User Manual

User Manual
AVG PC TuneUp
User Manual
Document revision 2013.02 (9/14/2012)
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Contents
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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. The
Start Center
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3. PC
Optimization Modes
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3.1 Economy..........................................................................................................
Mode
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3.2 Standard
Mode
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3.3 Turbo Mode
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4. Optimization
Status
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5. Menu
Bar
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6. Status
& Recommendations
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6.1 Maintaining
System
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6.2 Increasing
Performance
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6.3 Fixing Problems
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6.4 System..........................................................................................................
Protection
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7. Optimizing
the System
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7.1 Reducing
System Load
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7.2 Manually
Running Maintenance Tasks
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8. Gaining
Disk Space
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8.1 Cleaning..........................................................................................................
the Hard Disk
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8.2 Finding ..........................................................................................................
and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
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8.3 Securely
Deleting Data
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9. Fixing
Problems
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9.1 Fixing Common
Problems
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9.2 Checking
the Hard Disk for Errors
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9.3 Restoring
Deleted Files
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9.4 Managing
Running Processes
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9.5 Showing..........................................................................................................
System Information
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Customizing Windows
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10.1 Personalizing
Options and Behaviors
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10.2 Personalizing
the Appearance of Windows
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11.
Overview of All Functions
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11.1 Editing
the Registry
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11.2 Checking
for Updates
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11.3 Displaying
the AVG Optimization Report
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12.
Rating Function for Programs
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13.
The AVG PC TuneUp Gadget
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14.
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 (Service Pack 3 or higher), Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (all
32-bit or 64-bit versions)
Min. 300 MHz processor
256 MB RAM
Screen resolution at least 1024x600 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. The Start Center
The new AVG PC TuneUp Start Center is the central access point for all functions and
optimization options.
The PC optimization mode
In the PC optimization mode area, you can decide which mode should be turned on for your
Windows operating system.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e PC Opt im iza t ion M ode s.
The Optimization Status
The Optimization Status shows you how well you are already using the options provided to
you by AVG PC TuneUp.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Opt im iza t ion St a t us.
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.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e M e nu Ba r.
The five categories
The main area in the AVG PC TuneUp Start Center comprises five categories, giving you fast
access to the key features of AVG PC TuneUp sorted by topic.
The five categories in the Start Center represent the key task areas of AVG PC TuneUp. The
first category shows the status of the four central optimization areas. You can see at a glance
whether there is an urgent need for action or potential for optimization. The other four
categories offer conveniently arranged links to the various modules of AVG PC TuneUp.
Status & Recommendations
The Status & recommendations category shows you an overview of the current condition of
your system and gives you recommendations on how you can improve the system's health. On
the far right, you can see the status of your system protection.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e St a t us & Re c om m e nda t ions.
Optimizing the System
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Under Optimize system, you can disable or uninstall unwanted programs and clean up your
system and your data.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Opt im izing t he Sy st e m .
Gaining Disk Space
Under Gain disk space, you can delete unnecessary data systematically from your system.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Ga ining Disk Spa c e .
Fixing Problems
Under Fix problems, you will find simple solutions for any problems that might occur.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e F ixing Proble m s.
Customizing Windows
Under Customize Windows, you have many opportunities to customize your working
environment to suit you.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Cust om izing Window s.
Overview of All Functions
To the right of the categories, you will see the Overview of all functions. This lists all the
functions that are available in AVG PC TuneUp, sorted by application area.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Ov e rv ie w of All F unc t ions.
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3. PC Optimization Modes
In the PC optimization 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.
3.1. 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
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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?
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 Start Center, there are three switches. The lefthand 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 right-hand corner beside the time), which tells you that Economy Mode is on. You can
also recognize this from the switch in the Start Center.
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.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Ec onom y M ode Se t t ings.
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3.1.1. Economy Mode Settings
To configure AVG Economy Mode, navigate to the AVG PC TuneUp Start Center and click on
the little wrench icon at the bottom left in the PC optimization mode area.
Alternatively, you can configure Economy Mode by going to Overview of all functions in the
Start Center and selecting the Configure Economy Mode entry under AVG PC TuneUp.
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 until the screen should be switched
off when Economy Mode is on.
Dimming (only for laptops): This setting determines the period of time until 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.
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Hardware components
Hard disk standby: This setting determines the period of time until 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.
Connection to external devices
Synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of
addresses, e-mails, 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 e-mails 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.
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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.
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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, and transparency effects and
thumbnails of windows in the taskbar are disabled.
In Windows XP:
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, and the colorful Windows XP
interface is disabled.
Desktop background
Slideshow: This setting stops the slideshow for the desktop background when Economy
Mode is on.
3.2. 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.
3.3. 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.
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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 (see How to Configure Your Own AVG Turbo Mode). These are therefore turned off
so that all of the PC's processing power is available to the required programs.
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
performance-sapping 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 Start Center, there are three switches. The righthand 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.
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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 Start Center.
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.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e T urbo M ode Se t t ings.
3.3.1. Turbo Mode Settings
Start the wizard for configuring the AVG Turbo Mode by clicking on Settings in the menu bar of
the Start Center and selecting the Turbo Mode area.
Alternatively, open the window for configuring AVG Turbo Mode by going to the AVG PC
TuneUp Start Center and clicking on the little wrench icon at the bottom left in the PC
optimization mode area.
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
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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, e-mails, 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.
T ip: T his is a popula r w a y of inc re a sing t he pe rform a nc e of ne t books on a sust a ine d ba sis.
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, and transparency
effects and thumbnails of windows in the taskbar are disabled.
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, and the colorful
Windows XP interface is 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.
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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 e-mails 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 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.
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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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4. Optimization Status
The Optimization Status is your personal indicator of optimization progress. You can find it on
the AVG PC TuneUp Start Center next to the PC optimization mode area.
What is the Optimization Status?
The Optimization Status uses a graph and associated notifications to show you how
extensively you are already using the options of AVG PC TuneUp to increase performance and
maintain the system and where there is still potential to optimize your system further.
The Optimization Status shows you details of both the Completed optimizations and the
potential you have exploited.
The Optimization Status also helps you to recognize the remaining Unused potential and make
use of it.
The Graph
In the graph, the blue sections on the left represent the modules you have used to make your
optimization progress so far, and the dark gray area on the right represents open optimization
options. A message is assigned to every section of the graph: the figures in the white boxes
next to Completed optimizations stand for messages about optimizations that you have
already carried out. The figures next to Unused potential represent messages about the
optimization potential that can still be exploited.
Messages
Above the graph, you can see the current messages about optimizations already completed
and about untapped potential. If you click on the blue underlined text in the messages under
Unused potential, this opens the precise AVG PC TuneUp module that you can use to
achieve the unused potential.
By clicking on the figures, you can click through the individual messages. If you click on the
white box with the blue lines, the window containing the overview of all Optimization Status
messages opens. This displays a complete overview with all of the current messages on both
the Completed optimizations and Unused potential areas together with the corresponding
graph sections and figures.
