IObit Toolbox: Portable jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none program by IObit

IObit, a company who’s many products have been discussed on dotTech in the past (Advanced SystemCare Pro [freebie], Internet Security 360 [scandal], Game Booster, IObit Advanced Uninstaller), has released IObit Toolbox, a program that can best be described as being the portable version of Advanced SystemCare.

IObit Toolbox is a “system utility” type program that has 21 different tools built in (chart created by IObit):

(Click on the image to view it in full size.)

Users of Advanced SystemCare may experience deja vu while reading the list of tools IObit Toolbox has because most many of them are the same; the main difference between IObit Toolbox and Advanced SystemCare is: Advanced SystemCare is a primarily automated tool, requiring little to no user interaction after installation, while IObit Toolbox is portable (no installation necessary) and manually driven (so to speak). In fact, IObit advertises Advanced SystemCare within IObit Toolbox as being the “automatic solution”. (Since both programs are so similar, users can expect IObit Toolbox to perform similarly as Advanced SystemCare.)

An interesting feature IObit added to IObit Toolbox is the ability to custom brand the program. Users can customize the name of the program and add an image to the title:

(The above screenshot has been created by IObit – I did not brand IObit Toolbox like shown above. I wonder how long before Big Jobs and Billy sue IObit for misappropriation.)

Instructions on how to brand are provided in the Readme.txt that comes with IObit Toolbox. (Branding is done very easily by modifying an INI file and adding a 48×48 PNG image into a folder.) As per IObit Toolbox’s homepage, companies are apparently allowed – in fact encouraged – to custom brand IObit Toolbox without having to pay any license fee.

Another interesting feature of IObit Toolbox is the “Favorite” tab:

I am not particularly sure how the “Favorite” tab appears – it is not originally present in the program and just appeared out of no where for me (I tried to investigate how it came about, but could not figure out how) – but this tab provides quick access to any five tools of IObit Toolbox. You can easily change which tools appear under “Favorite” by modifying the favorite.ini file found in “tools” -> “Favorite” folder.

One thing that annoys me about IObit Toolbox is it has Internet Security 360, Game Booster, and IObit Smart Defrag shown as being part of the program (found under “Optimize” and “Security”), but those three programs are not actually included in the toolbox: When you click on the links to use Internet Security 360, Game Booster, or IObit Smart Defrag you are taken to IObit.com and asked to download those three programs separately (they are freeware also but they are not portable, as far as I know).

In the end, IObit Toolbox is nothing revolutionary or groundbreakingly new. However, it is another option for users who want jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none type programs. Without a doubt the best part of the program is that it is portable, so users can carry it on their flash/USB drives if desired. You may download IObit Toolbox from the following links:

Version reviewed: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 15.6 MB

IObit Toolbox homepage [direct link download page]

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  1. TenaciousD

    I personally like IObit toolbox more than the Advanced SystemCare series of programs. Its does a lot of cool things in one location plus its portable so that just makes it even better.

    But there are some things that I didn’t like such as the problem you have mentioned of IObit Toolbox including what are essentially shortcuts to programs that have to be downloaded to be used instead of being included with IObit Toolbox. Another gripe is that the front end or interface seems to be sluggish when you load it up, although you can actually load the program you need by looking in the tools folder as a workaround.

    One cool trick you can do with IObit Toolbox is add extra tools to it. All you have to do is learn the ‘naming convention’ of the programs listed in the tools folder and rename the program(s) you want to add with a similar name (and increment the number) and copy it to the tools folder and presto you just increased its functionality!

