Back in February, 2008, I bought a license for Optimize 2.0 and was very impressed with its cleanup and speedup changes it made on my computer. I reviewed it in my newsletter and have subsequently posted the review on my web site as PCPitstop Optimize 2.0 Review – A Look Inside PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0.
Now, five months later, is it still a worthwhile tool?
As I ran the program on Friday night, it had been several weeks since I had used it to check the optimization and for cleanup. My trigger to do the cleanup was that I had just uninstalled McAfee SiteAdvisor. Not only did McAfee SiteAdvisor’s uninstall routine require that I reboot so it could delete some of its files that were in use, I had something that still tried to start SiteAdvisor and gave an error message that it could not find the file.
That turned out to be my own doing — I had used WinPatrol to move SiteAdvisor from auto-starting to auto-starting after a 5 minute delay. This meant that it was not set up the same way McAfee had set up the registry entry, so it either could not find it or found it and didn’t delete it.
The first two images below on the left and right show the initial report of Optimize 2.0 as it did its work. It scanned a lot of stuff, found 160 temporary files to delete (freeing 11MB), tested download speed on a small file (0.3 MB at 7,085 kilobits per second) and a large file (9 MB at 8,772 kilobits per second).
The image on the left below shows the junk files that it found that it could delete, of which the temporary files were only a part.
This report indicates the extreme friendliness of the PC Pitstop people. There’s enough information here that you can fix the problems yourself, if you want, instead of having to buy the program. Most programs of this type don’t give enough details to allow you to make the changes by yourself — you have to buy the program.
The image on the right shows the recommended changes to the Internet Settings to optimize my connection to my Internet Service Provider. Again, I could make the changes myself. Of course, since I licensed the program ($30), it will do the fixes for me.
The next images shows that I have my startup files under control (I use WinPatrol to control them — I allow programs to install the startup programs, and then use WinPatrol to disable their auto-start).
That’s followed by (in the right image) the listing of Windows Registry fixes that Optimize 2.0 has identified as necessary. Note that, in these and the earlier images, there are checkboxes for each item. If I don’t want some recommended fix to be made, all I have to do is uncheck that box.
Almost finished! Optimize 2.0 didn’t find any more performance tweaks (I’ve run the program a number of times since February, so I’d be surprised if it found any general tweaks to be made.)
I didn’t display the next image — it was the one in which Optimize 2.0 gave me the Optimize button so that I could have it make the changes
The final image shows the "I’m finished" screen. Optimize 2.0 gives a summary of all the things it has just fixed.
So, what do I think about Optimize 2.0 now? In this test, it gave me the kinds of things that I expected to see — cleanup of a lot of McAfee leftover garbage after the removal of McAfee SiteAdvisor and several changes to optimize the performance of my Internet connection.
By the way, if I was going to use my wireless connection extensively (I used a wired connection most of the time), I would connect wirelessly and then immediately rerun Optimize 2.0, just to get more-optimal setting for the wireless connection.
You can learn more about Optimize 2.0 and download Optimize 2.0 for free to scan your computer.
UPDATE TO 2010: The current version is Optimize 3.0. The current license covers up to 5 PC’s.