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Giveaway of the day — Advanced WindowsCare Professional

Advanced WindowsCare Professional fully optimizes Windows for ultimate system performance.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 927 (88%) 132 (12%) 315 comments

Advanced WindowsCare Professional was available as a giveaway on February 26, 2007!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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An easy, fast and efficient DVD ripper to backup & digitize DVDs!

Unleash the full power of your PC now. Advanced WindowsCare Professional provides an Always-On and Automated, All-In-One PC Care Service with anti-spyware, privacy protection, performance tune-ups, and system cleaning features that find errors in your Windows OS that other utilities miss.

With our "Install It and Forget It" feature that works automatically and quietly in the background, you will keep your computer safe, error-free, and running at top speed. We highly recommended this program for your home and/or small business.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Publisher:

iObit

Homepage:

http://www.iobit.com/AdvancedWindowsCarePro/

File Size:

4.8 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#315

Thank you for the useful informations.

Reply   |   Comment by Bank zdjec  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#314

one of the best sotfware i ever used. i'm recommending it to everyone..

Reply   |   Comment by kish  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#313

Regarding my comment on #312 you must shut down the program and reboot before this takes affect.

Reply   |   Comment by Paula  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#312

Hello

For those of you who are having problems with the update, follow the advice from #287 and download it manually, it works every time. It is very simple to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Paula  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#311

I waited a few weeks to post so that I'd actually know whether I liked this or not. I love it! I used to have 5 or 6 crashed a day with this piece of junk computer of mine. My wife and I were ready to just throw the thing away we were so so sick of it! "Advanced WindowsCare Pro" gave it new life!

Reply   |   Comment by J. Greg Pike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#310

This seemed to be an very nice application, BUT:
The 'free' license does not include downloading of updates. That also inlcludes spam-sigantures etc.

So 'free license' is not true in this case!

Reply   |   Comment by Morten  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#309

no updates, how is this going to work,I'll just go back to the personal edition at least I know its up to date
other then no updates it worked real nice

Reply   |   Comment by sandy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#308

I fired up my copy of this software and I am told the free version has expired. I have downloaded several wonderful software titles with no problems from Giveaway.com. I followed the instructions as I always do and am disappointed that I can't install any updates. Any suggestions to fix this issue? Has anybody had this problem with this nice piece of software?

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#307

ohhh it is really helpfull to me...
it is really ammasing.

Reply   |   Comment by preeji  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#306

Instead of using the Advanced Windows Care Professional's own restore feature, try SYSTEM RESTORE, built into windows. And (usually) On.

It will put you back to the time before you made changes, and/or optionally before you installed the program, whichever you choose. If you have a restore point set.
Click START menu, then RUN..., then type rstrui.exe and hit enter. That will launch the tool for you.
Another way is you can type MSCONFIG and hit enter, then there is a button that says [LAUNCH SYSTEM RESTORE] There's another way to access it.
SystemRestore is only on XP forward. Sorry, not on 95, 98, ME, etc.

If you did backups, friend, you wouldn't have to reformat. If you're no novice, then you know enough that this kind of thing can happen all the time.
And thus the way to really be an "expert" instead of a novice is to always have backups. :)
In fact, as a boss, when I hire people, I always ask the technical applicants if they have a backup for their own pc. If they go "Uhhhm. Uh. Ahh...wait.. uhm. no" then that probably isn't a good IT person to have managing all your equipment, and that candidate is never going to get a job in my corporation. Don't care if they can make it to Level 329 of Gorgon WarLords Online! in only 2.5 hours! and 'made a chat site!' and are king of the pokemon linux forum. lol. An expert is not someone who knows how to reformat. An expert is someone who never has to reformat. :)

