Newly released as of May 2022, WinOptimizer 25 is the latest suite of system cleaning, maintenance and optimization tools from software experts Ashampoo!
Now fully updated to support the latest Windows 11 operating system and featuring an extended set of super-fast cleaning tools (which now clean even deeper and up to 75% quicker than before), WinOptimizer 25 continues to impress as an all-in-one system cleaning choice. Backing this new performance up is a newly refined version of the excellent 1-Click optimization tool, improved real-time optimization and scheduling tools, tools for deeper cleaning of Windows Update leftovers and an overhauled user interface which makes all cleaning tools easily accessible.
I last tested WinOptimizer (version 19) back in May of 2021 and was impressed both by how powerful the suite itself actually is as well as how easy tools such as the 1-Click optimizer make keeping a system optimised and running well. In fact, I have for several years now used and trusted the WinOptimizer range on my own personal Windows devices! As such, I am naturally very interested to see how this latest version fares, let’s go!
- (New) Full Support for Windows 11!
- (New) Improved 1-Click cleaning tool
- (New) Fully upgraded cleaning tools
- (New) Up to 75% faster cleaning
- (New) Deeper Windows Update / cache cleaning
- (New) Improved user interface and home screen
- Well designed & easy to use
- Powerful scheduling and automation
- Game Booster (live tuning to optimise video games)
- Powerful real-time optimisation tools
- System analysis & benchmarking tools
- Extensive web browser & cookie cleaning tools
- Plus many more useful tools built-in!
- Single licence supports use on up to 3x PCs!
- 30 Day free trial available!
- Priced at a one-off $49.99!
WinOptimizer 25 Usability
In this section of my review I will be assessing the usability aspects of WinOptimizer 25, this starts off with a look at some of the many new and upgraded tools and features which Ashampoo have incorporated into this latest version of the software before moving on to testing some of the many tools and features which are included.
What’s New in WinOptimizer 25?
WinOptimizer 25 brings with it plenty of new features and improvements over the previous version (version 19) of the tool which was released last year. Some of the most notable new features and improvements in this latest version include:
- Full support for Windows 11 – One of the biggest and probably most notable improvements for many PC users will be the full support for Windows 11, support which is now implemented across all tools and features which make up the entire WinOptimizer suite.
- Fully upgraded cleaning tools – Version 25 of WinOptimizer sees some big improvements made to the underlying cleaning tools and cleaning features which make up the application! Not only does the software now perform cleaning up to 75% faster than in the previous version, but the latest crop of tools are now much more powerful and provide much deeper cleaning performance overall.
- Windows updates and versions cleaning – Even more specialist cleaning tools are now available within WinOptimizer 25 which are specifically designed to deal with old versions of Windows as well and any stray files and caches which might result form use of the Windows Update service itself.
- Super fast 1-Click module – Along with all of the underlying cleaning tools, the 1-Click automation tool (which makes cleaning extremely quick and easy) has also been upgraded to run faster.
- New interface designs – Amongst many other small tweaks found in this latest version, we also see some big improvements to the actual user WinOptimizer interface itself. These changes are particularly visible on the main application homepage which provides an initial system analysis as well as within other core tools including the Uninstall manager and the Process manager amongst others.
- Extended homepage analysis – In this latest version of WinOptimizer the homepage analysis screen has been extended so as to provide easy access and status information on more tools and areas to be cleaned than was available in previous versions.
Out of the many new tools, features and improvements which are found in this latest version of the software (which are listed above), one of the biggest and most noteworthy changes includes fully re-optimising the entire suite of tools to be fully Windows 11 compatible! Not only is compatibility with the latest versions of Windows1 clearly taken very seriously within WinOptimizer, but with up to 75% faster cleaning than in previous versions, the newly improved cleaning modules now help to make WinOptimizer the leading PC cleaning tool that is has become known for!
