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AVG TuneUp - Getting Started

AVG TuneUp is a PC optimization tool that scans your PC to identify unnecessary items and performance issues, freeing up disk space and improving the speed of your system.

This article assumes that the latest version of AVG TuneUp is installed and activated on your PC. For detailed installation and activation instructions, refer to the following articles:

If you are using AVG TuneUp for the first time, the application opens automatically after installation and you can click Scan now to run a Maintenance scan, or click Skip to continue to the AVG TuneUp dashboard.

Perform a Maintenance scan

The Maintenance scan is a comprehensive check of your system that detects broken or redundant items and tracking data.

To run a Maintenance scan:

  1. Click the Maintenance tile on the AVG TuneUp dashboard.
  2. Tick the boxes next to the issue types you want to clean. The issue types that AVG ticks automatically are safe to clean without losing crucial data.
  3. Optionally, click a panel to view specific items on your PC, and further specify exactly which items are cleaned.
  4. Click Fix & clean to resolve the selected issues.
  5. AVG TuneUp cannot clear browser cache from a web browser unless the browser is closed. If prompted, save any work that is open in your browsers, then click Continue to allow AVG TuneUp to close your open browsers.
  6. If you are using AVG TuneUp for the first time, you may be prompted to enable Automatic Maintenance.

    Click Turn on if you want AVG TuneUp to perform Maintenance scans regularly without you manually triggering them.
  7. When cleaning is complete, click Done.

All selected issues are now resolved.

Enable Automatic Maintenance

Automatic Maintenance runs silently in the background with no actions required from you and frees up space on your PC by removing dispensable items, such as broken shortcuts and registry items.

To enable Automatic Maintenance:

  1. Go to MenuSettings.
  2. Select Automatic Maintenance in the left panel.
  3. Click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
  4. Optionally, use the drop-down menu under How often should we clean automatically? to specify the frequency of Automatic Maintenance.
  5. Optionally, select the file types that AVG TuneUp has permission to remove during Automatic Maintenance. The file types that AVG ticks automatically are safe to clean without losing crucial data.

Automatic Maintenance is now enabled.

Manage background applications

Certain applications slow down your system by running silently in the background. AVG TuneUp scans for these applications, then allows you to safely put them to sleep and boost performance.

  1. Click the Speed up tile on the AVG TuneUp dashboard.
  2. Click Show in the Background & startup programs tile.
  3. The Background & startup programs screen shows applications that are running unnecessarily in the background and slowing down your PC. Select one of the following options:
    • Sleep: Puts the application to sleep and removes it from the list.
    • Ignore: Allows the application to continue running in the background and removes it from the list.
    • Put all to sleep: Puts all listed applications to sleep.
If you use an application on a daily basis, we do not recommend putting it to sleep. Additionally, certain applications need to run in the background to offer full functionality. For example, if you put Skype to sleep, you may miss incoming calls.

The selected applications are now sleeping or ignored. You can open and use sleeping applications as normal. After you close the application, AVG TuneUp automatically returns its status to sleeping.

Manage sleeping or ignored applications

  1. Click programs sleeping or programs ignored at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select one of the options below:
    • Wake: Immediately wakes the application and allows it to start running in the background.
    • Stop ignoring: Returns the application to your list of Background & startup programs, where you can optionally put it to sleep.

Remove unnecessary applications

AVG TuneUp scans your PC for unnecessary applications, then allows you to easily remove and uninstall them, freeing up resources for the applications you do use.

  1. Click the Speed up tile on the AVG TuneUp dashboard.
  2. Click Show in the Unnecessary programs tile.
  3. The Unnecessary programs screen shows poorly rated applications and infrequently used applications that be safely removed. The following options are available:
    • Rating: See the community and expert rating and add your own rating.
    • Ignore: Removes the application from the list.
    • Move to trash: Puts the application to trash and removes it from the list. It will be automatically uninstalled based on your Auto Uninstall settings.
    • Uninstall: Uninstalls the application from your PC. This action cannot be undone.
The Last used column shows the last time the application was used since TuneUp was installed.

Manage trashed or ignored applications

  1. Click programs in trash or programs ignored at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select one of the options below:
    • Remove from trash: Returns the application to the list above.
    • Uninstall: Uninstall the application from your PC.
    • Stop ignoring: Returns the application to the list above.

Free up space

AVG TuneUp scans for and safely deletes system junk and web browser data to free up disk space.

  1. Click the Free up space tile on the AVG TuneUp dashboard.
  2. Select the category that you want to clean:
    • System junk: Click Show in the System junk tab to clean unnecessary junk files on your PC.
    • Browser data: Click Show in the Browser data tab to clean temporary web browser files.
  3. Choose a filter to select which items you want to clean. The following options are available:
    • Recommended: Selects only file categories that you can safely clean without losing crucial data.
    • All: Selects all listed file categories. You can then manually de-select any file categories you don't want to clean.
    • Custom: Manually select the file categories you want to clean.
  4. Click Clean now.
  5. When cleaning is complete, click Done.

The selected file categories are now cleaned.

Check your PC for problems

You can click the Fix problems tile on the AVG TuneUp dashboard to check for a variety of problems that may impact the performance and security of your PC.

For more information about the issues that AVG TuneUp may detect during a Fix problems scan, refer to the following article:

Undo actions

The History screen allows you to undo certain changes made by AVG TuneUp:

  1. Click the History icon on the right side of the AVG TuneUp dashboard.
  2. Click Undo next to the action you want to reverse.