Here's some technical info from the ol' 'advanced specialist' for EVERYONE downloading programs from here:
1. Always make backups. (note the 's' on the word backups. Make backups, not 'a' backup.)
2. A clone backup is really nice because you get everything back, down to the little pixel where you moved your desktop icons last night. Or whenever you made the clone.
3. Other types of backups are also good to do too, including Differential Backups, a Windows Registry backup, *before you go removing registry keys!*, and having SystemRestore On so you can get to a "last known good" time period, and even simply dragging important stuff over to a USB memory stick or burning really important stuff onto a CD or DVD once in a while. Use all of them. There's no such thing as too many backups.
4. Like I said before in here, if you guys are *experimenting* with this software downloaded from this site, and you don't know what its going to do, USE VIRTUALIZATION TO TEST IT! Don't run it on your master copy of windows. Go get VirtualPC or VMWare. You can run this software in a little pc inside your pc, and see what it does. If it messes up, throw the whole virtual pc file away and make a new one its easy. If the tested program is safe, install it on your real system. If not, no harm was done to your real system. They are free! Take advantage of it.

It's fun too! You can use it for all kinds of stuff.
Run 2 OS's at the same time. See if a prog is compatible with win98 even though you run XP. Maybe you never tried linux before but were curious and would like to try it for fun, but you don't have another whole computer or drive to spare, you could use this to learn linux, make more money at your job with linux experience, get a $$$ raise. Test programs you're unsure of. Load templates that are all set to run like a linux os with router software. If you're done, just drag the pc file into the trashcan. And most of all, use it to test out software here from GAOTD.
You know a side benefit would be that if you regged it on the activation day, and you did it in a little virtual pc file, you could take that file to another pc, delete the file from the 1st pc, and have the software program running and still fully and properly registered and running on the new pc. As long as you delete the 1st one, you still have only 1, which is perfectly proper and legal and within all the licensing and proper use. A virtual pc will run a little slower, so it might not be suitable for all purposes for all things. But for testing, definitely.

Ok, hope that helps. If it saves 1 person from damage or disaster, then I guess it was worth it. :)

Enjoy!

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#305

Do this one again PLEASE.

Reply   |   Comment by terflip  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#304

I'm no novice when it comes to computers. Something went seriuosly wrong right away. I started getting error after error, well ok the same one, but over & over. So I tried to restore the changes made ( as the program states you can ), but it did not work. I eventually had to reformat. No big deal, but a royal pain all the same. I always test these things on a spare machine. Still not sure what actually happened. The error was that "Explorer had a fatal error & needs to close" or something like that. It never crashed the machine, but it sure was annoying & it did sometimes hang the machine for a few seconds.

Other than this thing the program seemed ok, but for a casual user, it could lead to alot of hair pullin' & keyboard breakage.

Reply   |   Comment by suesman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#303

I had trouble viewing yahoo news and Netscape email pages in Firefox. I tried restore but no help. Went to their web and after searching found a solution to download IE extensions. Limited tech support.
Anyway I love GOTD web site and learning a lot from using the free programs and user's comments.

Reply   |   Comment by vasatv  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#302

#299 KAREN WROTE: "The Advanced Specialist: You conveniently neglected to cite a single example of my writing anything which is incorrect.

Because I'm not trying to focus on you doing wrong things, I'm trying to say that you're pretty good, and knowledgeable. But like all of us, including me, not perfect. But I liked what you wrote inasmuch as you have worthwhile technical observations that you talk about, unlike some other that just goes "Blauauwo this proggie smelt like fart. It suxxorz." Something like that is worthless. That's not you. You might have a strong view, might even be negative, but you offer a good challenge. So I was just trying to get you and the BillW50 guy to meet in the middle and perhaps 'agree to disagree' that's all. Because even though HE might have contradictory views to you, and even admittedly might be a bit abrasive and dismissive at times, true, he is still better than: "Woooowweee! 1st post! I RUUUULE" users. And if you both could tolerate eachother maybe you could teach him some things, and he might even teach you some. who knows. :)

" With my diligent use of FirstDefense-ISR and Acronis True Image, Windows System Restore would serve no purpose on my PC other than to needlessly tie up hard drive space. ERUNT would be equally redundant."

