Lulu Software’s Fixio PC Cleaner promises to keep your PC
running faster and more smoothly, and to protect your privacy, by
fixing registry problems, cleaning your hard drive, and deleting
history files. It does what it promises. But given that the program
costs $40, and CCleaner performs
the same tasks for free, there may not be any reason to pay for
Fixio PC Cleaner is quite easy to use, with a straightforward
interface. To find Registry problems, for instance, you need only
click a button. But the program is not customizable and does not
offer a great deal of depth. For example, it reports on the total
number of Registry problems, by category, but doesn’t show you each
individual entry so that you can decide which you want to clean.
CCleaner lets you examine individual entries.
Similarly, CCleaner lets you customize how you want to clean
your system–for example, you can tell it to clean multimedia files
and browser caches, but leave various Windows files intact. Fixio
PC Cleaner doesn’t let you do that. Instead, you will have to
examine each individual file it says can be cleaned, and determine
on your own the file’s purpose. Like CCleaner, Fixio PC Cleaner
includes an uninstall program; both work similarly.
The upshot of all this? CCleaner does the same work as Fixio PC
Cleaner, but does it offers you a little more control. CCleaner
also does it for free, so there may not be any reason to pay the
$40 for Fixio PC Cleaner.