data.
Restore deleted files
Searches your hard disk and mobile data carriers for deleted files and restores them.
See also How to Search for Deleted Files.
Remove duplicate files
Locates various duplicate files on your hard disk and allows you to remove them.
See also How to Find Duplicate Files.
Find large files & folders
Allows you to find and delete large amounts of data on your storage media, so as to create more disk
space.
See also How to Run an Analysis.
Usage data
Clean up system cache & logs
Searches for files, protocols, history lists, backup files and temporary files that are not needed and
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that can be safely removed from the hard disk without any negative impact on your system.
See also How to Clean Up Windows and Programs.
Clean up browser data
Cleans up the cache, cookies and Internet history of your browser, reliably removing traces of your
surfing activities.
See also How to Clean Your Browser.
Remove broken shortcuts
Searches your system for shortcuts and references that are no longer valid and deletes them. This
prevents error messages when these references are called up.
See also How to Remove Broken Shortcuts.
Registry
Defragment registry
Rewrites the central database of your Windows system (the Registry), eliminating gaps and structural
errors to create a more stable system.
See also How to Defragment the Registry.
Clean registry
Specifically searches for faulty entries in the central database of your Windows system (the registry)
and repairs or removes them to create a more stable system.
See also How to Clean the Registry.
Edit registry
The AVG Registry Editor module provides you with the option of searching quickly and easily for keys
and values in the registry and making changes. Please note that this function should only be used
by experienced users.
See also How to Edit Your Registry.
Computer
Turn on Economy Mode
Reduces the power consumption of your computer by making optimum use of the energy saving
potential.
See also Economy Mode.
Standard Mode
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Puts all tuning services and features at your disposal, without restriction.
See also Standard Mode.
Turn on Turbo Mode
Allows you to temporarily turn off unnecessary background programs or maintenance processes to give
your computer a performance boost.
See also Turbo Mode.
Start Maintenance
Checks your system for optimization options and then allows you to implement these optimizations
directly.
See also 1-Click Maintenance.
Configure Automatic maintenance
Allows you to specify maintenance tasks that should be run automatically at regular intervals.
See also Changing Maintenance Settings.
Show system information
Shows you important information about your hardware and software and the performance of your
computer.
See also How to Show System Information.
Recommendations
Show speed-up recommendations
Shows you recommendations for increasing your system performance by making modifications
to hardware and software, Internet settings and visual effects.
See also Increasing the Performance of Your Computer.
Fix PC Health problems
Shows you existing problems that have a negative impact on your system's health and suggests
solutions for remedying these problems.
See also Fixing Problems.
Optimize system startup & shutdown
Checks your computer for recommendations for accelerating system startup and shutdown,
e.g. disabling unnecessary startup programs.
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See also Optimizing the System.
Windows
Fix common problems
Shows you a list of common Windows problems and allows you to easily remedy your problems.
See also How to Fix Common Problems.
Modify Windows settings
Allows you to modify visual effects, browser options, the desktop, the user logon and much more to your
personal requirements.
See also Personalizing Options and Behaviors.
Modify Windows appearance
Allows you to change the Windows user interface to your personal wishes and requirements.
See also Personalizing the Appearance of Windows.
Show programs using CPU
Allows you to view your running processes and open files and to exit or close these in the event
of problems.
See also How to Manage Running Processes.
Mobile Devices
Clean up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
Allows you to connect an iOS device to your PC and clean it from unnecessary junk files in next to no
time.
See also How to Clean up an iOS device.
AVG PC TuneUp
Open Rescue Center
Allows you to reverse changes made with AVG PC TuneUp or to resort to Windows restore points.
See also Undoing Changes.
Show Optimization Report
The optimization report shows you what AVG PC TuneUp has optimized on your computer to date.
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See also How to Display the AVG Optimization Report.
Settings
Allows you to customize AVG PC TuneUp to suit your needs, apply maintenance settings, and
configure Live Optimization, Turbo Mode and the updates check for AVG PC TuneUp.
Configure Live Optimization
Allows you to activate two optimization measures for increasing the response rate and system startup
speed.
See also Configuring Live Optimization.
11.1. Cleaning the Registry
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Registry Cleaner module to clean the registry
and why it is important to do so.
The registry is the heart of a Windows system. It is where Windows continuously stores entries (values and
keys). In addition, each newly installed program and every newly connected hardware item is entered
in the registry where it records keys and values. When you start up a program, Windows does not call up this
program directly. Instead it opens the program using a key in the registry, which was created there when
the program was installed. This entry must also be deleted from the registry when the program is uninstalled
since it is no longer required. It is often the case, however, that Windows does not delete these entries
properly, which is why a great many invalid entries build up over time.
These entries are not just created when programs are installed, but also during many other tasks.
For example, the history list of recently used documents in the Start menu works using the entries
in the registry. These references become invalid when you move or delete a document. Since Windows does
not clean the registry regularly, we recommend you do it yourself with AVG Registry Cleaner.
By cleaning your registry regularly your whole system and all your programs will be more stable. This is why
this is one of the functions that AVG PC TuneUp can also run regularly as part of the Automatic
Maintenance.
Before cleanup can take place, the registry must be checked for problems. You can either fix these all at once
or individually.
11.1.1. How to Clean the Registry
How to Clean the Registry
Launch the AVG Registry Cleaner module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Fix
registry entry under Registry.
First, your registry must be checked for problems. Select one of the two types of scan:
1. Full Scan
We recommend the complete scan because this checks the whole registry for problems.
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2. Custom scan
Scanning the registry can take several minutes. While the scan is in process, you can monitor its
progress.
If problems are found, you have two options:
Display problems
Click Display problems to display detailed descriptions and exclude any individual problems from
the cleanup (see Additional Functions in AVG Registry Cleaner Main Menu).
Fix Problems Immediately
Select Fix problems immediately and click Next to fix all detected problems immediately. Your
registry is now free from all unnecessary ballast and your system is more stable.
If after the cleanup has finished, the Check again button appears, find out more information here:
Check Again
Sometimes, the Check again button appears and the wizard recommends that you check your system
again. This always happens if new entries in the registry have been made invalid by the cleanup. This is
not an error in the module, but a chain reaction that can occur primarily in the Program components
and File types areas.
Example:
In the registry, entry A points to entry B, which in turn points to the missing file X. In the first scan, AVG
Registry Cleaner determines that entry B is invalid because file X cannot be found. Entry B is deleted
during cleanup. This in turn makes entry A invalid, as it points to the now deleted entry B.
1. Click Check again.
These two categories alone will be analyzed again.
2. Click Finish to close the wizard.
Repeat the cleanup as often as required. As soon as no new problems are found, you can exit
the module - with the confidence that you have removed a great deal of junk from your system.
If no problems have been found, click Finish. This takes you to the AVG Registry Cleaner main window.
11.1.2. What is Checked?
What is Checked?
The following table shows you what areas of the registry AVG Registry Cleaner checks during the full scan.
You can select from these during the user-defined scan.
Area
Description
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Audible Signals
For certain system or program events such as error messages, sound files are
played. These are played by accessing the corresponding entries
in the registry; however these entries are invalid once the sound files no longer
exist.
Startup Programs
Many programs start automatically together with Windows (e.g. virus scanner).
This takes place via entries in the startup section of the registry. When such
programs are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
File Types
Entries in this area of the registry link one or more file extensions (e.g. .txt or
.doc) with various information (such as the program that should be used
to open them). Such entries can become invalid through
the uninstallation of programs, for example.
Database Drivers
During installation, some programs store entries on database drivers and
data sources in the registry. These entries can become invalid through
the uninstallation of these programs or the moving or deletion of individual
data sources. Often, invalid entries are created during installation itself.
Common Files
This part of the registry contains references to files and program libraries
(DLLs), to which several programs normally require access. When such
programs are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Help Files
Many programs record in the registry the location of their help files. When such
programs are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Installed Programs
Every program leaves behind an entry in this area of the registry. The list of all
programs in the Control Panel is compiled from these entries. When programs
are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted and inconsistencies arise
in this list.
Program Settings
Each program installed on the computer can create entries with programspecific information in the registry (e.g. data or program paths). When
programs are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Program Extensions
This area of the registry contains references to extensions such as audio and
video codecs or Internet Explorer add-ons that enhance the functionality
of individual programs (e.g. with new menu entries or new toolbar entries). If
these programs or extensions are uninstalled, these entries are often not
deleted.
Program Components
Many Windows programs access ActiveX and COM components using entries
in this area of the registry. These entries are created when programs like this
are installed, but are often not deleted during uninstallation. Some programs
even create invalid entries during installation.
Program Paths
The installation folders of some programs are stored in the registry to allow
these programs to be run directly via "Start -> Run". When such programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
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Fonts
Windows stores entries in this area of the registry for all fonts installed on your
computer. Since these entries are often not deleted when fonts are uninstalled,
Windows tries in vain to load these fonts every time the system starts up.
History Lists
Windows and many programs have history lists, which log, for example, which
files you were last working on. These are stored in the registry as references.
By deleting or moving the files, these entries become invalid.
Windows Firewall
The Windows firewall saves the programs that may accept incoming network
connections and stores an entry for each one in the registry. These entries
can become incorrect or invalid if, for example, one of these programs is
uninstalled.
It should be clear therefore that deleted files can leave behind a lot of "ghosts" in the registry. AVG Registry
Cleaner finds all of these orphaned entries and can delete them in a targeted fashion. We therefore
recommend that you perform the full scan.
11.1.3. Additional Functions in AVG Registry Cleaner Main Menu
Additional Functions in AVG Registry Cleaner Main Menu
Displaying Details and Excluding Problems from the Cleanup
If you click through the various areas in the left column, you will see a detailed Explanation in the top part
of the window, describing how problems can occur in the area in question.
If problems are found in an area, a list of the individual problems also appears with further information. Select
an entry in the list in order to display a more extensive analysis of the problem.
Here you can also exclude certain problems from the cleanup by unchecking the relevant checkboxes.
If descriptions of the problems are not visible, click Details in the toolbar.
Running the Cleanup
To start cleanup from the main window of AVG Registry Cleaner, click Start cleaning. If you have excluded
problems from the cleanup, these will not be fixed.
If after the cleanup has finished, the Check again button appears, find out more information here:
Check Again
Sometimes, the Check again button appears and the wizard recommends that you check your system
again. This always happens if new entries in the registry have been made invalid by the cleanup. This is
not an error in the module, but a chain reaction that can occur primarily in the Program components
and File types areas.
Example:
In the registry, entry A points to entry B, which in turn points to the missing file X. In the first scan,
AVG Registry Cleaner determines that entry B is invalid because file X cannot be found. Entry B is
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deleted during cleanup. This in turn makes entry A invalid, as it points to the now deleted entry B.
1. Click Check again.
These two categories alone will be analyzed again.
2. Click Finish to close the wizard.
Repeat the cleanup as often as required. As soon as no new problems are found, you can exit
the module - with the confidence that you have removed a great deal of junk from your system.