-- Haha. Yess yes, you learn why you'd want those some day. Just give it time. You'll find out. :) Anyway, regarding it being 'redundant': OF COURSE IT IS! That's what a 'backup' is. Almost by definition. It's a 'redundant' copy of your data. It's an extra data, which is a copy of the other data, and a backup also takes disk space. In this case, REDUNDANCY is what you are actually TRYING to accomplish. If you've ever worked with high-level servers and big iron, you know they come with REDUNDANT power supplies. And what is "RAID" ? What does RAID stand for, you know it stands for REDUNDANT array of inexpensive disks. This is EXACTLY what having a backup is all about. We WANT redundancy! It's a GOOD thing. :)

In the case of SystemRestore, and ERUNT, of course it's redundant. That's good! I love it. And as far as drive space, pfft. Disks are so spacious these days, it's not even a care. With 250GIG and 350 and 500 Gig drives nowadays, and I just bought a 1 TERABYTE disk the other day, I don't care about ERUNT taking up 42megs. loll. It only costs like 25cents per GIGABYTE nowadays! Likewise System Restore needs only to take up like 3 gigs. 10 max. for windows and system files and prefs and drivers and everything you can think of that it would want to store in there, pft. It's like the 5 cents when you buy something for $1,95.

Next, here's the thing. I'm saying that it's good to have ALL of those forms of backup. And the reason is, you will find out some day. Because one day, when you lose your hard drive, and then you are feelin all bright and shiny because you used your Acronis TrueImage (which I like too) and your First Defense, and then you go try to restore it, and one day it turns out that you got a problem with those backups (and it WILL happen) then you will remember this and wish you had that ERUNT, and/or left that SystemRestor ON for another chance at getting back your data. Believe me, I've seen it all. And I've seen backups of backups get hosed. So as I said, and I'll say again: the MO' the BETTAH! Use 'em all. Some day, some time, it will save your ______.



#298 Peris WROTE: "Hello.. i would like to say that after 3 days that i use windows advanced care pro it sas that my my licence is not ok.. but i activated correctly…why?
Comment by Peris — March 3rd, 2007 at 6:20 pm "

-- Hmmmm. I hope ADVANCED WINDOWS CARE PROFESSIONAL isn't doing such a good job of itself cleaning out the registry that it's cleaning out its own registration and serial number! loll. Now that would be ironic.

And whew! Peris. I must say that at first glance I thought your USERNAME said something else there for a second. But luckily everything turned out just fine. lol.

"Now, for some replies…
cybergranny (#63) ..."

Hey! If you're really a cybergranny, that's cool. Nice to see grannies gettin into the high tech :) Good for you. And combined with your greater wisdom than ours, from greater experience over the years, combined with the tech savvy, you'll rock! Good for you Granny. Welcome to the board! :-))


"This one sounds so much like OneCare that it’s likely to get a lawsuit from Microsoft. (I’m not kidding....")


-- Hey, who needs "MS Windows Advanced OneCare", and "Advanced Windows Care Professional" when you can have "Advanced Specialist Care Professional"! :-)

(And yes, I *AM* kidding. Just a joke. Smile.)

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#301

Software won't let you update unless you pay to upgrade it!

Reply   |   Comment by alleykatzchic  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#300

I succesfully downloaded and installed this program. It ran and did a great job of doing what it was suposed to do and today I get a message that says it was only a trial version! How dissapointing! I sure hope I can find a freebie as good. I can't afford to purchase these programs or I wouldn't be here.

Reply   |   Comment by donwilmom  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#299

#245, Sam: "Where did I say, or even imply, that privacy concerns were for the immoral?"

When you said in #207, "I think most people (with decent morals) would not want the “privacy” options enabled by default." You raised the point of people concerned about privacy as being immoral, not me. My citing YOUR words doesn't make me immature or guilty of any willful "misinterpretation." Your response was juvenile, however. I can't read your mind. I have to rely on your actual words.

