In the last months, the feeling that my computer is getting slower and slower keeps haunting me and – at least until I’ll get a brand-new SSD to use as boot drive, I try to find other solutions. Since viruses and other similar software problems are out of question, all that remains is to keep my Windows in top shape, so I use a few all-in-one system utilities and a few specialized tools to get that job done, but there’s always room for a new one, so today we’ll take a look at Magic Utilities 2011…
… a software package that claims to be an all-in-one solution for keeping your Windows PC in top shape. Its current version is 6.11, released a few hours ago and priced at no less than $39.95. Obviously, a trial version is also available. Even better, Magic Utilities 2011 has a trial version without any functional limitations – just a nag screen and a 15 days period for you to drive test it. Sweet!
Fully compatible with all Windows versions you can think of and then some – the documentation says “7/Vista/2003/XP/2000/Millennium Edition (ME)/98 Second Edition/98″ – Magic Utilities 2011 only needs a computer that can run the Windows version installed on it properly and just 2.7 MB of free space. Nothing hard to get here, right?
At last, I should also add that this program’s setup package has 1.7 MB in size and installing it is a piece of cake, although I must admit there are a few setup screens too many to go through. Well, at least you don’t have to face any silly toolbar or spyware, so everything’s fine, in the end. These being said, we should move to the looks and works, as usual, right? Let’s go, then!
Magic Utilities 2011 looks pretty good, has support for multiple languages (only English is available out of the box, but more language packs can be downloaded from the official site), using it is really easy and the documentation is good enough to help you figure out what’s what and how to do things. Now, we should move on and see what’s hidden inside this good looking interface, since a lot of similar programs fail when it comes to features. Will Magic Utilities 2011 share the same fate?
Last time when I encountered Magic Utilities, it was way back in 2006, with version 4.34, priced at $29.95 and having about the same features as this last version I have here – the package contains the following modules: Uninstaller Plus, StartUp Organizer, Process Killer, Disk Cleaner, File Shredder, File Protector and, finally, Windows Utilities.
Unfortunately, there’s not much to say about any of the modules I mentioned above, sine they only do what the name says and nothing more. Sometimes, it’s even less than you’d expect. For example, the Windows Utilities module doesn’t have any trace of original tools in it, only links to utilities that come with Windows, such as Microsoft System Information, Task Manager, DDE Share or Dr. Watson, as well as many others.
Before I close this section, let me give you just one more example of “this is how you don’t do it,” the Uninstaller Plus: nothing really worthy of a single cent when compared to the standard uninstaller available in the Control Panel – see the screenshot with it at the end of the article, don’t just take my words for granted!
No registry cleaning module, no serious temporary files removal tool, no disk checking/defragmenting utility, no system information or driver updater… and the list of things available in other similar products selling for about the same price could go on and on for quite a while, but I’ll stop right here – Magic Utilities 2011 is not worth the effort.
Tips & Tricks
Only one tip: don’t waste your time or money with this program, there are plenty of better products available on the market, including a bunch of excellent freebies!
Magic Utilities 2011 looks good, is easy to use, has excellent support for all Microsoft’s popular operating systems (and then some), language packs can be downloaded and used when needed, not to mention the fact that the trial version has no functional features!
If we look at the price and the features, there’s no need to look for any other weakness: this program doesn’t deserve its price. In fact, even if it would be free, you’d have plenty of better alternatives, so…
… I think you should stay away from this program, even in its freely available trial form. I don’t know why, but I think virtually all programs having Google Adsense displayed on their official pages are failures just like this one here. Is it only me? I think not…