Functions for Advanced Users
If you are sure that you want to exclude individual areas from cleanup, or want to look at the entries
in the registry or even edit them, you will find the following functions useful:
Ignore Problems
You can remove individual problems from the list so that they are not found by the analysis.
For this, perform the following steps:
1. Select a problem from the list of corresponding areas.
2. In the Edit menu, select Ignore problem.
You can also get to this function using the list entry context menu.
Include Ignored Problems Again
If you no longer wish to ignore a problem, you can add it back to the analysis.
For this, perform the following steps:
1. In the File menu, select Ignored problems.
2. Highlight it in the list and click Remove.
Show Entries in the Registry
From the detailed problem list for an area, you can go straight to the relevant entry in the registry
for every problem.
For this, perform the following steps:
1. Select a problem from the list.
2. In the Edit menu, select Problem details and Go to key.
You can also get to this function using the list entry context menu.
Editing the Registry
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In the toolbar, click Registry Editor to directly call up the AVG PC TuneUp module for editing
the registry.
11.2. Cleaning Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Cleaner for iOS module to scan your iPhone, iPad
or iPod touch device for unnecessary junk files and afterwards to get rid of such files in next to no time.
The iOS devices, i.e. iPhones, iPads or iPods, are nowadays extremely popular and widespread. People use
them for all kinds of purposes – they listen to music, they watch videos, they read the news or simply surf
the web. This, however, requires a large number of different apps that create lots of unnecessary and quite
useless temporary files. Such junk files are a great burden indeed, since they eat up space and seriously
affect the running speed of the device.
AVG Cleaner for iOS comes with a simple yet the most effective and unique solution. All you have to do is
to connect your iOS device to your PC via USB cable and to run a scan. This scan will quickly tell you which
files can be cleaned up in order to release some extra space back for use. The module is capable of detecting
such files as temporary application files, cookies or image thumbnails. You can then get rid of all these spacehogging files in almost no time thereby retrieving some storage capacity that you might have already taken
for permanently lost.
Please note that whenever you connect an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer with AVG PC TuneUp
and Apple iTunes installed, the notification bubble automatically appears informing you that there is a way
to remove unnecessary junk files from this device. Click ing this bubble opens the welcome screen of the AVG
Cleaner for iOS module. Of course, you can simply close the bubble and run the module later on (this time
directly from AVG PC TuneUp user interface).
Please note that devices running iOS 8.3 and newer are not supported by the AVG Cleaner for iOS
module, because Apple has restricted access to its operating system.
11.2.1. How to Clean up an iOS device
1. Start the AVG Cleaner for iOS module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting
the Clean Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch entry under Mobile Devices.
2. In order to function properly, AVG Cleaner for iOS module requires iTunes to be installed on your PC.
iTunes is a media player, media library, and mobile device management application developed by Apple
Inc. It can be used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video on personal computers.
On computers with iTunes already installed, this step is simply being skipped. However, if you don't have
this software yet, click the Download iTunes button (or open the following webpage).
In your internet browser, click the Download Now button. Wait till your installation file is downloaded, then
run it – afterwards you will be guided through the installation process. Once the iTunes installation is
finished, return to the AVG Cleaner for iOS module dialog. As you can see, you are now able to proceed
to the next step.
Please note that iTunes is only required because it contains files that AVG Cleaner for iOS module needs
to connect to your device. You do not need to open iTunes during scanning or the cleaning process itself.
3. Now, connect your iOS device to your PC via USB cable.
Please note that devices running iOS 8.3 and newer are not supported by the AVG Cleaner for iOS
module, because Apple has restricted access to its operating system. Therefore, in case you are
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using iOS 8.3 or newer, you will see an error message and connection won't be successful.
iPhone, iPad or iPod touch recognition usually takes a few seconds. You may be prompted to unlock your
device and tap Trust in order to proceed. Once the connection successfully takes place, you will see
the Connect Device text change to Connected To: with your device's name right under it. Now you are able
to proceed to the next and final step – running a scan.
4. In order to see just how much space you can safely free up, click the Scan Now button. You don't have
to be worried that something will be changed or removed without your permission, since it is just scanning,
not cleaning. You will see the results first so that you can decide how to handle them.
The scanning process can take up to a few minutes. During the scanning, you can continually view the total
size and number of cleanable items. You can always abort the process by clicking the Cancel button (which
discards all the findings and takes you back to the previous dialog).
5. The scanning process can end in two ways. Either there are no junk files found (so you can just close
the AVG Cleaner for iOS module), or there were some findings (which is far more common). In the second
case, the Scan Results dialog will be displayed. Click here to learn more about various types of junk files
that can be detected on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
6. After viewing the findings (and possibly selecting items that you wish to remove), all you have to do is
to click the Clean Now button. The cleaning process will be launched immediately, allowing you to view its
progress – the number of already removed junk files and their total size. Please do not unplug your iOS
device during cleaning, since it would abort the whole procedure.
If the AVG Cleaner for iOS module is being protected by the AVG Rescue Center (this protection is turned
on by default) and there is not enough space on your hard drive to perform back up, the cleaning process will
not start. You will either have to free up some disk space, or to turn off automatic back ups in the Rescue
Center settings. Now you might wish to read more about automatic back ups in the AVG Cleaner for iOS
module, or just learn about the Rescue Center protection in general.
7. The cleaning process takes a few seconds to complete. Afterwards, you will be informed about the overall
number and size of junk files removed. Congratulations! Your iOS device has been successfully cleaned up,
its performance has been improved and additional storage space has been gained. Click the Close
button to leave the AVG Cleaner for iOS module.
11.2.2. What junk files can be found?
When the scanning process is finished, you will see the Scan results dialog – a ribbon divided into several
diversely colored segments (based on junk files categories). The individual segments of the ribbon are
displayed proportionally, i. e. their size depends on the percentage of the overall cleanable space that they
represent.
The following types of junk files can be cleaned up:
Category
Description
Temporary Files
This category contains all unnecessary temporary files created by apps
that can be safely removed.
Cookies
This category contains all cookies created by apps that can be safely cleaned
up.
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Cache Files
This category contains unnecessary cache files stored by apps that can be
safely removed.
System Logs
This category contains unnecessary system-usage reports and app-crash logs
created by your device that are safe to remove.
Thumbnail Cache
This category contains photo thumbnails that 3rd-party apps have created
on your device that can be safely cleaned up. Your own photos will NOT be
touched.
Download Cache
This category contains any interrupted or incomplete downloads.
After you hover your mouse cursor over a particular segment, you will see this segment's brief description, as
well as the total number and size of cleanable items in it.
Clicking the Show Details button in the lower-left corner of the window will switch the dialog to detailed view.
This allows you to examine the individual files in each category that are about to be cleaned up. In this view,
you can still see the multicolored ribbon of junk file categories; however, each category is also displayed
in the column on the left (together with the total size and number of cleanable items in it), so you can select or
unselect it as whole (using the checkbox next to its name). On the right, you can see detailed overview
of currently selected category – there is a list of sub-categories (i.e. individual applications) and even particular
items (files) within them. Anything can be selected (and unselected). You can even use the Sort roll-down
menu to sort items in each category (by their size or name).
Category (or sub-category) current state can be recognized by the appearance of checkbox next to its name.
Empty checkbox ( ) means completely unselected category, while a checked one ( ) stands
for a completely selected one. Checkbox with a little square in it ( ) marks a category (or sub-category),
in which only some items were selected to be cleaned up.
Clicking the Hide Details button will switch the display back into basic, simple view. However, all previously
selected / unselected items in individual categories or sub-categories remained selected / unselected.
Now, all that remains to be done is to start the cleaning process by clicking the Clean Now button. Click here
to learn more about the cleaning process and its results.
11.2.3. Automatic backups
Just as all other AVG PC TuneUp modules, the AVG Cleaner for iOS is by default being protected
by the Rescue Center. This means that before every cleanup, all files that are about to be removed are first
backed up on your hard drive. Should the cleaning process lead to a loss of any important data (typically,
some stored progress in games), you can afterwards choose to restore them.
The backup is being performed prior to the cleaning process (i.e. just after you click the Clean Now button). If
there is not enough disk space to create a backup, you will have to free it up. You can also turn off automatic
backups in the Rescue Center settings. To do so, click the Settings link (in the menu bar at the top right
of AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard), choose the Rescue Center Protection item from the list on the left and
uncheck the AVG Cleaner for iOS box. However, we do not recommend to turn off this feature, because it is
much safer to keep yourself a way to undo possible unwanted changes.
From the AVG Cleaner for iOS interface, you can easily see whether the Rescue Center protection is active
or not. Just have a look at the Rescue Center button in the upper-right corner of the dialog. If it's green,
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the module is being secured by automatic backups; if it's gray, the Rescue Center protection has been
disabled.
How Should I Restore the Lost Data?
To do so, you will have to launch the AVG Rescue Center module. This can be done either from the AVG PC
TuneUp Dashboard (by clicking the Rescue Center button in its lower right corner), or directly from the AVG
Cleaner for iOS interface by using the Rescue Center button in its upper-right corner.
Please note that restoring lost data only works on devices with iOS version lower than 8.3. Devices with
iOS version 8.3 and newer are not supported by the AVG Cleaner for iOS module, because Apple has
restricted access to its operating system.
In the right-hand column of the Undo changes section, the AVG Rescue Center displays a list of all saved
backups arranged by module or date. In case of AVG Cleaner for iOS backups, you can see the date and
time of their creation, the total number and size of items in each of them and above all, name of the device
from which they were created. You should therefore have no trouble finding the one that you want to use.
After you select the backup and confirm its restoration, you will see a dialog informing you that it is necessary
to connect the correct device. Use the USB cable, wait for the connection to succeed and click Continue
button. The restoration process will start. During it, you will be prompted to restart the iOS device in order
to successfully restore the data (the AVG Rescue Center can do this automatically – just allow it by clicking
the Restart button).
Please do not disconnect or use your iOS device, since this would disrupt the restoration process.
When the process is finished, you will see one last confirmatory dialog. Congratulations! You have
successfully recovered all data and can now safely disconnect your iOS device.
11.3. Defragmenting the Registry
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Registry Defrag module to reduce the size
of the registry by defragmenting it and why it is important to do so.
The registry is the heart of a Windows system. It is where Windows continuously stores entries (values and
keys). In addition, each newly installed program and every newly connected hardware is entered in the registry
where it records keys and values.
This causes the registry to get bigger and bigger. However, the bigger the registry, the longer the system
needs to find certain information requested at any given moment by a program - Windows then becomes
slower. When a program is uninstalled or when the registry is cleaned up, these keys and values are usually
deleted, but despite this the registry does not get any smaller. Why is this? The space previously taken up
by a deleted key continues to exist in the registry - even if it is no longer used. At some point your registry
then looks like a piece of Swiss cheese - full of holes.
This is a real waste of space at the expense of system performance - not just on the hard disk but also
in the memory. AVG Registry Defrag is able to compress the registry so that it becomes much smaller. This
function increases the stability of your Windows system.
AVG Registry Defrag analyzes the registry and creates a completely new version of it containing only
the intact data, in the correct order. The old registry is deleted following this step and automatically replaced
with the new version when the computer is restarted.
