Download of the day: IObit Advanced SystemCare

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – a PC cleanup and acceleration tool that really works

Over time, you'll notice that your PC no longer runs as quickly as it once did. Files left behind by uninstalled programs, temporary caches, fragmented files, unused software and broken registry entries all accumulate, resulting in slower boot times and sluggish overall performance.

IObit Advanced Systemcare makes cleaning up your PC and optimizing its performance incredibly straightforward – not only deleting junk, but also managing startup programs and services, and protecting you from malware and spyware.

Why you need it

There are lots of PC cleanup utilities around, but few are as comprehensive as IObit Advanced SystemCare.

Key features

Deletes junk files

Fixes registry entries

Corrects software vulnerabilities

Manages startup processes

Its Clean & Optimize tool is the quickest way to improve your PC's performance; simply select which common junk files and errors to search for (including spyware, disk errors, tracking cookies and browser history) and click 'Scan'.

You can also let IObit Advanced SystemCare fix any problems it finds automatically – just go and make yourself a cup of tea and come back in a couple of minutes to a cleaner, faster PC. More advanced users can customize their scan using a comprehensive settings menu, and decide for themselves what happens to detected junk, errors and vulnerabilities.

Once you've cleaned your PC, move to IObit Advanced SystemCare's Speed Up tab to optimize its performance. Here you can disable unnecessary processes and services to conserve RAM and make other adjustments like removing font formatting from desktop icons. It's a case of marginal gains – small changes that add up to make a noticeable difference. There's also a quick program uninstaller that removes unwanted software, then scans for leftover temporary files and registry entries that can be erased, and a tool for removing browser extensions.

Download IObit Advanced SystemCare free

The premium Advanced SystemCare Pro offers some bonus features, including real-time protection, but the free edition is superb. Download it now and see what a difference it makes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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