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Advanced Defrag is an award-winning defrag program which is designed to cure system sluggishness and keep your computer running like new.
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Advanced Defrag is an award-winning defrag program which is designed to cure system sluggishness and keep your computer running like new. It is able to completely and thoroughly analyze and defrag hard disks and Windows registry, thus effectively maximizing the system performance and improving your working efficiency on the computer.

Key features:

  • In-depth analyze and defrag quickly & thoroughly
  • Registry defrag feature support
  • Real-time defragment
  • Auto-pilot schedule task
  • Support external USB device defragmentation
  • Detailed web-style analyse & defragment report
  • Portable, intuitive and easy to use

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System Requirements:

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Publisher:

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Homepage:

http://www.advanceddefrag.com/

File Size:

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Price:

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#71

An riveting language is worth remark. I think that you should write solon on this issue, it strength not be a sacred case but mostly grouping are not sufficiency to verbalise on such topics. To the next. Cheers like your Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily – Advanced Defrag.

Reply   |   Comment by liberty reserve  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Recently did a full scan with spybot search and destroy and it discoveres this program installed and flags it and its files and registry settings as a PUP Potentially Unwanted Program)
Identifying it as "QiwangC.AdvancedDefrag".

I never used it to dfreag either of this laptops drives due to its lack of controls to customise what type of defragmentatiion it intends to apply so this report is the final nail in this applications coffin.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

Hi everyone,

We are Advanced Defrag development team. We are very pleased to announce that Traciatim is the winner of our 1-year subscription to the full version of Recoveryer 2010 Ultimate Grant! A big round of applause goes to everyone who participated, for showing us just how much you care. It does not matter whether your idea is positive or negative, we are always open for suggestions that help us improve our service. Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Advanced Defrag  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

KUDOS fubar,

Your reviews and technical knowledge are the only thing I trust here.
I share you view of Assraf. It is exactly correct. I don't know why so many believe the uninformed words he utters here.

You actually know what you are talking about. That is what I trust. Hope you keep up the good work here.
Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

#22, Paul, #29, Giovanni, #54, Taz, #55, Julian--first off, I get really irritated when someone incorrectly implies that an offering is malicious, as uninformed people get nervous, and it completely kills the offering for no reason. It's particularly bad today, because people actually believe Ashraf, not realizing that he's just a student who started with a political blog and saw GOTD as an opportunity to generate income from ads on his site. As far as I'm concerned, he has neither the knowledge nor logic skills to be a good reviewer. Respect has to be earned. I respect mike, even though I think half of what he posts is wrong, because he does have knowledge and logic skills. As for site checking, I haven't tried the mentioned FF add-on. I use TrendProtect, along with manual checking via the usual sources, such as DomainTools, robtex, SiteAdvisor (ignoring the crap), Google Safe Browsing, etc. I couldn't care less what WoT says, I don't find it to be reliable or useful.

As for free defragmenters, I don't use them. Testing defragmenters is complex and dangerous, and you have to trace the install and uninstall (testing only one at a time) to make sure that they restore the Windows defragmenter correctly. People underestimate the risks of defragmenters. They can move and rearrange all of your files and critical file tables, and can completely destroy your OS and data. Even mike noted problems with some defragmenters, which is why I only trust the "big-name" commercial ones, and even some of those are crap.

As for UltimateDefrag and Auslogics Defrag, I haven't heard anything bad about them. Neither is VSS-compatible (last I checked), and UltimateDefrag was stuck at version 2008 forever (they finally got a newer version out). Free defragmenters aren't going to be Microsoft-Certified.

#20, Bobby, setting a Restore Point prior to installing and testing a defragmenter is useless. Most aren't VSS compatible, and will instantly wipe your Restore Points. Even a VSS-compatible one is unlikely to be able to maintain Restore Points upon first use, only upon regular use, if you're lucky.

