AVG PC TuneUp is a PC system optimization application promising to provide more storage space, faster speeds, longer battery life and less crashing, all with a set-and-forget interface. With 17 tools, it’s a full suite of Windows utility software. AVG promises it can restore your PC to its original speed. While it didn’t provide impressive overall improvements to our test PC, it did increase the boot speed dramatically.
For each PC cleaner in our review, we employed the program’s optimization tools on our test computer. We used PCMark 10 to benchmark performance both before and after optimization. The benchmark tests measured word and data processing, graphics processing, web browsing and video chat quality. We benchmarked the boot speed and evaluated the software’s diagnostic consistency.
Overall, AVG PC TuneUp improved our test computer by 10.74, which was above our category average but not sufficient to be noticeable in day-to-day usage. In fact, none of the tested applications produced noticeable improvements. Even the best PC system utility software we tested, Glary Utilities Pro, achieved only a 12.62 percent improvement, which failed to make the computer noticeably faster. Our test machine ranked in the bottom 12 percent of computers running the same benchmarking tests both before and after optimization.
AVG’s software improved word- and data-processing speed by 5.03 percent and graphics processing by 5.43 percent. But it improved web browsing by only 0.04 percent and video chat quality by 0.23 percent. So, if your computer is already slow, don’t expect miracles.
The standout for this software is its startup optimizer, which improved the boot speed of our test PC by 45.96 percent. That would equate to a speedup of approximately 26 seconds for a computer that took a minute to boot before optimization. That said, we were able to improve the startup speed by 42 percent simply by using the Windows startup manager tool. So while the improvement is noticeable, you can achieve comparable results without the software. On the other hand, when we tested WinZip System Utilities Suite, it slowed our computer’s boot speed by more than 124 percent.
AVG PC TuneUp didn’t recover any storage, which was disappointing because we had left the recycle bin full before we ran the optimization tool. For a product promising to free up storage, it failed to deliver in every round of our tests.
The software has a sleek interface, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to use. Indeed, it earned only a C for overall ease of use in our evaluation, meaning novice users might feel lost as they navigate through all the tools. And the installation received a D+ because it caused our test computer to crash several times.
Despite 17 optimization tools, the software doesn’t offer many other advanced tools. AVG PC TuneUp lacks tools for system backup and restore, security and privacy optimization, and file encryption. It does have a file recovery tool, which helps you undelete files, but the tool only works if the files are still in the recycle bin. If you’re already emptied the bin, you’re out of luck.
AVG PC TuneUp comes with three computer licenses. The company provides support through live chat and phone but not email. You can access a FAQs page for quick answers to common questions.