Ashampoo WinOptimizer is a high performance and powerful system optimization software that cleans your disks and keeps your machine running at a constant speed. It also protects your privacy and allows you to customize Windows individually. Apart from 3 different cleaning modules, the application offers about 38 tools that cover all tasks around maintenance, tweaking, system analysis, system performance enhancer and file processing (encrypt, split).
The user interface is quite friendly. In the Overview section, you can take a look at details of the system, maintenance (auto-start entries, services, unnecessary objects – fixing them is done is a single click), hibernation files, old update backups, but you can also use tuning assistant (it searches for optimization options for your system, based on your preferences) and activate Live-Tuner (so you can monitor CPU and RAM usage).
The modules found in Ashampoo WinOptimizer include Pc maintenance tools (one-click optimizer, drive cleaner, registry optimizer, Internet cleaner, defragmenting tool), performance improver (service manager, startup and Internet tuner, process and uninstall manager), Windows customizer (tweaking, antispy, file associations, context menu manager, icon saver), system analyzer (system information, DiskSpace Explorer, system benchmark, Disk Doctor), file tools (file wiper, encrypter, decrypter, splitter, joiner, undelete), backup manager, and task planner.
As you can see, there are plenty of options to explore. You can create a favorites list, in order to simplify your searches. When an application comes equipped with so many features, it is very difficult for all of them to run perfectly, especially when Ashampoo WinOptimizer seems to use a small amount of system memory.
For instance, the disk defragmenting tool runs at its full capabilities only if there is enough disk space available. Plus, if you tell the tuning assistant that you don’t use Windows’ hibernation status, it will still display Hibernation as an optimizing solution. We have also encountered random errors (e.g. “Abstract Error”) when moving back and forth in the program.
Ashampoo WinOptimizer consists of a collection of tools that aim to maintain and boost system and increase its performance.
- Excellent gaming performance at the click of a button with Game Booster
- Manage system policies easily with User Rights Manager
- Increased performance, more efficient memory usage
- Manage system restore points comfortably with System Restore Manager
- Save and restore all changes with Backup Manager
- Speed up any application launch with Live Tuner as a background task
- Wizard-driven optimization with Tuning Assistant
- Automate optimization runs with Task Scheduler
- Automatically delete web browsing traces and temporary files
- Powerful drive cleaner with significantly improved results
- Newly developed Internet cleaner with multi-user support
- Updated search algorithms for all cleaner modules
- Clean hard disks with Drive Cleaner
- Remove internet traces with Internet Cleaner
- Optimize Windows Registry with Registry Optimizer
- New filter settings to narrow down search results
- Defragment Windows Registry
- 1-Click optimization with One-Click-Optimizer
- Defragment hard disks for improved performance
- Pro-active defragmentation as a non-disruptive background task
- Find duplicate files with Duplicate Finder
- Safely and securely encrypt and split up file with File Manipulator
- Render deleted files unrecoverable with File Wiper
- Securely delete files with File Wiper
- Permanently delete files from the recycle bin
- Find invalid program shortcuts with Link Checker
- Wipe and overwrite free disk space to securely delete file remnants
- Securely encrypt and decrypt files with File Encrypter and Decrypter
- Split up huge files with File Splitter
- Recover accidentally deleted files with Undelete
- Get detailed system information
- Innovative hard disk benchmark with detailed results
- Optimum SSD support for increased lifespans
- Manage installed fonts with Font Manager
- Detect hard disk issues on time with HDD Inspector
- View disk space usage and find large files with DiskSpace Explorer
- Benchmark system with System Benchmark
- Compare benchmark results online
Improve system performance:
- Optimize Internet connections with Internet Tuner
- Disable unnecessary system services for more performance with Service Manager
- Speed up Windows startups with Startup Tuner
- View and manage running processes with Process Manager
- Review and uninstall applications with Uninstall Manager
- Maximum privacy protection for Windows 10 with Win10 Privacy Control
- Save Windows desktop icon arrangement with Icon Saver
- Improve privacy with AntiSpy
- Adjust hidden settings with tweaking module
- Adjust file associations with File Associator
- Customize Windows context menu with Context Menu Manager
Pros and Cons of WinOptimizer:
Pros: In testing, successfully cleans up Windows PCs. Effective free version. Better pricing scheme than some competing products. New, attractive interface.
Cons: License limitations. Performance improvement is not as large as the competitions.