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Windows 7: Advance System Care vs CCleaner


19 Dec 2011   #1

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 
Advance System Care vs CCleaner

Advanced SystemCare Free - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com


Anyone have real-world experience comparing CC Cleaner with Advance System Care ? CNET downloads are 3 to 1 in favor of Advance Care.

I realize Advance Care offers more options, but am curious to which one provides the best service vs effect on system. Are the options offered by Advance Care necessary or can they be accomplished as effectively by using the built-in Windows functions ?

My interest is that after a recent clean install, I downloaded CC Cleaner and it did not seem to work properly. Took long time to activate, etc. Just curious about the comparison. Thanks !


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19 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Optimizer suites never work out well with Windows 7 and are a major cause of problems we see here. It simply doesn't need optimizing as it's a perfect OS out of the box with adequate hardware.

CCleaner is perhaps the most highly respected little app in the tech world, used by old ladies and programmers alike. In 12 years of installing it hundreds of times representing thousands of uses I have never seen a single issue with its Disk or Registry tab cleaners.

I also like Puran free Defragger which offers a Boot Mode defrag which can reach System files, along with a full Disk Check, and an intelligent optimizer on it's Additional Operations tab which moves most-used files to the outer edge of HD to be read faster.

All that said, the built-in Disk Cleanup and Defragger in Windows 7 is perfectly adequate.
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19 Dec 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Advance System Care looks like one of many snale-oil program which Win 7 doesn't need. The Deep Clean and Quick Care option may slow or disable important system functions and stop needed start-up programs. It also has its own defrag program. I don't recommend and defragger except Windows 7's built-in one. The OS likes to have files in a specific order and other programs don't adhere to this.

CCleaner has been used a lot here and is mostly viewed as good. It will clean all of your 'junk' and temp files and is quite configurable. Its registry cleaner has been shown to be safe while others can kill a system.
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19 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm a big supporter of CCleaner as well. I'm wondering what you did or what version you thought you were installing, if you needed to wait for it to activate. It's freeware.
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19 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I agree with Greg, Britton, and Decon completely. Anything that describes itself as a "system-invasive program" worries me immediately. Also, the registry cleaning options are not only unnessacery, but potentially dangerous as many are inaccurate as to what can and cannot be safely removed. Ccleaner's mostly checks for things like unused files extensions, which can easily be readded later, and registry keys that clearly have the associated file missing, so it is very unlikely to make the system unusable, and it encourages you to back up the keys are deleting, which you should. Also, the built in Disk Defrag does a really good job, but some people have software that they just prefer to use instead of others that are available.

Also, a lot of recommended steps to "optimize" Windows 7 are redundant, actually slow it down, or make some functions not work. Many only make a positive effect if working with severly limited hardware, like less than 2GB of ram, less than 30GB of total HDD space, or an older video card or processor.
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19 Dec 2011   #6

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I'm a big supporter of CCleaner as well. I'm wondering what you did or what version you thought you were installing, if you needed to wait for it to activate. It's freeware.

I installed the latest CC Cleaner edition. By not activating, I mean it took much longer (maybe 30-45 seconds) to clean/remove the files.

I have used CC Cleaner without incident. My interest was that Advance Care exceeded CC downloads on CNET by 3 to 1.

I agree with the above replies that optimizer/additional suites can be a problem. But again, great number of people are downloading.

Thanks to everyone for the great replies.
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19 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

The main reason for that is that must people just download Ccleaner from Pariform's website, which offers a few different great tools designed by the same people BTW.

Piriform - Download CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, Speccy - Millions of users worldwide!
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19 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Most people don't go to CNet for downloads, either, so I wouldn't put any faith in their download numbers. I get all of my apps and software from MajorGeeks.com.
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19 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I have used both IObit ASC and CCleaner, with IObit, I have never had a problem with it since I uncheck Registry during the Scans.
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19 Dec 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
The main reason for that is that must people just download Ccleaner from Pariform's website, which offers a few different great tools designed by the same people BTW.

Piriform - Download CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, Speccy - Millions of users worldwide!
I've had a few problems with Defraggler in the past so I now use Puran Defrag but their other product are good.
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