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11.3.1. How to Defragment the Registry
How to Defragment the Registry
Launch the AVG Registry Defrag module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting
the Defragment registry entry under Registry.
An introductory screen is displayed. Click Next to start the analysis.
AVG Registry Defrag determines how heavily fragmented the registry is and whether an optimization is
necessary.
Before the analysis, a message appears advising you to close all other programs. During the analysis, AVG
Registry Defrag turns the screen gray and displays a wait dialog. A small clock flashes in the upper left
corner of this window showing you that the module is still working. A progress bar is also shown to inform you
of the progress of the analysis. There is no need to worry if the progress bar does not move for several
minutes.
Choose when you want to perform the optimization. The module shows you the analysis results. If there is
potential for optimization, you can find out here by how many percent and how many kilobytes the size
of the registry can be reduced.
AVG Registry Defrag cannot rewrite the registry when it is running, but only immediately after Windows has
started up. Now choose whether you would like to restart the computer now or whether you would prefer
to allow the optimization to run automatically next time Windows starts up. Please note
that optimization can take several minutes.
If you immediately decide against the optimization or were only interested in the analysis results from
the outset, you can exit the program by clicking Cancel.
11.4. Defragmenting the Hard Disk
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use the AVG Drive Defrag
to defragment your hard disks.
There are many reasons why a computer may become noticeably slower over time. One of them is the gradual
fragmentation of the hard disk. This can be described as follows:
New files are first saved as a block to an empty hard disk one after the other. If you then, for example, deleted
a file in the middle, there would be a gap in the hard disk. Windows uses this gap later to store the next file
that you save to the hard disk. If this gap is not big enough, Windows then splits the file and stores the second
half at another location. Over time, more and more gaps are created and more and more files are fragmented
into pieces (fragments), i.e. the degree of fragmentation increases.
This really slows down the performance of your computer: Every time you call up a file, this has to be read
from the hard disk, which would of course happen faster if the file was stored in one place. In technical terms: If
fragmentation is high, the hard disk reading heads must always be realigned in order that they can load
the individual fragments of a file.
A simple way to speed up your system is therefore to defragment the hard disk. As the conventional
defragmentation often takes a long time, AVG Drive Defrag offers you two different modes. You either decide
for yourself how defragmentation should take place, or allow AVG Drive Defrag to make the decision for you.
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Find out below what exactly happens during the two defragmentation modes:
Thorough Defragmentation
This defragmentation mode arranges the newly sorted files particularly intelligently: system files that are
used frequently are stored at the start of the hard disk, so that Windows can find them again in no time
at all.
It is clear that this defragmentation mode will take longer than simply consolidating the files. AVG Drive
Defrag is therefore also carried out with particularly low priority so that you can continue working almost
undisturbed. This procedure speeds up the booting of Windows considerably. Frequently used programs
also start faster. This noticeably increases the performance of the computer.
Fast Defragmentation
This defragmentation mode consolidates all files again so that they can be read noticeably faster.
The advantage of this method is the speed with which it is carried out: The performance of your hard
disk is increased in no time at all.
11.4.1. How to Defragment Your Hard Disk
How to Defragment your Hard Disk
Launch the AVG Drive Defrag module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting
the Defragment entry under Hard disk.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are detected by AVG PC TuneUp. They are not analyzed or defragmented, as it is
not possible to optimize solid-state drives through defragmentation and they could be damaged
by defragmentation.
Select which hard disks should be checked for optimization potential.
Select how defragmentation should take place according to the analysis.
As AVG Drive Defrag offers two different types of defragmentation, you must specify whether
the defragmentation type should be dependent on the analysis before you start the analysis.
Out of the four options, the first one is preselected because it gives you a personal recommendation after
the analysis and you can decide for yourself how the defragmentation should be carried out. For the other
three options, defragmentation starts as soon as the analysis is complete. If, however, the analysis determines
that the degree of fragmentation is very low, defragmentation will not be carried out for these three options
because AVG Drive Defrag deems it unnecessary.
Wait for result and then decide
We recommend this option for you. Once analysis is complete, you decide for each hard disk whether
you would like to run a fast or thorough defragmentation. You can also decide here to go without
defragmentation.
Automatically as recommended
AVG Drive Defrag makes the decision for you and defragments each hard disk as soon as
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the analysis is complete using the mode suited to the degree of fragmentation.
Automatically thorough
You optimize your hard disk performance down to the last detail, even if this lasts a bit longer regardless of the analysis result.
Automatically fast
You would like to save time and defragment each hard disk particularly quickly, regardless of the degree
of fragmentation.
If you have selected the Wait for result and then decide option, you will see a dialog where you
can select how each hard disk should be defragmented. For all other options, you don't need to do
anything else, as defragmentation will run automatically after the analysis.
Select a hard disk in the top area and select a defragmentation mode.
AVG Drive Defrag determines the relationship between speed and the benefits to be gained and provides you
with a recommendation based on this.
Decide whether the computer should be shut down after defragmentation. Ensure that you have selected
a defragmentation mode for each hard disk.
Click Next to start the defragmentation.
During defragmentation, you can monitor each hard disk in real time and see how the usage map changes.
You can also look at the progress bar and determine the progress and how long the defragmentation has left.
For more tips and recommendations, please see NTFS Compared with FAT.
11.4.2. NTFS Compared with FAT
NTFS Compared with FAT
Hard disks can either use the NTFS file system, as set in current Windows versions as preference, or the old
FAT system as supported by the first Windows versions. Analysis of drives before defragmentation is
substantially faster on NTFS drives. For FAT systems, users must wait considerably longer and can take
the popular coffee break. This is just one of several reasons why the old FAT system should be converted
to the modern NTFS system.
The NTFS file system (NTFS = New Technology File System) is the file system from Windows NT and its
successors (e.g. Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista) right up to Windows 7. It offers an intelligently
devised access protection to file levels, allows flexible management of privileges, accommodates file sizes
above 4 GB, offers automatic error correction of the file system and can utilize the storage space of today's
standard hard disk sizes in a considerably more efficient manner.
If your hard disks still use the FAT file system, you can carry out a very simple conversion.
Although conversion is considered very secure, you should mak e a back up of your saved data before
attempting this.
Click the Windows Start icon to open All Programs, go to Accessories and click Command Prompt. If you
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enter CONVERT.EXE C:/FS:NTFS in the command line, conversion will start.
Replace C: with another drive letter to convert a different partition. If the system partition is changed,
the computer will need to be restarted. In this case, follow the instructions on your screen.
11.5. Editing the Registry
In this chapter, you will find out how you can edit the registry using the AVG Registry Editor module.
Please note that this feature is only intended to be used by experienced users.
The Windows registry is in effect a huge central database. Every new item of hardware or software you install
is "registered" here. Over time, the registry gets larger and larger, making it increasingly difficult to keep
a handle on things.
Experts in these matters searching for a suitable tool with which to get inside Windows and change a number
of settings by hand should use the AVG Registry Editor. It naturally also includes the AVG Rescue Center
protection, which allows all changes made to be undone at any time.
11.5.1. How to Edit Your Registry
Start the AVG Registry Editor module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Edit
registry entry under Registry.
The Registry is the very heart of your Windows system. Please note that you should be sure you k now
what you are doing before mak ing any changes here.
In the left-hand column the Editor displays the registry in a tree structure. The registry consists of countless
keys broken down by subject matter into different categories. These categories are represented by different
folders and subfolders.
Showing a Key
Double-click on a folder in the left-hand column to display its subfolders. When you get to the end
of the hierarchy chain, the individual keys are displayed on the right.
Editing a Key
In the context menu of a key, select the different editing functions. You can delete keys, rename them, and
copy them to the clipboard. You can also edit the values of a key.
In the context menu of a folder, select New to create a new key.
Browsing the Registry
From the Context menu of a folder in the tree structure, select Search to begin searching within the registry.
AVG Registry Editor offers you comprehensive search options here.
Showing a bookmark and setting a bookmark
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Select Set bookmark from the context menu of a folder in the tree structure so that you can find individual
folders more quickly in the future.
Additional functions
In the menu bar, you will find numerous additional functions for editing your registry. For example you
can export or print individual areas or indeed the entire registry. You can also edit the registry using the entries
in the toolbar.
11.6. Changing Windows Appearance
The following chapters explain how you can personalize the appearance of Windows with the AVG Styler
module.
Please note that the "Boot screen" and "Startup logo" categories can only be used on Windows Vista.
Windows would not be very useful without its graphical user interface. The importance of an attractive interface
is demonstrated by the new design of Windows Vista and Windows 7: the whole system feels immediately
fresher and more modern.
But just as in fashion, it's easy to get tired of the new design, not to mention the people who have always been
bothered by what they consider a "candy" look.
With AVG Styler, you can change the appearance of numerous elements in Windows to suit your personal
taste. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many changes you can make here. For more information, please
refer to the corresponding sub-chapter:
1. How to Change the Appearance of Windows
2. Boot Screen
3. Tips for Attractive Boot Screens
4. Startup Logo
5. Logon Screen
6. System Elements
7. Managing Icon Packages
8. File System
9. Appearance of Icons
10. Repair
11. Visual Style
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11.6.1. How to Change the Appearance of Windows
Start the AVG Styler module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Change Windows
appearance entry under Windows.
The AVG Styler start page opens from which all adjustment options of the module can be quickly reached.
Click on the area in which you wish to make changes. Give your creativity free reign and design your Windows
system completely to your own tastes.
11.6.2. Boot Screen
When you boot up Windows, a black screen is displayed as standard. AVG Styler lets you switch this boot
screen for a different one with just a few clicks. Or let your imagination run wild and create your own boot
screen with your favorite vacation photo, for example.
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 7 and 8, as these operating systems do not
use a boot screen.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
On the navigation bar, click in the left-hand window area on Boot screen.
AVG Styler lists all available boot screens. The first time you use the module, the only screen in the list will
be the default Windows boot screen.
You can add new boot screens to the list before finally accepting them. To do so you have the following
options:
Downloading previously created boot screens
In the top left, click Add under Boot screens.
Select the entry Download Boot Screens from AVG Online.
This takes you to a website where you can find a wide selection of different boot screens with which you
can improve the appearance of the startup process exactly how you want.
Click on a boot screen.
This is automatically opened with AVG Styler and added to the list.
Adding Boot Screens from a File
In the top left, click Add under Boot screens.
Select Load boot screen from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select any given file on your computer. The following formats are
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supported:
Type
File extensions
Description
.TBS
The individual format of AVG Styler.
Stardock Bootskin
.BOOTSKIN
The format of many boot screens on websites such as
www.wincustomize.com
Images
.BMP; .PNG; .GIF; .JP
G; .JPEG
If you select an image in one of these formats,
the Create boot screen dialog is automatically called up
with this image, allowing you to make additional
adjustments.
Ntoskrnl.exe files
.EXE
The system core of Windows XP, in which a boot screen
was incorporated.
AVG boot screen
Select a new boot screen and give it a name under which it will appear in the list of AVG Styler.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list. You can add
additional boot screens.