Installing WinOptimizer 25
Installing WinOptimizer begins at the Ashampoo website where a 30 day free trial of the software can be downloaded. With an initial download size of just over 34MB during my own testing, this was a very quick and easy download and I had the installer up and running on my own PC just a few moments afterwards.
Upon completing the install, the software will need to be activated via either a licence key or the 30 day free (a free Ashampoo account is required for making use of the free trial). With the software now registered, the main application can be opened up and the new and improved homepage can be accessed for the first time.
And with that the installation process is complete and the latest version of WinOptimizer will be ready to use. I will continue my review in the next section where I will be focusing on some of the excellent cleaning tools found within the suite, up to and including the excellent 1-Click Optimizer which is without doubt one of the biggest selling points of this software!
PC Cleaning Tools
One of the core aspects of WinOptimizer 25 is, of course, the wide range of cleaning tools which are included as a core part of the suite, a set of tools which are becoming ever more sophisticated and effective as Ashampoo continue to refine the WinOptimizer product.
One of the best places to start when cleaning a PC using WinOptimizer is in the “Clean” section of the app which can be found via the main (left side) menu as can be seen below.
Upon initially entering this “Clean” page, WinOptimizer will automatically start an analysis scan of the current system which will cover any installed web browsers, the Windows registry as well as any unnecessary files such as temporary files and windows log files which might be found upon the device. Clicking on “Show Details” for any of these three main entries after the analysis will show in-depth what each cleaning tool here is actually doing, this details view will also allow the cleaning process to be easily customised, when applicable, by turning on or off selected elements as is shown below within the file cleaning tool:
Once any cleaning adjustments have been made, each tool can then be set to clean its respective area by simply clicking the “Delete” button found next to it:
Before moving on, I also want to point out that as well as the basic adjustments which can be made to the cleaning tools shown earlier on, we can also (optionally) make further adjustments to how each of these tools cleans via the main application settings menu which is accessed via the cog icon towards the top of the window:
As can be seen above, all of the main tools found on the main “Clean” page can be fine tuned here to a very advanced level. Such settings allow (amongst many other things) the ability to specify which parts of a web browser are to cleaned or left untouched, which files or file-types are excluded form the file cleaning tool in addition to which parts (if any) of the Windows registry are to be excluded form cleaning:
Whilst these core cleaning tools are indeed very powerful and allow for a basic clean of the system to be completed on demand, WinOptimizer 25 also offers a lot more functionality including the newly upgraded homepage form which we can easily perform additional cleaning and analysis of the entire system (and I will be looking at in the next section).
Having now seen some of the core cleaning tools which are found within WinOptimizer, it is now time to look at the main application homepage and the very informative overview it provides as to the performance and current cleanliness of the system as a whole.
As can be seen above, this newly reorganised and improved homepage shows 8 key areas of the PC, each of which being represented as a tile alongside its current state and whether it requires optimising or not. Clicking onto any of these tiles will bring up more details as to what parts of the system make up the tile and what will be cleaned when pressing on the “Optimize” button found towards the bottom of the screen.
Another useful widget found on this new and improved home screen is the newly improved CPU speedometer which can be found in the top right corner of the window. This tool allows for an easy visualization of how stressed a PC is at any given time in addition to showing the current hardware configuration making up the device.
Finally, as was mentioned a little earlier on in the new features section, we see a new “Extended” part to the existing homepage design in WinOptimizer 25. This new “extended” page includes even more cleaning tools and cleaning areas (tiles) than has been available as a part of the homepage in previous versions of WinOptimizer, thus increasing the amount of cleaning which can be done within just a few clicks from opening up the software.
As can be seen above, this new “Extended” page can be accessed from the main (left side) application menu and contains analysis on even more areas of the device which, in-turn, backs-up the core areas fund on the actual homepage itself. Such areas found here tend to be slightly more advanced and the page overall offers more in-depth cleaning, this can, however, be very useful to have easy access to such cleaning (especially so from an easy to use window styled in a similar fashion to the main application homepage).
