The developers of the system maintenance tool SlimCleaner have released a new version of the program. Our last review dates back to last year, reason enough to take another look at the program.
Back then we liked the cloud based community rating system that made it a lot easier to distinguish between applications in good standing with the community and those that received unwanted or even dangerous ratings.
This rating system has been improved in recent versions, giving SlimCleaner users now options to read all user comments and reviews from within the software. To make it even easier and better, reasons to keep or to remove are listed next to possible software alternatives.
This rating and suggestion system is one of the most powerful ones that I have seen today in a software program.
But that's not the only new feature the developers have added to the program. The Browsers category is now listing useful information about Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. Here it is possible to change each browser's homepage and default search provider, list extensions, plugins or toolbars along with community ratings.
Not all information were displayed correctly at the time of writing. No extension were for instance displayed for Firefox or Opera.
The idea however is excellent. Display extensions and plugins for all popular browsers along with community ratings and options to delete or restore them. This is going to be a great feature once it is working properly.
Other program features have not been updated that much, but that was not really that necessary either as they offered great value already.
Cleaner for instance offers to clean temporary files and information from Windows, applications, browsers and other locations (like the Registry).
Optimize uses the power of the community rating system to offer advise on startup items and services. And while the suggested action does not necessarily have to be the best for the individual user, they offer guidance for users who do not know if they autostart services or applications with Windows.
Hijack Log displays startup, toolbar BHO and ActiveX items again with community ratings, and an expert mode to display additional information.
Shredder finally can be used to remove files permanently from the system using various algorithms.
Interested users can download the latest version of SlimCleaner from the developer website. It is recommended to pay attention to the program installation process to avoid installation third party programs that you may not want or need.
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