IObit Advanced SystemCare Review

For many people, purchasing a new PC is the easiest solution to having a computer that has begun to slow down. Fortunately, this isn’t the only choice. You can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars by investing in a system-tune-up utility like IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro. The program includes all of the features contained in IObit Advanced SystemCare Free, as well as real-time system optimization, Windows registry cleaning, and other tools.

While Advanced SystemCare Pro does not quite match the ability of Iolo System Mechanic and AVG TuneUp to clean up a PC, the application is worth considering if you’re looking for a premium performance cleanup at a reasonable price.

Interface

IObit Advanced SystemCare interface
IObit Advanced SystemCare Free features a modern interface and two skins, with one being more appropriate for a business environment. Additionally, IObit Advanced SystemCare Free includes a small desktop widget that displays your current RAM and CPU utilization. By clicking this, a small performance monitor appears with tabs for CPU, Disk, RAM, and performance data.This mini-interface also has a button for cleaning system RAM.

Installation is slightly slowed down by pop-ups requesting the installation of third-party software, like Opera. Additionally, IObit Advanced SystemCare Free requires the installation of a service on your computer and requires you to subscribe to a newsletter. There are constant reminders to upgrade to the Pro version and there are buttons to download additional IObit software throughout the interface, which can be distracting.

IObit Advanced SystemCare Free performs an excellent job of optimization. The scan tool discovered numerous system modifications and vulnerabilities on our test computer and was capable of removing thousands of unnecessary files and obsolete registry entries. We appreciate that the report generated following scanning provides detailed information about the issues and the proposed solutions, allowing you to make an informed decision about performing each fix.

Apart from the previously mentioned features, Advanced SystemCare includes approximately 30 additional tools. Certain buttons are merely download links for more IObit products, while others are restricted to IObit Advanced SystemCare PRO subscribers and must be downloaded prior to use. However, the Advanced SystemCare Free includes useful tools like the File Shredder, which permanently and irretrievably deletes files.. However, each of these tools has a unique user interface and opens in its own window, giving the impression that they are an afterthought.

Features

utilities available in IObit Advanced SystemCare
The large Scan button in the center of Advanced SystemCare’s main screen performs a full system scan and suggests improvements. It looks for applications that launch on startup, registry entries, and junk files that aren’t needed. It also runs security tests, such as spyware scanning, searching for device flaws, and highlighting possible security flaws.

IObit Advanced SystemCare Free includes a number of optimization resources that can help your machine run faster: Turbo Boost frees up some RAM by shutting down background tasks while Deep Optimization optimizes the operating system, hard disk, and network.

IObit Advanced SystemCare Free includes tools for defending your web browser from malicious websites and phishing attempts, in addition to system optimization. However, subscriptions are required for real-time security, privacy features, and anti-tracking web browsing.

The other significant aspect of IObit Advanced SystemCare Free is a Software Updater that notifies you when new versions of updated software are available for download.

Usage

summary of system scan with Advanced SystemCare Pro
At its most basic level, IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro provides a one-click optimization search that looks for spyware, junk files, incorrect registry entries. It’s ideal if you’re short of time or inexperienced with more advanced options.

You can choose to have any problems detected automatically fixed, but this feature is disabled by default, so you can go over it first and deselect everything you want to exclude. Additionally, you can shut down or restart the computer after resolving problems, or put it to sleep.

IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro manages to strike a strong balance between openness and clarification. By choosing a group, you can get more detail about all of the things found. Unfortunately, while you can choose whether to retain or delete individual tracking cookies, you cannot choose whether to keep or delete specific files labeled as ‘Junk Files’ and ‘Privacy Traces’. That means you can either delete or keep all of your browsing history across all of your browsers.

Fortunately, this problem can be resolved by adjusting the cleaner’s settings, which enable you to customize what items are scanned. If you use Chrome as your primary browser, you can opt to keep cookies and history for ease of use, while Edge and Firefox would delete them. Alternatively, you may perform a more thorough clean by deleting all saved passwords and form data. The decision is entirely up to you as long as you take the time to go through the settings.

