WinMate, Windows System Optimizer

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 18, 2011
Updated • Aug 31, 2018
Software, Windows software

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.

Update: The program website is no longer available and development appears abandoned. Since it is offered as a stub installer only, it is no longer possible to install the application. Check out our guide on optimizing Windows PCs and check out reviews of alternatives such as WinAero Tweaker, Win10 Toggle Tweaker, and our overview of tweak software for Windows.

Win Mate

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 as dangerous recommended for fixing.

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 displayed on 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

windows system optimizer

  • Internet Explorer plugin manager, Internet Explorer repair, url blocker and LSP repair
  • System optimizer with Registry tweaks that optimize the system, startup and services manager
  • A program uninstaller (without cleanup module to find leftovers)
  • Internet Explorer favorites and driver backup
  • File wiper, network shared manager, disk immunue to disable autorun and links to Windows system tools like the disk management console or the Directx diagnostic tool.

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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  1. msusey said on January 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    My initial installation on an AMD Athlon 64×2 3800+ Windows XP-SP3 system produced the same errors that DigDeep encountered, which seemed – for me – to be related to the Windows Update scan (based upon the status as reported at start-up). Curiously, all services remain viable in spite of those “must close” notifications…

    Long story somewhat short: I’ve run WinMate several times – with and without the error notice on the screen, which I avoided by stopping the start-up scan – updated Windows, run a couple of other utility/service apps for contrast and comparison, and now WinMate is executing without error…

    No, this has not been an ideal installation; however, the program does incorporate a LOT of user-defineable scans and tools. Potentially, this could become a nice little software package to recommend…

  2. Anonymous said on January 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    very very bad program dont install on your pc because harmfull

  3. DigDeep said on January 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm
  4. DigDeep said on January 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm
  5. Vivid said on January 20, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I think you can try this normal installation.

    And for the report of karspersky. I test it, I found karspersky reports all program requires Senior permission as Suspicious item. WinMate is totally safe :)
    In order to improve WinMate, you can leave the errors here.

    1. DigDeep said on January 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      And for the report of karspersky. I test it, I found karspersky reports all program requires Senior permission as Suspicious item

      Yes it detects but not as Rootshell and not with sound warning

      Anyway here are some errors

  6. DigDeep said on January 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Kaspersky detects viruses and scheduler stops working on win 7 x64

  7. Luis said on January 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Didn’t work, gave me some problems. After uninstalling the software, it redirects me to a poll, more than a 40% of the people that uninstalled the application had the same problem as I.

  8. Luis said on January 19, 2011 at 3:54 am

    So how is this against Gigatweaker?

  9. Jack said on January 19, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Sorry – don’t like online installations – much prefer to security-check discrete installation files. Nothing about this application to suggest it shouldn’t be able to install from an ordinary setup file, so why the online requirement?

    Thanks – but I’ll pass.

  10. Ed said on January 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    When I see “Remove DLLs from Memory, optimize memory usage” I have to question the expertise of this. Windows manages DLLs itself, swapping them out as needed.

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