Free WinUtilities v9.97! [Update: link removed]

UPDATE: As it turns out, this is actually a magazine freebie, and as such, the link has been taken down. We have a strict no-magazine policy here at dotTech.  Thanks Joanna for the notification!

Software Description

The following description is form the publisher’s site:

WinUtilities is an award winning collection of tools to optimize and speedup your system performance. this suite contains utilities to clean registry, temporary files on your disks, erase your application and internet browser history, cache and cookies. it also supports to defragment your disk drives and improve computer performance and stability. built-in StartUp Cleaner allows you to control startup programs that load automatically with windows, find duplicate files, fix broken shortcuts and uninstall unneeded software. other features include secure file deletion, recycle bin shredding, system maintenance tasks scheduling and undelete deleted files.

dotTech Advice

As Ashraf would probably say, “grab it before it’s gone”.  That said, here’s exactly what he has to say:

When I first used WinUtilities three years ago, WinUtilities was one of the better software in its class. Ever since then I have seen WinUtilities grow and become even better with each new update. While I personally prefer to use specialized software for many tasks that WinUtilities does – such as CleanMem, CCleaner, RevoUninstaller, WinPatrol, East-Tec Eraser, AxCrypt, and Auslogics Defrag – WinUtilities is one of the best  “system utilities” out there and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants or needs it.

Freebie Details

Version being given out for free: v9.97

Free updates: unknown

Supported OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2003 Server/2000/NT/98

Download size: 8.5MB

Giveaway time frame: unknown


This giveaway is extremely simple. First, download and install the free trial version of WinUtilities. Be sure to opt out of the toolbar!

After installation, click Enter Registration Key.

Open the promotion page link removed and scroll down to the license key:

Enter this key into WinUtilities. Voilà, you’re done!

[ via TipRadar]

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  • internet explorer

    Weird as it may seem, this offer is still good if you can find a download of the right version of Win Util. And if you don’t mind getting it from a site that’s all Polish or Vietnamese or whatever, but I relied on Raymond CC’s selection of a download site and went ahead despite any reservations. So far, so good.

  • Mike


    Go get it, campers!


  • dan

    @Mike: Sure! Feel free to contact me at ‘’ and thanks for your consideration.

  • dan

    @Locutus: You should know nerds like us operate in binary mode: INSTALL/DO-NOT-INSTALL; no problem…all is forgiven :-)

  • internetexplorer

    Double oops–I forgot to say thanks to Janet above for giving me the idea to try this workaround method. Please forgive me. Oh, in case you’re wondering how I know it searches out the folder used by the prior version, it’s because it installed in two different folders (the right ones) in two different computers without me telling it where to install or look for old version. So if you don’t want it to install over the prior version, I would suggest that you specifically direct it to use a different folder. Just a thought in case you want to keep a prior version for whatever reason. OK, I’ll stop talking now.

  • internetexplorer

    I just discovered something interesting about this program (at least this version), namely, that it seems to search out any prior installation of WinUtilities in whatever folder and installs itself on top of that one. Apparently as a result of this action, I got a fully licensed installation without having to enter the Polish magazine information at all. Because some of the sites Google found for this offer appeared to be rather dicey according to WOT, SiteAdvisor and ZoneAlarm, I downloaded the trial version from CNET whom I trust and used it. Thus, my copy now reads as licensed to Giveaway of the Day–that’s right, you can forget all about the Polish magazine offer and just go and get 9.97 from CNET and you will wind up with a free upgrade (or is that update?) to WinUtilities Pro 9.97. How about them apples? Oops. I’d better stand back and make way for the upcoming stampede! Ain’t it nice when you stumble onto a great deal like that?

  • hangdawg

    @Locutus i mostly use it to stop the re-directs plus add block plus is the best they take advertising to far but there is a add-on for ad block plus called element hiding now that will really strip a webpage of contenet

  • @hangdawg: Ehh, I don’t believe in degrading the whole web for an idea of safety. Browsing without javascript is like telling developers you want their lives to be hard. So while I like the ad- and spy-blocking parts of it, I’d rather have an intelligent blacklist rather than a blanketing whitelist. (I think that’s what I mean to say.)

