Advanced SystemCare 9 is the latest edition of IObit's amazingly comprehensive PC maintenance suite.

Just installing the package gets you an entire library of essential tools. There are modules to clean and optimise your Registry, delete junk and duplicate files, control your startup programs, fix Windows issues, detect and remove malware, free up RAM, update and back up your drivers, undelete files, fully uninstall applications, schedule PCs shutdowns, securely wipe confidential files and apply a host of useful Windows tweaks. (And you could build another excellent maintenance suite from the modules we've left out.)

There's real depth and intelligence here, too. SystemCare doesn't just list your browser toolbars and startup programs and leave you to figure out what to do next, for instance - it highlights unnecessary or dangerous items and allows you to remove them with a click.

The latest release offers full support for Windows 10, including cleaning up after Edge and the built-in apps, setting the default browser and helping protect your privacy by disabling Microsoft's many data-collection technologies.

If you like the hands-on approach then it's easy to launch any of these modules, take complete control and decide exactly what you want to do.

But if you're not so sure - or just in a hurry - then you can leave Advanced SystemCare to handle most tasks on its own, scanning your chosen areas for problems and issues, and fixing them all with a click.

What's new in v9.4?

+ Enhanced Software Updater to increase PC security by getting the latest updates promptly, including Adobe Flash Player update with over 50 vulnerabilities patched.
+ Expanded database to clean up and optimize your PC for better PC performance and safer Internet browsing.
+ Supported the cleaning for WordPad, Notepad, GOM 2.3, KMPLayer 4.1, Skype 7.25, MSN 7.5, Facebook 2.0, Twitter 2.0, Yahoo! Messenger 11.5, etc., to better protect your privacy.
+ Optimized IObit Auto Shutdown to manage scheduled tasks more conveniently.
+ Added Bulgarian/Catalan/Ukrainian, and optimized current languages.
+ Fixed all known bugs.

Verdict

Advanced SystemCare's tools are of variable quality, but there's still a vast amount of functionality here, and some welcome improvements in the DNS Protection and Large File Finder.