Advanced SystemCare Free 8 is the latest edition of IObit's feature-packed PC maintenance suite.

Just as with many similar packages, you get tools to control your startup programs, defragment your hard drive, manage running processes, find and remove duplicate files and back up and update your drivers. And these work just fine - but they're only the start.

The suite can also detect and remove malware; undelete files; optimise your PC for better gaming performance;  securely delete confidential documents, restore the Start menu to Windows 8, and more.

SystemCare Free 8 adds the Protect module, which can help to manage and clean your browser toolbars, protect you from various online threats, customise Windows security settings and keep your browser home and searches pages safe from malicious changes.

The Software Updater makes sure all your key applications - browsers, Skype, Flash, Java, more - are the very latest versions.

The Default Program module can set your default browser, email program, image viewer, media player, PDF reader and archive extractor, all from a single screen.

The Performance Monitor is a desktop gadget which displays your CPU, RAM, disk space and network usage, as well as providing options to clean RAM, take a screenshot or close down or restart your PC.

Elsewhere, the rebuilt Startup Manager takes better control of your startup programs. IObit Uninstaller 4 removes unwanted applications, toolbars, even Windows 8 apps. There's support for optimising SSDs, options to clean up even more privacy traces, and the entire package now runs on anything from Windows 2000 to Windows 10.

What's new in 8.4?

+ Added support for Microsoft Edge in Default Program. 1-Click to set default browser and other default programs in Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.
+ Enhanced the cleaning for Microsoft Edge and Modern Apps in Privacy Sweep.
+ Enhanced the System Optimization for Windows 10.
+ Supported the cleaning for Nero Burning ROM 2015, Nero BackItUp 15, RealTimes 18 and BlueStacks App Player.
+ Enhanced privacy cleaning for Chrome 44.0, Firefox 40.0, Opera 31.0, Comodo IceDragon 38.0, Auslogics Disk Defrag 6.0, Adobe Air 18.0, Thunderbird 38.1, etc.
+ Updated and expanded database for Malware Removal, Registry Fix, Software Updater, Startup Manager, Surfing Protection and Junk Files Clean.
+ Updated localization files.
+ Fixed bugs reported in previous version.

Verdict

Its tools are of variable quality - and you can get quite a few of them for free - but IObit Advanced SystemCare Free still has plenty of useful functionality. If you don't have the time or knowledge to build a custom PC maintenance suite of your own then it's certainly worth a look.