Plans and Pricing

While you can download Advanced SystemCare Free for free, many of the specified features are only included in the paid edition, which costs $19.99 a year for up to three PCs. The features of Advanced SystemCare that are not included in the Free edition are marked in orange in the interface.

Network optimization, spyware protection, automated task scheduling, and RAM cleaning are not included in Advanced SystemCare Free. In reality, most IObit Advanced SystemCare Free features have a Deep or Advanced counterpart that can only be unlocked with Advanced SystemCare PRO.

Pros

  • Easy to use and well documented with tooltip helpers.
  • Automatically creates a backup before any changes are made.
  • Many options to enable/disable different settings.

Cons

  • Some utilities have to be selected for download before you can use them.
  • Lots of cross-selling and promoting other IObit products.
  • Also installs IObit’s Driver Booster software by default.

Optimization Options

IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro performance monitor
IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro includes a number of tools for optimizing your as well as the expected PC cleaning utilities. Turbo Boost, which disables inactive applications and utilities with presets for work, gaming, and ‘economy’; Hardware Accelerate, which scans for obsolete drivers; and App/Toolbar cleaner, which removes unwanted toolbars and plugins from your web browser. There’s also a function called ‘Deep optimization’ which involves things like disabling autoplay on removable devices and optimizing how menus are displayed in the Microsoft Windows operating system improve performance.

Both of these options have the ability to speed up your PC a bit, so take a look before pressing ‘Optimize.’ Disabling autoplay, for example, may be more of an inconvenience than a benefit if you often use your PC to play DVD’s, but it does improve your system’s security a media won’t be run immediately when it is inserted into your computer.

The Toolbox section is especially intriguing, as it contains a wide range of tools for cleaning and protecting your PC, as well as a number of features not found in other optimization applications. You get a variety of useful tools for finding unusually large files, duplicate files, and empty directories in addition to basics like a file shredder and startup manager.

The main purpose of the Action Center is to house exclusive deals on apps from IObit. This heavy cross-selling is my main complaint with IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro.

Alternatives to IObit Advanced SystemCare PRO

The constant cross-selling in IObit Advanced SystemCare leave a lot to be desired in the app, particularly when there are so many PC cleaners that provide a less gimmicky user experience.

Some of my favorite IObit Advanced SystemCare PRO alternatives are below.

IObit Advanced SystemCare vs CCleaner

CCleaner is Advanced SystemCare’s biggest rival. Like Advanced SystemCare, CCleaner is jam-packed with useful features, though the interface is a little more dated. To learn more, read the full review of CCleaner.
CCleaner screenshot

IObit Advanced SystemCare vs AVG TuneUp

AVG TuneUp is a PC cleaner that promises to improve the performance of your computer. It’s basically a suite of utilities to let you change things like startup objects, device services, and disk defragmentation. To learn more, read the full review of AVG TuneUp.
AVG TuneUp screenshot

Advanced SystemCare vs Iolo System Mechanic

Iolo System Mechanic is an extremely useful system utility that performs a variety of PC maintenance and optimization tasks. It cleans the registry, improves boot time, cleans the machine, removes unused files, defrags the hard drive, and more. To learn more, read the full review of Iolo System Mechanic.
iolo System Mechanic screenshot

Advanced SystemCare vs CleanMyPC

CleanMyPC comes with a variety of tools, including a web browser toolbar cleaner, browsing history remover, and a cookie removal utility. Additionally, it can clean the Windows registry, uninstall applications, and delete broken shortcuts. To learn more, read the full review of CleanMyPC.

Conclusion

IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro is an impressive system optimizer that cleverly boosts PC performance. It might not be quite as good as Iolo System Mechanic or AVG TuneUp, but it comes close and is a little less expensive. While it’s unfortunate that IObit has license restrictions and forces you to download additional software to get the full tune-up experience, Advanced SystemCare Pro is still a good program.