[Windows] Synei System Utilities is a new, portable all-in-one system maintence program

2013-10-06_001630Here on dotTech we’ve covered plenty of all-in-one system maintenance programs. Synei System Utilities is the new kid on the system maintenance block. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

As the name suggests, Synei System Utilities is an all-in-one system tool/utility/program that has various functions in one program to help you clean, optimize, and maintain your computer… functions that are normally found in individual programs.

Take note Synei System Utilities has two editions, Free ($0) and Premiere ($19.99 per year).

Pros

  • Free version has nine tools to help you clean, optimize, and maintain your PC while Premier version has another five:
    • PC Cleaner
    • Startup Manager
    • Service Manager
    • PC Tune Up
    • Browser Booster (Premiere only)
    • Disk Defragmentor
    • Registry Cleaner (Premiere only)
    • Memory Cleaner (Premiere only)
    • Backup Manager
    • Schedule Manager
    • Auto-Shutdown
    • Spyware Defender (Premiere only)
    • Hard Drive Repair
    • Turbo Boost (Premiere only)
    • Folder Protector
    • Temperature Monitor
    • Scheduled Task Manager
  • Has 1-Click Maintenance option that can run PC Cleaner, Startup Manager, Service Manager, PC Tune Up, Disk Defragmentor, Registry Cleaner, Spyware Defender, and Memory Cleaner with the click of one button
  • PC Cleaner supports all four major Windows browsers — Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera — and has the option to securely delete using 1-7 passes
  • Startup Manager will scan startup items and try to automatically optimize them for you
  • Service Manager will scan and automatically optimize services for their best values
  • Creates automatic backup of registry prior to cleaning
  • Prompts to create system restore point the first time you run it
  • Excellent interface
  • Easy-to-use
  • Has a portable version

Cons

  • Startup Manager’s automatic startup optimization is good, except it had one false positive for it: it killed RoboForm as a startup item, which is something I want starting at startup
  • Backup Manager’s scheduler is a bit odd, will run all tasks at scheduled times instead of allowing you to schedule each task individually
  • Startup manager can’t delay items — only enable/disable/delete
    • UPDATE: The ability to delay items has been added by the developer after we originally wrote this review
  • Drive Repair just uses ChkDsk instead of its own repairing algorithm
  • PC Cleaner supports Opera but not like how it supports other browsers; you can either clean Opera or not clean Opera, you don’t have the option to customize exactly what in Opera you want to clean (e.g. cache, cookies, history, etc.)
  • Drive Repair simply using Windows ChkDsk instead of applying repair techniques of its own
  • There’s no “Pause” button when running 1-Click Maintenance, to pause cleaning temporarily and restart later
  • Requires .NET Framework 3.5
  • Premiere uses the yearly subscription model, asking $19.99 per year for a 3-PC license — which is a bit overpriced, in my opinion
  • I would like to see more tools added to the program, notably a secure deleter and clean uninstaller

Discussion

2013-10-06_010659Synei System Utilities has 14 tools that help you clean and maintain your computer:

  • PC Cleaner — clean junk files, temp files, privacy and history traces, etc.
  • Startup Manager — enable/disable/delete/delay startup items, with support for automatic optimization
  • Service Manager — start/stop services plus modify their startup behavior, with support for automatic optimization
  • PC Tune Up — adjust system settings for optimal performance
  • Browser Booster (Premiere only) — let Synei System Utilities manage memory usage of browsers for faster performance
  • Disk Defragmentor — defrag your drive(s)
  • Registry Cleaner (Premiere only) — clean registry
  • Memory Cleaner (Premiere only) — free up RAM, with the ability to automatically run every 5 minutes
  • Backup Manager — create folder-level backups, with support for automatic backups, compression, and encryption
  • Schedule Manager — set 1-Click Maintenance, Auto Shutdown, Backup Manager, PC Cleaner, Defragmentor, Startup Manager, Service Manager, or any custom program of your choosing to automatically run at a specific date/time, every X mins, or in X mins
  • Auto-Shutdown — schedule automatic shutdown or restart
  • Spyware Defender (Premiere only) — protect against spyware by “vaccinating” your computer against malicious websites, Active X, and cookies (similar to how Spyware Blaster works)
  • Hard Drive Repair — run Windows ChkDsk to repair drive(s)
  • Turbo Boost (Premiere only) — temporarily turn off unnecessary programs and processes to provide optimal performance for a resource intensive task, like gaming or watch a movie (similar to how Game Booster works)

One of the thing that irks me the most about system utilities is they often tend to be jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none in the sense that they often features and functionality that can be found better in other software. At first glance, Synei System Utilities appear to be just like any other system maintenance tool. In fact, it looks the program can’t hold a candle to other system utilities simply because other programs have many more features. However, when you start using Synei System Utilities and dig deep into the program, you will learn the program is more quality over quantity.

Before I go on, let me explicitly state Synei System Utilities isn’t perfect; not all its tools are up-to-par with specialized rivals. However, Synei System Utilities has some great features that I was surprised to find. For example, the Startup Manager does more than just manage startup entries — it will automatically disable the ones Synei System Utilities thinks don’t need to run at boot; Services Manager does more than just start/stop services and will automatically optimize service settings for optimal performance; Spyware Defender allows you to vaccinate your computer against malicious websites, Active X, and cookies and doesn’t stay always-on in the background; Turbo Boost lets you ensure top performance while gaming or other resource intensive tasks; and Backup Manager is a viable folder-level backup program that supports compression and encryption.