#57, k, if you aren't going to use a pagefile defragmenter, then you can place the pagefile on a separate partition and it should remain defragmented if it's fixed-size and was created contiguously. Yes, the beginning of the disk is fastest and would be recommended, especially if you have limited RAM, as you say.

#45,46, mike, I'm sorry but most of what you say about page and system files is wrong. My computers are extremely busy, moving hundreds of gigabytes per day, disks filling up, mixed large and small files, etc. If you wind up with tens, hundreds, thousands, or maybe even tens of thousands of fragments, you might not notice much slowdown. When you get into hundreds of thousands of fragments on frequently-used files, your computer will crawl (very slowly). You posted too much for me to respond to. There's never a guarantee that a newly-created pagefile will be contiguous. Windows always uses the pagefile, no matter how much RAM you have. Even at small companies, new people often don't know how things have been done. At a huge corporation like Microsoft, nobody knows anything. Even the Sysinternals guys got some pagefile issues wrong. Microsoft's handling of them is complex, and much of the documentation is wrong. See my comment #15 for recommended practice. I've repeatedly experienced pagefile fragmentation killing performance on multiple computers. A defragmented fixed-size pagefile won't remain so under all circumstances (such as after a crash). Pagefiles don't fragment internally, and don't grow and shrink internally. Recommended pagefile sizes are all wrong (at least the Sysinternals guys addressed that somewhat).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#66

I have found that WOT will flag a site if it's politically incorrect
so I always take it's warnings with a grain of salt. It reminds me of
a dog that barks at anything and everything but you have to go look
before you yell at it to shut up.

[8~{} Uncle Monster

Reply   |   Comment by Uncle Monster  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#65

This is my own personal opinion, and nothing more. I think that any application that can directly manipulate sectors on a drive and has the potential to launch itself as a low-level driver should be used with extreme caution. I own and am very happy with PerfectDisk. A system tool like this should be thoroughly researched and compared to other similar apps. Caveat Emptor when using anything that can potentially demolish your drive, especially given the fact that its developers have an apparent sinister relationship with scum-ware.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#64

Hi everyone,

We are the developers of Advanced Defrag. We are sorry that Advanced Defrag has poor reputation on WOT and SiteAdvisor. This may be caused by our competitors' attacks. We will contact WOT and SiteAdvisor and try our best to turn these sites green. But we cannot guarantee response from them.

But we can guarantee that Advanced Defrag is 100% CLEAN, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

Thank you for your feedback. We are always open for suggestions that help us improve our service to you. Hope you all enjoy our product.

Reply   |   Comment by Advanced Defrag  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#63

nothing screamed when I went to the site to find the version number, but I can't see downloading and installing yet another defrag multitool.

I'll stick with MyDefrag for the drives, and take care of the rest with other well proven freeware.

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#62

select volume doesnt work quite right. if yoyu click on c then d then click off d .... it should show c's file space but it shows d's.

Reply   |   Comment by nogard0  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#61

@Taz,
At least FUBAR commented on the SW.
I won't try this because it doesn’t say whether it uses the Windows Defrag API.
And WOT and SiteAdvisor almost seem to do as much harm as good. Don't believe me? surf around and spread some rumors, check on those sites in months or maybe even years, then see if you trust them.

Reply   |   Comment by rodken  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

Tried installing on Windows ME and got an error of, to paraphrase, "AdvancedDefrag expects a newer version of windows. Upgrade your Windows version."

