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Advanced SystemCare Free

CNET Editors' review

Advanced SystemCare Free 4 wants to be it all when it comes to keeping your system clean. It gives you a wealth of tools, rolling many of parent company IOBit's better-known system utilities--or at least those utilities' engines--into one convenient package.

The program's Quick Care option includes the ability to clean your Registry, perform a rudimentary malware scan, fix and remove broken shortcuts, delete junk files, and erase browsing tracks. It's no accident that to make the process even faster, with even less of a need for user input, that you can configure it to run on system start-up.

The Deep Care option adds several features to Quick Care. These include a deeper Registry clean, disk defragmenting, a "Windows vulnerability fix" and a "Passive Defense" that don't readily define what they do, and a system optimization option with several optimization presets. Advanced SystemCare Free has a fantastic range of features, but its Quick Care options are most transparent with how they'll affect your computer. Fortunately, the program's log records all of its activities. We'd just like to find out how a program like this is going to change our computer before it effects those changes.

Scan times will vary depending on which options you choose, although we found a Deep Care scan with all the options activated to be blazingly fast. It completed in less than 10 minutes, which isn't a long time for a system-invasive program like this. Much of the performance is owed to the new scanning engine, which can fix up to 10 problems simultaneously. The previous version could only handle eight.

There are a several new skins in version 4, along with a new performance-monitoring bar so you can more readily observe and gauge the program's progress. The Utilities section has been replaced with IOBit Toolbox integration, which is sort of confusing. Some of the options take you to IOBit's program download page, such as the Disk Defragmenter options. Other choices simply open a power user's configuration window.

One part of the program we recommend new users avoid, or at least use with extreme caution: the Turbo Boost. Turbo Boost will disable core system services in an attempt to accelerate your computer's performance. Some of these include Windows Update and keyboard hot keys, and we wish that this section of the program was more explicit about how it can affect your computer.

To its credit, though, Advanced SystemCare Free includes a Rescue point creation tool, so it's not hard to undo changes if you've had the foresight to make a rescue point. A smaller problem is that some of the program's options open in new windows, while others open in the same window. Those in the same window have convenient back-navigation buttons in the upper left; those in new windows are sometimes overlaid directly on top of the previous window and make it hard to see how to return to the previous screen.

Overall, we like Advanced SystemCare Free's toolset, performance, and convenience, yet still wish the program was more explicit about how it changes your computer.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 11,873 votes

    • 5 star: 6158
    • 4 star: 3935
    • 3 star: 661
    • 2 star: 304
    • 1 star: 815
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 242 votes

    • 5 star: 101
    • 4 star: 77
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 26
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to understand and works great for freeware"

    August 15, 2011  |   By haredevil

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Cleans the registry nicely.

    Cons

    Turbo Boost messes with my printer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great for me!"

    August 14, 2011  |   By Bensubaru

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Does what it's supposed to, no fuss!
    Keeps my computer in tip-top condition.

    Cons

    Deep care function takes ages!

    Summary

    This is great for free, does the job, improves PC performance. Would recommend to anyone.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE IF USING MULTI OS"

    August 13, 2011  |   By Older man

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Was the best until they brought out " 4 "

    Cons

    I run XP; Vista and Windows 7, as you know the drive letters change depending on which OS you are running. ASC 4 sees the change in drive/partition letters as conflicts in the registry and after the 'repairs'
    I ended up having to reinstall all.

    Summary

    Sorry ASC, you original / earlier versions were a godsend to me. I just used the computer and left your program to clean up after me, which it did very well. Your ASC 4 is probably just as good but only if you are running just the one OS.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nag screen"

    August 11, 2011  |   By Danialde4

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    -Great registry cleaner
    -good clean up
    -good sofware but nag screen

    Cons

    -nag screen
    -slow down my PC
    -

    Summary

    IOBit need improvement.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Dont upgrade or install this!"

    August 10, 2011  |   By TheGreatCrazyDane

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Does good helps your pc,safe,fast

    Cons

    no turbo boost and not as many things available.

    Summary

    Bottom line- go to http://www.freewarefiles.com/downloads_counter.php?programid=14264
    and download advanced system care 3 more things also turbo boost and a lot better trust me 4 year user.and site is safe.

    OR!!! download this run it and everything it offer then uninstall it then download asc3 for best results.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "ASC has worked great for me, it does what it says..."

    August 8, 2011  |   By juniorsentry

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Like someone said, it is a really good program for a beginner, I agree, that is why I still use daily, it is teaching me the basics on computer maintenance.

    Cons

    I agree with what the cnet editor stated about the program above, that the designers/makers of ASC do not openly explain how the software is doing what it does.

    Summary

    I have not ran into any problems with ASC so far, knock on wood, because even being new at this, I know as well as anyone else who uses software programs- ya never know!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "who said its good? quit it!"

    August 7, 2011  |   By Daferson

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    better interface, replaced old icons

    Cons

    I agree with all reviewers who said ASC 4 isn't good at all. its a vague cleaner rather than being specific. lame, frustrating, irritating, not reliable.

    Summary

    I have been using the Pro v3.6 for a years and it helps me a bit. I also use tune up and they both work fine. when i tried to upgrade it to v4, ITS KILLING ME. it takes eternity to load after reboot and it freezes my notebook (win7 ultimate 32bits 2gb ram) to death! and after it FINALLY show up, there's nothing to feel impressive for. it still works vaguely. i agree with one of the criticizer whom said that iobit isn't trustful, that even WOT web of trust only gave the company website a poor rate of an orange! im not letting this one near my registry.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very efficient, easy to use."

    August 7, 2011  |   By templar77

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    I don't need 3 different programs .

    Cons

    there are times it won't run so a uninstall & reinstall has to be executed for it to run properly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total piece of junk!"

    August 6, 2011  |   By pickycustomer

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Free junk! That says it all!

    Cons

    It's junk, Period.

    Summary

    I would rather use CCleaner or WinUtilities Free. At least they work without using another company's data base (MalwareBytes.org). Run away as fast as you can.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "A few bugs, not worth paying for."

    August 6, 2011  |   By gas4harley

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1

    Pros

    Does help to a small degree.

    Cons

    automatic care does not work. Tried uninstalling & reinstalling with same results.

    Summary

    I brought the pro edition. automatic care does not work, all of the summary list that show the problems that just got fixed shows N/A instead of how many problems were fixed. No customer support for PRO. (They said they do but don't respond) Remember don't always believe the great reviews on products. These days people are being paid to write them.

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