  2. natureislandboy

    iobit tool box is a great utility any technician would dream of haveing, it was my dream come true since i have to service many computers & other electronic equipment but i recently found some problems when i burn it to a cd it wont open at all but when i download it works great from the computer another observation i put it on a memory drive & run on a clients computer & the client antivirus detected a spyware trojan (AVIRA INTERNET SECURITY) since that happend i have not used the tool box but i have continued to use the advance system care program from iobit.  iobit ment well with this tool box but thay need to look at their soft ware partners involved because somethings are not going as plan. IOBIT TAKE NOTE OF THIS

  3. PaulM

    @OldElmerFudd: Yeh, the Nirsoft stuff is tremendous.  One thing in particular is that in most of them, he includes command string options that allow ‘silent’ output to disk.  PMToolindex usese this to allow you to ‘batch them up’.  See for example the ‘Software Audit’ batch demo.  This combines a whole series of Nirsoft tools, with some others ( which also allow ‘silent’ disk output ) to run as one serial batch, and produce one combined report.  see the control string entries for each line in the demo.

    If you then look at this demo under the T.E.A. option, you see that you can create an output folder that includes a *.BAT file, and copies of the programs, to run as an independant batch without PMToolindex.  This can include DOS commands, etc, also, all mixed in together.  See the website page ‘COFEE vs T.E.A.’ for my inspiration for this feature.

    If you copy the folder created to your LAN, you can run the *.BAT from any machine, etc.

    Another use of the command strings in PMToolindex is for the SystemInternals tools, where I feed them the command parameter ‘/Accept EULA/’.  Also, feeding params to DOS commands and sequences ( see ‘BATCH RUN EXAMPLE’ demos for that, too ).  There’s a Flash SWF / WMV on the website about it, too.  Totally customizable via the Edit screen.

  4. zugshad

    @OldElmerFudd and @PaulM: .. thnx for the info you 2.. yeah.. I read some more on it and got a friend that DL’d it and sent a .csv with the list of what it would/does install etc.. I dl’d the tool.. gonna hold off on installing just now..
    I want to finish my project on my 32gb thumb.. i have it all installed and testing to make sure all is working.. then just need to add my winXP and win7 installers to it and then will see how much room I have left :)  i have a lot of ISO’s on it atm..
    if dont have the room, might consider tossing this on my 16gb thum to test it out ;)
     
    Zug

  5. OldElmerFudd

    @zugshad: OK. There are a great many tools from different sources that the program will download/acquire and unzip/place in a folder for you. Quite a number of the downloads are not portable – they have to be installed. Most come from Nirsoft http://www.nirsoft.net/ Nils is a fine software author who writes excellent utilities. Others are copied from your system folder, d/l’d from MS – Sysinternals, or fit specific criteria to help you make the most of what you select.
     
    PMToolIndex is a convenient indexer. You could easily download everything it can dig up for you by going to the websites of the various programs. By itself, it’s a no-install – just unzip into a folder and run. Even if it doesn’t work out for you, it’s interesting to be reminded of the different software that could help you in a pinch.

  6. PaulM

    Re : PMToolindex –
    How much space with all the tools ?  ~ 300 mb, assuming you leave the original Zips in place as a backup.  The Paessler stuff is rather large, and might not be what everyone wants to carry around, but look at it and decide for yourself.
    Keep in mind that the list of tools is merely some suggestions – the tool is very much designed that you add your own via the Add / Edit screens as you wish.
    Some, like CCleaner, do not offer a download ZIP, so go through their install process, then in your Program Files folder find the program it installs, and copy it to a sub-folder under PMToolindex, and use teh Add form to add it to your list.
    As re : portable versions – most are portable, but again, it’s designed so that you add your own items as you choose ( scripts, installer, zips, exe’s , whatever ).  The list in the Wizard is purely optional.
    If you have suggestions to add to the list, please contact the author with them via the Contact link !
    http://www.pmtoolindex.com/
     

  7. zugshad

    @RobCr: hehe.. no worries RobCr, figured you were :)
     
    Some of the programs like IOBit and Glary and WinUtilities etc are nice to have as tools to help with a one time scan etc.. but id never leave them running permanently i think ;)  when I use them , i just use to do a fast scan then stop and turn them off
     
    Was able to read the site (for the other tool I was asking about) and found that if DL them all, its around 250mb or so.. so not so bad ;)
     
    Zug

  8. zugshad

    @RobCr: Are you refering to the IObit or the PCToolIndex that OldElmerFudd was referencing?
     
