Microsoft’s new ‘PC Manager’ app looks a lot like CCleaner

Many cleaning applications have been available for Windows over the years, but today Windows can handle most cache cleaning and other functions without external software. However, this does not prevent Microsoft from working on a “PC Manager” program that fulfills this role.

A Microsoft Windows app called PC Manager is making the rounds following reports that it has been released (but marked as hidden) in the Microsoft Store. However, the app has been available for several months at pcmanager.microsoft.com, primarily for PC owners in China. The website is not even translated into languages ​​other than Chinese.

PC Manager is promoted as a program to speed up your PC with a single click, which includes deleting hidden system files and stopping background processes. It also detects system problems, including viruses, malware and other security risks.

However, the application appears to be another interface to Windows built-in functions. It uses Windows Defender to scan for security issues, and the Windows Disk Cleanup tool can already clear cached files. People familiar with CCleaner, Malwarebytes, and other similar tools may be more comfortable with the idea of ​​doing it all with just one click.

It has that too a “performance booster” that frees up RAM…an operation that Windows performs automatically, which is widely considered by experts to have placebo effects at best.

Not yet available to everyone

However, there are some not very useful “features” in PC Manager. When you exit the app, you’ll see a warning that your PC won’t be protected when it’s not running, which isn’t true unless you’ve also disabled Defender background scanning. In true Microsoft tradition, if your default web browser is different from Edge, it will be listed as a “potential problem”.

It is not yet known if Microsoft plans to roll out PC Manager in other languages ​​and regions. It is compatible with Windows 10 (version 1809) and later versions.

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