Advanced System Optimizer

Advanced System Optimizer

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 386 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.1.648.6846
File Size:
14.4MB
Date Added:
April 19, 2010
Price:
Free to try (Scan only, fix-disabled); $39.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
2,072,505
Downloads Last Week:
1,335
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download.

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 User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 386 votes

    • 5 star: 139
    • 4 star: 56
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 35
    • 1 star: 132
  • Current Version:

    3.4

    out of 56 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 16
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  • 5 stars

    "Great utility for a well put together PC."

    August 29, 2014   |   By vern62050

    Version: Advanced System Optimizer 3.6.1000.15950

    Pros

    I've purchased and used at least 20 different maintenance programs in the last 35 years that I have been using PC's to make my living on. Some are okay, some are ridiculously poor, even harmful, and some are very useful. I have to rate ASO as excellent compared to all of the other maintenance programs that I have used. I have studied all of the reviews that I have found on ASO and I think that anyone that gives this utility a poor rating should look into buying a new and different brand of computer.

    Cons

    The first time I used the driver utility was a poor experience. Lately though it seems to be considerably more accurate. Although I wouldn't recommend it for the novice user. And the advanced user needs to use caution. Also if it had an optimizer for SSD drives, if thats possible, it would be a more complete package.

    Summary

    A very good reasonably priced utility for keeping PC's uncluttered and running smoothly.

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