ARO 2013: All-in-one tool for responsive, optimized systems

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ARO 2013 (Advanced Repair and Optimization) is a computer maintenance and optimization application that manages to deliver a powerful set of tools, efficient and surprisingly easy to use at the same time.

Installation & Requirements

ARO 2013 installs quickly and its setup dialogs are standard (installation folder location, desktop shortcut…etc.). At first run, the program will automatically display a tutorial wizard that offers a step-by-step presentation with text and images.

ARO 2013 runs flawlessly on both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 2000, Server 2003, Server 2008, XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Hardware requirements include a monitor with a resolution of 800×600 or higher, 15 MB of free hard disk space, 128 MB of RAM and 500 MHz CPU or better.

Interface

Most system maintenance and optimization programs have a user-friendly layout, but ARO 2013 definitely has one of the best, in terms of functionality. While there’s nothing special about the design, the UI is organized into 5 main tabs, some of them equipped with sub-tabs.

The Status tab shows the current optimization state for registry, junk files and security. It also offers a One Click Optimization button and a shortcut to the program’s scan scheduler.
The Cleanup tab is where the scan function resides. While ARO 2013 quickly analyses system and browser components, registry entries and the level of security, the trial version (which we used for this review) allows fixing only 50 errors.

A speedy registry defragmentation (that performs an automated system reboot) is available in the Optimize tab. To ensure that cleanup-related problems can’t mess up your computer, ARO 2013 also offers Backup and Restore functionality for the registry. As a result, the user can perform backups which are all displayed in a list and easily restore any of them at a later time.

The program’s Settings can be accessed in the last tab and are divided into three sections. Optimization Settings allow users to manually select which registry areas and files should be included in the scan. In the second tab, the registry scan can be further refined by adding individual entries to an exclusion list. Last but not least, the Schedule tab offers multiple options for configuring the automatic scan such as once, daily, weekly or on specific days of the week.

Pros

– Effortless, adware-free installation.
– Step-by-step tutorial guides new users into quickly learning the program’s features at first run.
– Intuitive, tab-based UI.
– Offers all the tools needed to optimize and maintain the system’s performance: Scan and repair functions for registry, junk files and security; Registry defragmentation; Registry backup and restore.
– Scan scheduler.

Cons

– The trial version can be used indefinitely, although it allows fixing only 50 errors.
– During our tests ARO 2013 repeatedly closed after scanning Google Chrome’s cache and download history. The only way we could avoid this was to skip Google Chrome from the scan.

Alternatives

Advanced SystemCare
TuneUp Utilities
CCleaner

Conclusion

ARO 2013 is an efficient and very easy to use computer maintenance tool, although users might be disappointed by the error fixing limitation present in the trial version. Nevertheless, the paid, fully-functional product can be successfully used to perform thorough system maintenance tasks.