Iolos System Mechanic Review

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

Once the initial cleanup is done and your PC is in good shape, you can get into one of the many optimization tools which will further speed things up.  While the “Drive Optimizer” tool literally re-writes data on your hard drive for faster windows boot up and quicker startup times on your regularly used programs, the “Net Optimizer” is a hit and miss affair. For me the optimizer actually broke my net connection, whereby I was unable to go online with my office LAN connection. Thankfully there’s a “Revert to old settings” option which restored everything (to a “suboptimal” position) and my net was up and running again.

While System Mechanic fixes a lot of issues, often it will require a full system restart in order for the changes to take effect. This happens a lot during the first few days as System Mechanic is trying to get a hang of all the inefficiencies and errors in your system and tries to fix them immediately, which means a lot of restarts. If you don’t have an SSD or VelociRaptor class hard drive for booting your Windows, this will be a major annoyance. That said, the restart requirements subside over time (within a week at most).

The final thing about System Mechanic is it’s automated “ActiveCare” automated system utility where you can select various options for the program to fix itself in the background. So instead of waiting for your response on whether to repair hard drive errors or fix security vulnerabilities, System Mechanic will take care of these in the background by itself, once you set it for Auto-manage in the “ActiveCare” tab.

All in all System Mechanic makes a tangible difference to your PC’s performance, and at least for the 2 weeks I’ve been using it, has kept the system running smooth without a single issue. While constant restarts were irritating at first, they became too rare to bother me anymore; however the faulty net optimization for my machine still remains. Otherwise the simple user interface kept me happy for the most part, especially the different branches of issues that could be fixed in depth. At AED 220 (USD 39.95) for 3 PCs, System Mechanic is well worth the money if you want to have trouble-free and simple maintenance for your home and office PCs.

[Rating: 4/5]

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