AVG Performance User Manual

AVG Performance User Manual
AVG Performance
User Manual
Document revision 2015.08 (5.1.2015)
C opyright AVG Technologies C Z, s.r.o. All rights reserved.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Contents
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1. Introduction
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1.1 Hardware..........................................................................................................
requirements
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1.2 Software..........................................................................................................
requirements
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2. AVG
Zen
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2.1 Zen Installation
Process
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2.1.1 Welcome
Dialog
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2.1.2 Destination
Folder
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2.2 Zen User..........................................................................................................
Interface
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2.2.1 Category
tiles
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2.2.2 Devices
ribbon
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2.2.3 Messages
button
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2.2.4 Status
button
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2.2.5 Refresh
button
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2.2.6 Settings
button
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2.3 Step-by-step
guides
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2.3.1 How
to accept invitations?
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2.3.2 How
to add devices to your network?
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2.3.3 How
to change device name or type?
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2.3.4 How
to connect to existing Zen network?
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2.3.5 How
to create a new Zen network?
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2.3.6 How
to install AVG products?
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2.3.7 How
to leave a network?
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2.3.8 How
to remove devices from your network?
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2.3.9 How
to view and/or manage AVG products?
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2.4 FAQ and..........................................................................................................
Support
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3. AVG
PC TuneUp
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3.1 The Start
Center
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3.2 PC Modes
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3.2.1 Economy
Mode
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3.2.2 Standard
Mode
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3.2.3 Turbo
Mode
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3.3 Flight Mode
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3.4 Optimization
Potential
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3.5 Menu Bar
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3.6 Dashboard
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3.6.1 Maintaining
System
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3.6.2 Increasing
Performance
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3.6.3 Fixing
Problems
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3.6.4 System
Protection
3.7 Optimize.......................................................................................................... 55
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3.7.1 Reducing
System Load
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3.7.2 Optimizing
registry and performance
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3.8 Clean Up
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3.8.1 Cleaning up Windows and programs
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3.8.2 Cleaning
up browser
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3.8.3 Removing
Broken Shortcuts
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3.8.4 Disabling
Windows functions
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3.8.5 Finding
and Removing Duplicate Files
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3.8.6 Finding
and Deleting Large Amounts of Data
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3.8.7 Securely
Deleting Data
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3.8.8 Cleaning
Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
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3.9 Fix Problems
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3.9.1 Fixing
Common Problems
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3.9.2 Checking
the Hard Disk for Errors
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3.9.3 Restoring
Deleted Files
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3.9.4 Managing
Running Processes
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3.9.5 Showing
System Information
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3.10 Personalize
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3.10.1..........................................................................................................
Personalizing Options and Behaviors
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3.10.2..........................................................................................................
Personalizing the Appearance of Windows
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3.11 All Functions
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3.11.1..........................................................................................................
Editing the Registry
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3.11.2..........................................................................................................
Checking for Updates
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3.11.3..........................................................................................................
Displaying the AVG Optimization Report
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3.12 Rating
Function for Programs
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3.13 The AVG
PC TuneUp 2015 Gadget
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3.14 AVG PC
TuneUp 2015 in Taskbar Notification Area
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1. Introduction
Congratulations on purchasing the AVG Performance bundle! With this bundle you can enjoy all the features of
AVG PC TuneUp 2015, now enhanced with AVG Zen.
AVG Zen
This invaluable administration tool that can look after you as well as for your entire family. All your devices are
neatly gathered in one place, so you can easily keep tabs on the Protection, Performance, and Privacy status of
each one. With AVG Zen the days of checking up on each device one by one are over; you are even allowed to run
scanning and maintenance tasks and fix the most pressing security issues remotely. AVG Zen is built directly into
your bundle, so it works automatically right from the start.
Click here to learn about AVG Zen
AVG PC TuneUp 2015
With this powerful software, you can restore the full performance capabilities of your operating system, games and
programs. AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015 recognizes whether there are any problems on your system and offers
simple solutions. You can also use this application to customize the appearance of your Windows system to your
personal requirements.
Click here to learn about AVG PC TuneUp 2015
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1.1. Hardware requirements
To be able to install and run AVG PC TuneUp 2015, your computer must meet the following hardware
requirements:
min. 300 MHz Intel Pentium CPU
256 MB of RAM memory
screen resolution at least 1024x768 pixels
at least 500 MB of free disk space
1.2. Software requirements
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 will only function on workstations with the following operating systems:
Windows XP Home Edition SP3 (x86 version only)
Windows XP Professional SP3 (x86 version only)
Windows Vista (x86 and x64, all editions)
Windows 7 (x86 and x64, all editions)
Windows 8 (x32 and x64)
(and possibly higher service pack s for specific operating systems)
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2. AVG Zen
This part of the user manual provides comprehensive documentation for AVG Zen. Please note that this
manual only describes the PC version of this product.
AVG, a world-famous developer of safeguarding software, now makes on more step toward its customers and full
satisfaction of their security needs. New AVG Zen effectively connects the devices from desktop to mobile, the
data, and the people behind them together in one simple package with the aim of making our complicated digital
lives much simpler. Through one application, AVG Zen makes it easy for users to see the security and privacy
settings of all their devices from a single place.
The idea behind AVG Zen is to place the individual with all of these devices back in control of their data and their
security as we believe that through control comes choice. In fact, AVG is not here to tell you that sharing or
tracking are bad in and of themselves; instead, we want to arm our customers with the information that will allow
them to control what they share and if they are tracked, and to make their own informed decisions. A choice to
have the freedom to live their lives in the way they want to, and to bring up their family or apply for a job without fear
of their privacy being invaded.
Another great thing about AVG Zen is that it gives our customers a consistent user experience across all devices
so that even beginners can quickly learn how to manage and secure their multiple devices with ease. At least that
is one thing that is getting simpler in an increasingly complex world. But lastly, and most importantly, AVG Zen is
designed to give real people peace of mind as they go about their daily lives. As the Internet becomes the center of
our connected world, AVG Zen is there to connect the dots.
This part of documentation contains description of specific AVG Zen features. Should you require information
about other AVG products, please consult the other part of this documentation, or even separate user guides.
You can download these guides from the AVG website.
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2.1. Zen Installation Process
The installation is a sequence of dialog windows with a brief description of what to do at each step. In the following,
we offer an explanation for each dialog window:
2.1.1. Welcome Dialog
The installation process always starts with this window. In here you select the language used in the AVG Zen
application.
If you want to change the destination folder of your installation, click the Customize your installation link and do
so in the newly opened dialog.
Furthermore, you can read the AVG Software Licence Agreement and the AVG Privacy and Personalization
Policy. Simply click the appropriate link and the whole text will be displayed to you in a new window.
If you agree with this terms, proceed with the installation by clicking the Agree and Install button.
After successful installation, computer restart is required. You can perform restart from the final dialog of the
installation (by clicking the Restart now button) or put it off till later. However, please note that without computer
restart, some AVG products may not be correctly displayed in Zen user interface and the application as whole may
not function properly!
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2.1.2. Destination Folder
This dialog is optional, triggered by clicking the Customize your installation link in the previous dialog of the
installation.
In it, you can set the destination folder for your installation. If you are not satisfied with the default location where
AVG Zen should be installed (i.e. to the program files folder located on drive C:), you can type a new path manually
into the text box, or use the Browse link (next to the text box). Using the link displays the drive structure and
allows you to select the respective folder.
Now click the Agree and Install button to start the installation process itself.
After successful installation, computer restart is required. You can perform restart from the final dialog of the
installation (by clicking the Restart now button) or put it off till later. However, please note that without computer
restart, some AVG products may not be correctly displayed in Zen user interface and the application as whole may
not function properly!
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2.2. Zen User Interface
This is the main dialog of your AVG Zen user interface. In every other dialog, there is always a
button in upperleft corner – clicking it returns you back to this main screen (in some consequent dialogs this button only takes you
one step back, i.e. to the previous dialog of the series).
This dialog consists of several distinct sections:
Category tiles
Devices ribbon
Messages button
Status button
Refresh button
Settings button
2.2.1. Category tiles
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The Category tiles allow you to install AVG software products, to view their state and to simply open their user
interface. Zen network administrator can also use them to view and manage AVG products installed on remote
devices. Use the Devices ribbon to cycle through all remote devices available in your Zen network.
Inside every tile, there is a circle, which colors depends on the state of products within this category (you should
strive to keep it green). For some categories, you may only see just a semi-circle, which means that you already
have a product from this category, but there is another product left to install.
Although you always see the same set of tiles no matter what kind of device you view, the content of the tiles may
differ depending on the type of monitored device (PC, Android or Mac device).
2.2.1.1. PCs
PROTECTION
AVG Internet Security – this security software provides multiple layers of protection for everything you do online,
which means you don’t have to worry about identity theft, viruses, or visiting harmful sites. AVG Protective Cloud
Technology and AVG Community Protection Network are included, meaning we collect the latest threat information
and share it with our community to make sure you receive the best protection. You can shop and bank online
safely, enjoy your life on social networks, or surf and search with confidence of a real-time protection.
Overview of states
if AVG Internet Security is not installed, this tile remains gray and the text below says "Not protected", but you
can click it to simply install this AVG application.
if there are too many problems to pay attention to (like when the whole AVG Internet Security is disabled), the
circle inside this tile is displayed in red and the text below says "Not protected". In case you only face a few
minor problems, the tile is displayed in green, but the text below say "Partially protected". In both cases, you
will see a number in orange circle (in the upper-right corner of the tile) showing the number of issues that you
might want to pay attention to. Use the Messages button to view a list of problems and to possibly solve
them.
if there are no problems with AVG Internet Security the circle inside this tile is displayed in green and the text
below says "Protected".
What happens after you click this tile:
if AVG Internet Security is not installed yet – a new dialog is opened, allowing you to install AVG Internet
Security. Read more about installing AVG products.
if you are viewing your own devices with AVG Internet Security installed – AVG Internet Security user
interface is opened.
if you are (as administrator) viewing a remote device with AVG Internet Security installed – opens a dialog
containing a brief overview of AVG Internet Security state on remote device. This dialog allows you to carry
out several remote actions, like running a scan (the Scan Now button) or performing an update (the
Update button). Other remote actions, like turning on previously disabled protection components, can be
accessed by clicking the Show details button, which opens the Messages dialog for currently selected
device. Read more about viewing and managing remote devices.
PERFORMANCE
AVG PC TuneUp – with this application, 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 for you, or you can run them yourself manually. AVG PC TuneUp will quickly
recognizes whether there are any problems on your system and offers simple solutions. You can also use AVG PC
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TuneUp to customize the appearance of your Windows system to your personal requirements.
Overview of states
if AVG PC TuneUp is not installed, this tile remains gray and the text below says "Not tuned up", but you can
click it to simply install this AVG application.
if there are too many problems to pay attention to (like when the whole AVG PC TuneUp is disabled), the circle
inside this tile is displayed in red and the text below says "Not tuned up". In case you only face a few minor
problems, the tile is displayed in green, but the text below say "Partially tuned up". In both cases, you will see
a number in orange circle (in the upper-right corner of the tile) showing the number of issues that you might
want to pay attention to. Use the Messages button to view a list of problems and to possibly solve them.
if there are no problems with AVG PC TuneUp the circle inside this tile is displayed in green and the text below
says "Tuned up".
What happens after you click this tile:
if AVG PC TuneUp is not installed yet – a new dialog is opened, allowing you to install AVG PC TuneUp.
Read more about installing AVG products.
if you are viewing your own devices with AVG PC TuneUp installed – AVG PC TuneUp user interface is
opened.
if you are (as administrator) viewing a remote device with AVG PC TuneUp installed – opens a dialog
containing a brief overview of AVG PC TuneUp state on remote device. This dialog allows you to carry out
several remote actions, like running a maintenance (the Run Maintenance button) or performing an
update (the Update button). Other remote actions can be accessed by clicking the Show details button,
which opens the Messages dialog for currently selected device. Read more about and managing viewing
remote devices.
PRIVACY & IDENTITY
This category consists of two different parts – AVG PrivacyFix (security browser add-on) and Identity Protection (a
component of AVG Internet Security application). In order to get a full (if possible green) circle within this tile, you
have to have both applications installed.
AVG PrivacyFix – this browser add-on helps you understand and control data collection. It checks your privacy
exposure on Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and with one click, takes you to settings where you can fix it. More
than 1,200 trackers are kept from following your movements online. Also, you can see which websites reserve the
right to sell your personal data and easily request that they delete what they hold on you. Finally, you are alerted to
privacy risks as you visit sites and know when policies change.
AVG Internet Security – Identity Protection component – this component (a part of AVG Internet Security
application) gives your computer real-time protection against new and even unknown threats. It monitors all
processes (including hidden) and hundreds of different behaviour patterns, and can determine if something malicious
is happening within your system. For this reason, it can reveal threats not even yet described in the virus database.
Overview of states
if none of the above applications is installed, this tile remains gray and the text below says "Not set up", but
you can click it to simply install these AVG applications.
if only one of these two applications is installed, there will only be a semi-circle inside this tile. It's color
depends on the state of installed application – it can be either green ("Active" / "Protected"), or red
("Disabled" / "Not protected").
if both applications are installed, with one being active and one disabled, the circle inside this tile will be red,
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with the text saying "Partially protected".
if both applications are installed and active, you will see a complete green circle inside this tile, with the text
saying "Protected". Congratulations, your privacy and identity are completely safe!
After you click this tile, a new dialog opens, consisting of two additional tiles – for AVG Identity Protection and for
AVG PrivacyFix. These tiles are as interactive and clickable as are primary tiles in the main user interface of your
AVG Zen application.
if one or both of these applications are not yet installed, you can click the Get It FREE button to remedy
that. Read more about installing AVG products.
if at least one of these applications is installed, you can click its tile to open its user interface.
if you are (as administrator) viewing a remote device with these applications installed – opens a dialog
containing a brief overview of these two applications' state on remote device. However, this dialog is purely
informative and you are not able to change anything. Read more about viewing and managing remote
devices.
SUPPORT
(the circle inside this tile is green, when support is available, while the text below says "Covered")
Clicking this tile opens a new dialog containing a few browser links to the most common support resources. To read
about the support options offered by AVG, click here.
You might want to check the following related topics:
How to install AVG products?
How to view and/or manage AVG products?
2.2.1.2. Android devices
This manual only deals with PC related aspects of AVG Zen; however, as administrator you are quite likely to also
have some Android™ devices in your network. In such case, don't be surprised to see a different content in
Category tiles of these devices.
Currently available AVG mobile apps:
AVG AntiVirus (free or paid) – this app protects you from harmful viruses, malware, spyware and text
messages and helps keep your personal data safe. With this app you’ll receive effective, easy-to-use virus and
malware protection, as well as a real-time app scanner, phone locator, task killer, app locker, and local device
wipe to help shield you from threats to your privacy and online identity. Real-time security scanner protection
keeps you protected from downloaded apps and games.
AVG Cleaner (free) – this app lets you quickly erase and clear your browser, call and text histories, as well as
identify and remove unwanted cached app data from both the device’s internal memory and the SD card. It
significantly optimizes the storage space to help your Android™ device perform better and run smoother.
AVG PrivacyFix (free) – this app provides you a simple way to manage your online privacy settings through
your mobile device. It gives you access to one main dashboard that quickly and easily shows you what and
with whom you’re sharing data on Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. If you want to change something, one
simple click takes you directly to where you can change your settings. New WiFi tracking protection enables
you to pre-set WiFi networks you know and approve and stop your device from being tracked over other
networks.
The individual categories are as follows:
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PROTECTION
Clicking this tile shows you AVG AntiVirus related info – about scanning and its results, as well as about virus
definition updates. As network administrator, you are also allowed to run a scan (the Scan Now button) or perform
an update (the Update button) of remote Android device.
PERFORMANCE
Clicking this tile shows you performance related data, i. e. which performance feature of AVG AntiVirus are active
(Task Killer, Battery Status, Data Plan (paid version only) and Storage Usage), and whether the AVG Cleaner
app is installed and running (together with a couple of its statistics).
PRIVACY
Clicking this tile shows you privacy related data, i. e. which privacy features of AVG AntiVirus are active (App
Lock, App Backup and Call and Message Blocker), and whether the AVG PrivacyFix app is installed and
running.
ANTI-THEFT
Clicking this tile shows you info about the Anti-Theft feature of AVG AntiVirus, allowing you to locate your stolen
mobile device using Google Maps. If there is a paid (Pro) version of AVG AntiVirus installed on connected device,
you will additionally see the state of Camera Trap feature (taking a secret photo of anyone trying to override
mobile's lock) and Device Lock feature (allowing user to lock the mobile device in the event that the SIM card is
replaced).
You might want to check the following related topics:
How to connect your Android mobile to existing Zen network?
How to view and/or manage AVG products?
2.2.1.3. Mac devices
This manual only deals with PC related aspects of AVG Zen; however, as administrator you are quite likely to also
have some Mac devices in your network. In such case, don't be surprised to see a different content in Category tiles
of these devices.
Currently available AVG Mac apps (in English only):
AVG AntiVirus (free) – this powerful application allows you to scan specific files or folders for viruses and
other threats, or even to run a thorough scan of your entire Mac with a single click. A realtime protection is
also available, running silently in the background. Every file you open, copy, or save is automatically scanned
without slowing your Mac down.
AVG Cleaner (free) – this application lets you clear out all unnecessary clutter, like cache and junk files,
downloaded file history, trash contents etc., to free up space. It is also able to find duplicate files on your hard
drive and quickly remove unnecessary copies.
The individual categories are as follows:
PROTECTION
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Clicking this tile shows you AVG AntiVirus related info – about scanning and its results, as well as about virus
definition updates. You can also see whether the realtime protection is active or turned off. As network
administrator, you are also allowed to update AVG AntiVirus on remote device (the Update button) or to turn on
previously deactivated realtime protection (via Messages dialog that can be accessed by clicking the Show details
button). Read more about viewing and managing remote devices.
PERFORMANCE
Clicking this tile shows you performance related data, i. e. data about the two components of AVG Cleaner – Disk
Cleaner and Duplicate Finder. You can see when the testing with these performance features last took place and
with what results.
You might want to check the following related topics:
How to connect your Mac to existing Zen network?
How to view and/or manage AVG products?
2.2.2. Devices ribbon
This part of AVG Zen user interface displays all devices available in your Zen network. If you are a single user, or
you are only connected to someone's Zen network, you will only see one device, your current one. However, as
network administrator you may even have so many devices to view, that you might need to use the arrow buttons to
cycle through them all.
Select the device that you want to view by clicking its tile. You will see the Categories section changing
appropriately, displaying the state of AVG products on chosen device. You may also notice a number in orange
circle appearing in the upper-right corner of some tiles. Tis means that there are issues with AVG products on this
device that you might want to pay attention to. Click the Messages button to so and to obtain more info.
As Zen network administrator you may also want to add new devices to your network. To do so, click the
button on the right side of the ribbon.
You might want to check the following related topics:
How to add devices to your network?
How to remove devices from your network?
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2.2.3. Messages button
This button is located above the Devices ribbon and to the left of the Status button. However, it only appears if there
are any problems with AVG products on your current device. The number in orange circle shows the number of
issues that you might want to pay attention to (this orange circle may even contain an exclamation mark as a
warning that some AVG application is utterly disabled).
As network administrator, you can also access the Messages dialog for remote devices by clicking the Show
details button (in the Category tile view). Please note that this button is only available if there are pressing
issues that require your attention. Click here to read about this and other remote management actions.
After clicking this button, a new dialog appears:
This dialog displays the list of issues sorted out by product category. Issues are displayed in different colors (red,
yellow or green), allowing to recognize urgent problems from less pressing ones.
If you are an administrator with more than one device in your network, this dialog looks a little bit different. There is
an overview of devices on its left side, allowing you to view only messages related to this particular device. However,
if you want to view messages for all devices in one ordered list, you can choose the ALL DEVICES options (it's the
uppermost one in the overview).
Some issues can also be handled directly from this dialog – they appear with a special action button (mostly
called Fix Now) next to them. As network administrator you can fix such problems remotely, directly from your
AVG Zen. As single or connected user you can only manage AVG products on your own device, but still – it is
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much more comfortable to view all issues together, without having to open individual applications' interface.
For example, when you see the text "FIREWALL NEEDS RESTART - To activate Firewall please restart your
computer", you can click the Restart now button. Right afterwards, your computer will be restarted in order to
activate the Firewall component.
