Most of us don’t really understand how troublesome PC maintenance can be – until it actually needs to be done. One moment you’re casually watching Netflix and playing games and before you know it there are 100 gigabytes of data that are just trash waiting to be taken out.
Not to mention all the leftover/old apps and everything that’s running in the background for no reason which slows down your computer. So, what are you going to do about it?
Well, we can either fix this the easy way or the hard way. The hard way is doing everything on your own. Every – single – step.
Cleaning leftover data, uninstalling old applications, looking for forgotten files, and the list goes on.
The easy way, on the other hand, is using something like SystemCare 13 FREE! Let’s check it out and see just how we can use it to make our life easier.
What’s advanced SystemCare? Is it safe?
To put it in a nutshell, SystemCare is, well, a system care program from IObit. It’s primarily made with the purpose of making your computer faster in a number of different ways and protecting it as well.
If you are not familiar with computers, this probably sounds very shady. Especially if you take in the fact that some Anti-Malware programs such as Malwarebytes are treating Advanced SystemCare as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).
First things first, let’s focus on the non-technical stuff which is easier to explain.
The free version of Advanced SystemCare 13 comes with an optional bundle upon installation – meaning that you get the offer/option of installing an additional program.
Many Anti-Malware programs, including Malwarebytes, don’t like this. They treat it as a form of adware and that’s why you get a PUP warning on your security program after installing SystemCare.
Some people have also mentioned that the companies behind SystemCare and Malwarebytes had some disagreements in the past. But these could be nothing but rumors and nothing that we should care about in the first place.
So, when everything is said and done, Advanced SystemCare 13 is just as safe as any other legitimate program out there. Just make sure to avoid installing any additional apps. Not because of security reasons, but, chances are that you just won’t need them.
What is it? How does it work?
SystemCare is a program that is made to improve the security and speed of your PC. And it can mostly accomplish that by fixing errors from both your side and the computer’s.
For example, let’s start with something that’s relatively easy to understand: Startup Optimization.
You see, by default, most programs that you install are set-up to automatically start with Windows. This is the error on your computer’s part. And while there is the option of manually disabling that “Feature”, your average person doesn’t really care about it. That’s the error on the user’s part.
Advanced SystemCare 13 has the power of fixing this issue and many others with the press of a button. That’s how it ends up making your computer much faster.
And do keep in mind that this is only for the performance aspect and only for the simple stuff. There is still much more going on in the background. Things like junk files, useless registry entries, disk fragmentation, and more.
Not to mention security threats such as security holes, wrong/weak settings, phishing attacks, email/internet scams, spyware, adware, and other kinds of malware as well.
Overall, there is a lot to deal with on a computer in terms of both performance and security. That’s where programs like SystemCare make our lives easier.
What’s new in version 13
There is honestly not a whole lot of room for mentioning every single feature that SystemCare 13 offers. However, we can at the very least mention everything that’s new.
To make things easier for you, we’ll first mention everything that’s new on a small list – and then we’ll go into greater detail. So, here’s the list:
- Email protection
- Improved junk cleaner
- Startup Optimization
- Improved Registry Cleaner
- + Minor additions such as UI changes, further improvements to older features, updates to the malware database, etc
Let’s start with Email Protection. Many people are not aware of this, but emails are a very easy way for people to get infected or even hacked.
One of the most popular threats that managed to hit hard with email spamming is several types of Ransomware.
What would happen there is that the cyber-criminal would send an email to numerous accounts with a fake invoice attached to it. In reality, that invoice contained malicious code which would get executed as soon as you opened the file on MS Word with macros enabled.
And that’s only the beginning. A big amount of scams and phishing attacks actually come from emails only – which is precisely why Gmail has a separate spam folder.
But, obviously, email providers can’t possibly detect every single threat automatically and this is why SystemCare’s Email Protection is a welcome addition.
Improved Junk Cleaner
Our various files and documents take up disk space. That much is a given. But, have you ever noticed how your main drive is slowly getting fuller and fuller without you installing anything? What’s up with that?
Well, apparently, our PC isn’t that great at deleting useless stuff on its own. As time goes on, things like old thumbnails, old Windows Updates, logs, and stuff like that keep on piling up and that’s something that consumes our precious disk space.
And while there is always the option of hunting down all those culprits one by one, SystemCare’s Junk Cleaner can take care of all that and more with nothing but the press of a button. Your choice to make, really.
As we mentioned before, most of the new programs that you install are set up to start running automatically every time that you boot your PC.
This slows down computers both in boot times and in anything else. After all, these programs that launch at boot will keep on running on the background regardless of if you need them or not.
Startup Optimization is a feature that looks for these apps and allows you to disable them all with nothing but a click. Furthermore, it can also mostly recognize which ones are important or not and that can make things easier for those who aren’t sure as to what they should choose.
The registry is a place that Windows uses to store numerous settings. Those settings are generally nothing but values – which means that they generally don’t take up a whole lot of space.
However, as the months and years go by, we end up installing and removing so many applications that everything becomes a mess and we also start losing disk space for no reason.
