If you like to keep a tidy house, then you’ll be interested in keeping your Windows computer clean, organized, and free of debris that might slow it down. This is a job that you can do manually, but it’s time-consuming and a little awkward. Knowing this, makers of tools like Advanced Systemcare have come up with easy, all-in-one solutions that find the problems and make the fixes. Is it enough for the average computer user? We find out.
Slick looks and quick fixes
A hands-off approach to keeping your computer in good working order
Advanced Systemcare is an all-in-one solution that aims to clean your computer of unwieldy, unnecessary, and misaligned files in a bid to make it quicker and more efficient. It analyses and scans your computer, and presents you with a list of what it has found. You can then choose to resolve the issues, find out more, or ignore the problems it has notified you of.
The Advanced Systemcare installation is a slow one. Even though we tested on a virtual machine (which is always going to be slower than a real one), installation took a good 3 - 5 minutes, which is unusually slow. At this point, also watch out for IObit offering you other products for installation during the Advanced Systemcare install—they are easy to refuse, but if you’re absent-mindedly clicking, you could accidentally accept.
Advanced Systemcare looks good. The interface is slick and modern and clearly lays out all of its options in an easy-to-navigate and visually attractive interface. The primary focus of the program is a large “scan” button in the center of the screen. When you press it, the program will run through a variety of tools and actions designed to clean and optimize your computer and make it run faster as a result. Among other things, the standard scan will check for unnecessary startup processes, temporary files, broken shortcuts, broken registry entries and tracking cookies.
Again, this scan wasn’t a particularly fast process. It took several minutes, although by the time it had finished it had found more than 700 problems. Once it’s done, it will show you everything it found and ask you how you want to proceed. If you give the go-ahead for Advanced Systemcare to fix the problems it has found, you’ll wait another short period for it to run the fixes. The tool won’t fix everything, however—it fixed about 70% and told us that we needed to upgrade to Pro to fix the rest.
Advanced Systemcare is an insistent program. It places a system resources widget on the desktop and sits in your system tray, unbidden. You’ll have to take specific steps to get rid of them. In terms of customer support, the program is better than average - there’s a decent forum, where you can get advice and tips, and you can always contact customer support. They’ll hustle more for paying customers but should get around to your query too.
Where can you run this program?
This version of Advanced Systemcare is for machines running Windows 10/Win8/Win7/Vista/XP.
Is there a better alternative?
Advanced Systemcare offers similar functionality to other programs, but looks much nicer than competitors such as CCleaner or IoIo System Mechanic. It’s also very clear about what features are actually separate tools and this clarity will appeal to many.
One thing that’s undeniable about all system optimization programs?—you can almost always perform the scans and fixes yourself, even though it will take more time and effort.
By using a tool like Advanced Systemcare, you’ll cut out much of this work, as the tool analyses, reports, and optimizes while you turn your attention to other, more pressing matters. This will appeal to some users, while others would prefer to do the job themselves, especially when dealing with minor annoyances like sneaky programs in the installation process and widgets that just won’t disappear. You’ll know which group you fit into and, if it’s the former, Advanced Systemcare will do the job nicely.
Should you download it?
Sure, if you’re a believer in the power of system optimizers, Advanced Systemcare is a decent bet.