2.2.4. Status button
This button displays your current user mode. As Zen network administrator you will usually see your MyAccount
email that you have used to connect to the network.
After clicking this button, a list of additional actions is shown. Actions available depend on the user mode that you
are currently using:
As single user:
Connect - allows you to connect to Zen existing network (or to create a new one).
Visit AVG MyAccount - starts your browser and opens the https://myaccount.avg.com/ website, allowing you to
login to your AVG MyAccount.
As connected user:
Log in as Admin - click to gain administrator rights, allowing you to view and manage this Zen network (login is
required).
Leave This Network - click to leave this Zen network (confirmation is required).
Tell Me More - displays an informative dialog about the Zen network that you are currently connected to and its
administrator.
Visit AVG MyAccount - starts your browser and opens the https://myaccount.avg.com/ website, allowing you to
login to your AVG MyAccount.
As administrator:
Log out as Admin - click to lose your administrator rights and become a connected user within the same Zen
network.
Visit AVG MyAccount - starts your browser and opens the https://myaccount.avg.com/ website, allowing you to
login to your AVG MyAccount.
What is AVG MyAccount?
AVG MyAccount is a free web-based (cloud) service from AVG that enables you to:
view your registered products and license information
easily renew your subscription and download your products
check past orders and invoices
manage your personal information and password
use AVG Zen
AVG MyAccount can be accessed directly at https://myaccount.avg.com/ website.
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2.2.4.1. Three user modes
Basically, there are three user modes in AVG Zen. The text shown on the Status button depends on which one
you are currently using:
Single user (the Status button shows Connect) – you have just installed AVG Zen. You are neither AVG
MyAccount administrator, nor are you connected to any network, so you can only view and manage AVG
products installed on this device.
Connected user (the Status button shows Connected) – you have used a pairing code, thus accepting an
invitation to someone's network. All AVG products on your device can now be viewed and managed by this
network's administrator. As for yourself, you can still view and manage AVG products installed on this
device (as if you were a single user). If you no longer want to stay in a network, you can easily leave it.
Administrator (the Status button shows current AVG MyAccount name) – you have logged in using your
MyAccount (perhaps you have previously created a new one). This means that you have access to all AVG
Zen features. You can add devices to your network, remotely view AVG products installed on them and, if
necessary, remove them from your network. You can even perform various remote actions on connected
devices.
You might want to check the following related topics:
How to accept invitations?
How to connect to existing Zen network?
How to create a new Zen network?
How to leave a network?
How to view and/or manage AVG products?
2.2.5. Refresh button
Clicking this tiny button (to the right from the Status button) immediately refreshes all data for all devices and
categories. This might be useful for example in case some newly added device hasn't appeared on the Devices
ribbon yet, but you know that it is already connected and want to see its details.
2.2.6. Settings button
Clicking this tiny button (to the right from the Refresh button) triggers a small pop-up dialog.
You can either click the Devices settings option to open the Device Settings dialog, allowing you to change the
name and type of your device (as well as other devices in your Zen network, if there are any and if you are this
network's administrator). This dialog also allows you to remove devices from your network.
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Also, you can click the About AVG PC TuneUp 2014 option to view the info about your software product or even to
read the License Agreement.
You might want to check the following related topics:
How to change device name or type?
How to remove devices from your network?
2.3. Step-by-step guides
This chapter contains a few step-by-step guides describing the most common operations in Zen environment.
2.3.1. How to accept invitations?
If you use AVG products on more than one device, or perhaps you are not skilled enough and want someone to
monitor your AVG products and help you fix any problems, you might want to add your PC or Android™ mobile to
some existing Zen network. First, however, you have to be invited by your future network administrator, so please
ask him to send you an invitation email. After you receive it, open it and find an invitation code within.
What you do next depends on whether you wish to add a PC or Android™ mobile device:
PC devices:
1. Install AVG Zen (if you haven't already done so).
2. Click the Status button (with the text that says Connect) and confirm by clicking Continue button in the small
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pop-up dialog.
3. Select the Connect with an invitation code pane on the left side of the newly opened subdialog.
4. Use the copy/paste method to copy the invitation code from email to appropriate text box in Zen subdialog (or
retype it manually).
The copy/paste method is a common procedure, allowing you to input anything copiable (text, pictures, etc.) to
Windows Clipboard, and then paste it elsewhere. It works as follows:
i. Highlight a piece of text, in this case your invitation code in an email. You can do that by holding down the left
mouse button, or the Shift key.
ii. Press Ctrl+C on your keyboard (please note that at this stage, there will be no visible evidence of the text
being successfully copied).
iii. Move to the desired location, in this case the Zen Join Network dialog, and click the text box in which you
want to paste the text.
iv. Press Ctrl+V.
v. The pasted text, in this case your invitation code, appears. Done.
5. Click the Connect button. After a small while, you will become a part of the Zen network of your choice. For you
personally, nothing really changes (only the text on your Status button will change to Connected). However, your
device will be monitored by network's administrator from now on, allowing him to identify possible problems and
help you fix them. Still, if you wish to leave this network, you can easily do so at any time.
Android mobile devices:
Unlike on PC devices, the network connection on Android mobile devices is being performed directly within the
application itself:
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1. First of all, you have to have one of AVG mobile apps installed and thus connected to some Zen network (click
here to learn more about your Android™ mobile connection to existing Zen network). In fact, accepting an
invitation on mobile device means that you leave your current Zen network and switch to a new one.
2. Open your application and tap the menu icon (in fact the application's logo) located in the upper-left corner of the
main screen.
3. Once the menu is shown, tap the Manage devices option.
4. Tap the Join another Zen network option on the very bottom of the screen, then enter the invitation code that
was previously sent you by this network's administrator and tap Join.
5. Congratulations! You are a part of Zen network now. However, if you ever change your mind, you can easily leave
it at any time.
Mac devices:
Unlike on PC devices, the network connection on Mac devices is being performed directly within the application
itself:
1. First of all, you have to have one of AVG Mac applications installed, perhaps even already connected to some
Zen network (click here to learn more about your Mac connection to existing Zen network). If you are connected,
click the button in the upper-right corner of your applications screen (currently saying "Connected") and choose
Leave This Network from the roll-down menu.
2. The button in the upper-right corner of your applications screen now says "Not Connected". Click it and choose
Connect option from the roll-down menu.
3. In the newly open dialog, click the rightmost option Use an invitation code.
4. A text box appears, allowing you to enter the invitation code that was previously sent you by this network's
administrator. After you insert the code, click the Connect button.
5. Congratulations! You are a part of Zen network now. However, if you ever change your mind, you can easily leave
it at any time.
2.3.2. How to add devices to your network?
1. In order to add a new device to your Zen network, you have to invite it first. To do so, click the
right side of the Devices ribbon.
button on the
Please note that only administrators can send invitations and add devices to their networks. So if you are not
currently connect to any Zen network, do so, or create yourself a new one.
2. A new dialog appears. Choose the type of device that you want to add (i.e. PC or Android™ mobile) by
highlighting the appropriate tile and click the Continue button.
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3. Another dialog appears. Enter the email that is used on the new device and click the Continue button.
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4. The invitation email is sent. The device is now displayed on the Devices ribbon as pending. This means your
invitation awaits acceptation.
While your invitation remains in pending state, you can choose to Resend Invitation Link, or to Cancel
Invitation entirely.
5. Immediately after your invitation is accepted, you can change the name and type of newly added device
(however, you can also do this anytime in the future). Now, the device is a part of your Zen network and you are
able to remotely view AVG products installed on it. Congratulations, you have become a true Zen administrator!
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2.3.3. How to change device name or type?
1. Click the Settings button, then choose Devices Settings in the pop-up dialog.
2. The settings you see apply to your currently selected device. A list of devices currently available in your network
(i.e. those that have accepted invitations) is displayed in a column of tiles on the left side of the Devices Settings
dialog. Simply click the individual tiles to switch between them.
3. The Device Name text box displays the name of your currently selected device. You can delete it and replace
with any name of your liking.
4. Below, you can set the Type of your currently selected device (Phone, Tablet, Laptop or Desktop). Simply click
an appropriate tile.
5. Click the Save button to confirm your changes.
2.3.4. How to connect to existing Zen network?
PC devices:
1. If you are not currently logged in to any AVG MyAccount, click the Status button (with the text that says
Connect) and confirm by clicking Continue button in the small pop-up dialog.
If you are already connected to some AVG MyAccount, you have to log out first, in order to connect to a different
one. Click the Status button (with your current AVG MyAccount name on it) and confirm by clicking Log Out
button in the small pop-up dialog.
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2. Select the Connect to a existing Zen network pane on the left side of the newly opened subdialog.
3. Insert your AVG MyAccount user name and password. If you don't have your own AVG MyAccount yet, simply
create yourself a new one. If you want to be logged in as administrator, in order to be able to view AVG products
on remote devices in this Zen network, keep the Connect as admin box checked. Otherwise, you will only act
as connected user.
If you have forgotten your password, click the Forget password? link (under the password text box). This will
redirect you to the webpage, allowing you to recover your lost password.
4. Click the Connect button. The connection process should be done in a few seconds. After successful
connection, you should see your MyAccount name displayed on the Status button.
Android mobile devices:
Unlike on PC devices, the network connection on Android mobile devices is being performed directly within the
application itself:
1. If you wish to connect your Android mobile device to Zen network, you have to download one of AVG mobile
applications (i.e. AVG AntiVirus, AVG Cleaner and/or AVG PrivacyFix). This can be easily done at Google Play,
from where all these applications can be downloaded and installed for free. In order for the connection to function
properly, please make sure that you use the latest version available.
2. After your AVG app is installed, open it and tap the menu icon (in fact the application's logo) located in the
upper-left corner of the main screen.
3. Once the menu is shown, tap the Manage devices option.
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4. Here, tap the Login tab and enter appropriate AVG MyAccount credentials (i.e. your user name and password).
5. Congratulations! You are a part of Zen network now. After clicking the menu icon, you should now see the You
are connected as: text, together with your current AVG MyAccount name on the very top of the menu. However,
if you ever change your mind, you can easily leave it at any time.
Mac devices:
Unlike on PC devices, the network connection on Mac devices is being performed directly within the application
itself:
1. If you wish to connect your Mac device to Zen network, you have to download one of AVG Mac applications (i.e.
AVG AntiVirus and/or AVG Cleaner). This can be easily done for example at AVG Download Center or at Mac
App Store, from where all these applications can be downloaded and installed for free. In order for the connection
to function properly, please make sure that you use the latest version available.
2. After your AVG application is installed, open it. You will see an oblong button in the upper-right corner of your
applications screen (now saying "Not Connected"). Click it and choose Connect option from the roll-down menu.
3. In the newly open dialog, click the middle option Log in to AVG MyAccount (should be already selected by
default).
4. Enter appropriate AVG MyAccount credentials, i.e. your user name (MyAccount email) and password.
5. Congratulations! You are a part of Zen network now. The button in the upper-right corner of the now says
"Connected"; if you click it, you can see which network you are currently connected to. Still, if you ever change
your mind, you can easily leave it at any time.
2.3.5. How to create a new Zen network?
In order to create (and administer) a new Zen network, you have to create your personal AVG MyAccount first.
Basically, there are two ways to do it - either using your web browser, or directly from the AVG Zen application
itself.
From browser:
1. Use your browser to open the https://myaccount.avg.com/ website.
2. Click the Create AVG MyAccount button.
3. Enter your login email, set your password, retype it and click the Create account button.
4. A link for activating your AVG MyAccount will be sent to you (to the email address that you have used in step 3).
You'll need to click this link to finish your MyAccount creation. If you don't see this email in your inbox, it may
have ended up in your spam folder.
From AVG Zen:
1. If are not currently logged in to any AVG MyAccount, click the Status button (with the text that says Connect)
and confirm by clicking Continue button in the small pop-up dialog.
If you are already connected to some AVG MyAccount, you have to log out first, in order to connect to a different
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one. Click the Status button (with your current AVG MyAccount name on it) and confirm by clicking Log Out
button in the small pop-up dialog.
2. Make sure that the Create a new Zen network pane on the left side of the newly opened subdialog is selected.
3. Enter your login email and set your password (check the Show password box below if you want to see hidden
characters), then click the Connect button.
4. After a few seconds, you will be connected to newly created network with administrator rights. This means that
you can add devices to your network, remotely view AVG products installed on them and, if necessary, remove
them from your network.
2.3.6. How to install AVG products?
1. AVG products can be easily installed via Zen. To do so, click a Category tile of your choice (the tile will be gray
indicating that you have no product from this category yet, or perhaps half green, which means that you already
have a product from this category, but there is another product left to install).
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2. If you want to start the product installation right away, all you have to do is click the Get It FREE button. The
product will then be installed automatically with default settings.
If you want to take control over the installation process, click the little arrow button (to the right from the Get It
FREE button) and click Custom installation. This way, you will view the installation as a series of dialogs,
allowing you to change the destination folder, installed components etc.
The installation processes for various AVG products are in detail described in the other part of this
documentation, or even separate user guides. These guides can be easily downloaded from the AVG website.
3. As the installation goes on, you should see the green circle appear inside the chosen Category tile. After
successful installation, the green circle inside the tile becomes full (in some categories is may also be just a
semi-circle, indicating that there are other products within this category that can be installed). Please note that
the circle (or semi-circle) may also switch to a different color (yellow or red) immediately after the installation;
this means that there are some issues within the product that require your attention.
4. You will get a confirmative message (appearing right under the Category tiles) that the installation has ended
successfully.
2.3.7. How to leave a network?
PC devices:
1. If you are a part of some Zen network and wish to leave it, it is very easy to do so. First, click the Status button
(with the text that says Connected) and click the Leave This Network button in the small pop-up dialog in
order to proceed.
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2. Now you have to confirm that you really want to leave the Zen network. To do so, click the Leave button.
3. After a few seconds you will be permanently disconnected. Your former network's administrator will no longer be
able to manage AVG products on your PC. The text on your Status button will change to Connect (i.e. to its
initial state).
Android mobile devices:
Unlike on PC devices, the network connection on Android mobile devices is being performed directly within the
application itself:
1. Open your AVG app and tap the menu icon (in fact the application's logo) located in the upper-left corner of the
main screen.
2. On the very top of the menu, you should see the You are connected as: text, together with your current AVG
MyAccount name. Next to it, there is small door icon with an arrow pointing to the right. Click it.
3. Confirm that you really want to leave the Zen network by clicking the OK button.
4. After a few seconds you will be permanently disconnected. Your former network's administrator will no longer be
able to manage AVG products on your Android™ mobile. However, you can easily connect to this (or any other
one) Zen network again – either directly, or by accepting invitation.
Mac devices:
Unlike on PC devices, the network connection on Mac devices is being performed directly within the application
itself:
1. Open your AVG application and click an oblong button in the upper-right corner of your applications screen (now
saying "Connected").
2. On the very top of the roll-down menu, you should see the You are connected to the following Zen Network:
text, together with your current AVG MyAccount name.
3. Right under the Zen network info, there is a Leave This Network option. Click it.
4. After a few seconds you will be permanently disconnected. Your former network's administrator will no longer be
able to manage AVG products on your Mac device. However, you can easily connect to this (or any other one)
Zen network again – either directly, or by accepting invitation.
2.3.8. How to remove devices from your network?
1. If you no longer want some device to a be a part of your Zen network, you can easily remove it. Click the Settings
button, then choose Devices Settings in the pop-up dialog.
2. On the left side of the Devices Settings dialog, there is a list of devices currently available in your network
displayed in a column of tiles. Switch to the device that you want to remove by clicking the tile with its name on
it.
3. You will see the Remove from Network link next to the lower edge of the dialog. Click it.
Note, that there is no such link in settings for the device that you are currently using. This device is considered to
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the core of your network and can therefore not be removed.
4. Now you have to confirm that you really want to remove this device from the Zen network. To do so, click the
Remove button.
5. The device will be permanently removed after a few seconds. You will no longer be able to manage AVG products
on it; removed device will also disappear from the Devices ribbon in your User Interface.
2.3.9. How to view and/or manage AVG products?
If you want to view and manage your own device
In fact, all you have to do is to click an appropriate Category tile. This opens AVG product's user interface, allowing
you to explore and configure as much as you wish. For example, clicking the PROTECTION tile opens AVG
Internet Security user interface etc. If a category consists of more than one product, you will have to click its tile
and then select an appropriate sub-tile (like AVG PrivacyFix under PRIVACY & IDENTITY category).
AVG products viewable and manageable via Zen are in detail described in the other part of this documentation, or
even in separate user guides. Feel free to download these manuals from the AVG website.
In case there are any pressing issues that require your attention, you may also click the Messages button. The
newly opened dialog contains a list of problems and difficulties; some of them can even be handled directly from
this dialog - such issues appear with a special action button next to them.
If you want to view and manage a remote device (administrators only)
This is also pretty easy. Choose the device that you want to view from the Devices ribbon and click an appropriate
Category tile. Afterwards, a new dialog is opened, containing a brief overview of state(s) of AVG product(s) in this
category.
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As administrator, you can use several buttons in order to perform various remote actions on AVG products in your
Zen network. Available actions depend on the device type (PC, Android or Mac) and the Category tile that you are
currently viewing. Please note that some actions (like scanning or update) may not be accessible if they have
already been performed quite recently. Listed below are all available remote actions for AVG products:
DEVICE
TYPE
CATEGORY TILE
AVAILABLE REMOTE ACTIONS
Scan Now button – clicking it immediately starts the scan, checking
the remote device for viruses and other harmful software. After scan
completion, you will be immediately informed about its results.
PC
PROTECTION (AVG
Internet Security)
Update button – clicking it starts the update process of AVG Internet
Security on remote device. All antivirus applications should be always
kept up-to-date in order to ensure the maximum level of protection.
Show details button – this button is only available if there are pressing
issues that require your attention. Clicking it opens the Messages
dialog for currently selected device. This dialog displays the list of
issues sorted out by product category. Some of them can be solved
straight away by clicking the Fix Now button. In AVG Internet
Security, you can e.g. turn on previously disabled protection
components.
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DEVICE
TYPE
CATEGORY TILE
AVAILABLE REMOTE ACTIONS
Run Maintenance button – clicking it starts the system maintenance
– a set of various tasks designated to clean the system on remote
device, speed it up and optimize its performance. Click here to learn
more about using the AVG PC TuneUp as a system maintenance tool.
PC
PERFORMANCE
(AVG PC TuneUp)
Update button – clicking it starts the update process of AVG PC
TuneUp on remote device. It is very important to keep the AVG PC
TuneUp up-to-date, since its individual features are continually
expanded or adapted to suit the latest technology and errors are fixed.
Click here to learn more about updates in AVG PC TuneUp.
Show details button – this button is only available if there are any
pressing issues that require your attention. Clicking it opens the
Messages dialog for currently selected device. This dialog displays the
list of issues sorted out by product category. Some of them can be
solved straight away by clicking the Fix Now button.
Scan Now button – clicking it immediately starts the scan, checking
the remote Android device for viruses and other harmful content. After
scan completion, you will be immediately informed about its results.
Android
PROTECTION (AVG
AntiVirus)
Update button – clicking it starts the update process of AVG AntiVirus
on remote Android device. All antivirus applications should be always
kept up-to-date in order to ensure the maximum level of protection.
Show details button – this button is only available if there are any
pressing issues that require your attention. Clicking it opens the
Messages dialog for currently selected device. This dialog displays the
list of issues sorted out by product category. However, for AVG
AntiVirus for Android this dialog is purely informative and you are not
able to change anything.
Update button – clicking it starts the update process of AVG AntiVirus
on remote Mac device. All antivirus applications should be always kept
up-to-date in order to ensure the maximum level of protection.
Mac
PROTECTION (AVG
AntiVirus)
Show details button – this button is only available if there are any
pressing issues that require your attention. Clicking it opens the
Messages dialog for currently selected device. This dialog displays the
list of issues sorted out by product category. For AVG AntiVirus for
Mac, you can use the Fix Now button to turn on previously deactivated
realtime protection.
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2.4. FAQ and Support
User support for AVG Zen is easily accessible at any time via the SUPPORT category tile.
The new dialog you open contains browser links to the most common support resources.
CATEGORY NAME
Visit support
AVG Community
Knowledge Base
BUTTON TEXT
DESCRIPTION
Visit Support
This page gives you access to
professional AVG user support. You
can ask questions regarding
licenses, installation, viruses and
specific product features.