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pre se nt a re a s for opt im iza t ion, e .g. t he inst a lla t ion of ne w progra m s or a c ha nge t o sy st e m
se t t ings. Pa y a t t e nt ion t o t he m e ssa ge s on unuse d pot e nt ia l in orde r t o ke e p y our sy st e m
opt im ize d for t he long t e rm a nd t he re fore m a int a in a good Opt im iza t ion St a t us.
What is Used to Calculate the Optimization Status?
AVG PC TuneUp performs an analysis to see which optimizations it can perform on your
system. This potential is displayed in a graph showing you how close your system is to having
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100% optimization. You will achieve 100% – the perfect Optimization Status and therefore a
fully filled out graph – when you implement the recommended optimization potential for your
system as much as possible.
The graph is made of different sections. The sections on the left-hand side represent
optimizations completed and the sections on the right-hand side show optimization potential
still remaining. The Optimization Status is calculated based on the analysis results of the
following sections:
Automatic Maintenance, 1-Click Maintenance and Manual 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
AVG 1-Click Maintenance is carried out within 14 days of use with all the
necessary maintenance tasks, or
AVG Registry Cleaner and AVG Shortcut Cleaner are run within 14 days and
Temporary files are deleted within 14 days of use.
To delete Temporary files, open the Gain disk space category in the Start Center. Click
on Unnecessary files under Clean hard disk and check the Temporary files box.
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.
Increasing Performance - Details
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, the following condition must be fulfilled:
You have either accepted or hidden 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.
Fixing Problems - Details
For this section to be considered as optimized, the following condition must be fulfilled:
You have either fixed or hidden all problems.
Problems that you have hidden for 30 days will cause the status to be reclassified when
this period expires and the problem will be displayed again.
Program Deactivator and StartUp Manager
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The Optimization Status analyzes how many of your existing programs are using up your
system's resources and recommends that you optimize these through AVG Program
Deactivator or AVG StartUp Manager. In doing so, the Optimization Status 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.
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5. 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 & Support" Menu
The Help & Support menu provides you with access to this program help. You can also click
the link there and go to the AVG website directly. The Info 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. Clicking on Check for updates starts the AVG Update Wizard
module, which checks whether there are any new updates for your AVG PC TuneUp.
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6. Status & Recommendations
The Status & recommendations category displays the current status for the three most
important function areas provided to you by AVG PC TuneUp. In the event of warnings or
recommendations, you can use the Show details link to immediately address the problem
behind the warning or view the recommendations. In the fourth area, you can see whether the
AVG Rescue Center protection is enabled, so that you can undo any changes at any time.
Maintain System
The status in the Maintain system area shows how often your computer is maintained. This
takes into account whether Automatic Maintenance is carried out regularly with the most
important maintenance tasks or whether you have manually run 1-Click Maintenance
recently.
Under the status indicator is the Start 1-Click Maintenance button. If you click on Start 1Click Maintenance, 1-Click Maintenance will be carried out with the default AVG PC
TuneUp settings or the changes to the maintenance settings made by you.
When you click on the wrench icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the Start 1-Click
Maintenance button, the central configuration dialog opens, where you can specify the
maintenance tasks that should be carried out by Automatic Maintenance and 1-Click
Maintenance. You can also specify when Automatic Maintenance should be carried out.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e M a int e na nc e .
Increase Performance
The status field in the Increase performance area shows whether AVG PC TuneUp has
detected options for increasing the performance of your computer. For example, you may
receive recommendations for increasing the speed of your Internet, uninstalling programs that
haven't been used for a while or upgrading your hardware.
However, in order to get the most out of performance recommendations that are personalized
to your requirements, you must first answer some questions regarding your usage profile. Click
Create profile.
If there are recommendations, you can view these by clicking Show details or the link to the
recommendations. Each recommendation has a detailed description and you can apply most
recommendations with just a click of the mouse. You can also hide individual recommendations.
Once all recommendations have been applied or hidden, the status for this area reverts to
green.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Inc re a sing Pe rform a nc e .
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The status in the Fix problems area shows whether everything is working fine on your
computer or whether critical problems have been detected which may affect the system's
health. For example, a check can be carried out to see if key Windows settings have been
configured correctly, if there is enough free space on your system drive or whether important
security programs have been installed.
If problems have been found, click Show details. For each problem, you will receive a
description and can choose if you want to solve it now or hide it until later. Once all problems
have been solved or hidden, the status of this area reverts to green.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e F ixing Proble m s.
System protection
On the far right under System protection, you can see the current status of AVG Rescue
Center. By simply clicking on Undo changes you can undo any changes made in AVG PC
TuneUp at any time.
The AVG Rescue Center module monitors the changes you make to your system using AVG
PC TuneUp and allows you to undo these at a later stage. You can also use AVG Rescue
Center to manage restore points and thereby undo system changes that you did not make
using AVG PC TuneUp.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Undoing c ha nge s.
6.1. Maintaining System
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.
6.1.1. 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. The link for starting 1-Click
Maintenance can be found in the status field of the Maintain system category in the Start
Center. 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.
Defragments your registry
Even after the registry has been cleaned as described above, it is not automatically
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smaller because the disk space that is freed up is not released. This feature
compresses the registry by deleting these gaps.
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.
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.
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.
6.1.2. 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.
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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.
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.
6.1.3. Changing Maintenance Settings
In the Start Center, click on the Change maintenance settings link in the Maintain system
area of the Status & recommendations category. 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 Overview of all
functions in the Start Center and selecting the Settings entry under AVG PC TuneUp. Or
click on Settings in the Start Center menu bar and select the Automatic Maintenance or 1Click 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.
6.2. Increasing Performance
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use Increase
performance 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 the computer by moving a stylus across the screen)
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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.
In the Start Center under the Status & recommendations category, you can see whether
you have any recommendations in the status field of the Increase performance category. If
you have hidden some recommendations, these do not impact the status any more. Open the
details window by clicking on the Show details link.
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.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e 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
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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
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.
6.2.1. 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 are turned off. This is highly recommended, especially for slower
computers, because the display of these sophisticated interfaces really eats up resources.
If you select Maximum performance (irrespective of display quality), all effects including the
Aero glass theme are turned off. This is highly recommended, especially for slower computers,
because the display of these sophisticated interfaces really eats up resources.
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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 y ou ha v e a high-pe rform a nc e gra phic s c a rd, y our sy st e m pe rform a nc e w ill not be im prov e d
by t urning off t he Window s V ist a Ae ro de skt op e xpe rie nc e .
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.
Changing a Profile
You can change the settings for your profile later at any time, by going to Increase
performance in the Status & Recommendations category of the Start Center and clicking
on the small wrench icon under the Show details button on the right-hand side.
Alternatively, you can click on the Change profile button at the top left of the Increase
performance - details window.
