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Advanced System Optimizer

CNET Editors' review

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:

    3.4 stars

    out of 56 votes

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    • 2 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "STOP!!!! DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!!!"

    March 25, 2014  |   By dwillpirate

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    Initially it seemed to be a great system to search my entire computer, find errors and fix them, but....

    Cons

    I installed the program after what I now know were fake "HP Help" guys from India recommended it. First off, it would install older versions of drivers that would end up causing more problems. My computer ran fine prior to the program and continued to slow down more and more over time. Eventually it got to the point where my computer would freeze after 5 minutes of use. I bought a new hard drive and loaded ASO first, and immediately my computer began to run extremely slow, using 100% of CPU space. I called the tech support number and got another guy from India who again tried to sell me the same "maintenance plan" as before that cost $350. It is an absolute scam to try to get people to pay for more unneeded service.

    Summary

    DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT. If you have any version of it on your computer, get it off, it will cause you nothing but problems. It is a Trojan Horse that actually introduces more problems to your computer, which Systweak will "fix" for hundreds more dollars. STAY AWAY!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Must Be Missing Something!"

    September 8, 2012  |   By secone

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    This good all-in-one optimizing tool has already replaced my Spyware Doctor, Captain Optimizer, and Registry Commander. It would replace my Diskeeper Defragmenter; but, I have been with them too many years to give them up.

    Cons

    I see no 'cons' to this product at all.

    Summary

    I think the product works well and in some cases, better than advertised. I feel for the folks having problems with the program; but, my system (which wasn't looking for help to begin with) seems to like Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T DO IT!!!"

    June 5, 2012  |   By bxyzk

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    Appears to have everything you need to fix or improve your PC but....

    Cons

    My PC started freezing up 3-4 times a day after using AOS. Nothing CCleaner and Windows built-in Disk Defragmenter can't do. I had to restore from a prior restore point to get my machine back to the way it was. Paid $49 for a 3-machine license and Herman Street wouldn't give me a refund!!

    Summary

    Learn from my mistake... do not let it optimize your system. You have been warned!! If you insist on doing so, I have a 3-PC license that I can sell you for half the price ;-)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not free!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    February 28, 2012  |   By yilonglin

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    find lots of errors with scan

    Cons

    not free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    don't download it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So much for so less !!!!"

    September 4, 2011  |   By ClarenceRiley

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    All the utilities in the software are very useful and effective.

    Cons

    Not any for the moment.

    Summary

    If you go to purchase all the utilities in here seperately then the cost will be approximately 10-15 times more...Huge collection of useful tools for a very nominal price....Amazing!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crap screwed me over"

    September 2, 2011  |   By offthewall96

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    not that any i could see due to crashing my computer

    Cons

    stuck on 4bit color at lowest resolution

    Summary

    screwed me over messed up my video card driver so now i have 0mb of memory plus it messed up my net.framwork 2 so i cant uninstall or fixed so mad at this company been trying to fix for hours with no result going to have to reinstall windows -.-

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What a PILE"

    August 26, 2011  |   By Smartply

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    Dont make me laugh!!!!!

    Cons

    A waste of hard drive space ,almost impossible to remove as the uninstall just keeps pushing their crappy product.

    Summary

    STAY AWAY I am really surprised that CNET allows trash like this on their otherwise good website,makes me wary of trying other software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I use it frequently, once a week."

    August 16, 2011  |   By TRI4

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    Simple to use. Makes my PC run faster, I usually can tell the speed difference, it becomes sluggish when I don't use it to clean out.

    Cons

    The process is a little slow but the result is worth the wait.

    Summary

    It does what I wanted from it

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Slow but good problem finder."

    July 20, 2011  |   By Arisen_ninja

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    Detects things that other system care, error, virus, and other detectors doesn't detect.

    Cons

    Takes way too long to scan and fix certain things.

    Summary

    I would only use ASO if you have lots of patients.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a very comprehensive registry cleaner and optimizer"

    July 2, 2011  |   By caseyclaassen

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.1.648.6846

    Pros

    also compacts the registry files

    Cons

    flags empty keys as errors, which some users may not consider to be errors

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