Creating your Own Boot Screen
Under Boot screens click Create new.
A wizard appears with which you can search for and adapt an image. You can select an image on your
computer or on an external storage device.
You also have the option of first transferring an image from a camera or scanner or starting a Google™
image search directly from AVG Styler. In both cases, you save the required image
to a location that you can easily find again and click on Search local drives to load the saved image.
Optimizing the appearance of your new image:
Please note that the available alignment options are only effective if the image is not yet the correct size
for a boot screen (640 x 480 pixels). Under Background, you can specify the color to be used for areas
not covered by your image.
For technical reasons, this includes the background of the progress bar. You can also set position,
foreground color and edge color to suit your individual taste. Position the progress bar
at a location that does not interfere with the overall picture.
Save the new boot screen to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new boot screen, you can restore the default Windows screen at any time.
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Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default boot screen is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
Click Apply to apply it.
Select the boot screen you want from the list to preview it. Click Apply. AVG Styler accepts the new boot
screen.
11.6.3. Tips for Attractive Boot Screens
Please note that these tips apply to Windows XP only.
For technical reasons, all boot screens in Windows XP may only have 16 colors, of which some are prescribed
(e.g. black). AVG Styler therefore has to reduce the full range of colors in your composition (normally 16.7
million) to a very few when you click Save boot screen.
AVG Styler uses a sophisticated algorithm for this to automatically determine the best 16 colors for your
picture. If the picture contains too many different colors, the results of this conversion may not be satisfactory.
Experience has shown that the best boot screens are those that use only a few different colors. This means
that an image that consists predominantly of different blue shades and only a few contrasting colors will
probably make an attractive boot screen.
Set the foreground color of the progress bar to a color that is contained in your image. This way, you do not
use one of the precious 16 colors in the progress bar only. Wherever possible, avoid skin tones in your boot
screen. Images with skin tones normally cannot be displayed correctly with only 16 colors (ask any graphic
artist). Of course, you may be lucky. The best thing to do is try!
11.6.4. Startup Logo
Please note that this function is only available on Windows Vista because neither Windows XP nor
Windows 7 and 8 use the startup logo.
Just before logon, a small, animated Windows logo appears. With AVG Styler you can replace this startup
logo without making risky interventions in the system.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
On the navigation bar, click in the left-hand window area on Startup logo.
AVG Styler lists all available startup logos. You can now add additional predesigned startup logos or create
your own startup logo.
You can add new startup logos to the list before you accept it finally. To do so you have the following
options:
Downloading Previously Created Startup Logos
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In the top left, under Startup logos, click Add.
Select the entry Download Startup Logos from AVG Online.
This takes you to a website, where you can find a wide selection of different startup logos with which
you can improve the appearance of the startup process exactly how you want. On the AVG website
simply click on a startup logo. This is then automatically opened with AVG Styler and added to the list.
These attractive startup logos can also be stored as a file (with extension .tla) to a USB flash drive. You
can then transfer these startup logos to any computer on which AVG PC TuneUp is installed
by clicking Add and Load startup logo from a file.
Adding Startup Logos from a File
In the top left, under Startup logos, click Add.
Select the entry Load startup logo from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select any image on your computer to be used in place
of the animated startup logo. You get best results when your image is in 300x300 pixel format.
Select a new startup logo and give it a name under which it will be included in the list of AVG Styler.
You can also enter the name of an author. The startup logo you added now appears in the list. You can add
additional startup logos.
Creating your Own Startup Logo
Under Startup logos click Create new.
An Explorer window opens and you select an image on your computer or an external storage medium.
Save the new startup logo to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The startup logo you added now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer want to use your new startup logo, you can of course restore the Windows default at any
time.
Click on the Use default.
The default startup logo is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
Click Apply to apply it.
To preview the startup logo you want, select it in the list. You can even animate the preview by clicking
on the Play button.
Click Apply. AVG Styler uses the new startup logo.
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11.6.5. Logon Screen
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 8, as this operating system uses no
logon screen.
If you share your computer with other users, or if you use a password to protect your account, you will be
familiar with the Windows logon screen. AVG Styler lets you change the logon screen to suit your personal
taste.
This logon screen shows a list of all user accounts. Users must select their account from this list, enter their
password (if one is set) and are then logged on to the system.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
On the navigation bar, click in the left-hand window area on Logon screen. AVG Styler lists all available
logon screens. The first time you use the module, the only screen in the list will be the default Windows
logon screen.
You can first add new logon screens to the list before you accept it finally. To do so you have the following
options:
Downloading Previously Created Logon Screens
Click Add in the top left under Logon screens.
Select the entry Download Logon Screens from AVG Online.
This takes you to a website where you will find a wide selection of different logon screens which you
can use to give your system an individual style.
Click on a logon screen.
This is automatically opened with AVG Styler and added to the list.
Adding Logon Screens from a File
Click Add in the top left under Logon screens.
Select the entry Load logon screen from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select a file on your computer. However, only files in AVG
Styler format (with the .TLS extension) are supported.
In addition, all available logon screens can be directly installed with the file Logonui.exe or in Stardock
LogonStudio format (LOGONXP).
Select a new logon screen and give it a name under which it should appear in the AVG Styler list.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added logon screen now appears in the list. You can add
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additional logon screens.
Creating your Own Logon Screen
Please note that this feature is not available in Windows XP.
Under Logon screens, click Create new.
A wizard appears with which you can search for and adapt an image. You can select an image on your
computer or on an external storage device.
You also have the option of first transferring an image from a camera or scanner or starting a Google™
image search directly from AVG Styler. In both cases, you save the required image
to a location that you can easily find again and click on Search local drives to load the saved image.
Please note that images found using the Google™ image search may be protected by copyright. You
must only use those images that are not protected by copyright.
Optimizing the appearance of your new image:
Please note that the available alignment options are only effective if the image is not yet the correct size
for a logon screen (640 x 480 pixels). Under Background, you can specify the color to be used
for areas not covered by your image.
Save the new logon screen to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added logon screen now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer want to use your new logon screen, you can naturally restore the default Windows screen
at any time.
Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default logon screen is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
Click Apply to apply it.
Select the desired logon screen from the list to preview it.
Click Apply.
Most welcome screens are in English, but not all. For this reason, your system may greet you in a different
language the next time you start your computer after installing a new screen. Then, instead of "Click your user
name to log on," the screen might read "Klick en Sie auf Ihren Benutzernamen, um sich anzumelden,"
for example.
In this case, you may be asked if you want to use the texts in the selected logon screen, or if you want to use
the texts from the default logon screen in your system language.
AVG Styler applies the new logon screen. You can test the logon screen by simultaneously pressing Ctrl +
Alt + Del.
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11.6.6. System Elements
In this category you can swap typical Windows icons for new ones.
Here's how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
In the navigation bar in the left window area, click under Icons on System elements.
AVG Styler shows you on the right-hand side tabs for the following areas, in which you can change
system elements:
You change the icons for all elements in the Desktop, Start menu (not available in Windows 8), Explorer
and Control Panel. You can also adjust the icons for the display of file types.
For some elements you can even specify new names (e.g. the Recycle Bin or My Network Places).
If you are missing the term "My Computer" from Windows XP, you could for example rename
the element now called "Computer" in Windows Vista to "My Computer".
Click through the individual tabs and select an element that you wish to change.
Click Replace icon.
The icon library opens in which the current icon of the selected element appears. This is usually
a library that was already installed with Windows. If you have your own icon library on your computer,
you can import its content using Browse.
Select an icon to mark it for replacement.
Your changes will initially be indicated by a small orange asterisk next to the relevant elements
in the list.
Any change that has not yet been accepted can be discarded at any time by selecting an element
marked with such an asterisk in the list and clicking on Discard unsaved changes made to this
element.
At the bottom right of the window, click Accept to carry out the change.
How to undo changes
You can discard any changes not yet accepted for an element by selecting them in the list and clicking
on Discard unsaved changes made to this element.
Any changes already made to an element can be undone by selecting the element and clicking Reset
element to Windows default. Please note that this link is only displayed if the element does not currently
correspond to the Windows default.
If you should want to undo changes made to multiple items, you can click Reset category or Reset all
categories. The first link only resets the elements of the currently selected tab, the second all system
elements that can be changed with AVG Styler.
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When you click on either link, a dialog appears where you can choose whether you want to reset all elements
to the Windows default or whether you only wish to discard any unsaved changes for these elements.
The second option is only available if there are changes that have not yet been applied.
11.6.7. Managing Icon Packages
It is of course a very laborious task to change every Windows icon individually. AVG Styler therefore allows
you to swap all old-fashioned Windows icons for new ones in one fell swoop.
Adding an Icon Package
In the AVG Styler the left area of the window under Icons, click System elements. Then click
Icon packages at the bottom.
A new window opens that shows all the available icon packages. Now you can add new icon packages
to the list or install an existing one.
Click Add.
This allows you to add additional icon packages to the list. You have the option of using
an icon package from your computer or downloading a new package. Here you can download numerous
creatively designed icon packages.
On the web pages, just click on an icon package and open it with AVG Styler. After just a few seconds
the package is displayed in the list.
Creating a new icon package
As an alternative, you can create your own icon package from your current icon set and either back it up or
share it with friends.
Click Create new package at the top of the list.
A wizard opens to guide you through the process of creating an icon package.
Information about the author: Here you can immortalize yourself, if you want, and enter your name, email
address and website address.
Package name and description: Enter a meaningful package name here. If you wish, you can add additional
information on the package in the Description field.
Optimize package size: Use the options in this step to ensure that your package is not too large, so that it
can be sent via email without problems.
Creating icon package: The icons are now collected and optimized if necessary, after which they are saved
together in an icon package.
Finishing the wizard: The icon package has now been successfully created and will be added to the list
of icon packages when you click Finish. Clicking Open folder takes you to the icon package folder in AVG
Styler, so that you can copy the icon package to a different location or attach it to an email.
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11.6.8. File System
Windows assigns a default icon to every drive, every folder, every Start menu folder and every entry
in Favorites.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Modify Windows appearance area.
In the navigation bar in the left-hand window area, click under Icons on File system.
A tree structure of your drives and folders opens. Click through the individual elements of the tree
structure to select those elements to which you would like to assign a more individual icon.
Ideas and tips:
· Under the first node, you could assign the drive containing your games an especially funky
icon, but a more serious one to the drive with your office programs.
· You can proceed in the same way for folders - a few well-chosen icons help you to keep track
of things, even if your drives are really full.
· The icons on the Start menu can also be swapped for more meaningful icons.
· You can even give your favorites in Internet Explorer their own icon. This will help you to find
your most favorite favorites from a usually very long list.
Click through the individual elements of the tree structure and select an element to which you would like
to assign a more creative icon.
Click Replace icon.
Please note that this is not possible for the three elements Computer, Start menu and Favorites.
The icon library opens in which the current icon of the selected element appears. This is usually
a library that was already installed with Windows. If you have your own icon library on your computer,
you can find its content using Browse.
Select an icon.
Click OK to apply your changes immediately.
