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Advanced SystemCare Free

CNET Editors' review

Advanced SystemCare Free 5 uses its powerful arsenal of optimization tools to keep your PC feeling fresh and clean. It also includes a couple of features that could help boost performance for either gaming or work purposes--your choice.

Advanced SystemCare'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 works in a flash, requires almost no user input, and to make things even easier, can be configured to run on system startup.

The Deep Care option, on the other hand, takes system care to another level. It performs all of the Quick Care items to a much deeper degree, plus it adds several other scans and fixes to its checklist, including disk defragmenting, a Windows vulnerability fix, and a system optimization with several presets. Understandably, this kind of deep digging can sometimes make a user nervous. Fortunately, the program's log records all of its activities, letting you see how each affects your computer.

Scan times for the Quick Care and Deep Care options differ significantly, yet, both processes still seem blazingly fast. For instance, we completed a Deep Care scan in approximately 15 minutes, which is an impressively short time for a system-invasive program like this.

Brand-new to version 5 is the Active Boost function, which runs in the background and automatically improves PC performance by managing your system resources. We recommend enabling it, as it even keeps a log of all the active processes that it manages to speed up. Also important, Version 5 connects to the cloud in order to keep its database up to date.

As for Advanced SystemCare's user interface, we were impressed, to say the least. The main dashboard is superclean, with nifty icons and intuitive navigation. Plus, there's an unimposing smiley face always at the bottom of the screen, indicating your PC's overall health. If you click the Status button next to the smiley, you can also get more detailed info from the system performance monitor.

One part of the program we recommend new users approach with extreme caution is the Turbo Boost, which can be set to optimize for either gaming or work purposes. It sounds fun, but you must first configure the tool by telling it which core system services to disable in order to accelerate your computer's performance. Since the Turbo Boost section doesn't spell out how disabling these services might affect your computer, we highly recommend doing your research before exploring. To its credit, though, Advanced SystemCare can create rescue points, so it's not hard to undo changes if you end up making any mistakes.

One small problem we found was 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. Also, we were a bit turned off by the cleverly disguised ad for Roboform Password Manager during installation. It looks a bit like a terms-of-service sheet, so be sure to read carefully before your instincts kick in and you automatically click Accept.

Overall, we love Advanced SystemCare's toolset, performance, and convenience. Sure, we wish the program were more explicit about how it changes your computer, but we still think it's an awesome all-in-one system utility, and we highly recommend downloading it.

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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:

    4.3 stars

    out of 246 votes

    • 5 star: 161
    • 4 star: 49
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 20
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  • 1.0 stars

    "well, had to format my pc after using it"

    October 11, 2012  |   By JuveDel

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    the 1st time it freed some space

    Cons

    tried the gaming mode and now there are no aero themes fpr desktop no internet.. the usbs dont work at all cant access the internet or anything.. am formatting the the pc at the moment

    Summary

    If you download it use it only to free space.. thats it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "seems to speed up my computer after running it"

    May 29, 2012  |   By bigdad1963

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    free
    better than nothing

    Cons

    not very automated

    Summary

    good for a free app

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good product for Free"

    May 29, 2012  |   By Bizzyditch69

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    Fast scanning

    Cons

    No cons at the moment, haven't used all tools yet

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Extremely reliable & Compatible w/All MS Oper Systems"

    May 29, 2012  |   By mtsf45

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    Easy to install, set-up, utilize and maintain

    Cons

    I have no complaints

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A software tool that does what it claims, FREE!"

    May 28, 2012  |   By stormyrocker

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    It gets right to work cleaning, fixing, and optimizing your computer.
    Advanced SystemCare finds malware other popular programs don't! You have full control over what it scans and what action it takes.
    A driver tool to easily update all your drivers - no more searching for websites and hunting down drivers.
    Fixes your registry for you - takes the guess work out of this daunting task. Many, many more!

    Cons

    You have to deal individually with each 'Cloned File' the Cloned File Scanner finds. I'd appreciate an option to remove the files you don't want included in the results and then the ability to delete all the duplicate files at once. Still a very helpful tool.

    Summary

    Advanced SystemCare is the best (and most affordable) weapon against Malware, Slow Computer Syndrome, Bad Registry Entries, Slow Internet, Fragmented Disk Drives, Poorly allocated Memory, Privacy Bandits (tracking cookies, loggers), Broken Links, Slow Start-up and Shutdown, System Vulnerabilities, Manual Driver Updating, and much more! Do yourself a favor and try Advanced SystemCare today...right now! You'll soon see what I'm so excited about.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great program"

    May 28, 2012  |   By gonzales27

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    recommend this program to all

    Cons

    did not find any

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy,effective,fast"

    May 28, 2012  |   By adamhh

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    intuitive,very effective free suite

    Cons

    none, really

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Endless pop ups are annoying."

    May 28, 2012  |   By pacificwalter

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    A good program with a lot of features.

    Cons

    Anytime you could be doing something on your computer and a pop up will offer you some promotional deal. Very annoying.

    Advanced System Care also automatically turns on certain features that are supposed to speed up your system but which, for most people, do absolutely nothing except provide an excuse for asc to keep running in the background.

    Summary

    A useful program with some irritating aspects.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do Not Pay for it"

    May 27, 2012  |   By Merrlin

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    An exceptional suite of tools that work fast and provide good options.

    Cons

    ***? I bought and paid for the tools and features to optimize my drive and registry, improve performance, etc and after a year it reverts to an unlicensed version. YAH, I just noticed the fine print. Believe me, had I realized I would lose the premium functionality after a year, I would have easily found a product that continues to work as expected after a year.

    What a RIP OFF! I don't care about malware updates I use another product for that., and feel free to discontinue product updates like everyone else when their product expires, but leave the functionality I paid for alone. I care about using the tools I paid for.

    Summary

    Even the paid version continues to spam with advertising bars. If you expect to get a product that will continue to fully function, less the updates of course after a year, then look for something else and read the fine print. There are numerous equally impressive competing utilities. Find something that won't bleed you annually.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "absolutly brilliant"

    May 27, 2012  |   By michael.mann13

    Version: Advanced SystemCare Free 5.2.0.223

    Pros

    it doas everything in one place.

    Cons

    no cons,fantastic.

    Summary

    superb.

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