What?!? It's listed as a supported operating system, correct? Do my eyes deceive me? Not cool.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#59

If you are running 64-bit Windows and want a good native 64-bit defragger, try MyDefrag. It is not a 32 bit program(there is 32 bit version too in same installer) that installs in Program Files x86, it install in Program Files and run in native 64-bit. It is not fancy, it does not do tricks, it does not make you smile nor does it promise to do any of these things. It is a very boring interface with a very powerful defrag and optimization engine. It is not for your average everyday user(although with a little reading and searching you could use it too) because it is not an advanced GUI. You can modify included ignore and defrag only scripts so it can defrag and optimize just certain files at certain times. You can fully defrag and optimize your computer with 6 or more setting. They are System Disk Daily, System Disk Weekly, System Disk Monthly, Data Disk Daily, Weekly and monthly. These modes can be run automatically or manually. It is a very good, light and powerful defragger and I will never use anything else. I usually don't say anything in the comments, but I thought anyone who considers themselves even a little bit technically savvy would appreciate knowing about MyDefrag. If you try and don't like it uninstall it and to all of you who come here trying software after software and only relying on one person's review...well it's your expensive machine, not mine.

Reply   |   Comment by housry23  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#58

This is also a good free alternative:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/UltraDefrag.shtml


Open source, just 294 KB in size but very powerful indeed.

Unlike ADVANCED DEFRAG it can defragment any system files, including PAGE FILE, registry hives, hiberfil.sys file and many other files locked by the system or other applications when windows is fully running.

Alternatively, to defragment page files, you can also use the freeware PageDefrag :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx


Full review here:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Pagedefrag.shtml


As you can see it got an “EXCELLENT” rating from Softpedia Editor.

Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (==> Message CENSORED for NO reas  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#57

@fubar i was planning to make a first partition for fixed-size pagefile and some portable apps/utils - if you see this msg, where would be best for a pagefile on a 1 HD ram-poor laptop? (I use paragon for system partition image, says it can exclude pagefile etc. but not sure it really does exclude it, also thought 1st partition would be faster.)
(thank you)

Reply   |   Comment by k  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#56

lol...It's funny...

62% THUMBS UP for this SW but 99% of negative comments in the forum based on the poor reputation of the developer official website reported by WOT.

But who cares of this if you can download it for FREE from here??

Can't get the point!!

And how about try this SW???

How many people here have actually tried it??

It seems to me almost nobody!!!

Reply   |   Comment by John D.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#55

#15 Fubar - I would like to know your opinion on Auslogics defrag. Please advise. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Julian  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#54

@FUBAR
You seem like a pretty knowledgeable person. I want to read what you have to say and I want to feel that I can trust that I'll gain valuable knowledge from your comments.

However, all the whining about other contributors and your pissy attitude makes me think you may just be a blowhard here to build his/her own ego.

Why don't you just stick to doing a high quality technical review, which I think you are capable of, and skip all the BS?

Reply   |   Comment by Taz  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#53

#2: There is a good utility for removing AS/AV programs that are no longer needed or simply outdated. OPSWAT's excellent appremover: http://www.appremover.com/
It can even remove 'broken' traces of AVs of yore. Sometimes (often!) it seems to be the best idea after a virus removal is to annihilate and reinstall your preferred AV/AS/suite. As far as defragmenting is concerned, I like Defraggler by the wonderful folks at piriform.com, MyDefrag (J. Kessels, a dude who not only knows defragmenting, but writes some of the best documentation of the subject) and Ultradefrag (mainly because of boot-time defragging). Support these great projects!

Reply   |   Comment by hots  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#52

@33: Putting aside for a second the fact that maybe we'd all like anti-malware programs to all detect all malware all the time, and so maybe a little 'borrowing' is a good thing for us users (could they all not agree to share malware information and compete based on speed of use or something?), IOBits explanation passes my 'smell test' anyway, and it is regarding the phony/test signatures MalwareBytes planted in their signatures:

"Many enthusiastic IObit users find there are samples missed by IObit Security 360 but detected by other anti-malware products, then they would submit these samples to us and provide names defined by other anti-malware vendors."

As for all the 'negative' comments about WOT and SiteAdvisor, well, nothing is perfect, but on the Internet, the community is usually right, and that's who I trust, as opposed to some flaming poster - who knows who that guy is, maybe his malware site got bad reviews from WOT and he wants you all to disable it? Yes, I am generally paranoid, but not crazy!

