System optimizers, know one know all, or so they say. While it is true that the majority of system optimizers offer a similar feature set, it is the little things that often make a difference.
WinMate is a free Windows system optimizer that runs an optimization scan on startup.
The scan assesses settings and features of the operating system as well as installed application.It displays an overall score in the end based on the scan which provides you with a number from 1 to 100 highlighting how optimized -- or not -- your PC is.
Issues are divided into danger items, recommended fixes and safe security items.
Action buttons are displayed next to issues to fix them directly. The program lacks explanations and it is not always clear why something is rated dangerous or unoptimized.
It is for instance not really clear why an IE Title change is dangerous, or what IE Title actually refers to. To page titles displayed by Internet Explorer? To the default home page? To something else?
Without proper information as to why something is listed by the program, it is difficult to decide whether this is something that needs fixing immediately, eventually, or not at all.
The program will scan for junk files and user traces, Internet Explorer security settings, shared resources and other issues.
The diagnostic module is only one of the features of WinMate. The menu in the left sidebar and tabs lead to additional modules. It is for instance possible to run a Registry cleaner, duplicate file scan or junk file cleaner individually.
Other features include:
WinMate combines system optimization with security hardening of the system. That alone makes it interesting. The program lacks explanations on the other hand, and it is obvious that the developer's native language is not English.
The application can be downloaded at the developer website. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
Note: The program is offered as a net installer only. This means that you download a small stub installer which downloads the actual program files when you run it on your system.
The program needs better explanations as to why something is recommended. Without proper information, it is sometimes impossible to decide whether to follow a recommendation as you do not know what effect it will have on the underlying system.
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