Learn & Share
AVG Forums are a great way to get
advice from other AVG user (but you
can also give a piece of advice
yourself). Feel free to share your
knowledge in this community of
AVG customers.
Get Answers
Some questions about AVG
products are more frequent than the
others. On this page, you will find
answers to the most common ones.
Feel free to try it - perhaps, the
solution to your problem awaits you
right there.
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CATEGORY NAME
Remove a virus
BUTTON TEXT
DESCRIPTION
Remove virus
AVG offers a number of free software
tools able to remove a specific virus
from your computer. You can
download them from this page.
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3. AVG PC TuneUp
This part of the user manual provides comprehensive user documentation for AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
With the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 set you have acquired a comprehensive collection of over 30 different tools to
optimize your PC, congratulations! Use this software to revitalize PCs, notebooks or netbooks with a minimum
effort.
We hope you enjoy using AVG PC TuneUp 2015 and your new, revitalized PC.
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3.1. The Start Center
The new AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start Center is the central access point for all functions and optimization options.
The PC mode
In the PC mode area, you can decide which mode should be turned on for your Windows operating system.
For more information, see PC Modes.
The Flight mode
This area is only active on laptops, otherwise it is grayed out. A simple switch allows to turn off all wireless network
activity on your laptop.
For more information, see Flight Mode.
The Optimization Potential
The Optimization Potential shows you how well you are already using the options provided to you by AVG PC
TuneUp 2015.
For more information, see Optimization Potential.
The Menu Bar
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In the menu bar, you have access to the central settings dialog of AVG PC TuneUp 2015 and to information about
the program and individual modules.
For more information, see Menu Bar.
The five categories
The main area in the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start Center comprises five categories, giving you fast access to the
key features of AVG PC TuneUp 2015 sorted by topic.
The five categories in the Start Center represent the key task areas of AVG PC TuneUp 2015. 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 2015.
Dashboard
The Dashboard 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.
For more information, see Dashboard.
Optimize
Under Optimize, you can disable or uninstall unwanted programs and clean up your system and your data.
For more information, see Optimize.
Clean Up
Under Clean up, you can delete unnecessary data systematically from your system.
For more information, see Clean Up.
Fix Problems
Under Fix problems, you will find simple solutions for any problems that might occur.
For more information, see Fix Problems.
Personalize
Under Personalize, you have many opportunities to customize your working environment to suit you.
For more information, see Personalize.
All Functions
To the right of the categories, you will see the All functions. This lists all the functions that are available in AVG
PC TuneUp 2015, sorted by application area.
For more information, see All Functions.
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3.2. PC Modes
In the PC mode area, you can decide which mode should be turned on for your Windows operating system.
Economy Mode
Using AVG Economy Mode, you can reduce the energy consumption of your computer by turning off the
screen, hardware components or unnecessary functions.
For more information, see Economy Mode.
Standard Mode
Standard Mode represents the normal operating state of Windows.
For more information, see Standard Mode.
Turbo Mode
You can use AVG Turbo Mode to give your system an additional performance boost at any time and adjust it
to suit you.
For more information, see Turbo Mode.
3.2.1. 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 2015 for saving energy. The Economy Mode
provides immediate energy saving whenever you need it. When you switch your computer to Economy Mode, it
reduces the energy used by hardware and the tasks, programs and features that are running in the background and
not strictly necessary. They are turned off, which can reduce energy consumption (and electricity costs)
considerably.
When Should I Switch to Economy Mode?
Using the Economy Mode, you can considerably reduce the energy consumption of your desktop PC or extend the
battery life of your laptop, if there is no power socket available. Note however that when you switch to Economy
Mode, some functionalities are switched off and will not be available again until you turn off Economy Mode.
How Can I Tell How Much Energy Has Been Saved in Economy Mode?
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The Economy Mode Configuration Wizard uses a traffic light system to show you how much energy you are
actually saving with your settings. If the bar to the right of the total saving is green, your energy savings are high. A
yellow bar represents moderate energy savings and a red bar represents low energy savings.
The actual level of energy savings in the Services area, for example, can be seen from the color of the bar that is
shown to the right of the area in the navigation bar.
How to Switch the Computer to Economy Mode
At the bottom left of the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start Center, there are three switches. The left-hand switch is for
Economy Mode. When you click this switch, the computer is switched to Economy Mode. The AVG icon then
appears in the notification area of the taskbar, notifying you that Economy Mode is turned on.
Alternatively, you can access the switch for Economy Mode directly via the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015 icon appears in the taskbar notification area (in the bottom righthand corner beside the time), which tells you that Economy Mode is on. You can also recognize this from the
switch in the 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.
For more information, see Economy Mode Settings.
3.2.1.1. Economy Mode Settings
Start the wizard for configuring the AVG Economy Mode by clicking on Settings in the menu bar of the Start
Center, selecting the Economy Mode area and clicking the Open Configuration Wizard button located there.
Alternatively, open the window for configuring AVG Economy Mode by going to the AVG Start Center, selecting
the Optimize category and clicking the Configure Economy Mode link (in the Reduce system load area).
Please note that if the Economy Mode is already switched on, you don't have to run the Wizard again. You
can alter Economy Mode settings directly in central configuration dialog of your AVG (the Economy Mode
item). Simply check (or uncheck ) the appropriate boxes and click Apply.
Now prepare your own Economy Mode by selecting which hardware components, services and features may be
temporarily turned off in order to save energy when Economy Mode is turned on. The more you authorize to be
turned off, the more apparent the energy saving will be.
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General Settings
Here you can specify whether configuration functions should also be offered that reduce the performance of the
system and turn off visual effects. You can also decide whether Economy Mode should remain turned on when the
computer is restarted.
Screen
Your computer's screen may use more energy even than hardware components such as the hard disk or the
processor, for example. Reducing the screen brightness or turning off the screen after a short time if you are not
using the computer will reduce energy consumption considerably.
Screen brightness (only for laptops)
General: This setting determines how much the general screen brightness should be reduced when Economy
Mode is on.
When dimming: This setting determines how much the general screen brightness should be reduced when
the screen is dimmed when Economy Mode is on.
Screen behavior
Turn off: This setting determines the period of time after which the screen should be switched off when
Economy Mode is on.
Dimming (only for laptops): This setting determines the period of time after which the screen is dimmed when
Economy Mode is on.
Hardware
If you turn off hardware components temporarily, the energy consumption of your computer will be reduced. What is
more, every computer has many services running in the background that detect connected devices and provide you
with the necessary functions to use these devices. You can restrict the amount of this support in order to reduce
the energy consumption of your computer.
Hardware components
Hard disk standby: This setting determines the period of time after which the hard disk should go into
standby mode when Economy Mode is on.
Processor energy-saving settings: This setting determines the extent of energy saving for the processor when
Economy Mode is on.
Wireless adapter energy-saving settings (only in Windows Vista and 7): This option determines the extent of
energy saving for the wireless adapter when the Economy Mode is on.
Connection to external devices
Synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of addresses, emails, music
files, etc. with your cell phone or portable media player and the related program will not start automatically
when the device is connected while Economy Mode is on.
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Support for digital cameras and scanners: This setting means that you cannot import images from your
digital camera or scan images when Economy Mode is on.
Services
The operating system performs many more tasks than most users are aware of. Many programs and services run
permanently in the background, although they are not strictly necessary and use energy needlessly. If you never
use some of these functions you can disable them and permanently reduce your computer's energy consumption.
Background functions
Network sharing of media library: This setting ensures that other network devices cannot access your
images, videos or music in the media library when Economy Mode is on. However, Economy Mode does not
affect the share of folders in the network.
Quick search using index creation: This setting ensures that Windows does not create an index of your files
and emails when Economy Mode is on. Turning off this setting slows down any searches significantly.
Error Reporting: This setting ensures that no data will be gathered regarding errors and there will be no
communication with Microsoft about crashed programs or other errors when Economy Mode is on.
Support for virtual machines: (This setting is only available if your computer has software for virtual machines
installed on it.) This setting turns off background functions for the use of virtual machines when Economy
Mode is on.
Various services
Rarely used services: This setting turns off services that are only needed in specific circumstances (e.g.
company networks) or situations (e.g. installation of new programs) when Economy Mode is on.
Special encryption services: When Economy Mode is on, this setting turns off services for logging onto a
domain.
Network communication services: When Economy Mode is on, this setting turns off network communication
services that are rarely used, e.g. fax or peer-to-peer services.
Display
Visual effects provide a graphical display of Windows but take up valuable space in the memory. Particularly with a
low performance graphics card you can increase the computer's performance by turning off visual effects.
Tip: This is a popular way of increasing the performance of netbook s on a sustained basis.
Visual effects
Visual special effects for windows: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows, the
preview window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Economy Mode is
on.
Classic window style: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of windows, menus
and buttons when Economy Mode is on. Also, in Windows XP, the colorful Windows interface is disabled,
whereas in newer Windows transparency effects and thumbnails of windows in the taskbar are disabled.
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Desktop background
Slideshow: This setting stops the slideshow for the desktop background when Economy Mode is on.
3.2.2. 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 2015 are available without restriction.
3.2.3. Turbo Mode
In this chapter, you will learn what exactly happens when you switch to the Turbo Mode and when it can be
useful to do so. You will also receive instructions on how to turn on and configure the Turbo Mode.
What is the Turbo Mode?
The Turbo Mode provides an immediate performance boost whenever you need it. When you put your computer
into Turbo Mode, an analysis is performed to see which of those programs and functions currently running in the
background are not strictly necessary. These programs are stopped or slowed down, allowing the additional
processing power gained to be used exclusively by the programs you are actually running.
How Does the Turbo Mode Work?
The following graphics illustrate the internal workings of your PC with the programs that you are currently using
(green) and those running in the background (blue). Here you can see how your PC is assisted as soon as you
enable Turbo Mode:
The green circles represent those programs that you wish to accelerate using the Turbo Mode. The blue diamonds
are all the programs and functions that are not required at all when Turbo Mode is on. These are therefore turned off
so that all of the PC's processing power is available to the required programs.
In addition to those programs that you are currently using (green), many others are also running in the background
that are really not that important for your work (blue). If such background processes suddenly start to require a
great deal of processing power, they are assigned a lower priority so that your other programs can continue to run
smoothly.
When should I switch on Turbo Mode?
Using the Turbo Mode can, for example, speed up computer games, make it easier to work with performancesapping programs or prevent videos from flickering or freezing when they are played. Note however that when you
enable Turbo Mode, you also turn off some functionalities that will not be available again until you turn off Turbo
Mode.
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How to Switch the Computer to Turbo Mode
At the bottom left of the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start Center, there are three switches. The right-hand switch is for
Turbo Mode. When you click this switch, the computer is switched to Turbo Mode. The AVG icon then appears in
the notification area of the taskbar, notifying you that Turbo Mode is turned on.
Alternatively, you can access the switch for Turbo Mode directly via the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 icon in the
notification area of the taskbar. Left-click on the icon. A pop-up window opens, showing the Turbo Mode switch on
the bottom right.
How to Find Out if Turbo Mode is On
If Turbo Mode is on, a AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015.
For more information, see Turbo Mode Settings.
3.2.3.1. Turbo Mode Settings
Start the wizard for configuring the AVG Turbo Mode by clicking on Settings in the menu bar of the Start Center,
selecting the Turbo Mode area and clicking the Open Configuration Wizard button located there. Alternatively,
open the window for configuring AVG Turbo Mode by going to the AVG Start Center, selecting the Optimize
category and clicking the Configure Turbo Mode link (in the Reduce system load area).
Please note that if the Turbo Mode is already switched on, you don't have to run the Wizard again. You can
alter Turbo Mode settings directly in central configuration dialog of your AVG (the Turbo Mode item). Simply
check (or uncheck ) the appropriate boxes and click Apply.
In the Turbo Mode Configuration Wizard, set up your own Turbo Mode in six easy steps – simply select which
tasks, programs and functions can be disabled temporarily to give a performance boost while Turbo Mode is
enabled. The more you allow to be switched off, the better the gain in performance will be. You can always
temporarily turn off all functions and tasks suggested here. None of your software features for Internet security or
virus protection will be turned off.
Step 1: Postpone automatic maintenance tasks until later
Maintenance measures that start automatically in the background are important for the maintenance of your
computer, but are not usually urgent. They can be carried out at a later date to free up the resources needed for
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your programs.
Postpone scheduled defragmentation: This will prevent the scheduled hard disk defragmentation by Microsoft
or other well-known manufacturers from starting when Turbo Mode is on.
Postpone scheduled maintenance tasks: This will prevent automatic maintenance tasks and scheduled
tasks for Microsoft and other manufacturers from being carried out when Turbo Mode is on. This includes
AVG Automatic Maintenance and the automatic creation of backups.
Postpone automatic updates: If you select this option, you will be notified that program updates are available
but these will not be automatically downloaded or installed while Turbo Mode is on.
Step 2: Limit connection with external devices.
Every computer has many services running in the background that detect connected devices and provide you with
the necessary functions to use these devices. You can limit this support and have more resources available for your
programs.
Turn off synchronization with mobile devices: This setting will prevent synchronization of addresses, emails,
music files, etc. with your cell phone or portable media player and the related program will not start
automatically when the device is connected while Turbo Mode is on.
Limit support for digital cameras and scanners: When Turbo Mode is on, you cannot import images from your
digital camera or scan images.
Step 3: Reduce visual effects
Visual effects provide a graphical display of Windows but take up valuable space in the memory. Particularly with a
low performance graphics card you can increase the computer's performance by turning off visual effects.
Tip: This is a popular way of increasing the performance of netbook s on a sustained basis.
Turn off visual special effects: This setting turns off transparency effects and shadows of windows, the
preview window in the taskbar and three-dimensional navigation between windows when Turbo Mode is on.
Switch to classic window design: This setting uses the classic Windows design for the appearance of
windows, menus and buttons when Turbo Mode is on. Also, in Windows XP the colorful Windows interface is
disabled, whereas in newer Windows transparency effects and thumbnails of windows in the taskbar are
disabled.
Step 4: Configure computer resources for optimum performance
Your computer's resources are in demand. A clever sharing solution for the resources will help increase your
computer's performance enormously.
Tip: Since this does not limit any functions, this setting is also highly recommended for the long term.
Ensure optimum performance regardless of energy use: This setting uses the "high performance" Windows
energy-saving plan when Turbo Mode is on. This ensures maximum performance regardless of the amount of
energy used.
Step 5: Disable background functions
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The operating system performs many more tasks than most users are aware of. Many programs and services run
permanently in the background, although they are not strictly necessary and use valuable resources. If you never
use some of these functions you can disable them and permanently increase your computer's performance.
Disable media library share in local network: This setting ensures that other network devices cannot access
your images, videos or music in the media library when Turbo Mode is on. However, Turbo Mode does not
affect the share of folders in the network.
Turn off quick search using index creation: This setting ensures that Windows does not create an index of
your files and emails when Turbo Mode is on. Please note that turning off this function significantly slows
down the search.
Turn off error reporting: This setting ensures that no data will be gathered regarding errors and there will be no
communication with Microsoft about crashed programs or other errors when Turbo Mode is on.
Turn off support for virtual machines: (This option is only available if your computer has software for virtual
machines installed on it.) This setting turns off background functions for the use of virtual machines when
Turbo Mode is on.
Step 6: Additional performance boost
Every time Windows starts up, it starts up services that are used rarely or never. These services can occupy a large
amount of the system's resources and slow down your PC. To prevent these services from not working when you
need them, you should only turn them off temporarily for an added performance boost.
Turn off rarely used services: This setting turns off services that are only needed in specific circumstances
(e.g. company networks) or situations (e.g. installation of new programs) when Turbo Mode is on.
Turn off special encryption services: When Turbo Mode is on, this setting turns off services for logging onto a
domain.
Turn off network communication services: When Turbo Mode is on, this setting turns off network
communication services that are rarely used, e.g. fax or peer-to-peer services.
Step 7: How long should Turbo Mode stay switched on?
The Turbo Mode can either be switched off automatically when the computer is shut down, or stay on until you
switch it off manually. If you leave Turbo Mode on constantly, this can also speed up the startup process.
However, please note that for the system performance increase, the features that you selected in the configuration
wizard must be switched off. If, when Turbo Mode is on, you are missing a required feature, turn Turbo Mode off and
modify your settings so that when you restart Turbo Mode, this feature is available again.
Click Finish to close the wizard.
3.3. Flight Mode
This feature is only active on laptops, otherwise the whole section is grayed out.
The Flight Mode switch allows you to partly turn off wireless network activity on your laptop. This includes:
Wifi – technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data or connect to the internet wirelessly
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using radio waves.
Bluetooth – wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances using short-wavelength
radio transmissions.
Please note that when you access this feature for the first time, an information dialog appears asking you whether
you really want to activate Flight Mode. However, you can simply choose not to display this message ever again
(by checking the appropriate checkbox).
3.4. Optimization Potential
The Optimization Potential is your personal indicator of optimization progress. You can find it on the AVG PC
TuneUp 2015 Start Center next to the PC mode area.
What is the Optimization Potential?
The Optimization Potential uses a graph and associated notifications to show you how extensively you are
already using the options of AVG PC TuneUp 2015 to increase performance and maintain the system and where
there is still potential to optimize your system further.
The Optimization Potential shows you details of already the completed optimizations and the potential you have
exploited; moreover, it 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, while the light gray sections on the right represent open optimization options. A message is assigned to
every section of the graph: the messages under blue sections are purely informative, notifying you about already
completed optimizations. The messages under gray sections, representing the optimization potential that can still
be exploited, are more interactive, allowing you to directly access problems and deal with them right away.
Messages
Below the graph, you can see the current messages about optimizations already completed and about untapped
potential. If you point your mouse cursor at any of the sections, an appropriate message will be displayed. In case
of sections containing some unused potential, some button (like Scan Now, Fix Now or Show Details) will be
available; clicking it opens the precise AVG PC TuneUp 2015 module that you can use to achieve the unused
potential.
Even if your system is perfectly optimized today, anything could change tomorrow that could present areas
for optimization, e.g. the installation of new programs or a change to system settings. Pay attention to the
messages on unused potential in order to k eep your system optimized for the long term and therefore
maintain a good Optimization Potential.
What is Used to Calculate the Optimization Potential?
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 100% optimization. You will
achieve 100% – the perfect Optimization Potential 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 (displayed in blue) represent
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optimizations completed and the sections on the right-hand side (displayed in gray) show optimization potential still
remaining. The Optimization Potential is calculated based on the analysis results of the following sections:
Maintenance
For this section to be considered as optimized, one of the following conditions must be fulfilled:
Automatic Maintenance must be activated with all the necessary maintenance tasks enabled, or
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 Clean Up category in the Start Center. Here, open the Clean Up
Windows and Programs dialog (in the Gain disk space and delete usage data area). Then check all
boxes in the Temporary Windows files section and click the Clean Up button.
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.
PC Performance
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.
PC Health
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.
Disable programs
The Optimization Potential 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 Potential takes into account the fact that you have classified some
of your programs as important despite their system load and that they should remain active. Therefore this
section of the graph is considered as optimized after a certain number of programs have been disabled.
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3.5. Menu Bar
In the menu bar, you have access to the central settings dialog of AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015. 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 2015.
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 2015. 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 2015.
3.6. Dashboard
The Dashboard category displays the current status for the three most important function areas provided to you by
AVG PC TuneUp 2015. In the event of warnings or recommendations, you can use the appropriate button 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.
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Maintenance
The status in the Maintenance 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 Scan Now button. If you click it, 1-Click Maintenance will be carried out with the
default AVG PC TuneUp 2015 settings or the changes to the maintenance settings made by you.
When you click on the gear wheel button next to the Scan Now 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.
For more information, see Maintaining system.
PC Performance
The status field in the PC performance area shows whether AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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. To do trigger this dialog, click the Scan Now
button (or, if you're not running the PC performance test for the first time, use the gear wheel button next to the
Scan Now button).
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.
For more information, see Increasing Performance.
PC Health
The status in the PC Health 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 Fix problems. 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.
For more information, see Fixing Problems.
Rescue Center
On the far right under Rescue Center, 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 2015 at any time.
The AVG Rescue Center module monitors the changes you make to your system using AVG PC TuneUp 2015
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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 2015.
When you click on the gear wheel button next to the Undo changes button, the central configuration dialog
opens, allowing you to specify the modules protected by the AVG Rescue Center, as well as the number of stored
backups and frequency of their deletion.
