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System Mechanic 18Reviewed by Ray Sidhu on .
System Mechanic 18 a lightweight, efficient PC maintenance tool!
System Mechanic 18 is a great PC maintenance tool. It's easy to use, keeps your computer tuned up automatically, it's affordable and allows for installs on multiple computers.
Hello! Thanks for visiting, I'm Ray Sidhu. I've been a computer technician for over 10 years and I am the owner of Dialtone Computer Services, my own computer repair business in Sacramento, California.
"System Mechanic" by iolo Technologies really does a great job of tuning up PC's. It has made a big difference in my personal and clients computers speed and reliability.
iolo Technologies normally sells this product for $49.95 but if you purchase today you can get it for only $24.97.
Today, I'm going to show you how iolo Technologies "System Mechanic" software works to make and keep your PC fast.
"System Mechanic" is a great suite of software tools packaged together to help keep your PC running efficiently.
After launching "System Mechanic" we can see my computer has multiple problems, lets look at them quickly.
Currently my overall PC Health Status is rated as FAIR, so lets fix the problems "System Mechanic" has found and see what happens.
OK. That was fast, now lets see what my computer status is and what other problems
Ok well my PC health status is Good and I have the option to do a deep analysis if I want to. There are also 7 potential unwanted startup programs that "System Mechanic" did not fix automatically.
"System Mechanic" gives me the ability to disable any startup programs that I don't need or that could be potentially slowing down my computer. They also provide a percentage rating as to what other people did.
OK lets move on! Let us look at the Automated Task Screen.
"System Mechanic" enables most options by default, except for automatically repair hard drive errors and automatically defrag and compact registry.
Here is the list of things "System Mechanic" does automatically:
Underneath the Internet Security tab we have Anti-Mal-ware and Firewall, these basically show you what anti-malware and firewall software you have installed if any. "System Mechanic Professional" includes anti-malware if your PC doesn't already have it installed by the way.
NEW to "System Mechanic" that was not in version 12 is something called LiveBoost™
LiveBoost™ automatically adjust your computers processor speed and memory operations.
LiveBoost™ will also idle down your computers cpu speed, etc if you enable it, this is helpful to save battery life on laptops.
Moving on to the Toolbox. The "System Mechanic" toolbox contains all-in-one and individual tools.
Under the all-in-one tools we have PowerTools™, PC TotaCare© which includes:
Lets quickly see what each one does.
PC Accelerator defragments the registry, optimizes the system drive and recovers and defragments the computer RAM.
Clean PC Clutter basically just cleans out your temporary unused files that are not longer needed by the system.
PC Security backs up the windows registry and probably does some other stuff that I currently don't need on my computer.
Total Registry Revitalizer™ backs up the windows registry and repairs it and defragments and compacts it to make it load faster.
If you click Start PC TotalCare™ it will run all of these programs for you, so that is what I am going to do right now.
Ok, that took a long time (2 Hours), but it is finished now and I need to restart my computer.
After running "System Mechanic" PC TotalCare™ my computer seems to boot and run much faster. I have a 750 Gigabyte hard drive and it defragmented it and aligned the program files to start up faster.
The next suite of "System Mechanic" tools in the toolbox are the individual tools.
Some of these tools have been integrated into the LiveBoost™ program so they don't work here.
Under the Enhance Performance tab there is the CRUDD Remover™, which removes redundant software programs. CRUDD is an acronym for ("Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers").
I ran the CRUDD Remover™ and it found one redundant program which is CCleaner. CCleaner is a registry and junk file cleaner. All of the functions of CCleaner are included in "System Mechanic" so I guess I really don't need to have it installed.
The next tool here is the "System Mechanic" Startup Optimizer™ This tool will look at what programs you have starting up with Windows and it allows you to turn them off if you wish. There is also helpful information about what each startup program is and what other users of "System Mechanic" did, what percentage of them kept it on or turned it off.
The next tool is the Designated Drivers tool, all this tool does is look for updated hard drivers for you computer, I ran it and there are not any newer versions, your results maybe different.
The next tool is the "System Mechanic" Memory Mechanic® tool. It basically defragments and frees up extra system memory (RAM).
I ran the tool and freed up about 1% of system memory (RAM), your results may vary.