#267, The Advanced Specialist: You conveniently neglected to cite a single example of my writing anything which is incorrect. With my diligent use of FirstDefense-ISR and Acronis True Image, Windows System Restore would serve no purpose on my PC other than to needlessly tie up hard drive space. ERUNT would be equally redundant. You might chose to leave System Restore enabled; that's a personal decision and doesn't make me wrong. I used ERUNT for years before installing backup imaging software. After a registry cleaning program deleted some needed entries, and after System Restore failed (again), I used ERUNT to restore my previous registry. ERUNT failed to correct the problem. I have no idea why it didn't work, but it didn't. It was at that point I purchased True Image and, later, FirstDefense (which I like far better).

It's clear from BillW50's posts that he is either utterly unfamiliar with modern image/snapshot software or dishonest. Whichever case it is, I'm thoroughly disgusted with the content of his posts criticizing people who have legitimate problems or fail to praise every GOTD offering and his routine, unfounded attacks against BladedThoth. If BillW50 isn't an obnoxious buffoon, he'll do until one shows up.

"Cloning" a hard drive and making a backup image/snapshot aren't the same thing. He claimed it was "very time consuming" to make images/snapshots. I can create a new FD-ISR snapshot of my C drive in around 20 minutes; updates take only a few minutes. Rollback Rx (which uses a different technology) creates new snapshots in just 3 seconds. Contrary to what BillW50 claimed, making either a FD-ISR snapshot or ACI image doesn't prevent me from using my PC for other work. FD-ISR snapshots are much smaller than BillW50 asserted and Rollback Rx snapshots are incredibly tiny.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#298

Hello.. i would like to say that after 3 days that i use windows advanced care pro it sas that my my licence is not ok.. but i activated correctly...why?

Reply   |   Comment by Peris  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#297

Hi My wife and I would like to thank you all for this web site. Hours of pleasure and all

Reply   |   Comment by cheap  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#296

Now, for some replies...

cybergranny (#63) - Sounds to me like you're running ZoneAlarm. The Trusted Zone can be one of two things: Either the internet zone thus described by Internet Explorer (which wouldn't quite make sense in this case), or ZoneAlarm's definition of it which can change depending on the settings (but generally meaning trying to access your local network or computer settings).

#129 (Anonymous Coward) - Adobe doesn't need the popularity. In fact, it really doesn't need GotD's attention at all - if it needs anything, it's the attention of Uninstallation of the day. ;>

AnnoLiberatis (#168) - No, that makes you a dinosaur ;> Seriously, though, that (having been around for COBOL & punch cards) doesn't mean much on it's own -- it's very easy to become "outdated" ourselves.

Hose (#185) - #1 And neither is this free. It's only free today - You just (basically) get an extended non-crippled evaluation.
#3 - This pretty much applies to all other software titles that appear here, except that this one tries to update ANYWAY, which causes some of the problems some people have commented on here.

And the most annoying...
J.A.M. (#93).

AWC doesn’t change any registry entries except to delete those that are no longer valid (like when you uninstall a program that doesn’t properly clean after itself).

Not true. See above.

And if you didn’t like the changes, you should have unchecked them from the report (click the "show details" link).

Honestly, a user not only shouldn't have to do that, but will likely not know what all those changes *are*. There's something to be said about trust, here: Less technically-inclined users will trust such programs to do things that are safe and automatically leave out things which are not. This program does NOT do that, and attempts to do everything it can... even if it's not such a good idea. It also has a fair share of misinformation behind it.

Yes, “Caching exists for PERFORMANCE reasons, yet this badly designed program seems to only degrade performance.”, but if an entry in the cache is too old, it will download the page anyway, and not use the cache. If you visisted a page just once a long time ago, you now have a useless cache entry that will be there forever until you manually clear the cache or a program does it for you.

