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Smart Defrag 3

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Smart Defrag 3 hits all the notes you'd expect from a defragger, but it is too aggressive in terms of advertising. It throws recommendations for other programs at you at every turn. Still, it makes up for that pestering with performance that rivals most defrag programs for Windows.

This program tries to replace Windows' default defragmentation widget by being more advanced and offering more style, features, and customizations. We're not kidding about replacing, either -- the program will turn off your usual defragmenter and install other programs if you don't uncheck those options during install, so be careful. Once you have Smart Defrag 3 installed, you'll be very happy with its futuristic layout that offers some customization and a nice hard drive map that is a delight to read. It lets you set automatic and boot time defrags, as well -- but you might want to program those to happen when you're not using your computer, as the program took upwards of 30 minutes to defrag when we tested it. It was smart enough to recognize our SSD and not defrag it, though. The program has an "action center" that claims to recommend performance fixes, but they are all just recommendations for other programs made by the app's developers.

It's not as if those programs are bad, by any means, it's just a little obnoxious to see nonstop advertisements for other programs. Outside of that and somewhat slow performance, Smart Defrag 3 offers everything you'd want in a defragmenting program. It's a fine replacement for Windows' default and compares favorably to top programs like Defraggler.

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  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 2,908 votes

    • 5 star: 1438
    • 4 star: 1102
    • 3 star: 156
    • 2 star: 71
    • 1 star: 140
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "I think the software is easy to use and understand."

    April 14, 2014  |   By gregory_arden

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    I think the software is easy to use and understand.

    Cons

    I think the software is easy to use and understand.

    Summary

    I put it on a mans computer who was 84 year old and he even found it easy to use.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I think the software is easy to use and understand."

    April 10, 2014  |   By barneyseeger

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    I think the software is easy to use and understand. I put it on a mans computer who was 84 year old and he even found it easy to use.

    Cons

    I also think it is fast for what is does.

    Summary

    The reason I say that is yes there are faster defragers out there but do they do the job they should.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Versions 3.x include generally unwanted programs"

    April 10, 2014  |   By dwcumbes

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    The degfrgmentation and optimization features seem as good as the old versions.

    Cons

    Version 3.x includes potentially unwanted programs. Adware, spyware, browser hijack, toolbars, search programs, coupon programs. Iobit's response to these reviews on CNET has been "be careful when you install the program to avoid the other programs and you can always uninstall the toolbar and change your default search provider." First, that is a tacit admission that SmartDefrag does include or at least offer to install potentially unwanted programs that many users will not realize will also be installed. Second, I found the removal process to take much longer than indicated and to require spyware removal tools.

    Summary

    Not recommended. My advice is to give up on iobit smartdefrag. I have used many previous versions with satisfaction, but it took me hours to figure out why I could not get online with either of my browsers. Finally, Malwarebytes detected Spigot and Couponhelper -- both of which I finally discovered were installed with SmartDefrag. This also chnaged my search setting and installed a toolbar. I didn't see the choice to opt out, but on a newer version, I do see a possible way to opt out. Still, I am installing. Trust destroyed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I think the software is easy to use and understand."

    April 9, 2014  |   By norahyerkes

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    I think the software is easy to use and understand. I put it on a mans computer who was 84 year old and he even found it easy to use.

    Cons

    I also think it is fast for what is does.

    Summary

    The reason I say that is yes there are faster defragers out there but do they do the job they should.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "IT'S A GOOD FREE DEFRAG PROGRAM"

    April 3, 2014  |   By palsdad1946

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    RUNS FASTER THAN WIN DEFRAG

    Cons

    NO PROBLEMS AS OF 04/03/2014

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Smart Defrag will trick you"

    April 2, 2014  |   By ritter002

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    Works great

    Cons

    Will trick you into downloading and installing Advanced System Care, along with a bunch of other crapware programs. BEWARE!!!!!

    Summary

    Stay away from anything with the name Iobit.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "for what Iobit defrag it is fast for me."

    April 1, 2014  |   By mitchell_ellison

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    My answer is no the skip files thats why there faster. how many fefrares do express defrag thaty are free none as fare as i know. I out this software on a p3 500mhz and it ran great did not even slow the system if you can beleave that.

    Cons

    I have now put it on about 20 computers and have not had any come back with it

    Summary

    I think the software is easy to use and understand. I put it on a mans computer who was 84 year old and he even found it easy to use. I also think it is fast for what is does. The reason I say that is yes there are faster defragers out there but do they do the job they should.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "(RH/RS) Prosjecan program s jednom velikom greskom"

    March 29, 2014  |   By vlado8008

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    Program je jednostavan za koristenje, ima opciju i da sam vrsi defragmantaciju diska dok je racunalo manje zauzeto. Nudi i opciju "boot defrag", o njoj vise kasnije. U principu jedan prosjecan program s nicim posebnim, ima i boljih u ovoj kategoriji.

    Cons

    Pa ovako najveca mana mu je upravo "boot defrag" opcija. Gdje on prije ucitavanja Windowsa vrsi popravak. TU OPCIJU OBAVEZNO ISKLJUCITE! Meni je upravo tom opcijom pobrkao drajvere i jos neke stvari i pri paljenju mi se javljao "bluescreen". Sva sreca imao sam backup.
    Druge mane su mu nedostatak opcija kao kod slicnih programa i to sto posao ne obavi kako treba do kraja.

    Summary

    Program nije los, i ako vam se neda trazit bolju alternativu ovaj program je sasvim OK za vas, samo opcija "boot defrag" obavezno iskljucena!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Faster than Winx XP Defrag"

    March 26, 2014  |   By mmazm

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    Faster than Wins XP Defrag in both analyzing and defragging

    Cons

    Haven't noted any cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what I want unobtrusively"

    March 26, 2014  |   By oboist3

    Version: Smart Defrag 3 3.1.0.319

    Pros

    Works BEFORE wINDOWS HAS BOOTED UP. Easly to understand options

    Cons

    None I could think of.

    Summary

    A great product and seems wot work very well. Some of the paid programmes that claim to do the same thing are quite junky

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