Not e t ha t y ou c a nnot c onfirm y our profile unt il y ou ha v e e nt e re d a ll t he ne c e ssa ry
inform a t ion.
6.3. Fixing Problems
In this chapter, you will find out how to use the Fix problems – Details feature to fix
problems that affect the health of your system and why it is important to do so.
To find out whether there are problems affecting your system's health, go to the Start Center
in the Status & recommendations category and look at the Fix problems status field.
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. If you have hidden some problems, these do not
impact the status any more. Open the details window by clicking on Show details.
Overview
The details window lists the problems found. When you select a problem from the list, the
detail panel gives you a short description of the problem and a suggestion for a solution.
Fixing Problems
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For each problem, you can decide whether you want to solve it straightaway or hide it. The
easiest way is to fix problems by clicking on the link for the suggested solution.
Hiding Problems
If you don't want to fix a problem immediately, click Hide problem. Now you can select
whether you want to hide it permanently or only for 30 days.
6.4. 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.
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, press
Undo changes in the category Status & Recommendations of the Start Center. This button
is also found in the individual modules.
6.4.1. Undoing Changes
Start the AVG Rescue Center module by clicking Undo changes in the category Status &
Recommendations of the Start Center.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Undo changes 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
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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.
6.4.2. System Restore
Start the AVG Rescue Center module by clicking Undo changes in the category Status &
Recommendations of the Start Center.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Undo changes entry under AVG PC TuneUp.
Click on System Recovery.
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 making any significant changes to the system
(such as installing a program). If something goes wrong during installation or your computer no
longer works the way it used to, you can always restore it back to its original status at any
time.
Sinc e a sy st e m re st ore point sa v e s t he st a t us of y our c onfigura t ion a nd sy st e m file s, y ou a re
a dv ise d t o c re a t e a sy st e m re st ore point be fore m a king a ny signific a nt c ha nge s t o t he
sy st e m (suc h a s inst a lling a progra m ). If som e t hing goe s w rong during inst a lla t ion or y our
c om put e r no longe r w orks t he w a y it use d t o, y ou c a n a lw a y s re st ore it ba c k t o it s origina l
st a t us a t a ny t im e .
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using
this button.
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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.
F irst , se le c t a re st ore point t ha t is a s re c e nt a s possible , in orde r t o a v oid undoing t oo m a ny
sy st e m c ha nge s.
6.4.3. 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 Start Center. In the Settings menu,
select the General entry and open the Rescue Center tab.
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.
D o no t re s trict the AVG R e s cue C e nte r pro te ctio n to o m uch in o rde r to s a v e dis k s pa ce .
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ge ne ra lly m o re im po rta nt tha n s a v ing a s m a ll a m o unt o f s pa ce o n y o ur ha rd dis k.
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7. Optimizing the System
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 m odific a t ions t o y our sy st e m w ill be m onit ore d by AV G Re sc ue Ce nt e r a nd c a n be undone if
ne c e ssa ry .
Reducing System Load
The Reduce system load area is devoted to dealing with your installed programs and
services. Its functions extend from disabling startup programs that have no impact whatsoever
on the actual program, and manually uninstalling individual programs, to automatically turning
off entire function areas. But that is not all! In this area, you will also find a link to an
unprecedented function. Have you ever had an intelligent alternative to uninstallation? Now
you do – AVG Program Deactivator a module that uses our unique AVG Programs-onDemand Technology .
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Re duc ing Sy st e m Loa d.
Manually Running Maintenance Tasks
Being able to disable or uninstall programs is an important criterion for optimizing system
performance. But this may not achieve a great deal if your Windows system is still full of
"relics", i.e. remnants of programs that were uninstalled long ago but were not fully removed.
You can use our cleanup program to only keep entries on the computer that really belong there
- then complete your tidying with a more intelligent arrangement of the system entries and
data to ensure a quicker startup of programs and files.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e M a nua lly Running M a int e na nc e T a sks.
7.1. Reducing System Load
Disabling Programs
The AVG Program Deactivator module shows you to what extent the installed programs are
loading the system at various times (system startup, operation, shutdown). Thanks to the
new AVG Programs-on-Demand Technology, you can now disable any performance-sapping
programs easily and no longer need to uninstall them immediately. This means you can keep the
programs on your computer in case you need them again at a later date.
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F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Disa bling Progra m s.
Disabling Startup Programs
The AVG StartUp Manager module gives you recommendations and additional information
about programs that are automatically run on your computer when the system starts up. You
can disable the automatic startup of individual programs and thereby speed up your computer's
startup.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Disa bling St a rt up Progra m s.
Uninstalling programs
The AVG Uninstall Manager module shows all the programs installed on your computer
together with detailed information about them. For example, you can identify which programs
you only rarely use and uninstall these if necessary. This helps you clean up your computer,
gain disk space and increase system performance.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Displa y ing a nd Uninst a lling Progra m s.
Rating Function for Programs
The three modules mentioned above contain the useful Rating function for programs. The
experience of many AVG PC TuneUp users shows you which programs have been classified as
useful by other users and helps you to decide which startup programs you want to disable and
which programs you want to disable or uninstall.
Configuring Live Optimization
TuneUp Live Optimization consists of two intelligent optimization methods that monitor the
load on your computer in real time and can thereby intervene if necessary to avoid sudden
drops in performance. Both help to speed up your system - one increases the startup speed of
programs, the other increases the response rate of the computer.
This is done by intelligently prioritizing the programs that are running. If your computer is
currently working at near full capacity, the programs you access will start up more rapidly by
briefly assigning them 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 also enables
speedy workflows even at high capacity.
Configuring Economy Mode
The TuneUp Economy Mode from AVG PC TuneUp is an intelligent module for saving
energy, which can also increase the performance of your computer at the same time.
TuneUp 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
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necessary. They are stopped or turned off, which can reduce energy consumption
considerably.
Configuring Turbo Mode
From here you can open the configuration wizard, which enables you to set the Turbo
Mode to suit you. You can choose which tasks, programs and functions can be
temporarily disabled so as to increase performance while Turbo Mode is on. The more
you allow to be switched off, the better the gain in performance will be. If you change
your mind later, you can call up this configuration wizard at any time by clicking on the
small wrench icon on the right next to the Turbo Mode switch or clicking Turbo Mode in
the Settings menu.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Configuring Liv e Opt im iza t ion.
7.1.1. Disabling 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 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-on-Demand 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.
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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.
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
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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.
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:
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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.
How to Disable Programs
Launch the AVG Program Deactivator module by going to the Optimize System category in
the Start Center and selecting Disable programs under Reduce system load.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Disable 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
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.
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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.
How to Configure Program Deactivator
In the upper right corner of the Start Center 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.
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.
7.1.2. 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.
Not e t ha t disa bling st a rt up doe s not re m ov e t he progra m it se lf. It only disa ble s t he st a rt up
a nd t he re fore spe e ds up sy st e m st a rt up a nd t he spe e d of y our c om put e r.