False again! Unless, of course, "or a program" includes the program that created the cache itself. I've not seen a single program yet that doesn't delete old entries from the cache. After all, at the very least, caches are restricted to a particular size, so they never (in theory, if the program is coded properly) grow larger, so the age of a cache entry is a very moot point unless it's a very large cache (e.g. Second Life's 1GB cache, but that's at the highest setting, and it DOES use that much).

And that's all for today...

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#295

And now I try to post the rest of my review...

System configuration
- It changes timeouts mostly, to some very impatient settings. I guess this sort of fits the bill, but it's more of a hack than a fix; Besides, terminating a program that's a little slow at closing may cause you do lose data, so it's not always such a good idea - and one of the timeouts protects against this normally by being set at a fair safe amount.
- It disables updating the "Last accessed" detail on files, which while will make things go a little faster, may be counter-productive for some people. Will work for most people, I'd say.
- Tells IE not to do update checks. Uh. What? (In other words, do I NEED to say why this is wrong?)
- Tells WMP not to update automatically. This one, unlike the one directly above, is actually a good thing in my opinion as it's not a browser, but a media player, and WMP has a tendency to go "Oh, you're running 8.0, let's update to 11.9, the way newer, way more limited, and way crappier one! And you have to do it!".
Skip.
Start-up scan
Had nothing to tell me. I keep this under a fairly vigilant eye.
Privacy scan
Didn't use it. Not useful to me. I don't keep cookies except from specific sites, my main browser (FF) can clean history and such if I really need it to (and so can my secondary browser (IE7) anyway!), etc..
Temporary files scan
Let's see...
- Temporary Internet Files (a.k.a. cache)
- %temp%
- Recycle Bin (off by default)
Nothing impressive, and stuff I manage myself. Skip.

My overall impression?
Skip.

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#294

Advanced WindowsCare Professional, great program, I got it here ran it it came up with lil window to reg it,
BUT a few days later it said expired.
NOW i have a useless program
anyone got the 3 lines to reg it again ?
Sidewynder_2001@yahoo.com send it to me pls

Reply   |   Comment by mitch  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#293

Thanks #287 I followed your link and the instructions and it worked for me. I hope the others read this and are not too hasty about uninstalling the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Paula  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#292

When I tried to update the program told me that my subscription had expired. Not very useful this way.

Reply   |   Comment by Cathy Landon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#291

This porgram hosed my Security Center in Windows Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by rmc409  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#290

As others have reported, functions become disabled after a few days (3?). These include updating the software and anti-spyware, clearing temporary files, and correcting system errors. Since most comments appear within three day, ONE MUST WONDER ABOUT FRAUDULENT INTENT.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen R. Diamond  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#289

That workaround did the trick, THANKS! Don't forget exit & restart the PGM.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Smith  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#288

I got this off of the GOTD forum:

At IObit.com you get one thats free for non commercial and one thats to be registerd.

Free one gets you:

• 100% Freeware
• Removing Spyware and Adware
• Preventing Security Threats
• Privacy Protection
• Fixing Registry Errors
• Temporary Files Cleanup
• Startup Cleanup
• Repairing Windows
• Speeding up System

Paid for gets you:

• Install It and Forget It
• Removing Spyware and Adware
• Preventing Security Threats
• Privacy Protection
• Fixing Registry Errors
• Temporary Files Cleanup
• Startup Cleanup
• Repairing Windows
• Speeding up System

Really only 1 difference.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#287

There is a way to work around the auto update,go to:
http://www.iobit.com/support/t9.html

You can manually download the updated definition file, follow the directions.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#286

Made download Advanced windows Care Pro and was working for 3 days.
That is not fair.What happened?

Reply   |   Comment by e  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#285

Worthless piece of software if you have to pay for database defenition updates because the license? has expired???.

Reply   |   Comment by refso  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#284

Sorry but this is a strange license. 6 days and is over. No updates without paying. Back to the free Easy Cleaner!!

