Avast launches avast! GrimeFighter cleaning tool for PCs

Avast Software announced the launch of its new deep-cleaning tool for PCs, avast! GrimeFighter.

The product boots in Linux, allowing it to detect and remove files that can't be detected while Windows is running, having a more effective cleaning that enhances performance, optimized security, and prolonged lifespan of PCs as a result.

"Most PC-cleanup utilities don't really improve performance – some actually slow down PCs," said AVAST Chief Executive Officer Vince Steckler. "Since they run in Windows, they are unlikely to find problems with files and registry entries that are locked, protected, or otherwise hidden. Ironically those are the ones most often robbing users of performance and stability. With avast! GrimeFighter, we didn't want to introduce another me-too product – we wanted to eliminate the problem of slow PCs."

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Unlike other cleanup tools, avast! GrimeFighter doesn't force users to know and identify what PC components should be analyzed. The software uses a team of illustrated characters called minions to help visualize the process. The minions perform a deep system analysis by booting into Linux and storing and accumulating their results in the cloud, which builds intelligence for future scans. The minions then discard files that have been left behind during de-installations, analyze and enhance security and wireless network settings, scrub away unused pre-installed software, and disable bloatware preventing it from launching at start up.

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