Advanced SystemCare Free is an all-in-one tool for optimising, securing and managing your PC.

The program is split into three main sections.

"Maintain Windows" includes a spyware remover, Registry cleaner and hard drive cleanup tool. A Privacy Sweep option clears your Windows, internet and application tracks.

"Diagnose System" scans your PC for poorly configured system and security settings, improves your security defences to reduce the chance of becoming infected by spyware, and defragments your hard drive for improved performance.

And the Utilities section includes enough tools to qualify for an application in its own right. There's a Registry defrag module, a secure file deletion utility, a driver backup and restore tool, a startup program manager, context menu editor, duplicate file finder, and many, many others.

As with all similar programs, Advanced SystemCare Free does present some risks, in that it might delete a file or change a Registry setting that turns out to be important. There's no real need to worry, though, because the program goes to great efforts to keep you safe. This starts from the first launch, where at a click Advanced SystemCare will create a system restore point. And it continues from there, with the program backing up the settings that it changes, and allowing you to undo these at any time from its Restore Centre.

Please note, while this version is free for personal use, Advanced SystemCare Professional offers many additional features. It cleans more Registry errors, for instance; tunes your PC automatically, and optimises your internet connection to ensure you're getting the best possible performance. The program is yours for $19.95 and you can purchase a copy at the IObit site.

Verdict

While a few of its tools are less than impressive - there's a pointless memory optimiser, for instance - Advanced SystemCare Free still provides more than enough PC optimisation features and functions to make it well worth the download