How to Configure Your System Startup
Launch the AVG StartUp Manager module by going to the Optimize system category in the
Start Center and selecting Disable startup programs in the Reduce system load area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Disable startup programs entry under Installed programs.
B e fo re the pro gra m s ta rts , the s ta rtup s cre e n m a y a ppe a r fo r the R a ting functio n fo r
pro gra m s . H e re y o u ca n de cide whe the r to e na ble this fe a ture a nd click O K.
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
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start up the system. The entry remains in the list however, meaning that you can turn
automatic startup back on at any time.
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.
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
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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.
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.
T o le a rn m ore a bout how t he Ra t ing func t ion for progra m s c a n he lp y ou m a ke t he de c ision,
se e Ra t ing F unc t ion for Progra m s.
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 y ou a re st ill unsure , de spit e our guida nc e , w he t he r y ou should disa ble a st a rt up progra m ,
w e re c om m e nd t ha t y ou disa ble just one st a rt up progra m , re boot t he c om put e r a nd st a rt up
t he progra m s y ou use in t he usua l w a y .
If som e t hing doe s not w ork prope rly follow ing t he re st a rt , a ll y ou ha v e t o do is se le c t t he
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c he c kbox a ga in. If e v e ry t hing is fine , y ou c a n disa ble t he ne xt e nt ry a nd e njoy a fa st e r
sy st e m st a rt up.
7.1.3. Displaying and Uninstalling 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.
How to Uninstall Programs
Launch the AVG Uninstall Manager module by going to the Optimize System category of
the Start Center and selecting Uninstall programs from the Reduce system load area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Uninstall entry under Installed programs.
B e fo re the pro gra m s ta rts , the s ta rtup s cre e n m a y a ppe a r fo r the R a ting functio n fo r
pro gra m s . H e re y o u ca n de cide whe the r to e na ble this fe a ture a nd click O K.
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, de spit e t he st a t ist ic a l da t a t ha t AV G Uninst a ll M a na ge r show s y ou, y ou a re not sure
w he t he r y ou w ish t o uninst a ll a progra m be c a use y ou do not know w ha t it c ont a ins, c lic k on
Online se a rc h in t he t oolba r. A w e b pa ge ope ns displa y ing t he re sult s of t he se a rc h for t he
progra m se le c t e d in t he list . T his pa ge prov ide s de t a ile d inform a t ion on t he progra m . T his
inform a t ion w ill a lso he lp y ou t o de c ide w he t he r y ou should uninst a ll a progra m or not .
The Usefulness column is also helpful for your decision-making process. This provides you with
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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.
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.
7.1.4. 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 Start Center and clicking on the
Configure Live Optimization entry on the right-hand side of the Status &
recommendations category.
Alternatively, you can open the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Configure Live Optimization entry under AVG PC TuneUp. Or click
on Settings in the Start Center 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.
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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.
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.
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7.2. Manually Running Maintenance Tasks
Cleaning the Registry
The AVG Registry Cleaner module specifically looks for faulty entries in the central database
of your Windows system - the registry - and either repairs or deletes them. Cleaning up your
registry like this frees your system of unwanted ballast and errors so that it can work faster
and more efficiently.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Cle a ning t he Re gist ry .
Defragmenting the Registry
Use the AVG Registry Defrag module to have the Windows system central database - the
registry - rewritten. This involves compressing it so as to make it much smaller. This little trick
boosts the performance of Windows.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e De fra gm e nt ing t he Re gist ry .
Removing Broken Shortcuts
By using the AVG Shortcut Cleaner module, your computer is cleaned up in no time because
invalid shortcuts are deleted from your Desktop, the Start menu and Windows Quick Launch
bar. For example, desktop icons that no longer serve a purpose because they have been left
behind after programs were uninstalled.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Re m ov ing Broke n Short c ut s.
Accelerating System Startup and Shutdown
Using the AVG StartUp Optimizer module, you can check your computer for anything that
may be unnecessarily slowing down system startup or shutdown. You will receive the results of
this check in the form of recommendations and you can either choose to apply all of them
immediately or first look at them carefully one by one.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Opt im izing Sy st e m St a rt up a nd Shut dow n.
Defragmenting the Hard Disk
When defragmenting, the AVG Drive Defrag module analyzes the hard disk space and runs
defragmentation if necessary. During defragmentation, the disk space is reorganized by
intelligently rearranging the individual blocks of data. This significantly increases the speed of
system startup and the loading times for documents and programs. AVG Drive Defrag gives
you the choice of two different defragmentation types: one is particularly thorough, the other
is particularly quick.
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F or m ore inform a t ion, se e De fra gm e nt ing t he Ha rd Disk.
7.2.1. 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.
How to Clean the Registry
Launch the AVG Registry Cleaner module by going to the Optimize System category in the
Start Center and selecting Clean registry from the Manually run maintenance tasks area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Clean 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.
2. Custom scan
Scanning the registry can take several minutes. While the scan is in process, you can
monitor its progress.
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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.
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.
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Area
Description
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.
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).
File Types
Such entries can become invalid through the uninstallation of programs, for
example.
During installation, some programs store entries on database drivers and data
Database sources in the registry. These entries can become invalid through the uninstallation
Drivers
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 program-specific
information in the registry (e.g. data or program paths). When programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
This area of the registry contains references to extensions such as audio and video
Program codecs or Internet Explorer add-ons that enhance the functionality of individual
Extensions programs (e.g. with new menu entries or new toolbar entries). If these programs or
extensions are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Many Windows programs access ActiveX and COM components using entries in this
Program
area of the registry. These entries are created when programs like this are installed,
Componen
but are often not deleted during uninstallation. Some programs even create invalid
ts
entries during installation.
The installation folders of some programs are stored in the registry to allow these
Program
programs to be run directly via "Start -> Run". When such programs are uninstalled,
Paths
these entries are often not deleted.
Windows stores entries in this area of the registry for all fonts installed on your
Fonts
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
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Area
Description
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.
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 de sc ript ions of t he proble m s a re not v isible , c lic k De t a ils in t he t oolba r.
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
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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.
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.
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Editing the Registry
In the toolbar, click Registry Editor to directly call up the AVG PC TuneUp module for
editing the registry.
7.2.2. 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.
How to Defragment the Registry
Start the AVG Registry Defrag module by going to the Optimize system category in the
Start Center and selecting Defragment registry in the Manually run maintenance tasks
area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Defragment 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.
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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.
7.2.3. 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 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.
How to Remove Broken Shortcuts
Start the AVG Shortcut Cleaner module by going to the Optimize system category in the
Start Center and selecting Remove broken shortcuts from the Manually run maintenance
tasks area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Remove broken shortcuts entry under Windows.
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.
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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.
7.2.4. 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.
How to Optimize System Startup and Shutdown
Launch the AVG StartUp Optimizer tool by going to the Optimize system category in the
Start Center and selecting Optimize system startup and shutdown from the Run
maintenance tasks manually area. The AVG StartUp Optimizer window is displayed.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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
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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.
