A decent system cleaner and optimizer can make a big difference in your PC's performance by tossing out junk files and tightening the Registry. A really good tool would also help you tune and tweak your system by disabling unnecessary features and settings. Ashampoo's WinOptimizer Free is one of the best such tools we've tried.
We started WinOptimizer with a Full Scan, which completed quickly. WinOptimizer made 15 recommendations over five categories, including three unnecessary startup entries in the StartUp-Tuner, seven superfluous system settings in the Tweaking tool, and 97MB of junk files flagged by the Drive Cleaner (a lot of space, even with today's drives). We reviewed each recommendation, which WinOptimizer explains in detail under each category, with the opportunity to deselect any item from the cleaning and optimizing process. We saw no red flags in WinOptimizer's selections, so we clicked Start Optimization. WinOptimizer tracked each process and marked its completion with a green check mark; the whole process took less than a minute. Having run the Full Scan and Optimization, we could run the Quick Scan for fast, regular touch-ups. But we could also run any of WinOptimizer's tools individually from the Modules tab, which groups the program's capabilities by need, such as Clean up system, Optimize performance, and Tune system settings. WinOptimizer's Backup feature lets you undo any critical changes that might affect your system's stability or security. The Favorites tab lets you select the tools you run most often for quick access. WinOptimizer's Scheduled Tasks tool programs the One-Click Optimizer and Hard Disk Defragmenter to run on a regular basis. An extensive Help file is available, too.
We've tried a lot of tools like Ashampoo WinOptimizer Free, and it stands among the best of them, not just because its cleaning tools and system tweaks proved safe and effective, but also because of the clear and extensive explanations the software offers at various steps. We were impressed with WinOptimizer's ability to wring further performance-enhancing tweaks from our test system. It's good to understand changes to your system before you make them, and Ashampoo WinOptimizer Free excels at providing them. Definitely recommended.
Ashampoo WinOptimizer FREE is a tried and tested Windows optimizer. Multiple modules to clean, accelerate and analyze the system make the program the perfect control center for Windows. Internet Cleaner eliminates web browsing traces and Registry Defrag consolidates the Registry database to speed up Windows systems.
Other modules like Service Manager, StartUp Tuner or Process Manager make PCs leaner and faster and free up resources. Unnecessary files, services or processes are either deleted or disabled which also strengthens user privacy. Dedicated privacy modules like AntiSpy and Win10 Privacy control take care of unwanted telemetry features and location services and put control over syncing and reporting settings back in the hands of users. System analysis is another core strength of Ashampoo WinOptimizer FREE. The software provides extensive details about installed hard and software, which are particularly useful for troubleshooting. Built-in system and HDD benchmarks help precisely determine the performance of individual system components. DiskSpace Explorer gives valuable insights into disk space usage and makes it easy to track down resource hogs. The included file tools are especially popular and include modules like File Wiper to permanently erase sensitive files, File Manipulator to encrypt or split up files, and Undeleter to recover accidentally deleted files. All in all, Ashampoo WinOptimizer FREE features over 20 modules to help users make the most of their Windows PCs.