For more information, see Undoing changes.
3.6.1. 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.
3.6.1.1. 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 Maintenance 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 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.
Cleans up your browser
As you surf the Internet, your browser saves various kinds of data on your computer. 1-Click
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Maintenance cleans up the cache and download history of your browser.
Optimizes system startup and shutdown
Some programs that are run each time you start your system slow down the startup process to an
unnecessary extent. Such known programs that are definitely not required are turned off here.
Defragments your hard disk
In the background, AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015. 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.
3.6.1.2. 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.
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.
3.6.1.3. Changing Maintenance Settings
In the Start Center, click click on the gear wheel button in the Maintenance area of the Dashboard category. The
central AVG PC TuneUp 2015 configuration dialog opens, with an area for Automatic Maintenance and one for 1Click Maintenance. Configure your settings here.
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Alternatively, you can open the maintenance settings window by going to All functions in the Start Center and
selecting the Settings entry under AVG PC TuneUp 2015. Or click on Settings in the Start Center menu bar and
select the Automatic Maintenance or 1-Click Maintenance area.
Because AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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.
3.6.2. 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) 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 2015 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 2015 checks your computer for such performance-sapping visual effects and provides
recommendations for increasing performance.
To enable AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 Dashboard category, you can see whether you have any recommendations in the
status field of the PC 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 button.
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. If you wish to adjust or update your profile
info, simply click the gear wheel button (just next to the Scan Now/Show details button). For more information,
see Profile.
Overview
The details window opens on the Overview tab, where you can find out whether there is any potential for increasing
performance. In the areas Internet settings and Visual effects, you can perform all the optimization
recommendations found by clicking Optimize all. This will not restrict any of your important functions.
The recommendations in the Hardware and software area on the other hand depend heavily on your usage
behavior. This is why you can only apply them one at a time.
Switching Tabs
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Click on a recommendation or on the Details button to move to the other tabs, where you can view the details of
each recommendation. Alternatively, you can click on the name of the tab you want.
Applying Recommendations
In the Internet settings and Visual effects tabs you can perform all the optimization recommendations found by
clicking Optimize all. Alternatively, you can click on a recommendation in the left column. In the right-hand area of
the window, a detailed description will appear and you can apply the recommendation by clicking on the button on
the bottom right.
In the Hardware and software tab you must answer a few simple questions on each 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.
3.6.2.1. Profile
The first time you use AVG PC TuneUp 2015, you are prompted to complete a profile, so that it can provide you
with tailored recommendations for increasing performance. This profile contains the following questions:
How is your Computer Usually Connected to the Internet?
Select the type of connection from the list so that your network, Internet and browser settings (for example packet
sizes) can be adapted as best as possible to your Internet connection.
What Criteria Should be Used to Optimize Visual Effects?
If you select Maximum performance (irrespective of display quality), all effects and the colorful Luna theme
(Windows XP), or the Aero glass theme (newer Windows) are turned off. This is highly recommended, especially for
slower computers, because the display of these sophisticated interfaces really eats up resources.
If the interface on your computer flickers and it takes a while for windows to open, choose the option A balance
between performance and display quality. The attractive interfaces are retained but the performance-sapping
effects are switched off.
If you have a high-performance graphics card, your system performance will not be improved by turning off
the Windows Vista Aero desk top experience.
How Many Days Should a Program Remain Unused Before We Recommend Removing it?
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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 PC performance in the Dashboard
category of the Start Center and clicking the gear wheel button (located just next to the Show details button).
Alternatively, you can click on the Change profile button at the top left of the Increase performance - details
window.
Note that you cannot confirm your profile until you have entered all the necessary information.
3.6.3. 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 Dashboard
category and look at the PC health 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 Fix Now.
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
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.
3.6.4. 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 2015. 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 2015.
System Recovery
The AVG Rescue Center even lets you undo changes made not by AVG PC TuneUp 2015 but by other
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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
button that can be found in the Dashboard category of the Start Center (Rescue Center area). This button is also
located in the individual modules.
3.6.4.1. Undoing Changes
Start the AVG Rescue Center module by clicking Undo changes button that can be found in the Dashboard
category of the Start Center (Rescue Center area).
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Undo
changes entry under AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
In the right-hand column, AVG Rescue Center shows you a list of all saved backups arranged by module or date
and specifies for each entry the number of modified settings, time of change and the disk space freed up by the
changes.
Showing details
The Details button takes you to an exact log of the changes carried out. However you can only view this log. You
cannot undo only selected changes. For this reason you may have to restore a number of superfluous files before
you can use just one file again that you deleted by accident.
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using this button.
Restore
Use this button to restore the system to its status before the selected backup.
3.6.4.2. System Restore
Start the AVG Rescue Center module by clicking Undo changes button that can be found in the Dashboard
category of the Start Center (Rescue Center area)
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Undo
changes entry under AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
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
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Use this button to create a system restore point. Give this point a name by which to remember this system status
at a later time.
Since a system restore point saves the status of your configuration and system files, you are advised to
create a system restore point before mak ing any significant changes to the system (such as installing a
program). If something goes wrong during installation or your computer no longer work s the way it used to,
you can always restore it back to its original status at any time.
Delete
If you are quite certain that you no longer need a backup, you can delete it permanently using this button.
Restore
Use this button to restore the system to its status before the selected backup. You will need to restart your
system.
This function is useful if your computer no longer functions properly following a change to the system.
First, select a restore point that is as recent as possible, in order to avoid undoing too many system
changes.
3.6.4.3. 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 Menu Bar, click Settings and find the
Rescue Center protection item (in the list on the left side of newly triggered configuration dialog).
Rescue Center Protection
Every AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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.
3.7. Optimize
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.
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All modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
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-on-Demand Technology.
For more information, see Reducing System Load.
Optimizing registry and performance
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.
For more information, see Optimizing registry and performance.
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3.7.1. 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.
For more information, see Disabling Programs.
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.
For more information, see Disabling Startup Programs.
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.
For more information, see Displaying and Uninstalling Programs.
Rating Function for Programs
The three modules mentioned above contain the useful Rating function for programs. The experience of many
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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
AVG 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 AVG Economy Mode from AVG PC TuneUp 2015 is an intelligent module for saving energy, which can
also increase the performance of your computer at the same time. AVG 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
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strictly 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.
For more information, see Configuring Live Optimization.
3.7.1.1. 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-onDemand Technology, programs are even disabled automatically after they are used, so that the load on your
system is always kept as low as possible.
Design of AVG Program Deactivator
AVG Program Deactivator is divided into three areas: the All installed programs area, the Load from installed
programs area and the Details area. You will now find the additional Introduction button in the menu bar, which
allows you to open the introduction to AVG Program Deactivator at any time.
All installed programs
In the All installed programs area, you can see an overview list of all the programs installed on your
system together with their load status. In the Name column, the programs are sorted according to their load:
high, medium or low. Programs that do not place any load on the system have the status "none" and are not
listed by name. The value for the load is always the highest value for startup, operation or shutdown. In the
Status column, you can see the current status of the programs.
Load from installed programs
In the Load from installed programs area, you will find three graphs that are designed to give you a visual
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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 2015 has classified as relevant for the security or proper operation
of your system and the disabling of which could have serious consequences. Therefore, it is not possible to
change the status of one of these programs and the switch is grayed out.
Impactless
The program cannot be disabled because it does not have a negative impact on the system load. For this
reason, the switch is grayed out and cannot be changed.
Current status
In the Current status column to the right, there is further information about the current status of a program.
Permanently enabled
The program is fully functional and is causing a system load even when you are not using it.
Disabled until program startup
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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:
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
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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 category in the Start Center and
selecting Disable programs under Reduce system load.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to 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.
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 2015 which offers you a list of the most important settings of AVG PC
TuneUp 2015 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 2015 determines the background programs associated with each program, i.e.
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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.
3.7.1.2. 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.
However, programs often start automatically in the background that you require only very occasionally or never.
Every time a program starts automatically not only does it slow down the Windows system startup but the
individual program parts that are always running in the background also slow down your computer. Some of these
programs can also irritate you by displaying advertising messages.
More Information About Startup Programs
When installed, some startup programs are entered in the Start Menu from where they can be easily
removed. However, most startup programs enter themselves directly in the registry and are not to be found in
the startup folder. Often during system startup and user logon, scheduled tasks are used to start programs
automatically.
AVG StartUp Manager finds all startup programs, regardless of how well hidden their start command is. For every
startup program it also supplies a detailed description and an evaluation of the necessity of starting this program
automatically.
AVG StartUp Manager does not just allow you to enable or disable startup programs, it also tells you about the
individual programs and provides recommendations for every startup entry.
Note that disabling startup does not remove the program itself. It only disables the startup and therefore
speeds up system startup and the speed of your computer.
How to Configure Your System Startup
Launch the AVG StartUp Manager module by going to the Optimize 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 All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Disable
startup programs entry under Installed programs.
Before the program starts, the startup screen may appear for the Rating function for programs. Here you can
decide whether to enable this feature and click OK.
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When AVG StartUp Manager starts up a list of all Startup programs opens. When you use the module for the first
time, all entries are enabled. This means that these programs will automatically start in the background every time
the system is started.
In AVG StartUp Manager you can choose from the following functions:
Disabling Automatic Program Startup
This prevents the program from starting automatically in the background when you next start up the
system. The entry remains in the list however, meaning that you can turn automatic startup back on at any
time.
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.
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Tips for Optimizing System Startup
As the name suggests, a startup program is one that automatically starts up every time you start up your
computer. For this reason, it is always active in the background and occupies your system's resources, even if you
never use the program. This makes perfect sense with a virus scanner, for example. On the other hand, some other
startup programs could place an unnecessary load on your system.
The fewer the programs that start up automatically in the background, the faster your system will start up. In
addition, your computer will run faster if there are no unnecessary programs active in the background.
What Guidance Does AVG StartUp Manager Offer?
For each program, decide based on the following information whether it should start automatically in the background
on startup.
Evaluation
For most startup programs, AVG StartUp Manager provides an evaluation showing you whether an
automatic startup of the program is necessary, unnecessary or optional. Thanks to a database maintained
by the AVG team, all security-related programs, for example, will be classified as necessary. Well-known
unnecessary startup programs will be classified as unnecessary. Other programs that appear incorrectly in
the list will also be considered as unnecessary. This is the case, for example, if an entry in the list refers to a
program that has already been uninstalled.
This classification can result in many programs being classified as optional. In this case, the decision is
based on your usage behavior. The description, online search or the Rating function for programs will
help you further with this.
To learn more about how the Rating function for programs can help you mak e the decision, see Rating
Function for Programs.
Description
If you select a startup program in the list, the database will supply a description of the program to make the
decision easier for you.
In the case of very unusual programs, AVG StartUp Manager might not recognize a program. If so, you can
obtain information on this program by searching online via a link.
In addition, you can also help ensure that a description of this program appears here in future, by providing
AVG with information on this program via the Report program link.
Rating
The Usefulness column provides you with information on how useful you and/or other users of AVG PC
TuneUp 2015 find the program. If you have not yet provided a rating, you can rate it now. AVG PC TuneUp
2015 calls up the ratings of other users from a serverdatabase and displays them. These ratings are
automatically updated regularly.
If you are still unsure, despite our guidance, whether you should disable a startup program, we recommend
that you disable just one startup program, reboot the computer and start up the programs you use in the
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usual way.
If something does not work properly following the restart, all you have to do is select the check box again. If
everything is fine, you can disable the next entry and enjoy a faster system startup.
3.7.1.3. 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 category of the Start Center and selecting
Uninstall programs from the Reduce system load area. Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All
functions in the Start Center and selecting the Uninstall entry under Installed programs.
Before the program starts, the startup screen may appear for the Rating function for programs. Here you can
decide whether to enable this feature and click OK.
AVG Uninstall Manager shows you a list of all installed programs. In the menu bar, click Organize to sort the
table by column or select a filter under View to display only selected programs. This will help you quickly identify
what programs you no longer use or which take up the most space.
If you select an entry from the list, additional information about the program is display in the Details area to the
right. You will see details of the manufacturer, installation date, date of last use, size of program files on your hard
disk, system usage and the program rating.
If, despite the statistical data that AVG Uninstall Manager shows you, you are not sure whether you wish to
uninstall a program because you do not k now what it contains, click on Online search in the toolbar. A web
page opens displaying the results of the search for the program selected in the list. This page provides
detailed information on the program. This information will also help you to decide whether you should uninstall
a program or not.
The Usefulness column is also helpful for your decision-making process. This provides you with information on how
useful you and/or other users of AVG PC TuneUp 2015 found the program. If you have not yet provided a rating,
you can rate it now. AVG PC TuneUp 2015 calls up the ratings of other users from a server database and displays
them for you. These ratings are automatically updated regularly.
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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.
3.7.1.4. 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 Dashboard category.
Alternatively, you can open the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Configure
Live Optimization entry under AVG PC TuneUp 2015. 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.
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:
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In addition to those programs that you are currently using (green), many others are also running in the background
that are really not that important for your work (blue). If such background processes suddenly start to require a
great deal of processing power, they are assigned a lower priority so that your other programs can continue to run
smoothly.
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.
3.7.2. Optimizing registry and performance
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.
For more information, see Cleaning the Registry.
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.
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For more information, see Defragmenting the Registry.
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.
For more information, see Removing Brok en Shortcuts.
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.
For more information, see Optimizing System Startup and Shutdown.
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.
For more information, see Defragmenting the Hard Disk .
3.7.2.1. 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 2015 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.
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How to Clean the Registry
Launch the AVG Registry Cleaner module by going to the Optimize category in the Start Center and selecting
Clean registry from the Optimize registry and performance area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to 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.
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.
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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.
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.
File Types
Entries in this area of the registry link one or more file extensions (e.g. .txt or .doc)
with various information (such as the program that should be used to open them).
Such entries can become invalid through the uninstallation of programs, for
example.
Database Drivers
During installation, some programs store entries on database drivers and data
sources in the registry. These entries can become invalid through the uninstallation
of these programs or the moving or deletion of individual data sources. Often,
invalid entries are created during installation itself.
Common Files
This part of the registry contains references to files and program libraries (DLLs), to
which several programs normally require access. When such programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Help Files
Many programs record in the registry the location of their help files. When such
programs are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Installed Programs
Every program leaves behind an entry in this area of the registry. The list of all
programs in the Control Panel is compiled from these entries. When programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted and inconsistencies arise in this
list.
Program Settings
Each program installed on the computer can create entries with program-specific
information in the registry (e.g. data or program paths). When programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Program Extensions
This area of the registry contains references to extensions such as audio and video
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codecs or Internet Explorer add-ons that enhance the functionality of individual
programs (e.g. with new menu entries or new toolbar entries). If these programs or
extensions are uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Program Components
Many Windows programs access ActiveX and COM components using entries in
this area of the registry. These entries are created when programs like this are
installed, but are often not deleted during uninstallation. Some programs even
create invalid entries during installation.
Program Paths
The installation folders of some programs are stored in the registry to allow these
programs to be run directly via "Start -> Run". When such programs are
uninstalled, these entries are often not deleted.
Fonts
Windows stores entries in this area of the registry for all fonts installed on your
computer. Since these entries are often not deleted when fonts are uninstalled,
Windows tries in vain to load these fonts every time the system starts up.
History Lists
Windows and many programs have history lists, which log, for example, which files
you were last working on. These are stored in the registry as references. By
deleting or moving the files, these entries become invalid.
Windows Firewall
The Windows firewall saves the programs that may accept incoming network
connections and stores an entry for each one in the registry. These entries can
become incorrect or invalid if, for example, one of these programs is uninstalled.
It should be clear therefore that deleted files can leave behind a lot of "ghosts" in the registry. AVG Registry
Cleaner finds all of these orphaned entries and can delete them in a targeted fashion. We therefore recommend
that you perform the full scan.
Additional Functions in AVG Registry Cleaner Main Menu
Displaying Details and Excluding Problems from the Cleanup
If you click through the various areas in the left column, you will see a detailed Explanation in the top part of the
window, describing how problems can occur in the area in question.
If problems are found in an area, a list of the individual problems also appears with further information. Select an
entry in the list in order to display a more extensive analysis of the problem.
Here you can also exclude certain problems from the cleanup by unchecking the relevant checkboxes.
If descriptions of the problems are not visible, click Details in the toolbar.
Running the Cleanup
To start cleanup from the main window of AVG Registry Cleaner, click Start cleaning. If you have excluded
problems from the cleanup, these will not be fixed.
If after the cleanup has finished, the Check again button appears, find out more information here:
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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.
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.
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For this, perform the following steps:
1. Select a problem from the list.
2. In the Edit menu, select Problem details and Go to key.
You can also get to this function using the list entry context menu.
Editing the Registry
In the toolbar, click Registry Editor to directly call up the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 module for editing the
registry.
3.7.2.2. 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 category in the Start Center and selecting
Defragment registry in the Optimize registry and performance area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to 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
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this window showing you that the module is still working. A progress bar is also shown to inform you of the
progress of the analysis. There is no need to worry if the progress bar does not move for several minutes.
Choose when you want to perform the optimization. The module shows you the analysis results. If there is potential
for optimization, you can find out here by how many percent and how many kilobytes the size of the registry can be
reduced.
AVG Registry Defrag cannot rewrite the registry when it is running, but only immediately after Windows has
started up. Now choose whether you would like to restart the computer now or whether you would prefer to allow
the optimization to run automatically next time Windows starts up. Please note that optimization can take
several minutes.
If you immediately decide against the optimization or were only interested in the analysis results from the outset,
you can exit the program by clicking Cancel.
3.7.2.3. 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 category in the Start Center and selecting
Optimize system startup and shutdown from the Optimize registry and performance area. The AVG StartUp
Optimizer window is displayed.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to 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.
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The more unnecessary features you disable here, the quicker your computer will start up and work, because – after
this optimization – Windows will no longer run these background programs that start up automatically and are
constantly active.
You can change the setting you make here at any time by clicking on "Change profile" at the top right of AVG
StartUp Optimizer.
Which services and devices do you use on this computer?
Here you can switch off functions that you do not use. It identifies which functions and services you have already
set up and only recommends those that are not being used.
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.
3.7.2.4. Defragmenting the Hard Disk
In this chapter, you will find out why it is important to do so and how you can use the AVG Drive Defrag to
defragment your hard disks.
There are many reasons why a computer may become noticeably slower over time. One of them is the gradual
fragmentation of the hard disk. This can be described as follows:
New files are first saved as a block to an empty hard disk one after the other. If you then, for example, deleted a file
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in the middle, there would be a gap in the hard disk. Windows uses this gap later to store the next file that you save
to the hard disk. If this gap is not big enough, Windows then splits the file and stores the second half at another
location. Over time, more and more gaps are created and more and more files are fragmented into pieces
(fragments), i.e. the degree of fragmentation increases.
This really slows down the performance of your computer: Every time you call up a file, this has to be read from the
hard disk, which would of course happen faster if the file was stored in one place. In technical terms: If
fragmentation is high, the hard disk reading heads must always be realigned in order that they can load the
individual fragments of a file.
A simple way to speed up your system is therefore to defragment the hard disk. As the conventional
defragmentation often takes a long time, AVG Drive Defrag offers you two different modes. You either decide for
yourself how defragmentation should take place, or allow AVG Drive Defrag to make the decision for you.
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 category in the Start Center and selecting
Defragment hard disk under Optimize registry and performance.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Defragment
entry under Hard disk.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are detected by AVG PC TuneUp 2015. They are not analyzed or defragmented, as it is
not possible to optimize solid-state drives through defragmentation and they could be damaged by defragmentation.
Select which hard disks should be checked for optimization potential.
Select how defragmentation should take place according to the analysis.
As AVG Drive Defrag offers two different types of defragmentation, you must specify whether the defragmentation
type should be dependent on the analysis before you start the analysis.
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Out of the four options, the first one is preselected because it gives you a personal recommendation after the
analysis and you can decide for yourself how the defragmentation should be carried out. For the other three
options, defragmentation starts as soon as the analysis is complete. If, however, the analysis determines that the
degree of fragmentation is very low, defragmentation will not be carried out for these three options because AVG
Drive Defrag deems it unnecessary.
Wait for result and then decide
We recommend this option for you. Once analysis is complete, you decide for each hard disk whether you
would like to run a fast or thorough defragmentation. You can also decide here to go without defragmentation.
