Download of the day: System Ninja

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – a smart optimization suite to declutter and speed up your PC

System Ninja is a neat little optimization utility designed to scour your PC for junk files, resulting in a faster, more stable system. It also deletes browser tracking cookies, preventing unscrupulous advertisers monitoring your online activity.

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System Ninja's star feature is its Junk Cleaner, but it also includes an extended suite of system-boosting tools to further accelerate your PC's performance. Its Startup Manager lets you stop non-essential programs running when Windows starts so you reach your desktop faster, and its built-in uninstaller is a quick way to remove several programs at once.

System Ninja also includes a process manager that lets you select and end multiple processes at once, and its system information tab gives you a thorough description of your PC's hardware and software.

Why you need it

System Ninja is a worthy rival to leading system speed-up tool CCleaner thanks to its deep cleaning and array of additional optimization options.

The program uninstaller is particularly good; unlike many dedicated uninstallers, it lets you select multiple programs with a simple checkbox system and remove them all in a batch. There's no automatic deep clean afterwards, but a quick scan with the Junk Cleaner will erase any leftovers. System Ninja can highlight the software that came pre-installed on your PC – ideal for clearing out the bloatware supplied with a new computer.

Delve into System Ninja's settings and you'll find some well thought-out options for customizing its Junk Cleaner. You can select certain directories or drives to scan, or particular ones that should be excluded from a full scan.

If that's not enough, System Ninja also supports plugins to extend its already impressive feature set, including a duplicate file scanner, batch file renaming tool and Windows Service manager.

Key features

  • Junk file scanner
  • Batch program uninstaller
  • Process manager
  • Support for plugins

Works on

Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Price

  • System Ninja Home – free
  • System Ninja Pro – US$14.95 (about £12, AU$20) per year

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cat is TechRadar's downloads editor. She's been a tech journalist for six years on magazines including PC Plus, Official Windows, PC Format and Windows: Help & Advice (with a brief stint in PR for the nuclear industry in between). If you have a question about software, drop her a line!