PC Tune-Up

Improving Performance with PC Tune-Up

ZoneAlarm PC Tune-Up improves your computer’s speed and reliability by removing the items that can cause crashes, slow speeds, freezing, and impact the overall health of your computer. It consumes very little memory or hard drive space. These are the tasks it performs to optimize your computer's performance:

  • Defragments and repairs the registry - removes unused and redundant registry entries, which frees up memory and speeds up your computer boot-up and program start-up
  • Scans for bad files and repairs them - fixes invalid application paths, file extensions, font files, and shortcuts
  • Cleans the hard drive - removes temporary files, invalid program shortcuts, obsolete start menu items, and other unnecessary files that take up space and slow down your computer
  • Creates system restore points - backs up all registry files and hives, system files, and OS settings
  • Creates registry backups - backs up registry files and hives

You can run ZoneAlarm PC Tune-Up manually in full mode or run individual tasks. You can also configure it to run automatically in the background whenever you start your computer, on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, or once a month.

Note - Before you start PC Tune-Up, make sure you are logged in as a system administrator. Otherwise, you may not have access to your computer's registry.

Running Full PC Tune-Up

There are two ways to run a full PC tuneup:

  • step-by-step
  • in express mode

To run Full PC Tune-Up step-by-step:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
    The Quick Start window opens.
  3. Click Step 1: Backup your system.
    The PC Tune-Up >> Backup screen shows.
  4. Create a registry backup:
    1. Select a folder for the backup files.
    2. Enter a name for the backup.
    3. Click Start Backup.
      The backup begins. If the backup directory does not exist, confirm that you want to create it - click Yes in the window that opens. When the backup finishes, the status message shows: Registry has been successfully backed up!
    4. Click OK.
  5. Click Continue to Next Step.
  6. Select a scan type:
    Perform Smart Scan (recommended) - scans all areas using a smart algorithm
    These are all areas that are scanned:
    1. Application paths
    2. Uninstall information
    3. COM/Active X
    4. Help files
    5. File extensions
    6. Font files
    7. Most recently used files
    8. Shared DLLs
    9. Shared folders
    10. Startup programs
    11. Windows/MS-DOS shortcuts
    12. Virtual device drivers
    13. Sound and app.event sections

    Perform Quick Scan - scans all areas, except for Windows/MS-DOS shortcuts

  7. Click Choose Drives to Scan.
  8. In the window that opens, select drives and click OK.
  9. Click Next.
    PC Tune-Up scans the registry files and system folders, and the status message shows: Operation successfully finished.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Click Continue to Next Step.
    The PC Tune-Up >> Repair screen shows.
  12. Select a category in the top pane. Use Ctrl or Shift to select several categories. To see all problems in all categories, select All Categories.
    The bottom pane shows the problems in the selected categories.
  13. Select problems in the bottom pane. Use Ctrl or Shift to select several problems.
  14. Fix problems -
    • Click Repair Selected Items to fix the problems you selected
    • Click Repair All Problems to fix all problems in the selected categories
    • Click Repair All Categories to fix all problems in all categories

    Status icon of each repaired problem changes to a check mark.

  15. Click Continue to Next Step.
    The PC Tune-Up >> Registry Defrag screen shows.
  16. Click Defrag.
    Note - you must close all programs before you run Defrag.
    When the defragmentation finishes, the Confirmation window opens.
  17. Click YES to finish the tune-up and to reboot the computer.
    Note - You can click NO and reboot the computer later, but you must reboot the computer to activate defragmented registry.

To run Full PC Tune-Up in express mode:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
    The Quick Start window opens.
  3. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  4. Click Magic Button.
  5. Select a folder where you want to save your backups.
  6. Click OK.
    The registry backup, registry scan and repair, and registry defragmentation run, and the completion Confirmation window opens.
  7. Click YES to finish the tune-up and to reboot the computer.
    Note - You can click NO, and OK when the Operation successfully finished message shows, and reboot the computer later, but you must reboot the computer to activate defragmented registry.

Backing Up Registry Files

To back up registry files:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Backup.
  6. Select a folder for the backup files. The default is C:\
  7. Enter a name for the backup. If nothing entered, the backup is saved with the name that is the same as the date on which it is created, for example: 7 Nov 2013.
  8. Click Start Backup.
  9. The backup begins. If the backup directory does not exist, confirm that you want to create it - click Yes in the window that opens. When the backup finishes, the status message shows: Registry has been successfully backed up!
  10. Click OK.

To revert to backed up registry settings:

  1. In the navigation tree, select Backup > Undo.
  2. Select a system backup.
  3. Click Undo Changes.
  4. In the window that opens, click OK.

Backing Up System Settings

ZoneAlarm System Backup lets you create a system restore point, and to revert to a saved restore point at any time.

To create a system restore point:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Backup > System.
  6. Click Start Backup.
  7. Enter a name for the new restore point.
  8. Click OK.
    The process runs, then the Information window opens and shows this message: Registry has been successfully backed up.
  9. click OK.