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#283

It was a great program for a whole 3 days, but not being able to get updates makes it kinda useless.....

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Smith  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#282

Uninstalling the "personal" version, as others have noted, deletes any registration of the program and makes it impossible to recover the programs registration. IOBit should have told informed users not to delete the personal version, and the company should make it possible for those who did so to recover their registration.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen R. Diamond  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#281

#280
Same here, what good is it if you have to pay to download updates?

Reply   |   Comment by roofoo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#280

The Database Update doesn't work, when i try to update it says:"You subscription license has expired! Please click here to renew your license and get full function."

Reply   |   Comment by Nocturne84  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#279

Thanks Saskia for your support

Reply   |   Comment by Thunderstroke  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#278

Thunderstroke (comment #276): I did EXACTLY the same thing, i.e. I installed the pro version. It was working fine, so I uninstalled my free personal version.
Indeed, GOTD, maybe you can do something about this? For once it was a soft I really wanted and needed...

Reply   |   Comment by Saskia  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#277

Amazing how many newbies can't follow directions! It must be a disease called "AOL syndrome" in which an individual downloads anything for free just because they see the word "free" but fails to read the terms of the transaction beforehand. AWC is useful at first but I do believe it initially tries to impress the user with a lot of false positives. More important is, since malware is introduced daily into the wild, what use is the program in the long term, if updates are not available. The makers of the S/W should be applauded for offering it but the present version is called "shareware" with the hope that you'll purchase it in the future. I have free apps that do the same thing. I was interested in AWC only as a suite to be recommended to the "lamies" that never use the free apps I suggest to them. Yet they call me to complain about problems with the hope I'll fix their problems for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#276

Can someone help or explain: the registration work fine when I first run the product. Did a scan/repair. Then I shut down my computer, everything was ok. The next day the soft was any longer registered…

Comment by Saskia — March 1st, 2007 at 3:38 am

#275 Saskia...Look at #269...Im glad im not the only one with this mess.Just like you i did a couple of scans and repairs with the registered PRO-version,worked just fine .Did speed up my pc,loved it...2 days later the next thing i see:it says TRIAL...Cant believe that...WHY???
Can anyone explain this to us?....
I dont believe w'ill see our free pro-version again...and that sucks.
Please GOTD-team is it possible to get it back for a giveawayoftheday?

Reply   |   Comment by Thunderstroke  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#275

Can someone help or explain: the registration work fine when I first run the product. Did a scan/repair. Then I shut down my computer, everything was ok. The next day the soft was any longer registered...

Reply   |   Comment by Saskia  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#274

Excellent!

Reply   |   Comment by Gregor  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#273

I loaded this as everyone suggested & had no problems. I scanned everything & then picked from there what I wanted to delete. It did make my PC run faster & I had no problems with Firefox. So far this program has worked well for me & I haven't had any problems as of yet.

Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Zanne  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#272

This one sounds so much like OneCare that it's likely to get a lawsuit from Microsoft. (I'm not kidding. Remember Lindows? - albeit has an admittedly higher similarity.)

And heh, their website suffered the Slashdot effect. Now who was saying this isn't Slashdot? ;D

*cough* Seriously now, though: This program has taken from ~30MB just loaded, to ~40MB with a scan just completed. That's pretty ugly. I'm going to remind IOBit (since the prez has been around) that making your own theming is quite plain not worth it. This especially applies if half your themes are ones available elsewhere and doable with Windows' own theming service.
Granted, however, it does minimize it's usage down to an impressive 1MB when you minimize it, restoring to 3MB. The memory usage quickly goes back up when you do a scan, though, which makes me wonder how much memory it would be using if I had the scheduled scan and the autoprotect on.

