Ashampoo Winoptimizer 11 Review
Ashampoo Winoptimizer 11 Review
Sooner or later almost every user will face problems such as a reduction in computer performance, frequent crashes, slowness, etc. Fortunately, you can eliminate these problems with the help of special programs. One of the most powerful, convenient and reliable among these types of software is Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11. This application has plenty of tools to configure, optimize and clean the Windows Operating System.
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 offers a wide range of tools for optimizing and improving PC performance. The modules are divided into six categories: 1. Maintain System, 2. Improve Performance, 3. Customize Windows, 4. Analyse System, 5. File tools and 6. General.
One Click Optimizer performs a quick scan for temporary Internet files, cookies and history; temporary or other unnecessary files on the hard drive and left over registry entries.
Drive Cleaner– This tool is very valuable because it frees up precious disk space and optimizes it for speed and performance. Thanks to the innovative and thorough scan it only searches for those files that are not needed. With the help of this tool you can safely remove temporary files, memory dumps, log files, error reports, file fragments, remnants of uninstallation files, etc. By default the program permanently deletes all the files but you are able to configure scan preferences in the Options menu, for example, select specific files for scanning, exclude some file types from checking, choose the desired hard drive partition, ignore write-protected files, move deleted files to the recycle bin and more. Ashampoo WinOptimizer creates a full report about all files found and the space which they occupy on the hard drive. You can view, export or even print that report.
Registry Optimizer– Keeping the Windows registry clean and stable is very important and this tool helps you to accomplish this. It searches for invalid or left over registry entries and deletes them. The program is able to scan and remove the following registry elements- fonts, help files, application elements, start menu items, history lists, Windows firewall, invalid shared files and COM, OLE and ActiveX elements. A detailed summary for these invalid entries will be presented to the user. You can view them or save a report. In the Options menu you can exclude some types from scanning. The Windows registry is a critical part of the system so you can take full advantage of this tool to help keep it healthy.
Internet Cleaner– Most of us use the Internet on a daily basis. This tool was created to delete the data in the browser cache, cookies, history list of visited pages, list of entered URLs, download history and stored form data. The program supports all well-known modern browsers- Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. In the Options menu you can exclude some browser elements from scanning and deletion.
Defrag 3– As time passes hard disks will become slower and slower because of disk fragmentation. The Defrag 3 tool will help you to solve this problem. You can defragment manually; the program offers three different ways of defragmentation- fast (only defragments files but not move them), normal (defragments files and moves them to a better position) and intelligent (the best method and active by default) or automatically thanks to the Pro-Active Defrag method. The program runs as a background service and defragments your hard drive only when your computer is idle. Another feature of this tool is the protection of SSDs. It automatically recognizes a SSD and prevents it from being defragmented. SSDs do not need defragmentation because of the way in which they operate and will wear out much faster if you defragment them. With the help of a special module, Boot Time Defragmentation, you can defragment system files which cannot normally be defragmented while Windows is running. By doing this during the system boot, before the files are in use, you can be sure that even those tough to move files are defragmented properly.
Registry Defrag– This section allows you to defragment the Windows registry.
Improve Performance consists of five tools- Service Manager, Startup Tuner, Internet Tuner, Process Manager and Uninstall Manager.
Service Manager– This tool shows various system services. Here you can view information such as the startup type for services (automatic or manual), the number of processes running, etc. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 offers very useful and innovative methods of rating each system service. It is very convenient because the program gives you information about the usefulness of each service based off of online pools from Ashampoo Winoptimizer users.
Startup Tuner– With the help of this area you can manage startup entries, i.e. those processes which start together with the operating system. The program allows you to add a new startup item, delete an old one or edit and modify the current services.
Internet Tuner aids you in accelerating your Internet connection automatically or allows you to adjust it manually. The program automatically optimizes the Internet connection for DSL, VDSL and LAN users and the setting for all adapters. You can also manually adjust MTU (maximum transmission unit), RWIN (Receive Window, i.e. the amount of data that the computer can accept), TTL (Time to Live, i.e. number of hops which a data packet can travel before being discarded), etc.
Process Manager– This tool allows you to view all running processes. It is an alternative of the built-in Windows Task Manager. But, unlike it, all system processes are grouped as critical, user processes, services and other processes. Moreover, you have access to detailed information about each processes executable file, loaded modules, application window and you can change a services priority from low to high.
Uninstall Manager– Unfortunately this tool offers only basic functions. It is similar to the built-in Windows tool. You can only uninstall programs, nothing else. I recommend using Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 which has more powerful and advanced features.
