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Many cleaner-type apps have been available for Windows over the years, but nowadays, Windows can take care of most cache cleanup and other functions without external software. However, that isn’t stopping Microsoft from working on a “PC Manager” app that fills the role.

A Windows app from Microsoft PC Manager is making the rounds online, following reports that it was published (but marked as hidden) on the Microsoft Store. However, the application has been available for months at pcmanager.microsoft.com, primarily for PC owners in China. The website isn’t even translated for any languages besides Chinese.

PC Manager is advertised as a one-click app for speeding up your PC, which includes deleting cache system files and quitting background processes. It also detects problems with the system, including viruses, malware, and other security risks. However, the app appears to just be a different interface for built-in Windows functions. It uses Windows Defender to scan for security issues, and the Windows Disk Cleanup utility can already erase cached files. Moving everything to one click might be more familiar to people used to CCleaner, Malwarebytes, and other similar utilities, though.

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There are a few unhelpful “features” in PC Manager, though. Quitting the app throws up a warning that your PC won’t be protected when it’s not running, which isn’t true, unless you also turned off Defender background scanning. In classic Microsoft fashion, if you have a different default web browser than Edge, it will be listed as a “potential issue.” Those buy-now-pay-later loans won’t apply for themselves, you know.

It’s not clear yet if Microsoft plans to roll out PC Manager in more languages and regions. It’s compatible with Windows 10 (version 1809) and later.

Source: Windows CentralAggiornamenti Lumia (Twitter)

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