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Advanced SystemCare Free - are tuneup utilities like this any good?

Posted by ClifNotes, Jan 2008, permalink System Maintenance

 

Recently one of your fellow readers wrote in with a question.

 

Letter from Daniel G:

Hi Clif,

 

Could you give us your opinion on programs like TuneUp Utilities?

Also, is it worthwhile to delete Windows Temp files?

 

Thanks again!

 

-Daniel

 

 

I've always had big doubts about the use of "tune up" utilities. Most often, when you run into these online, they are advertised in a popup and they'll leave your system more screwed up than when you started. The only place I've ever used to help with system tune-ups is PC Pitstop. They do a decent job, but you can bet they'll be pushing some payware tools to help out their cash flow. They won't force you to buy anything, so I'd still give'em a try if I needed help.

 

So is there a good free software tool for system tune-ups?

 

There's only one that I've tried (long ago) that I've ever heard anything good about. It used to be called Advanced Windows Care but it's now called Advanced SystemCare Free. You can read some of the past comments about the Advanced Windows Care tool. If you're up to it, be sure to add some comments about the current version of Advanced SystemCare.

 

If you want to try out a new tune-up utility you see online, but sure to check it out at SiteAdvisor to see if it's legitimate or bogus.

Note: Iobit (author of SystemCare) gets a green rating from SiteAdvisor.

 

Oh, one more thing. If you want to clean up temp files, go ahead. Just be careful to stick to the Windows temp folders unless you're willing to take a little risk. If you need to clean up browser stuff, use the tools and options in each browser to do that.

 

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Quote from the website

Slow down, freeze, crash, and security threats are over. Advanced SystemCare Free is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes a one-click approach to help protect, repair, and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection. All work will be done with 1 click and 1 minute. Compared with its nearest competitor, Advanced SystemCare Free provides the more essential and practical formula for Windows: Removing Spyware and Adware, Preventing Security Threats, Privacy Protection, Fixing Registry Errors, Temporary Files Cleanup, Startup Cleanup, Repairing Windows, Speeding up System and 1-click Mechanism.

Website:

http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html

Download:

http://www.download.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html