Without doubt one of the most useful and most powerful cleaning tools found within the WinOptimizer 25 suite is the newly updated and improved 1-Click cleaning tool!
As can be seen above, we can easily access the 1-Click cleaning tool via the “All modules” page within the application itself or via the dedicated 1-Click icon which is placed on the Windows desktop for us automatically after installation has completed (and in-turn makes running the tool whenever you like as simple as just clicking on the icon). Once in the 1-Click cleaning tool for the first time it will automatically scan the system in three key areas (Internet, Drive and Registry) and automatically clean and optimise each of those areas without the need for us to do anything else (it is called the “1 click” cleaner for a reason!).
Whilst the 1-Click tool will, by default, automatically analyse and clean various parts of the system with just a single click, this automatic behaviour can be turned off by toggling the switch labelled “delete automatically after scan” which is found towards the bottom of the 1-Click page (and highlighted in the above image).
Other settings for the one click tool can be found within the special 1-Click settings page, a page which is accessible by clicking on the “Settings” button also found towards the bottom of the main 1-Click page. It is from this settings page that we can, amongst many other things, specify which parts of the 1-Click tool should be run and whether or not the automatic deleting element of the tool should be activated or manually triggered by the current user instead.
And with that, there isn’t too much else to really say about the 1-Click tool, it not only makes use of the most powerful cleaning modules found within this latest version of WinOptimizer, but also makes doing so very easy regardless of whether it is accessed via the main application’s “All modules” menu, the desktop icon or via the scheduled cleaning service which we will cover a little later on in this review.
Optimising PC Performance
As well as deep and thorough cleaning of the PC in question, WinOptimizer 25 also features several tools specifically designed for helping to keep a PC running at its optimal speed as well (including tools specifically designed to assist in improving performance for video gaming applications amongst many other things).
Starting off in the “Automatic” page (as can be seen above) we have access to the Auto-Clean, Live-Tuner and Game-Booster optimisation tools, all of which are designed to run automatically in the background and automatically optimise the system once in real-time once activated.
The Auto-Clean module is designed to help in keeping any attached disks both clean and optimised and will, amongst other things, work to automatically remove any browser traces after web browsers are closed as well as removing any other unnecessary application files as required (thus enhancing personal privacy in the process). The Live-Tuner tool is designed to improve application performance and keep the system running fast and as responsive as is possible thanks to this tool working in the background and adjusting and terminating background processes as is required to do so.
Finally, the third and most powerful of these three live performance optimisation tools is the Game-Booster tool, a very aggressive optimisation tool which is designed to significantly boost the performance of video games by closing or otherwise limiting any Windows background processes or services deemed unnecessary for the running of such games. Whilst this tools is undoubtedly very powerful, it is also very intelligent and will attempt to reinstate any terminated services once any running video games have been stopped.
With these three core performance tools aside, WinOptimizer 25 also brings with it many other specialised performance boosting tools for managing Windows services, background processes, optimizing internet connections and optimizing SSD drives (amongst many other things) as can be found in the “All modules” screen which can be seen below:
As can be seen above, with the core live tuning and optimisation tools aside, WinOptimizer 25 brings to the table several other useful tools for optimizing a PC, some of these tools include:
Whilst SSD drives are undoubtedly fast (much faster than their mechanical counterparts) they still often require maintenance, correct configuration and specialist optimisation in order to get the best performance out of them!
Thanks to the SSD Wizard tool (seen above) which can be accessed form the “All modules” page, we have a tool which brings together multiple configurations and settings which could be having a detrimental effect on the operation of an SSD drive. Once listed, such features can be studied further and turned on or off as is required with guidance form within the tool itself (note the “recommended settings” button pointed out in the prior image which will help to tune these settings as is required for the current systems configuration).
The Boot Center is a specialist tool which can be used to analyse and optimise the Windows operating system booting process. This optimisation primarily works by looking at process which are set to boot automatically alongside Windows itself and then allowing for said processes to be easily turned on or off as might be required to increase performance.