Undoing Individual Changes
To undo a change, select an item in the list and click Reset element to Windows default.
Undoing Multiple changes
If you want to undo several changes at once, you may find the Restore backup from a previous session link
useful. It starts AVG Rescue Center and enables you to undo the changes carried out with AVG Styler
on a certain date.
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11.6.9. Appearance of Icons
Here you can change the appearance of icons on the desktop.
Here's how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
In AVG Styler in the left area of the window under Icons, click Appearance of icons.
AVG Styler provides a preview of some items on your desktop that you can personalize.
Specify the size of items on the desktop (Windows XP only), specify how big the gap between them should be
and whether a shortcut should be indicated by an arrow.
11.6.10. Repair
It can be fun to change the Windows icons and to make a few personal settings here and there. However, it is
possible that the desired icons are suddenly not displayed correctly or are even swapped. AVG Styler has two
repair functions.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
In AVG Styler, click Repair under Icons in the left-hand area of the window.
Click Reload Icons.
This function usually clears up any problems and allows you to continue restyling your Windows
system. If reloading the icons does not resolve matters, there may be a serious problem with your
icon cache.
Click Repair Icon Cache.
The icon cache is a file in which Windows stores all loaded icons, for faster loading in the future. Should
an error occur with this file, all icons could be corrupted. Luckily, this error can be repaired directly from
AVG Styler.
Note that you may need to restart your computer or log on again for this repair to tak e effect.
11.6.11. Visual Style
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 8.
Here you can change what is known as the visual style. This defines the appearance of windows and Windows
buttons.
Here's how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Dashboard and clicking
on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
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In AVG Styler in the left-hand window area under Interface, click Visual Style.
AVG Styler displays a list of all available visual styles. On the right, you can see a preview and other
details of the style selected in the list.
You can add new visual styles to the list before finally accepting them. To do so you have the following
options:
Downloading visual styles from AVG Online
In the top left under Visual Styles click Add.
Select the entry Download Visual Styles from AVG Online.
This takes you to a website where you can choose from a wide range of visual styles that you
can download for free at any time.
Click on a visual style that you particularly like.
This is automatically opened with AVG Styler and added to the list.
Adding Visual Styles From a File
In the top left under Visual Styles click Add.
Select Load visual styles from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select a visual style on your computer or an external storage
media, if you have already saved one. AVG Styler recognizes and supports almost every
common format:
Type
File extensions
Description
AVG Visual Styles
.TVS
The individual format of AVG Styler.
Microsoft Visual Styles
.MSSTYLES
This Microsoft format often includes additional files
that can be found in the same folder or in subfolders.
Compressed archives
.RAR, .ZIP
Archives are searched for all file types in this list, and
decompressed automatically if such files are found.
Self-extracting archives
.EXE
These files are searched for compressed archives
in RAR or ZIP format, which are treated according
to the description of the Compressed Archive file type.
Select a new visual style and give it a name under which it will appear in the AVG Styler list.
You can also enter the name of an author. The visual style you added now appears in the list.
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Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new visual style, you can restore the default Windows style at any time.
Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default visual style is then automatically selected from the list and the preview changes accordingly.
Click Apply.
Select the visual style you want from the list to preview it.
Click Apply.
The display is now temporarily darkened while AVG Styler activates the new visual style for you. After this
brief moment, your Windows system shines with a new brilliance.
Deleting a visual style
If you want to remove a visual style from your computer entirely, select it and click Delete.
11.7. Modifying Windows Settings
Start the AVG System Control module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting the Modify
Windows settings entry under Windows.
On the left-hand side of the AVG System Control window, you can see the various categories that are
available for the settings options.
Each category contains subcategories. If you click on these, tabs open on the right-hand side containing
the individual settings options.
Here you will find detailed information on all settings options, sorted by the categories in the left-hand window
area:
Display
Here you specify exactly which of the Windows visual effects you wish to use, configure how file types are
handled and specify how folder windows and the Explorer should look and act.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side
of the window: Display
Usage
Here you can enter a range of mouse and keyboard options, adapt the items of the Start menu and the speed
at which submenus open, and determine the appearance and behavior of the taskbar.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side
of the window: Usage
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Communication
In this category, you can configure the behavior of Windows in the network, personalize Internet Explorer and
Outlook Express and/or Office Outlook, speed up web surfing and protect your privacy by preventing
certain programs from automatically sending data about your surfing habits.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side
of the window: Communication
Administration
This category of AVG System Control gives you control over many internal system settings. For example,
you can adapt the startup process and user logon, configure automatic CD playing, system paths and user
data, and adapt the default settings of the command prompt.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side
of the window: Administration
Wizards
Here you will find the Copy Settings wizard. It copies your settings to other user accounts and
to the Windows logon screen: Wizards
11.7.1. Display
Animations and Effects
Effects
Here you can change settings that relate to the display and operation of the Windows user interface.
Under Settings, there are numerous options that you can enable or disable using the checkboxes.
To learn more about an option, simply select it with your mouse. Several lines of explanatory text open
under Description.
Depending on the performance capabilities of your system, switching off unwanted effects can improve
speed. Click Best appearance to select all the options that will give Windows an outstanding visual
appearance. If the performance is more important to you, select Best performance. Selecting Default
settings restores the Windows default settings.
Animations
Under Window and message animation, specify whether windows or tooltips should be animated.
Here you can switch on the animation when windows are minimized and maximized.
If the Use the animation with tooltips is on, you can select the effect you want from
the selection list.
Under Animation of elements, you can specify for which display and control elements scrolling and
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opening should be animated. You can switch on the three options list & tree view, list boxes and
dropdown lists.
Click Best performance to turn off all the options that only serve to provide showy effects. Selecting
Default settings restores the Windows default settings.
Menu Appearance
Under Animation you specify whether menu items are to be hidden after the menu is accessed. You
can also select a display effect from the list.
Under Effects, you can specify whether Windows should use flat 2D menus or whether a small 3D
shadow should be displayed beneath an open window.
Font Smoothing
To improve the legibility of text on your computer, here you can select your preferred font smoothing
method. The font smoothing type ClearType merits special attention: it is particularly suitable for flatscreen monitors (TFT and LCD) and makes use of their so-called subpixels to effectively smooth
the edges of even small fonts. Select ClearType and click on ClearType Settings
to obtain the optimum adjustment of ClearType smoothing to your screen.
File Types
Menu Operations
Under Drives and folders, you can configure their context menus.
The Show "Open Command Prompt Here" entry opens the command prompt at the desired location.
You can execute DOS commands via the command prompt.
Under Files and folders you can specify what commands are to be shown in the context menus of files
and folders. Here, the four commands Send To, Move To Folder, Copy To Folder and Encrypt/
Decrypt can be displayed. The checkbox is active for commands that are already enabled.
Selecting Default settings restores the Windows default settings.
Menu "New"
Here you can select which file types should be shown in the New submenu of the context menu
for the desktop, Explorer and the "Save" dialog. Use the checkboxes to set which file types should be
displayed.
Select Remove to remove a selected entry from the list completely. Select Add... to include other file
types in the list.
Under Options, you can specify whether the "New" menu should appear in the context menu
of the desktop and the free area of folder windows.
Opening Files
Here you can select how Windows should proceed when opening files with unknown extensions. Under
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Default application, you can specify that either the "Open with" dialog is displayed or that a file is
automatically accessed with a certain program (for example with Notepad). To do so, write
the executable file name of the desired program (i.e. notepad.exe) in the field. Alternatively, select
a program via Edit.
Advanced
Here you can specify whether a new shortcut should be automatically marked as such. In Windows XP,
the shortcut is by default prefixed with a "Shortcut to"; in Windows Vista and 7, the default text "shortcut" is added to the end of the shortcut name.
In Windows XP there is also the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer section, where you can decide
whether double-clicking on images and fax files automatically loads them into the Windows Picture and
Fax Viewer.
Folder Options
View
Here you can determine how folder windows and the elements they contain are to be displayed.
Under Window, you specify
· (in Windows XP) whether the tree view of directories in a folder window is always to be visible,
whether the folder window last opened on logon is to be restored, whether compressed ZIP files
are to be displayed as folders, and whether a details bar is to be displayed.
· (in Windows 7) whether the menu bar in a folder window should always be visible, whether
compressed ZIP files should be displayed as folders and whether a details bar should be
shown.
· (Windows Vista - whether the same options as in Windows 7, but in addition) whether the most
recently opened folder window should be restored at logon.
Under View settings (only available in Windows XP), you can use the slide control to determine how
many folder views should be stored.
List
Here you adjust the display of additional information in a folder window to suit your specific
requirements.
The Pop-ups with detailed information section determines whether a tooltip displaying additional
information should be shown when the mouse cursor is moved over a file or folder in a folder window.
Under Icon arrangement, you specify whether the files should only be sorted alphabetically or whether
they should be arranged logically according to numerical values and the alphabet.
Under Encrypted and compressed files you can specify that both file types be marked with
a certain color. By default, compressed files are blue and encrypted files are green.
In Windows XP and Windows Vista you can also define the color assignment to suit your needs
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via the Edit button.
Thumbnails (Windows XP only)
Windows can show thumbnail images in a given folder as appropriate for a collection of photos. Here
you determine the size and quality of these preview images. The standard size is 96 pixels. You
can enter a different value if you wish. You specify the quality using the slide control.
The higher the picture quality, the more disk space the thumbnails take up. Under Cache, you specify
whether these thumbnails should be temporarily saved to a file called THUMBS.DB. This file is also
stored in the folder and allows the thumbnails to be loaded particularly quickly in the future.
Selection
Here you can set the color of the selection rectangle that should be used in folder windows. This
rectangle shows the progression of the clicked mouse button, if you select multiple files
simultaneously.
In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you can also decide whether a checkbox should be displayed
for selecting elements, allowing multiple files and folders to be selected with the mouse without the need
to use the Ctrl or Shift keys.
Advanced
Here you can set what elements are to be displayed on the Desktop and under Computer (or My
Computer in Windows XP). You can easily hide entire drives and specify how the address bar
in Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Run dialog should behave.
11.7.2. Usage
Input Options
Mouse Functions
Under Swap mouse buttons you can swap the left and right mouse button. You would then click with
the right-hand button and open the context menu with the left-hand button.
Many mice now come with a scroll wheel. In accordance with Microsoft Intellimouse and similar models,
you can specify under Scroll wheel what should happen when this wheel is used. The standard setting
is scroll by 3 lines. You can change the number of lines, increase the scrolling setting to a full screen
page or turn it off completely.
Under Set pointer automatically you can specify that the cursor automatically moves
to the highlighted button when a dialog box opens so that you can click this button right away.
Mouse Sensitivity
Under Double clicking and dragging you can specify how much you can move the mouse when
double clicking and how far you have to move the mouse to start dragging an object. The values are
given in pixels.
Tip: Try out your new settings on the Test icon.
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Under Hover effect you can change the movement tolerance and the hover time of the mouse cursor
for the display of the hover effect. This takes effect as soon as the cursor hovers over an item
for a certain length of time.
