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A lot of stuff happens on your PC — emails, documents, spreadsheets, all twenty tabs (or more) currently open in your browser, maybe a bit of gaming on the side. Each window fills your desktop and forces your computer to work harder or freeze under pressure. Take some stress off your PC with the brand new Performance Optimizer included in the latest version of CCleaner Professional.

In case you haven’t heard, CCleaner is a well-established PC maintenance tool that’s known for helping desktops and laptops run more smoothly by clearing out useless clutter. The service has evolved so much further beyond its roots, however, expanding to include a robust suite of features, like the brand new Performance Optimizer available on CCleaner Professional 6.

When enabled, CCleaner Professional’s Performance Optimizer hunts down unnecessary background tasks and puts them to sleep, thus freeing up vital resources to help your machine run smoother and more efficiently. If one of those sleeping background tasks is suddenly needed, Performance Optimizer will automatically wake it up for you so that all of your apps and programs continue to work exactly as intended.

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CCleaner Professional is a leading PC maintenance tool that can clear clutter, free up storage space, and the boost performance of your device.

This automatic toggling of active tasks sounds simple enough, but the results are staggering. According to internal tests conducted with Microsoft Performance Analyzer, enabling Performance Optimizer results in 30% more battery life, 72% faster startup speeds, and a sizable 34% boost in overall performance. That means the same PC you’ve been using for years won’t just run better; you may also prolong its lifespan by reducing system stress and demands.

How to Use Performance Optimizer on CCleaner Professional 6

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Now that you know what Performance Optimizer can do, let’s touch on how to use it. Switching this feature on is actually pretty straightforward. From within the CCleaner Professional 6 app, find the “Performance Optimizer” tab on the left column and select it. Follow the prompts through to the “Scan for programs” icon, and click it.

From there, CCleaner will search your PC for any applications that could potentially bog down performance. Depending on how many programs you have installed, you’ll either have a few or many potential candidates. Once the initial scan is finished, you’ll have the chance to scroll through the list and select which apps you’d like Performance Optimizer to target. That’s it! CCleaner will now take care of toggling these apps on or off, depending on your needs.

Note that these settings aren’t permanent. If you find that Performance Optimizer is being too aggressive or if you’ve changed your mind about putting certain apps to sleep, you can always navigate back to this interface and reverse any of the options you’ve selected.

Try Performance Optimizer for Free Today

Improving your PC’s performance without any costly upgrades sounds like a lofty promise, we know, but you can actually test if out for yourself firsthand, free of charge. Give Performance Optimizer a spin when you activate a 14-day free trial of CCleaner Professional 6. You don’t have to input your credit card information to test it out, nor do you need to provide your email address or any other personal data. Simply download the CCleaner Professional app and enjoy unbridled access to all of its features for two full weeks.

If you’d like to continue to use CCleaner Professional after your 14-day free trial has lapsed, you will have the option to subscribe for $29.95 per year. If you don’t want to sign up for an annual subscription after the trial period, your CCleaner account will revert to the free version, which you can use for as long as you’d like. Note, however, that the free version doesn’t include CCleaner Professional’s robust suite of features, like Performance Optimizer, complete system cleanings, and internet tracker blocking tools — all of which will be hard to give up once you’ve tried them.

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CCleaner Professional is a leading PC maintenance tool that can clear clutter, free up storage space, and the boost performance of your device.

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