Advanced SystemCare 8 is the latest edition of IObit's feature-packed PC maintenance suite.

Just as with many similar packages, you get tools to control your startup programs, defragment your hard drive, manage running processes, find and remove duplicate files and tweak essential Windows settings. And these work just fine - but they're only the start.

The suite can also detect and remove malware; undelete files; optimise your PC for better gaming performance;  securely delete confidential documents, restore the Start menu to Windows 8, and more.

Note: this is a beta release. On its final release, the program will split into free and paid-for editions.

What's new in version 8?

+ Brand New User Interface - Simpler design with supporting maximizing UI.
+ New Theme Customization - Change theme easily with your loved pictures.
+ New Protect Module - Protect your browser homepages, search engine, online surfing and reinforce system.
+ New Plugin/Toolbar Cleaner - Monitor browser toolbars, plugins in real-time to remove the malicious ones to better protect your browsers.
+ New Browser Cleaner - Offer 1-click technique to clean browsing histories and other privacy issues when browsers closed.
+ New IObit Uninstaller 4 - Remove unwanted programs, plugins, toolbars and pre-installed Windows 8 metro applications.
+ New Software Updater - Keep your important software up-to-date.
+ Rebuilt Startup Manager - 1-click method to speed up system boot time and easy management for Startups, Services, Task Schedule.
+ Rebuilt Disk Optiomization - Add SSD (Solid State Disk) optimization and multi disk defragment.
+ Rebuilt Performance Monitor - Monitor your PC performance in real time and boost it with just one click.
+ Privacy Sweep - Add clean for Windows Metro Apps and clean for iTunes.
+ Registry Fix - Add fix for "Windows Services" and enhance scan engine's scanning speed and stability.

What's new in Beta 3 (since Beta 2)?

+ Added Weather Forecast - Display the current weather conditions and weather forecast for the next four days in Performance Monitor.
+ Improved Performance Monitor - Improved the temperature to be more accurate.
+ Improved Screenshot Feature - Optimized the Screenshot feature in Performance Monitor.
+ New Default Programs Tool - Set your usually used favorite programs to be default programs quickly and easily.
+ IObit Uninstaller 4 - Enhanced the cleaning for Windows 8 Apps and Optimized Powerful Scan to be faster and securer.
+ Surfing Protection - Improved the installation of Surfing Protection on Chrome to eliminate the risk flag.
+ Privacy Sweep - Supported cleaning for Amazon mp3 downloader, windows live mail, windows live writer, Chrome38, Firefox33, Opera25, Fox Reader7.0, ACDSee18.0, Flash Player15.0, Adobe Air15.0, AVG Free Edition 2015.
+ Database Update - Updated and expanded database for Malware Removal, Registry Fix, Privacy Sweep and Surfing Protection.
+ Support Windows 10 Technical Preview - Supported complement system optimization for Windows 10 users.
+ Other Improvements - Fixed General Bugs Reported by Users.

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Its tools are of variable quality - and you can get quite a few of them for free - but IObit Advanced SystemCare Free still has plenty of useful functionality. If you don't have the time or knowledge to build a custom PC maintenance suite of your own then it's certainly worth a look.