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From automatically memorising Windows updates to regular, scheduled defragmentation and regular removal of unnecessary registry entries and temporary files, the tuner is a handy tool for making your Windows system much faster and more manageable.

You can either tune your computer manually at the push of a button or run regular scheduled tuning jobs.

 Last tuning process: Here you can see the last time that your computer was tuned. To start a new tuning job, click on the Perform tuning run now entry here. As soon as you start the tuning run, a progress bar will display the current status of the job.
 Automatic tuning process: If you want to automate the tuning of your computer, you can click on the Enable automatic tuning process entry here to generate a corresponding scheduled job. To set up automatic tuning processes, select the More settings option.
 Configuration: In this area you can select all the modules that the tuner should use for a tuning process. Selected modules are then either started automatically as a scheduled event (see Scheduling) or manually. To activate a module simply double-click it. You can optimize the following main tuning areas as you want here:

  • Security: Various functions that download data automatically from the Internet are only of use to the provider and have no benefit for you. These functions may often leave you vulnerable to malware. With these modules you can protect your system and keep it up-to-date.
  • Performance: Temporary files, e.g. backup files that are no longer required, log files or installation files that still take up disk space following the installation slow down your hard drive and take up valuable disk space. Moreover processes and file links that are no longer required can significantly slow down your system. You can use the modules listed here to remove this superfluous load from your computer and speed the computer up.
  • Data protection: This summarises the modules that deal with protecting your data. Traces that are created unintentionally while surfing or using the computer in general and that contain a lot of information about your user behaviour, or even important data and passwords, are deleted here.

 Restore: The software creates a restore point each time a change is applied. If one of the executed tuning actions leads to unwanted results, you can undo this action and restore your system to the status before the respective change. For more information see the section entitled Restore.
 Browser Cleaner: The G DATA Browser Cleaner is capable of blocking or removing unwanted program components and add-ons. These programs are often installed with free software and can change browser settings or even spy on data. For more information see the section entitled Browser Cleaner.

General

You can create the following settings here:

  • Delete restore data: Here you can specify when restore data (which the G DATA software creates in the event of changes) should be deleted.
  • Delete old data: Here you can specify when old data (e.g. old TEMP folders) should be deleted.
  • Delete desktop shortcuts: Here you can specify when desktop shortcuts that are not required (that have not been used for a corresponding number of days) should be deleted. 
  • Search for Office updates as well during Microsoft updates: Here you can specify whether or not the tuner is supposed to search the Internet automatically for current Windows updates and Office updates. Updating both elements saves time and keeps you fully up to date from a security technology perspective. Of course, the search for Office updates only works if Microsoft Office is installed on the relevant computer.
  • Do not create detailed logs about deleted items: The tuner is structured in such a way that it consistently logs information about any changes that are made. If you think that a log file containing relevant information on what the tuner has deleted is a security risk, you can suppress the creation of such a deletion log.
  • Permanently delete temporary files: You can use this function to exclude web files (e.g. cookies, temporary Internet files etc.) from the tuner's restore option, i.e. you can prevent such files from being restored. By activating this function, you considerably reduce the number of files that the tuner has to manage in the Restore area. This improves performance.
  • Automatic computer restart not permitted by the service: You can use this option to prevent a possible computer restart that the tuner might otherwise carry out as part of a scheduled tuning process. Since the tuner would only perform a computer restart without asking when no user is logged on, it is definitely recommended that this option is not activated in the majority of cases.
  • Allow creation of individual restore points: Without this function the G DATA software can no longer carry out a restore.
  • Ignore volume type when defragmenting: As the majority of vendors recommend against defragmenting their SSDs, defragmenting is excluded in the G DATA Tuner for this type of drive by default. If the type of the G DATA software drives cannot be automatically determined, but you are certain that there are no SSD volumes in your computer, you can leave the box here checked. The tuner will then start defragmenting every hard drive located in the system every time it is run.

Configuration

In this area you can select all the modules that the tuner should use for a tuning process. Selected modules are then either started automatically as a scheduled event (see Scheduling) or manually. To activate a module simply double-click it. You can optimize the following main tuning areas as you want here:

  • Security: Various functions that download data automatically from the Internet are only of use to the provider and have no benefit for you. These functions may often leave you vulnerable to malware. With these modules you can protect your system and keep it up-to-date.
  • Performance: Temporary files, e.g. backup files that are no longer required, log files or installation files that still take up disk space following the installation slow down your hard drive and take up valuable disk space. Moreover processes and file links that are no longer required can significantly slow down your system. You can use the modules listed here to remove this superfluous load from your computer and speed the computer up.
  • Data protection: This summarizes the modules that deal with protecting your data. Traces that are created unintentionally while surfing or using the computer in general and that contain a lot of information about your user behavior, or even important data and passwords, are deleted here.

Folder protection

On this tab you can exclude specific folders (including your Windows partition) from being automatically deleted with old files.

 Just click the Add icon and select the corresponding folder or the desired drive.

 To grant access to excluded folders again, select them from the displayed list and click on the Delete button.

File protection

You can use file protection to protect certain files from being deleted by the tuner, for example game scores for computer games or similar files with unusual file extensions, which could also be interpreted as backup or temp files.

 To protect specific files, click the Add button and enter the corresponding file name. You can also use wildcards here.
Wildcards function as follows:

  • The question mark symbol (?) represents individual characters.
  • The asterisk symbol (*) represents entire character strings.

For instance, in order to protect all files with the file extension .sav, enter *.sav. To protect e.g. files of different types that have file names that start identically, you enter text*.* for example.

Now choose the folder in which the files are to be protected by clicking the ADVANCED button. Here you can now select the storage location where the files to be protected are located. The Tuner now protects the files thus defined in this folder only (e.g. only game scores in the relevant games folder).

 To grant access to excluded folders again, select them from the displayed list and click on the Delete button.

Scheduling

The Scheduling tab allows you to specify when the automatic tuning job should run and how often.

Under Daily, you can use the Weekdays settings, for example, to specify that the computer should only carry out the tuning job on workdays or just every other day, or on weekends only, when it is not being used for work. To change date and time entries under Time, simply highlight the element you want to change (e.g. day, hour, month, year) with the mouse and use the arrow keys or the small arrow icon to the right of the input field to move the relevant element chronologically.

If you do not want to run an automatic tuning process, just remove the check from the box next to the Enabled entry for the automatic tuning process.

Restore

The software creates a restore point each time a change is applied. If one of the executed tuning actions leads to unwanted results, you can undo this action and restore your system to the status before the respective change.

 Select all: If you want to reject all the changes made by the tuning module, you can use this to select all the restore points and then click on the Restore button.
 Restore: If you want to reject just specific changes made by the tuning module, you can use this to select the restore points you want and then click on the Restore button.
 Selective delete: Restore points that you no longer need can be removed with this button.

Browser Cleaner

The G DATA Browser Cleaner is capable of blocking or removing unwanted program components and add-ons. These programs are often installed with free software and can change browser settings or even spy on data. You can use the Browser Cleaner to view these unwanted programs ("PUP" = Potentially Unwanted Programs) in the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome browsers and specify for yourself if these should only be disabled or should be completely removed. Disabling the add-ons can be reversed again at any time.

Note:  The G DATA Browser Cleaner works with Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and enables effortlessly easy management of all installed browser extensions. With a click of the mouse, all plug-ins in the list can be disabled or removed to free the browser of unwanted extensions. The tool optionally displays all plug-ins categorized as safe, so you can quickly and easily distinguish the unsafe or unwanted extensions. The G DATA Browser Cleaner is included in the comprehensive G DATA Total Security solution and is always available to users of this.

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