That said, you are probably wondering: okay, so it has good feature — but is it safe to use? That, my friends, is not a question I can answer. If a system utility is safe to use or not is a question answered by time; as more people use a program, the more we learn about if it screws up your computer or if it is safe to use. Synei System Utilities is relatively new, so it is hard to gauge the program’s safety at this time. For what it is worth, though, I ran 1-Click Maintenance (at default settings) and it did not break my computer (tested on Windows XP, 32-bit). Similarly, I ran Registry Cleaner and compared it to CCleaner. Synei System Utilities appears to not be an overaggressive program, finding 138 registry errors vs 169 registry errors found by CCleaner. Yeah, it found less errors than CCleaner but registry cleaning is the art of balancing safety and aggression and Synei System Utilities appears to have found that balance.

Of course, as with all programs of this type, you should always process with caution because even the best ones can screw up your computer by accident. But, as per my tests, Synei System Utilities is a relatively safe one. Still, proceed at your own risk.

Conclusion and Download Link

When I started to review Synei System Utilities, I thought it would be just another subpar program. After reviewing it, however, I’m very impressed. Synei System Utilities doesn’t have as many tools or features as some of the more prolific all-in-one system utility programs, but Synei System Utilities focuses more on quality than quantity. Sure it has downsides, but generally speaking Synei System Utilities tools work very well. And the fact that Synei System Utilities is available in free and paid editions (allowing you to pick which one you want) plus has a portable version makes the program even better. Overall, this is a great program — grab it if you want or need it.

Also be sure to check out dotTech’s review on best free system cleaner.

Price: Free, $19.99 per year for Premiere [3-PC]

Version reviewed: 1.85

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download size: 6.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results:

Is it portable? Yes

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8 comments

  1. JMJ

    I don’t use system optimizers “out of the box” because NONE can be made to do exactly what I want, how I want and to the degree I want. I prefer to use individualized, specialized tools for each task that these “optimizers” purport to do with one-click or semi/automatically.

    That said, I like Synei System Utilities’ conservative approach to these tasks; for example, their use of the built-in Windows disk-check tool because I can be reasonably assured it will not break my file system with an untried/unproven implementation of its own.

    Also, I am unaware of any other system optimizer that includes such easy-to-use Auto-start and Services Tools as Synei does.

    The defrag, Registry cleaner, memory cleaner (especially for Windows 7+), Turbo Boost, Back-up Manager, etc., are more snake oil than anything else and such tasks are MUCH better performed by specialized tools, if at all. I mean, for example, Windows 7+, unlike XP or before, has such a great Memory Manager that, unless you have the expertise and the time to configure something like ProcessLasso, you are better off leaving memory management to Windows itself.

    Registry cleaners, categorically, are to be avoided like the plague unless one inspects EACH & EVERY item to be cleaned. Sooner or later, EVERY registry cleaner (including old standards like CCleaner) will break your heart and computer if left on auto.

    Spyware Defender? Now really!!!! Can you say, “Malwarebytes”, Free or Pro?

    I would recommend this tool to the average computer user ONLY for its Services and Start-up tools and advise them to leave the rest alone.

    Quoting our beloved Italian, “That’s my $0.000000000000002″.

  2. dojistar

    Synei System Utilities Premiere does not uninstall using Windows Control PanelUninstall program instead it only removes the license registration. After uninstalling and rebooting, the following error message pops up: “Error: License check has failed. You are not using the correct file version. Please download and install the latest version of Synei System Utilities to fix this issue.

    After reinstalling per the popup instruction, uninstalling using Synei’s “unis001.exe” and then rebooting the computer, Synei’s System Utilities program starts with the boot up and runs in Taskbar system tray on the lower right side of the screen… after second uninstall.

    The program remains in the Start Menu, all component in Program Files (x86)Synei, in Registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER SoftwareSynei and in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSynei. Nothing changed after the installs.

    A manual uninstall using COMODO Programs Manager was able to uninstall Synei…I hope. This wasted a great deal of time and hopefully Synei will correct the uninstall problem.

  3. Des

    The loading time of the page has slowed down again. It falls back to the day before yesterday.

    On the page, my DownloadHelper is spinning. I believe it means something is loading on the page continually.

    The loading speed was OK yesterday. DownloadHelper was not spinning.

  4. Giovanni

    Hey Ashraf,
    Honestly I think that the freeware “ToolwizCare” is far better than this app, despite being free.
    For instance it can delay startup items and above all it sports the award-winning ““Toolwiz Time Freeze” module.
    You found the ability to AUTOMATICALLY disable programs this GAOTD thinks are not necessary to run at boot (like ROBOFORM) a great feature.
    Personally I prefer a different approach: for instance Toolwizcare just RECOMMEND you to disable such programs at startup, letting you have the last word.

    What do you make of it?

    Have a look at these FREE PC Tuneup utilities also:

    http://security.baidu.co.th/en
    http://www.slimcleaner.com/features.php
    http://system-utilities.comodo.com/faster-master-features.php