System Mechanic

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The ultimate PC performance package: System Shield (malware detection), privacy protection, File Recovery, ActiveCare (cleaning of clutter), LiveBoost (adjust Windows settings for stability and performance), PC Cleanup - 50 types of junk files, Registry Tuner, Program Accelerator, Startup Optimizer, NetBooster (speed up Internet and downloads), Memory Mechanic, Security Optimizer, and more.

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System Mechanic SUMMARY

Key features
  • Restore deleted files
  • Task manager
  • System tweaker
System Mechanic Pros
  • Wide array of PC optimization tools
  • Unlimited installs
  • one-click cleanup
  • Various scanning options
System Mechanic Cons
  • Uninformative reports
  • Many features only available in Pro
  • Customer support lacks contact options

System Mechanic PRICING

  • Basic
    25

    Year

    • Optimizer
    • Cleanup
    Get It Now
  • Pro
    35

    License

    • Program Accelerator
    • Secure Optimizer
    • System Shield
    Get It Now
iolo System Mechanic review by ThinkMobiles
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When it seems that your PC runs slowly or key/mouse response is delayed, it is often a software-related issue that can be easily solved. One way is to use Windows system maintenance tools if you have time and skills, the alternative is various optimization tools. Those do the job getting rid of obsolete apps, bad registry entries, system errors etc. System Mechanic is a set of PC system utilities, also known as PC optimization software, that helps manage and maintain devices in good shape.

Specifications:

Vendor

iolo Technologies, LLC (visit website)

Newest version (for Windows)

Iolo System Mechanic Pro v.20.0.0.4 out February 2020

Operating systems

Windows 7/8/8.1/10

Installer file size

30.49 MB

Menu languages

10

Optimization modes

1-click, manual, scheduled

Extra features

Deep scan, Active Care, Programs Accelerator

License

Free / Pro / Home

Pricing

$33.97 Pro (1 Year, 1 PC)

Both versions, free and Pro, are available in 10 languages (including French, Dutch, German) for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The suite was released by ioLo Technologies, a US-based company with 20 years market presence. There are three editions of System Mechanic:

  1. Whole Home License: for use on all home PCs, it costs $24.96 annually.
  2. System Mechanic Pro: the so called ultimate package for $34.97, as of February 2020.
  3. System Mechanic Business: it costs $47.40 annually and is optimized for small teams/networks.

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You can try all three editions for free - full-functionality trial lasts 60 days for Pro and 30 days for Business. Despite some confusion about free trial for standard edition, you will find Pro trial in the Downloads section. So before we move on to review, a brief summary of what System Mechanic is about.

Version

Platforms

Installer

Pricing

Standard

Win 7, 8, 8.1, 10

30.5 Mb

$25/year

Pro

Win 7, 8, 8.1, 10

57 Mb

$35/year

For review we took the Pro version, downloaded from the official website, so this could be perceived as iolo System Mechanic Pro review. This is the most complete and effective package. It repairs issues, boosts PC speed, as well as cleans, protects and secures to speak generally. Additionally, it blocks malware and bloatware, it could recover lost data.

We should mention right away that System Mechanic might not be good friends with antivirus or antimalware program. But this problem appears only if you use built-in antivirus and firewall. Then, the process is typical: enter email address and get an activation key... no additional software, no other difficulties.

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When you run the optimizer for the first time, you are prompted to analyze the system. On the left, there is a menu with the following entries: Dashboard, Toolbox, ActiveCare, LiveBoost, Security. Dashboard tab contains Overview and Issues sections, and Overview is where you choose system analysis type - deep or quick. Service Status indicates trial time left in a free version, or available upgrades to install in Pro.

Issues tab is pretty self-explanatory. Toolbox contains 6 more sub-tabs: All-in-one (multiple functions arranged via wizards), Clean, Speed up, Protect, Recover, Manage. Each of them contains a set of proper tools for corresponding purpose. Active Care serves to configure automatic optimization, repair and maintenance of PC. RAMJet maximizes available memory, modes in PowerSence help to boost performance depending on what apps are running, and so on.

Security tab allows to adjust anti-malware features, enable/disable System Mechanic monitoring, as well as setting up firewall. Real-time boost tab contains info on issues, energy efficiency, system reliability and PC status.