Tip: You can also try out the setting on a Test icon. It lights up as soon as the mouse pointer is placed
over it.
Active Window Tracking
Here, you can enable a little-known Windows function that could change the way you work with windows
completely: Active Window Tracking.
If you enable this feature, all you need to do is move the mouse pointer over an inactive window
to activate it so that you can work with that program. You then no longer need to click on a window
in order to enable it.
You can turn on the option in the Foreground section in order to pull the active window immediately
to the top.
Keyboard
Under Flashing cursor, you can set how the cursor flashes at the point at which data is to be input
(e.g. in a word processing program).
Tip: Look in the small preview to the right of your current settings to see the changes made.
Use the slide control to specify the frequency of flashing. If desired, you can also set the cursor width
to your liking and enter a value in pixels.
Modern keyboards are made with a special Windows key with the Windows logo printed on it. This key
is used to open the Windows Start menu and it can also be used in combination with other keys
to initiate special functions, e.g. maximizing all windows (Windows + M) or showing the Desktop or,
since Windows Vista, the Computer (Windows + E).
If you do not need these key combinations or sometimes hit them by accident due to the layout of your
keyboard, you should turn this option off.
Start Menu (not available in Windows 8)
General
Under Menu speed, you specify whether the submenus should open automatically as soon as
the mouse points to the menu entry in question or whether a click is also necessary. There are
great differences here between the various operating systems, about which we would like to go
into further detail.
Windows XP:
If you opt for Display when pointed to, you can set for how long the mouse pointer is to be positioned
over the item before the menu opens.
Under Users you can specify whether your user name should be displayed in the upper area of the Start
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menu. In addition to the Shut down button, you can also display or remove a Log off button by which
to switch users.
Windows 7:
Under Exit a session, you can specify which action should be taken when you click the Exit
a session button. By default, the computer is shut down.
For the Hibernate and Power save modes, the current status, including all opened documents and
programs, is preserved so that after switching your computer back on you can continue working right
where you left off. Whereas power save mode still requires a small amount of power, in hibernate mode
the computer can be completely disconnected from the power supply. However, putting the computer
into hibernate mode and then "waking" it will take much longer.
Alternatively, you can specify here that this button causes the computer to restart, the computer to be
locked, the current user to be logged off, or that the user should be changed. Simply decide based
on your preferences.
Note than when an update is ready for installation, this button is temporarily assigned to the Shut down
computer function (until the update has been installed). This ensures that key program updates are not
accidentally forgotten.
Windows Vista:
Under Power off button you can set what action is to be carried out when you click on the Power off
button. By default, the computer is put into Power save mode.
If you would prefer to shut down your computer quickly (or you are missing this function entirely
in Windows Vista), you are advised to select Shut down computer. This saves you from having
to open the submenu and selecting Shut down there. The third option is to put your PC into hibernate
mode.
For the Hibernate and Power save modes, the current status, including all opened documents and
programs, is preserved so that after switching your computer back on you can continue working right
where you left off. Whereas power save mode still requires a small amount of power, in hibernate mode
the computer can be completely disconnected from the power supply. However, putting the computer
into hibernate mode and then "waking" it will take much longer.
Recently Used
Use the Default settings button to restore the Windows default settings.
Windows XP:
Under Recently used files you can set whether recently used files are to appear under Documents
in the Start Menu. You can also define the exact number of documents to be displayed. When logging
off, you can also automatically clear the list.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Under Recently used files you can set whether recently used files appear in the Start menu under
Recently used. You can also delete the content of the list.
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Under Recently used programs you can specify whether recently used programs should appear
in the Start menu. On Windows Vista you can also use Settings to specify which programs you want
to be displayed in the Start menu. The default setting is for Windows to show all recently used programs
here.
Shortcuts
Under Move and edit shortcuts you can set whether the moving of shortcuts is allowed.
From here you can also start AVG Shortcut Cleaner.
Advanced (Windows XP only)
Here you can open the AVG Styler module in a new window and thereby personalize the appearance
of Windows to suit you, e.g. change the icons for folders and menu items.
Task Bar
Flashing Buttons
While entering text and other content, the activation of other windows is prohibited. A flashing
icon in the taskbar alerts you to the fact that other software is trying to communicate with you. If this
flashing should be retained, the option Enable flashing taskbar buttons must be turned on.
Under Flashing speed you specify how rapidly the button on the taskbar should flash. You have two
options to choose from: The first one lets a window button in the taskbar flash until it is clicked again.
The second option restricts flashing to a certain number specified by you. The default setting is 7.
Under General, you can specify how long Windows should wait after your last key press before
windows from other programs are allowed to appear again.
Button View
Here, you can specify whether and how windows should be represented by buttons on the taskbar.
Under Display you specify the desired maximum width of buttons in pixels. The default value is 154
pixels. If you deactivate the option Show animated buttons, Windows will no longer animate
the corresponding taskbar button when a window is opened. This leaves more computing power available
for other tasks.
Under Grouping you can specify whether and in which cases several windows of a program are to be
represented by a shared button on the taskbar.
Minimized Windows
Sometimes, after the windows of a program have been minimized, only the title bar remains which is
then automatically positioned at the bottom of the screen.
Under Position and alignment you determine the exact target position of these bars. The default
setting is bottom left, where several bars are displayed side by side.
Under Spacing, you can specify how many pixels there should be between the individual title bars.
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Advanced
Notifications are often shown in the taskbar (next to the clock) to inform you of important events or ask
you to perform various tasks, such as removing unused shortcuts from the desktop. Here you
can specify different options for these reminders.
11.7.3. Communication
Network
My Network Places
Here, you can configure a number of settings that affect the display of shares under My Network Places.
Among other things you can prevent your computer from being displayed in My Network Places of other
computers and that (using your password) all drives on your computer can be accessed, although you
did not specify any shares.
Advanced
In the Universal Plug & Play section you can turn off the Windows service for automatically detecting
network devices. This function is a potential security risk and should be disabled if you do not need it.
Under Quality of Service (QoS) service, you can prevent Windows from reserving part of your Internet
connection bandwidth for important packets. Disable Reserve bandwidth if you always want to have
your full bandwidth for surfing.
Passwords (Windows XP only)
Saving your passwords means that you don't have to enter your password every time you dial
into the Internet, access protected shares, etc. However, hackers may be able to access and misuse
these passwords. You can therefore disable the automatic saving of passwords here.
Internet Time
Here you can set the clock on your computer to be synchronized regularly with an atomic clock over
the Internet, to ensure your computer always shows the correct time. The following option must be
enabled first: Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server.
The Available time servers section lists some popular reference clocks. If you know other servers, you
can enter their online addresses into the list by clicking Add.
Internet
Here you can determine how an existing dial-up connection should be handled when a user logs off, and
you can deactivate the integrated Windows Firewall.
In Windows XP you can also click the Settings button in order to set various advanced options for your
Internet connection.
Internet Explorer
Explorer Bars
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Here you can set how the toolbars in Internet Explorer should behave. For example, you can have
the search bar always perform searches using Google™ and change settings for the Autocomplete
feature in the address bar.
View
In the Title bar section, enter the text you would like to be displayed in the Internet Explorer title bar.
Favorites
Here you can show and hide favorites folders and their contents andthereby hide unwanted folders.
Please note that the contents of the favorites folders is not shown here and only the available folders are
listed. You can also sort the folders by name.
Menu
This is where you can customize the Internet Explorer menu bar and use the Settings button to add
many useful commands to the context menu that is called up when you right-click on any web page.
Under Show source code you can specify whether, when you select Show source code, the website
should be opened with Internet Explorer or with a different program, e.g. the Windows editor
(notepad.exe).
Navigation
In the Website behavior section, you can specify how Internet Explorer should react when links are
called up. For example, you could specify that pop-ups or links opened in other programs are always
opened in a new tab in the current window.
In the Start pages section, specify which websites should automatically open when Internet Explorer is
launched. Several sites can be selected for this. Use the Up and Down buttons to change the order
of the pages.
Security
This section concerns security settings in Internet Explorer.
In the User Agent String section, specify how Internet Explorer identifies with the websites you visit.
Under Download confirmation, you can specify whether Internet Explorer is permitted to download
certain file types such as videos or music files without confirmation. If you wish to be asked before such
files are downloaded, you must select Always confirm before downloading files.
Performance
Here you specify the profile that corresponds most closely to the bandwidth of your Internet connection.
In the Maximum number of connections section, you can specify how many server connections
can be established.
Mozilla Firefox
General
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This is where you can make the following general settings for Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
Under Text animation, you can turn off annoying text effects, e.g. constant flashing or horizontally
scrolling text (marquees). If these effects are a nuisance to you, you can disable them by selecting
the options Disable blinking text and Disable scrolling text (marquees).
Under Error messages you can specify whether error messages regarding a failed connection attempt
to a web server should be shown as a window (dialog) or as a web page in the browser window.
Under Sidebar position you can specify whether the sidebar should appear on the right or left side
of the browser window. The sidebar can contain your bookmarks, history and downloads by default.
Operation
This is where you can make changes regarding the usage of Mozilla Firefox.
Under Address bar you can specify that addresses will be automatically completed in the address bar,
i.e. Internet addresses appear automatically in the address bar after you have entered the first few
letters of the address (provided that you have already visited this website).
For Mozilla Firefox 2 and more recent versions, you can also specify whether the Load address
button should appear beside the address bar.
Under Open submenus you can specify how long before a submenu automatically opens when you
hover over it with the cursor.
Windows
This is where you can specify how popup windows and links should be displayed in Mozilla Firefox and
how much influence websites can have on the display of the popup window.
In the Opening links section, you can specify whether, after clicking on a link, the contents should be
displayed in the current window or in a new window.
In the JavaScript section, under Allowed window manipulation, you can limit changes
that websites are allowed to make to popup windows. Some web sites try to hide the navigation bars
in a popup window so that it looks like a Windows message dialog. You can prevent this here.
Tabs (Mozilla Firefox 2 or later versions)
Here you can make the settings for the Mozilla Firefox tabs.
In the "Close" button section, you can specify where the Close button for the tabs should appear. You
can choose from four different positions.
In the Minimum width section, you can specify the minimum width of the tabs, from Mozilla Firefox 2
onwards. If more than one tab is open, the width of each tab will be automatically reduced until
the minimum width set here has been reached. If further tabs are opened, a scrollbar will be shown
on the right-hand side of the screen which you can use to scroll to the tabs that are not visible.
Under Color of active tab you can use the Highlight with color option to specify which color should
be used to highlight the tab currently active in the browser. Click on the Change button to change
the color used to highlight the top and bottom borders of the active tab.
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Performance
Here you can enable the pipelining feature of Mozilla Firefox. Pipelining is an experimental
function through which the web browser sends multiple download requests to a web server over a single
connection. This is not supported by all web servers.
Opera
Title Bar
Here you can configure the settings for displaying the Opera title and logo.
Under Window title, enter in the Title field the text you want to appear in Opera's title bar. If you leave
the field empty and click on Accept or OK, the field is automatically filled with the default entry Opera.
