BeeDoctor is an all-in-one system maintenance and security tool for Windows
So-called all-in-one tools such as Advanced System Care, Slim Cleaner or Glary Utilities are highly popular on Windows thanks to the immense set of programs they ship with.
These tools are usually not as good as specialized programs though but much of the appeal comes from the fact that you only need to deal with a single program to take care of security issues, junk files and repairs among other things.
Update: BeeDoctor is no longer available. We suggest you try established programs instead, one of which you find linked in the last paragraph of the review.
BeeDoctor is a free program for Windows that has been launched into the crowded market. It brings along with it the four major components antivirus, cleaning, performance and software.
When you start the program for the first time after installation you may run a system assessment. This scan takes a couple of seconds to complete and a system health score is displayed in the end.
The program displays the passed checks and issues found and it takes only a couple of clicks to resolve those that have been found.
You may notice however that the information it provides is often not sufficient to understand what the issue actually is. It displays a URL hijacking issue on a Windows 7 Pro test PC for instance but failed to reveal any information about it other than that.
The same was true under the miscellaneous category where BeeDoctor identified "several unnecessary startup items" but did not mention which.
While you can fix the issue right there, you don't really know what is being fixed and what the consequence is of doing so. This may lead to undesirable results. Fixes you make are reflected instantly in the overall system health score.
BeeDoctor displays the four major components that it ships with in a sidebar. These are used in the system scan as well but can be used on their one instead right from there.
- Cleaner is a junk file cleaner that can remove traces and temporary files on the system. It is not as powerful as CCleaner or comparable tools but will remove temporary Internet files, Recycle Bin files and files from other major temporary file locations.
- Speed Up lets you manage startup, service and scheduled tasks, and displays the speed improvements gained from disabling items so that they are not started with the system.
- The antivirus component is powered by Avira. It offers real-time protection as well as options to run a full system scan or manual scan.
- Uninstaller finally displays installed software and an option to uninstall those programs. It will do a left-over scan after the removal completes.
Besides all that, there are a couple of extra features available. You can configure the program to auto-clean junk files when the system is idle, apply tweaks to the system to improve its performance, or use suggestions provided by the program to turn off tasks or services.
BeeDoctor is a young fledgling when compared to established programs such as Advanced System Care and it shows at times. The functionality it makes available is quite good but it could be improved significantly in many regards including better information about suggested items.
Four stars is very generous for what you describe.
I was thinking the same thing.
AdvancedSystemCare Pro, believe it or not, has its own adware. I stopped using it and went with Glary Utilities free. I was very happy with it, and although very little extra other than some automation is added when you buy the pro version, I bought the pro because they deserve the support for such an excellent product. Glary offers so many tools the others do not. A few notable ones that I use: A search very like Search Everything. A start up timer. File/folder encryption. Secure file folder wipe rather than simply delete. A notifier when software needs updating. That’s a lot of nice things – they are all included in the free version.
All that said, still SlimCleaner does a much better lightning quick. thorough and safe temp file delete and SystemMechanic cleans up more registry items, so I use them, and also SuperAntiSpyware and Panda Antivirus for real time protection. All while browsing in Sandboxie. Yeah, I’m pretty paranoid.
I am also all praise for Glary. Tools are very good, defrag is real fast. I also use CCleaner and RegCleanr.
I use an old version of Glary to get rid of temp files. Everything else I pretty much leave alone, or sort through myself (1x/wk). I like the MRUs; they make my computing life a lot easier. I never use all-in-one cleanup tools. It’s kinda like playing Russian roulette, another game I don’t like.
Thanks for this handy review.
Agree that four stars sounds contradictory to the tone of the article.
Whats everyone think about http://privazer.com/
@ A & L
I tried PrivaZer upon seeing your comment. Short summary: It seems good, I like it.
However, I advise perusal of my entire experience, which I here detail that others who come here and have interest may profit from it. Firstly, I downloaded it and then (IMPORTANT, as further perusal will make clear) made a full backup to an external drive before installing and running it. In addition to the backup I created a restore point.
I then ran it as a basic user and followed all recommendations as to what to clean. Entire process took about 30 minutes. I was pleased that 4 G had been removed from my C drive. But then I saw that my newsreader Feedly would not work and would not let me log in. It occurred to me to see if going back to a restore point would restore the function of Feedly. It did not.
Then I restored to my full backup and regained the use of Feedly. I then installed and ran PrivaZer again, but deselected the option of cleaning cookies. This time through, Feedly was not affected, and for some strange reason, 6 G was cleaned from my C drive rather than the 4 G of the first time through. Although not by a great amount, I do see my PC being a bit quicker than it was before.
There is 6 G of crud gone that Ccleaner, SlimCleaner, Glary, AdvancedSystemCare, and SystemMechanic all had never touched. I like it. Some of the site specific zoom choices available in Firefox were still lost even on the second run through, but the small effort of restoring them is worth it for a much cleaner snappier PC in my book.
Thanks for this handy review.