Overall, interface is convenient, features are laid out logically and easy to find. We did not encounter any advertisements, pop-ups etc., unlike in many other products. In the new version of System Mechanic tool tips were redesigned. Instead of pop-ups to click, now feature descriptions are directly visible in the interface.

Tip. Use the “Switch color theme” button on the top panel to change the color scheme to white or black.

Now let’s discuss the central point of System Mechanic: functionality, what is there to optimize PC work and how it actually works. There are several areas. Active system tune-up includes optimization, repair and security tools.

These are actions to optimize PC startup, registry, configure Internet connection, system drive, detect and fix errors/broken shortcuts, etc. Security actions include detecting vulnerabilities, backing up registry every 14 days, disabling Windows 10 telemetry, wiping all data from a drive and permanently remove files.

Next up, is active system monitoring section. Basically, it constantly monitors CPU use, speed, responsiveness, Internet speed, startup and running programs.

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To improve performance, System Mechanic offers tools like Liveboost (hard drives, CPU, RAM), On-demand Boost (background services), Program Accelerator (re-aligns programs on hard drive), Super Control Panel (also known as "Control Panel in God mode"), Memory Mechanic (optimizes RAM).

System state active monitoring

Free

Pro

CPU usage

No

Yes

Processor speed

No

Yes

Processor responsiveness

No

Yes

RAM usage

Yes

Yes

Drive fragmentation prevention

No

Yes

Startup programs

Yes

Yes

Running programs

Yes

Yes

Cleaning options, a.k.a. Clutter Cleaning in System Mechanic, include taking care of junk files, securely erasing private sensitive data, repairing registry errors, removing software redundancies, finding duplicate files, etc.

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Tip. SafetyNet is the service able to roll back any changes made by System Mechanic. To open the list of completed actions, click the arrow icon on the top panel.

Speed up tools are the above-mentioned NetBooster, SSD Accelerator, Startup Optimizer, Startup Manager, Registry Compactor… but also Process Manager to organize running processes, and Memory Mechanic - to utilize free memory in the most efficient way possible.

Speed up tools

Free

Pro

NetBooster

No

Yes

Program Accelerator

Yes

Yes

SSD Accelerator

No

Yes

Memory Mechanic

No

Yes

Startup Optimizer

No

Yes

Startup Manager

No

Yes

Registry Compactor

No

Yes

Process Manager

No

Yes

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Recover and manage set of tools are various actions to fix security vulnerabilities, track system changes, recover data from a drive/disk, find and install drivers, monitor hard drive status, and more.

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Exclusive features. As we said, in addition to basic optimization and PC health tools, there’s malware blocking (only in Pro) and bloatware removal - to detect startup programs that launch without permission. But System Mechanic claims to offer several more patented technologies, such as:

  1. ActiveCare - that finds and fixes problems on PC when it is not in active use;
  2. Program Accelerator - a calibration technology to ensure the fastest possible access to files;
  3. Startup Optimizer - that uses research-based classifications to identify issues;
  4. LiveBoost - to find patterns and prioritize programs to clean RAM, and so on.
  5. ByePass - secure password storage for Chrome and Firefox
  6. Privacy Guardian - removes web surfing traces in browsers.
  7. Drive Scrubber - wipes deleted data on disks. Allows up to 99 rewrite cycles.

Deep scan detected about 5 GB of junk files related to the Windows and 465 MB of Internet activity traces. It also corrected privacy vulnerabilities and accelerated Internet connection speed by about 15%. The new System Mechanic has become much more convenient to use in comparison to its previous versions. The main parameters are available in the main window and on the top panel, which speeds up access to the main functions.

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Also the time needed to scan was reduced. Deep scan on our test PC was completed in about 5 minutes, and a quick scan in 2 minutes. After it was finished, we also ran Disk Analyzer and it pointed out another 193 Mb of junk files. The integrated antimalware solution has a high degree of detection and quickly blocks detected threats. In our test, 16 out of 18 test files were blocked, including PUA and compressed files.

In total, System Mechanic helped to free up almost 5.5 GB on the hard drive and about 1% of RAM. We didn't notice a considerable improvement in PC performance or speed of tasks, but it's individual for every system. Design, interface and UX are convenient and offer a great single tool to monitor and manage everything on a PC. Unstable performance was the main disadvantage of previous versions of System Mechanic.