Customize Windows consists of six tools- Tweaking, Antispy, File Associator, Context Menu Manager, icon saver and user-Rights Manager.
Tweaking– The program offers a lot of different tools for customizing Windows: 1.Logon (enable automatic logon when Windows starts; display a welcome message at logon, etc.), 2. Devices (adjust network settings; change the behavior of the mouse; control the performance of the keyboard, etc.), 3. Drives (configure autostart for every drive in the system; adjust settings for various caches; hide drives, etc.), 4. System (configure some system settings such as privacy, system folders, OEM information, etc.), 5. Desktop (customize the appearance of the desktop and aero interface, taskbar, superbar, etc.), 6. Explorer (adjust settings for UAC-User Account Control, customize the appearance of Windows Explorer, hibernation, etc.), 7. Internet Explorer (change Internet Explorer settings; disable some functions of the browser, etc.), 8. Other Software (customize Windows Media Player, Microsoft Office, etc.), 9. Windows 8 (customize Windows 8 boot screen, start screen, etc.).
AntiSpy helps you to disable unwanted network access or transfer of data from different devices and programs. Simply speaking, you can customize Windows Update, time synchronization, remote access, network usage, etc.
File Associator is a very useful tool. With its help you can easily organize file associations. Basically it allows you to associate certain applications with file types, for example, open video files with VLC Player and audio files with Windows Media Player, etc.
Context Menu Manager– Many third-party applications add entries to the Windows context menu. With the help of this tool you can disable unnecessary or unwanted items from the Context menu.
Icon Saver is an interesting tool. It helps you to arrange desktop icons according to your taste, save their arrangement and easily restore them later, from a backup, after an unintentional change.
User-Rights Manager– This tool helps you to restrict or disable access to parts of the system (for example, disable CD burning features, prevent the launching of certain applications, etc.), Windows Explorer features (disable “File” menu or taskbar context menu, etc.) and Control Panel (restrict access to Security Center, Internet Options, Mouse, etc.).
Analyse System consists of six tools- System Information, Disk Space Explorer, System Benchmark, Disk Doctor, HDD Inspector and Font Manager.
System Information– This tool provides you with various types of information regarding the computer and its hardware (processor, motherboard, ports, display, USB and printers), Drives, Software (Windows, installed applications, Ram, drivers, user account), Network (domain, IP address, mac address, etc.), Multimedia (available video and audio codecs).
Disk Space Explorer provides you with detailed information in the form of diagrams or pie charts about all files and folders which occupy your hard drive. You can sort them by audio, video and graphic files; archives, documents and applications. It is a very useful tool! You can easily determine how much space is occupied by, for example, graphic files on your disk (the number of folders and files, size and percentage).
System Benchmark– Check your system performance and compare the results online.
Disk Doctor– This tool checks your hard drive for errors and rectifies them. It is a very useful tool because it helps you to prevent loss of data.
HDD Inspector provides you with useful and necessary information about your HDDs and SSDs- size, temperature, model, serial, etc.
Font Manager– In this section you can view and manage installed fonts.
The File Tools section consists of six tools- File wiper, File Encrypter and Decrypter, File Splitter and Joiner, Undeleter, Link Checker and Duplicate Finder.
File Wiper– If you want to keep your files and folders safe from prying eyes you can delete them permanently with the help of this tool. The program offers four different methods of deletion- Fast (one write iteration), Default (three iterations), DoD 5220.22-M (seven write iterations) and Gutmann (35 write iterations). Just select files and folders for deletion, the program will do the rest for you.
File Encrypter and Decrypter– This tool helps you to encrypt files with a password. Just select a file and encrypt it with a strong password. That’s all. Nobody will be able to open it without your permission. The program also allows you to decrypt previously encrypted files or even create a self-decrypting EXE file.
Undeleter– With the help of this tool you can scan the hard drive for deleted files and restore them.
Link Checker– Finds invalid shortcuts and deletes them.
Duplicate Finder allows you to scan your hard drive partitions for duplicate files and get rid of them. All file types are supported- graphic, video, audio, etc.
General consists of a Backup Manager, System Restore Manager, Task-planner and Settings. Here you can manage saved backups and system restore points, create a maintenance plan and change some general settings of the program.
Ashampoo Winoptimizer 11 is one of the best applications for optimizing and cleaning Windows.
Thanks to a variety of tools you can perform plenty of operations such as defragmentation, tweaking, cleaning and many others.
1. Very intuitive interface
2. A lot of useful and handy tools
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