Reply   |   Comment by chris  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#51

Checked out their Website and it shows the Windows compatible logo.
Checked Windows software compatible website. This software is NOT listed so apparently they just stole the logo and are using it. I would not use this software!! To many good defrags out there to trust one the Lies..

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#50

It says it is portable. Can anyone confirm?

Reply   |   Comment by GAOTD Installer  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#49

Thanks for the warning #1 - you are a life saver, no doubt! GOTD, please do better research on these folks who offer up freebies - otherwise, we'll have to call you TGTBT - too good to be true!

Reply   |   Comment by chris  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#48

I come here every day.
I can see that since GAOTD has opened this option to comment on the programs then is there a "few" people who is "controling" whatever it is a good and a bad program... They even say that other people do that on other websites than GAOTD too.

My point is:
Even if the programs is so bad then why do those people not try the programs themself before they post a comment, positive or negative...
I would not listen to a person who knows a lot about a website that is telling all the "right" things about a bad program or bad company.

Conclusion:
We all have an optinion and are free to tell about it. But why be aggressive about it ? If I want to try a program then am I the one to decide that.
Yes, I do listen to what other people say, but I am always doing what I like to do... no matter what other people tell me...

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#47

I have been using Diskeeper for years, just set it and forget it on hard drives includes external hard drives too

Reply   |   Comment by Jeffrey B  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#46

#2: "It would be brilliant if there was an option to obtain a list of all security suites that are installed/not fully removed."

Nice thought, but, pretty much impossible when a suite like CA changes levels of permissions throughout the registry. And that's just one example.

* * *

#10: "I use JK Defrag. It is good and free."

In all the comparisons & shoot-outs I've read it was either tops or close to it. That said, it's been updated to MyDefrag quite a while ago. Advantages include much easier to use, & almost infinite customization possible *If* you want. If you have a chance, check it out... the JKDefrag page you linked has the updated URL linked right in the page's title banner.

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#21: "As it was installing it a program I’m trying ( Spyshelter ) flagged it as trying to enable a Global Hook and asked if I wanted to deny it. I did and it seems to be working fine, not sure how dangerous a Global Hook is but Ashraf’s comment made me cautious, I would normally have allowed it."

Unless you need/want it to start with Windows, it's quite possible to backup Windows' registry with ERUNT, install Advanced Defrag, & then restore your registry backup -- that way nothing about Windows has been changed... InstallWatch Pro showed nothing but installer-related & housekeeping registry changes. Microsoft's AV software issued no warnings, though it's not state-of-the-art.

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#38: "Without defragmenting the MFT, PageFile and smart relocating the files as mention by #35, this defrager is another run-of-mill app competing with many GPL/GNU’s."

I think you'll find most apps use the MS Windows defrag api, & that they compete based on strategies of what gets placed at the start of the disc. Some have options for extra safety, like comparison checking to make sure the data is identical to how it started out -- it's very possible to have a bad drive sector [or even many] & never know it, since a lot of files on your drive may not have been actually read for who knows how long, & you've no way of knowing about the free space till you write something there & then read it. RE: the MFT, purely FWIW, I think some features are technically sound, but maybe less worth it in practice -- defragging the MFT *might* help, vs. you stand a chance of trashing everything stored on that drive/partition [unfortunately I've seen it 1st hand]... instead when/if possible I'd rather copy or backup the partition somewhere else, then restore/copy it back -- as long as you get a partition copy in there a new MFT gets written. However, as I've never seen a benefit from defragging the MFT, the only time I'll play with it is when there's another problem, like with the NTFS table.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#45

Took a slightly more involved look at Advanced Defrag [keeping one eye on today's woot selloff ;-)] because Ashraf etc didn't. I don't blame anyone if/when they are uncomfortable with an app or developer -- personally I ran monitored tests in a VM [Virtual Machine], which gives a little extra safety. And I trust GOTD. McAfee red-lines the developer's site, but showed 1 download as OK [there is Only one download avail]. That said, apps/files can be quietly altered behind the scenes some time in the future, with functions turned on.

