Advanced SystemCare Free, Pro and Ultimate are three programs for the Windows operating system designed to manage, optimize and protect PCs.
All programs are compatible with all recent and not so recent versions of the Windows operating system starting with Windows XP.
Advanced SystemCare 9.2 was the version used.
Advanced SystemCare displays several options during installation. First of all, it will install the company's Driver Booster software if you don't uncheck the option.
Additionally, it allows you to change the installation folder and block the creation of a desktop shortcut.
The program installer itself has a size of about 40 Megabytes, and installation itself is uneventful and without surprises.
The installer will display an option to subscribe to the IOBit newsletter in the end which you can skip with a click on "give up my privileges".
The main program interface is launched afterwards, as is a "thank you" page on the IOBit website.
Advanced SystemCare loads the "Clean & Optimize tab by default. You may use it to run a quick scan of the system based on selections displayed at the bottom of the screen.
The default scan checks for spyware, Registry and file junk, traces, broken shortcuts, and runs the Internet Boost module on top of that.
You may add other components to it, for instance a disk scan, Registry defragmentation, or disk optimization.
Naturally, you may also disable some of the selected components before you hit the scan button.
The scan may take some time depending on the selected components and the performance of the PC.
You can check a box here to have the program fix all issues found automatically, but that is usually not a good option.
A summary of the program's findings are displayed in the end. The PC's security, performance and stability is rated by Advanced SystemCare based on the scan results.
Before you hit fix, which will fix all selected issues (which means all issues by default), you can click on components to find out more about the problems discovered during the scan.
Additionally, you may uncheck issues so that they are not fixed, or change the action the program will undertake when you hit the fix button.
The Speed Up tab displays four tools/options to improve the performance of the system:
Protect is the first tab that displays Pro-only features (if you click through from left to right). The three options provided for free users are the following ones:
The toolbox lists a collection of tools that you can run separately. Some of the tools are already used by other sections of the application.
You may notice two things right away: the first column lists IOBit products that are not included but need to be downloaded and installed separately. So, more or less a promotion for these programs.
Then, you will notice that there are quite a few Pro-only tools listed there. We talk about the differences to the Pro versions later on.
Please note that most tools listed on the page need to be downloaded before they can be used.
The toolbox separates tools into three sections: security & repair, system optimize, and system clean.
Security and Repair
Action Center is divided into two sections. The first suggests to install additional IOBit products for Windows and Android.
The second checks software installed on the system to find out if updates are available.
Advanced SystemCare Free is the basic version of the application. Pro offers all features of the Free edition and then some, and Ultimate all features of Free and Pro, and then some.
Pro version benefits
The Pro version is available for $19.99. It can be installed on three PCs and includes updates for one year.
The following features are only available in Pro or Ultimate editions of Advanced SystemCare:
Ultimate Version benefits
The Ultimate edition is available for $29.99 currently. It offers all Pro versions features, and adds to that real-time protection against malicious software such as viruses.
IOBit makes some bold claims on the program website, for instance that the program makes the computer 300% faster or 200% quicker to start.
While that may be the case for some systems, it is usually not the case. That does not mean that the functionality it makes available is not useful, but it is safe to say that the gains from running the program won't be as impressive for the majority of PCs it is run on.
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