A Review of Ashampoo WinOptimizer v 5.0

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FEATURES: Version 5.0 has two main components: the main program and the one click optimizer.

Fig1. Ashampoo WinOptimizer v 5.0

While the functions can be accessed through both the components, one click optimizer has a very easy interface. The main application window has six main modules. Let us discuss these modules one by one.

Fig 2. Main window with all the modules

Clean Up System: The Drive Cleaner cleans the hard disk, deletes any history files stored on your hard disk, and edits the files and folders exceptions. The registry optimizer scans the Windows registry and the broken links that have empty references and automatically deletes or repairs them. The internet cleaner eliminates Web browser caches, history, cookies and any internet tracks.

Optimize Performance: The new version of WinOptimizer comes with a defragmenter. Defrag 2 effectively analyzes and defragments the hard drives of your system. Process Manager handles the frozen windows from crashed applications and suspect programs, kicking them out of the memory and off the screen. A start-up tuner displays all the auto-start entries, marking only those that are absolutely necessary.

Privacy and Security: The File Wiper can delete data with sensitive contents completely, making it impossible to restore the deleted files even with a specialized program. It even works on USB drives. But the Undeleter can easily restore these deleted files. The supported files systems are NTFS, FAT-16, and FAT-32 partitions. This tool can restore even compressed and encrypted NTFS files on the hard drive and the USB drives. File Encyrypter and the Decrypter provide password protection, and even create self-extracting archives.

Tune System Settings: The Internet tuner optimizes the internet connection for performance. Just choose your connection type and it automatically modifies each category. The Visual Styler allows you to change the icons used for various programs and the system components.

Diagnosis and Information: The disk space explorer helps find out how and where the hard disk space is being used, and what percentage of your hard disk space is occupied by which applications and documents.

More Tools: This category includes a shortcut to the standard system tools offered by the Windows, the File Wiper, File Encrypter and Decrypter and a File Splitter and Joiner.

FINAL VERDICT: Besides putting forward various suggestions for optimizing your Windows, WinOptimizer effectively cleans up the registry and temporary files on your system. It is very easy to use, and a number of components make it a complete package. Icon saver is a dud, but this negative point can be neglected as compared to other features of the software. Over all this software is good value for money, try it.

System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, 128 MB RAM, 40 MB free hard drive space.

Price: US $ 49.99, Free trail version can be downloaded from the official website www.ashampoo.com.


Ease to use: 5/5

Features: 5/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall rating: 4/5

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