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.
7.2.5. 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,
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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.
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.
How to Defragment your Hard Disk
Launch the AVG Drive Defrag module by going to the Optimize system category in the Start
Center and selecting Defragment hard disk under Manually run maintenance tasks.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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.
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Select how defragmentation should take place according to the analysis.
As AVG Drive Defrag offers two different types of defragmentation (see Defragmenting the
Hard Disk - Introduction), 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 defragmentation
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 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.
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F or m ore t ips a nd re c om m e nda t ions, ple a se se e NT F S Com pa re d w it h F AT .
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.
Alt hough c onv e rsion is c onside re d v e ry se c ure , y ou should m a ke a ba c kup of y our sa v e d da t a
be fore a t t e m pt ing t his.
Click the Windows Start icon to open All Programs, go to Accessories and click Command
Prompt. If you 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.
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8. Gaining Disk 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 m odific a t ions t o y our sy st e m w ill be m onit ore d by AV G Re sc ue Ce nt e r a nd c a n be undone if
ne c e ssa ry .
Clean Hard Disk
In the Clean hard disk area, you can select the drives that you want to clean. After you have
selected these, AVG PC TuneUp runs a quick analysis in the background and informs you how
many Unnecessary files, Old backups and Windows functions there are on the drives and
how much disk space they are taking up. You can now decide which files you want to delete
and/or which Windows functions you want to disable.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Cle a ning t he Ha rd Disk.
Analyze Storage Usage and Delete Data
In the Analyze Storage Usage and Delete Data area, you can go a step further and search
drives systematically for unnecessary data and securely delete any sensitive data.
Finding and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
Use the AVG Disk Space Explorer module to find large files and folders on your system. You
can then archive this data or delete it fully if you are sure you will not need it again in the
future. This is a way of freeing up valuable disk space in one go.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e F inding a nd De le t ing La rge Am ount s of Da t a .
Securely Deleting Data
The AVG Shredder module allows you to securely remove sensitive data. You can use three
intelligent deletion methods to ensure that even a professional could not restore your data.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Se c ure ly De le t ing Da t a .
8.1. Cleaning the Hard Disk
In this chapter, you will find out how you can free up valuable space on your hard disks under
Clean hard disk and why it is useful to do so.
Under Clean hard disk, you can see old backups, unnecessary files and unnecessary Windows
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 non-functioning software occur.
The elements recommended for deletion are divided into three categories:
Unnecessary Files
For example, temporary files, the contents of the browser cache, temporary thumbnail views
and automatically generated log files and the contents of your Recycle Bin are all suggested for
deletion.
These files take up valuable disk space that you can easily share. Of course you will have the
chance to view these files again before deletion.
Old backups
Backups are suggested for deletion that would usually be used to restore an earlier status of
your system. These include restore points and Windows Update backups. Of course you will
have the chance to view these backups again before deletion.
The most recently created restore point is always stored so you can restore the system to a
previous status at any time.
T he m ost re c e nt ly c re a t e d re st ore point is a lw a y s st ore d so y ou c a n re st ore t he sy st e m t o a
pre v ious st a t us a t a ny t im e .
Windows Functions
Three optional functions from Windows are displayed. If you do not use these (maybe you
didn't know that they existed), you can turn them off and thereby free up valuable space on
your hard disks. This includes the Windows Desktop Search, Windows Messenger and the
hibernation file.
8.1.1. How to Gain Disk Space
Select the Gain disk space category from the Start Center.
Under Clean hard disk, select the drive on which you wish to free up disk space.
A bar chart shows you how much free disk space you have on the selected drive. You can also
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see how much disk space you could free up by deleting the individual data types.
You can now remove unnecessary files and old backups and also remove or disable Windows
functions.
Removing Unnecessary Files or Old Backups
Click Unnecessary files or Old backups.
A clearly arranged list of the files found or old backups is opened. 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.
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.
Disabling or Removing Windows Functions
Click Windows functions to view the status of the individual functions.
For every function, you receive a description that helps you decide how to proceed. The
system shows you how much disk space is taken up by an activated function.
You can disable or remove the following optional Windows functions:
Hibernation File
Hibernation mode is when your computer is shut down without needing to close any open
windows, programs or documents first. All data in the memory of the computer is saved
to the hard disk. If the computer is turned back on again, you can continue from the
point at which you broke off your work. All previously opened windows, programs and
documents are immediately restored.
Even if you do not require hibernation mode, the hibernation file takes up valuable disk
space. It is exactly the same size as your computer's memory. If, for example, your
computer has 4 gigabytes of memory, the hibernation file will also take up 4 gigabytes of
space on your hard disk. This is because in hibernation mode the entire content of the
memory must be saved.
If you do not use hibernation mode, you can disable it here and thereby free up the disk
space it would otherwise use. You can of course reactivate it at any time.
Windows Messenger
Windows Messenger is a program that lets you exchange instant messages with
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friends. If you do not use Windows Messenger, you can easily remove it from your
computer here.
Index for Windows Desktop Search
Desktop Search is a Windows function that allows you to find files and folders quickly. It
creates a search index with entries for each file and folder. When you search for
something (in Windows Explorer or Outlook, for example), you search only this index
instead of searching the entire hard disk. This makes the process much quicker.
Depending on the number of files on your hard disk, this index can be quite large and may
require lots of memory.
If you do not use Windows Desktop Search, then you can not only free up disk space by
disabling the feature, but also increase your computer's performance.
8.1.2. What Types of File are Recommended for Deletion?
AVG PC TuneUp searches for the following types of file which can normally be deleted from
your hard disk without causing problems.
Type
Description
Saved lost
clusters
Repair programs like CHKDSK search your hard disk for lost clusters and
save them. These backups are usually never used by users.
Google Earth™
Cache Files
Google Earth™ uses this cache to save image data.
All pictures, text and animations that you view in Internet Explorer while
Internet Explorer,
surfing the Internet are saved in the cache. If you visit a website again,
Mozilla Firefox,
the text and images can be loaded from the cache more quickly than from
Opera and Safari
the Internet. However, it is advisable to empty your cache from time to
cache
time.
Thumbnails
Thumbnails of images are used by various programs to provide a quick
preview. The thumbnail views used by Windows, ACDSee™ and Google
Picasa™ are taken into consideration.
Recycle Bin
All files in the Recycle Bin can be deleted if you really do not need them.
Log files
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.
Backup files
Many programs automatically create backups of your files. These can be
deleted if you do not need them.
When problems with an application occur, Windows saves the portion of
Memory dump files your system memory used by the application in question to a file for
troubleshooting purposes. These files are unnecessary and can be deleted.
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Type
Description
Temporary 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.
Temporary help
files
Windows creates temporary help files so that it can display the help files
more quickly. These files can be deleted without hesitation.
