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avast! GrimeFighter Editor's Review

PC users need to cope with various performance issues from time to time. It could be the infamous BSOD, slow multitasking, unexpected system crash and so on. This can be caused by malware invasion, failing hard drive or many other issues. While seasoned Windows users use bundled utility and command line tools to rectify such problems and tweak performance of their laptop or desktops, this is something every user is not comfortable doing. They need third party utilities that automate such maintenance and performance boosting tasks. There are many such apps but Avast! GrimeFighter is a little different. It employs a group of cartoonish characters to fight malware and clear your PC of ‘grime’ to enhance performance.

As it is, GrimeFighter is re -packaged edition of an app named Jumpshot. It is available as an add-on with Avast’s Free Antivirus. The app is multilingual and can run on PCs with Windows XP to 7. Windows 8 users may face issues until the OS is officially supported.

Even before you pay the licensing fee it is possible to download and run GrimeFighter to analyze the PC. However, to perform actual cleanup and optimization, you will have to register. The app UI is graphic and really attractive.

After completion of the first scan, GrimeFighter shows the total amount of space taken up by bloatware and junk files. The app also identifies unnecessary programs running at Windows start-up. It also finds out junk entries in Windows registry. When you select the option to fix all found issues the app will run in a mood that prevents user inputs until the task is completed. GrimeFighter offers a browser that you can use to access web when it fixes the loopholes in the background though.

Under the hood of cartoonish minions rescuing PC from grime and optimizing performance, GrimeFighter is a bootable anti malware and optimization app, based on Linux. When you select the option ‘Optimize My PC’ GrimeFighter basically reboots the PC in its own OS and prompts another reboot. Based on condition of your PC, the in depth scan can take a long time.

When the scan is complete, you can see what are going to be changed. Then the actual cleanup can be performed. After cleanup is over, the app’s head minion Officer Pete comes up with a summary of what the app did to enhance system performance and stability. The malware cleanup is handled by the antivirus ninja Kobayashi. While Avast says the app does not cause any harm to the system, you can always undo the changes in case anything goes awry.

Unlike some other PC security and performance tweaking tools, GrimeFighter does not take a toll on system boot up time. With it installed in your PC, you will not notice much impact on general multitasking and copying operations. It would be great if the app would ship with a rescue disc as some malware infested PCs may suffer from booting issues.

Positive Points:
•    Attractive, sleek interface.
•    Excellent malware cleanup and performance boost.
•    Does not slow down system.
•    Multilingual app.

Negative Points:
•    No rescue CD/bootable disc.

Conclusion:
GrimeFighter is an interesting and versatile app from the stable of Avast, a well known name in PC security. Its usage of cartoonish minions to rescue PC from malware and grimes makes it stand apart from competing apps. The app is multilingual and runs smoothly on PCs. From scan to cleanup, everything gets executed with precision. Advanced users will like the option to review changes before cleaning up and undoing option. It will not slow down the PC either. Since it boots into a Linux based environment while scanning and cleaning, the existing malware cannot thwart its operations. While you cannot run Windows apps when it is working, you can still access the web using the bundled browser utility. It would be just perfect if the company had packed in a bootable rescue disc.

Rating: 3.5/5







avast! GrimeFighter Publisher's Description

GrimeFighter scans your Windows system for present ‘grime’ like malware, spyware, or intrusive toolbars. Also it scans for unnecessary programs which are being run at the start-up of your Windows, and optimizes your system settings to make your computer runs smoother. For making up more free space it scans for redundant files on your hard-drive.

Free download from Shareware Connection - This handy application basically does three things – 1) Improves your computer boot time; 2) Increases your computer speed; and 3) Provides you more free hard-drive space.

Publisher: avast.com | License: Comercial | Price: $19.99
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Released Date: 03-10-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: avast! GrimeFighter

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Program Info Url: http://www.getavast.net/downloads/grimefighter/
Download Url: http://www.avast.com/grimefighter
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