Few of us pay attention to utility software and acknowledge its importance. Most of us load our hard drive only with the programs we care about and we use, such as games, audio/video/photo software, media players and so on. If our devices start to malfunction or get too slow, we either take them to that tech specialist friend we all have or simply reinstall the operating system. This is pretty much all we do in terms of computer maintenance.
What is utility software?
Utility software is developed for the purpose of repairing, maintaining, optimizing and boosting our computers. Although operating systems come with their own built-in system software, there are a lot of additional programs you can install on your computer, to help you fix or improve a buggy or slow device.
There are a lot of system programs out there, each of them with its own purpose and features:
- Disk space analyzers
- Disk defragmenters
- Disk cleaners
- Registry cleaners
- Network utilities
- Backup software
- Antivirus programs, etc.
All these programs watch over the good functioning of your computer, analyzing it, maintaining it and controlling the way its resources are being used.
Utility software vs. application software
Many people often confuse utility software with application software. The difference between them is that the first category of programs makes sure your computer runs smoothly by monitoring the way it works, repairing it and optimizing its performance. The latter category (application software) refers to apps that perform various ordinary tasks and are developed for the benefit of the common user. Internet browsers, word processors such as MS Word, media players, are all examples of application software. Application software can’t work without system software.
The benefits of utility software
Utility software can do a lot for your computer, depending from program to program. Here are some of the most important benefits:
- You can restore certain files you want by using a backup utility
- You can increase the overall performance of your computer by using disk cleaners; they detect files that are not useful or wanted and they completely delete them from your drive
- You can increase the disk capacity by using disk compression software
- You can increase the efficiency of your hard drive by using disk checkers, which detect and delete corrupted files on your drive
- You can protect your computer from viruses by using an antivirus program, which is also a type of utility software
Advanced SystemCare Pro – Is it any good?
Advanced SystemCare Pro is an optimization program developed by IObit. IObit is a Chinese company that was founded in 2004 and specializes in system utility and security software. They are mainly focused on developing software for Windows PCs, but they also have products for Mac users (Macbooster) and for mobile devices that run on both Android (AMC Security) and iOS (IObit Applock).
There are a lot of utility and protection programs offered by IObit:
- Advanced SystemCare
- IObit Malware Fighter
- Random Password Generator
- IObit Uninstaller
- Smart Defrag
- IObit Undelete and others
Price. The Advanced SystemCare optimization program comes in two versions: a free one and a PRO one. The free version can obviously be downloaded for free while the paid version will cost you $19.99. The price is for a 1-year subscription for 3 PC computers. You also get a Windows Tweaks Guide e-book.
There are several payment methods accepted: credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), PayPal, Wire Transfer.
There were several versions of the program launched until now and the latest one is Advanced SystemCare 12.
Advanced SystemCare has 38.6 MB and is compatible with Windows XP and higher.
In case you were wondering what the difference in features is between the free and the PRO versions of the Advanced SystemCare tool, we’re going to give you the most important ones.
The free version includes just basic tools for cleaning and optimizing your PC and will also monitor your system in real time and automatically capture intruders with FaceID.
The PRO version of Advanced SystemCare brings a lot more to the table:
- Premium cleaning and optimization tools
- Deep clean registry which prevents system crashes
- Hard drive defragmentation
- Auto RAM clean which is useful for closing unused programs and processes
- Full protection of your PC; the programs detects and deletes any infected and harmful files it finds on your PC; surfing protection is also included
- Auto updates to the latest version (this feature is NOT included with the free version)
- Free 24/7 tech support
- There are also 2 new features included with the Advanced SystemCare Pro 12: digital fingerprint disguise to keep online behavior private and personal data protection from untrusted programs
Advanced SystemCare PRO allows you to schedule your PC care tasks and it claims it can boost your computer’s speed. Your PC startup will be up to 200% quicker and your Internet speed will also increase by up to 300% thanks to the optimization of your browser’s settings.
How does it work?
The installation process is pretty straightforward. When you install the program you can also install the Opera browser, but it is not mandatory. You can uncheck the box if you prefer your own browser instead. IObit will also ask you to sign up for their newsletter, luring you with competitions and a free e-book, but you can decline that offer as well, if you are not interested.
The interface of the program is simple and well organized. It has a tasteful design and you can customize it to some extent: you can choose between light or dark themes, a few font sizes and set background images.
When the program is working, a widget will show you the system’s RAM and CPU usage. Advanced SystemCare PRO also notifies you when it is time to run a computer scan.
The program is very user-friendly and most of its tools are just a click away. You can run an optimization scan to find and fix issues that slow down your computer, such as junk files, broken registry entries and so on. You can choose between automatically fixing those issues or to do it manually, browsing through each of them and checking only the ones you want.
There are a lot of tools that help you boost your PC’s overall performance: Turbo Boost (stops unused apps/services), Hardware Accelerate, Toolbar cleaner, Deep optimization and more.
All in all, Advanced SystemCare PRO is a very complex optimization program, easy to use, with a modern interface and several new features such as the FaceID, digital fingerprint protection and more. It is effective in boosting your PC’s performance and it is a useful program to have installed on your computer.