Automatically as recommended
AVG Drive Defrag makes the decision for you and defragments each hard disk as soon as the analysis is
complete using the mode suited to the degree of fragmentation.
Automatically thorough
You optimize your hard disk performance down to the last detail, even if this lasts a bit longer - regardless of
the analysis result.
Automatically fast
You would like to save time and defragment each hard disk particularly quickly, regardless of the degree of
fragmentation.
If you have selected the Wait for result and then decide option, you will see a dialog where you can select
how each hard disk should be defragmented. For all other options, you don't need to do anything else, as
defragmentation will run automatically after the analysis.
Select a hard disk in the top area and select a defragmentation mode.
AVG Drive Defrag determines the relationship between speed and the benefits to be gained and provides you with
a recommendation based on this.
Decide whether the computer should be shut down after defragmentation. Ensure that you have selected a
defragmentation mode for each hard disk.
Click Next to start the defragmentation.
During defragmentation, you can monitor each hard disk in real time and see how the usage map changes. You can
also look at the progress bar and determine the progress and how long the defragmentation has left.
For more tips and recommendations, please see NTFS Compared with FAT.
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.
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The NTFS file system (NTFS = New Technology File System) is the file system from Windows NT and its
successors (e.g. Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista) right up to Windows 7. It offers an intelligently
devised access protection to file levels, allows flexible management of privileges, accommodates file sizes above 4
GB, offers automatic error correction of the file system and can utilize the storage space of today's standard hard
disk sizes in a considerably more efficient manner.
If your hard disks still use the FAT file system, you can carry out a very simple conversion.
Although conversion is considered very secure, you should mak e a back up of your saved data before
attempting this.
Click the Windows Start icon to open All Programs, go to Accessories and click Command Prompt. If you 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.
3.8. Clean Up
In the same way as your home can get cluttered, your computer can also get clogged up with unnecessary ballast,
which uses up valuable disk space. We recommend that you carry out some spring cleaning from time to time and
delete unnecessary files from your system.
All modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
Gain Disk Space and Delete Usage Data
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In the section Gain disk space and delete usage data area shows you how many items you can delete from
your hard drives. After you have selected these, AVG PC TuneUp 2015 runs a quick analysis in the background
and informs you how many items there are on your hard drives in the areas Clean up Windows and programs, Clean
up browser, Remove broken shortcuts and Disable Windows functions and how much disk space they are taking
up. Now you can now decide which items you want to delete and/or which Windows functions you want to disable.
For more information, see Cleaning the Hard 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 Removing Duplicate Files
The AVG Duplicate Finder module allows you to locate various duplicate files or folders on your hard disk and
subsequently remove them, thus freeing valuable disk space.
For more information, see Finding and Removing Duplicate Files.
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.
For more information, see Finding and Deleting Large Amounts of Data.
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.
For more information, see Securely Deleting Data.
Cleaning up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
The AVG Cleaner for iOS module allows you to locate needless and redundant files on your iOS device.
Afterwards, you can easily remove all this unnecessary junk in order to save some important storage space and
considerably increase device's speed.
For more information, see Cleaning Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
3.8.1. Cleaning up Windows and programs
In this chapter, you will find out how you can free up valuable space on your hard disks under Clean up Windows
and programs and why it is useful to do so.
Under Clean up Windows and programs, you can see a structured list of items, including temporary Windows
files, old backups, obsolete logs and reports and unnecessary functions that can be safely removed from the hard
disk without any negative impact on your system.
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 searches for many types of potentially unnecessary files that can be deleted without
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causing problems. It then shows you how much space can be freed up. First you will receive a list of all files in
question and you can then decide yourself which of them you would like to delete.
Particular attention is paid to security. As a result, in contrast to conventional procedures that "blindly" comb
through the hard disk using certain patterns, no unpleasant surprises such as sudden error messages or nonfunctioning software occur.
3.8.1.1. How to clean up Windows and programs
Select the Clean Up category from the Start Center.
Click the Clean up Windows and programs feature.
You can now remove unnecessary files and old backups and also remove or disable Windows functions.
How to remove unnecessary files or old backups?
1. Select items from the list
As you can see, a clearly arranged list of the files found or old backups is shown. You see at a glance how
much space you could free up. To exclude individual file or backup types from being cleaned up, uncheck the
relevant checkboxes.
For each file or backup type you can also view a description in the right-hand window area by selecting it.
You can also click the Show item(s) button to view the full list of files or backups recommended for removal.
2. Click Cleanup.
Cleanup may take several minutes. While the cleanup is taking place, very occasionally it can appear that
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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.
3.8.1.2. What Types of File are Recommended for Deletion?
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 searches for the following types of files and backups which can normally be deleted from
your hard disk without causing problems.
Type
Description
Temporary Windows files
Windows creates files to temporarily store data that should normally be deleted
after its tasks are complete. These files can always be deleted.
Reports and logs from
Windows
Windows saves various reports and logs, e.g. for error analysis or on the behavior
of programs and services.
Unnecessary Windows files
You can clean up the image preview for folders and caches category to gain disk
space.
Backup files of Windows
Repair programs like CHKDSK search your hard disk for lost clusters and save
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them. Also, whenever you upgrade Windows to a newer version, backups are
created of your documents, settings, and program data. Since these backups are
rarely used, you can safely delete them (but remember that after deleting Windows
upgrade backups, you will no longer be able to restore old documents and settings
from previous installations of Windows).
Windows history lists
Windows creates history lists, which may log which files you were last working on,
for example. These are stored in the registry as references. By deleting or moving
the files, these entries become invalid.
Temporary program files
Many programs create files to temporarily store data that should normally be
deleted by the program after its tasks are complete. These files can always be
deleted.
Reports and logs from
programs
Many programs write log files that can be used to analyze their behavior. This can
be helpful, for example, when trying to solve problems. Any log files that you do
not plan on evaluating can be deleted.
Unnecessary program files
Thumbnails of images are used by various programs to provide a quick preview.
You can clean up the thumbnails, caches of programs and screenshots (captured
images of your computer screen or open application windows) that you no longer
need to gain disk space.
Backup files of programs
Many programs automatically create backups of your files. Also, some programs
create backups of installation files so that you can reinstall the programs if they
ever get damaged. If you feel that you no longer need these backup files, you can
safely delete them to free up space (however, remember that after removing the
installation files, you may need to use installation disks if you ever want to reinstall
the software or make changes to their installation).
Program history lists
Many programs create history lists, which may log which files you were last
working on, for example. These are stored in the registry as references. By
deleting or moving the files, these entries become invalid.
3.8.2. Cleaning up browser
As you surf the Internet, your browser saves various kinds of data on your computer.
You no longer need to go through the laborious task of deleting these traces of your surfing activity yourself using
your browser; now you can let AVG Browser Cleaner search for this data for you. Then, you just need to select
the data that you no longer need and AVG Browser Cleaner will delete it for you straight away.
In the following chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Browser Cleaner module to quickly clean up
your Internet browser by deleting the cache, cookies and history in next to no time.
3.8.2.1. How to Clean Your Browser
Start the AVG Browser Cleaner module by going to the Clean Up category in the Start Center and selecting
Clean up browser from the Gain disk space and delete usage data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Clean up
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browser entry under Usage data.
Under Browsers, select the Internet browser that you want to clean up. You can choose from Internet Explorer,
Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari, as well as the plug-ins Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft
Silverlight.
AVG Browser Cleaner then determines the items that can be deleted for the selected browsers. Under the name
of a browser, there is a list of categories that you can clean up:
Type
Description
Cache
All pictures, text and animations that you view in your browser while surfing the
Internet are saved in the cache. If you visit a website again, the text and images
can be loaded from the cache more quickly than from the Internet. However, it is
advisable to empty your cache from time to time.
Cookies
Cookies contain information about websites that have been visited and are saved
by Internet browsers while you are surfing the Internet without asking you first. A
cookie may contain login data for a website or information about the user’s surfing
behavior.
Optimize databases
The Mozilla Firefox databases are optimized to gain disk space.
Download history
The download history contains a list of files that have been downloaded.
Website properties
Some website properties, such as font size, are saved in the browser.
Form data
Data entered in web forms, such as address details, is saved in the browser.
Saved passwords
Passwords for certain websites can be saved. These passwords should only be
deleted by experienced users.
Index.dat files
Internet Explorer's URL caches are saved in what are known as index.dat files.
Please note that these files should only be cleaned up by experienced users.
Internet history
The addresses of all the websites you have visited are saved in the Internet history.
Last download location
The path that was manually entered most recently for downloading a file is saved
here.
Session
Mozilla Firefox saves the last and current session with the tabs and websites
opened during that session.
Temporary files
Temporary usage data for the browser is saved here.
More Mozilla files
In these additional files, Mozilla Firefox saves backups, updates, crash and error
reports and log files.
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More Opera files
These additional Opera files that can be cleaned up include icons, thumbnails,
VPS, temporary downloads and the app cache.
Most recently entered URLs
The website addresses that have been most recently entered manually are saved
here.
You have the option to protect the cookies from some websites by specifying an exception and excluding them
from the cleanup. To do this, check the box for the Protect cookies from certain websites option. A new dialog
now opens where you can select the websites for which you wish to protect cookies from the list under Delete.
Once you have made your selection, simply click the right arrow between the two lists. The cookies from the
selected websites are then immediately protected.
Using the Protect items that are less than a week old option, you can protect saved data with a recent date. To
do this, simply check the box for this option. Items that are less than a week old are then excluded from the
cleanup.
3.8.3. 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.
3.8.3.1. How to Remove Broken Shortcuts
How to Remove Broken Shortcuts
Start the AVG Shortcut Cleaner module by going to the Clean Up category in the Start Center and selecting
Remove broken shortcuts from the Gain disk space and delete usage data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Remove
broken shortcuts entry under Usage data.
Your interface (Desktop, Start Menu, Quick Launch bar) and the history lists of some programs are checked for
broken shortcuts and entries. This analysis can last several minutes.
After the analysis AVG Shortcut Cleaner shows you a list of all broken shortcuts and references. If no broken
entries have been found, you will only receive a list of the places that were searched. In this case, click Close to
exit this function.
You decide whether to delete all broken shortcuts or not. Clear the checkboxes of those invalid references that you
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do not want to delete. The standard setting is for all invalid references to be deleted.
Click Cleanup. The cleanup process normally lasts just a few seconds. Afterwards you receive a short status
report on the number of references and shortcuts removed.
Click Finish to exit AVG Shortcut Cleaner.
3.8.4. Disabling Windows functions
Click this item 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 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.
3.8.5. Finding and Removing Duplicate Files
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Duplicate Finder module to locate various duplicate
files or folders on your hard disk and subsequently remove them.
A hard drive resembles a family garage – junk expands to fill available space. An SSD drive behaves very much the
same way, while being considerably smaller. You may not notice it at first sight, but a deeper look will surely reveal
a few dozen duplicate files (or even whole folders) on your hard drive, eating up precious disk space.
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AVG Duplicate Finder lends you a hand in the tedious yet rewarding task of removing duplicate files or folders
from your computer. With its help, your digital junk levels will be notably reduced. It can search for files or folders
with the same name, the same size, and/or the exact same contents. It also helps you examine each file or folder
and decide which one to keep. Finally, it can ignore small files, so you can concentrate on the more wasteful
redundancy.
3.8.5.1. How to Find Duplicate Files
1. Start the AVG Duplicate Finder module by going to the Clean Up category in the Start Center and selecting
Find and remove duplicate files from the Analyze storage usage and delete data area.
2. Click the Scan for Duplicates button to start searching for duplicate files or folders on your hard drive. By
default, the whole disk is being scanned; however, you can narrow your selection down by specifying a particular
area of you hard drive. The scan usually takes only a few seconds. After it's finished, the AVG Duplicate Finder
displays a new dialog, allowing you to view all duplicates that were found during the scanning.
3. Now you can decide whether you want to remove or to keep your findings. All duplicates are sorted by category
(Folders, Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents, Others). There are also two special categories:
All Duplicates – the "global" category containing all duplicates found
Selected – contains the duplicates that you have selected for removal (see below). It is only displayed in
case you have previously selected something.
Switch between category views by clicking their names in the column on the right.
You can also use the roll-down menu to sort files in each category (by size, by name etc.) in ascending or
descending order. In case of some files (images, for example), a small preview is available, helping you to decide
what to do with them.
A folder is considered to be duplicate in case it solely contains duplicate files. If only some files in a folder are
identical, these files will be shown in a respective category (Pictures, Music etc.), but the folder as whole won't
be shown in the scanning results dialog. Also, a folder won't be mark ed as duplicate if the duplicate files it
contains are set to be ignored.
4. Choose the files or folders that you want to remove. It's very easy – just check the boxes next to their names in
the right part of the dialog.
Also, you can make use of the Auto-Select All button (located in the lower part of the dialog, to the left from the
Remove selected button). Clicking it triggers a new roll-down menu, offering you either to Keep the oldest
copies, or to Keep the newest copies. Using one of these options automatically selects (for removal) all copies
of every duplicate file found, except the oldest / newest one (you can cancel all your selections by clicking the
Deselect all option in the same menu). The Auto-Select feature can as well be applied to individual categories
(see above) or even to individual files in each category – just move your mouse cursor upon the category or
duplicate file's name and click a tiny arrow appearing to the right of it. This triggers a similar roll-down menu for
keeping only the oldest / the newest copies (or copy), however applying solely to this single category or file.
Please note, that if you select all copies of the same file or folder, a warning message appears, asking you to
confirm that you really want to remove them all. This is a safety measure ensuring that you don't accidentally
remove the original version.
5. After you select one or more duplicate files or folders, the Remove selected button in the lower-right corner of
the dialog becomes active. Click it and confirm that you really want to move selected items into Windows
Recycle Bin. The removal process itself usually takes only a few seconds.
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6. The list of categories and files / folders will be appropriately updated. Now you can either close the module, or
click the arrow button in the upper-left part of the dialog to start searching for duplicates anew.
3.8.5.2. How to Configure AVG Duplicate Finder
The central settings dialog of the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 allows you to modify your AVG Duplicate Finder
behavior.
To access these settings, click Settings in the menu bar of the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start Center, then click on
a module name on the left of the navigation bar. You can also access the same dialog directly from the AVG
Duplicate Finder module – simply click the Settings link in the upper-right corner of the window.
Use the Ignore files smaller than: text field to set the maximum file size to be ignored by the AVG Duplicate
Finder (in KB). Such files won't be included into AVG Duplicate Finder searches, thus allowing the module to
concentrate on bigger and more problematical duplicates.
Use the Ignore hidden files and folders checkbox to exclude hidden files and folders from AVG Duplicate
Finder searches.
Use the Ignore these file extensions: text field to explicitly specify file types (extensions) that you do not wish to
be scanned; simply enter these extensions into the text field and separate individual items by commas
(e.g. .xls, .doc).
3.8.6. 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.
3.8.6.1. How to Run an Analysis
Launch the AVG Disk Space Explorer module by going to the Clean Up 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 All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Find and
delete large amounts of data entry under Hard Disk.
Choose what to analyze:
Analyzing drives
From the list of all of the drives attached to your computer, select those that should be included in the search
for huge files. The wizard shows the total size of each drive and the free space available. It is especially
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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.
3.8.6.2. Analysis Results
Folder Structure
After the analysis, the AVG Disk Space Explorer main window opens. This is divided into two areas. In the lefthand area of the window, there is a tree view of your drives and folders, the same as in Windows Explorer. The data
for the location selected in the tree view is displayed in the right-hand area of the window. By default, the most
recently analyzed drive is displayed first.
If you have decided against the analysis and clicked Cancel, the main window still opens, but you will not see any
information on the individual drives. You can also start an analysis from here, but only for one drive each.
Displaying Information
To display information in the right-hand area of the window, you can choose between several views by clicking on
the respective tab at the top edge.
In each view, you will receive a list, and you can sort the columns into ascending or descending order easily by
clicking on the column name. Sorting according to size in particular will give you a quick overview of your biggest
files.
The following views are available for displaying the disk space allocation.
Overview
The default view Overview is an ideal first step when cleaning up your drives. The most important information
from all of the other views is combined to give you a general overview. You can always find information about
the selected element in the folder tree at the top of the window, in the upper area with a colorful background.
The size and percentage of space used is displayed for each drive. If, however, a folder is selected, this area
will show you the size of the folder including all its files and subfolders. You also receive information on the
creation date of the folder and when it was last used.
The Computer (or My Computer in case of Windows XP) view represents a certain exception in regard to the
first table, since instead of showing an overview of the largest files and folders, it will display the
occupied space for each drive.
o Overview of the Largest Folders and Files
Here you can see a graphical overview of the space on the selected drive or folder in the form of a pie chart.
The size and percentage of space occupied is shown here for up to 10 folders and files. If you would like to
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see more than the 10 elements that are displayed, simply click on the link Show Contents to switch to the
Contents view.
o File Types
This table organizes the files contained in the selected element based on file types and shows you at a
glance which types of files (documents, music files, videos or images) are taking up the most disk space.
Please note that this view does not just include the files that are directly located in the selected drive or
folder, but also includes all files in subfolders. You can limit the amount of information being displayed by
moving a level lower in the folder tree on the left.
If you would like to see the individual files included in a given file type, simply click on the name of the file
type in the table. This will directly open the correct category in the file types view.
o Top 10 Files
This table is particularly useful in acute disk space shortages. It shows a list of the top 10 files that take up
the most disk space. As with the last table, this view does not just include the files that are directly located
in the selected drive or folder, but also includes all files in subfolders. If you click on one of the files in the
table or on the link Show top 100 files, the corresponding Top 100 files view will open. There you can
move, archive or delete files.
Contents
This view shows the contents of the selected element in the folder tree on the left. In addition to basic
information such as name and type, as in Windows Explorer, each element has a field that displays its size
and the percentage of disk space that it takes up. A graphical representation with bars allows you to
recognize at a glance which files and folders are taking up the most space.
Double click on a folder to move a level deeper and to show the contents of the folder.
File Types
Overview and file types
By default, a practical overview of your file types opens, showing you at a glance which ones take up the
most disk space.
The top edge of the window displays buttons for Images, Documents, Compressed files, Music files,
Video files and Other. Click on one of these buttons or on the respective entry in the overview to display all
files of the respective file type.
Advanced: Which file extensions are included?
Each file type category includes files with many different file extensions. Images, for example, includes the
file extensions .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .tif and .png. The exact list of file extensions included is adapted to suit your
system automatically by AVG Disk Space Explorer. Click Advanced on the top right of your window to
display this list. You can customize this easily by unchecking the checkbox.
The Other category shows you all other files that do not belong to any of the other file types.
This is where the list of extensions displayed after clicking Advanced is particularly helpful, as you can
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configure which files should be shown in the list shown below.
In the context menu (displayed after right-clicking on the list of file extensions), you can quickly select
everything or reverse the current selection.
Explore your own hard drive and use the available views to look for ways that you can free up more disk
space. Sorting the list by file size or date of last access can also help you discover interesting files. To do
this, simply use the mouse to click on the headlines with a gray background at the top of the columns.
Cleanup Tip: Sorting files by the date of last access in combination with limiting a view to certain file types
allows you to find objects such as older MP3 files or videos that you may not want to listen to or watch any
more.
Top 100 files
For most users, this is the most interesting view. This shows you the 100 largest files in the selected
location of the folder tree, clearly organized by file size. As the contents of all subfolders are included, this
view allows you to free up hundreds of megabytes or even several gigabytes with a few clicks, depending on
the size of your system.
3.8.6.3. 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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3.8.6.4. How to Archive Files
Archiving Files with AVG Disk Space Explorer
If, when browsing through your computer, you find some files that you don't actually need any more but still don't
want to delete, AVG Disk Space Explorer has a great solution to this problem:
Thanks to the smooth cooperation with Windows Explorer you can copy these files to a USB stick or external hard
disk before deletion, for example.
1. Click on the selected file(s) and select Copy from the Edit menu or use the shortcut Ctrl+C.
2. Open the selected target drive in Windows Explorer and paste the copied files using the Paste menu item
or the shortcut Ctrl+V.
Thanks to support for all major burning programs, you can also easily burn files to a CD or DVD. Simply drag the
files you want by holding down the mouse key (drag & drop) directly to the burn list in your burning program.
Deleting Archived Files with AVG Disk Space Explorer
After successfully archiving the files, you can delete them safely in AVG Disk Space Explorer and thereby free up
valuable disk space. Select a file and then click Delete in the toolbar.
