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3 Easy Tips for a More Stable and Faster PC

To recap, Mirekusoft Install Monitor simplifies system maintenance by providing an intelligent and complete solution to system maintenance.

Compared to other solutions, which focus on curing the symptons, Mirekusoft Install Monitor is introduced as a preventive solution, allowing for a 100% cleanup. This helps improve the performance and reliability of your system.

Mirekusoft Install Monitor does this through an extra layer of protection to your PC that provides unique benefits. You won’t find this combination of simplicty and power in other software. Consider just a few scenarios:

Scenario 1 Removing unwanted toolbars, windows

You might see a toolbar you don’t recognize while maintaining your own or your friends system. Toolbars often piggyback on software, or are bundled with other unwanted programs. Normally you would hope it will provide an uninstall button or you will be able to recognize it in the Windows Control Panel.

However the situation is different with Install Monitor. Simply click the 1 icon icon in the UI. Follow the instructions provided and hover your mouse on the toolbar that you want to remove. Install Monitor will identify the related program. You can now completely remove the toolbar.

However, before you remove it you might wonder how you got the toolbar. You can use the Program Tree to see what other software was installed with the toolbar on your system. You can identify other potential unwanted progams and remove them from your system. Also knowing how you got the toolbar can help you to avoid getting into a similar situation in the future. This doesn’t work only for toolbars but other windows as well.

2 unwanted toolbar

(Unwanted toolbar)

Scenario 2 Preventing programs like iTunes from slowing down your system

If you have an iPhone, iPod, or other Apple hardware, you likely need to run iTunes on Windows (iTunes was originally designed for the Mac so the Windows version tends to be bloated. We use iTunes as an example but the following applies to any other application). Yet iTunes includes several background processes that you mostly don’t need when you’re not running it. One reason your PC’s performance slows down are processes of unused programs running in the background. How can we prevent them from running when we’re not using iTunes and reduce the performance impact? We’ve previously focused on Install Monitor’s abilty to completely remove things but this is different. What are some of the unique features that can help us out in this case?

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(iTunes installs 5 different programs)

Since you already had Install Monitor installed, it would have detected iTunes and its supporting programs. You can easily see the programs installed together in the Program Tree. With the Program Process Viewer, you are able to see how many processes iTunes related programs are running and how much resources they are using.

You can click “End Program” to stop the program from running. It automatically stops related background processes and services. In this case, you can click End Program to stop iTunes from running. But when you restart the computer you will find the same situation again with iTunes running in the background. In addition your computer will be starting slower because of that.

So how do you regain control of your system?

This is where the Startup Monitor comes into play. You can click on Startup Monitor icon 4 iconin the toolbar. Now, you can uncheck the programs that you don’t want to run. In our case, unselect the iTunes related programs and click ‘OK’. That’s all that there is to it! Now these unchecked programs will no longer slow down your system.

Can I start it when needed? Absolutely. A new feature in our newest version of Install Monitor will stop any background processes that are still running after you exit the program. Simply right-click the iTunes program and select “Start”. It will then start as normal.

Of course this works for other programs. I personally use it for programs that I only sometimes need to run. It also works as a good alternative to removing a program if you’re unsure you will need it in the future. This really allows you reduce the performance impact from extra programs running.

Scenario 3 Removing unused programs and free up diskspace

There are times you may need to free up disk space. Software tends to get bigger. Also using less space makes it easier to keep your drive defragmented, which improves perfromance. Solid state drives (SSD) drives are much more expensive and usually have lower capacities. The Windows Control Panel is pretty much useless in this situation. The size information is usually way off and there’s are no accurate indications of how often or when you last used a program. Even if you are able to pick the right program you might not recover all the disk space.

However if you have Mirekusoft Install Monitor installed it becomes much easier to know what to remove. First, the size column gives you a more accurate representation of how much space the program uses. There are columns called “Usage” and “Last Used” that show you how often you use a program and the last time you used the program. Using these columns help you determine the biggest programs that you don’t use often. You can always right-click online to search more information and look at the Program Tree to see what programs were installed with it.

Because of Install Monitor’s protective layer, you’re guaranteed complete cleanup of files and registry.

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Did you know that one of the many unique features of the Mirekusoft Install Monitor is the added protective layer that helps protect against malware? We’ll talk about this in our next post.

A new and improved version

We released a new and improved version of Mirekusoft Install Monitor 3. As a reminder subscribe to the newsletter on the right-hand side of the home page to get access to the latest news and any special discounts or offers.

Do you have any questions/comments about the tips we discussed? What additional areas would you like tips in. You can join the discussion here.

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The Secrets Of A Clean Uninstall

Last time we talked about why you want to take control of your PC to improve its performance and reliability. Let’s now talk about how. Remember, software you install slows down your computer and doesn’t completely remove itself when uninstalled. These factors contribute to a sluggish and less reliable system.

