ARO 2013

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.3
out of 503 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0
  • Total Downloads:
    13,369,939
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 27, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try (50 registry errors, Internet temporary junk); $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    4.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,135
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Aro 2013 promises to speed up your PC by performing an all-around cleanup. It will scour through your machine looking for junk files, broken or missing Registry keys, and security vulnerabilities. The look and feel of the original Aro is there, but be warned that this is a different beast than its predecessor.

To start off with some good changes, installing and removal is a breeze, a huge improvement over the 2012 version that we very much appreciated. The bad news is, Aro 2013 now limits its free trial to fixing only the first 50 errors (previously 100). This is important because Aro 2013 does not joke around when it say it will find every junk file. The scan will take you through everything from browser temp folders (IE, FF, and Chrome), the Recycle Bin, to old error logs, shortcuts, cached files, and temp system icons. The findings it returns may be a bit shocking. On a clean image of our test machine running Windows 7, Aro reported more than 1,500 junk files (leftover installation files). On a regular-use PC, it reported a whopping 4,000 files.

We appreciate the thoroughness here, but felt it was unnecessary for everything to be marked as an error. It would be nice to have a clear distinction on what files are critical and should be removed right away or things that are remnants of an old uninstall that could very well be left alone with minimal impact. An option to organize and remove by threat level (or size) would be nice.

The Registry cleaner runs with the same fervent focus on search and destroy. Most of the errors reported were from ACTIVEX and COM entries, that although not detrimental, removing them would have a minimal impact on system performance. Serious problems were caught, however; Aro did find some error with shortcuts of applications that we are still currently using. On the clean image, 277 Registry errors; the regular-use PC report returned 1,092 errors. With so many problems, we wondered how the PC could have booted up in the first place.

The Security scanner is a nice feature, but for some reason Aro did not view our Avast Free AV as adequate protection. Corporate-level McAfee did the trick instead. Update notifier is a good feature if you're looking for complete security. We just didn't feel like updating Flash for the fourth time this month.

That being said, 50 free fixes in the scores of hundreds (if not thousands) of errors amounts to very little. If you're using the trial, forget about the cleaner and use it as a scanner. The registered version is where Aro really shines. After cleaning out all the errors and performing the Registry optimizer (defragmenting), our regular use machine did feel spiffier in bootup time and programs launch. With the restoration feature, you'd also get a little extra security in case anything critical was accidentally removed.

You can set a schedule on when and how often Aro runs without supervision as well as exclude things from the scan (Web browser folders, Recycle Bin, etc.). The one annoyance is that you still can't opt out of autostart with Windows. Aro is a bit of a nag if you have unsolved error upon boot.

Aro 2013 is a good improvement over its predecessor, but it still has some ways to go. As a trial product it can seem to be on the stingy side and most likely will not win over the freeware crowd. But as a paid software, Aro is a good program for those serious about speeding up their machine and perfect for the OCD types who are keen on keeping their PC pristine and optimized.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    1.2

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    2.3

    out of 503 votes

    • 5 star 85
    • 4 star 58
    • 3 star 43
    • 2 star 50
    • 1 star 267
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1 stars

"OMG STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT!!!"

May 14, 2013  |  By wjchutch

 |  Version: ARO 2013 9.0

Pros

There are no pros that I was able to find.

Cons

I did not like anything about this company

Summary

I thought CNET was a responsible source!!! This product used bate and switch and then made it nearly impossible to reach them. You can't call or talk to a human being EVER. I tried to purchase ARO 2013 and then a special popped up where you could buy another product along with it for a discounted price. ARO 2013 was $29 and the other product could be added for basically free ($15 a piece)
but when I placed my order and pressed confirm, instead of the total being around $30 it was $98.....It had added 2 more products that I didn't even know what they were. And this happened because you have to press the order button without the ability to see the entire list of things you ordered BEFORE you confirm it. FRUSTRATING and annoying. They have a place where you can send an email message to them and I did. But instead of carefully reading my request they cancelled the entire order. Needless to say I am steering clear of this company.

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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 9.0
  • Enhanced cookie detection mechanism. This gives ARO the ability to cleanup persistent cookies that would normally stay in a browsers subfolder until they are manually deleted or the persistent cookie file was set to expire.
  • Improved baseline security scan. The baseline security scan performed by ARO 2013 is designed to detect the existence and up-to-date status of antivirus, antispyware, and personal firewall software. ARO 2013 also verifies that updates for key PC components, such as your Windows operating system, Adobe, Java and other commonly used applications are turned on.
  • Core scanning engine improvements
  • Minor UI enhancements
General
Publisher Support.com
Publisher web site http://www.support.com
Release Date February 27, 2013
Date Added February 27, 2013
Version 9.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.59MB
File Name ARO2014_uc.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,369,939
Downloads Last Week 2,135
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 50 registry errors, Internet temporary junk
Price $29.95

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