IObit Advanced SystemCare 7: An Excellent All-In-One Utility

Keeping your computer up to date and free of errors can be a real pain in the butt. In fact, if you don’t devote a few hours to the purpose every month, it may well be impossible. That’s where an all-in-one system utility comes in handy.

One of the top choices has always been IObit Advanced SystemCare 7, a free program with paid versions that can manage many aspects of your PC. This latest edition is the most comprehensive yet – but can it really handle all computer maintenance needs?

Installation And Setup

The file you download for Advanced SystemCare 7 is the full executable, rather than a download utility for the full program, so setup is straightforward and extremely quick. However, the installer does have two annoying habits. First, it asks to install some additional toolbars during installation, and second, it opens an advertisement for the full version of Advanced SystemCare 7 in a web browser after installation is complete. Neither move is harmful, or even unusual for free software, but both can be an annoyance.

Less annoying is the tutorial that begins when the program is first started. Though it’s not particularly deep, it does provide a good, broad overview of the features available in the software. At the end, you have the choice of two different skins – traditional “Classic” or “Metro,” which is inspired by Windows 8.

A Summary Of Features

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IOBit Advanced SystemCare 7 has been around for some time now, as the “7” in the title indicates. Many features have been added over the years, and the latest version is no exception.

Besides a general interface update that throws in the Metro skin and re-arranges some options, the program includes new surfing and homepage protection tools that can guard against malicious websites and help parents lock down content they don’t want their kids to see. There’s also a new duplicate file removal tool, improved disk explorer, and a new feature that lets you remove User Account Control from specific programs.

And that’s just what’s new. There are too many features to list here, but highlights include a registry cleaner, a disk cleaner, an uninstall utility, two types of de-fragmentation utilities, a disk repair utility and even folder encryption. Pay for the ultimate version and you’ll even receive a built-in antivirus. In short, this is a one-stop shop for almost anything you can imagine.

The Scan Button

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All of the choices can cause a bit of confusion, even for advanced users. To combat this, IObit simplifies a significant number of the repair utilities into one big, far “scan” button located prominently on the program’s main menu. This button looks for scans for malware, registry errors, junk files, broken shortcuts and several other potential problems.

Embarrassingly, even on my system (which I try to maintain fairly well), the program managed to find a very large number of errors to fix. One of these was a browser toolbar that had somehow lodged itself into Firefox, a problem I’d ignored because I use Chrome. The app also tossed out some junk files and fixed a number of broken shortcuts that I didn’t even know existed.

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I was also happy to see that the scan process, though it is extensive, is not slow. In fact, scanning on my computer took less than thirty seconds. It should be noted that I use a solid state drive, so readers who own a computer with a mechanical drive should expect a slower scan time. But, even so, Advanced SystemCare 7’s performance surpasses any system utility I’ve used before.

Opening The Toolbox

While the Scan button is quick and useful, it only manages utilities that can automatically return results. Many other features of Advanced SystemCare 7 require some users input, and that’s where the Toolbox menu comes in.

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The number of features accessible here is staggering, and IObit has leveraged many of its utilities to add more functionality to the software. Features like Uninstaller, Protected Folder, and Game Booster are actually separate programs that you could install independently, if you so desired.

This approach helps the program offer its staggering array of features, but it also leads to a somewhat disjointed interface. Features which launch as separate apps usually have an interface that looks different from Advanced SystemCare 7 itself. On the upside, however, it’s possible to pin these sub-programs to your taskbar, a trait some users might prefer.

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Functions that are part of the program itself use a fairly basic Windows interface that isn’t attractive, yet easy to use. The options available for each feature are presented in a straightforward manner and easy to understand. Even the most complicated features, like Disk Explorer, do a good job of presenting information and work quickly; scanning my main hard drive only took seconds, which is even quicker than the tool I usually use for the same job (TuneUp Utilities 2011).