The Internet Tuner is another specialist optimisation tool which comes bundled with WinOptimizer and can help with improving both the speed and reliability of an internet connection.
As can be seen above, whilst the Internet Tuner does allow for network settings to be tuned manually as might be required, the application also features an auto-optimize function to assist with finding the correct (and best optimised) network settings when required.
Scheduling & Automation
So far we have seen some of the many powerful cleaning and optimisation tools found within WinOptimizer 25 and how they can be utilised to help keep a Windows PC running at its best. One of the key features of WinOptimizer and a feature which helps make the tool so powerful overall are its scheduling and automation abilities.
Opened (again) via the “All modules” page which was seen earlier on, the “Task Scheduler” tool is where we can both set a schedule for automated cleaning whilst also specifying the type of cleaning to take place. The 1-Click Optimiser can be run (and is the default choice) whilst configuring a schedule or, alternatively, the set of system maintenance tools found on the main app homepage can also be set to analyse and clean the system automatically whenever the schedule is triggered to run.
Ashampoo have clearly put a great deal of emphasis on protecting user privacy within WinOptimizer 25, not only through specialist privacy enhancing tools as we are about to see but also through the deep and thorough cleaning provided by many of the tools which, whilst doing their regular cleaning jobs, will also help to keep personal and PC usage data private and secure in the process.
Whilst cleaning a system of unwanted or unnecessary files will, by default, also help in maintaining user privacy, Ashampoo have also included some very powerful privacy enhancing tools within WinOptimizer 25 which can help take the privacy protection already provided even further:
Privacy Manager Tool:
Starting with the powerful Privacy Manager (seen below) and Ashampoo have included a tool which is capable of bringing together several key areas and settings found within Windows which could in various ways have a detrimental effect on user privacy.
Once within this tool we can see and importantly optimize several key setting relating to Windows telemetry, location data, the Windows Update service, the Cortana service and the permissions of individual apps amongst many other things.
Browser Extension Manager:
The Browser Extension Manager provides a quick and convenient method for viewing and managing any plug-ins which might be installed across any of the main browsers on a device (including Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Google’s Chrome browser).
Keeping a check on browser plug-ins installed across any of the browsers on your PC can be a great way of helping to maintain and improve web browsing privacy. Not only does the Browser Extension Manager make spotting and uninstalling any potentially unwanted plug-ins both quick and easy, thanks to the community ratings which are also provided against many plug-ins it can help quickly identify any plug-ins which might require further attention or removal straight away!
The File Wiper tool, as the name suggests, provides a quick and easy method for permanently and securely deleting any personal or otherwise private files in order to make sure they cant easily be recovered.
Not only can individual files be added to the wiping tool by simply dragging and dropping them over the interface itself, but the tool also features several pre-set functions for wiping various areas of the device including the Windows trash can plus the option to detect and wipe any free disk space amongst other options.
Other Useful Tools
With the core cleaning and performance optimisation tools aside, WinOptimizer 25 provides many other additional tools which can help in monitoring and managing a Windows system and help to keep it running at its best. As with many of the core tools already covered during this review, these additional (but still very useful) tools can be found within the “All modules” page accessible from within the main (left side) application menu already seen earlier on in the review.
Below are just a few of these other useful tools mentioned in just a little more detail, if you want to see and test out the full set of additional tools for yourself then remember that Ashampoo do offer a fully functional 30 day free trial of WinOptimizer 25 via their official website!
File Manipulator (File Encryption Tool):
The File Manipulator tool is a very useful addition to WinOptimizer 25 and allows for a file to be encrypted (or decrypted) as well as supporting the splitting-up of large files alongside the subsequent re-joining of such files back into a single file (when required).