3.8.7. Securely Deleting Data
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Shredder module to permanently delete files, folders
and the Recycle Bin and why it is important to do so.
Securely Deleting Data Afterwards
If you have deleted a sensitive file in a "normal" way, you cannot subsequently delete it with AVG Shredder.
However we have a tip for you:
When you defragment hard disk s, any deleted files are normally overwritten and cannot be recovered
afterwards. Simply use AVG Drive Defrag to subsequently increase the security of a normal deletion method
(see How to Defragment Your Hard Disk ).
When you delete a file, it generally ends up in the Recycle Bin. In Windows, this Recycle Bin is simply a folder that
collects files for deletion. Retrieving a file from the Recycle Bin is child's play and therefore many users regularly
empty the Recycle Bin or delete their files without sending them to the Recycle Bin, in order to feel that the file has
been securely deleted.
Note however that when you delete a file, Windows does not actually remove it altogether - its entire content
remains on the hard disk. Windows merely marks the file as "deleted" from the file system and releases the space
taken up by the file so that it can be used again. Until this disk space is used again, it is relatively easy to restore
this file (e.g. with AVG PC TuneUp 2015 -> Restoring Deleted Files).
However, if you want to be absolutely sure that even professionals could not restore your sensitive data, use AVG
Shredder to irreversibly delete files, folders and the Recycle Bin. You can choose the most suitable of three
different Deletion Methods.
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3.8.7.1. How to Securely Delete Data
Launch the AVG Shredder module by going to the Clean Up 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 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.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the space reserved for the files in the
selected folder, thereby increasing deletion security.
If the selected folders have subfolders, here you can remove them from the search. Do this by
unchecking the Include subordinate folders checkbox.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
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You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods).
Recycle Bin
1. Select Recycle Bin.
This option shows you the Recycle Bin, so that you can empty it. You receive information on the
number of files it contains and the amount of disk space taken up by the Recycle Bin. You can also
display the content before deleting it.
2. Click Show contents.
You receive information on the size of the Recycle Bin and the number of files it contains. To ensure
that there are no important files in the Recycle Bin, you can display the content before deletion takes
place.
The Delete allocated free disk space option overwrites the reserved free space of files in the
Recycle Bin, thereby increasing security of deletion.
3. Click Next to confirm your selection.
You can now select the deletion method you want (see Deletion Methods).
3.8.7.2. Deletion Methods
AVG Shredder provides the following three deletion methods that differ in terms of length of deletion and security of
deletion. Each of these deletion methods can be increased by repeating the deletion process. Note however, that
the deletion process then takes longer.
Fast deletion
Files will be overwritten with a single character. The original text of the files will be replaced with endless columns of
a certain letter.
Secure deletion in accordance with DoD 5220.22-M
A procedure developed by the United States Department of Defense (Regulation DoD 5220.22-M) will be used. Prior
to deletion, the files are overwritten with special data patterns multiple times, destroying the original contents so
effectively that even expensive examinations of the magnetic structure of the disk in a special laboratory would not
allow the data to be recovered.
Secure deletion, Gutmann method
This method, named after its inventor Peter Gutmann, overwrites the files to be deleted 35 times with random values
in a special pattern and then deletes them. This method is considered the most secure way to delete files with
software, but also takes the longest time.
3.8.8. Cleaning Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
In this chapter, you will find out how you can use the AVG Cleaner for iOS module to scan your iPhone, iPad or
iPod touch device for unnecessary junk files and afterwards to get rid of such files in next to no time.
The iOS devices, i.e. iPhones, iPads or iPods, are nowadays extremely popular and widespread. People use them
for all kinds of purposes – they listen to music, they watch videos, they read the news or simply surf the web. This,
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however, requires a large number of different apps that create lots of unnecessary and quite useless temporary files.
Such junk files are a great burden indeed, since they eat up space and seriously affect the running speed of the
device.
AVG Cleaner for iOS comes with a simple yet the most effective and unique solution. All you have to do is to
connect your iOS device to your PC via USB cable and to run a scan. This scan will quickly tell you which files can
be cleaned up in order to release some extra space back for use. The module is capable of detecting such files as
temporary application files, cookies or image thumbnails. You can then get rid of all these space-hogging files in
almost no time thereby retrieving some storage capacity that you might have already taken for permanently lost.
Please note that whenever you connect an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer with AVG PC TuneUp
2015 and Apple iTunes installed, the notification bubble automatically appears informing you that there is a
way to remove unnecessary junk files from this device. Click ing this bubble opens the welcome screen of
the AVG Cleaner for iOS module. Of course, you can simply close the bubble and run the module later on
(this time directly from AVG PC TuneUp 2015 user interface).
3.8.8.1. How to Clean up an iOS device
1. Start the AVG Cleaner for iOS module by going to the Clean Up category in the Start Center and selecting
Clean Up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from the Analyze storage usage and delete data area.
Alternatively, you can start the module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Clean Up
iPhone, iPad or iPod touch entry under Mobile Devices.
2. In order to function properly, AVG Cleaner for iOS module requires iTunes to be installed on your PC. iTunes is
a media player, media library, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It can be used
to play, download, and organize digital audio and video on personal computers.
On computers with iTunes already installed, this step is simply being skipped. However, if you don't have this
software yet, click the Download iTunes button (or open the following webpage).
In your internet browser, click the Download Now button. Wait till your installation file is downloaded, then run it
– afterwards you will be guided through the installation process. Once the iTunes installation is finished, return to
the AVG Cleaner for iOS module dialog. As you can see, you are now able to proceed to the next step.
Please note that iTunes is only required because it contains files that AVG Cleaner for iOS module needs to
connect to your device. You do not need to open iTunes during scanning or the cleaning process itself.
3. Now, connect your iOS device to your PC via USB cable.
iPhone, iPad or iPod touch recognition usually takes a few seconds. You may be prompted to unlock your device
and tap Trust in order to proceed. Once the connection successfully takes place, you will see the Connect
Device text change to Connected To: with your device's name right under it. Now you are able to proceed to the
next and final step – running a scan.
4. In order to see just how much space you can safely free up, click the Scan Now button. You don't have to be
worried that something will be changed or removed without your permission, since it is just scanning, not
cleaning. You will see the results first so that you can decide how to handle them.
The scanning process can take up to a few minutes. During the scanning, you can continually view the total size
and number of cleanable items. You can always abort the process by clicking the Cancel button (which discards
all the findings and takes you back to the previous dialog).
5. The scanning process can end in two ways. Either there are no junk files found (so you can just close the AVG
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Cleaner for iOS module), or there were some findings (which is far more common). In the second case, the
Scan Results dialog will be displayed. Click here to learn more about various types of junk files that can be
detected on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
6. After viewing the findings (and possibly selecting items that you wish to remove), all you have to do is to click
the Clean Now button. The cleaning process will be launched immediately, allowing you to view its progress –
the number of already removed junk files and their total size. Please do not unplug your iOS device during
cleaning, since it would abort the whole procedure.
If the AVG Cleaner for iOS module is being protected by the AVG Rescue Center (this protection is turned on by
default) and there is not enough space on your hard drive to perform back up, the cleaning process will not start.
You will either have to free up some disk space, or to turn off automatic back ups in the Rescue Center settings.
Now you might wish to read more about automatic back ups in the AVG Cleaner for iOS module, or just learn
about the Rescue Center protection in general.
7. The cleaning process takes a few seconds to complete. Afterwards, you will be informed about the overall
number and size of junk files removed. Congratulations! Your iOS device has been successfully cleaned up, its
performance has been improved and additional storage space has been gained. Click the Close button to leave
the AVG Cleaner for iOS module.
3.8.8.2. What junk files can be found?
When the scanning process is finished, you will see the Scan results dialog – a ribbon divided into several diversely
colored segments (based on junk files categories). The individual segments of the ribbon are displayed
proportionally, i. e. their size depends on the percentage of the overall cleanable space that they represent.
The following types of junk files can be cleaned up:
Category
Description
Temporary Files
This category contains all unnecessary temporary files created by apps that can
be safely removed.
Cookies
This category contains all cookies created by apps that can be safely cleaned up.
Cache Files
This category contains unnecessary cache files stored by apps that can be safely
removed.
System Logs
This category contains unnecessary system-usage reports and app-crash logs
created by your device that are safe to remove.
Thumbnail Cache
This category contains photo thumbnails that 3rd-party apps have created on your
device that can be safely cleaned up. Your own photos will NOT be touched.
Download Cache
This category contains any interrupted or incomplete downloads.
After you hover your mouse cursor over a particular segment, you will see this segment's brief description, as well
as the total number and size of cleanable items in it.
Clicking the Show Details button in the lower-left corner of the window will switch the dialog to detailed view. This
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allows you to examine the individual files in each category that are about to be cleaned up. In this view, you can still
see the multicolored ribbon of junk file categories; however, each category is also displayed in the column on the
left (together with the total size and number of cleanable items in it), so you can select or unselect it as whole
(using the checkbox next to its name). On the right, you can see detailed overview of currently selected category –
there is a list of sub-categories (i.e. individual applications) and even particular items (files) within them. Anything
can be selected (and unselected). You can even use the Sort roll-down menu to sort items in each category (by
their size or name).
Category (or sub-category) current state can be recognized by the appearance of checkbox next to its name.
Empty checkbox ( ) means completely unselected category, while a checked one ( ) stands for a completely
selected one. Checkbox with a little square in it ( ) marks a category (or sub-category), in which only some items
were selected to be cleaned up.
Clicking the Hide Details button will switch the display back into basic, simple view. However, all previously
selected / unselected items in individual categories or sub-categories remained selected / unselected.
Now, all that remains to be done is to start the cleaning process by clicking the Clean Now button. Click here to
learn more about the cleaning process and its results.
3.8.8.3. Automatic backups
Just as all other AVG PC TuneUp 2015 modules, the AVG Cleaner for iOS is by default being protected by the
Rescue Center. This means that before every cleanup, all files that are about to be removed are first backed up on
your hard drive. Should the cleaning process lead to a loss of any important data (typically, some stored progress
in games), you can afterwards choose to restore them.
The backup is being performed prior to the cleaning process (i.e. just after you click the Clean Now button). If there
is not enough disk space to create a backup, you will have to free it up. You can also turn off automatic backups in
the Rescue Center settings. To do so, click the Settings link (in the menu bar at the top right of AVG PC TuneUp
2015 Start Center), choose the Rescue Center Protection item from the list on the left and uncheck the AVG
Cleaner for iOS box. However, we do not recommend to turn off this feature, because it is much safer to keep
yourself a way to undo possible unwanted changes.
From the AVG Cleaner for iOS interface, you can easily see whether the Rescue Center protection is active or
not. Just have a look at the Rescue Center button in the upper-right corner of the dialog. If it's green, the module is
being secured by automatic backups; if it's gray, the Rescue Center protection has been disabled.
How Should I Restore the Lost Data?
To do so, you will have to launch the AVG Rescue Center module. This can be done either from the AVG PC
TuneUp 2015 Start Center (by clicking the Undo changes button in the Rescue Center area), or directly from the
AVG Cleaner for iOS interface by using the Rescue Center button in its upper-right corner.
In the right-hand column of the Undo changes section, the AVG Rescue Center displays a list of all saved
backups arranged by module or date. In case of AVG Cleaner for iOS backups, you can see the date and time of
their creation, the total number and size of items in each of them and above all, name of the device from which they
were created. You should therefore have no trouble finding the one that you want to use.
After you select the backup and confirm its restoration, you will see a dialog informing you that it is necessary to
connect the correct device. Use the USB cable, wait for the connection to succeed and click Continue button. The
restoration process will start. During it, you will be prompted to restart the iOS device in order to successfully
restore the data (the AVG Rescue Center can do this automatically – just allow it by clicking the Restart button).
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Please do not disconnect or use your iOS device, since this would disrupt the restoration process.
When the process is finished, you will see one last confirmatory dialog. Congratulations! You have successfully
recovered all data and can now safely disconnect your iOS device.
3.9. Fix Problems
Unfortunately, things sometimes don't go quite as you expected when you are working with a computer. With Fix
problems, AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
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.
For more information, see Fixing Common Problems.
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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.
For more information, see Check ing the Hard 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).
For more information, see Restoring Deleted Files.
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.
For more information, see Managing Running Processes.
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.
For more information, see Showing System Information.
3.9.1. 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.
3.9.1.1. 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 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 righthand window area. Select the checkbox for every problem that you are experiencing.
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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.
3.9.2. 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 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.
3.9.2.1. 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 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.
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If no errors have been found, click Finish to exit the module.
In some cases it is necessary to restart your computer in order to successfully complete the analysis or repair
process. This can happen, for example, when active programs or Windows itself are using the selected drive and
thus prevent AVG Disk Doctor from having exclusive access.
If a system restart is necessary, AVG Disk Doctor will show you a corresponding message. You can then decide if
the necessary restart should be performed immediately or if you would like to restart the system yourself at a later
time.
3.9.2.2. 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 folders
(NTFS and FAT)
Every element in the file system is checked. The program ensures that the
structures of all files and folders are correct.
Checking indexes
(NTFS only)
Indexes are references to folders in the NTFS file system. If any of these indexes
are damaged, the associated folders will not be displayed in the file system.
If any of your files or folders have suddenly "disappeared", there is a good chance
that they will be recovered after repairing the file system.
Checking security
descriptors
(NTFS only)
Files and folders in the NTFS file system are usually protected by security
descriptors that prevent access by unauthorized users. During the analysis, errors
in these descriptions are found and corrected.
Only thorough analysis
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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.
3.9.3. 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.
3.9.3.1. 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 All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Restore
deleted files entry under Hard disk.
Select the drives you want to scan for deleted files.
Even if you want to recover a file on an external storage medium (for example a USB flash drive), this option
will still be displayed.
If you can no longer remember where the files were stored, you can also browse all drives.
Restrict your search. You can refine your search through the entry of search terms. This is recommended if you
can remember the name of the file or even just part of the name.
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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.
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.
3.9.3.2. 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.
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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 another file.
If you now wish to use another program to recover deleted files, so as to be sure that you have tried
everything, we strongly urge you not to install this on the same hard disk as the file was stored on.
3.9.4. 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-to-date information on
what your computer is doing at any given time.
3.9.4.1. 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 All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Display and
close running processes entry under Windows.
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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
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
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Manager on your system with AVG Process Manager. This means you can call it up using the Ctrl+Alt+Del
shortcut, or right-click in a free area of the taskbar to select it. If you want to use the Windows Task Manager
again, simply select the same menu item to remove the check mark in front of it.
Tools Menu
In the Tools menu you can configure how AVG Process Manager is to be displayed on your computer. You
can keep it always in the foreground, e.g. to monitor the processor usage for your system's uptime. You can
also display AVG Process Manager in the notification area on the bottom right of your desktop when you
minimize the window. There is an icon there, which you can click any time in order to maximize the window
again in no time at all.
Help Menu
In the Help menu you can call up the program help at any time, visit the AVG website, check AVG PC
TuneUp 2015 for updates or display information on your version of AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
3.9.5. 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.
3.9.5.1. 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 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.
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Memory
Here you see current memory usage and also how much memory is being used by each of the applications
that are currently loaded.
Performance
Shown here are all facts on processor usage, physical memory and the size of the page file. This information
is displayed in three real-time graphs.
Drives
For each drive, here you are shown information on use of storage space and hardware. You can also find
information about how your drives are organized under File system.
I/O Devices
This lists all the important ports, the installed printers and the audio devices.
Communication
When a dial-up connection is open, two real-time graphs show how much data is being sent and received in
kilobytes per second.
System Devices
Information on the processor and BIOS memory is displayed here. Click the link Processor details to view
detailed information on the features of your processor.
3.10. Personalize
Using the Personalize 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 modifications to your system will be monitored by AVG Rescue Center and can be undone if necessary.
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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.
For more information, see Personalizing Options and Behaviors.
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.
For more information, see Personalizing the Appearance of Windows.
3.10.1. Personalizing Options and Behaviors
Start the AVG System Control module by going to the Personalize 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 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
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the settings options.
Each category contains subcategories. If you click on these, tabs open on the right-hand side containing the
individual settings options.
Here you will find detailed information on all settings options, sorted by the categories in the left-hand window area:
Display
Here you specify exactly which of the Windows visual effects you wish to use, configure how file types are handled
and specify how folder windows and the Explorer should look and act.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the
window: Display
Usage
Here you can enter a range of mouse and keyboard options, adapt the items of the Start menu and the speed at
which submenus open, and determine the appearance and behavior of the taskbar.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the
window: Usage
Communication
In this category, you can configure the behavior of Windows in the network, personalize Internet Explorer and
Outlook Express and/or Office Outlook, speed up web surfing and protect your privacy by preventing certain
programs from automatically sending data about your surfing habits.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the
window: Communication
Administration
This category of AVG System Control gives you control over many internal system settings. For example, you can
adapt the startup process and user logon, configure automatic CD playing, system paths and user data, and adapt
the default settings of the command prompt.
Here you will find detailed descriptions of your settings options, sorted by subcategory in the left side of the
window: Administration
Wizards
Here you will find the Copy Settings wizard. It copies your settings to other user accounts and to the Windows
logon screen: Wizards
3.10.1.1. Display
Animations and Effects
Effects
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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 so-called subpixels to effectively smooth the edges of even small
fonts. Select ClearType and click on ClearType Settings to obtain the optimum adjustment of ClearType
smoothing to your screen.
File Types
Menu Operations
Under Drives and folders, you can configure their context menus.
The Show "Open Command Prompt Here" entry opens the command prompt at the desired location. You
can execute DOS commands via the command prompt.
Under Files and folders you can specify what commands are to be shown in the context menus of files and
folders. Here, the four commands Send To, Move To Folder, Copy To Folder and Encrypt/Decrypt can
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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 executable file
name of the desired program (i.e. notepad.exe) in the field. Alternatively, select a program via Edit.
Advanced
Here you can specify whether a new shortcut should be automatically marked as such. In Windows XP, the
shortcut is by default prefixed with a "Shortcut to"; in Windows Vista and 7, the default text "- shortcut" is
added to the end of the shortcut name.
In Windows XP there is also the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer section, where you can decide whether
double-clicking on images and fax files automatically loads them into the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
Folder Options
View
Here you can determine how folder windows and the elements they contain are to be displayed.
Under Window, you specify
(in Windows XP) whether the tree view of directories in a folder window is always to be visible,
whether the folder window last opened on logon is to be restored, whether compressed ZIP files are
to be displayed as folders, and whether a details bar is to be displayed.
(in Windows 7) whether the menu bar in a folder window should always be visible, whether
compressed ZIP files should be displayed as folders and whether a details bar should be shown.
(Windows Vista - whether the same options as in Windows 7, but in addition) whether the most
recently opened folder window should be restored at logon.
Under View settings (only available in Windows XP), you can use the slide control to determine how many
folder views should be stored.
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Here you adjust the display of additional information in a folder window to suit your specific requirements.
The Pop-ups with detailed information section determines whether a tooltip displaying additional
information should be shown when the mouse cursor is moved over a file or folder in a folder window.
Under Icon arrangement, you specify whether the files should only be sorted alphabetically or whether they
should be arranged logically according to numerical values and the alphabet.
Under Encrypted and compressed files you can specify that both file types be marked with a certain color.
By default, compressed files are blue and encrypted files are green.
In Windows XP and Windows Vista you can also define the color assignment to suit your needs via the Edit
button.
Thumbnails (Windows XP only)
Windows can show thumbnail images in a given folder as appropriate for a collection of photos. Here you
determine the size and quality of these preview images. The standard size is 96 pixels. You can enter a
different value if you wish. You specify the quality using the slide control.
The higher the picture quality, the more disk space the thumbnails take up. Under Cache, you specify
whether these thumbnails should be temporarily saved to a file called THUMBS.DB. This file is also stored in
the folder and allows the thumbnails to be loaded particularly quickly in the future.
Selection
Here you can set the color of the selection rectangle that should be used in folder windows. This rectangle
shows the progression of the clicked mouse button, if you select multiple files simultaneously.
In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you can also decide whether a checkbox should be displayed for selecting
elements, allowing multiple files and folders to be selected with the mouse without the need to use the Ctrl or
Shift keys.
Advanced
Here you can set what elements are to be displayed on the Desktop and under Computer (or My Computer
in Windows XP). You can easily hide entire drives and specify how the address bar in Explorer, Internet
Explorer and the Run dialog should behave.
