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advanced system careI must admit I’m skeptical when I hear about any application that will solve all my Windows problems – especially if it mentions “optimizing the registry” – since most of those that you see online are actually just scams designed to infect your computer with malware.

Having given ioBit Advanced System Care a test run, I can confidently say it’s a great free solution for – indeed – many of your Windows problems. The app makes a thorough effort at both cleaning and optimization, though it did seem a little alarmist during the scan, insisting there were thousands of things that needed fixing with my perfectly operational gaming PC. Despite its tendencies to overreact, it’s more than capable and certainly worthy of the MakeUseOf seal of approval. Read on to find exactly what Advanced System Care (free version) can do for you.

Don’t forget, we have a Best of Windows software page with tons of other great system utilities and apps, and Tina’s fantastic Windows on Speed Guide The Windows Speed Up Guide The Windows Speed Up Guide This manual explains why Windows slows down and what you can do to prevent this from happening too quickly. Read More that you can download for free if you’re looking to optimise your system. Before you do all of this, you might want to run some benchmarking apps The 5 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows The 5 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows There are many tools that promise to optimize or speed up your Windows computer, but how can you make sure the software did what it promised? Confirmation bias can make it very, very hard to... Read More too so you can see what a difference it makes.

Main Functions:

The app promises to speed up, clean your registry, fix your Windows problems, perform a full privacy sweep and paint your nails. Okay, not that last one – but it does promise a lot. Thankfully, the interface is very tidy and unintimidating:

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Quick Care:

Performs:

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  • Malware scan
  • Registry fix
  • Shortcut fix
  • Privacy Sweep
  • Clean junk files

The Quick Care check-up ran through in about 5 minutes and immediately showed me a huge list of possible problems. I’ll be honest and say that the majority of “problems” it reports are akin to saying there’s a pencil on your desk when it should be in the pencil holder, and aren’t likely to cause you any problems really. However, it did unearth a number of old registry entries for programs I could’ve sworn I uninstalled. If you’ve been using the same Windows installation for a while now, constantly installing and uninstalling apps – then I suspect it really could have a benefit to your system to cut down on all the unwanted bits left lying around. The shortcut fix just removes broken shortcuts for old apps, and the cleanup of junk files for me consisted of 500mb of internet explorer caches, which is quite surprising because I rarely use the internet on that PC at all. Just goes to show, I guess.

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Deep Care:

On top of the quick care functions, Deep Care adds a selection of optimizations, vulnerability fixes and a disk defragment. Optimization basically means disabling services that the majority of users won’t need to be running, so I was pleasantly surprised by that option.

The “passive defenses” option sounded a little suspect to me, but it does secure your system from a variety of known malware and viruses – so if you’re type of computer user who insists on running an anti-virus, you should really appreciate this section. It certainly offers peace of mind for those of us with family who aren’t quite as selective in their choice of internet destinations.

Just so you know, each time you run the quick or Deep Care routine, the program creates a rollback in case some of the changes had a less than desirable effect. Given how the app actually does slash and burn through your registry and list of running services, this is a welcome feature.

iobit advanced system care

Turbo Boost:

Finally is the Turbo Boost mode, a quick set of optimizations that disables a whole load more core Windows services. I do suggest you run through the wizard and read each item carefully though, as it does disable quite a lot. For giving your system a quick boost for the latest game though, it performs well. In fact, to test it I ran 3DMark Vantage before and after – though bear in mind I had already ran a complete deep care of the system prior to testing speed boost mode, so it was already already performing fairly optimally. I’m pleased say that my 3DMark score jumped from 5654 to 5710 – definitely some gains in there, and I suspect even more so on aging systems.

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Conclusion:

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the free ioBit Advanced System Care actually performed, and it’s going straight on my list of “here, install that” app for relatives with computer pains. While some of the optimizations and fixes are somewhat suspect artificial solutions, the majority are based on logical techniques of disabling bits of Windows that most people never need. The software also recommends switching your Windows theme to the “basic”, as all those pretty colors and backgrounds really does eat a significant portion of memory – which impressed me as it’s the first thing I ever do with a sluggish PC.

If you get a chance, why not download the 3DMark Vantage benchmarking tool before and after running a deep care / speed boost and post your results in the comments – we’d love to hear how it works out for you.

  1. jan
    January 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    It might be a good product if you need it and choose to run it but this can install on your computer without the usual permissions and then TAKE OVER . Uninstalling it doesn't work unless you know every single thing that it installed. I will never use anything from this company. It should be illegal to make a product that is this hard to get off your computer.

  2. Daphne
    July 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    This company iobit is running a scam, under the pretence of being microsoft support.  I fell for it at first but have now uninstalled all their software, which they put on my pc by remote access, including ASCfree.  All they seem to want is to sell me a new license and have now rung again today.   How are they getting away with this?

    • Tina
      July 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Daphne,

      you are making some very serious accusations!

      What is the exact name of the iOBit software you were using at the time you say you got scammed? From where did you get or download it?

  3. Shitty?software
    May 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

    ASC is for noobs an other like minded

  4. jello
    May 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I have been using the free ccleaner app for a bit, I will check ASC out

    • Tuiruru
      May 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

      @jello I Use ccleaner as well. Can you let us know how they compare please?

      • ajdman89
        May 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        In my experience using ASC 4, it's a good program but it tries to combine too much features into one. For instance, Security Hole Scanner & IObit Security 360. If I needed security software, there are other programs I can get. So overall, it has an array of toolbox and features which some you might not need or some you might.

  5. chris moran
    May 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I run ASC on all my pc's (home/work) and netbook - some of the placebo functions are kind of 'meh' but on the whole, I can honestly say it does make a difference for me - a happy customer ---

  6. Cate Eales
    May 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The controversy about iObit stealing the Malwarebytes database and using it in their products has put me right off any iObit products. I know that iObit eventually removed the Mbytes database, but that doesn't make me want to try iObit stuff. http://www.sevenforums.com/sys...

  7. Cate Eales
    May 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The controversy about iObit stealing the Malwarebytes database and using it in their products has put me right off any iObit products. I know that iObit eventually removed the Mbytes database, but that doesn't make me want to try iObit stuff. http://www.sevenforums.com/system-security/45797-malwarebytes-vs-iobit-fiasco-comes-close.html

    • James Bruce
      May 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      I had no idea Cate, interesting. Still, they are a Chinese company so I would expect nothing less. Regardless of their tactics though, it makes for damn good software..

      • Aibek
        May 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

         they apogized about this publicly. After that even they have released a bunch of products that became really popular

  8. Arieswarlock
    May 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Been using ASC for years and its Smart Ram application, it's great.

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