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Ashampoo WinOptimizer

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Keeping your car running like a champ requires a bit of maintenance now and again. When that time arises, you want to take your beloved to a mechanic you trust. The same holds true for your computer. You'll want to use a trusted maintenance/optimization suite, one that has done you right in the past and has kept your operating system healthy.

Ashampoo WinOptimizer sports a clean, professional interface. You can go for the One-Click Optimization feature, which runs program at pre-determined settings, or run each of the 22 included tools individually. These are categorized under six groups: Clean up, Optimize, Privacy and security, Tune system settings, Diagnosis, and File tools. Within each category, specific features are listed on the right which makes for an easy two-pane navigation.

In addition to system tweaks, WinOptimizer comes with two skins and can create backups so that any changes can be undone. All of the tools, from the drive cleaner to defragger to the file splitter, ran without a hitch, smoothly and without disrupting other programs, and were effective. Novice users will appreciate the ease of use while pro users will find plenty of ways to get their hands dirty.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 1,625 votes

    • 5 star: 714
    • 4 star: 528
    • 3 star: 140
    • 2 star: 72
    • 1 star: 171
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 125 votes

    • 5 star: 61
    • 4 star: 46
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Stable, useful and informative utility."

    September 29, 2008  |   By stewart_thompson

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    Used for years. Always stable and brings up surprising results. There is more to this software than is immediately obvious. The disk space explorer for example is very handy and it cleans up the debris after a windows update very effectively.

    Cons

    No negative comments. IIt sits quietly on my machine until required and works well when called upon.

    Summary

    I like reasonably priced software that loads and runs reliably. This does.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much improved over V4"

    September 28, 2008  |   By Royb60

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    The looks are good and simple to operate

    Cons

    Found none as yet

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Software O.K."

    September 28, 2008  |  

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Not Vista 64bit compatible - Gadget needs to get around the Account Control without having to turn it off, and install its self into the Program directory and not the Program(86) directory by default (the gadget then works).

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Easy to use but not for me."

    September 28, 2008  |  

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    After the first and only use I had trouble with my computer.

    Summary

    After running the software the next time I booted up, my computer got so far and then shut down.This happened many times and it took me a long time to sort it out.I had no trouble like this before running the software and will not risk using it again.The main problem seemed to be connected with the McCafee Firewall, which I eventually had to remove to get my PC running again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Blistering"

    September 20, 2008  |   By Donuttah

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    Fast and easy system maintenance. Cool interface

    Cons

    Needs an overall progress bar. Totally hogs the system when running, but livable with considering the genuine enhancements it provides

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  • 4.0 stars

    "True to it's name, WinOptimizer!"

    September 19, 2008  |   By jnplps

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    User friendly, one click optimization is great and can save you a heap of time, compared to trying to do it manually by digging your way through all the hidden and varied windows settings

    Cons

    None,zilch,nein

    Summary

    This is my third update of WinOptimizer. I highly Recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "klasse , super ,very happy with the new apps"

    September 18, 2008  |   By tomk

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    it basic ease of use ,great

    Cons

    some times simple is not always the way to move forward

    Summary

    its a great product for the word go ,keeping in mind that the begginners would love this program ,because of it simplistic uses

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good value for money"

    September 16, 2008  |  

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    Very easy to use, excellent value for money

    Cons

    Carefull with the one click solution might delete something you need so check all files before final delete its worthwhile.

    Summary

    Could do with a few more features but for the price can't complain really

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it dont load right in my pc"

    September 15, 2008  |   By keachglee

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    the older program

    Cons

    that it dont seem to work on my pc

    Summary

    I dont like the fact I bought this program and it is not working I went to the tect many time to get help but it is still not working right after 30 or so warning baxs come up I can get it to run once but I hae no control of what it deletes or just to run ti right, the older program I had worked great but this one is giveing me problms I am waiting to see if I load it from a cd if it will work right, if it dont I am getting my money back and reloading the old one

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Problems on computers using Vista. Winoptimizer5 worked"

    September 12, 2008  |   By awrais

    Version: Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5.05

    Pros

    Stabilised systems,speeded up startups and general running. No problems after auto fixes, as with some programs.

    Cons

    What memory do I have and is it in order. May be I havent found it yet.

    Summary

    WinOptimizer 5 is easy to understand and use. It has improved my system in speed and stability.Unlike other similar programs has given me no problems

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