Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer

Ryan Dube 14-03-2013

Over the last few years, I’ve tried quite a few applications that promise to clean up and optimize your computer. The thing is, there are a lot of different degrees of “clean” if you really think about it. You’ve got junk in the registry, junk in the hard drive like log files, old install files and Internet history, or even just poorly considered settings for Windows utilities.


There are different programs out there that will supposedly clean up your PC, like BleachBit BleachBit - A Utility To Clean Up Your Linux System Read More or CCleaner Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers...up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn't changed much (it's... Read More . I’ve even used automated scripts 5 Ways To Clean Up Your Computer With An Automated Script [Windows] Computer maintenance isn't exactly something that most people remember to do. For the general user that isn't exactly tech savvy, when a computer doesn't work, they either call for help or simply buy a new... Read More to run those programs on a regular schedule, because I’m so likely to forget to run them on my crazy schedule. If none of those programs work, you could always take Matt’s approach and just restore your PC How To Clean Up Your Computer Back To Its Original State (Without Reinstalling Windows) Read More back to its original state, but what if I told you that there’s one more very powerful PC optimizing app that can help your computer perform better, called Ashampoo WinOptimizer?

WinOptimizer is a lot like the other apps like CCleaner or BleachBit, but in many ways it’s a bit more focused on the “optimizing” aspect of cleaning. The point of running WinOptimizer is to make sure those things that accumulate and bog down your PC get checked and cleaned on a regular basis. The point of running a program like WinOptimizer is that when you install it, to set it up to run on a regular schedule. This is actually embedded right into the setup process – the software will ask you when you want to run it, so pick a time and day that works best, and let it keep your PC optimized and running fast.

What Ashampoo WinOptimizer Can Do

WinOptimizer is highly customizable, and that starts right during the setup process, when you’re asked whether or not you want to tweak any of the optimization settings. I suggest leaving all settings as-is and focusing on customizing them later, once the software is set up.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer1

I do suggest checking the box to auto-search for optimizations when you launch the program – this saves a few clicks when you open WinOptimizer to perform windows optimizing tasks.


Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer2

In order to gauge whether the software really has any impact on system performance, I ran a quick benchmark test using NovaBench The 10 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows Use these fantastic and free benchmark software for Windows to troubleshoot your system and keep it updated. Read More .  The software tests RAM, CPU, Graphics and Hardware and applies a summary total of all 4 tests.  The summary score of this preliminary test was 336.Once the software launches, it’ll scan your system across three focus areas – what waste you have on your system that can be cleaned up, what areas of the system and drive are available to be optimized, and what settings you may have configured that post any security concerns.

The scan takes a few minutes, so just be patient.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer3


Now, I regularly scan my computer using Kaspersky Antivirus, so I really didn’t expect that the software would find many issues under “Protect“, but to my surprise, it did. Not only a few issues, but thousands to be exact.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer4

WinOptimizer lets you click on each area and step through each of the issues – in most cases they are multiple objects from a single issue that are causing the problem. So, there may actually only be two or three programs or areas causing an issue, but individual files or “objects” are flagged, making the problem look much worse than it really is from the main page.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer5


If you find any issues that really don’t concern you, or areas that you really don’t want the software to clean up, you can permanently hide those issues and prevent them from showing up in your future scans. In this way you can really fine-tune the scan to your liking and for the software that you know are installed on your system and perfect safe – or log files that you just don’t ever want to clean up.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer6

Beyond what the scans find, you can also use one of the many individual modules that you’ll find on the “Modules” tab in WinOptimizer. Modules are individual utilities you can use to target specific areas of your computer. You can use just the Internet Cleaner to clean up your history and cache, the disk doctor to analyze hard drive issues, or File Wiper to thoroughly delete files without a trace.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer7


Once you click on “Fix Issues”, WinOptimizer will go through and clean things up – you’ll see the progress on the main page, and when it’s finished with on area, the status display will turn green and show “No issues“.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer8

There may be some cases where the software can’t repair or clean up all issues, so you may see this notification.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer9

It only means that you need to go back into those areas where the status is still red and take care of them manually.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer10

Most of the time you can just click “Optimize again“, and the issues we get resolved the second time around. Or you can click on “Other Functions” and use the additional modules and tools that WinOptimizer offers to go in and clean up the things that the automatic Optimizing couldn’t finish.

Clean & Optimize Your Computer for Better Performance With WinOptimizer winoptimizer11

As you can see, WinOptimizer is extremely thorough software, and beyond the cleaning and optimizing tools, you have the additional modules available to help you keep your PC is its best shape possible. I did notice once I ran a second benchmark that my NovaBench score was virtually unchanged. However, like I mentioned, I run other scans regularly on this PC, so there wasn’t really much room for optimizing – but I did notice from the sheer number of issues discovered and cleaned up that I had a lot of wasted space on my system – so WinOptimizer certainly performed as advertised in that respect.

Why not give WinOptimizer a try? I’d like to know if anyone else sees a performance or memory increase thanks to this software. Download the trial, then share your experiences and feedback in the comments section below.

Image Credit: Gears via Shutterstock

Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. sebastiano
    January 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I prefer Krojam Cleaner. I tried on my PC and it cleaned all junk files from my computer.

    April 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I've always been trying to keep my system clean. but always find there\s nothing better than a freshly installed system. I will give WinOptimizer a go

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I like TuneUp Utilities as it packs more than just cleaner and optimization software, but it's a bit pricey. I'm still using the 2010 version. This may be a worthy contender. Thanks MUO rewards!

  4. John W
    March 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I have never tried for any Ashampoo products before, but this software look clean and loaded with features.

  5. Gary Mundy
    March 16, 2013 at 3:38 am

    I'm way to lazy to have ever finished cleaning out the garbage. One day I will, or so I keep saying.

  6. scottb
    March 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    all I need is 385 more points.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      It's not too much, actually. If you're regularly around, it's easy to save up a few thousands in a month.

  7. Grr
    March 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for offering the new Ashampoo WinOptimizer.

  8. Nevzat A
    March 15, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I always liked Ashampoo products, they are easy to use and clean, good looking programs. Each year they generously giveaway the yesteryear's full products for free. Many thanks Ashampoo and MUO.

  9. Jake Thompson
    March 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I'm curious if anyone could tell me how this fares against Iobit's Advanced System Care 6? I just ran out on my license for it so it's between ASC6 and trying out Ashampoo :P

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      There's no better time to test a new software. Pick up the trial and if it's good enough for you, grab the full version via Rewards :)

  10. dragonmouth
    March 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I start cleaning my PC with CCleaner and a couple other utilities. But I always wind up finishing doing the job by hand. There always are a couple of files that need that personal touch.

    • RyanDube
      March 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

      I agree - I noticed that as well. Even with paid utilities, there's always a few files or changes that the utility is too "afraid" to make without manual effort. I guess that's a good thing because it insures the program won't just make changes that could hurt your computer - but it sure would be nice to have that perfect app that just performs its magic in full-auto...

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        March 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        The kind that can read your mind to know where you'll be looking at?