PROS / The layout of the software makes finding the right system tools easy.
CONS / Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 offers failure monitoring for the hard drive and RAM, but not for the other system hardware.
VERDICT / Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 is powerful system repair software that is well-designed for both advanced and novice users.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the System Repair Software reviews.
WinOptimizer is a computer diagnostic software made by Ashampoo, and it has system tools designed to help increase the performance of your Windows PC. This system repair software is one of the best we reviewed, and includes repair and recovery tools that are powerful and easy to use. That is why we have awarded Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
Repair & Recovery
WinOptimizer is one of the best PC repair software packages, and the repair and recovery tools are presented to you in two ways. You can use the simple one-click scan that will find errors and correct them without you even having to know what the software did, or you can choose to run each of the tools individually and be informed of each program and process that is being deleted. The tools are well-organized, and you can choose to view them on a single screen or grouped by categories or functions. This is helpful for finding the tool you need to fix your computer system quickly.
The Favorites tab in Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 keeps track of your most used tools. This helps you to quickly access the tools that you need to run more frequently to improve the health of your system.
The Hard Drive Doctor module tests the health of the hard drive by scanning it for errors. While the scan is running, you'll see a progress meter. This is helpful as the scan is usually a lengthy process on any computer repair tool. The scan result provides a breakdown of the disk's composition and gives advice on ways to improve the drive's speed.
The Internet Cleaner scans the browsers on your computer and helps to delete files that can slow down the performance of your internet, as well as files that may contain malware and spyware. The uninstaller tool deletes more information from of your computer than the Uninstall Manager included with Windows. This complete uninstall gets rid of program fragments on the hard drive that lead to errors and allow malware to infiltrate your system.
The Undo Delete tool recovers programs that were previously deleted from the computer system. The scan will tell you the file extension, the size of the file, and the status of the deleted file. The status is the likelihood that you will be able to recover the file. Files removed from the computer using the uninstaller tool are not retrievable with the Undo Delete feature.
The system information screen is well constructed with information about your computer's hardware, drivers and software. There is a statistic screen inside of WinOptimizer 11 that gives the stats of your computer system since installing this program. The benchmark testing is good for helping you to improve the overall health of the computer. With benchmarking you can compare the performance of your computer's hardware with different settings. You can also compare your systems results with others online and even post them on Facebook. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 has a file splitting and joining tool that breaks down larger files for transmission or writing. You can break the files into smaller chunks and then merge those pieces later with WinOptimizer 11.
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 includes tools that check on the health of your hard drive and RAM, and they are designed to warn you if either are about to fail. However, this software does not have a failure monitor tool for the rest of the hardware in your computer.
WinOptimizer 11 offers a one-click optimization tool. This tool is good for quickly cleaning your system and you can either have the program automatically delete files or give you the option to delete the files you want. The startup manager tool lets you see what programs and processes will start when the operating system initiates. You'll see a user-generated rating system that provides recommendations for what processes you should start and stop for superior performance. The new algorithm developed by Ashampoo for WinOptimizer 11 for cleaning and optimization is a dramatic improvement over the previous algorithm used for WinOptimizer 10.
Help & Support
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 has standard help and support functions of other PC diagnostic software, namely FAQs and email. You can access both of these support tools from the software or from Ashampoo's website. The email support consists of an email form on Ashampoo's website that is similar to other system repair software's email support.
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 is one of the best system repair software applications we reviewed. The software's layout makes finding utilities easy, and the categorization of the tools provides clear direction about what tools help what part of your computer system. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 doesn't include hardware monitoring for your entire system, but it does provide it for your hard drive and RAM. The system utilities are powerful and the advice included within the software makes using advanced tools possible for even a novice user.