Clean, optimize, tweak and tune your PC to deliver the fastest possible performance
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2013 is a powerful collection of tools which apply a range of techniques to help enhance your PC's performance.
The "Maintain system" section includes a module to locate and delete leftover files, for instance. Another cleans your browser histories (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari are supported). A third scans your Registry to detect and remove errors, while a capable defrag tool optimizes your file layout to enhance system speeds.
Elsewhere, WinOptimizer 2013 helps you take better control over your startup programs and Windows services. And unlike many similar tools, it doesn't just show you what's installed and leave you to figure things out. Many applications have been rated for their usefulness by other WinOptimizer users, helping you to quickly decide what can stay and what should go.
The program also includes a complete tweaking tool, which makes it easy to locate and adjust key performance-related settings for Windows, Explorer, IE, Firefox and more. And there are other modules to help optimise your internet connection, manage running processes, or check your hard drives for possible signs of impending hardware failure.
And yet, while this could have been complex, for the most part Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2013 is very straightforward to use. The program includes a "One-Click Optimizer" which can erase your web history, delete junk files and clean your Registry in a single operation, for instance. And a task scheduler means you can set this up to run automatically, whenever is convenient.
Please note, Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2013 is a powerful tool and you should use it with caution. If you accidentally disable an important Windows service, for instance, it could seriously affect your PC. The program makes backups of any changes you make, and can generally undo them in a click or two, but it's still best to proceed carefully, make only a few tweaks at a time, and don't carry out any action unless you're confident it's safe to do so.
Review by Mark Wilson.