  • hangdawg

    @Locutus you should try no-script its unbelievable how many scripts try to run even on good websites

  • @jayesstee: I personally prefer Fast Dial myself.
    I actually don’t use that many addons. Just AdBlock Plus, Greasemonkey, and StumbleUpon.

  • jayesstee

    @Locutus: I like FF for all the add-ons. But I suspect that extensive use of “Read It Later” and “Speed Dial” slows it down. How about your article including an update to favorite add-ons?

  • @jayesstee: Firefox is plenty fast for me. Maybe that’s because I’m using FF4RC.
    Ooh, you gave me an idea for an article!

  • jayesstee

    @Locutus: Yup, “Komputer Swiat”, that’s the two word reference.

    BTW, isn’t Google translate usefull? I tried once to get it work on FF, but gave up. I just fire up Chrome, copy the foreign URL and get a translation faster than FF loads.

  • @jayesstee: It says on the Italian site:
    “These days there is an ongoing promotion of Komputer Swiat , which lets you activate the program through a full license, with no deadline set free and available to all users who can use them freely.”
    That is of course translated via Google Translate. The link leads to the Polish magazine Komputer Swiat. Too bad, this would’ve been a good giveaway.

  • jayesstee

    @Locutus, Joanna: My apologies, I just found the small, two word reference to the Polish source.
    It just goes to show:
    1. How carefull you have to be.
    2. That dotTech has very high ethical and editorial standards, certainly higher than “”.

  • Donna Rae


    I don’t know why it did not work for me just updating. I tried but when I went to click the update button nothing happened? But uninstalling and then installing was very easy, and I have the new version so I guess that is what is important.

    Thanks Again Locutus,

    Donna Rae

  • jayesstee

    @Locutus, @dan:
    This is still available from a legit Italian software site. I posted this three days ago at:
    I just checked and it is still there as at 09:50 hrs. (forum time).
    The download leads to CNET, but the license info. is on the Italian site.
    Hopes this helps anyone who missed it before.
    Time for a second Update, Locutus?

  • Mike

    @dan: Is there a way to reach you? I have some info. that might be of help for you, in getting the program up and running again.

  • Wobbly Wombat

    Thanks for letting us know Locutus, sorry it had to be pulled though :(

    As you say, there was nothing in the promo process to suggest that it was a magazine promotion – has that been verified?

    I don’t mean to question the integrity of the poster (who is right to point out if this is some infringement), but people make mistakes and it would be a shame if your readers missed out on a cool giveaway merely because someone suggested that it was “..from some magazine somewhere”.

    Again this is no reflection on the poster, but disinformation spreads twice as fast as information on the interwebs nowadays, and I always try to promote fact-checking before reposting (or acting).

  • Becky

    So sorry something happened. I say that because when I first followed the directions using the link(s) they worked perfectly and I now have the software loaded onto my work pc again. So I came home (same day), deleted the old stuff to load again and found something had changed to ugly during my 12 hours.
    At least I got it on one machine; thanks Locutus.

  • @dan: I did state it, though. I put a vague message at the top and put the text link removed next to the text that said Promotion Page. I guess I should add it to the title and be less vague.

  • dan

    @Locutus: It would have been considerate if you stated this freebie is no longer availbale or better yet, just deleted it from your site.

    At least I would then still have my old version from GAOTD…grrrr!

  • @dan: Unfortunately I had to remove it due to this being a magazine freebie. Sorry :(

  • dan

    The LICENSE CODE is blurred out in the image above the word “VOILA”. So now my GAOTD version is uninstalled and I’m left with nothing until the LICENSE CODE is provided.

