ARO 2012

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.3
out of 502 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.12.0
  • Total Downloads:
    13,264,437
  • Date Added:
    July 11, 2012
  • File Size:
    4.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,639
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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ARO 2012 is the latest version of a longstanding Registry cleaner and optimizer. The look is familiar, but ARO 2012 offers several upgrades over previous versions, such as improved browser cleaning and user-friendlier settings as well as new tweaks that can yield better NTFS performance, faster startups, and improved CPU utilization. ARO 2012 also backs up and optimizes the Registry. You can schedule automatic cleanings, too.

ARO 2012's installer informed us that it would scan our PC as soon as it closed. The first scan is always important with software like ARO since it establishes a baseline, and ours took a while, though subsequent scans took less time. You can customize what ARO targets in the Settings tab, which also includes a Schedule tool and an Exclusion List. ARO scanned our Registry for invalid or unnecessary entries and our PC for temporary files and other junk files, finishing by making sure our system was adequately protected by antivirus, antispyware, and firewall software. Clicking the Fix button took out the trash. We ran the Registry Backup tool before we tried the Registry Optimizer, but ARO automatically creates a system restore point, too. The Registry Optimizer also takes a while on the first run, and it's not uncommon for PCs to become unresponsive. Be patient: ARO 2012 reboots your PC when it's done; a critical step to optimizing your Registry. ARO 2012 scanned more deeply and thoroughly than some popular free tools, too (which don't reboot and so miss errors that ARO fixes). Subsequent runs were much quicker. We tried both the full (paid) version and the free trial of ARO 2012, which removes the trial version's reminders to buy the full version and cleans all errors. The free trial gave us a good look at ARO 2012, and the upgrade went smoothly. Both versions have the same exemplary Help file, but support is only provided with the full version.

ARO 2012's One-Click Optimization is the way to go for regular cleaning and optimizing. Once your PC is cleaned and optimized, running ARO 2012 regularly keeps it that way.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of ARO 2012 8.0.12.0. The trial version fixes only the first 100 detected errors.

 
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  • Current Version

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  • 1 stars

    "CNET please remove this software from your list"

    September 21, 2014   |   By unclebuck38

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    None this shouldn't be downloaded

    Cons

    Avast lists "FileRepMetagen [RTK]" as a dangerous Malware and will not allow it to install.

    Summary

    As many other reviewers have noted, this is dangerous to download.

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  • 1 stars

    "Do not download!"

    March 30, 2014   |   By Weatherman37

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    None, really.

    Cons

    After downloading ARO 2013, Malwarebytes detected that the program was malicious.

    Summary

    Do not download this program, it is not safe to use. I don't know why Cnet rated ARO so highly.

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  • 1 stars

    "Luckily, I got a refund"

    December 01, 2013   |   By Tristanovich

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    Niet. I can't think of any.

    Cons

    Interfered with Best Crypt, corrupts Key Generator. Had to re-install Best Crypt every time I wanted to use it. WORSE yet, Aro deleted ALL of my Windows Live emails! I am now stuck
    having to search an orphaned folder of .eml files
    if I need to retrieve an email.

    Summary

    Tech Support wasn't supportive, but at least there is a Refund option and I asked them for one. They complied.

    Just about every review here is bad and I agree with most that CNET can no longer be trusted. How many more bad reviews will it take for them to come to their senses? They
    are contributing to messing up people's computers.

    Final comment: Always research a product's reviews before downloading.

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  • 2 stars

    "I don't trust them"

    October 20, 2013   |   By keneaise

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    Fast, easy install, Easy navigation and features.

    Cons

    I don't trust them. I cleaned my computer 3 times with Geek Tech and 3 more times with PC Tools Performance toolkit before running the Trial version of their software. They claim to have found close to 3,000 errors. There is just no way I can accept this as being valid. It strikes me as simply an over inflated sales gimmick to get customers to buy their product.

    Summary

    Don't buy it.

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  • 1 stars

    "NO WAY, YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO DOWNLOAD ARO"

    September 03, 2013   |   By 9292us

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    THERE IS NO PROS FOR THIS SOFTWARE

    Cons

    ARO 2013: SLOWS DOWN YOUR COMPUTER LIKE NO OTHER

    Summary

    I deliberately signed-up just to WARN users not to download this. This is just bad. BOGUS software that will slowdown your pc. After I dowNloaded this, I couldn't load sites in my browser! Do not, and I mean, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS CRAP.

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  • 1 stars

    "Nothing but a scam, this is worthless junk, BEWARE!!"

    August 24, 2013   |   By seabow2

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say.

    Cons

    Con is the appropriate word, this is nothing but a con. It is positioned just before the download that you really want; it is nothing but a con.

    Summary

    In a nutshell, they take advantage of you if you are not paying attention. I was looking for Hitman Pro and the link for this was only inches away which really deceived me. I called them and some rookie tried to sell me on spending more money for a PC cleaning. This is a scam and a Con.

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  • 1 stars

    "Bogus and CNET in collusion: "4 stars , "EXcellent!!!""

    August 17, 2013   |   By sambruskin

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    the pros are at first an IRRATIONAL EXUBERENCE. then a great dissapointment. here's one more scam i fell for.

    Cons

    : don't buy ARO until you read this. This whole area is just hucksters and hustlers. with CNET in collusion. Can't truest them anymore. there is onelink , that has a come-on: don't buy ARO until you read this. Then he has a lot of Then he has a long essay that begins trashing all the registry cleaners. yeah thjose guys are crook.
    then he says But there is one registry cleaner that is good as word. So here he selling GeeK.Tech registry cleaner which --surprise--comes in first in testing. he provides no evidence at all except to repeat that TONs of people agree. Then says, Just look at the reviews!! click. here is this glowing review of his product. gives no credentials, no journalistic affiliations. it is still just him sellinghis producr.
    this is just SO DISGUSTING. i feel i've been snookered at the fair by the barker at a side show.

    Summary

    give it a wide pass.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not worthy to be here"

    August 13, 2013   |   By Angela3330

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    None - Please remove from Cnet it hurts the computer

    Cons

    Everything from installation to general usage sucks

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  • 1 stars

    "so bad, why cnet give it high score"

    August 13, 2013   |   By Sudikipa

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    so many ads, so i think the software is good. But almost noting

    Summary

    don't buy......too bad

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  • 1 stars

    "Paid for but disappeared"

    August 11, 2013   |   By chatipatti

    Version: ARO 2013 9.0

    Pros

    NO PROS!!!

    Cons

    Paid $39.90 for download and back up CD. CD never arrived and the download mysteriously disappeared. What a scam. Last time I trust CNET.

    Summary

    Got robbed of almost $40.00. Very bad business.

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    What's new in version 8.0.12.0
    Version 8.0.12.0 is a maintenance release.
    General
    Publisher Support.com
    Publisher web site http://www.support.com
    Release Date July 06, 2012
    Date Added July 11, 2012
    Version 8.0.12.0
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Diagnostic Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 4.37MB
    File Name ARO2013_uc.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 13,264,437
    Downloads Last Week 1,639
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations Fixes first 100 detected errors, cleans Internet temporary junk
    Price $29.95

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