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Advanced SystemCare Free

CNET Editors' review

This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn't confuse you with multiple steps.

The Maintain Windows section focuses on four areas of maintenance: spyware removal, Registry cleaning, a privacy sweep, and deletion of junk files. The Diagnose System button provides system optimization tools, detects spyware, defragments your disk, and scans for hijacked Windows settings. In our tests the scan and clean for each of these areas took less than 10 minutes to complete. In many of these scans, it is difficult to tell what exactly is being accomplished by some of the tools, but we were able to test against other trusted apps, which confirmed Advanced SystemCare's efficacy in those areas.

Under the utilities section you are given several tools, which are similar to plug-ins, for other areas of optimization and diagnostic tests. Overall, Advanced SystemCare Free is a good way to maintain your system's speed and clear out junk files, but you'll need to remember to run it regularly because scheduling of scans is only available in the paid Pro version.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 11,872 votes

    • 5 star: 6157
    • 4 star: 3935
    • 3 star: 661
    • 2 star: 304
    • 1 star: 815
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 2.0 stars

    "I LOVED AWC, THIS I DON´T"

    March 22, 2009  |   By Jim Kovacs

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    I loved AWC.
    Now ASCF is VERY intrusive. No Like !
    I don´t need that, I use CCleaner for years, and SpywareBlaster and Firefox, + AVAST! free.
    Hey, NOTHING can get past that combination and it is all FREE
    ALSO, MY MACHINES RUN FASTER NOW !

    Cons

    AWC was wonderful, tasty...
    ASC is intrusive, not clear, and not for me.
    PLUS it slows down my systems (proven).
    Not the same..... you guys changed geeks !

    Summary

    I installed and uninstalled this TWICE on one main machine and two laptops.
    Sorry, don´t like it or need it, CCleaner + Firefox + AVAST work just great.
    Sorry, I really liked AWC. I run XP, this looks like Vista.
    NO Go

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quick and simple Windows maintenance"

    December 31, 2008  |   By pawn2queens

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    One button does everything

    Cons

    Not sure about some of the extra utilities - e, g. some of the suggested driver updates are not appropriate

    Summary

    Easy to use and excellent value for money!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Comprehensive, but easy"

    December 21, 2008  |   By Grateful2

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    Has many tools that deal with the maintaing the registry, maintaing Windows, and even scans for Spyware with automatic updates. This all-in-one product is quite comprehensive.

    Cons

    I haven't run into any yet. The program gives me an automatic System Restore Point evey time I open the program. I imagine that it would reverse any errors it makes.

    Summary

    This is a must-have program for evey windows user. And the price is right! I couldn't imagine what the shareware PRO version was like until I went to the IObit.com website where they have a comparison chart of the 2 programs. That way you can easily see if the freeware version is enough for you.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Versatile & fast, but be cautious"

    December 21, 2008  |   By hfrankfurt

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    1. nice-looking interface
    2. many, many, MANY user tools, ranging from RAM optimizer to security tools and lots of others
    3. relatively fast scanning & very quick repair

    Cons

    A little too powerful... be careful when using the System Optimizer under the "Diagnose System" tab, as it can set back a lot of settings you probably won't want changed. Also prepare for a slower startup.

    Summary

    In general, SystemCare is a really polished programme. And I spent almost an hour trying out all of the tools it came with -- really nice stuff.
    There's a few setbacks that need re-mentioning though. First, the tool that checks for updates to your programmes is whacky -- if there are any beta versions out there, it will suggest updating; and it sometimes is just plain wrong (it said that I should update to Yahoo Widgets v14, which doesn't exist).
    Second, the registry "repairs" can make it so Task Manager and other things look like they're from Windows95.
    And lastly, I found the startup time greatly slowed after installing...

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A quick way to clean up Windows"

    December 21, 2008  |   By Figaro14

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    Very, very easy to use. Not much you have to think about when running each of the programs. Its as close to 100% automatic as a program can get

    Cons

    It will produce a nag screen trying to get you to buy an upgraded version.

    Summary

    It appears to do what it says it does and you can set it to always do a back up before running it. I'm a bit confused as to those who say its slowing their system down. You can opt not to have the program run except when you want to do a cleaning.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not noobs out there"

    December 21, 2008  |   By Genius_Scientist

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    For only pro use i don't reccomend on noobs,a good one it diagnose my comp very fast and repair any kind of damage registry

    Cons

    it slows my pc when i first install it,and it lie that it was free but only free to use..

    Summary

    Good

    Updated on Dec 21, 2008

    I don't really trust this one it can mess up your comp only one steps that is not right,you be careful.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST of the kind - free or otherwise."

    December 20, 2008  |   By msd640

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    Does what it says. REALLY gives you that new PC feeling.

    Cons

    Limited functionality of the freeware version.

    Summary

    It is freeware. It works, and works well. Interface is simplicity itself. What more can one ask for.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WONDERFUL !!!"

    December 20, 2008  |   By pro_59_ssa

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    Ease of use. Will help remove a lot of other programs. You can kill free-ram xp pro. As well as IO Defrag. Has a lot of other cool stuff to make life better. A must have for your tool box. 6 STARS.

    Cons

    None yet. I still have to try it out on my Eurocom D90xC to see how it likes 8 Gb. Ram

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked golden!"

    December 20, 2008  |   By tosandrew

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    Has lots of useful tools like RAM Optomizer, program uninstaller, Internet/Firefox optomizer, defragger, and a great scanner/repairer.

    Cons

    None that I can think of yet.

    Summary

    I recommend this program to anyone who wants a faster, safer computer system. I had two of my friends get it, and they completely loved it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Actually Slows Down System"

    December 19, 2008  |   By Marcap

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 3.1.0

    Pros

    Looks pretty, but that's about it.

    Cons

    Not really free. You MUST pay in order to access any of the program's worthwhile features. While it does free up some RAM allowing more programs to run, the overall performance of your system will likely be degraded significantly.

    Summary

    Claims are false and misleading. In my opinion, it is not worth the effort, except for perhaps its registry fix function, but even that is nothing special. The bottom line is that you will most likely not notice any significant overall improvement in your system's performance despite the program's claim to the contrary.

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