Is Advanced System Care Malware?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I talked to a geek squad guy and he saw my Advanced System Care on the computer and said it was malware.

Is that true?

I have been using it for years with no problems.

Thanks, Loretta

Dear Loretta,

No, Advanced System Care is not malware.

It is also not an antivirus or antimalware program, so it will not replace those programs on your computer. You will still NEED antivirus and antimalware software.

Advanced System Care is a system optimization program. It claims to make your computer run faster and better by automatically running simple cleaning tasks that you can easily do yourself.

Lets take a look at the program. First, it says that it will make your PC up to 300% faster. It claims to do this by boosting startup speed, optimizing the registry and removing unwanted files and applications. Those are all pretty vague things, how does the program know what files and applications you want and don’t want? You can easily remove unwanted applications by uninstalling them in the Control Panel.

It claims to boost your internet speed by removing cookies and junk files. But, you can do that yourself by going to the Internet options.

The biggest problem I have with software that claims to speed up your computer is that by running constantly on your computer, they actually are slowing it down.



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  1. I have been using ASC for years and found their freeware to be some of the best utility software in the Windows marketplace. Their free defragger and uninstaller, for example, blow the windows built in ones out of the water. Defragger offers a free and paid version. The paid version has extra features nice, but not deal breakers. Ditto the full ASC There is the free version, which included anti malware scanner, uninstaller, registry defragger, and other nice tools in the toolbox, a scan setting that sets and runs and optionally automatically repairs anything it finds, the subscription Professional version which has mostly turn on and forget features not available on the free version, and the Platinum version, which is paid only and has everything mentioned plus painfully slow a virus scanner. Unlike Microsoft’s utility which scans and finds problems, then rerouts you to a site to sell you the fix tool, IObit’s ASC tools fix for free as well. Sorry for the commercial, but this works well for me, and I believe in stuff that works for me – like telling friends about “Ask the Computer Lady” newsletter.



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