Advanced Defrag is a portable app, with all files in the program's folder [~36MB, 103 files, 1 folder] & unless you use Windows scheduler &/or have it start with Windows, no registry entries besides installation records & housekeeping stuff [MUICache etc]. [Advanced Defrag worked fine copying the program folder to a new VM where it had never been installed, & running it, 14 *housekeeping* changes were made to the registry.] It uses a nice graphical representation of the hard drive [not the usual grid], has a filter option to skip certain file types, & buttons for Analyze, Defrag, In-depth Defrag, Real-time defrag, & Optimization Tools [i.e. Clean Windows Registry & Clean Windows Junk File]. It does do the job, though it's slower than MyDefrag & very CPU intensive [in a VM using 1 core of a quad, close to 100% CPU vs. 4-25% with MyDefrag], & as a quick test, MyDefrag found nothing really to do after running today's GOTD. Either a plus or minus based on your personal preferences, Advanced Defrag presents you with a log window showing which files are fragmented, & by how much [into how many pieces] -- IMHO for a couple of files this is cool, but impractical if you have a disk full, & it shows up full screen.

Personally I like the free MyDefrag & will continue using it -- for portable use there's always the earlier JKDefrag [JKDefrag evolved into MyDefrag which reads scripts (so it needs install) so it's highly customizable]. BTW, you don't want to run Windows' Defrag on an expanding virtual disk, as that will expand it to its max.

* * *

About Defragmenting...
Data's written to a hard drive in chunks -- when you format a drive you not only choose the file system [i.e. FAT, NTFS etc], but cluster size. Ideally whenever a file's written, every cluster used, every chunk of data written is physically consecutive, number one next to number two & so on. File fragmentation means simply that the clusters used aren't consecutive (aren't next to each other), & it happens after a file's deleted, when Windows uses that now free space to write a new file, & that file is larger than the space left behind... Windows writes as much of the file as it can, then moves on to another area of free space to finish writing. Not nearly as much a problem with today's drives, it takes [usually slightly] longer to read or write a file that's spread all over the place.

Defragmenting a drive means clearing out a section of the drive, then putting the files back one at a time so all the clusters used by each file are physically continuous [i.e. next to one another]. Files that Windows is using at the time can't be moved back & forth, so those are either skipped [it's not going to make a huge difference anyway], or they're defragged with Windows not running [e.g. booting from a boot disc, USB stick etc].

But wait... conventional hard drives store data on circular platters, & just like CD/DVDs, data is not read/written at the same rate on the inside versus the outside of the platters/discs. It makes good sense to store the data you need most often in the fastest part of the drive, & put the stuff you rarely use on the slowest. Different defrag apps use different, competing strategies to do just that, either using general rules or like MyDefrag, using something like Prefetch records to help determine what goes where [MyDefrag scripts let you customize that aspect however you like, or just pick one of the scripts it comes with].

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On Pagefiles, IMHO not something to worry about overmuch, as most of the stuff you'll read about optimization is based on obsolete Windows running on obsolete systems. Just like defragging the registry files, relocating pagefiles or using a fixed size or defragging them or any of that will not make a noticeable difference on most all modern PCs/laptops. But if you must -- [e.g. "because Windows doesn’t defragment the page file,"] -- read on *if* you're interested... for the most part IMHO the following is irrelevant. [BTW Most all of this is common sense]

Pagefiles have been around at least since the 1st popular Windows, v. 3.1, & it's there for Windows to use when it runs out of physical RAM. As one large file [pagefile.sys], it acts more-or-less like a virtual disk, with chunks of data written/read/deleted within the large [usually multi-GB] file. Like a virtual disk, it can be fragmented 2 ways... 1) the file itself may be fragmented on the drive, & 2) internally the data may become fragmented [remember the file acts as if it were a drive itself]. The 1st type of fragmentation occurs when the pagefile is written to a fragmented drive, &/or when a pagefile is enlarged -- the 2nd type through normal use, just like a hard drive, and similar to the registry files.