General
- No multiple selection makes it very tedious to go through anything higher than fifty results, really.
- Don't resize columns to 0 if you're not going to let the user expand them. Remove/hide them entirely. One such example is the System Analysis' "topo" column. I understand this may be a debug column, but your release-compiled program should not be including this part of the source code AT ALL. Your programmers should know how to exclude code from non-debug compilations, and if not, fire one or two and get some new ones.
- You can't iconize it (minimize to tray) unless you enable the option that does so when you click the *close* button. Meh!
Spyware scan
I can't say much about this one. It only found two cookies. Oh no.
Skip.
Security defense
Claims I have a whole bunch of immunisations to do, but like Spybot S&D, it doesn't say what it would do to do these "immunisations", so I'd have to take their word for it - and I don't like doing that. (On an offnote, I *could* use a few monitor programs and InstallWatch to track the changes, but if it DOES do changes I want to revert, it'd be a pain in the ass. I don't want to restore just because... yeah, I won't rant.)
Skip.
The registry scan
Hideous, hideous, hideous.
- It believes that anything with an invalid-looking path should be deleted rather than fixed. This is like a broken version of Symantec's Windoctor's registry scan, which actually tries to fix the entries rather than just removing them and hoping they weren't important (or even correct as-is).
- It targets MRUs and such - completely useless and is pretty much, as others have stated, just to bring up the count.
Definitely skip.
System Analysis
Oh dear. This is the failure of this program.
Troubleshooting section:
- It does not say WHERE the issue lies, only gives you a name, which requires you to look it up and hope that their own data isn't half-baked, which... well, read on.
- There are various settings reported as "False settings" here which aren't, such as NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation.
- It claims my autoreboot setting isn't present, but I know that I have disabled this feature in XP because I like (bizarre as it sounds) to see the bluescreens when they occur (that way I can, you know, LOOK THEM UP).
Windows interface section: These are user preferences and should not be touched. Trying to change these settings under the pretense to clean or optimize the system is not only unethical and misleading, but is bad programming practice. I strongly recommend removing this section of the program!
Network connection section: Most of these seem okay at first glance, and I don't know what Windows' defaults are on these so I can't even comment on if they're just fattening up the registry.
Windows service section: Ew. There's some really hideous changes in here, such as:
- Misreads the CURRENT setting "Disabled" as "Manual" for some odd reason. Definitely a bug.
- Wanting to disable services that are already set to Manual. A lot of services are better off set to Manual. Why? Because they won't run automatically on boot, and if the system still needs them, it'll run them and no problems will occur. (Even then, some programs and services don't work properly unless put to Automatic. Not sure why.)
- Even though the Network Connection section wants to optimise my DNS cache, this section suggests disabling the DNS Client! Whoops! (As the description says: The DNS client service does the caching. Not much point in optimising the settings of a service you aren't using, is there?) There's not much point in disabling this service, either - it caches results for you, and rare is it when you need to clear THAT cache!
- It wants to disable the Error Reporting Service! This shows a clear lack of knowledge on their part. The ERS doesn't just let you report problems to Microsoft, okay? It also gives you a more informative window than "Error at address 0x848217 trying to read memory at 0x3542387." with an OK button that mysteriously closes your program: If you look at the details from this more information window, you can often enough find the faulty DLL and look up a solution to the problem, especially if it's a recurring one. Disabling the ERS is only for ... well, those without knowledge.
- It wants to disable Server and Terminal Services - excuse me, I do use Remote Desktop.
- It wants to disable Secondary Logon - hey now, if you run Windows the way you're supposed to (i.e. as a limited user), you need this.
- It wants to set Themes to Automatic (currently Disabled). Not only this is user preference, but if I selected to have everything optimised, why is this being enabled? It's not going to make things go *faster*.
Phew, next one.

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#271

LOVE THIS!!!I give it a 10.Gee i got defrag also and my pc is once again NEW!My friends are impressed.And they didnt get it!the whole class called me pc king...And it lets me open stuff so fast!
LONG LIVE GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Megaman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#270

Don't know if anyone is still looking here, but it still didn't post my review - I think it's too long! I'll try splitting it when I get back home.