Existing solutions such as registry cleaners, uninstallers, and system optimizers don’t fully give you back control. One approach used is a scanning-based approach, which scans pre-defined locations for items known to be left by uninstalled programs. The scan is resource-intensive and takes some time. After that the user is presented with a long list of items the program believes can be removed. It is up to the user to verify whether this is indeed the case. These programs might try to fix problems that really don’t exist such as reporting issues on fresh installed systems. However, this can possibly cause other problems.

Another approach used involves using snapshots to determine what was changed. The user needs to make sure the snapshot is created before installing software. Taking a snapshot requires a lot of system resources (processer usage, disk activity and space). It doesn’t work well with installs that have multiple installers or reboots.

Better approach to performance and reliability

This was a simplified discussion but in general existing solutions are fragmented, slow/resource intensive, not intelligent, and have extra complexity. Something more intelligent and light-weight is needed for a complete solution. The better approach that Mirekusoft Install Monitor uses is to intelligently track the changes made to your system when programs are installed. This allows you to manage the effect on your system and completely remove them. It takes the guesswork out of it and puts you back in control.

Think about it another way. Smartphones generally don’t have the same problems as PC’s with performance and reliablity. You don’t have to run registry cleaners or uninstallers. That’s because the OS remains in control and makes sure applications are completely removed and only run when the user wants. Thus the user remains in control. Mirekusoft Install Monitor gives you the same advantage on your PC.

There are additional benefits of this approach we will discuss. But first how do you do it?

Uninstalling Programs – The Windows Method

You can open ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features’ and you’ll see a list of installed programs. Right-click a program, click ‘Uninstall’ and follow the procedure.

the windows method

(The Programs and Features overview in Windows)

Unfortunately, this method fails to completely remove all traces of the software. However, if you have Mirekusoft Install Monitor installed there’s a better alternative. Compared to the Windows method, it is more advanced and involves an extra step that cleans your system up thoroughly.

Completely Removing a Windows Program

Mirekusoft Install Monitor provides an interface similar to the Windows Control Panel. For starters, you can right-click a particular program and click ‘Uninstall’ so as to begin the process of removal.

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(Mirekusoft Install Monitor 3 Program overview – Uninstall)

Before you decide to remove a program, make sure you look for more information about the program. Click on the program and Install Monitor will display more information in the right-hand side bar. Right-click on the program to instantly look up program information online.

Cleaning Up Unnecessary Files/Registry

Now, this step is not available in the Windows Control Panel and is why Mirekusoft Install Monitor makes a difference when it comes to cleaning up your system after you’ve removed the program.

cleaning up the registry

(Mirekusoft Install Monitor 3 Program overview – Full Cleanup)

It’s an optional (but necessary) process given that one has to option of looking at the files/registry that will be removed with this step before actually going through with the ‘Clean Up’ process. At some point, when you decide to clean up by right-clicking the program, you will come across a dialog box that invites you to ‘View Contents’ before going through with the process itself.

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(Program Content overview – folded)

This step allows you to remove any extra folders or files as well as registry entries that are unnecessary given that program has now been taken off the system.

Making New Installations with Mirekusoft Install Monitor Running in the Background

Mirekusoft Install Monitor monitors programs in real-time, so the program is still running in the background even when you don’t open it.

So, if you close the Install Monitor, reinstall the program and run the Install Monitor again, you’ll find that it captures the program as a legitimate one in the list of programs.

Obtain Information about the Reinstalled Program

Now, click the reinstalled program and select the ‘Content’ tab at the bottom of your screen in order to view directories and the additional files that have been installed.

Obtain information

(Program Content overview – expanded)

It should be pointed out that since the Mirekusoft Install Monitor keeps tabs on what has changed, installed and removed in real-time, there should be no doubt that it uninstalls and cleans up a program completely just as well.

Preventing unnecessary restarts

To remove any files in use, program uninstallers will typically require a system reboot and sometimes not give you an option. Install Monitor prevents the automatic restart and will remove leftover files – without requiring a reboot. Just another way Install Monitor puts you back in control. For more information click here.

Keep Your PC Clean and Improve Efficiency with Mirekusoft Install Monitor

After you’ve cleaned up the program with Install Monitor your work is done. A large difference when compared to the Windows Control Panel option to remove programs.

If you’ve followed these steps you’ll see that Mirekusoft Install Monitor not only maintains your system by performing a complete clean-up, but also improves system performance as a result.

With Install Monitor, you’ll have not only a program that removes Windows applications thoroughly but you have added a new, extra layer of protection that will keep your hard drive clean and tidy and help your PC running smoothly.

What are some additional benefits of this extra layer of protection for improving system performance and reliability?

Be sure to look out for our next post to get the answer.

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