System Cleaner 7 Review

Developer Pointstone Software has been creating system utility software since 1996.

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Our Verdict

System Cleaner improved our computer’s overall performance by only 4.78 percent, but it increased the startup speed by more than 50 percent, making it the leader in the latter category among the products we tested.

For

  • The application improved our boot speed by 52.27 percent.

Against

  • Other system improvements were negligible at best.
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System Cleaner's Scan & Repair tab tells you how many problems were found and how much they affect your PC’s speed.

System Cleaner's Scan & Repair tab tells you how many problems were found and how much they affect your PC’s speed.
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The System Cleaner scan looks at system registry issues, security issues, internet-speed issues and broken shortcuts.

The System Cleaner scan looks at system registry issues, security issues, internet-speed issues and broken shortcuts.
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System Cleaner’s recommendations tab gives you options for optimization.

System Cleaner’s recommendations tab gives you options for optimization.
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You can set System Cleaner to automatically maintain various aspects of your PC.

You can set System Cleaner to automatically maintain various aspects of your PC.
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The System Cleaner Utilities tab holds all the advanced tools.

The System Cleaner Utilities tab holds all the advanced tools.
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System Cleaner tells you how many problems it found and fixed.

System Cleaner tells you how many problems it found and fixed.
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In this round of testing, System Cleaner optimized 17 items.

In this round of testing, System Cleaner optimized 17 items.
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System Cleaner's startup manager improved bootup speed by over 52 percent.

System Cleaner's startup manager improved bootup speed by over 52 percent.
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You can see the description of each advanced tool in System Cleaner’s Utilities tab.

You can see the description of each advanced tool in System Cleaner’s Utilities tab.
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The System Cleaner boot defrag tool allows you to optimize bootup speed.

The System Cleaner boot defrag tool allows you to optimize bootup speed.
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The System Cleaner file shredder tool allows you to permanently delete sensitive files.

The System Cleaner file shredder tool allows you to permanently delete sensitive files.
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With System Cleaner, you can uninstall programs, manage startup programs and remove duplicate files.

With System Cleaner, you can uninstall programs, manage startup programs and remove duplicate files.
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System Cleaner has an SSD optimizer.

System Cleaner has an SSD optimizer.
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System Cleaner can check for updates.

System Cleaner can check for updates.
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The System Cleaner Active Boost tool supposedly improves performance by intelligently managing active programs.

The System Cleaner Active Boost tool supposedly improves performance by intelligently managing active programs.

Developer Pointstone Software has been creating system utility software since 1996. Its System Cleaner is a suite of optimization tools designed to improve your PC’s performance and maintain its health. While our tests only revealed minimal overall improvement after running System Cleaner, the software gave our PC’s boot speed an impressive, noticeable boost. In addition, System Cleaner was one of only two PC cleaner applications to achieve a perfect diagnostic consistency score in our tests. The other was Fix-It Utilities Pro.

To evaluate each PC system utility application, we tested how well it improved our test computer, which we set up to be frustratingly slow. We used PCMark 10 to benchmark the test PC’s performance both before and after optimization.

After all our tests, System Cleaner improved our PC’s performance by an average of 4.78 percent, which was about average for the programs we reviewed. Average doesn’t really mean anything here, however, because even the best software, Glary Utilities Pro, improved our computer’s performance by only 12.62 percent, which wasn’t enough to be noticeable. In other words, don’t expect a major boost to your PC’s speed, even from the best applications. At best, they are good for basic maintenance.

The most impressive improvement we saw from the application was to the boot speed, which increased by 52.27 percent. That was the best improvement result in our tests and was high enough to be noticeable. It’s even more significant because we were able to improve the boot speed for our machine by only 42 percent using the Windows startup manager. For comparison, one of the worst applications we reviewed, WinZip System Utilities Suite, slowed our boot speed by more than 124 percent.

System Cleaner promises to find unnecessary file and recovery storage, but after installing the software and running its optimization tools, we lost 450 MB. While that isn’t much of a loss, any loss at all is the opposite of the desired result.

The PC system utility application received an A– in our evaluation for ease of use. Intermediate users and most novice users should find it easy enough to use. Even its installation process received an A for ease of implementation.