In the Opera icon section, in place of the red "O" opera icon you can select a different icon from your
hard disk. The selected icon is then displayed in the Windows taskbar and in the Opera window.
If the icon file you select is valid, the icon is displayed immediately. If the icon file you select is invalid,
the standard Opera icon is reinstated.
Operation
This is where you can make changes regarding the usage of Opera.
Under Autocomplete for web addresses you can specify that addresses will be automatically
completed in the address bar, i.e. Internet addresses appear automatically in the address bar after you
have entered the first few letters of the address. If, for example, you enter just one word only, then toplevel domain suffixes like ".net" and ".com" are added to the end and the prefix "www." to the beginning.
completes. Disabling this function can speed up Opera a little.
Under Show source code you can specify whether, when Show source code is selected
in the website context menu, the internal editor in Opera should be used or another program,
e.g. Windows editor (notepad.exe).
Performance
You can turn on fast navigation again here, which is set to automatic mode by default in Opera 9
onwards.
By selecting Automatic mode, you can specify that the web server setting should be taken
into account when you navigate through the browser history, which informs the browser whether a site
can be loaded from the cache using "Back" or "Forward" or whether the website should be downloaded
anew each time. The latter is necessary for certain shop pages to function correctly. However the server
often demands that the page be downloaded again from the web server when it is not necessary.
By selecting Compatibility mode you can specify that, regardless of how the server is set, the sites
are never downloaded from the browser cache when you navigate through the browser history, but are
always downloaded anew from the website. This setting is generally not required and is not
recommended for fast surfing.
By selecting Fast mode, you can specify that the websites already on your computer are always
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loaded from the cache. This not only has the advantage that the back and forward functions are
suddenly very fast again, but also that a lower data volume needs to be downloaded over the Internet
connection. Furthermore, entries you have made into form fields are generally retained during
navigation in a browser. For websites to function correctly with active site contents, it may however be
necessary to manually refresh the websites regularly (e.g. using F5).
Search
Here you can set which search engine Opera should use in general and for speed dial and how
the speed dial should be displayed.
Under Default search engine you can specify which search engine Opera uses. This is automatically
selected in the search field, in the address bar, when "Search" is selected in the context menu
of selected text and when entering several words in the address bar.
Under Speed dial default search engine you can change the search engine that is displayed
by default in the speed dial page in a new empty tab.
Email and Chat
Outlook Express (Windows XP only)
You can change the font here which is displayed in the application title bar. You can also decide
whether the application should show a splash screen when starting up.
Here you can also configure the security function that blocks executable email attachments. If you do
not wish to have such attachments blocked, you can disable this function. But please note that such
attachments may also contain malware such as viruses that are run when you click them.
Windows Mail (Windows Vista only)
You can change the font here which is displayed in the application title bar. You can also decide
whether the application should show a splash screen when starting up.
Here you can also configure the security function that blocks executable email attachments. If you do
not wish to have such attachments blocked, you can disable this function. But please note that such
attachments may also contain malware such as viruses that are run when you click them.
Office Outlook (Windows 7 only)
Under Minimize Outlook you can select whether Outlook 2003/XP should, when minimizing
the window, create an icon either in the taskbar or in the taskbar notification area (beside the clock). If
you opt for the notification area, turn on the Minimize Outlook to notification area option.
Under Email Attachment Security click the Settings button to open a window in which you
can specify which file attachment types are automatically blocked.
Windows Messenger (Windows XP only)
Under Run, you can specify whether and for which events Windows Messenger should open
automatically. If you want to prevent Windows Messenger from running entirely, select Disable
Windows Messenger.
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If you do not use Windows Messenger at all, you can also remove it from your system entirely. Simply
use the Removal option for this.
Privacy
General
Here you can configure settings for your privacy and security when working with your computer.
Under Automatic Windows Updates you can specify whether Windows should automatically establish
a connection with Microsoft or not. If Enable automatic Windows Updates is activated, Windows may
then establish automatic contact with the Microsoft server as soon as there is an Internet connection,
in order to check if there are any updates for your system.
The Notify before downloading updates option should be enabled if you want to be asked
permission before Windows downloads available updates from the Internet.
Cover Tracks
Here you can configure settings to cover your tracks when working with documents and surfing
the Internet.
Under Delete history lists you can click Delete now to clear the list of recently opened files
in the Start menu.
Under Clear Internet Explorer cache enable the Clear Internet Explorer cache when closing
option if the web browser should clear its cache as soon as it closes. You should only select this
option when maximum security is important to you and you do not wish others to be able to find out
which sites you visited on the Internet by viewing the cache.
Internet Explorer
This is where you determine your privacy security settings.
Under Integrated SmartScreen filters you can enable the SmartScreen filters to ensure that Internet
Explorer checks the websites accessed for suspicious and known scam websites.
Under Integrated Windows authentication you can enable the Disable integrated Windows
authentication option to ensure that Internet Explorer no longer automatically attempts to log
on to websites using Windows authentication.
Windows Media Player
Here you can configure your privacy settings for Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Player communicates frequently with the Internet. Under Settings, you can specify
that neither the list of recently played media files nor information about playback media or music files
should be saved. Click Highest security to turn all options on in one go.
Click Advanced to proceed to the data protection settings for Windows Media Player. Here you
can block script commands from running, prevent the automatic purchase of licenses, disable
the automatic download of codecs and block Internet sites from identifying the player.
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Advanced
Here you can make additional privacy settings.
Under Page file you can click Go to "Memory management" to specify that the Windows page file
should be deleted automatically when the system shuts down.
Under Internet time you can disable the automatic synchronization of the Windows system clock with
an Internet reference clock.
Under Error reporting you can specify whether Windows should send an error report with your system
configuration to Microsoft following a crash. Use the Error reporting button to open the various reports
and disable them with a click of the mouse.
11.7.4. Administration
User Logon
General
Windows XP:
Here you can choose between the Welcome screen and the logon prompt. The default setting
in Windows XP is the Welcome screen. This shows a list of all available user names, which can be
selected with a mouse click. Alternatively, you can select the option Use the old logon dialog. This
brings up the secure logon prompt, where you are required to enter your logon details manually.
You can also specify here additional settings concerning the behavior and appearance
of the logon screen.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
You can adjust the behavior and appearance of your logon screen and the logon prompt here. Click
on the Adjust button to set individual options.
Automatic logon
To skip logging on to the system a user can be logged onto the system automatically. If you wish to do
this, select the Enable automatic logon option and enter your logon data in the placeholders below.
Under Security you specify whether or not logon can be skipped using the Shift key. You can also
have the system carry out a logon immediately after a logoff.
Messages
Under Notification before logon, you can set a predefined notification that is displayed to all users
before logon - for example a warning from the boss not to surf the Internet during office hours. To do so,
first enable the Show message before logon option and then enter the title and actual text
of the notification in the input fields.
Under Error search during logon and logoff, you can specify that detailed status messages should
be shown during the logon and logoff process.
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Tour (Windows XP)
First-time users can be invited to go on a tour of Windows XP following system startup. During this tour,
the user is shown all important Windows XP modules. Deselect the option Show Windows Tour after
logon if you do not want the tour to be activated after the system starts up. Under Scope, you
can specify whether this option only applies to the current user or to all users.
Welcome Center (Windows Vista) / Getting Started (Windows 7)
New users can be shown the Welcome Center (in Vista) or the Getting Started window when
the system is started up, which is designed to make setting up the system easier and shows links
to further information and offers on the Internet. You can turn this display on or off here.
Drives
General (Windows XP only)
Here you make certain settings concerning your hard drives. For example you can enable UDMA66
support, which can speed up access to your drives.
Under NTFS file system, you can set two options that relate to the new Windows NTFS file system:
Save the date of the last access to a file and Save short (DOS) file names. We recommend
that you leave both options enabled, as disabling them may have negative side effects on the efficiency
of hard disk defragmentation and on compatibility with older software.
Memory space
Windows automatically sounds the alarm if there is only a small amount of disk space remaining
on a drive. If this warning disturbs you, you can disable the Display warning about low disk space
option.
AutoPlay
Under Media change monitoring, you can turn on the Monitor CD drives for media change option.
If you do so, Windows monitors the CD drives. As soon as a new data carrier is inserted, Windows
reads it and tries to launch its content automatically.
Under AutoPlay, you can click on Advanced to open a window in which you can specify autoplay
settings for various data carriers, such as music CDs.
Advanced
Under AVG Styler, you can click on Start AVG Styler to call up the module and use it to change
the icons of individual drives.
Under AVG Drive Defrag, you can click on Start AVG Drive Defrag to open the module
for defragmenting drives and for optimally arranging files on the drives.
Under Computer (or My Computer in Windows XP), you can click on Settings to specify which drives
are displayed in the Windows (My) Computer.
Memory and Cache
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Memory Management
This includes settings for managing the physical and virtual memory.
Under Virtual memory, you can specify that drivers and the Windows system core can be replaced if
necessary or are always kept in the RAM.
Under Page file, you can specify that AVG PC TuneUp always overwrites the content of the Windows
page file with zeros, thereby deleting it when the system is shut down.
Clicking on Recommended accepts the settings recommended by AVG PC TuneUp.
Memory Usage
Here you can set whether the computer should reserve more RAM for the programs or for the system
cache.
Advanced
Clicking on the corresponding buttons here, takes you to the AVG StartUp Manager and AVG
Process Manager modules, which you can use to configure the system startup and manage running
programs.
Startup and Maintenance
System startup
Here you can make general settings about how Windows should proceed when starting up the system.
Under Boot defragmentation, you can enable the Enable boot defragmentation option to specify
that files required for booting should be arranged on the hard disk so that they can be found particularly
quickly.
Under Boot logo and error messages, you can enable the Do not display boot logo and error
messages option to specify that Windows should not only suppress the boot logo display but also
the display of error messages during startup.
Under Waiting time for drive check, you can specify how long the user should be given to decide
against running the CHKDSK scan program. This program is launched automatically if the computer
was not shut down properly and checks the integrity of the data on the hard disks.
Exit (Windows XP only)
Here, you specify what Windows should do if individual programs have crashed.
Under Waiting time without response, you can specify the time in milliseconds that the system gives
the program to show a response. It will then be ended in the Task Manager or when the computer is
shut down.
Under End programs automatically, you can set whether applications should be closed automatically
or whether the End program dialog should be shown.
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Desktop and Taskbar
Here you can make settings regarding the stability of the desktop and taskbar.
Under Desktop and taskbar in a separate process, you can enable the Execute desktop and
taskbar in a separate process option to increase the stability of the system if Explorer crashes. This
increases stability, but requires an additional 8 MB of disk space.
Under Restart desktop and taskbar automatically, you can enable the options to ensure that both
the desktop and taskbar are restarted again automatically if they should crash. This means
that the system remains operational.
Errors
Here you can specify how the system should behave in the event of errors.
Under Audible signals, you can enable the Play acoustic signal when errors occur option to specify
that the system should make a sound if there is an error message or incorrect entry.
Under System errors, you can select from the dropdown list what should happen if the system has
been stopped due to a critical system error. You can also specify that the event should be entered
in the system log.