To restore the system to a previous restore point:

  1. In the navigation tree, go to Backup > System.
  2. Select a restore point.
  3. Click Start Restore.
  4. In the Confirmation window that opens, click Yes.

    The computer reboots and the system is restored to the selected restore point.

To remove a restore point:

  1. In the navigation tree, go to Backup > System.
  2. Select a restore point.
  3. Click Remove Selected.
  4. In the Confirmation window that opens, click Yes.
    The Information window opens and this message shows: Restore Point has been successfully removed.
  5. Click OK.

Configuring System Restore Options

You can configure these system restore options:

  • Maximum amount of disk space that can be used for system restore points
  • Time interval for creation of automatic system restore points
  • Duration of a lifetime of each restore point

To configure system restore options:

  1. From the navigation tree, go to Backup > System.
  2. Click Configure.
  3. In the Advanced Options screen that shows, set these configuration options:
    • Disk Percent - default is 2% - maximum amount of disk space that can be used for restore points
    • Global Interval - default is 1 day - time interval (in days) for creation of automatic system restore points
    • Life Interval - default is 10 days - time during which each restore point is stored
  4. Click Save.

To disable system restore:

  1. In the Advanced Options screen, click Disable System Restore.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Save.

Scanning Your PC for Bad Files and Bad Links

PC Tune-Up scans these areas of your computer for bad files and bad links:

  • Application paths
  • Uninstall information
  • COM/Active X
  • Help files
  • File extensions
  • Font files
  • Most recently used files
  • Shared DLL's
  • Shared folders
  • Startup programs
  • Windows/MS-DOS shortcuts
  • Virtual device drivers
  • Sound and app.event sections

To scan for bad files and bad links:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Scan.
  6. Select a scan type:
    • Perform Smart Scan (recommended) - scans all areas using a set of smart rules
    • Perform Quick Scan - scans all areas, except for Windows/MS-DOS Shortcuts
  7. Click Choose Drives to Scan.
  8. In the window that opens, select drives and click OK.
  9. Click Next.
    PC Tune-Up scans the registry files and system folders and the status message shows: Operation successfully finished.
  10. Click OK.

To fix problem that the scan has detected:

  1. In the navigation tree, go to Repair.
  2. Select a category in the top pane. Use Ctrl or Shift to select several categories. To see all problems in all categories, select All Categories.
    The bottom pane shows the problems in the selected categories.
  3. Select problems in the bottom pane. Use Ctrl or Shift to select several problems.
  4. 4. Fix problems -
    • Click Repair Selected Items to fix the problems you selected
    • Click Repair All Problems to fix all problems in the selected categories
    • Click Repair All Categories to fix all problems in all categories
    Status icon of each repaired problem changes to a check mark.

Defragmenting Computer Registry

Defragmentation removes fragmented old data and broken files, and saves valid data in consecutive locations, to optimize your PC's performance.

To defragment your computer registry:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Defrag.
  6. Click Defrag.
    Note - you must close all programs before you run Defrag.
    When the defragmentation finishes, the Confirmation window opens.
  7. Click YES to finish the tune-up and to reboot the computer.
    Note - You can click NO and reboot the computer later, but you must reboot the computer to activate defragmented registry.

To see the registry before and after defragmentation:

In the PC Tune-Up >> Registry Defrag screen, click Report.

In the screen that shows, see the information in these two tabs:

  • Before - shows the registry before the defragmentation
  • After - shows the registry after the defragmentation

Optimizing Your Computer Performance

To help you make your computer run faster, ZoneAlarm PC Tune-Up lets you:

  1. Free up extra memory reserved by applications
  2. Exclude some applications from the computer startup procedure

To free up extra memory reserved by applications:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Optimize > Optimize.
  6. Click Optimize Settings.
    Optimization tasks are added, and the Information window shows the status message: Operation successfully finished.
  7. Click OK.

To turn optimization off:

  1. In the PC Tune-Up >> Optimize screen, click Turn Off Optimization.
    The optimization tasks are removed, and the Information window shows this message: Operation successfully finished.
  2. Click OK.

To configure startup applications:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Optimize > Startup.
  6. Choose applications for the startup procedure:
    • Clear the ones you want to exclude
    • Select the ones you want to include
  7. Click Save.

To completely remove an application from the startup list:

  1. Select the application in the table.
  2. Click Delete.

Protecting Your Computer from ActiveX Malware

Some of ActiveX applications are not safe. They can be used to share information between different application. You can protect your computer from known malicious ActiveX applications.

To protect your computer from known malicious ActiveX applications:

  1. Click in the MOBILITY & DATA panel of the ZoneAlarm 2018 software client.
  2. Click Tune-Up in the PC Tune-Up section.
  3. The Quick Start window opens.
  4. Click Click here to setup your configuration options or one of the Step buttons.
  5. In the navigation tree, go to Protect.
  6. Click Protect All.

To remove the ActiveX protection:

In the PC Tune-Up >> Protect screen, click Unprotect All.

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