3.10.1.2. 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.
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Under Set pointer automatically you can specify that the cursor automatically moves to the highlighted
button when a dialog box opens so that you can click this button right away.
Mouse Sensitivity
Under Double clicking and dragging you can specify how much you can move the mouse when double
clicking and how far you have to move the mouse to start dragging an object. The values are given in pixels.
Tip: Try out your new settings on the Test icon.
Under Hover effect you can change the movement tolerance and the hover time of the mouse cursor for the
display of the hover effect. This takes effect as soon as the cursor hovers over an item for a certain length of
time.
Tip: You can also try out the setting on a Test icon. It lights up as soon as the mouse pointer is placed over
it.
Active Window Tracking
Here, you can enable a little-known Windows function that could change the way you work with windows
completely: Active Window Tracking.
If you enable this feature, all you need to do is move the mouse pointer over an inactive window to activate it
so that you can work with that program. You then no longer need to click on a window in order to enable it.
You can turn on the option in the Foreground section in order to pull the active window immediately to the
top.
Keyboard
Under Flashing cursor, you can set how the cursor flashes at the point at which data is to be input (e.g. in a
word processing program).
Tip: Look in the small preview to the right of your current settings to see the changes made.
Use the slide control to specify the frequency of flashing. If desired, you can also set the cursor width to
your liking and enter a value in pixels.
Modern keyboards are made with a special Windows key with the Windows logo printed on it. This key is
used to open the Windows Start menu and it can also be used in combination with other keys to initiate
special functions, e.g. maximizing all windows (Windows + M) or showing the Desktop or, since Windows
Vista, the Computer (Windows + E).
If you do not need these key combinations or sometimes hit them by accident due to the layout of your
keyboard, you should turn this option off.
Start Menu (not available in Windows 8)
General
Under Menu speed, you specify whether the submenus should open automatically as soon as the mouse
points to the menu entry in question or whether a click is also necessary. There are great differences here
between the various operating systems, about which we would like to go into further detail.
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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.
Windows Vista:
Under Power off button you can set what action is to be carried out when you click on the Power off button.
By default, the computer is put into Power save mode.
If you would prefer to shut down your computer quickly (or you are missing this function entirely in Windows
Vista), you are advised to select Shut down computer. This saves you from having to open the submenu
and selecting Shut down there. The third option is to put your PC into hibernate mode.
For the Hibernate and Power save modes, the current status, including all opened documents and
programs, is preserved so that after switching your computer back on you can continue working right where
you left off. Whereas power save mode still requires a small amount of power, in hibernate mode the
computer can be completely disconnected from the power supply. However, putting the computer into
hibernate mode and then "waking" it will take much longer.
Recently Used
Use the Default settings button to restore the Windows default settings.
Windows XP:
Under Recently used files you can set whether recently used files are to appear under Documents in the
Start Menu. You can also define the exact number of documents to be displayed. When logging off, you can
also automatically clear the list.
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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 only)
Here you can open the AVG Styler module in a new window and thereby personalize the appearance of
Windows to suit you, e.g. change the icons for folders and menu items.
Task Bar
Flashing Buttons
While entering text and other content, the activation of other windows is prohibited. A flashing icon in the
taskbar alerts you to the fact that other software is trying to communicate with you. If this flashing should be
retained, the option Enable flashing taskbar buttons must be turned on.
Under Flashing speed you specify how rapidly the button on the taskbar should flash. You have two options
to choose from: The first one lets a window button in the taskbar flash until it is clicked again. The second
option restricts flashing to a certain number specified by you. The default setting is 7.
Under General, you can specify how long Windows should wait after your last key press before windows
from other programs are allowed to appear again.
Button View
Here, you can specify whether and how windows should be represented by buttons on the taskbar.
Under Display you specify the desired maximum width of buttons in pixels. The default value is 154 pixels. If
you deactivate the option Show animated buttons, Windows will no longer animate the corresponding
taskbar button when a window is opened. This leaves more computing power available for other tasks.
Under Grouping you can specify whether and in which cases several windows of a program are to be
represented by a shared button on the taskbar.
Minimized Windows
Sometimes, after the windows of a program have been minimized, only the title bar remains which is then
automatically positioned at the bottom of the screen.
Under Position and alignment you determine the exact target position of these bars. The default setting is
bottom left, where several bars are displayed side by side.
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Under Spacing, you can specify how many pixels there should be between the individual title bars.
Advanced
Notifications are often shown in the taskbar (next to the clock) to inform you of important events or ask you
to perform various tasks, such as removing unused shortcuts from the desktop. Here you can specify
different options for these reminders.
3.10.1.3. 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 only)
Saving your passwords means that you don't have to enter your password every time you dial into the
Internet, access protected shares, etc. However, hackers may be able to access and misuse these
passwords. You can therefore disable the automatic saving of passwords here.
Internet Time
Here you can set the clock on your computer to be synchronized regularly with an atomic clock over the
Internet, to ensure your computer always shows the correct time. The following option must be enabled first:
Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server.
The Available time servers section lists some popular reference clocks. If you know other servers, you can
enter their online addresses into the list by clicking Add.
Internet
Here you can determine how an existing dial-up connection should be handled when a user logs off, and you
can deactivate the integrated Windows Firewall.
In Windows XP you can also click the Settings button in order to set various advanced options for your
Internet connection.
Internet Explorer
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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
In the Website behavior section, you can specify how Internet Explorer should react when links are called
up. For example, you could specify that pop-ups or links opened in other programs are always opened in a
new tab in the current window.
In the Start pages section, specify which websites should automatically open when Internet Explorer is
launched. Several sites can be selected for this. Use the Up and Down buttons to change the order of the
pages.
Security
This section concerns security settings in Internet Explorer.
In the User Agent String section, specify how Internet Explorer identifies with the websites you visit.
Under Download confirmation, you can specify whether Internet Explorer is permitted to download certain
file types such as videos or music files without confirmation. If you wish to be asked before such files are
downloaded, you must select Always confirm before downloading files.
Performance
Here you specify the profile that corresponds most closely to the bandwidth of your Internet connection. In
the Maximum number of connections section, you can specify how many server connections can be
established.
Mozilla Firefox
General
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This is where you can make the following general settings for Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
Under Text animation, you can turn off annoying text effects, e.g. constant flashing or horizontally scrolling
text (marquees). If these effects are a nuisance to you, you can disable them by selecting the options
Disable blinking text and Disable scrolling text (marquees).
Under Error messages you can specify whether error messages regarding a failed connection attempt to a
web server should be shown as a window (dialog) or as a web page in the browser window.
Under Sidebar position you can specify whether the sidebar should appear on the right or left side of the
browser window. The sidebar can contain your bookmarks, history and downloads by default.
Operation
This is where you can make changes regarding the usage of Mozilla Firefox.
Under Address bar you can specify that addresses will be automatically completed in the address bar, i.e.
Internet addresses appear automatically in the address bar after you have entered the first few letters of the
address (provided that you have already visited this website).
For Mozilla Firefox 2 and more recent versions, you can also specify whether the Load address button
should appear beside the address bar.
Under Open submenus you can specify how long before a submenu automatically opens when you hover
over it with the cursor.
Windows
This is where you can specify how popup windows and links should be displayed in Mozilla Firefox and how
much influence websites can have on the display of the popup window.
In the Opening links section, you can specify whether, after clicking on a link, the contents should be
displayed in the current window or in a new window.
In the JavaScript section, under Allowed window manipulation, you can limit changes that websites are
allowed to make to popup windows. Some web sites try to hide the navigation bars in a popup window so
that it looks like a Windows message dialog. You can prevent this here.
Tabs (Mozilla Firefox 2 or later versions)
Here you can make the settings for the Mozilla Firefox tabs.
In the "Close" button section, you can specify where the Close button for the tabs should appear. You can
choose from four different positions.
In the Minimum width section, you can specify the minimum width of the tabs, from Mozilla Firefox 2
onwards. If more than one tab is open, the width of each tab will be automatically reduced until the minimum
width set here has been reached. If further tabs are opened, a scrollbar will be shown on the right-hand side
of the screen which you can use to scroll to the tabs that are not visible.
Under Color of active tab you can use the Highlight with color option to specify which color should be
used to highlight the tab currently active in the browser. Click on the Change button to change the color
used to highlight the top and bottom borders of the active tab.
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Performance
Here you can enable the pipelining feature of Mozilla Firefox. Pipelining is an experimental function through
which the web browser sends multiple download requests to a web server over a single connection. This is
not supported by all web servers.
Opera
Title Bar
Here you can configure the settings for displaying the Opera title and logo.
Under Window title, enter in the Title field the text you want to appear in Opera's title bar. If you leave the
field empty and click on Accept or OK, the field is automatically filled with the default entry Opera.
In the Opera icon section, in place of the red "O" opera icon you can select a different icon from your hard
disk. The selected icon is then displayed in the Windows taskbar and in the Opera window.
If the icon file you select is valid, the icon is displayed immediately. If the icon file you select is invalid, the
standard Opera icon is reinstated.
Operation
This is where you can make changes regarding the usage of Opera.
Under Autocomplete for web addresses you can specify that addresses will be automatically completed in
the address bar, i.e. Internet addresses appear automatically in the address bar after you have entered the
first few letters of the address. If, for example, you enter just one word only, then 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,
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entries you have made into form fields are generally retained during navigation in a browser. For websites to
function correctly with active site contents, it may however be necessary to manually refresh the websites
regularly (e.g. using F5).
Search
Here you can set which search engine Opera should use in general and for speed dial and how the speed
dial should be displayed.
Under Default search engine you can specify which search engine Opera uses. This is automatically
selected in the search field, in the address bar, when "Search" is selected in the context menu of selected
text and when entering several words in the address bar.
Under Speed dial default search engine you can change the search engine that is displayed by default in
the speed dial page in a new empty tab.
Email and Chat
Outlook Express (Windows XP only)
You can change the font here which is displayed in the application title bar. You can also decide whether the
application should show a splash screen when starting up.
Here you can also configure the security function that blocks executable email attachments. If you do not
wish to have such attachments blocked, you can disable this function. But please note that such
attachments may also contain malware such as viruses that are run when you click them.
Windows Mail (Windows Vista only)
You can change the font here which is displayed in the application title bar. You can also decide whether the
application should show a splash screen when starting up.
Here you can also configure the security function that blocks executable email attachments. If you do not
wish to have such attachments blocked, you can disable this function. But please note that such
attachments may also contain malware such as viruses that are run when you click them.
Office Outlook (Windows 7 only)
Under Minimize Outlook you can select whether Outlook 2003/XP should, when minimizing the window,
create an icon either in the taskbar or in the taskbar notification area (beside the clock). If you opt for the
notification area, turn on the Minimize Outlook to notification area option.
Under Email Attachment Security click the Settings button to open a window in which you can specify
which file attachment types are automatically blocked.
Windows Messenger (Windows XP only)
Under Run, you can specify whether and for which events Windows Messenger should open automatically. If
you want to prevent Windows Messenger from running entirely, select Disable Windows Messenger.
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.
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Privacy
General
Here you can configure settings for your privacy and security when working with your computer.
Under Automatic Windows Updates you can specify whether Windows should automatically establish a
connection with Microsoft or not. If Enable automatic Windows Updates is activated, Windows may then
establish automatic contact with the Microsoft server as soon as there is an Internet connection, in order to
check if there are any updates for your system.
The Notify before downloading updates option should be enabled if you want to be asked permission
before Windows downloads available updates from the Internet.
Cover Tracks
Here you can configure settings to cover your tracks when working with documents and surfing the Internet.
Under Delete history lists you can click Delete now to clear the list of recently opened files in the Start
menu.
Under Clear Internet Explorer cache enable the Clear Internet Explorer cache when closing option if
the web browser should clear its cache as soon as it closes. You should only select this option when
maximum security is important to you and you do not wish others to be able to find out which sites you
visited on the Internet by viewing the cache.
Internet Explorer
This is where you determine your privacy security settings.
Under Integrated SmartScreen filters you can enable the SmartScreen filters to ensure that Internet
Explorer checks the websites accessed for suspicious and known scam websites.
Under Integrated Windows authentication you can enable the Disable integrated Windows
authentication option to ensure that Internet Explorer no longer automatically attempts to log on to
websites using Windows authentication.
Windows Media Player
Here you can configure your privacy settings for Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Player communicates frequently with the Internet. Under Settings, you can specify that
neither the list of recently played media files nor information about playback media or music files should be
saved. Click Highest security to turn all options on in one go.
Click Advanced to proceed to the data protection settings for Windows Media Player. Here you can block
script commands from running, prevent the automatic purchase of licenses, disable the automatic download
of codecs and block Internet sites from identifying the player.
Advanced
Here you can make additional privacy settings.
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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.
3.10.1.4. 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.
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
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this option only applies to the current user or to all users.
Welcome Center (Windows Vista) / Getting Started (Windows 7)
New users can be shown the Welcome Center (in Vista) or the Getting Started window when the system
is started up, which is designed to make setting up the system easier and shows links to further information
and offers on the Internet. You can turn this display on or off here.
Drives
General (Windows XP only)
Here you make certain settings concerning your hard drives. For example you can enable UDMA66 support,
which can speed up access to your drives.
Under NTFS file system, you can set two options that relate to the new Windows NTFS file system: Save
the date of the last access to a file and Save short (DOS) file names. We recommend that you leave
both options enabled, as disabling them may have negative side effects on the efficiency of hard disk
defragmentation and on compatibility with older software.
Memory space
Windows automatically sounds the alarm if there is only a small amount of disk space remaining on a drive.
If this warning disturbs you, you can disable the Display warning about low disk space option.
AutoPlay
Under Media change monitoring, you can turn on the Monitor CD drives for media change option. If
you do so, Windows monitors the CD drives. As soon as a new data carrier is inserted, Windows reads it
and tries to launch its content automatically.
Under AutoPlay, you can click on Advanced to open a window in which you can specify autoplay settings
for various data carriers, such as music CDs.
Advanced
Under AVG Styler, you can click on Start AVG Styler to call up the module and use it to change the icons
of individual drives.
Under AVG Drive Defrag, you can click on Start AVG Drive Defrag to open the module for defragmenting
drives and for optimally arranging files on the drives.
Under Computer (or My Computer in Windows XP), you can click on Settings to specify which drives are
displayed in the Windows (My) Computer.
Memory and Cache
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.
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Under Page file, you can specify that AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015.
Memory Usage
Here you can set whether the computer should reserve more RAM for the programs or for the system cache.
Advanced
Clicking on the corresponding buttons here, takes you to the AVG StartUp Manager and AVG Process
Manager modules, which you can use to configure the system startup and manage running programs.
Startup and Maintenance
System startup
Here you can make general settings about how Windows should proceed when starting up the system.
Under Boot defragmentation, you can enable the Enable boot defragmentation option to specify that
files required for booting should be arranged on the hard disk so that they can be found particularly quickly.
Under Boot logo and error messages, you can enable the Do not display boot logo and error
messages option to specify that Windows should not only suppress the boot logo display but also the
display of error messages during startup.
Under Waiting time for drive check, you can specify how long the user should be given to decide against
running the CHKDSK scan program. This program is launched automatically if the computer was not shut
down properly and checks the integrity of the data on the hard disks.
Exit (Windows XP only)
Here, you specify what Windows should do if individual programs have crashed.
Under Waiting time without response, you can specify the time in milliseconds that the system gives the
program to show a response. It will then be ended in the Task Manager or when the computer is shut down.
Under End programs automatically, you can set whether applications should be closed automatically or
whether the End program dialog should be shown.
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.
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Errors
Here you can specify how the system should behave in the event of errors.
Under Audible signals, you can enable the Play acoustic signal when errors occur option to specify that
the system should make a sound if there is an error message or incorrect entry.
Under System errors, you can select from the dropdown list what should happen if the system has been
stopped due to a critical system error. You can also specify that the event should be entered in the system
log.
Under Error reporting, you can specify whether Windows should send an error report to Microsoft following
a crash. This will communicate not only information about the error but also information about your system.
System
General
Under Windows registration, you can change the name and company of the user who registered the
current Windows version. Here you can also see the serial number and product ID of your Windows license.
Under Windows Installer - user data, enter the name and company name that should be automatically
entered into the user information when new software is installed.
Under Support information, you can use the Settings button to open a configuration window in which you
can modify the information shown in the system properties.
Common Dialogs
Here you specify the appearance of the common dialogs for opening and saving files.
Under File name, you can specify whether, in common dialogs, a selection field containing the files most
recently used is to be displayed instead of a single input field.
In Windows XP, the Folder navigation is also available, where you can specify which navigation elements
should be shown for simplified operation in common dialogs. You can also specify whether the "Back" button
should be displayed and if a navigation bar should be displayed on the left-hand side of the common dialog.
Search (Windows XP only)
Here you can define the appearance and the behavior of the search dialog.
The Disable indexing service option prevents the system from automatically indexing the contents of your
files when the computer is idle.
The Use classic search in Explorer option replaces the modern style search dialog with the classic style.
Under Searched file types , you can click File types to specify which text file types can be searched for
specific content.
Special Folders
Here you specify the physical paths to which special folders such as "My Documents" should link. Highlight
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a predefined path and click on Edit to change it to your requirements.
Command prompt
You can configure the appearance and behavior of the command prompt here.
Under Completion, you can specify which key combinations are to be used to complete file and folder
names.
Under Advanced settings, you can click on the Advanced button to open a window where you can specify
the visual appearance and start folder of the command prompt.
Security
User Account Control (Windows Vista and Windows 7 only)
The User Account Control feature ensures that no unauthorized changes are made to the computer. It does
this by asking whether a user has administrator rights to allow any changes to be made to the system. If
User Account Control is enabled, a standard user will always be asked to enter an administrator password to
make such changes.
You can specify here how a user logged on as an administrator is to be informed of potential changes to the
computer and prompted for confirmation.
This is how Windows differentiates between changes that the user makes himself (e.g. security-related
settings) and the startup of programs that can carry out changes. You can set here in detail, which changes
must require confirmation first and whether a password must be entered beforehand.
Because this is a security-relevant setting, it is advisable to leave the user account control activated and
select at least Prompt to confirm without entering password (for Windows Vista) or For changes by
programs, without password (for Windows 7).
One aim of User Account Control is to ensure that no programs start in the background without the user
being aware of it. At every program startup, Windows determines whether this program will make changes to
the computer. If this is the case and User Account Control is enabled, the user will be prompted to have an
administrator confirm the program startup. This feature is a key security step 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.
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.
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3.10.1.5. 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.
3.10.2. Personalizing the Appearance of Windows
The following chapters explain how you can personalize the appearance of Windows with the AVG Styler module.
Please note that the "Boot screen" and "Startup logo" categories can only be used on Windows Vista.
Windows would not be very useful without its graphical user interface. The importance of an attractive interface is
demonstrated by the new design of Windows Vista and Windows 7: the whole system feels immediately fresher
and more modern.
But just as in fashion, it's easy to get tired of the new design, not to mention the people who have always been
bothered by what they consider a "candy" look.
With AVG Styler, you can change the appearance of numerous elements in Windows to suit your personal taste.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many changes you can make here. For more information, please refer to the
corresponding sub-chapter:
1. How to Change the Appearance of Windows
2. Boot Screen
3. Tips for Attractive Boot Screens
4. Startup Logo
5. Logon Screen
6. System Elements
7. Managing Icon Packages
8. File System
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9. Appearance of Icons
10. Repair
11. Visual Style
3.10.2.1. How to Change the Appearance of Windows
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize 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 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.
3.10.2.2. 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.
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 7 and 8, as these operating systems do not use a
boot screen.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the 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 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.
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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:
Type
File extensions
Description
.TBS
The individual format of AVG Styler.
Stardock Bootskin
.BOOTSKIN
The format of many boot screens on websites such as
www.wincustomize.com
Images
If you select an image in one of these formats, the Create
.BMP; .PNG; .GIF; .JPG
boot screen dialog is automatically called up with this
; .JPEG
image, allowing you to make additional adjustments.
Ntoskrnl.exe files
.EXE
AVG boot screen
The system core of Windows XP, in which a boot screen
was incorporated. AVG Styler
Select a new boot screen and give it a name under which it will appear in the list of AVG Styler.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list. You can
add additional boot screens.
Creating your Own Boot Screen
Under Boot screens click Create new.