    I was refering to that tool he linked.. not something that I would have running all the time either.. just another tool to add to the USB kit is why I was wondering about that one..
    I already have the IOBit360 portable in my portableapps
     
    Zug

  9. zugshad

    @OldElmerFudd: How much space does this tool take up on the USB? Like if you download the majority of it to have all the tools?
     
    also, are they the portable versions as in I could through them into the protable apps tool and access them from there? or is it going to put the scripts on the usb to access the .bat type files?
     
    Seems like an interesting tool and interested to see how it is working for you.
    Thanks,
    Zug

  10. neutrino

    So for a really good Pc utility suite that truly Does perform above average, is totally safe to use – specially when your tuning someone else’s Pc! Is there such a thing?, A program that really Does the job, gives you access to typical and non-typical areas of a PC, and can analyze, and bring back accurate reccomendations.
    Something that if it were really precise at what it does and you could use with complete trust, would obviously benefit a person performing problem solving and Pc tuning as a biz, save time for both you and the customer.. and perhaps since everyone’s memory ain’t the same – using such a tool would reduce or elliminate overlooking some settings, It’d be great to locate such a beast ! :-)  

  11. Patrick

    Hi,

    The title says it all: “jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none “. The n-th toolbox. I prefer reliable dedicated tools. I may have a look at this package sometime but I don’t really need it.

    Apart from that, I have the distinct feeling of changing into a dinosaur of sorts. I think I’ll have to change or replace some hardware on my machine. Like getting rid of CD-drives – but I still cherish my collection of science training movies, turorials, papers, articles… These don’t need high speed portability.
    Perhaps I should just throw my old system out, buy the latest, newest, fastests stuff etc. and start landscape painting.  Very nice toolboxes in that field, I guarantee…

    ;-)

    Greetz.
    Patrick.

  12. Josh

    The problem with these multiple utility maintenance and tweaking suites is that they seldom deliver anything above average in any department and you are obliged to install tools which overlap with similar, existing apps on your system – specialist tools which you prefer – so you end up with a number of unnecessary duplicated apps on your system.
     
    Still, I suppose they serve a purpose for users who prefer the convenience of having it all in one place and are not too finicky – especially people with computers which are powerful, fast and furious enough to neutralise the need for in-depth fine tuning.

  13. OldElmerFudd

    @Locutus: If you’re into portable programs, have a look at this interesting tool organizer. It allows you to download about 60 tools (you choose which from a list) and package them for use on USB or over a LAN. I’m using it for an extended trip out of town which will probably include cleaning up a lot of machines.
    http://www.pmtoolindex.com/default.htm
     
    Have a look and let me know what you think. I’ll be back in a few hours.

  14. zugshad

    @Locutus: Have you considered using USB instead? It is what I am currently working on..
     
    My USB currently has at least 9 dif AV’s
    Multiple Utility programs (UBCD, Backup, Password tools, Restore, All sorts of Recovery)
    Multiple Linux (like 5+)
    Live OS .. have a LiceXP, VistaPE
    and will be putting winXP and win7 installer to it as well. Basically an all in one tool to use.. its great
     
    And. like your RW< much easier to work wiht and upgrade/update
     
    Zug

  15. RobCr

    @Locutus:
    I am wary of CD-RW
    Surely (Flying High), they would be less reliable that CD-R
    Also different PC’s CD drives, may not read them, or just read bits of them (I have had that happen to me, where different PCs saw different data in the disc).
    I now avoid -RWs like the plague (and I am Scottish).
    Since CD-Rs are so cheap, you could achieve the same goal, by just copying the contents to a folder on your PC, and do your enhancements to the contents, and then burn it to a new CD-R
    Now who could argue with that (Blazing Saddles, in the Church)

  16. Locutus

    Oooh.  This is good!  I’m thinking about burning a whole bunch of portable programs–CCleaner, this, Firefox, etc–to a CD-RW so I can complete my portable repair CD collection, which has Ubuntu from 9.04-10.04, DSL, a whole bunch of other Linuxes, Windows reinstall/repair discs, a partitioner, etc.
    Anything you recommend?