Full application worth £35
Platform: Windows XP, Windows Vista
License: Full commercial application
Number of downloads: 30476
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 is a comprehensive toolkit that provides everything you need to clean, optimise, tune and manage your PC.
If your system is weighed down with too much junk, for instance, then you can always use the Drive Cleaner to remove redundant files. The Registry Optimizer will detect and delete leftover Registry entries, and the Internet Cleaner will erase your browser cache, history, cookies and more.
If you're more concerned about general performance issues then the built-in defrag tool and startup program manager will be interesting. There's also an internet tuner that will automatically optimise your internet connection settings, and another module provides easy access to performance settings in Explorer, IE, Firefox and more.
The Privacy and Security section includes handy modules like a secure file deletion tool, and a file encryption program with the ability to create self-decrypting EXE archives. You can also choose to hide particular drives in My Computer and Explorer, a simple but effective way to prevent other users of your PC from tinkering with important files.
Keep browsing the modules and you'll also find a file undelete tool, a visual styler to customise your desktop's appearance, an icon saver to save and restore desktop icon positions, and a tool to explore how your hard drive space is being used (very handy if you're running out and not exactly sure why).
If exploring all these options sounds like a lot of work, then you're right - it is. But Ashampoo have thought of that, too. The program also comes with a 1-click optimization tool that scans your hard drive, Registry and settings for problems, and resolves them all in a single click. PC management doesn't get any easier than this.
To get your serial code, leave "Get full version key" checked during installation, or click Internet > Get Full Version Key within the application.
UPGRADE OFFER - move up to WinOptimizer 6
Move to Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6 and you'll discover the program can now defragment your system when it boots, giving much better results as it can now defragment files that would otherwise be open and locked. There's also an antispyware module, and a content menu manager that makes it easy to remove redundant entries left behind by long-uninstalled applications. The list price for all this would normally be £29.99, but as a registered owner of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5 you can upgrade for only £7.49, a very generous 75% discount. Click Internet > Upgrade to place your order.