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Tuneup Pro is a Registry cleaner that states it can optimize a computer in order to increase its performance. When it performs a scan it will list various issues in the System related errors, Com and ActiveX errors, User related errors, and Startup and uninstall errors categories. When a user tries to fix the detected “issues”, Tuneup Pro will fix 15 of them, but require a user to purchase a license to the program to fix the rest.
The problem with registry cleaners is that there is no research that indicates that cleaning the registry provides any performance gain. Furthermore, Microsoft themselves have posted an article that states that registry cleaners could cause “serious issues” when modifying the registry and that they do not support the use of these types of tools.
Another concern I have with Tuneup Pro is that many of the Registry entries that it detects as issues on a computer would not affect its performance. For example, as you can see in one of the images above, it detects registry entries from Safari and Opera as an issue.
Last, but not least, as numerous anti-virus and security products detect Tuneup Pro as a Trojan, PUP, or adware program, I feel that feel this program should be avoided.
How was Tuneup Pro installed on my Computer?
It is important to note that Tuneup Pro is bundled with and installed by free programs that did not adequately disclose that other software would be installed along with it. Therefore, it is important that you pay close attention to license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you immediately cancel the install and not use the free software.
While paying for Tuneup Pro allow it to remove the detected registry entries, in my opinion many of the entries do not need to be removed in the first place. When you consider Microsoft’s stance that these types of programs should be avoided, it makes me feel that it is not worth using this program. To remove Tuneup Pro for free, you can use the removal guide below.
Your computer should now be free of the Tuneup Pro System Optimization PUP program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
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