Clean and Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer
PrivaZer is a hard drive clean-up utility on steroids. It gets rid of junk files and wipes away traces of activity that could compromise your privacy. Maybe you think that sounds like some other program you've been using, but trust me, PrivaZer does MUCH more. Read on to learn how it works, and why you should try it...
What is PrivaZer?
I admit I get a bit jaded after reviewing hundreds of free software utilities per year. Many are only marginal improvements upon dozens of programs that do essentially the same thing. An increasing number are of the irritating “foistware” genre that attempt to trick me into “agreeing” to installation of unwanted toolbars, monitoring of my online activity, and so on. It’s gotten to the point where a fellow can’t just click on “Express install” and go for coffee; you have to watch what an installation program is doing every second.
So I get excited when a program doesn’t make me yawn, and doesn’t try to scam or scare me. I really pay attention when it does things that no other program I’ve seen does, and does old-hat stuff better than anything I’ve ever seen. When I find that it’s truly free, with only a humble request for unspecified donations via Paypal, I ask my wife to pinch me and wake me up!
The "clean and optimize your PC" field has been crowded for years with things like CCleaner, Advanced System Care, and many others. PrivaZer leaves them all gasping in its dust. The first time I ran PrivaZer, I was dazzled by the number of clean-up options it gave me. But I wasn’t confused, because they are clearly and cogently explained. A recommended option doesn’t just have the word “recommended” next to it; it includes a brief explanation of why it’s recommended and what it will do that’s different from other options. Wow! What a concept: treating users as if they have brain cells!
The first scan and clean-up of my laptop’s 450 GB hard drive (255 GB of free space) took over six hours and ten minutes, not because PrivaZer is slow but because it does an enormous amount of work. I have run Advanced System Care Pro on this machine at least once a week for a long time, but PrivaZer still found about a gigabyte of stuff it could trash or fix.
The fixes are good, too. My laptop’s performance is snappier than when it first came out of the box. The disk space recovered is unimportant because I had plenty of free space to begin with. But all my disk sectors – including free space - are now squeaky-clean of file fragments and other “smudges” that can corrupt data, make data difficult to read, and otherwise slow system performance.
But Wait... There's More!
PrivaZer does more than C: drives. It cleans and speeds up external drives, network drives, USB flash drives, SD memory cards, iPods, MP3 players, and just about anything with RAM that you can plug into a USB port on the machine that hosts PrivaZer. Duplicate files, temporary files, log files, unneeded Windows update files are zapped. Even old, festering Windows installs left over from a system upgrade are detected and removed.
In addition to cleaning files and filesystems, Privazer does a thorough (but careful) scrubbing of your Windows registry. But just to be safe, I recommend that you check the "Create a restore point" and "Save registry" boxes before running the scan and clean.
Optionally, you can remove web browsing history, saved passwords, and cookies. If you don't use the Hibernation feature, PrivaZer can disable it and remove the hibernation file, which can be huge. If there's anything there that's unnecessary, or a potential privacy risk, PrivaZer can and will nuke it on demand. It even comes in a portable version, so you can keep it handy on a USB drive and help out friends who need a good PC cleanup.
The only thing I don’t like about PrivaZer is that capital “Z” in its name. Oh, and it doesn't come with a free set of steak knives. There's one other nit I should mention. On the download page, it says "If you have AVG, please wait for an update of AVG before installing the new v2.4." I checked with PrivaZer support, and they clarified this. Apparently AVG antivirus was incorrectly flagging the PrivaZer download file as harmful, but an update of the AVG virus database has already fixed that problem. You can go into the AVG control panel and do a manual update if you have trouble with the download.
I highly recommend PrivaZer. You’re going to like the way it works. I guarantee it. Hey, they fired George Zimmer and aren’t using that line anymore, so I figure the copyright cops won’t mind. If you want to free up some space on your hard drive, or erase your Internet history, give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 8 Oct 2013
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