Update: Malwarebytes discovered recently that YAC is using the malware database of Malwarebytes without proper authorization to do so. We have removed the link pointing to YAC as a consequence and suggest you read the post on Malwarebytes for the details.
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.
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 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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