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  • 2.0 stars

    "If you have an older Pro version, this is a con"

    August 28, 2010  |   By stephen_jacks58

    Pros

    if you're loading this from scratch, it's a good all-round PC maintenance suite. Even if it offers little more of consequence than previous versions.

    Cons

    Mediocre-or-worse defragmenter: in general, offers minimal advance on previous versions. But the worst thing is the hidden financial catch (see below)

    Summary

    Weary of being expected time and again to renew a licence that I had already paid for, I evicted my obsolescent PRO version of Advanced System Care and attempted to load this "free" update. But if you have ever had a Pro version, this isn't "free" at all - despite that reassuring adjective being repeated endlessly by IoBit. Suddenly nothing works for you unless you fork out more cash - as has been the case with IoBit's "free" upgrades for the last six months.

    Either the firm has no cognizance of what that term means, or it pays very little attention to consumer feedback, or else it poses a challenge for me to interpret charitably the company's motives. If you want to offer existing users your latest version for a fee: SAY SO.

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