But most important of all was how it planted an inception – Leonardo DiCaprio style – in the minds of computer users in recognizing the necessity of protection software other than a simple antivirus. That’s what ZookaWare’s PC Cleaner – named after the company it comes from – is intended for. It is one of the world’s best tools in its class, allowing for the detection and removal of registry errors as well as other computer menaces too, such as DLL errors or browser tracking cookies. ZookaWare offers its program for free forever – though its options are limited to scanning – and like any top company the customer support shows a committed effort, with America-based support options.
ZookaWare PC Cleaner is the successor to the company’s previous product, SpeedZooka, that marveled beyond just being a registry cleaner; the company decided to bundle all of its various PC optimization solutions into a single program. While its name may still suggest that it’s only for cleaning your system, its extensive range of features is the first sign that this is in fact a complete PC optimization suite. The free version of ZookaWare is limited to only performing scans, while the Professional version unlocks the program’s full power and its true experience as one of the best computer optimization solutions in the world.
It’s the software’s freedom that really impresses, as well as its user friendly functionality providing the opportunity to tune the program to detect and eliminate exactly the elements that you want to target. This means it’s possible to wipe out empty keys and other registry components so it becomes less fragmented or discover how many tracking cookies your browsers have created and remove them. Likewise, the software allows for the deactivation of any programs that activate on startup, the complete removal of file or service leftovers, scheduling of scans and much more.
Just like pretty much everything about the entire ZookaWare service, scanning is easy and runs as smooth as new tires. Regardless of whether you have a brand new computer or a years-old machine, when scanning with ZookaWare PC Cleaner there are rarely ever high levels of CPU usage, meaning the system is still usable during the process. But even before starting it is possible to specify exactly what the program should target by ticking relevant boxes. Obviously this will dictate not only the time it takes for the scanning to complete but how many files are analyzed too, which is another good example of how the program can be customized to your preferences.
By default, ZookaWare will scan everything and it’s probably better to keep it that way to ensure no errors will be overlooked. The scanning capabilities of the software are impressive: during our tests it took ZookaWare only 2:08 minutes to scan almost 66,000 objects, which translated into 905MB worth of cleanable data. Since scans can also be scheduled and the program will work away automatically, ZookaWare means there’s no need for bother or interference from you.
Scanning is as far as a free trial account will take you, and although the service would be improved considerably by having just one free repair so potential customers could get a taste of ZookaWare PC Cleaner’s full feature set, the same is true of many other comparative programs and so it’s hard to point fingers at ZookaWare specifically.
With this aside, ZookaWare’s repair function is just as good as its scanning and actually works pretty much the same way. The moment scanning is complete the results page will be presented alongside the option to choose to either wipe everything at once or manually select the items that you think should be fixed. The errors found are presented in different categories – like ActiveX/COM Issues, missing DLLs, and empty key references – and it’s here within each that specific problems can easily be manually analyzed and resolved. This may seem unnecessary for many but the registry is a very delicate component of a computer and deleting the wrong file could have irreversible drastic consequences.
This is where ZookaWare’s registry backup feature comes into play. In fact, this is a lifesaving tool since it allows the restoration of any registry changes to their original state. This is particularly useful for those who just delete everything the program tells them to, which can sometimes make a program malfunction and – since a vast number of items will have been deleted – there’s no way to tell exactly which one caused the fault.
There is, however, another great feature to help prevent this issue arising. The so-called Ignored Keys setting can add whichever specified registry keys to a list that will mean the program won’t show them as trash content.
To kick things off here it is important to understand that licenses are valid for one year, and the only thing that can be added to it is the number of computers the license will be used with it. The basic price for ZookaWare PC Cleaner is $29.95 per year, which includes a license for one computer only. This equates to the equivalent of roughly $2.50 per month, which is an acceptable price for a complete PC optimization solution. A license for multiple computers can be bought for up to ten different systems ($119.95 per year), which brings down the cost to a mere $0.99 per month per computer for all your systems.
When it comes to payment, though, ZookaWare utilizes Avangate, a secure payment processor that accepts traditional credit or debit cards as well as other payment methods such as PayPal and Diners Club. And with a 60-day money back guarantee, there is plenty of time to trial the software and make use of the entire range of features without any risk before deciding on whether the program is for you or not.
Customer service is one of the top priorities for ZookaWare and something it is clearly proud of. They provide a wide range of contact methods and although there is no 24/7 assistance, support is genuinely based in America, which means there’s no chance of ending up with an Indian helpdesk whenever assistance is required. Support options include phone, email and web chat seven days a week during business hours. We decided to give the company’s live chat support a try on a Sunday through their website ZookaWare.com and received helpful, enthusiastic replies to some of our questions within two minutes after starting the chat session.
And since social media is now one of the world’s most important info vehicles and often the first place many will look for help, it’s good to know that ZookaWare is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube. But don’t overlook the usual FAQ page, where the site offers short but concise answers to the most common questions.
It’s clear, then, that ZookaWare PC Cleaner is more than a mere registry cleaner. It is a computer optimization solution that works like a charm and this explains why the company is so highly rated. The fact that the company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner is, in a way, something of a pity since Mac users will be unable to make use of this incredibly useful software. There’s a vast number of different features on offer and they are not limited to trivial tasks like much of ZookaWare’s competition.
It’s worth drawing attention to the level of customization available, too, which stands out not only when scanning but when repairing, too, putting you in charge of every action. Other additional features add even more fantastic ingredients into the mix, such as the optimizer for managing computer startup programs and browser add-ons or the shredder for completely uninstalling all the hidden components of a program – all helping to make this recipe all the more delicious. Honorable mentions should go to the attractive pricing and the 60-day money back guarantee too, not to mention the American-based customer support options. Quite frankly there are few competitors able to compete with ZookaWare.
- Easy and quick to use
- Diverse PC optimization features
- Fast and stable scans
- Forever free version, 60-day money back guarantee
- Attractive prices
- Good American based customer support