Conclusion

IObit’s Advanced SystemCare is an impressive utility that has come a long way over the past few years. What started at a respectable, but not class-leading utility has gradually become one of the best in the business. The program is now so good, it may dislodge me from using what I have for the last two years, which is saying a lot.

Now let’s talk about price. The Free version, which was used for this review, is quite powerful given its lack of price tag. You can scan your system for errors and repair them without paying a cent, and many of the features found in the Toolbox work, as well.

If you plunk down $19.99 for the Pro version, however, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits. The automatic scanning is improved with six added features that don’t run while scanning with the free version, malware protection is beefed up, and the safe-surf parental control features become available. Paying $29.99 for the ultimate version adds more real-time protection features to the anti-malware tools and adds automatic scanning of downloads to proactively block threats. In addition, both paid versions come with free 24/7 technical support.

Avid MakeUseOf Readers may not have to pay at all, however; IObit offers Advanced SystemCare 7 Pro through our Rewards Program!

Have you had a chance to use Advanced SystemCare 7? Let us known your thoughts on it in the comments!

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Igor R

Iv been using it since i heard a version 6 from this site.I highly recommend it,very usefull and great tool,and simple to use.

Scott H

frecky I just installed this today then come on here to see this review would recommend it to people easy to use

Scott M

Doctor, I don’t usually recommend these tools to anyone who isn’t a computer professional because 9 times out of 10, in my experience, they don’t really know what is being done by the utility, so if there are unintended side effects they don’t know how to deal with them. I would consider trying the tool myself though to actually give it a fair shake.

Scott H

Run it threw Ubuntu to see if there any loopholes and use it on wine to test the strength out on it that would be a good test might to that my self

ReadandShare

WARNINGl Iobit installed an “apps” toolbar plus a “Slick Savings” app. It also added five extensions onto my Chrome browser!

Iobit Advanced Care does seem to do the job — it removed a whole bunch of “stuff” from my PC. But do check your list of installations and browser extensions — and remove the Iobit stuff that you didn’t ask for and don’t want.

ReadandShare

Oh, and Iobit also changed my home page and default search to Yahoo!! The shame!

Jamie M

Your comments make it seem that IObit did it deceptively. It uses the same practice of other freeware; there is a screen asking you if you want to install the addon bar or not. You clicked on “Accept and Install” without bothering to read it. While the practice can be seen as deplorable, don’t misconstrue it as it installing without user permission.

Caroline W

Nice to see some positive news about I0Bit for a change! I’ve used ASC since its 5th version and it’s definitely the best there is. On upgrading to 7, I saw over at CNet that it’s got the top spot for system utilities now. In answer to your question in the conclusion – no, it still doesn’t get everything. For me personally, 2 others I use also just to make sure, but ASC is always number 1, they’re great, and do get 90+% of undesirables. I like the smiley (or un-smiley) face that alerts to when the machine needs another scan – they just make it so simple! I love it and highly, highly recommend them!

Jurmy C

Heard of it here on MUO and i’m using it since. great soft!

SONYA

I have been using the IOBIT Advanced System Care for a while now . I started out with ASC 5 as a free version and then updated to ASC6 free version when it became available and I am currently using the upgraded ASC 6 PRO version. I am really impressed with the IOBIT UNINSTALLER . You can choose from standard or advanced uninstalls and even batch uninstalls , but what I really like the most is that after it uninstalls the program it allows you to to run a secondary POWERFUL scan that goes back through and picks up any traces of the program on your system and cleans them out as well. These are the traces and fragments that Windows Uninstall would leave behind. That is where you will be amazed. I also have the IOBIT Smart Defrag and Iobit Malware Fighter installed but you will have to pay extra for the Pro Editions. My concern is that I have also had an antivirus program installed and running on my system as well but if I update to the ASC 7 will I still need to have a separate antivirus program or can I just uninstall it and use ASC 7 as my complete security utility?

akki

Can anybody tell me if Iobit system care actually improved the performance of the system. How they used to detect so many problems if my system is working fine.