Scan for junk files and optimize your PC with SeeknClean, but prepare to relinquish control

Discover junk files on your computer with SeeknClean, but you'll need to pay up to have this easy-to-use program remove them.

Even if you're not a hardcore user who spends hours on the computer every day, junk files can still clog up your system and slow it down over time. SeeknClean is a program designed to get rid of junk files and optimize your PC, but the user has little to no control over what the program does and the seven-day trial version will only let you scan but not remove those unneeded files.

The clean, mostly white interface is fairly simple, with two large buttons for the main functions to clean up or optimize your computer. One click starts the cleaning process scan, and the junk files are listed in a small section at the bottom of the screen as they're found. Aside from a few options to select what files the scan looks for, there are no other settings or options. Once the scan is complete, you'll see the number of junk files SeeknClean uncovered and, to really drive the message home, bold red text will flash onscreen telling you that junk files have been found. We tested the seven-day trial version, which let us scan for the junk files but didn't let us delete them. There also didn't seem to be a way to exclude specific files from the removal process, which was a big negative for us. The optimization is a one-click process, as well, but there are no options to modify the process. The window simply tells you that the System Optimizer Tool will make applications load faster and increase browsing speed. Once the process is complete, you're prompted to restart your computer to implement the changes. While we appreciate the simplicity, it felt like SeeknClean took away too much control from the user, and we were disappointed that we couldn't even try one of the main functions without purchasing. It isn't as if the program gets rid of all junk files forever with one scan, and we felt that it could have at least permitted deletion of a few files to see how effective the cleaning process was.

There are literally hundreds of tools designed to help you keep your PC clean, and many strike a better balance between ease of use and user input into the process. Many of these will also let you at least try out all the main cleaning or optimizing tools before anteing up. We'd suggest bypassing SeeknClean in favor of a program that gives you more control over what it does, not to mention letting you fully test it out before buying.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SeeknClean 2013.8.2.2013.

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