Iolos System Mechanic Review

By on November 1, 2010
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Simple and effective PC maintenance.

Being a PC user I’m used to system slowdowns over time, I mean it’s just a natural fact of life. No matter how well kept my copy of Windows is, it usually bogs down with some error or the other and a random crash ensues. Antivirus, anti-malware, firewall, regular disk defragmenting and cleaning; no matter what I have or do, things will break at some point. Quite often it also has to do with broken or unused registry keys which are left behind as conflicting remnants of uninstalled software. As such, having a system tune-up program comes in quite handy. In fact, I wish Microsoft themselves had come up with something like this; alas dreams don’t always come true. A good alternative to wishful thinking is Iolos software’s System Mechanic.

As the name implies, System Mechanic is a Windows tuning program with a myriad of built-in functionalities that take care of the ins and outs of your Windows based PC to make it run as efficiently as possible. How it does this is by taking care of your registry issues, memory and hard drive defragmentation and cleanup, optimizing startup programs etc. One of the most impressive things about System Mechanic, at least from an end user point of view, is the simplicity of it all. You can let the “PC TotalCare” option run all the tests for you, which will then list everything that should be fixed. Here you can dig deep into every suggested “fix” and see if it’s really worth it. This is handy only if you have a good idea of how System Mechanic is fixing said issues; a rather oxymoronic situation since a regular user wouldn’t be tech savvy enough to know what they’re trying to fix, but to Iolo’s credit, they at least try to explain these issue as best they can.

The first time you run System Mechanic it’ll take about 3 to 4 minutes (depending on your hard drive) analyzing your PC as it comes up with a huge list of registry errors, unused cache and icons, etc. ultimately giving your PC a “Poor Status”. The whole cleanup process, including defragmentation, will take anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes. Fixing all of the issues will require a restart, after which your system should feel mildly smoother.  Keep in mind that I usually keep things quite clean on my PC (outside of unused registry keys) so your mileage may vary.

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