Like the registry files, re-writing pagefile.sys should get rid of most accumulated *white* space. Like any other file, writing it to continuous hard drive free space ensures it's not fragmented, & indeed, that's all any defrag utility would/could do. If you defrag your hard drive, then have Windows re-create the pagefile on boot, IMHO you'll get much the same results as if you managed to defrag the pagefile itself. There's not anything wrong with defragging the pagefile mind you, but it's slower if you don't boot into another OS 1st, & the Sysinternals' app may have problems in anything newer than XP.

As far as setting a fixed size to a pagefile, if an existing pagefile has to grow or expand, & if it doesn't have the needed continuous free space, part of the pagefile is going to be written somewhere else, meaning by definition fragmented. If you're the sort who worries about every detail that's not good, but if you're looking for a big speed boost after defragging the pagefile, unless your system & particularly the hard drive are pretty bad off, you're just not going to see it. [The only time I've ever seen any speedup from defragging the entire drive was on a neglected PC that hadn't had it done for 1.5 years] Putting the pagefile somewhere other than the drive with Windows on it can be a PITA, but if you move it to another drive entirely, reads/writes can be faster if/when the system drive is busy, & wherever it is, the faster the drive, the faster reads/writes will happen.

Additional info...
Not a huge amount of info out there -- Google shows "About 544,000 results" for "defrag Pagefile", which really isn't much nowadays ("defrag" gets "About 33,100,000 results"). And most of it seems rooted in the relative dark ages of NT & win2k. ;-) [When someone's talking about having huge ammounts of RAM & turning off the pagefile entirely, & then go on to say they mean 1GB or more, you know it's an older article. ;-) ]

Systernals' site page for PageDefrag v2.32 -- published 11/1/06 -- starts out: "One of the limitations of the Windows NT/2000 defragmentation...". [forum.sysinternals.com/topic10755.html] would suggest added problems with Vista. Then there's this: "Larry Miller said on : November 28th, 2008 at 12:04 pm:
There should be no need to do this after the initial use. The pagefile is not like other files and does not normally grow and shrink to fit the data it contains. If the initial size is sufficient then no fragmentation will occur. If warnings occur then the initial size should be increased. If this is done then a further run of Pagedefrag will be necessary. Be sure to do a normal defrag first as Pagedefrag cannot work properly on a fragmented drive.
Larry Miller
Microsoft MCSA


A couple years old artlcle by Horowitz might be of interest: news.cnet.com/8301-13554_3-9933994-33.html.

Microsoft has an article (with a link to an expanded version) titled "RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff" that also might interest: support.microsoft.com/kb/2267427.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#44

Why pay for something you can get for free? Geez, people. Almost ALL FREE defraggers do exactly the very same thing as this one does. I'd use http://www.piriform.com/defraggler and this site's FREE tools for just about everything, including defragging, optimizing your registry and getting rid of spyware/adware/malware.

Reply   |   Comment by Dottie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#43

It does look like ripped off but cut down re-skinned version of ultimate defragger freeware edition and includes a trialware system cleaner of dubious merit. On vista the dmp files and reports on previous crashes are not garbage files they are essential for the problem reporting tool to work. I've given it a try and find vista scheduled background defragmenting keeps most of the active files in line. This simply does not compete with the likes of ultimate defragger freeware edition where one can choose to manually defragment folders or files and tune the placement bias for different file types based on type or access dates or archive bit status. The fact the window is nto resizable is a killer for those with a large screen and those with a netbook sized screen too. I did not find any malicious software bundled, but had no confidence in the software to let it make any changes as defragger or cleaner.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#42

