Ashampoo WinOptimizer Review
Has got an easy to use interface and a very good set of features. Also comes with special privacy protection tools for Windows 10.
The license allows one user only, which makes it costlier in comparison to other products.
Though it’s a good software in its league, the license limitation of only one user is a bit discouraging. But if that doesn’t bother you, it can be a good choice.
Do you know what's common between cars and PCs? When they're new,
they work as smooth and fast as they can. But as they age they start
getting slower and sluggish. If you want to keep them working fine, they
require maintenance. Fortunately, unlike cars in most cases the
maintenance of PCs doesn't require you to take it out and leave in the
hands of a mechanic. As long as you've right maintenance software
working in your PC, it can keep your computer well maintained.
So here we're going to review a widely popular PC maintenance software named Ashampoo WinOptimizer 14. Let's figure what it can do for performance of our PCs and how good it is:
The features of any software matter a lot. They can make or break the software. Fortunately, Ashampoo WinOptimizer has got a very comprehensive set of features. Besides general system maintenance features (i.e. registry optimizers, hard disk management utilities, startup optimizer etc.) it has also got all nice-to-haves (i.e. internet connection optimizer, file encryption and maintenance planner) and also some features that make it unique in its category. Two such features are:
Automatic Optimization: If you wish, The
software can take care of your system health without having any inputs
from you. Yes – it can delete all junk files and perform all the
optimizations without requiring anything to be done or any input to be
provided by you.
Windows 10 Privacy Control:
Internet became a data collection machine long time ago, and Windows 10
has only multiplied its power. Now by default your computer (if it's
running Win 10) sends information about you (including sensitive
information like passwords, location etc.) and your data (i.e. telemetry
data, photos and other files) to Microsoft. Fortunately, Ashampoo
WinOptimizer 14 comes with dedicated tools to stop this non-consensual
data and information sharing.
There're also some not-so-unique features which have been provided easy access with dedicated options in the software. For example, it has got dedicated module for allowing you to delete your internet traces whenever you want to, and a dedicated module to undo any changes done by the program just in case something goes wrong. Small things, but providing easy access to them shows how well planned this software is.
User Interface and Experience
The blue and white user interface of software provides an experience that's very simple and user friendly. The features have been organized neatly in five different sections:
- Overview section, which is the home page of software, provides you an overall view of your computer's health;
- Automatic section, which can be used to setup automatic optimization feature described above;
- Modules section, which provides access to all the tools and utilities packed in this software.
- Favorites provide quick access to your most used features in the software;
- Backups section includes all backup and restore related features;
- And finally a Statistics section to display stats regarding the scans that you run.
main overview screen shows all major issues that exist in your PC. Neat
organization can be seen here as well – the issues are organized into 3
categories named Clean up, Optimize and Protect and each category shown
in big blue boxes that grab attention. The automatic feature too can be
turned ‘on' or ‘off' from here, but if you want to play more with its
then there's a dedicated “Automatic” tab as well.
In short, you won't have a hard time understanding what the software is trying to tell you even if you're a first time user of PC tune-up software. That's a big plus point in its favor.
you're a new user or an experienced tinkerer, WinOptimizer 14 has enough
flexibility built in to meet your requirements. However, it also has
some major limitations associated with it, the most pronouncing of which
is limitation of single-user license. But if that doesn't bother you
and you want to use it on one PC only, you may want to give it some
serious thought, particularly because of its strong privacy features and
ease of use.