ARO used to stand for Advanced Registry Optimizer, but Support.com changed it to Advanced Repair and Optimization to better reflect the program's enhanced capabilities. ARO's developers were appalled to learn that entirely too many PC users have little or no concept of system security. So ARO 2011 now deep-cleans junk files and scans your system for security risks. ARO 2011 is largely automatic, but hardly opaque in its operation. In fact, one of its best features is the way it explains things, such as describing each category in its registry scan instead of just listing them in a log view that is incomprehensible to the average user.
ARO 2011's stylish interface is fairly typical of the breed, with tabs labeled Status, Cleanup, Optimize, Backup, and Settings. We followed the program's recommendations and started with a baseline scan. ARO 2011 created a restore point, scanned our system, and displayed the results in Cleanup tabs labeled Registry, Junk, and Security, by category, with tallies of the problems found in each. It identified some registry issues and found plenty of junk files but, thankfully, no security vulnerabilities. We let the program clean it all up and were pleased when nothing happened, which was what we'd hoped for: ARO 2011 deleted the junk and tidied up our registry without causing any problems. That's been the biggest issue with registry tools in the hands of inexperienced users. Too powerful, they cause harm; too safe, they're not effective. ARO 2011 showed us that it could clean deeply, thoroughly, and safely. The Optimize tool required a reboot, and it did a nice job of compacting and tweaking our system's registry. Clicking the Backup tab showed us that ARO 2011 had already automatically created a full backup of our system, and we always approve of that!
ARO 2011 only fixes the first 100 errors in its trial period, but it will give you a feel for how the program works and help you decide if it's for you. We have no complaints and plenty of praise for ARO 2011, and had no trouble entrusting our system's maintenance to it.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of ARO 2011 7.0. The trial version is limited to 100 fixes and cleaning temporary junk files only.
ARO 2011 by Support.com is an advanced repair and optimization tool that can boost your PC's performance by removing errors from your Windows Registry and cleaning up system junk. A baseline security scan provides visibility to missing or incorrectly configured security software and system tweaks make ARO 2011 a simple tool to get the most out of your PC and make it like new again. With the advanced scanning engine and one-click optimization it becomes easy to help your computer reach and maintain optimum performance.
Both beginners and experienced users will appreciate the customized scanning environment, clearly displayed and categorized results, and the simple application interface. Results are automatically grouped into the various scanning categories so that you can see common problems such as "file association" or "shortcuts" to much more advanced issues like DLL and ActiveX-COM-OLE errors. With the click of a button all of your registry errors can be fixed and any junk can be removed using ARO.
What's new in this version:
In ARO 2011, you'll find the added ability to cleanup junk on your PC and analyze your system's baseline security.
- Junk cleanup will remove temporary files, bad shortcuts, memory dumps, temporary internet files and other junk collectors that commonly clog a system. This will help aid in improving PC performance while keeping your PC clean.
- The baseline security scan will check to see if Antivirus, Antispyware, and Personal Firewall are properly installed and up-to-date. If ... See all new features »