The selected action is now reversed.

Not all actions performed by AVG TuneUp can be reversed.

Further recommendations

You can view all application functions by clicking All functions (the grid icon) on the right side of the AVG TuneUp dashboard.

To learn more about AVG TuneUp, refer to the following article:

AVG TuneUp Premium is an optimization tool for Mac that includes a range of scans to detect unnecessary items and performance issues, freeing up disk space and improving the speed of your system.

This article assumes that AVG TuneUp Premium is installed and activated on your Mac. For detailed instructions, refer to the following articles:

Clear disk space

The Clean clutter option scans your Mac for unnecessary files and allows you to select which files are deleted to clear disk space. To run a scan and remove files:

  1. Click Scan next to Clean clutter on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Use the drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select file categories for removal. The following options are available:
    • Recommended selection: Selects only file categories that you can safely clean without losing crucial data.
    • Select all: Selects all listed file categories. You can then manually de-select any file categories you don't want to clean.
    • Select none: De-selects all listed file categories. You can then manually select the file categories you want to clean.
  3. After selecting the files you want to remove, click Clean.
  4. If prompted, enter the password that you use when you start your Mac, then click OK.
  5. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Remove duplicate files

The Find duplicates option scans your Mac for duplicate files. To run a scan and remove duplicate files:

  1. Click Find next to Find duplicates on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Tick the location(s) you want to scan for duplicate files. To add additional folders or external drives, click Add, then select a folder or drive.
  3. Click Scan.
  4. After the scan completes, click View duplicates.
  5. Use the drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select the files you want to remove. The following options are available:
    • Nothing selected: De-selects all files and allows you to manually select files for removal. Tick each file that you want to remove. After you tick a file, Nothing selected becomes Custom selection.
    • Keep newest: Automatically selects the oldest version of each file for removal.
    • Keep oldest: Automatically selects the newest version of each file for removal.
  6. After selecting the files you want to remove, click Clean.
  7. If prompted, enter the password that you use when you start your Mac, then click OK.
  8. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Clean your browsers

The Clean browser option allows you to easily remove cookies and other browsing data from your web browsers. The following options are available:

Run a manual scan

  1. Click Scan next to Clean browser on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Use the drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select the items you want to remove. The following options are available:
    • Recommended selection: Selects only the items that you can safely clean without losing potentially useful data. For example, AVG TuneUp Premium does not remove your search history, or pre-filled form data. You can check the items that are selected for cleaning by clicking Details next to a browser.
    • Select all: Selects all listed items. You can then click Details next to a browser to manually de-select any items you don't want to clean.
    • Select none: De-selects all listed items. You can then click Details next to a browser to manually select the items you want to clean.
  3. Click Clean to remove the selected data.
  4. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Schedule automatic scans

  1. Click Scan next to Clean browser on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Click Manage allowed sites.
  3. Use the drop-down menu next to a browser to specify how regularly you want AVG TuneUp Premium to scan the browser for cookies and browsing data.
  4. Click the panel for a browser to review and adjust the items that AVG TuneUp Premium has permission to remove during each scan. Tick the boxes next to the item types that you are happy for us to remove.

Automatic scanning is enabled for the selected browser.

Add allowed websites

  1. Click Scan next to Clean browser on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Click Manage allowed sites.
  3. Scroll to the Allowed websites section.
  4. Add a website using either method below:
    • Select a website from the Choose from popular options drop-down menu, then click Add.
    • Enter a website (for example, example.com) into the left text box, then click Add.

The website now appears on your list of Allowed websites. Cookies and browsing data will not be removed from this website during Clean browser scans.

Identify bad or similar photos

The Find photos option scans your Mac for photos that are blurry, badly-lit, or similar. To run a scan and review bad or similar photos:

  1. Click Find next to Analyze photos on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Tick the location(s) you want to scan for photos. To add additional folders, external drives, or specific photos, click Add, then select the folder, drive, or photo.
  3. Click Scan.
  4. After the scan completes, click Review under either Bad photos or Similar photos to see the photos that AVG TuneUp Premium has identified.
  5. Click Got it to remove the pop-up message.
  6. Use the drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select the files you want to remove. The following options are available:
    • Recommended: Selects the photos that AVG TuneUp Premium recommends for removal.
    • Select none: De-selects all photos and allows you to manually select photos for removal. Tick each photo that you want to remove. After you tick a photo, Select none becomes Custom selection.
  7. After selecting the photos you want to delete, click Remove.
  8. Click Remove to confirm deletion of your selected photos.
  9. Click Review and repeat steps 5-8 above to continue reviewing and deleting photos.
  10. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Uninstall apps you no longer use

The Uninstall apps option allows you to easily find and remove applications you no longer use, to keep your Mac tidy and free up space. To uninstall apps you no longer use:

  1. Click Show next to Uninstall apps on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Tick the box next to an app to select it. You can also filter the list of apps using the Unused apps and Large apps categories in the left panel.
  3. After selecting the apps you want to remove, click Uninstall.
  4. Click Uninstall to confirm removal of the selected apps from your Mac.
  5. If prompted, enter the password that you use when you start your Mac, then click OK.
  6. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Further recommendations

To learn more about AVG TuneUp Premium, refer to the following article:

  • AVG TuneUp 22.x for Windows
  • AVG TuneUp 2.x for Mac
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

  • Apple macOS 12.x (Monterey)
  • Apple macOS 11.x (Big Sur)
  • Apple macOS 10.15.x (Catalina)
  • Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Apple macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)

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