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Tweak Manager: The Right Tool For the Job?

Welcome to Vista Manager

By Scott Wolf

Vista Manager is an application that provides a front-end interface to many different OS and application settings within Vista. In addition to giving access to many, sometimes hidden settings, Vista Manager also integrates many freeware utilities used for general maintenance on your PC. Is it the Right Tool for the Job? A number of TechRepublic members assured me it was, so I decided to find out for myself. Here's what I learned when I used Vista Manager to tweak my Vista laptop.

Read a concise summary of Vista Manager's strengths and weaknesses in this blog post.

11 comments
jfbetel
jfbetel

Well I'd like to be able to tell you that it's great but my only problem is that I don't know exacatly where to find it so that I may give it a chance. If possible please let this(not a guru)know where to find it and how to install said tool

tnahas
tnahas

Where can we download this to try?

dmstenhouse
dmstenhouse

You can download it from here http://www.download.com/Vista-Manager/3000-2086_4-10607653.html It has a 30 day trial period.

LostinWindows
LostinWindows

The free software has a 15 day trial. Then it is $40 USD

catseverywhere
catseverywhere

From what I've seen of Vista's out of the box "control," forty bucks for this one-stop control center is quite reasonable. One thing I did not see anywhere was anything relating to Vista's perpetually yakking IGMP traffic all over the LAN. I have experimented by shutting down literally every service, and fire-walling literally everything on a Vista machine on one client's LAN, and Vista persisted in broadcasting IGMP. This unwanted/useless traffic constitutes more than 50% of the total traffic on this LAN, which consists of 8-10 other boxes running XP and two running Linux. They wouldn't even answer my questions in the Microsoft forums. As for "shred" vs "delete," indeed "delete" merely removes a pointer to the start of the data, leaving the data intact until something else is written over it. I suspect shred" means "upload to the NSA and alert the attorney general's office." ;) Anyway, if clients are going to insist on Vista, and so far NONE of mine have, (thank God) I will insist on a extra 40 bucks for my own peace of mind. Dealing with the one Vista box I've had to so far has been a real eye opener. It takes 10-20 times longer to do anything with it, configuration-wise, than any other OS I've worked with. I see a diminishing return event horizon ahead... perhaps 40-50 Vista machines to manage and you run out of hours in a day to attend to them all? Thanks for all the screen shots. I looked at 'em closely and decided I'll give it a try. cat (aka Rat Fink, aka Reebus...)

mikeholli
mikeholli

Strange, I downloaded this program, and installed it - restarted my PC it finished loading, then Adaware's Ad-Watch 2007 popped up claiming this is or has in it spyware. I put this system back before the install! No thanks Tech Republic I can find my own spyware without you help.

zhogdr
zhogdr

I've been using Vista Manager for a while - installed AdAware Plus later. AdAware hasn't kickes about VM on my machine.

qcc5
qcc5

It is common for spyware scanners and removers to identify "system utilities" as spyware, when in fact they are not. The fact that they have tools to alter the "system" throws up a red flag. Ad-Aware does this regularly. I have found this tool safe and handy to use.

mikeholli
mikeholli

I would agree with that but, I wasn't scanning for spyware. I was using a program design to, upon booting up look to see if any current spyware, or spyware remants still exist that a scan missed, or that re-installs itself when you re-boot, or re-start your PC. Ad-Aware's Ad-watch is designed to do JUST that, and that alone. If it was a false positive or NOT, I subscribe to the old school - BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.

holmescd
holmescd

...a false positive? I've had several occasions where a favorite utility was recognized by one anti-spyware tool as being an offender. Another tool scanning tool did not find anything wrong, so I searched the internet and found that my anti-spyware tool was known for finding that utility as a false positive. Could that be the case here?