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Advanced System Optimizer

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Advanced System Optimizer 3 gives people a comprehensive suite of utilities fronted by an interface that showcases an excellent use of color-coded icons, making banal system tasks easy to complete--if not exciting. However, its restrictive trial could prevent some people from fully exploring the program.

The program attempts to be all things to all people, and includes tools that can be split into three categories: maintenance, security, and backup. Advanced System Optimizer focuses on the maintenance side of things, and includes a Registry optimizer and cleaner, a disk defragmenter, a disk repair utility that claims to fix errors before drive failure, an explorer for managing disk usage by file type and size, a memory optimizer for freeing RAM, a game mode, and a driver updater. Security is not the focus here, but it does include malware protection, secure deletion, and a file encryption utility. Backup and recovery features include rescuing deleted files, a backup manager that streamlines restoration, and a separate system file backup and restore feature. The Smart PC Care feature is new, and allows users to run multiple maintenance tasks with one click.

The new main window is well-crafted and takes a page from security suites by providing status updates in one place, letting you know what the problems are in general terms. At the end of a scan, a small Details link will appear to the right of the scan type. Click it to drill down to see specifically which files, Registry entries, or cookies will be deleted. The harsh trial compares favorably with its competitors, but, like them, it's so tight that most users will find it challenging to fairly evaluate the program's efficacy.

Editors' note, November 6, 2009: The review has been updated to fix an inaccuracy, but the overall score has not changed.

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  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 383 votes

    • 5 star: 136
    • 4 star: 56
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 35
    • 1 star: 132
  • Current version:

    2.6 stars

    out of 7 votes

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    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Comprehensive Cleaning Utility, but too Buggy."

    March 26, 2014  |   By Franco_84

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    1. A very comprehensive cleaning and optimizing programme.
    2. User friendly interface.

    Cons

    1. Far too buggy, many of the individual programmes crash, completely unacceptable for such a critically highly rated programme.
    2. Customer support is average.
    3. Frequent updates to the programme are non-existent.

    Summary

    This has the potential to be a fantastic cleaning utility programme. It has many features in one complete package, but the programme is unstable, causing crashes and closing down programmes. Updates to the programme are non existent, and customer support for the problems I had seemed apathetic. I will not be renewing my annual licence.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I like Advanced System Care Pro much better."

    March 20, 2014  |   By JAVA4THEMORNING

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    I does an okay job. Not fantastic, but it works.

    Cons

    You can't clear the RAM with a single push of a button.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, excellent and effective features!"

    February 19, 2014  |   By georgeheid

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    Advanced System Optimizer is a great fit for me as just a couple of clicks all that I need to automate system tuning and optimization processes.. from freeing up disk space to securing my PC, there isn't anything it can't do. This is the only optimization tool that I use for the last 6 years and has not given me a day's trouble. And it is packed with utilities that do almost anything needed for my PC.

    Cons

    Install it and it is there when you need it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "The Good the Bad and the Ugly"

    February 9, 2014  |   By wataview

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    Bought the Pro version a while back. Seems to do a good job of cleaning up and making things run better.

    Cons

    Will not find and get rid of the adware, homepage hijackers,and search engine hijackers that this website gives you whenyou download anything.I-Orbit's Malware Fighter doesn't find that stuff either.

    Summary

    Most websites you can download software from try to load you up with this "malware". They get paid by the promaters of this junkware. However, if you are very careful to uncheck all the little boxes. You may be able to download some useful software and avoid most of the crap. Won't be to suprized if this never gets posted.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ultimate Optimizer banished all problems!"

    January 23, 2014  |   By luciferoscar

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    I tried Advanced System Optimizer it turned out to be simple to use with a simple installer and elegant interface. I performed a deep scan and cleaned all my PC issues and was surprised to see the performance of the program.

    Cons

    No cons at all.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Full of crap"

    January 23, 2014  |   By jadale55068

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    Download.com is full of crap they fake you out to load stuff you do not want

    Cons

    Full of crap

    Summary

    Full of crap

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Should return to the dark bunghole it crawled out of."

    January 13, 2014  |   By ScurvyCharlie

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.5.1000.15646

    Pros

    Pros? With this, there are none.

    Cons

    I found it through a free tech support. I had gotten on the tech support for Omnitech to get help with recripting a double-click button on my new 7 button gaming mouse, and all he wanted to do was install this crap software as if that would fix my problem, when the issue had NOTHING to do with my system at all, just the actual act of recripting a button that just double clicks.

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