Charlie Hes (#165, #265) - Don't update. Software here is provided under the condition of not having any (free) technical support, (free) updates, and that you use the software only for non-commercial use.

The Advanced Specialist (#267) - System Restore also keeps track of changes in %AppData% (and Documents, I believe, though I'm not sure about that one).

And finally, as for clone VS change system -- it's really a matter of how you do it and what you back up. Backing up is made a lot easier if you keep things on different paritions. Environment variables are your friends :>

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#269

Dont know whats happened here today(wednesday)...Installed succesfully on Monday Advanced WindowsCare Pro...Man i was happy very good prog...I also had the free personal version still on my pc,so i uninstalled the personal free version on Tuesday (no more need for that one,with the pro-version now on my pc).... Now i see today my Pro version is turned into a trial-version...wtf is going on here????Was this a 2day trial maybe?????anyone else with the same issue here???

Reply   |   Comment by Thunderstroke  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#268

Please make this available again as a give away of the day, I missed the one on 26th February as I was ill. I have subscribed to the alert newsletter today. I have been using the personal free edition for a few months now and its brilliant.

Many thanks to IOBit software.

Don Stuart

Reply   |   Comment by Don Stuart  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#267

#253 BILLW50 WROTE: "Way to go Karen! (grin) Insult millions of people..."
#264 KAREN WROTE: "BillW50, do you have to work at being such an obnoxious buffoon ..."

Ok ok you two. Easy there. Too much coffee for you two. lol. BOTH of you are smart and both of you got things correct, and both of you got things incorrect. You both have good points and should meet in the middle and done nicely you could both provide your good experience to people.

Karen's right that cloning is different than ERUNT, SystemRestore,and partition backups. However, tht doesn't mean that ERUNT isn't still good to use also. ERUNT is good. And yes, I've seen System Restore NOT work too, but that doesn't mean it hasn't also WORKED! And worked well and saved someone a Lot of grief. And yes, it can take up 12% but as Bill pointed out, you can lower that. And yes, it does shield viruses in there, but a clone AND a partition backup or snapshot will copy the viruses and malware too. (not 'protect' it, but it will sure copy it into the backup)

Karen you do know your stuff regarding Acronis TrueImage, but that doesn't mean anyone should abandon ERUNT or SystemRestore or other types of backups. Heck, use all of them. Yes, ERUNT does the registry, not data, but sometimes only the registry is needed. And that is the tool for the job. Bill maybe shouldn't give the impression that ERUNT backs up the whole drive, it doesn't, but neither should you obviate it, because it's still a good tool too, and it's good of him to mention it.

Also, BillW50 said that a clone of 320gig drive with only 2 gigs taken would take 320gigs. This is not necessarily true. In fact, one can clone to a file. And that file can not only be just 2gigs, but it can COMPRESS on the fly too, so it could verywell take 1 gig to clone that 320gig drive. And the time taken would be extremely quick too. In fact, cloning is just about the highest speed backup one can make. In addition, Acronis TrueImage (unlike Symantec *COUGH*) can do it on the fly, WITHOUT having to shut down the computer. So it's not the case that Karen's programs require shutting down. Maybe if your last try at these programs was in 2002, you should revisit them because it's 2007 and your experience is from the past. And as far as System Restore goes, to Bill, System Restore does not save backups of user data, only registry, apps, and system files (drivers). A clone does. So it is much more thorough than System Restore. Now, having said that, Neither would I turn OFF system restore like Karen claims. Because I would enjoy having that option available TOO. So neither of you are all wrong, and neither of you are totally correct, but you both have good experience that you could share and learn from eachother by joining forces and combining your experience and keeping it nice. :)

And whoever told Bill how to use the Bold function... you've created a monster. This comment board is going to be like TONY LITTLE now. Aaaagh! lol.

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#266

What a great program, i noticed a reduction in lag for gaming (ping decrease of an average of 5) and fps increase of an average of 10. With my harddrive nearing capacity this program smoothed things out greatly a1

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