Various utilities are covered in Optimize2, which adds further value to the product for today's PC user. It is comprehensive in its coverage of all of the critical utilities that are essential for a PC to run optimally. It is a great all-in-one performance enhancing piece of software, rooting deep into the PC to diagnose and resolve internet, registry, cache, hard drive and spyware issues.
The two-minute optimization process is slick and informative. With simple ‘Next' button navigation and tick box options to run or bypass certain utility cleanup steps, you can simply run the software and still work on other applications without a drop in PC performance.
The tweaked internet settings made a marginal difference when running a wireless network, but did improve speed to a greater degree with wired connectivity. Of course these settings can be changed manually, but they are not for tweaking by the novice or intermediate user. Optimize2 is great at making system maintenance an automated task so the user can free up their time to concentrate on other more interesting PC uses and peace of mind.
The Internet Cache and Recycle Bin utilities perform adequate search, find and resolution maintenance making the PC more stable during online activity and freeing potential masses of space taken up by ‘junk' data. However, such utilities alone come as standard on Windows Vista and XP so for internet and recycle bin cleanup alone Optimize2 really does nothing more than your generic Windows OS. Cleanup of the registry is impressive; it doesn't miss any potential issues and is very quick compared to other registry cleaning software, but again you can find other registry cleaners that are highly effective and drill just as deeply into your PC. So if you require only a registry performance enhancer or internet cleanup utility there are plenty on the market at a cheaper price, some even coming as freeware. That said, you must have a certain level of knowledge of such programs before you let them have carte blanche access to the very guts of your PC.
Following optimization timed boot speed, start-up and application launch is improved, the results are negligible in some instances, for example only marginal improvements were noticeable on many standard desktops (Core 2 Duo Processor, 1GB Ram, standard family PC applications and internet usage). However Optimize2 does have a considerable affect on speed and performance on lower spec PCs. This was most noticeable on a host of company laptops which through misuse had highly fragmented data structures and a considerable amount of legitimate and illegitimate entries.
With Optimize2 you can safely run the application and configure it to suite your needs without worrying about phishing, spyware or malware being attached as part of the install or scanning process.