Avast GrimeFighter

Avast GrimeFighter

Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.0.79
  • Total Downloads:
    18,359
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (Scan-only); $24.99 to buy

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1 stars

"False advertising and lack of control over product"

December 03, 2014  |  By lhefton

 |  Version: Avast GrimeFighter 9.0.0.79

Pros

Probably cleans some things

Cons

1) "30 day money back guarantee" is FALSE ADVERTISING; I realised after buying and requesting a refund three times before the 30 days just ran out that they only refund if it's broken...the terms are not made obvious to purchasers and the "guarantee" on their front page is dishonest.

2) You have no control over what it does to your computer. You can't even see the scan of what it's about to do. And considering that Avast blocks some of my legitimate software, and that the business software I use requires very specific computer settings, I don't want it just whacking away at my computer's settings and start-up programs without even telling me what's going on. Just get CCleaner, it does well enough.

Summary

Dishonest company and terrible product, unless you don't need or want any control over changes to your computer.

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3 stars

"Entertaining But Not So Helpful!"

June 05, 2014  |  By jstifel

 |  Version: Avast GrimeFighter 9.0.0.79

Pros

I think it cleaned up a few things

Cons

Didn't clean up enough and put back fingerprint roll-on that I had disabled before, so I had to figure out how to disable it again. Also killed some of the icons on my desktop that I need.

Summary

I hope Avast can improve this program so that it functions as expected. It took a very long time, maybe over two hours the first and then again the second time I used it. It said it found a lot of "grime," so I was expecting it to get past the sluggish performance and load my desktop and get me into production quickly after a restart, but it really did very little to improve performance or start-up speed, and it made some changes I didn't like. The second time I ran it, I discovered that you can select what changes to accept or decline. I had not realized that the first time.

Also, I'm not understanding why I had to even run it a second time. That company which advertises on TV all the time that it fixes your PC promises to do all the same things, but I never bought into that and figured that Avast would do a better job.

My PC is still running very sluggish and when I do a restart it still takes a long time for the desktop to come up and for the icons for Avast and my internet connection to load up.

As I used to troubleshoot PC systems professionally, before M$$ hid all the ini files and such so we could make our own repairs, not being able to get my PC running smoothly or quickly really frustrates me. I think Avast has more work to do on this program before it is truly effective.

But, I have to say, the little Minions are very amusing, so the program has good entertainment value.

I've scanned it with Avast, Malwarebytes, Ccleaner, and now Grime Fighters and there is still some kind of Muldavian Crud in there that is playing Hide and Seek. GRRRRRR!!

I HATE the Win 8 OS and have it on a new computer, which is shut down and shoved under a chair. I want my good XP Pro sp3 back again.

Judi

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4 stars

"Actually worked and sped up my Win7 laptop"

May 08, 2014  |  By brucequinn649

 |  Version: Avast GrimeFighter 9.0.0.79

Pros

I use Avast (free) for an antivirus program. It kept advertising Avast Grimefinder, and the free option found "N" problems it promised to fix. For some reason I actually shelled out dollars for out. It actually sped up my boot time considerably. BTW it will "auto clean" after running on startup in Linux, but, it will also tell you what it found. All the value seems to be in the first run. When I ran it at 30 and 60 days, it found very very little new. As far as actually "running" - no problem.

Cons

Can't say if it is better than other options that might be true freeware or cheaper.

Summary

Paying for it didn't drive me crazy and it actually worked, especially the first time.

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5 stars

"The "Minions" do it all for me"

April 23, 2014  |  By phiasowright

 |  Version: Avast GrimeFighter 9.0.0.79

Pros

Don't need to be an IT programmer

Cons

Shopping cart process

Summary

With some apps for cleaning I could barely operate them because I didn't understand what they wanted from me, but grimefighter just goes when I need it to. First time I ran it, it cleaned up about 4 GB of trash and now my computer is faster.

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5 stars

"Gave my old Lenovo ThinkPad new life"

April 21, 2014  |  By Diverdeb

 |  Version: Avast GrimeFighter 9.0.0.79

Pros

Easy-to-use with cute minions that explained in simple language what they were doing. I could surf the web while the clean-up was taking place.

Cons

None really. It took a while, but that was to be expected with all the files it had to go through.

Summary

Worth the effort to regain some space and speed on an older laptop that still has some life left in it.

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5 stars

"Can make your old computer work faster"

April 19, 2014  |  By snowjohnx

 |  Version: Avast GrimeFighter 9.0.0.79

Pros

very easy to install
easy to use
its really for non IT and non technical people.
nice graphics

Cons

take some time to do its job, so you can make yourself a nice coffee :-)
can be cheaper
it needs to reboot our computer.

Summary

We have some older computers in the family as well as some new ones, all running Windows from Windows XP to Windows 7.
It seems to me they now run faster than before and the XP one with the small disk has a significant more disk space now.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.0.79
New advanced console. Now you can:
  • View all proposed optimizations
  • Customize actions that GrimeFighter should take
  • View and modify all suggested actions
  • Revert back to previous state in case you change your mind
New languages support. GrimeFighter is now available in: Arabic, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, Turkish, and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified).
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date April 09, 2014
Date Added April 10, 2014
Version 9.0.0.79
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.81MB
File Name grimefighter.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 18,359
Downloads Last Week 351
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Scan-only
Price $24.99

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