System Ninja review

Effective system optimization and maintenance, but novice users might be out of their depth

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Our Verdict

Although most of its tools are already built into Windows, System Ninja packages them all in a neat, easily accessible package. Its plugin support is excellent, but it's let down by a lack of clear documentation.

For

  • Clear interface
  • Can give a noticeable speed boost
  • Expandable via plugins

Against

  • Doesn't provide sufficient information about startup processes
  • Plugins can be tricky to install
  • Most tools are already available in Windows

System Ninja provides a quick and easy way to optimize your PC. If you're running low on disk space, it helps you to recover valuable megabytes (or even gigabytes) while improving your privacy and security in to the bargain.

Download System Ninja freeOn top of this, you'll find an uninstaller for quickly removing programs you no longer need, a startup manager to cut boot time, and a process manager for keeping an eye on what's running in the background. There is also the PC Analysis section, which tells you everything you could ever need to know about your hardware.

System Ninja Junk Scanner
System Ninja's main feature is its Junk Scanner, which checks your drives for non-essential files that can be deleted safely to free up space and, in some cases, improve security. It's compatible with all major web browsers

User experience

System Ninja has a simple tabbed interface that suggests (but doesn't enforce) a particular workflow: start at the left with the Junk Scanner and work across to the right.

System Ninja's Junk Scanner serves a dual purpose. It removes unnecessary programs and files, but the increasing size of hard drives means this kind of clutter has less of an impact on system performance than it once did. Leftover files and cookies are, however, a potential privacy and security risk, so it's good practice to clean up after messy programs.

The System Tools tab contains the Startup Manager, App Uninstaller and Process Manager. In many ways these all mimic features and options already available in the various version of Windows, but it's handy to have them all accessible in the same place.

The PC Analysis section is very neatly laid out, and is a goldmine of information for anyone curious about their hardware, If you want to find out the model of your motherboard to check how much RAM it supports, check the exact model of your graphics card to make sure you download the right drivers, this is where to look.

System Ninja analysis
System Ninja can analyze your hardware and give you a detailed report that's very useful if you're planning an upgrade and need to work out what will be compatible with your current setup

We liked

Plugins! System Ninja is a wonderfully useful little utility in its own right, but you can easily add a host of new features thanks to support for plugins. By downloading little add-ons, you can bring a registry cleaner, services manager, file renamer, duplicate file finder, and a file analyzer to the program.

If you don't want a certain tool, you don't need to install it, and it's this customisation extendability that makes System Ninja so appealing. The process of installing the plugins could have been made a little more intuitive - it's going to be off-putting to beginners - but it's still a great option to have.

System Ninja process manager
You can manage the programs that start automatically when Windows loads, but take care not to deactivate anything that might be vital to your system's stability - System Ninja won't warn you

We disliked

While useful, System Ninja's Startup Manager has the potential to be a little dangerous for one simple reason - there is just not enough information given about startup items for many people to be able to correctly identify what they are and to determine whether they're essential. A little common sense can go a long way, but some extra guidance would have been appreciated as it would be all too easy to end up with a computer that doesn't function properly. Users are left having to search the internet for information about what particular startup items might be, when a description could have been provided easily.

Final verdict

Download System Ninja freeEven if you feel that System Ninja doesn't have a great deal to offer that can't already be found in Windows, the fact that it is free and provides a handy single interface to access a wealth of tools and information works in its favor.

Specifications

Developer: SingularLabs

License: Freeware

System requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Processor: Not specified
  • RAM: Not specified
  • Disk space: Not specified

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