Under Error reporting, you can specify whether Windows should send an error report to Microsoft
following a crash. This will communicate not only information about the error but also information about
your system.
System
General
Under Windows registration, you can change the name and company of the user who registered
the current Windows version. Here you can also see the serial number and product ID of your Windows
license.
Under Windows Installer - user data, enter the name and company name that should be
automatically entered into the user information when new software is installed.
Under Support information, you can use the Settings button to open a configuration window in which
you can modify the information shown in the system properties.
Common Dialogs
Here you specify the appearance of the common dialogs for opening and saving files.
Under File name, you can specify whether, in common dialogs, a selection field containing the files
most recently used is to be displayed instead of a single input field.
In Windows XP, the Folder navigation is also available, where you can specify which
navigation elements should be shown for simplified operation in common dialogs. You can also specify
whether the "Back" button should be displayed and if a navigation bar should be displayed on the lefthand side of the common dialog.
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Search (Windows XP only)
Here you can define the appearance and the behavior of the search dialog.
The Disable indexing service option prevents the system from automatically indexing the contents
of your files when the computer is idle.
The Use classic search in Explorer option replaces the modern style search dialog with the classic
style.
Under Searched file types , you can click File types to specify which text file types can be searched
for specific content.
Special Folders
Here you specify the physical paths to which special folders such as "My Documents" should link.
Highlight a predefined path and click on Edit to change it to your requirements.
Command prompt
You can configure the appearance and behavior of the command prompt here.
Under Completion, you can specify which key combinations are to be used to complete file and folder
names.
Under Advanced settings, you can click on the Advanced button to open a window where you
can specify the visual appearance and start folder of the command prompt.
Security
User Account Control (Windows Vista and Windows 7 only)
The User Account Control feature ensures that no unauthorized changes are made to the computer. It
does this by asking whether a user has administrator rights to allow any changes to be made
to the system. If User Account Control is enabled, a standard user will always be asked to enter
an administrator password to make such changes.
You can specify here how a user logged on as an administrator is to be informed of potential changes
to the computer and prompted for confirmation.
This is how Windows differentiates between changes that the user makes himself (e.g. security-related
settings) and the startup of programs that can carry out changes. You can set here in detail, which
changes must require confirmation first and whether a password must be entered beforehand.
Because this is a security-relevant setting, it is advisable to leave the user account control activated and
select at least Prompt to confirm without entering password (for Windows Vista) or For changes
by programs, without password (for Windows 7).
One aim of User Account Control is to ensure that no programs start in the background without the user
being aware of it. At every program startup, Windows determines whether this program will make
changes to the computer. If this is the case and User Account Control is enabled, the user will be
prompted to have an administrator confirm the program startup. This feature is a key security step
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in case an unknown (and potentially unwanted) application starts up without the user having initiated it
himself.
Security Center (Windows Vista) / Maintenance Center (Windows 7)
The Security Center or Maintenance Center, as it is called in Windows 7, regularly runs
in the background to check the security status of your computer and displays warnings if a possible
security problem is determined.
If these warnings are displayed on your computer in error or you do not want to be shown warnings from
the Security/Maintenance Center, you can switch the warnings off here.
Advanced
Under Screensaver password prompt, you can specify how long the screensaver has to be running
before the password protection is activated (if this option is enabled). The default value is 5 seconds.
11.7.5. Wizards
In this category you will find the Copy settings wizard. It copies your settings to other user accounts and
to the Windows logon screen.
Copy settings
You can use AVG System Control to make a number of settings by which to change the appearance and
the behavior of the system to suit your requirements. However, these settings are only normally valid for your
current user account.
Use the Copy Settings wizard to copy your settings to other user accounts and to the Windows
logon screen.
The wizard shows you a list of settings that can be copied. Make your selection and click Next.
Now you can choose where the selected settings should be copied to. A possible target (depending
on the selected settings) is the logon screen. If you have several users set up, all other users are also shown
as possible destinations. Select the destinations you want and click Next to start the copy process.
After successfully completing the copy process, close the wizard by clicking Finish.
11.8. Removing Broken Shortcuts
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can clean up your system with
the AVG Shortcut Cleaner module by removing invalid references and shortcuts.
The AVG Shortcut Cleaner module helps you quickly and easily to "restore order" to your computer.
The module checks all shortcuts on your Desktop, in the start menu and in the Quick Launch bar. If a shortcut
references a program that no longer exists or a deleted file, you can easily remove it. Empty folders
in the Start menu are also identified, which mostly arise after you have rearranged the Start menu manually.
In addition, AVG Shortcut Cleaner analyses the file history lists from Microsoft Office programs,
OpenOffice©, Windows Media Player and Nero©. These lists contain references to the files most recently
accessed in the programs. These entries will also be checked here. If some point to files that no longer exist
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or which have been moved, you can delete them.
This means that your system is free from unnecessary ballast; it also means that you no longer have to waste
time trying to call up broken links.
11.8.1. How to Remove Broken Shortcuts
How to Remove Broken Shortcuts
Start the AVG Shortcut Cleaner module by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting
the Remove broken shortcuts entry under Usage data.
Your interface (Desktop, Start Menu, Quick Launch bar) and the history lists of some programs are checked
for broken shortcuts and entries. This analysis can last several minutes.
After the analysis AVG Shortcut Cleaner shows you a list of all broken shortcuts and references. If no broken
entries have been found, you will only receive a list of the places that were searched. In this case, click Close
to exit this function.
You decide whether to delete all broken shortcuts or not. Clear the checkboxes of those invalid references
that you do not want to delete. The standard setting is for all invalid references to be deleted.
Click Cleanup. The cleanup process normally lasts just a few seconds. Afterwards you receive a short status
report on the number of references and shortcuts removed.
Click Finish to exit AVG Shortcut Cleaner.
11.9. Showing the AVG Optimization Report
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Optimization Report to keep a constant overview
of the extent to which you have optimized your computer to date with AVG PC TuneUp.
The AVG optimization report summarizes all of the optimization steps already performed by AVG PC
TuneUp. This report is particularly relevant if you use the numerous automatic background optimizations
of AVG PC TuneUp. Here you can check at any time to what extent AVG PC TuneUp has optimized your
computer so far.
11.9.1. How to Display the AVG Optimization Report
Display the optimization report by going to All functions in the Dashboard and selecting Display
optimization report under AVG PC TuneUp.
This opens a clear summary of the optimizations already performed with AVG PC TuneUp and the benefits
that these have provided.
If you hold your cursor over an optimization, a small information window opens that displays details
on the benefit of the optimization or details on the individual optimizations.
You can display this optimization report for the last seven days, the last 30 days or for the entire period since
installation. To do so, simply switch to the relevant tabs.
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12. Rating Function for Programs
You can turn on the useful Rating function for programs in the AVG Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp
Manager and AVG Uninstall Manager modules. It shows you how useful other users of AVG PC TuneUp
found the programs that you have installed. You can use the rating function to help you decide which programs
you really need in your day-to-day work.
In this chapter, you can find out why it is helpful and how you can turn on the Rating
function for programs.
Often, you are faced with a decision about which of your installed programs you really need for your day-to-day
work: that is why the Rating function for programs was developed.
The experiences of numerous AVG PC TuneUp users will help you to make your decisions in the AVG
Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp Manager and AVG Uninstall Manager modules. The rating
function for programs shows you which programs have been classified as useful and helps you to decide which
startup programs you want to disable and which programs you want to disable or uninstall.
Please note: you need to have an active Internet connection to use the rating function.
Display of the Rating Function in the Modules
If you have switched on the rating function, it is integrated into the AVG Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp
Manager and AVG Uninstall Manager modules as a separate column in the program list. You can identify
your ratings by the blue stars in the Usefulness column. If you have not yet given your own rating, the column
displays the average rating that other AVG PC TuneUp users have given the program. If no ratings have been
given, the column is blank.
If you hover the mouse cursor over the column, a tooltip is displayed showing your rating and the rating
of other AVG PC TuneUp users.
How to Turn On the Rating Function
Start either the AVG Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp Manager or AVG Uninstall Manager modules.
The Rating function for programs dialog is displayed. Click OK.
If you do not want to make a decision just now, you can click on Decide later. The module is started without
the rating function. You can enable the rating function at any time by clicking on Rating function
in the toolbar, then on Turn on and this time selecting OK in the dialog that appears.
How to Turn Off the Rating Function
Click on Rating function in the toolbar and select the option Turn off. In the dialog that opens, you
can decide whether you wish to archive your ratings for any subsequent use of the function. The ratings
of other users are deleted from the database on your PC and will have to be downloaded again from the server
if you switch the function back on.
How to Submit a Rating
1. Move the mouse cursor over the Usefulness column. When you rate a program, you must give it
at least one star. A maximum of 5 stars can be awarded.
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2. Click on the number of stars that you wish to award the program. So, if you wish to give three stars,
click on the third star.
3. Your rating is automatically saved and transferred to the AVG PC TuneUp server.
If you wish to change your rating, you can proceed in exactly the same way as for the initial rating.
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13. AVG PC TuneUp in Taskbar Notification Area
The notification area is the area on the right-hand side of the Windows taskbar. This displays, for example,
the time, status icons or program shortcuts. AVG PC TuneUp has a notification area icon that shows you
the current status of your system and provides an entry point to AVG PC TuneUp.
When you double-click on the notification area icon, AVG PC TuneUp starts up.
When you click on the icon with the left mouse button, a flyout window opens with detailed
information about AVG PC TuneUp functions.
You can configure if, how and about what AVG PC TuneUp you would like to be informed in the taskbar
notification area.
System Status
Under System status, you can see whether the AVG PC TuneUp Dashboard currently shows
the optimization potential. You can open the Dashboard using the Start AVG PC TuneUp link.
For more information about the Dashboard, see The Dashboard.
Automatic maintenance
Under Automatic Maintenance, you can see when automatic maintenance was last performed.
The link takes you to the Automatic Maintenance configuration dialog.
For more information about Automatic Maintenance, see Changing Maintenance Settings.
Live Optimization
Under Live Optimization, you can see the most recent activities of the two Live Optimization methods.
A link takes you to the Live Optimization configuration dialog.
For more information about Live Optimization, see Configuring Live Optimization.
PC mode
In the PC mode section, you can see whether Turbo Mode or Economy Mode is currently turned on.
You can switch between the two modes as necessary here, or switch to Standard Mode. A link also
takes you to the configuration wizard.
For how to configure the Turbo Mode, see Turbo Mode Settings.
For how to configure the Economy Mode, see Economy Mode Settings.
For general information about modes, see PC Modes.
Settings
You can configure if, how and about what AVG PC TuneUp you would like to be informed in the taskbar
notification area. For this, perform the following steps:
If the icon is displayed on your computer, simply right-click on it. Now select Configure
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notification area settings in the context menu that appears. This takes you to the configuration dialog, where
you can configure your settings. In addition to the icon, you can choose to have messages displayed
in the form of balloons.
If the icon is not displayed on your computer, call up this dialog by going to the Settings menu in the AVG
PC TuneUp Dashboard and selecting the Notification area icon entry.
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