A feature-rich PC optimization package that can be downloaded and used for free, but offers more extensive cleaning tools than some premium programs.
IObit Advanced SystemCare Free is a reduced version of Premium IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro, but it is still a powerful tool to optimize the system. With one-click scans, automatic cleaning, and a host of other tools to improve your PC’s performance and security, this is an impressive offer to keep in mind when you start to slow down your system.
When installing IObit Advnaced SystemCare Free, you will be asked if you want to install Opera. It’s a great web browser, but if it’s not on the market to try something new, it’s easy to turn it down.
Advanced SystemCare places a small widget with the current RAM and CPU usage in the upper right corner of the screen. This is interesting information and if you check it before and after cleaning, you can see how the software has affected your PC, but it can be distracting. If you find it boring, you can close it by right-clicking and selecting “Exit”.
IOBit Advanced SystemCare Free doesn’t have too many bells and whistles, but when it comes to cleaning tools, it’s often a bonus. Paid software is often loaded with tools, such as partition managers, that most users don’t need and aren’t used to improve PC performance.
A standard scan with IObit Advanced SystemCare looks for unnecessary startup processes, temporary files, bad links, bad registry entries, and browser tracking cookies. Technically speaking, these are all the things you can manage yourself with the tools built into Windows and your web browser. However, with IObit Advanced SystemCare, the process is much faster and more convenient without having to go through different menus and settings.
Unlike free PC optimization software that almost tempts you to switch to the premium product, IObit Advanced SystemCare ticks all the options that are only available to paid users. It’s a relatively small interface feature, but we appreciate it.
The Optimization tab shows other optimization options, including a toolbar cleaner and a driver update program. Each of these programs is an additional program. If you click on the corresponding link, a new installer will open. However, you can download and use it for free. It just takes a little more time to add it.
The “Protect” tab offers options like “Data Protection Shield”, which prevents unauthorized programs from changing your computer’s settings, and “FaceID”, which uses face detection, to protect your PC from potential thieves. Most useful is the universal ad blocker, which works for all common browsers and can be activated by clicking a simple switch.
The toolbox provides one-click access to all tools and options in a single list. If you know exactly which tool you want, this is the fastest way to find it.
Overall, IObit Advanced SystemCare Free is a very impressive free tool for PC optimization. It’s less complete than some paid alternatives, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. You don’t mind running scans while working on something else, and it’s not packed with tools you’re unlikely to use. The options offered are well thought out and offer an effective way to clean up your system without looking for options in Windows and your web browser.