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Smart Defrag 2

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There are plenty of downloadable defrag utilities to choose from, but it's hard to beat the ease of use and helpful extras in IOBit's Smart Defrag.

With this utility you can quickly analyze your hard drive to check the level of defragmentation before committing to a scan. The interface shows you different colored blocks representing fragmented files, frequently used files, and more, with a helpful key to show what each colored block represents.

When you're ready to pull the trigger, you can choose from a straight defragmentation (fastest), or have Smart Defrag perform either a fast or "deep" optimization after defragmentation. Our test machine has a rather full hard drive, so even using the fast optimization took close to 40 minutes. Depending on your hard drive and level of defragmentation, your mileage may vary.

In addition to the solid defragmentation tools, you can have Smart Defrag automatically defrag the files you use the most without significantly slowing down your system. Even while performing a full defragmention and optimization run, the program barely uses as much as 25MB of RAM, and with just the auto-defrag running continually, it uses about half that amount.

Smart Defrag offers a few extras, including a scheduler so you can set it up to only defrag during downtime on your computer. You can set it to run scans on bootup or even have the app shut down your computer when it's done defragging selected hard drives or partitions.

It's important to note that Smart Defrag is not as essential for those running Windows 7 because the OS defrags continually on it's own. But if you run external drives connected to a Windows 7 computer, this utility will still come in handy for keeping them running smoothly.

Overall, if you want a quick and solid defrag utility to make your computer run more smoothly, with added options for scheduling and other extras, you should definitely download this program. Both beginner and advanced users will have no trouble operating this solid utility.

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    out of 2,908 votes

    • 5 star: 1438
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    • 3 star: 156
    • 2 star: 71
    • 1 star: 140
  • Current version:

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    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE!!!"

    May 12, 2013  |   By societyofrobots1

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    malware!!!

    Cons

    malware!!!

    Summary

    Changes your DNS settings, installs 3rd party software, installs "helpers" into your browsers that are very resistant to deleting, sets software to run during startup without permission, etc etc.

    This is the second program on cnet I've seen that does this. My trust for cnet downloads is now zero.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great defrag"

    April 13, 2013  |   By Jim Brunner

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    I have used this program for several years, and have experienced no problems at all. It's fast and efficient.

    Cons

    I have found none.

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this program if you're looking for a "smart defrager."

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good easy to use defrag"

    March 19, 2013  |   By ducatipilot

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    good easy to use defrag

    Cons

    i have been using it for about 4 years and no complaints

    Summary

    my defrag of choice

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product!"

    March 2, 2013  |   By gbarber54

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    Since I am not a computer expert, I'll leave the Pros to the "Pros"

    Cons

    No Draw Backs that I can think of.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Only works when it's in the mood."

    February 28, 2013  |   By Dan_Grant

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    Easy to use and has a boot-time defrag option.

    Cons

    DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK.
    Smart Defrag worked perfectly on my old XP system, but since upgrading to a Win7 laptop I have found that Smart Defrag only works about 20% of the time. When I load it up and click on either 'defrag' or 'analyse' (it doesn't matter which) the chances are it will act as if it's about to start, but then it just stops and sits idly again.
    Annoyingly, I can't even seem to find an easy link to tell IOBit about the problem.

    Summary

    This might work on your system, but it doesn't work properly on mine.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "3rd Party Software Installed Even When Opting Out"

    February 27, 2013  |   By Ken_Saunders

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    Ok if you want your browser settings highjacked.

    Cons

    I will never use another IOBit product again. At least not until they stop all 3rd party software deals/installs.
    I specifically unchecked the options to install an IOBit toolbar yet it and some other browser add-on and software was installed onto my system and installed into every Mozilla Firefox profile and version (Aurora, Nightly, etc). Probably for IE too, but I didn't check.

    I have 12 Firefox profiles and have had to create new profiles for all.

    An example of what IObit does.
    user_pref("browser.keywordURLPromptDeclined", 1);
    user_pref("browser.keywordURLPromptDeclined", 1);
    user_pref("browser.search.defaultenginename", "Yahoo");
    user_pref("browser.search.selectedEngine", "Yahoo");
    user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=greentree_ff1&ei=utf-8&ilc=12&type=902615&p=");
    user_pref("browser.search.param.yahoo-fr", "chr-greentree_ff&ilc=12&type=902615");
    user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://search.yahoo.com?type=902615&fr=spigot-yhp-ff");

    Summary

    The software may be good, but the company has lost my trust and I highly suggest that others do not even take the risk of using IObit software until they cut all 3rd party deals or, they start using reputable companies/services, -and-, they are transparent about what is being installed and they do not jam it into my system.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best"

    February 20, 2013  |   By 1dustpelt

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    This is a great tool.
    - Has many different options for defragmenting
    - Very good and usable interface
    - Customizable settings
    - Besides simply defragmenting, also optimizes disk
    - Light on resources

    Cons

    - A few minor advertisements

    Summary

    This is a great tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best"

    February 11, 2013  |   By ritter002

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    Works like a charm

    Cons

    Absolutely none

    Summary

    The 2 reviews before mine appear that they have a malware infestation. There is a fake defragmenter program called "Smart Defragmenter", and it is not associated with "Smart Defrag 2". Smart Defrag 2 has been tested to be virus and malware free. Go here to see the results of the testing.

    http://smart-defrag.en.lo4d.com/virus-malware-tests

    This next site will give you information on the fake defragmenter program.

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-smart-defragmenter

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adware, Spyware, Malware"

    January 29, 2013  |   By Phibo35

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    On the plus side, Smart Defrag seems to have good options for defragging system files on bootup - a feature not available in many free or purchased defrag applications.

    Cons

    Makes multiple changes to your browsers and to Windows startup, even if you opt out of these features during installation. Installs multiple adware and spyware applications. Changes homepage, search engine, and startup behavior of browsers (I had Firefox set to open previously opened tabs on startup - this was change to always start Yahoo home page).

    Uninstall doesn't remove the installed adware and spyware, let alone the changes they've made to your system.
    ____________

    Defragging seemed a l little slow.

    Summary

    Avoid this program - whatever it's benefits, it installs adware and spyware, so it is malware itself.

    Updated on Jan 29, 2013

    Version Reviewed: 2.7.0.1165

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains Browser hijack malware"

    January 28, 2013  |   By roelandtaams

    Version: Smart Defrag 2 2.7.0.1165

    Pros

    Nice scanner

    Cons

    Installs a browser hijack from Spigot that replaces the default search in your browser (FF, IE, CH) with Yahoo and collect browser history.

    It installs a service called SearchSettings.exe that changes the search back to Yahoo after you manualy reset your browser to your default search.

    Summary

    This program should not on Download.com

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