PC Optimizer Pro is a full-featured but easy-to-use solution to identify and fix undetected problems limiting your Windows PC’s performance. It’s priced at $29.95 lifetime with continuous updates and a 60-day money back guarantee. To let you decide if the product is right for your needs, the developer has made a limited version available as a free trial. I downloaded the latest for 2011, Version 18.104.22.168. The developer’s website claims it’s compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows 98 to Windows 7 64-bit. The installer is a very small 4.2 MB package that takes no time at all to download from your browser.
The Truth about PC Optimizer Pro…
A Testimonials page has reviews from actual customers, to wit:
“PC Optimizer Pro has been on my computer through 3 operating systems and I have checked out lots of ways to optimize, let me tell you! The way they have it organized is fantastic and I love that all those non-existent files and keys no longer have a link associated with them! Every time I have a problem (like when I change computers or Os), Optimizer Pro is right there with the answer…gotta love them. Thank you for helping me keep my computer uncluttered!”
PC Optimizer Pro gave me the option to run a quick scan after first launch, which I accepted. Soon enough it recommends I run the Registry Optimizer, which I can select from the main panel and, helpfully, from a left-hand side menu visible with another feature open. I clicked Scan and was rewarded with a running tally of errors detected in my system, along with a breakdown of their locations. Once it completed, and very quickly at that, it returned a list of individual errors for me to examine. I move on to step three and fixing errors, which is when I’m reminded of what I’m missing: instead of continuing, a pop-up recommends I register the full version. Because the same thing happened with other features, I guess I have to settle for giving you the highlights.
GOOD POINTS: The trial version of the software ran fast scans, was very easy to use, and is extremely resource-light: barely 5 MB RAM, much less than the suite I’m using. It contains several potentially useful features; the Registry Optimizer is a necessary tool on all Windows PCs because of the way many program uninstallers work. Or rather don’t, since far too many leave the Windows registry bloated with unerased but unnecessary entries. Privacy Guard, scans for and removes browser cookies, history entries, and other traces of internet activity. Leaving them lying around potentially leaves you vulnerable to identity thieves, and eventually slows your browser’s performance. Privacy Guard also removes traces for popular IM services and even media players, something missing from many competitors.
BAD POINTS: Again, the trial version of PC Optimizer Pro works flawlessly right up to the part I actually try to remove anything. In which case it asks me to register and enter a license key. Something I would have considered more favorably if I had seen it complete that last, vital step without issues. A legitimate concern with any program that can affect areas as sensitive as, say, the registry.
Give the trial version a look if you need a product that promises to be full-featured but remains fast, easy-to-use, and light on resources. Let me make one final thing clear: I updated my antivirus and antimalware programs before downloading and found nothing. All in all, I have to say I’m thinking seriously about getting that PC Optimizer Pro license key.