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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 18

By Ashampoo Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 18

  • Tune, optimize, boost, and clean your Windows systems
  • Last updated on 07/26/20
  • There have been 3 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 4 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 17, 2014

Ashampoo's all-new WinOptimizer 11 packs more tools for cleaning, optimizing, and protecting your Windows PC than its freeware competitors, including WinOptimizer Free. And it has a sophisticated yet easy-to-manage layout with support options that the free system utilities can't match. In addition to regularly scheduled system maintenance and tweaks, WinOptimizer 11 has a One-Click Optimizer, extras like anti-spy protection, and a host of modules. Recent upgrades include Live Tuner 2.0, Game Booster, and User Rights Management.

Pros

Does it all: WinOptimizer 11 has an impressive array of tools and features -- more than other software of its type. It can analyze, maintain, boost, protect, repair, and manage Windows features, system options, and programs.

SSD-friendly: WinOptimizer 11's setup wizard asks if Windows is installed on an SSD instead of a conventional hard drive, since some disk utilities don't apply to SSDs. It's an important distinction that determines WinOptimizer 11's operations.

Modules: WinOptimizer 11's many modules cover everything from the Registry to backups to spyware. They can analyze and benchmark your system, schedule tasks, split and join files, and much more.

Cons

Freeware competition: While it's hardly overpriced, WinOptimizer 11 faces stiff competition from some capable freeware, including a free version of itself.

Bottom Line

WinOptimizer 11 more than matches its purchase price with value and performance. Yes, free tools (or a collection of them) can do much of what it does, but not better and not as conveniently. We've had good experiences with Ashampoo's system tools, both free and premium, and wouldn't hesitate to trust WinOptimizer 11 as the cornerstone of system support, maintenance, and optimization.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11. The trial version is limited to 40 days.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.0.16

Version 18.0.16 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release July 26, 2020
Date Added July 26, 2020
Version 18.0.16

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 5,152,313
Downloads Last Week 11
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Developer's Description

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 18 makes Windows PCs faster, cleaner and safer. The built-in cleaners are among the most popular features and safely remove web browsing traces, junk files and installation leftovers to free up valuable disk space. AntiSpy and Privacy Control put a muzzle on Windows telemetry broadcasts and protect your privacy. Three automatic modules reduce clutter, speed up Windows startup times and program launches and optimize gaming performance.

For better system performance and PC stability, WinOptimizer also fixes Registry errors, removes broken shortcuts and disables unnecessary background processes and Autostart entries. Several analysis tools that display detailed information about installed hard and software and that track down resource hogs have been included for better system transparency. The tweaking module allows for individual Windows customization and will surely please PC tuning fans. Browser Extension Manager lists each and everyone of your browser add-ons and extensions, including hidden, and often malicious ones.

WinOptimizer 18 features dashboards for instant feature access and absolute informational clarity that cover the areas of system cleaning, optimizing and analyzing. Defrag has been completely revamped and optimized for high performance and low resource consumption. For the first time, Benchmark Center bundles all performance-related tests in a single easily accessible location. System Information has been significantly extended and updated to support the latest hardware and provide even more in-depth information. Naturally, all cleaners are fully up-to-date and now support the latest Microsoft Edge Chromium browser.orts two new skins.