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:
    13,272,314
  • Date Added:
    July 11, 2012
  • File Size:
    4.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,149
  • 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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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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Full Specifications

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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 Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.59MB
File Name ARO2014_uc.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,272,314
Downloads Last Week 5,149
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Fixes first 100 detected errors, cleans Internet temporary junk
Price $29.95

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