Temporary
installation files
Many Microsoft installation programs create installation files to store data
temporarily that should normally be deleted by the program after its tasks
are complete. These files can always be deleted.
Windows error
reporting files
When a program crashes, Windows saves data about the program. If this
service has been disabled or if settings do not allow for information to be
sent to the manufacturer, these files can be deleted.
8.1.3. What Type of Backups are Suggested for Deletion?
Type
Description
Windows XP, Windows Vista
and Windows 7 Update and When Windows is updated, backup files are created.
Service Pack Backups
Restore points
Restore points are used to save the status of system files on the
computer. They are created by the System Restore service at
specified intervals and when changes are made to the computer.
8.2. Finding and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
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.
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8.2.1. How to Run an Analysis
Launch the AVG Disk Space Explorer module by going to the Gain disk space category in
the Start Center and selecting Find and delete large amounts of data from the Analyze
storage usage and delete data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Find and delete large amounts of data entry under Disk space.
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.
8.2.2. 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
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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.
In the lower area of the window, you will see the following tables:
My Computer
With regard to the first table, My Computer represents an exception. Instead of an
overview of the largest files and folders, it will show the occupied space for each
drive.
Computer
With regard to the first table, the Computer view represents an exception. Instead of
an overview of the largest files and folders, it will show the occupied space for each
drive.
Computer (Windows XP: My Computer)
With regard to the first table, the Computer (or My Computer) view represents an
exception. Instead of an overview of the largest files and folders, it will show the
occupied space for each drive.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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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: Sort ing file s by t he da t e of la st a c c e ss in c om bina t ion w it h lim it ing a v ie w
t o c e rt a in file t y pe s a llow s y ou t o find obje c t s suc h a s olde r M P3 file s or v ide os t ha t y ou
m a y not w a nt t o list e n t o or w a t c h a ny m ore .
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.
8.2.3. 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.
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8.2.4. How to Archive Files
Archiving Files with TuneUp 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 TuneUp 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.
8.3. 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:
Whe n y ou de fra gm e nt ha rd disks, a ny de le t e d file s a re norm a lly ov e rw rit t e n a nd c a nnot be
re c ov e re d a ft e rw a rds. Sim ply use AV G Driv e De fra g t o subse que nt ly inc re a se t he se c urit y of a
norm a l de le t ion m e t hod (se e How t o De fra gm e nt Y our Ha rd 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
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-> 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.
8.3.1. How to Securely Delete Data
Launch the AVG Shredder module by going to the Gain disk space category in the Start
Center and selecting Securely delete data from the Analyze storage usage and delete
data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Securely delete data 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.
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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.
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).
8.3.2. 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 5220.22M) 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.
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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. Fixing 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. Under Frequently corrected problems, you will find the
troubleshooting functions that you use most often, which can be opened by clicking on them.
In the Manage processes and show system information, advanced users are given the
option to manage running processes or display system information.
All m odific a t ions t o y our sy st e m w ill be m onit ore d by AV G Re sc ue Ce nt e r a nd c a n be undone if
ne c e ssa ry .
Fixing Common Problems
The AVG Repair Wizard module fixes common computer and display problems in next to no
time. From a list of problems frequently reported by Windows users you can select the ones
that have happened to you and fix them in a matter of clicks. For example, here you can
display missing icons from the desktop again with just one click.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e F ixing Com m on Proble m s.
Checking the Hard Disk for Errors
The AVG Disk Doctor module takes your system drives in hand and checks them for errors in
the file system. If problems are found, AVG Disk Doctor can fix them immediately.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Che c king t he Ha rd Disk for Errors.
Restoring Deleted Files
The AVG Undelete module allows you to restore files that have already been deleted from the
Recycle Bin. You can search for deleted files using various criteria. A particularly exciting
feature here is that files can also be restored on external storage media (e.g. a USB flash
drive).
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Re st oring De le t e d F ile s.
Displaying and Closing Running Processes
The AVG Process Manager module provides details of running processes and open files. You
can manage these processes and thus exercise precise control over processor load, memory
usage, and open files.
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F or m ore inform a t ion, se e M a na ging Running Proc e sse s.
Showing System Information
The AVG System Information module provides details of running processes and open files.
You can manage these processes and thus exercise precise control over processor load,
memory usage, and open files.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Show ing Sy st e m Inform a t ion.
9.1. 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.
9.1.1. How to Fix Common Problems
Launch the AVG Repair Wizard module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start
Center and selecting the Fix common problems entry from the Check system and fix
problems area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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.
9.2. 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
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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 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.
9.2.1. How to Check your Hard Disk
Launch the AVG Disk Doctor module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start
Center and selecting the Check hard disk for errors entry from the Check system and fix
problems area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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.
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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.
9.2.2. Normal vs. Thorough Analysis
Normal Analysis
Normal analysis takes approx. 1-2 minutes and is generally sufficient.
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
Every element in the file system is checked. The program ensures that the
folders
structures of all files and folders are correct.
(NTFS and FAT)
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
Checking indexes
system.
(NTFS only)
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 Files and folders in the NTFS file system are usually protected by security
descriptors
descriptors that prevent access by unauthorized users. During the analysis,
(NTFS only)
errors in these descriptions are found and corrected.
Only thorough analysis
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Analysis step
Explanation
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.
9.3. 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.
9.3.1. How to Search for Deleted Files
Launch the AVG Undelete module by going to the Fix problems category in the Start Center
and selecting the Restore deleted files entry from the Check system and fix problems
area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Restore files entry under Hard disk.
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Select the drives you want to scan for deleted files.
Ev e n if y ou w a nt t o re c ov e r a file on a n e xt e rna l st ora ge m e dium (for e xa m ple a USB fla sh
driv e ), t his opt ion w ill st ill be displa y e d.
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
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.
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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.
9.3.2. 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 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
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another file.
If y o u no w wis h to us e a no the r pro gra m to re co v e r de le te d file s , s o a s to be s ure tha t
y o u ha v e trie d e v e ry thing, we s tro ngly urge y o u no t to ins ta ll this o n the s a m e ha rd
dis k a s the file wa s s to re d o n.
9.4. 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-todate information on what your computer is doing at any given time.
9.4.1. How to Manage Running Processes
Launch the AVG Process Manager module by going to the Fix problems category in the
Start Center and selecting Display and close running processes from the Manage
processes and show system information area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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
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In the Help menu you can call up the program help at any time, visit the TuneUp
website, check AVG PC TuneUp for updates or display information on your version of
AVG PC TuneUp.
9.5. 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.
9.5.1. How to Show System Information
Launch the AVG System Information module by going to the Fix problems category in the
Start Center and selecting Show system information from the Manage processes and
show system information area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Show system information entry under Computer.
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.
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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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10. Customizing Windows
Using the Customize Windows category, you can specifically configure how your Windows
should look and function, thereby personalizing your computer. Under Frequently used
settings, you will find the elements and areas of Windows that you often personalize and you
can open these with a simple click.