To Number 5, I have not had any trouble with the stop defrage button, it works perfect for me. I installed an ran the program on windows Vista 32 bit without a problem and the program found and cleaned 467 registry errors and 2921 junk files, the only problem I found is that the shut down the computer after the defrag finishes does not work until you manually close the application, I tried to ad my ideas above but it does not accept mine for some reason or a nother.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

W.O.T. Recommendations are not based on any of the comments ( they may or may not be added later or even changed by the user that added the comments)they are flag by the actions of a website ! ! !


i have been using Auslogics Disk Defrag (free edition )for many years and for the last year or so it has had an optimize function works good and way faster then the windoze defrag !

vista and win 7 users can still use a regular defrag once in a while and when you recover something that you previously delete you will have a much better chance of recovering the whole file and not just part of it

Reply   |   Comment by justchuck69  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#40

Strange how there are 62% thumbs up and so many negative comments-majority of which are against another commentor. Enough questionable comments about the site to make me a little hesitant to use this program. I think I have been doing well enough with the programs I use: Advanced system Care 3" and the disk cleaner and defragger that came on my Win7 64 system. Thanks GAOTD for making these offerings to us. Thank you commentors for making the decision to use so much more interesting!

Reply   |   Comment by sfhogback  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#39

WANT A FREE PAGE FILE DEFRAGMENT? GOTO MICROSOFT AND DOWNLOAD SYSINTERNALS.

Reply   |   Comment by HARRY  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#38

Without defragmenting the MFT, PageFile and smart relocating the files as mention by #35, this defrager is another run-of-mill app competing with many GPL/GNU's.

Reply   |   Comment by Geek1945  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#37

All I have to say is: Smart Defrag.

Reply   |   Comment by John B  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#36

Now, as far a defragging goes, I use Ashampoo Magic Defrag, which runs in the background, when my computer is idle. Periodically I check with another defrag analyzer, (such as System Mechanic, or Windows) and it always comes up with, (e.g.) 1%...your machine does not need to be defragged. I've used this for several years.

Reply   |   Comment by Norma  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#35

If you miss this (or not)...

I highly recommend users check out UltimateDefrag Free Public Domain Edition by Disktrix, which can be downloaded from CNET. It uses Microsoft's Defrag API and has parameters to actually defrag by files and folders/recency/consolidate/volatility, etc. so that they're contiguous as well as placement of your files once defragmented (near MFT for example).

As always thanks to GOTD - Damian

Reply   |   Comment by rezidue  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#34

Much hysteria here but 3 things are clear to me:

1) Norton is perfectly happy with both the site & the software (and they don't like *anything* the least bit hinky). Doesn't mean that it's ok, though

2) These dudes HAVE changed their name and that's kind of suspicious

3) There are a number of alternatives that are free and don't carry the baggage of this offering.

Personally, I installed this (before I saw the concerns) & if I had seen the concerns first, I probably wouldn't have. I had previously been using Puran and though it was perfectly good, it did not get out of the way in its background operations and slowed things down. So far, this hasn't.

So, am I sorry I installed this? Not yet but GAOTD is getting a little scary these days in terms of who it is dealing with...not just these folks but others that have (on my systems) performed horribly.

Buyer/moocher beware, I guess.

Reply   |   Comment by listerne  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#33

A word about IObit Smart Defrag, recommended by Paul:

IOBit was caught ripping off Malwarebytes'database of malicious signatures for it's IObit 360 anti-malware. It's hardly a reputable company:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10389650-245.html

Reply   |   Comment by J.D.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#32

I pretty much stick with the Auslogics products. They are always upgrading their software. I use all 3, Diskdefrag, Registry Cleaner and Registry Defrag from Auslogics. Keeps my Vista system purring like a Siamese kitten.

Reply   |   Comment by Schmeckel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#31

Ultimate Defrag Freeware Edition

Pretty usable for being free and has more features than stuff like defraggle.

http://www.disktrix.com/UDFree.htm

Reply   |   Comment by ATW  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#30

my rule of thumb is: don't entrust your entire system to software unless you are AS CERTAIN AS YOU CAN BE that it can be trusted.

