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Keep your Windows PC happy with System Mechanic
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Keep your Windows PC happy with System Mechanic

Iolo System Mechanic has been around forever and I have used it to keep my PC in tune for as long as I can remember. The latest version 10.7 wraps up all those years of experience in a tidy package.

System Mechanic in this latest version contains 229 diagnostic tests that look into all the nooks and crannies of your PC to find and fix problems that tend to slow it down.

Root Cause of PC Slowdown
Symptoms
System Mechanic Solution
1. Program misalignment
  • Slow start-up
  • Sluggish program behavior
Program Accelerator™
2. Memory level decline
  • Universal system slowdown
  • Low memory warning signs
Memory Mechanic™
3. Windows startup bottlenecks
  • Windows takes too long to load
Startup Optimizer™
4. Redundant programs
  • Lock-ups
  • General system slowdown
CRUDD Remover™
5. Mismatched internet settings
  • Lost or broken connections
  • Slow internet browsing
NetBooster®
6. Registry errors
  • Unpredictable hesitations
  • Frequent freezes
Registry Tuner
7. Registry bloat
  • Universal system slowdown
Registry Compactor
8. Fragmented system files
  • Excessive hard drive churn
  • Programs freeze up
DriveAccelerator™
9. Accumulated clutter
  • Sluggish behavior
  • Premature drive failure
PC Cleanup

System Mechanic

With all this power at your fingertips you have choices..you can let System Mechanic run its battery of tests automatically and tell it to fix everything. But it doesn’t rip though hard drive like a mad dervish cleaning everything in sight. System Mechanic prompted me with a clear, concise heads-up as to what it was about to do and how that would impact my PC. As it was, I decided to keep a couple of files it recommended deleting. This is a great feature. Because System Mechanic is messing around with the very innards of your PC there is a SafetyNet..it encourages you to back up critical data so you can always undo what you did.
You can also choose to run individual tests and optimizations manually..for example I happen to install and uninstall a lot of programs which always seem to leave clutter behind in the registry..so I use that tool often to keep my registry in check.
Does it work? Absolutely however your mileage may differ depending on your PC and usage. I have a bleeding edge PC so performance improvements are hard to come by but I notice fewer crashes and smoother operation and slightly faster boot times. The SSD optimizer seems to work..it produced a 10% improvement in write performance on my SSD. Overall, I think it is a worthwhile investment especially on a middle to low end PC where performance gobbling problems are most noticeable.
Iolo System Mechanic sells for $49.95 and is currently marked down by $10 on Iolo’s web site..and that allows you to put it on every PC in your house..so a really good deal. And speaking of good deals, I noticed a promo site where Iolo is selling System Mechanic for $29.95..I don’t know how long that will last but System Mechanic is a steal at that price.
Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

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