IObit Advanced SystemCare Free 6.1 adds Action Center, cleans more apps

IObit has released Advanced SystemCare Free 6.1 (build 6.1.9.215), a major update of its all-in-one Windows maintenance and optimization tool. The build, also available with more features as Advanced SystemCare Ultimate, debuts a brand new Action Center module.

The new release also extends its cleaning capabilities to the latest builds of various tools, plus promises improved monitoring, performance and an "easier and simpler use" user interface.

The headline new feature in Advanced SystemCare Free 6.1 is the new Action Center. This appears as an optional tab on the main screen, and is designed to alert users to performance or security issues. At time of installation, the center simply told us that certain other IObit software hadn’t been installed, rather than provide a more comprehensive check of our system.

Other changes include extended support for cleaning the latest versions of new apps, including Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0, Norton AntiVirus 20.2.0.19, Adobe Reader 11.0, TeamViewer 8.0, Google Chrome 23.0 and Skype 6.0.

Version 6.1 also promises an improved PC Health Module for "smarter" health monitoring, as well as performance enhancements in other modules, specifically malware removal, disk scanning, system optimization, disk defragging and internet boost.

IObit also claims version 6.1’s interface has been revamped to make it far easier and simpler to use than previously, and also promises more effective maintenance through an improved Toolbox, the part of the program where users select individual tools to run.

As expected, Advanced SystemCare Free 6.1 also comes with updated databases for its Surfing Protection, Driver Manager and Privacy Sweep components, while the included IObit Uninstaller tool comes with options for removing toolbars and an tweaked user interface.

The new installer also comes with an optional toolbar -- make sure you click Decline if you don’t want it. Version 6.1 is rounded off by the usual collection of bug fixes.

IObit Advanced SystemCare Free 6.1.9.215 is available now as a feature-limited free download for PCs running Windows XP or later. Certain components, including Registry Cleaner and Internet Booster are restricted to the paid-for Pro version, which users can purchase for just $9.95, a saving of 50 percent on the MSRP, through the DownloadCrew Software Store.

Also available is IObit Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 6.0.8.289, which includes additional tools including real-time anti-virus protection. A full three-PC license can be purchased for just $18.99, a saving of 62 percent on the MSRP.

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