A wizard appears with which you can search for and adapt an image. You can select an image on your
computer or on an external storage device.
You also have the option of first transferring an image from a camera or scanner or starting a Google™ image
search directly from AVG Styler. In both cases, you save the required image to a location that you can
easily find again and click on Search local drives to load the saved image.
Optimizing the appearance of your new image:
Please note that the available alignment options are only effective if the image is not yet the correct size for a
boot screen (640 x 480 pixels). Under Background, you can specify the color to be used for areas not
covered by your image.
For technical reasons, this includes the background of the progress bar. You can also set position,
foreground color and edge color to suit your individual taste. Position the progress bar at a location that does
not interfere with the overall picture.
Save the new boot screen to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
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You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added boot screen now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new boot screen, you can restore the default Windows screen at any time.
Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default boot screen is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
Click Apply to apply it.
Select the boot screen you want from the list to preview it. Click Apply. AVG Styler accepts the new boot screen.
3.10.2.3. Tips for Attractive Boot Screens
Please note that these tips apply to Windows XP only.
For technical reasons, all boot screens in Windows XP may only have 16 colors, of which some are prescribed (e.g.
black). AVG Styler therefore has to reduce the full range of colors in your composition (normally 16.7 million) to a
very few when you click Save boot screen.
AVG Styler uses a sophisticated algorithm for this to automatically determine the best 16 colors for your picture. If
the picture contains too many different colors, the results of this conversion may not be satisfactory.
Experience has shown that the best boot screens are those that use only a few different colors. This means that an
image that consists predominantly of different blue shades and only a few contrasting colors will probably make an
attractive boot screen.
Set the foreground color of the progress bar to a color that is contained in your image. This way, you do not use
one of the precious 16 colors in the progress bar only. Wherever possible, avoid skin tones in your boot screen.
Images with skin tones normally cannot be displayed correctly with only 16 colors (ask any graphic artist). Of
course, you may be lucky. The best thing to do is try!
3.10.2.4. Startup Logo
Please note that this function is only available on Windows Vista because neither Windows XP nor Windows
7 and 8 use the startup logo.
Just before logon, a small, animated Windows logo appears. With AVG Styler you can replace this startup logo
without making risky interventions in the system.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the 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 Startup logo.
AVG Styler lists all available startup logos. You can now add additional predesigned startup logos or create your
own startup logo.
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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 2015 is installed by clicking
Add and Load startup logo from a file.
Adding Startup Logos from a File
In the top left, under Startup logos, click Add.
Select the entry Load startup logo from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select any image on your computer to be used in place of the
animated startup logo. You get best results when your image is in 300x300 pixel format.
Select a new startup logo and give it a name under which it will be included in the list of AVG Styler.
You can also enter the name of an author. The startup logo you added now appears in the list. You can add
additional startup logos.
Creating your Own Startup Logo
Under Startup logos click Create new.
An Explorer window opens and you select an image on your computer or an external storage medium.
Save the new startup logo to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The startup logo you added now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer want to use your new startup logo, you can of course restore the Windows default at any time.
Click on the Use default.
The default startup logo is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
Click Apply to apply it.
To preview the startup logo you want, select it in the list. You can even animate the preview by clicking on
the Play button.
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Click Apply. AVG Styler uses the new startup logo.
3.10.2.5. Logon Screen
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 8, as this operating system uses no logon screen.
If you share your computer with other users, or if you use a password to protect your account, you will be familiar
with the Windows logon screen. AVG Styler lets you change the logon screen to suit your personal taste.
This logon screen shows a list of all user accounts. Users must select their account from this list, enter their
password (if one is set) and are then logged on to the system.
This is how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the 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 logon screen.
You can first add new logon screens to the list before you accept it finally. To do so you have the following
options:
Downloading Previously Created Logon Screens
Click Add in the top left under Logon screens.
Select the entry Download Logon Screens from AVG Online.
This takes you to a website where you will find a wide selection of different logon screens which you can use
to give your system an individual style.
Click on a logon screen.
This is automatically opened with AVG Styler and added to the list.
Adding Logon Screens from a File
Click Add in the top left under Logon screens.
Select the entry Load logon screen from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select a file on your computer. However, only files in AVG Styler
format (with the .TLS extension) are supported.
In addition, all available logon screens can be directly installed with the file Logonui.exe or in Stardock
LogonStudio format (LOGONXP).
Select a new logon screen and give it a name under which it should appear in the AVG Styler list.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added logon screen now appears in the list. You can
add additional logon screens.
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Creating your Own Logon Screen
Please note that this feature is not available in Windows XP.
Under Logon screens, click Create new.
A wizard appears with which you can search for and adapt an image. You can select an image on your
computer or on an external storage device.
You also have the option of first transferring an image from a camera or scanner or starting a Google™ image
search directly from AVG Styler. In both cases, you save the required image to a location that you can
easily find again and click on Search local drives to load the saved image. Please note that images found
using the Google™ image search may be protected by copyright. You must only use those images that are
not protected by copyright.
Optimizing the appearance of your new image:
Please note that the available alignment options are only effective if the image is not yet the correct size for a
logon screen (640 x 480 pixels). Under Background, you can specify the color to be used for areas not
covered by your image.
Save the new logon screen to the AVG Styler list under a name of your choosing.
You can also enter the name of an author. The newly added logon screen now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer want to use your new logon screen, you can naturally restore the default Windows screen at any
time.
Click on the Restore Defaults button.
The default logon screen is then automatically selected from the list and a preview opens.
Click Apply to apply it.
Select the desired logon screen from the list to preview it.
Click Apply.
Most welcome screens are in English, but not all. For this reason, your system may greet you in a different
language the next time you start your computer after installing a new screen. Then, instead of "Click your
user name to log on," the screen might read "Klick en Sie auf Ihren Benutzernamen, um sich anzumelden,"
for example.
In this case, you may be asked if you want to use the texts in the selected logon screen, or if you want to use the
texts from the default logon screen in your system language.
AVG Styler applies the new logon screen. You can test the logon screen by simultaneously pressing Ctrl + Alt +
Del.
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3.10.2.6. 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 Personalize 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 (not available in Windows 8), Explorer and
Control Panel. You can also adjust the icons for the display of file types.
For some elements you can even specify new names (e.g. the Recycle Bin or My Network Places).
If you are missing the term "My Computer" from Windows XP, you could for example rename the element
now called "Computer" in Windows Vista to "My Computer".
Click through the individual tabs and select an element that you wish to change.
Click Replace icon.
The icon library opens in which the current icon of the selected element appears. This is usually a library that
was already installed with Windows. If you have your own icon library on your computer, you can import its
content using Browse.
Select an icon to mark it for replacement.
Your changes will initially be indicated by a small orange asterisk next to the relevant elements in the list.
Any change that has not yet been accepted can be discarded at any time by selecting an element marked
with such an asterisk in the list and clicking on Discard unsaved changes made to this element.
At the bottom right of the window, click Accept to carry out the change.
How to undo changes
You can discard any changes not yet accepted for an element by selecting them in the list and clicking on Discard
unsaved changes made to this element.
Any changes already made to an element can be undone by selecting the element and clicking Reset element to
Windows default. Please note that this link is only displayed if the element does not currently correspond to the
Windows default.
If you should want to undo changes made to multiple items, you can click Reset category or Reset all
categories. The first link only resets the elements of the currently selected tab, the second all system elements
that can be changed with AVG Styler.
When you click on either link, a dialog appears where you can choose whether you want to reset all elements to
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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.
3.10.2.7. 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.
This allows you to add additional icon packages to the list. You have the option of using an icon package
from your computer or downloading a new package. Here you can download numerous creatively designed
icon packages.
On the web pages, just click on an icon package and open it with AVG Styler. After just a few seconds the
package is displayed in the list.
Creating a new icon package
As an alternative, you can create your own icon package from your current icon set and either back it up or share it
with friends.
Click Create new package at the top of the list.
A wizard opens to guide you through the process of creating an icon package.
Information about the author: Here you can immortalize yourself, if you want, and enter your name, email address
and website address.
Package name and description: Enter a meaningful package name here. If you wish, you can add additional
information on the package in the Description field.
Optimize package size: Use the options in this step to ensure that your package is not too large, so that it can be
sent via email without problems.
Creating icon package: The icons are now collected and optimized if necessary, after which they are saved together
in an icon package.
Finishing the wizard: The icon package has now been successfully created and will be added to the list of icon
packages when you click Finish. Clicking Open folder takes you to the icon package folder in AVG Styler, so
that you can copy the icon package to a different location or attach it to an email.
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3.10.2.8. 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 Personalize 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:
Under the first node, you could assign the drive containing your games an especially funky icon, but
a more serious one to the drive with your office programs.
You can proceed in the same way for folders - a few well-chosen icons help you to keep track of
things, even if your drives are really full.
The icons on the Start menu can also be swapped for more meaningful icons.
You can even give your favorites in Internet Explorer their own icon. This will help you to find your
most favorite favorites from a usually very long list.
Click through the individual elements of the tree structure and select an element to which you would like to assign a
more creative icon.
Click Replace icon.
Please note that this is not possible for the three elements Computer, Start menu and Favorites.
The icon library opens in which the current icon of the selected element appears. This is usually a library that
was already installed with Windows. If you have your own icon library on your computer, you can find its
content using Browse.
Select an icon.
Click OK to apply your changes immediately.
Undoing Individual Changes
To undo a change, select an item in the list and click Reset element to Windows default.
Undoing Multiple changes
If you want to undo several changes at once, you may find the Restore backup from a previous session link
useful. It starts AVG Rescue Center and enables you to undo the changes carried out with AVG Styler on a
certain date.
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3.10.2.9. 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 Personalize 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.
AVG Styler provides a preview of some items on your desktop that you can personalize.
Specify the size of items on the desktop (Windows XP only), specify how big the gap between them should be and
whether a shortcut should be indicated by an arrow.
3.10.2.10. 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 Personalize 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.
Note that you may need to restart your computer or log on again for this repair to tak e effect.
3.10.2.11. Visual Style
Please note that this function is not available in Windows 8.
Here you can change what is known as the visual style. This defines the appearance of windows and Windows
buttons.
Here's how it works:
Start the AVG Styler module by going to the Personalize category in the Start Center and clicking on the
Personalize the appearance of Windows entry in the Change Windows appearance area.
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In AVG Styler in the left-hand window area under Interface, click Visual Style.
AVG Styler displays a list of all available visual styles. On the right, you can see a preview and other details
of the style selected in the list.
You can add new visual styles to the list before finally accepting them. To do so you have the following options:
Downloading visual styles from AVG Online
In the top left under Visual Styles click Add.
Select the entry Download Visual Styles from AVG Online.
This takes you to a website where you can choose from a wide range of visual styles that you can download
for free at any time.
Click on a visual style that you particularly like.
This is automatically opened with AVG Styler and added to the list.
Adding Visual Styles From a File
In the top left under Visual Styles click Add.
Select Load visual styles from a file.
An Explorer window opens and you can select a visual style on your computer or an external storage media,
if you have already saved one. AVG Styler recognizes and supports almost every common format:
Type
File extensions
Description
AVG Visual Styles
.TVS
The individual format of AVG Styler.
Microsoft Visual Styles
.MSSTYLES
This Microsoft format often includes additional files that can
be found in the same folder or in subfolders.
Compressed archives
.RAR, .ZIP
Archives are searched for all file types in this list, and
decompressed automatically if such files are found.
Self-extracting archives
.EXE
These files are searched for compressed archives in RAR
or ZIP format, which are treated according to the
description of the Compressed Archive file type.
Select a new visual style and give it a name under which it will appear in the AVG Styler list.
You can also enter the name of an author. The visual style you added now appears in the list.
Restoring the default
If you no longer like your new visual style, you can restore the default Windows style at any time.
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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.
3.11. All Functions
On the far right of the Start Center, you will see the All functions menu. Opening this menu gives you a list of all
functions that AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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:
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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.
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.
Find and remove duplicate files
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Locates various duplicate files on your hard disk and allows you to remove them.
See also How to Find Duplicate Files.
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.
Usage data
Clean up Windows and programs
Searches for files, protocols, history lists, backup files and temporary files that are not needed and that can
be safely removed from the hard disk without any negative impact on your system.
See also How to Clean Up Windows and Programs.
Clean up browser
Cleans up the cache, cookies and Internet history of your browser, reliably removing traces of your surfing
activities.
See also How to Clean Your Browser.
Remove broken shortcuts
Searches your system for shortcuts and references that are no longer valid and deletes them. This prevents
error messages when these references are called up.
See also How to Remove Broken Shortcuts.
Registry
Defragment
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.
Edit
The AVG Registry Editor module provides you with the option of searching quickly and easily for keys and
values in the registry and making changes. Please note that this function should only be used by
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experienced users.
See also How to Edit Your Registry.
Computer
Turn on Economy Mode
Reduces the power consumption of your computer by making optimum use of the energy saving potential.
See also Economy Mode.
Standard Mode
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.
Show system information
Shows you important information about your hardware and software and the performance of your computer.
See also How to Show System Information.
Recommendations
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
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Shows you existing problems that have a negative impact on your system's health and suggests solutions for
remedying these problems.
See also Fixing Problems.
Optimize system startup 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.
Display and close running processes
Allows you to view your running processes and open files and to exit or close these in the event of problems.
See also How to Manage Running Processes.
Mobile Devices
Clean up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
Allows you to connect an iOS device to your PC and clean it from unnecessary junk files in next to no time.
See also How to Clean up an iOS device.
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Undo changes
Allows you to reverse changes made with AVG PC TuneUp 2015 or to resort to Windows restore points.
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See also Undoing Changes.
Check for updates
Checks whether new updates are available for your AVG PC TuneUp 2015 and installs them.
See also How to Check for Updates.
Show Optimization Report
The optimization report shows you what AVG PC TuneUp 2015 has optimized on your computer to date.
See also How to Display the AVG Optimization Report.
Settings
Allows you to customize AVG PC TuneUp 2015 to suit your needs, apply maintenance settings, and
configure Live Optimization, Turbo Mode and the updates check for AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
Configure Live Optimization
Allows you to activate two optimization measures for increasing the response rate and system startup
speed.
See also Configuring Live Optimization.
3.11.1. Editing the Registry
In this chapter, you will find out how you can edit the registry using the AVG Registry Editor module.
Please note that this feature is only intended to be used by experienced users.
The Windows registry is in effect a huge central database. Every new item of hardware or software you install is
"registered" here. Over time, the registry gets larger and larger, making it increasingly difficult to keep a handle on
things.
Experts in these matters searching for a suitable tool with which to get inside Windows and change a number of
settings by hand should use the AVG Registry Editor. It naturally also includes the AVG Rescue Center
protection, which allows all changes made to be undone at any time.
3.11.1.1. How to Edit Your Registry
Start the AVG Registry Editor module by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting the Edit entry
under Registry.
The Registry is the very heart of your Windows system. Please note that you should be sure you k now what
you are doing before mak ing any changes here.
In the left-hand column the Editor displays the registry in a tree structure. The registry consists of countless keys
broken down by subject matter into different categories. These categories are represented by different folders and
subfolders.
Showing a Key
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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.
3.11.2. 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
2015 up to date and why it is important to do so.
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015 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 2015 to check for updates automatically, you can turn this function off. In this
case we recommend that you regularly check for updates yourself.
3.11.2.1. How to Check for Updates
Start the AVG Update Wizard module by going to the All functions category in the Start Center and selecting
the Check for updates entry under AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
Alternatively, you can start the module by clicking on Help & Support in the menu bar of the Start Center and then
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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 2015 is already up to date and you can close the wizard by
clicking Finish.
3.11.3. 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 2015.
The AVG optimization report summarizes all of the optimization steps already performed by AVG PC TuneUp
2015. This report is particularly relevant if you use the numerous automatic background optimizations of AVG PC
TuneUp 2015. Here you can check at any time to what extent AVG PC TuneUp 2015 has optimized your
computer so far.
3.11.3.1. How to Display the AVG Optimization Report
Display the AVG optimization report by going to All functions in the Start Center and selecting Display
optimization report under AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
This opens a clear summary of the optimizations already performed with AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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.
3.12. 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 2015
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.
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The experiences of numerous AVG PC TuneUp 2015 users will help you to make your decisions in the AVG
Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp Manager and AVG Uninstall Manager modules. The rating function for
programs shows you which programs have been classified as useful and helps you to decide which startup
programs you want to disable and which programs you want to disable or uninstall.
Please note: you need to have an active Internet connection to use the rating function.
Display of the Rating Function in the Modules
If you have switched on the rating function, it is integrated into the AVG Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp
Manager and AVG Uninstall Manager modules as a separate column in the program list. You can identify your
ratings by the blue stars in the Usefulness column. If you have not yet given your own rating, the column displays
the average rating that other AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015 users.
How to Turn On the Rating Function
Start either the AVG Program Deactivator, AVG StartUp Manager or AVG Uninstall Manager modules. The
Rating function for programs dialog is displayed. Click OK.
If you do not want to make a decision just now, you can click on Decide later. The module is started without the
rating function. You can enable the rating function at any time by clicking on Rating function in the toolbar, then
on Turn on and this time selecting OK in the dialog that appears.
How to Turn Off the Rating Function
Click on Rating function in the toolbar and select the option Turn off. In the dialog that opens, you can decide
whether you wish to archive your ratings for any subsequent use of the function. The ratings of other users are
deleted from the database on your PC and will have to be downloaded again from the server if you switch the
function back on.
How to Submit a Rating
1. Move the mouse cursor over the Usefulness column. When you rate a program, you must give it at least
one star. A maximum of 5 stars can be awarded.
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 2015 server.
If you wish to change your rating, you can proceed in exactly the same way as for the initial rating.
3.13. The AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Gadget
Another function of AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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
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computer. You no longer need to start AVG PC TuneUp 2015 to find out whether optimization potential has been
identified in the Dashboard category. AVG PC TuneUp 2015 can also be launched from here.
In the gadget you can see at any time which PC Mode is currently enabled, and you can turn on another PC 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 2015
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 PC TuneUp 2015 Gadget for?
The AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Gadget tells you the status of your computer at all times, without you needing to start
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 separately. The gadget is integrated in AVG PC TuneUp 2015 and notifies you of the
current status of the Dashboard category.
Clicking on the icon in the top left corner of the gadget opens Dashboard in the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start
Center. Here you can address the problems or recommendations directly.
PC Modes
The AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Gadget also allows you to turn on the various PC Modes with its three buttons. It also
shows you which of the three PC Modes is currently enabled at all times.
So you can see that the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015.
How to Display the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Gadget
You can display the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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.
2. Then click on Windows Sidebar. A list of all the gadgets installed on your computer is shown.
3. Activate the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015 Gadget and enable it with a double-click.
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3.14. AVG PC TuneUp 2015 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 2015 has a notification area icon that shows you the
current status of your system and provides an entry point to AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
When you double-click on the notification area icon, AVG PC TuneUp 2015 starts up.
When you click on the icon with the left mouse button, a flyout window opens with detailed information about
AVG PC TuneUp 2015 functions.
You can configure if, how and about what AVG PC TuneUp 2015 you would like to be informed in the taskbar
notification area.
System Status
Under System status, you can see whether the AVG PC TuneUp 2015 Start Center currently shows the
optimization potential. You can open the Start Center using the Start AVG PC TuneUp 2015 link.
For more information about the Start Center, see The Start Center.
Automatic maintenance
Under Automatic Maintenance, you can see when automatic maintenance was last performed. The link
takes you to the Automatic Maintenance configuration dialog.
For more information about Automatic Maintenance, see Changing Maintenance Settings.
Live Optimization
Under Live Optimization, you can see the most recent activities of the two Live Optimization methods. A
link takes you to the Live Optimization configuration dialog.
For more information about Live Optimization, see Configuring Live Optimization.
PC mode
In the PC mode section, you can see whether Turbo Mode or Economy Mode is currently turned on. You
can switch between the two modes as necessary here, or switch to Standard Mode. A link also takes you
to the configuration wizard.
For how to configure the Turbo Mode, see Turbo Mode Settings.
For how to configure the Economy Mode, see Economy Mode Settings.
For general information about modes, see PC Modes.
Settings
You can configure if, how and about what AVG PC TuneUp 2015 you would like to be informed in the taskbar
notification area. For this, perform the following steps:
If the icon is displayed on your computer, simply right-click on it. Now select Configure notification area settings
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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 2015 Start Center and selecting the Notification area icon entry.
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