Yet Another Cleaner (YAC) is a Windows maintenance and management software that combines multiple different tools under a unified hood. It is in this regard comparable to popular applications such as System Mechanic or Advanced System Care.
First thing you will notice after installation is that it will take some time to go through all the options it provides. It displays an upload and download bar that is set to always on top by default on the screen. You can click on that to display the top five bandwidth and memory using programs on the system.
The very same window displays the session's download and upload utilization, and an overall count that combines the two values. Here you can also close any of the processes that are listed here to save memory or prevent it from using additional bandwidth.
If you do not need the module, right-click on it and select exit from the context menu to remove it from your screen.
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You can launch the main program window with a click on the application's system tray icon. The program displays the various modules it offers in a sidebar on the left of the main window, and the options of the currently selected module on the right of it.
It furthermore displays an overall health score in the top left corner of the screen.
Here is a quick rundown of what each module has to offer:
- Health Check displays recommendations what you may want to fix on the computer system. This includes removing temporary files from the system, enabling safety features, or optimizing startup items to speed up the system start. You can use the fix button to run all suggested operations automatically, or modify the selection first before you do so.
- Protection offers several interesting features. You can set and lock the default web browser, the browser homepage, and the default search engine. The program prevents that values are changed when you enable the protection. This works only if it is running for obvious reasons.
- Plugin Protect can remove plugins from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
- Quick Clean displays a list of locations and files that you can delete to free up space on your system or to improve your privacy. Options to fix invalid Registry items are displayed on the screen as well.
- Deep Clean runs a scan on the system for additional junk and cache files and applications.
- System Boost displays a large list of suggestions on how to optimize the Windows system. You find the usual assortment of Windows tweaks listed here, and can enable them all at once or individually.
- Software Manager finally enables you to uninstall programs using the program's removal routine.
Health Check provides you with an overview and cleaning suggestions. You can follow those, or dive into each module individually instead for custom cleanup operations.
The browser protect feature is particularly interesting, as it prevents that programs or extensions change the values set in the application. It can also be used to modify changes that have already been made, for instance by toolbar installations, so that it is possible to restore the default search engine and homepage in the web browser of choice.
Note: The health check score does not change when you run individual modules. You need to minimize the program and select the Health Check option from the system tray again to get the new score displayed in the program interface.
YAC is an interesting program. While it does not offer as many features as long-standing system maintenance programs such as System Mechanic or Advanced System Care, it may still be a choice for users who are looking for such a program.
Some program modules could use improvements. The software manager is identical to the Control Panel applet of the Windows operating system. There is no scan after the removal of the program to find leftovers. The same can be said for the two clean up modules. While they cover several important locations on the system, they do not offer custom cleanup locations and look rather weak when compared to a program like CCleaner.
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