By providing pre-set options to split-up large files up into smaller files (including into pre-set 650MB, 700MB or custom sized sections), this tool can provide a great way for splitting up large media which is to be stored on CDs, DVD or any other fixed-sized archive media which might be in use. The ability to also easily encrypt such files can also help to ensure the security of file contents which are been stored, an especially useful option when making use of optical media for archival storage as was mentioned above!
The System Information tool provides an insight into the hardware specification of the current PC alongside any peripheral devices which might be attached to the system. Whilst not especially unique to WinOptimizer 25 this tool does make it easy to access a huge amount of system information in a single place!
The HDD Inspector tool provides an easy to use and useful view of the status of all attached hard drives including the SMART self diagnostic status which could, in certain cases, help in identifying any problems which might exist with any installed disks.
The System Benchmark tool allows for a performance benchmark of the current system to be taken and can be very useful when evaluating new components or configurations which might be put in place.
Context Menu Manager:
The Context Menu Manager is a very useful addition to WinOptimizer and can help in removing any unwanted or excessive entries from any Windows context menus. Keeping these menus tidy and uncluttered can not only mean they are easier to navigate but can also help reduce the slowdown sometimes seen when opening context menus on unoptimised systems!
WinOptimizer 25 Security
Whilst cleaning and optimising is a key role of WinOptimizer 25, the application also features several tools which can help in boosting the security and privacy of a Windows PC!
This begins with some of the advanced cleaning tools such as advanced browser cleaning and secure file deletion and is extended by other specialist tools including ADS (alternate data streams), secure file shredding plus the ability to apply strong file encryption as and when necessary to do so.
Ashampoo have a very useful help and support portal available via their official website featuring product documentation for WinOptimizer 25 alongside a comprehensive FAQ section which should be capable of handling most problems you might encounter with the application.
Should you still need to get in touch with a support representative from Ashampoo, you can also submit support tickets directly online via this same portal.
WinOptimizer 25 Pricing
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 25 is priced at a one-off $49.99 for a single, perpetual licence which allows for use on up to 3x individual PCs! Users of previous versions of WinOptimizer can also upgrade to this latest version for just $14.99!
Also be sure to also check out the official Ashampoo deals page to find regular special offers across all Ashampoo software including WinOptimizer 25!
WinOptimizer 25 FAQ
No, WinOptimizer 25 is priced at $49.99 for a full licence which covers use on up to 3 individual PCs. A limited free version of the WinOptimizer software is available from Ashampoo and can be downloaded from the official Ashampoo website.
Yes, WinOptimizer 25 is our current favourite system cleaning and maintenance application, a suite of tools which not only provides powerful cleaning and performance optimisation but also provides functionality to enhance privacy, device security and video game performance amongst many other useful features.
One of the most powerful features of WinOptimizer 25 is its ability to clean and boost the performance of a system both automatically and in real-time. These features are provided via both the live optimisation tools (including the very powerful Game-Booster tool) and via the strong scheduling engine which supports running the 1-Click optimizer on a fixed schedule as and when it is required.
WinOptimizer 25 Alternatives
In this section I will be looking at some alternatives to WinOptimizer 25, this will be focused on system cleaning and maintenance tools solutions with a clear focus on keeping a Windows PC clean, optimized and running at its best.
1) Iolo System Mechanic
Iolo System Mechanic is another highly rated system maintenance tool featuring various cleaning tools, privacy features, device security tools plus the ability keep a Windows PC optimised in real-time thanks to some very powerful optimisation tools as well!
Available in three different versions (Standard, Pro and Ultimate), System mechanic will at a minimum provide a comprehensive set of deep cleaning and optimisation tools including the highly functional “All-in-One” cleaning tool which takes care of many cleaning tasks all by itself. Moving on to higher versions (Pro and Ultimate) and we see additional tools such as the secure drive wiping tool in the Pro version (Drive Scrubber) and a powerful set of anti-virus tools available in the Ultimate Defence version amongst several other things.