Some people here say that this is perfectly safe. Others say that that it has been tagged as spyware. Okay. If in doubt, don't. After all, this software isn't a game or a screensaver... it is going to screw around with ALL your files.

Use Defraggler or another reputable freeware program... or get a good, reliable commercial one. Why wonder?

Reply   |   Comment by friendinme  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#29

# FUBAR


LOL!!

It looks like you are not particularly fond of Ashraf's reviews, are you??

Anyway, I think you are right when you say that both WOT and SITE ADVISOR are CRAP and pretty UNRELIABLE ONLINE SERVICES because most of the times they are both based on random and groundless user comments, not to mention that many negative comments there are often released by the COMPETITORS of a particular product to bring discredit on it.

What do you make of it??

That being said, how about FREE ALTERNATIVES??

For instance, have you tried to scan the ADVANCED DEFRAG official website using the new revolutionary Firefox Addon VTzilla??

If not, what kind of plugin, software or online service you recommend using to assess the (real) dangerousness of a website??

And as far as DISK DEFRAG is concerned, have you ever tried to DEFRAG your HD using the FREE version of ULTIMATE DEFRAG downloadable on CNET??

I think it's the best free DISK DEFRAG available on the market right now along with SMART DEFRAG.

Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#28

http://www.virustotal.com/file-scan/report.html?id=cb7a9da7126055f557480ecc6dee26bd50295b288cc78c44a24159b1de85c9a1-1282133740

Reply   |   Comment by n/c  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)
#27

I prefer System Mechanic, but free titles I liked were Iobit, MyDefrag, Defraggler, etc. I am choosing not to download this giveaway because it has been flagged as a possible threat. You all may do what you wish, but I would go with something more trustworthy when dealing with critical system files.

Reply   |   Comment by Soulflare3  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#26

@ Paul!
Please ask any questions regarding W.o.T on their forums @ :

http://www.mywot.com/en/forum

We will be glad to guide you in the right direction regarding our methodology. And NO, the comments DO NOT count towards a site's reputation,only the facts.

Reply   |   Comment by Athlonite  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#25

@21

Global Hook is commonly used by applications to monitor events. IE, if you press F1, it would bring up help. It can also be used by maleware, but not in this case.

Perfectly safe.

Reply   |   Comment by Benjamin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#24

hmmmm....very strange freebie today....almost all comments are pretty NEGATIVE here but the GAOTD USER RATING is quite HIGH (62% UP is not bad at all).

So at present I still don't know whether or not it's worth downloading...but I'll probably stick with ULTIMATE DEFRAG FREE VERSION (downloadable on CNET) and/or SMART DEFRAG as far as DISK DEFRAGMENTATION is concerned and NTREGOPT for REGISTRY DEFRAGMENTATION, although you can also use ADVANCED SYSTEM CARE for both tasks.


Cheers from Italy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (KING of FREEBIES...LOL!!)  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#23

Downloaded and unpacked. Installation took 30 seconds.

Performed a defrag, total time took 34 mins on a 200GB hard drive. Interface is very pretty but doesn't really mean anything. Not enough information except cluster sizes..

Wouldn't mind an estimate time feature, also a quick tickbox feature to shut down my computer as soon as the defrag is complete. A lot of people would find that useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Benjamin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#22

OOOH! We have a tempest in a teapot here. I'll bring the popcorn and someone here can ring the bell! The best comment here mentioned Iobits Smart Defrag. Yes, an excellent and intuitive program. I have always wondered about WOT and its user supplied ratings but would love to see more documentation regarding its efficacy. I have Smart Defrag so saw little need for another defragger.

I imagine there are groupies here as anywhere but omg let's not have a flame go up! It's a free software site guys. Tone the rhetoric down a bit.


Amazing..

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
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