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Advanced SystemCare

CNET Editors' review

Pros:

Lots of Tools: IOBit's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to Advanced SystemCare means you're bound to find something useful for your machine in its massive library of tools, tweakers, and cleaners.

One-Click Fix: Despite its daunting list of options, users shouldn't have trouble finding some kind of fix-all option. When in doubt, most users will probably opt for just that.

Cons:

Lackluster Redesign: Claims of a Metro-friendly redesign amount to nothing more than color changes, font tweaks to a thinner sans-serif type, and icon packs. Many tools are shortcuts to separate applications that are visually inconsistent and offer questionable value over default tools.

Tedious Uninstallation: Advanced SystemCare's setup is like a collection of shortcuts to other downloads. SystemCare's toolbox behaves more like a glorified stub installer for IOBit's other products than a true all-in-one program. Even after uninstalling SystemCare, you're forced to uninstall each individual app separately.

Final Verdict:

At first glance, Advanced SystemCare has everything you would think you'd ever need to keep a PC in tip-top shape: uninstallers, driver updaters, and so on. However, not all are better alternatives than their stock counterparts. For example, the Windows 8 Process Explorer is a much more usable solution.

Advanced SystemCare's user experience is a mixed bag. We didn't have any trouble opting for a one-click-fix solution for many of our computer "issues," but we took that option because of information overload.

If you have absolutely no security or tweaking tools, then it might be worth taking a look at Advanced SystemCare. The uninstallation process is tedious and inefficient, because the product treats each feature as a separate app. For defrag tools, malware protection, and even process explorers, we recommend downloading separate alternatives that offer a more focused but higher-quality approach to their respective tasks.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 11,871 votes

    • 5 star: 6156
    • 4 star: 3935
    • 3 star: 661
    • 2 star: 304
    • 1 star: 815
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "good program.. good service.. everything is good.."

    April 12, 2014  |   By xtnleigh

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    All program are very useful, and user-friendly.

    Cons

    Anti-Virus I think.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Waste of Time - Adware Included in the Free Version"

    April 11, 2014  |   By TedTheWaterHead

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    None - the free program is useless.

    Cons

    I work on computers full-time for a living (10 years) and I have to remove this program and all the spyware, junk programs, and adware programs and tool bars that comes with it. STAY AWAY FROM IT.

    Summary

    I BELIEVE THIS IS JUNK. VAPORWARE. DESIGNED TO GET YOU TO PURCHASE OTHER SOFTWARE THAT HAS VERY LITTLE BENEFIT.

    I suspect MANY of the reviews here are faked as they do not list any specifics about the software ... just nice fluffy words. ASC Free does NOT remove malware as one user above says, NOR does it tune up your PC. It DOES have a defragment tool ... but guess what? So does Windows! Windows AUTOMATICALLY defrags your hard drive once a week!! (look in your Windows Task Manager it is turned on by default).

    This "free" program is useless. I mean. Think about it. Why would there be something FREE?

    The pro version of ASC has Bitdefender which is actually a GOOD anti-virus program!! So if you need great anti-virus go and buy BitDfender. Why buy it through a middleman that bundles it with junkware?

    From the manufacturer: "The Pro version includes more automated tools: fuller system tune-up for speed, clean windows registry in depth, automatic and active optimization, malware & spyware scan and removal, 24/7 technical support, automatic updating, and different skins and themes."

    What the heck does "fuller system tune-up" mean? And if you need a registry cleaner get a real one that works (like CCleaner). It has a good reputation - ASC does not. ASC is NEVER recommended as a virus or malware cleaning tool by ANY of the experts. Trust me on this ... I use (AND THE EXPERTS USE) Malwarebytes Professional and Microsoft Security Essentials together to clean PC's and maintain them going forward.

    I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND BELIEVING THE RATINGS ON THIS PRODUCT. I THINK THEY ARE WRONG.

    ****** There is no substitute for having a good technician to fix a broken PC or the CORRECT software to clean and remove viruses, malware, spyware, and adware. I do not believe Advanced System Care will do what you think it will.

    Don't believe me? Go to a reputable site (like bleepingcomputer dot com forward slash forums) and see if they EVER recommend Advanced System Care. LOL. Better yet post there and ask if you should use it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SMOOTH GOOD RUNNING PROGRAM"

    April 11, 2014  |   By Lovell11472

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    SMOOTH GOOD RUNNING PROGRAM

    Cons

    SMOOTH GOOD RUNNING PROGRAM

    Summary

    SMOOTH GOOD RUNNING PROGRAM

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GREAT UPDATES TO THIS PROGRAM"

    April 3, 2014  |   By palsdad1946

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    SMOOTH GOOD RUNNING PROGRAM

    Cons

    NO PROBLEMS AS OF TO DAY 041/03/2014

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Hurts all Web Browsers"

    April 3, 2014  |  

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    Cleans pc's very well. Easy to install and uninstall

    Cons

    Stops all opening of Adobe Reader. Gives errors and will not let you download or open any pdf file.

    Summary

    Went to my local grocery store website to open the ad for the week and all I got was errors. Tried on my laptop and the same thing. Uninstalled all the I/O products and everything worked fine. I will stay with Malawarebytes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Needless to say"

    April 2, 2014  |   By jesse_spingarns

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    Needless to say, I got banned. That's one web site where your opinion doesn't count and you get kicked out for disagreeing with their demi-gods. I have total faith in the ability of the program and ASC has never messed up a system of mine yet. Nor has it messed up a computer I've installed it on.

    Cons

    I took this stand because I have used ASC for a number of years now.

    Summary

    Therefore I believe in it. I've just lost a lot of faith in Iobit over the last 6 months or so because they don't give you the option to install their freeware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I have never had a problem with it."

    April 1, 2014  |   By w8ork951

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    I downloaded the wrong thing but thanks to the tech. people they helped me get the right thing again.

    Cons

    I didn't pay attention and downloaded the wrong product.

    Summary

    I have never had any trouble with the product only downloading the wrong thing and the tech. people really helped me out in getting the right program again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like and have used this for 6 years"

    April 1, 2014  |   By usernamebillusername

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    I used this free for 6 months and then bought it. After the sub ran out I kept the free version and use it every day. I think it's great and have for the past 6 years.

    Cons

    The same as all the other progams here, they ask you to buy it over and over.

    Summary

    Custom install and read the directions so you don't get mad when you download the other programs offered.



    I'm tired of reading the same thing from irrational teens over and over again, "it installed a virus on my computer!".

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The free utilities are a heaven scent, living on s.s."

    March 28, 2014  |   By Doc121

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    Does am excellent job of keeping my computer fast and clean.

    Cons

    On the free versions they no longer keep everything active when you scan. They only left about 3 functions working.

    Summary

    All in all a good utility program. When I renewed my yearly license I though it would cover my other 2 laptops. It didn't, so I use Piri Form CC Cleaner to do what the free version of ASC no longer does.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Overall a good program for removing malware."

    March 26, 2014  |   By BarryRosie

    Version: Advanced SystemCare 7.2.1.434

    Pros

    Easy to use.
    Many different programs included to scan computer.

    Cons

    Links given to download extra apps/programs do not work. I had to go online and search down the programs for the free version of ASC. Even in the professional version the links did not work. I had to write to ASC and have them provide me links for the three professional programs that were included in the professional version of ASC. The links should be checked by ASC. It would save a lot of hassle for the people who use the free version of ASC, or purchase the professional version of ASC. Working links would also help ASC as there would be a LOT less people contacting them because of links to programs that do not work.

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