The next tool is the "System Mechanic" Program Accelerator™ tool. It basically defragments programs and their associated files so the hard drive can access them faster so they will load faster. I ran the tool and I don't need to use it because I already did this when I ran PC TotalCare™.
The next tool is the "System Mechanic" DriveAccelerator™ Tool. It basically defragment your entire hard drive, it will also allow you to specify a certain file to be defragmented automatically on boot. This is useful if you work with large files on a regular basis.
The last tool here is the Registry Compactor™ tool. It will analyze your Windows registry, check it for problems and make it smaller, which will increase your computers speed and reliability.
Under the Enhance Protection tab we have 3 tools.
The first tool is the "System Mechanic" Security Optimizer™. This tool will check your computer for known security issues and exploits. It has found several vulnerabilities on my computer. You then have the option to fix the problems.
The next 2 tools are the "System Mechanic" PC Cleanup and Junk File Finder™. They are fairly self explanatory.
Moving on to the "System Mechanic" Repair Problems Tools. The first tool listed is Registry Tuner which removes old, empty and obsolete entries in the Windows registry. Honestly a lot of these tools seem redundant to me although I guess they all seem to do a certain specific thing. Registry Tuner will allow you to choose which problems you want to fix. It found some problems in my computers Windows registry.
The next tool is the "System Mechanic" Drive Medic™, the tool basically scans your computers hard drives for errors and there are a few configurable options for the error scanning
The "System Mechanic" System Troubleshooter™ is just a page where you have a choice of running the "System Mechanic" PC Repair Wizard or going back to a previous Windows Restore Point or restoring the Windows system registry from a saved back up.
The next tool is "System Mechanic" Privacy Cleaner™ and Incinerator®. The Privacy Cleaner cleans up your browsing history and more. The Incinerator® securely deletes files so they can't be recovered using recovery methods. You can choose to have a Incinerator® Trash Bin on your desktop so you can put files in it.
Under Manage System Configuration are 5 tools. The Startup Manager™ allows you to view all the programs that are configured to startup with Windows. This "System Mechanic" tool allows you to enable or disable startup programs and it gives you detailed information about what the program is and where it is located on the hard drive.
The next tool is the "System Mechanic" Process Manager™. This intuitive tool allows you to see what processes are running on your system. It tells you what the program is, where it is located and allows you to do a Google search about it.
The Super Control Panel™ allows you to access a folder that has links to all of the control panel options plus some options that are hidden by Windows or that are not easily found.
The Advanced Uninstaller™ allows you to easily see what programs you can uninstall from your computer, it loads up quickly unlike the Windows Add/Remove Programs control panel.
The last area under "System Mechanic" Individual Tools is Perform Diagnostics. Here we have DriveSense™, Advanced System Info. and the System Change Tracker™
DriveSense™ allows you to view detailed information about the hard drives installed/attached to your computer. It will give you an idea of the overall "health" of the hard drive(s).
Advanced System Info. allows you to easily view detailed information about the hardware your computer has installed.
"System Mechanic" System Change Tracker™ allows you to take a Snapshot of the current state of your computer and compare to some future state. For example I ran the tool then made a new folder and file called test folder and test image, then ran the tool again to see if it would detected the new file and folder and it did.
The last area of "System Mechanic" is the Reports area. Here you will find IntelliStatus®, History, Reliability and Energy Efficiency.
IntelliStatus® gives you a quick review of your hard drive and memory and startup programs and running processes. It also allows you to check your internet speed.
The History area allows you to view all of the things it has actions it has done recently. It also includes a link to SafetyNet which allows you undo any recent changes made by "System Mechanic" in case you need to.
The Reliability area allows you to view the Windows system logs. It shows you any errors or warnings or information of concern. My computer has 2 error messages one of which was a unexpected shutdown.
The Energy Efficiency area allows you to view any issues with your computer that are causing it have problems with energy efficiency. This tool actually alerted me to a driver that was disabled on my computer and that I no longer needed. I didn't know the driver was even there. This tool is really good to use if you want to extend your laptops battery life.
The last area of "System Mechanic" is SafetyNet. It allows you to undo any changes recently made be "System Mechanic" in case there is a problem.
Well that is the end of my review and "System Mechanic" is a great PC maintenance program. It is very useful to diagnose issues and to keep your computer tuned up. If you like the program please click the link on the top of this page to purchase "System Mechanic 18".