All m odific a t ions t o y our sy st e m w ill be m onit ore d by AV G Re sc ue Ce nt e r a nd c a n be undone if
ne c e ssa ry .
Modify Windows settings
Under Personalize options and behaviors, you will find the AVG System Control module,
which you can use to adapt the visual effects, user logon, desktop and much more to your
personal needs and preferences.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Pe rsona lizing Opt ions a nd Be ha v iors.
Change Windows appearance
Under Personalize the appearance of Windows, you will find the AVG Styler module, which
you can use to design the Windows user interface entirely to your personal taste. For example,
settings such as icons, the logon screen, the appearance of windows and buttons and much
more can be very easily modified.
If you would like a completely new design, you can download entire design packages from the
Internet. Simply click on the link to download new Windows themes for free.
F or m ore inform a t ion, se e Pe rsona lizing t he Appe a ra nc e of Window s.
10.1. Personalizing Options and Behaviors
Start the AVG System Control module by going to the Customize Windows category in the
Start Center and clicking on the Personalize options and behaviors entry in the Modify
Windows settings area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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:
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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
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 TuneUp 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
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10.1.1. 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 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 flat-screen monitors (TFT and LCD) and makes use of their socalled subpixels to effectively smooth the edges of even small fonts. Select ClearType
and click on ClearType Settings to obtain the optimum adjustment of ClearType
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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 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 start name of the desired program in the
field. Alternatively, select a program via Edit.
Advanced
Windows XP:
Here you can specify whether a new shortcut should be automatically marked as such.
By default the name of the shortcut is prefixed with a "Shortcut to".
In the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer section, you can decide whether doubleclicking on images and fax files automatically loads them into the Windows Picture and
Fax Viewer.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Here you can specify whether a new shortcut should be automatically marked as such.
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By default, the text " shortcut" is added to the end of the shortcut name.
Folder Options
View
Here you can determine how folder windows and the elements they contain are to be
displayed.
Windows XP:
Under Window, you specify 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.
Under View settings, you can use the slide control to determine how many folder views
should be stored.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Under Window, you specify 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. In Windows Vista, you can also specify whether the most recently
opened folder window should be restored at logon.
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.
Windows XP and Windows Vista only:
In addition you can define the color assignment to suit your needs via the Edit button.
Thumbnails
Windows XP:
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
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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.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 only:
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
Windows XP:
Here you can set what elements are to be displayed on the Desktop and under My
Computer. You can easily hide entire drives and specify how the address bar in
Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Run dialog should behave.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Here you can set what elements are to be displayed on the Desktop and under
Computer. You can easily hide entire drives and specify how the address bar in
Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Run dialog should behave.
10.1.2. 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.
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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.
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 and 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
General
Under Menu speed, you specify whether the submenus should open automatically as
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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 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.
Vista only:
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.
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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.
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:
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
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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.
Advanced
Notifications are often shown in the (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.
10.1.3. 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:
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
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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.
Windows XP only:
By clicking on the Settings button you can also set various advanced options for your
Internet connection.
Internet Explorer
Explorer Bars
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
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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
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
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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.
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.
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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 top-level 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 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
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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.
E-Mail and Chat
Outlook Express
Windows XP:
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 e-mail
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
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 e-mail
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:
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 E-Mail 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:
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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.
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 SmartScreenfilters 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.
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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.
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.
10.1.4. 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.
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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.
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:
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
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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.
Windows XP:
Under My Computer, you can click on Settings to specify which drives are displayed in
the Windows My Computer.
Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Under Computer, you can click on Settings to specify which drives are displayed in the
Windows My Computer.
Memory and Cache
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.
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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:
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.
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
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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.
Windows XP only:
Under Folder navigation, you 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 left-hand side of
the common dialog.
Search
Windows XP:
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.
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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:
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 in case an unknown (and
potentially harmful) program 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.
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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.
10.1.5. 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.
10.2. Personalizing the Appearance of Windows
The following chapters explain how you can personalize the appearance of Windows with the
AVG Styler module.
Ple a se not e t ha t t he "Boot sc re e n" a nd "St a rt up logo" c a t e gorie s c a n only be use d on Window s
V ist a .
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.
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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
10.2.1. How to Change the Appearance of Windows
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start
Center and clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change
Windows appearance area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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.
10.2.2. 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.
Ple a se not e t ha t t his func t ion is not a v a ila ble in Window s 7, a s Window s 7 doe s not use a boot
sc re e n.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Customize Windows category in the Start
Center and clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change
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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 supported:
File
Type
Description
extensions
TuneUp
boot
.TBS
The individual format of AVG Styler
screen
Stardock
The format of many boot screens on websites such as www.
.BOOTKSKIN
Bootskin
wincustomize.com
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File
Type
Description
extensions
Images
.BMP; .PNG; .
If you select an image in one of these formats, the Create boot
GIF; .JPG; .
screen dialog is automatically called up with this image, allowing
JPEG
you to make additional adjustments.
Ntoskrnl.
The system core of Windows XP, in which a boot screen was
.EXE
exe files
incorporated. AVG Styler
Select a new boot screen and give it a name under which it will appear in the list of AVG
Styler.
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list . Y ou c a n a dd a ddit iona l boot sc re e ns.
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.
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Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new boot screen, you can restore the default Windows screen at any
time.
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 visual style you want from the list to preview it. Click Apply. AVG Styler accepts
the new boot screen.
10.2.3. Tips for Attractive Boot Screens
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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!
10.2.4. Startup Logo
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W indo ws X P no r W indo ws 7 us e the s ta rtup lo go .
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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center and clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change
Windows appearance area.
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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
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.
Y ou c a n a lso e nt e r t he na m e of a n a ut hor. T he st a rt up logo y ou a dde d now a ppe a rs in t he
list . Y ou c a n a dd a ddit iona l st a rt up 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.
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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.
10.2.5. 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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center 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 boot 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
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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.
Y ou c a n a lso e nt e r t he na m e of a n a ut hor. T he ne w ly a dde d boot sc re e n now a ppe a rs in t he
list . Y ou c a n a dd a ddit iona l logon sc re e ns.
Creating your Own Logon Screen
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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 boot screen to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
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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.
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T he n, inst e a d of "Clic k y our use r na m e t o log on," t he sc re e n m ight re a d "Klic ke n Sie a uf Ihre n
Be nut ze rna m e n, um sic h a nzum e lde n," for e xa m ple .
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.
10.2.6. 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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center 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, 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.
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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.
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.
10.2.7. 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.
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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, e-mail 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 e-mail 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 e-mail.
10.2.8. 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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center 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:
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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.
10.2.9. 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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center 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.
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AVG Styler provides a preview of some items on your desktop that you can personalize.
Specify how big the gap between items on the desktop should be and whether a shortcut
should be indicated by an arrow.
Specify the size of items on the desktop, specify how big the gap between them should
be and whether a shortcut should be indicated by an arrow.