Iolo System Mechanic is priced from $49.95 / Year for the Standard version with the Pro version priced at $69.95 / Year and the Ultimate Defence edition priced at $79.95 / Year. A 30 Day free trial is also available via the official Iolo System Mechanic website.
2) AVG TuneUp
TuneUp is a powerful and highly automated PC cleaning utility from long-time antivirus experts, AVG!
Clearly designed with both automation and ease of use in mind from day one, TuneUp is a highly rated and highly trusted tool which not only provides deep cleaning and performance optimisation for a Windows PC (or MacOS device), but can also dramatically increase the performance and cleanliness of a device with very little effort required form the user.
Other notable tools found within AVG TuneUp include a “one click” software updating tool, a hard disk repair tool, numerous deep cleaning and performance optimisation utilities plus specialist tools such as the Disk Doctor which can be used to diagnose and repair certain issues hard disks. Add on to this that many of these features and functions found within TuneUp can be utilised automatically and in real-time and it becomes clear that AVG TuneUp is a great choice for many a PC user!
AVG TuneUp is priced at $59.99 / Year for one device or $69.99 for a yearly licence covering use on up to 10x devices. A 7 day free trial of AVG TuneUp is also available via the official AVG TuneUp website!
3) CCleaner Professional
CCleaner is a well known PC cleaning and optimisation tool which has been a “go to” cleaning application for many years in either its free-to-use or Professional version.
One of the biggest appeals of CCleaner, with its reliability and ease of use put aside, is how powerful the software is when it comes to cleaning and how many different cleaning functions it can perform either manually or via automatic scheduling (in the Professional version). Adding to this core cleaning functionality in recent versions are many powerful tool including registry cleaning tools, Windows boot time optimisation tools plus the new “Smart Cleaning” tools which help to take deep cleaning of a PC to a whole new level!
Pricing wise and CCleaner is available as a free-to-use version as well as a professional version which includes various automation and real-time cleaning functions amongst many other additional features from just $24.95 / year for a single PC or $39.95 for 3x PCs.
4) Glary Utilities Pro
Glary Utilities Pro is a comprehensive system cleaning and performance optimisation suite, one which provides use of 20+ powerful cleaning and maintenance tools which combine to help keep a system running at its best with very little effort required to do so.
Once installed, one of the most powerful and useful tools within Glary Utilities Pro is the 1-Click Maintenance tool, a tool which provides powerful cleaning and performance optimisation functionality with the minimal of effort required to configure or run. Other notable utilities included within the suite are the Windows registry repair tools, file encryption and disk cleaning tools, a device driver manager for helping to keep drivers up to date and the Windows start-up manager amongst many others.
Priced at just $39.95 / Year for a single licence which covers usage on up to 3x PCs, Glary Utilities Pro is not only powerful but also very competitively priced for such a powerful tool! A limited free version of the tool is also available via the official Glarysoft website!
Ashampoo WinOptimizer 25 Review Summary
WinOptimizer 25 is clearly a very powerful system cleaning and performance optimisation tool, one for which it is clear that Ashampoo clearly values greatly given that they continue to refine and improve their offering which results in the leading cleaning tool we see today!
Now fully updated throughout to be 100% Windows 11 compatible, as well as clean even deeper and up to 75% faster than in previous versions whilst also featuring numerous other small improvements, WinOptimizer 25 continues to impress! In-fact, thanks to the excellent 1-Click Optimiser tool, powerful scheduling and real-time cleaning options plus the many other useful tools covering the likes of file encryption, privacy management and specialist web browser cleaning, this is a tool for which no Windows PC should realistically be without!
Pricing, as is always the case with Ashampoo software, is very competitive and fair and sees this latest version of WinOptimizer 25 available for just a one-off cost of $49.99 for use on 3x PCs or just $14.99 if upgrading from an older version!
All-in-all, an excellent tool which is very fairly priced and will bring genuinely noticeable results to the vast majority of Windows PC users who are not otherwise using such software!