The program often crashed, and some functions didn't work correctly. New engine solved these problems, in any case, for several days of tests, we haven't notice any errors. Current bottom line: System Mechanic is perfect for removing junk files and freeing disk space. Also it has effective anti-malware module however it isn’t ideal in boosting PC speed or performance though.

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System Mechanic  USER REVIEWS (17)

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  • Randall Logudice Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    2.75
    • Quality
      3
    • Functionality
      3
    • Ease of use
      2
    • Ability
      3
    It doesn`t work as described
    It say`s it fixed 4000 issues and the computer is just as slow, it has a problem updating. I`m still working with it trying to resolve that problem, I just installed it a few days ago and have not noticed a big difference.
    • Pros
      • none
    • Cons
      • Doesn`t makes much difference to system`s performance
  • SysDoc Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    4.5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      4
    Great system tool that works
    Most poor reviews are from user error. You can mess up your pc if you don`t know what you are doing be careful. If you don`t know something, read the Help section or ask a professional for advice. Anyways, this product is excellent. I have it on my laptop and desktop. I run it along with the antivirus. I got adobe adware on my computer and was able to remove it by going back to my backup point and removing it. Besides, Keeps my laptop running up to speed and pretty much like brand new. Keeps all the system clutter away. The only sad thing is somehow my Itunes music got messed up, but I think that is something else because I checked the delete history tool this program has, and there is no music deleted. Other than the majors has so many different tools to use. I have used for several years and will continue. I have my money worth out of this product for sure.
    • Pros
      • Boost pc speed
    • Cons
      • User needs to be tech savvy to use
  • KD Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5
    Great product for overall system needs except for Antivirus protection
    I bought this product last year, albeit reluctantly. I had an Ailing Windows 7 box that had plenty of hardware power, but no more enthusiasm. That version of the product brought the system back to life, and it`s still running today. I bought this version of the product recently to help out an i7 core ultrabook with an SSD drive that all of a sudden became an absolute slug. I thought I had a hardware issue the system was so slow. I installed the latest version of System Mechanic Pro on it and ran the software. I was happy to discover that it was just system clutter in the way of temp files, registry issues, and "clogged" memory. I run the utilities every 1 to 2 weeks, and it does increase the overall system performance. I also really like the unlimited license! We have four Pc`s in the house, and it`s nice not to have to buy extra licenses. One thing that I do recommend NOT doing is don`t install or use the Antivirus or Antispyware product in this package. This product is a great utility but look at Kaspersky, Eset, or Norton for your Internet Security. I personally like Eset but have had good experiences with Kaspersky and Norton.
    • Pros
      • unlimited license
    • Cons
      • Not very good as an antivirus
  • We will Overcome Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    1.5
    • Quality
      1
    • Functionality
      1
    • Ease of use
      1
    • Ability
      3
    Misleading advertisement and this product is a rip-off
    I ordered this product and once installed, it required a license key that should have come with the product, and it did not. I then had to download a license key that statement it was suitable for only 30 days. The advertisement if this product does not state that..my review for this product is a about a 1 for it stinks! I will never recommend this product to anyone..in fact, I would like a refund!!
    • Pros
      • no pros in my opinion
    • Cons
      • doesn`t come with a license key
  • Vladyslav Tsimbota Published at Nov 4, 09:02
    Published at Nov 4, 09:02
    2
    • Time used Free trial
    • Quality
      2
    • Functionality
      1
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      1
    Looking for a useless program then System Mechanic this is your choice

    System Mechanic installed quickly enough, but during the installation some subordinate windows popped and the whole installation was redirect to another one.

       Immediately after installation, the program started the scan without my knowledge (a slight disadvantage). What was unexpected, the program quickly gave the results of the scan (1st screenshot), but hovered at a hundred percent bar stuck in a period of 20 sec (2d screenshot) (also a disadvantage). The scan results surprised me. There were nothing, but windows junk files. Even there were only 58 of them, unlike the alternatives (when they had 300 + -).

    Functional. Nothing to say about functionality. It is complete zero. Even with the main purpose of the cleaners (to clean the PC from junk) it is not able to cope.

    The main advantage of System Mechanic is the interface, it is quite modern and simple. That is the end of advantages.

    In conclusion, I say that I strongly do not recommend this cleaner.

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    • Pros
      • Interface, modern installation, easy to uninstall
    • Cons
      • Zero functionality, no normal settings, no customisation , paid version - is a waste of money