10.2.10. 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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center 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.
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e ffe c t .
10.2.11. Visual Style
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 Customize Windows category in the Start
Center and clicking on the Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change
Windows appearance area.
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.
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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:
File
Type
extensio
Description
ns
TuneUp
.TVS
The individual format of AVG Styler
Visual Styles
.
Microsoft
This Microsoft format often includes additional files that can be
MSSTYLE
Visual Styles
found in the same folder or in subfolders.
S
Compressed
Archives are searched for all file types in this list, and
.RAR, .ZIP
archives
Self-
decompressed automatically if such files are found.
.EXE
These files are searched for compressed archives in RAR or ZIP
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File
Type
extensio
Description
ns
extracting
format, which are treated according to the description of the
archives
Compressed Archive file type.
Select a new visual style and give it a name under which it will appear in the AVG Styler list.
Y ou c a n a lso e nt e r t he na m e of a n a ut hor. T he v isua l st y le y ou a dde d now a ppe a rs in t he
list .
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.
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11. Overview of All Functions
On the far right of the Start Center, you will see the Overview of 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
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
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.
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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.
Memory space
Gain disk space
Searches for old backups, unnecessary files and unnecessary Windows features, which
can be safely removed from the hard disk without any negative impact on your system.
See also How to Gain Disk Space.
Find and delete large amounts of data
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.
Registry
Defragment
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
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.
Editing the Registry
The AVG Registry Editor module provides you with the option of searching quickly and
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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.
Turn on Standard Mode
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 1-Click 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.
Showing 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
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Increase performance
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 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.
Optimizing system startup and shutdown
Checks your computer for recommendations for accelerating system startup and
shutdown, e.g. disabling unnecessary startup programs.
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.
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.
Display and close running processes
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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.
AVG PC TuneUp
Undo changes
Allows you to reverse changes made with AVG PC TuneUp or to resort to Windows
restore points.
See also Undoing Changes.
Check for updates
Checks whether new updates are available for your AVG PC TuneUp and installs them.
See also How to Check for Updates.
Show Optimization Report
The optimization report shows you what AVG PC TuneUp has optimized on your
computer to date.
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. Editing the Registry
In this chapter, you will find out how you can edit the registry using the AVG Registry Editor
module.
Ple a s e no te tha t this fe a ture is o nly inte nde d to be us e d by e xpe rie nce d us e rs .
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
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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.
11.1.1. How to Edit Your Registry
Start the AVG Registry Editor module by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center and selecting the Edit entry under Registry .
T he Re gist ry is t he v e ry he a rt of y our Window s sy st e m . Ple a se not e t ha t y ou should be sure
y ou know w ha t y ou a re doing be fore m a king a ny c ha nge s he re .
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
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.
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11.2. Checking for Updates
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Update Wizard module to keep
your AVG PC TuneUp up to date and why it is important to do so.
AVG PC TuneUp is constantly being developed: individual features are expanded or adapted to
suit the latest technology and any errors are fixed. When a new version is available it will be
made available to you on the Internet.
You have the option of automatically checking for updates or manually checking for updates.
Changing Settings
To change the update check settings, go to the menu bar and click Settings and then
Updates. Here you can decide whether AVG PC TuneUp should regularly check for updates
automatically. You can also specify here how often you should be informed of updates that
have been found.
Checking for Updates Manually
If you do not want AVG PC TuneUp to check for updates automatically, you can turn this
function off. In this case we recommend that you regularly check for updates yourself.
11.2.1. How to Check for Updates
Start the AVG Update Wizard module by going to the Overview of all functions category in
the Start Center and selecting the Check for updates entry under AVG PC TuneUp.
Alternatively, you can start the module by clicking on Help & Support in the menu bar of the
Start Center and then selecting Check for updates.
AVG Update Wizard starts and establishes a connection to the Internet to check for updates.
If Updates Exist
You receive a list of the available updates with a short description of the new or modified
functions.
Click Next to install the updates.
If No Updates Exist
If there are no updates, your AVG PC TuneUp is already up to date and you can close
the wizard by clicking Finish.
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11.3. Displaying 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.
11.3.1. How to Display the AVG Optimization Report
Display the TuneUp optimization report by going to Overview of all functions in the Start
Center 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.
Ple a se not e : y ou ne e d t o ha v e a n a c t iv e Int e rne t c onne c t ion t o use t he ra t ing func t ion.
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.
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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.
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. The AVG PC TuneUp Gadget
Another function of AVG PC TuneUp is the gadget. This is not supported by Windows XP and
is therefore only available to you with Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The practical gadget can be displayed on the desktop. It keeps you constantly informed of the
status of your computer. You no longer need to start AVG PC TuneUp to find out whether
optimization potential has been identified in the Status & Recommendations category. AVG
PC TuneUp can also be launched from here.
In the gadget you can see at any time which PC Optimization Mode is currently enabled, and
you can turn on another PC Optimization Mode at any time using the three buttons.
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can display the
AVG PC TuneUp Gadget on your desktop.
What is a Gadget?
Gadgets (or widgets) are small programs that are permanently displayed on the desktop and
which provide the user with up-to-date information.
What is the AVG TuneUp Utilities Gadget for?
The AVG PC TuneUp Gadget tells you the status of your computer at all times, without you
needing to start AVG PC TuneUp separately. The gadget is integrated in AVG PC TuneUp and
notifies you of the current status of the Status & Recommendations category.
Clicking on the icon in the top left corner of the gadget opens Status & Recommendations in
the AVG PC TuneUp Start Center. Here you can address the problems or recommendations
directly.
PC Optimization Modes
The AVG PC TuneUp Gadget also allows you to turn on the various PC Optimization Modes
with its three buttons. It also shows you which of the three PC Optimization Modes is
currently enabled at all times.
So you can see that the AVG PC TuneUp Gadget is, on the one hand, a constant source of
information about the status of your computer. In addition it offers practical direct access to
the Start Center of AVG PC TuneUp.
How to Display the AVG PC TuneUp Gadget
You can display the AVG PC TuneUp Gadget on your desktop at any time.
In Windows Vista, proceed as follows:
1. Open the Accessories folder under All Programs in the Windows Start menu.
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2. Then click on Windows Sidebar. A list of all the gadgets installed on your computer is
shown.
3. Activate the AVG PC TuneUp gadget by double-clicking on it.
In Windows 7, proceed as follows:
1. Right-click on a free space on the desktop and select Gadget from the context menu.
2. Select AVG PC TuneUp Gadget and enable it with a double-click.
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14. 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 Start Center currently
shows the optimization potential. You can open the Start Center using the Start AVG PC
TuneUp link.
For more information about the Start Center, see The Start Center.
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.
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.
PC optimization mode
In the PC optimization 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 Optimization Modes.
Settings
You can configure if, how and about what AVG PC TuneUp you would like to be informed in
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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
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 Start Center and selecting the Notification area icon entry.
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