    Locutus, I can take a joke, but what’s the code ?! :-)


  • Nicky

    Just downloaded the pro version as a giveaway, so it’s still working fine when clicking on the blue ‘download’ under “INSTRUCTIONS” in above text…
    I had an older version and this one installed itself instead automatically, registered and all too! So didn’t have to enter a licensekey now either, maybe that makes a difference?
    Hope you’ll succeed too, after all. Good luck! ;-).
    (Nicky from the Netherlands)

  • Flyfisher

    I must have missed out on this one. I downloaded the program immediately on receiving the advice by email. Could only download the free trial version. I used the link in the email but the download screens were entirely different. Could not register the downloaded version.

  • @Joanna: Oh jeez! There was no indication anywhere :'( I’ve updated the article. Thanks.

  • Joanna

    This is not a legitimate promotion. It is a Polish newspaper readers who purchase some computer magazine. This is not a promotion for everyone.

  • robertmc8

    Welcome Ashraf.
    I hope every one herd by now big earth quake hit Jap so sad.

  • i have the previous version that wants to upgrade to this one.
    is there any advantace to download it again over upgrading?

  • Jyo

    @Locutus: Oh, I didn’t mean it that way. I just wanted to acknowledge the forum poster’s efforts :-) (though I could’ve just done that there, but since I’m already here…)

  • gpc111

    Thank you for the info. This could come in handy for after a format or a fresh install. For those that got version 9.96 from GAOTD, check the expiration date and it will say “never”. You are free to download updates and install as janet did above.

  • @Jyo: I would’ve posted that as my source link, but I actually did get it from TipRadar first.

  • Jyo

    Someone also mentioned this in the forums days ago.

  • janet

    I installed from the above link right over my existing version (9.96 GAOTD pro version) and the new version came out already registered (still to GAOTD)! I just installed it to the same folder.

  • Mike

    Many thanks, Locutus (I’m not sure why people are having such a problem seeing who the article is from …)–and good to see some action and developments here at the site-it’s been missed!

    For what it’s worth for others, in updating from a dotTech offer last April, I didn’t have to uninstall the old version. I simply started it and then used the dropdown menu at the very right, chose Change registration key, entered the new offer program name and license key information, and then used the update button to get and then install the newest version over the old (having exited the program first)–worked just fine that way.

    Thanks, again!

  • Wakamatsu

    Thanks, Ashraf!!! I appreciate your service!!!

  • Donna Rae


    Well at least they are saying Thank You! Even if the name is wrong the person that gave the link and info knows the people appreciate it!

  • Jimmy

    Thank you Ashraf, it is Appreciated

  • Donna Rae

    Had version 9.72 Had to uninstall and then install the newer version. Still looking to see what is different. Do like this program. It is a nifty all-in-one to have.
    Thanks Locutus for the heads up!
    Donna Rae

  • Mario

    uninstalled previous, installed this one and it did not work. Ways Winutilities had to be shut down. Tried several times and still nothing.
    will try to install again the previous one.
    Thanks anyway

  • ZappedSparky

    Thanks LOCUTUS :)

  • MikeR

    Gawd knows, I’ve banged on about this before, but never mind, here I go again:

    Can something be done about the accreditation formating on Dot Tech articles?

    It really irritates to keep encountering posts from people thanking Ashraf when Ashraf didn’t write the article or asking Ashraf how he is when Ashraf isn’t here to respond.

    Credit for this article today is, and not for the first time, to Locutus, who’s doing a great job while Ashraf is busy with other matters.

  • Un install the previous edition before installing this new one?

  • Anemailname

    Thanks! I had lost the old version I had from Dottech due to restore.
    Nice to see you in my mailbox again!

  • gfs

    Thank you to for this. I appreciate your efforts.

  • stockel1949

    Thank you Ashraf.

    A long time without news. I hope everything is OK with you.

  • Emrys

    Thanks again for a great service!

  • Thanks Ashraf, it has been a long time since WinUtilities has been offered, care to shed some light on this?