In most cases, deleting a program doesn’t mean that you are deleting its registry database as well. Hence why this can become a small problem.
The registry cleaner is made to handle exactly that. And this is quite possibly the only thing that most people can’t do manually. After all, it’s entirely possible for your average person to learn how to disable startup apps. But, messing around with the registry is not something that we’d recommend unless you are an expert.
What we like on Advanced SystemCare 13
If there’s one thing that we like on SystemCare, then that’s definitely going to be the fact that it can handle many tedious tasks automatically for us.
Take its Junk Cleaner as an example. Temporary Windows files, old thumbnails, forgotten log files, useless .exe packages, and more. There are is so much stuff that consumes our precious storage for no reason.
Finding every single one of these things and even more than that takes a lot of time and effort. Some kinds of files, like Windows log files, can be particularly tricky to find. So, we’re definitely glad that there is an app that can do all the work for us.
Other than that, there’s also the fact that it can act as a security program, an optimizer, an automatic software updater, and a privacy enhancer as well.
Each one of these functions normally requires you to have a stand-alone program that’s specifically made to handle the task at hand. For example, Bitdefender is a stand-alone program that takes care of security – and for those who are willing to pay a little extra – privacy as well.
Overall, this is a single app that offers the functionality of multiple programs in one package and we absolutely love that. Now, whether it can perform these functions as well as its competitors is another matter. But more on that later.
So, to wrap the positives up:
- Can easily take care of numerous tedious tasks with a couple of clicks
- Offers numerous features in one package (Even options that are often found in stand-alone apps – such as spyware removal tools)
- While it’s also extremely easy to use
What’s making us reconsider using Advanced SystemCare Free
Every program has pros and cons and Advanced SystemCare 13 is by no means an exception to this rule. Nothing terrible – but lots of small things that may make you want to reconsider investing in it.
For once, even though it offers a lot of useful features, there is no guarantee that they are as good as the competition. Take security, as an example.
While the same company behind SystemCare offers a stand-alone security program, protection against cyber-criminals and various kinds of malware is nothing to laugh at. In fact, creating and maintaining a solid security program is one of the most challenging tasks in terms of software.
So, can Advanced SystemCare 13’s security extensions or stand-alone programs compete with some of the world’s best security programs like Bitdefender or Avast? Probably not. Then what’s the point?
One of the biggest pros of this program is that it offers a lot of features as a single app. However, many of these features are actually not included in the program itself. Instead, you need to download additional extensions or other stand-alone programs.
If IObit were to inform us about all that beforehand, then that would be fine. However, the truth is that you don’t really know what’s included on the program itself until you actually click on the specific feature and only then you’re being informed that an additional program or add-on is required.
Last, but not least, the free version is rather restricted. Many decent features are hidden behind a paywall.
And while that’s a given for most programs, we just have to mention it.
- Some of its features cannot compete with other programs
- Many features need to be added as extensions or stand-alone apps
- The free version doesn’t offer a lot
Should I upgrade to Advanced SystemCare Pro?
As we mentioned above, the program offers both a free and a paid version. SystemCare Pro is the paid one. But, is it worth it?
First things first, the Pro variant generally asks for about $20. Pricing can greatly vary depending on the region and time of purchase – especially during national holiday seasons. But, generally, it hovers around that range with bundle deals coming up every now and then.
For that price, according to IObit, you get a faster internet connection, security, deeper registry clean, and a bunch of other features that are exclusive to the Pro variant. To be more specific, this is all the extra functionality:
- Premium PC cleaning and optimization
- Deep clean registry
- Disk defragmentation
- A RAM cleaner
- Automatic scanning
- Driver updater
- Improved startup optimizer
- Full PC protection (Anti-Malware)
- Surfing protection
- Privacy protection
- Zero-day attack protection
- Automatic updates
- 13.24/7 technical support
So, when everything is said and done, are all these features worth the extra $20 (Or even $90)? Probably not $90. But, it depends on who you’re asking, really.
If all you need something that takes care of PC maintenance tasks for you while also offering a bit of protection on top of it, sure.
However, if you’re after the best possible results and the best security that’s out there, then you’re probably better off learning how to manually take care of a computer and spending that money on a decent security program, instead.
Not to mention that some claims are ridiculous, to say the least. For example, it’s practically impossible to attain a 300% increase in internet speeds with nothing but ‘Optimizing browser settings’. But, let’s just call this bad marketing and leave it at that for now.
This is a tough one. Advanced SystemCare 13 Free version has a ton of pros and cons.
Starting with the pros, you get a ton of optimization features into a single app. Just the press of a button is enough for it to detect a bunch of issues that can greatly slow down a computer – especially older ones or low-end machines.
As for the cons, the whole setup is very chaotic, really. You don’t really know what’s available on the app or not until you need it which is a bummer. Not to mention that a lot of the premium features can be either found on our computer by default or by competitors who offer better security alternatives (Namely, in the security area).
Overall, while we can’t recommend Advanced SystemCare 13 Free to advanced users who know how to take care of their computer and want the best security, we can definitely recommend it to your average Joe who needs something to automatically maintain his computer while also providing a bit of security on top of it.