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System Mechanic Free

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System Mechanic Free does an excellent job of optimizing your computer's performance and protecting you from viruses. Though it's not easy to set up by any means, the number of features tucked away inside of this program is too good to pass up. It doesn't hurt that the program sports a nifty, easy-to-use layout, either.

This program handles just about any task you'd need to perform to boost your computer's performance. In addition to the typical virus and malware protection, it offers performance scans, memory and Registry clean-ups, and other boosts that will keep your computer fast and error free. Before you can get started, the program offers a "quick" scan that took more than 20 minutes during our testing, which was a little annoying. Once we got past that, we were able to set up routine cleaning tasks -- so the program wasn't so much of a time suck -- and a slew of bonus features that offered performance boosts and other goodies. All of the app's goodies are easy to find, thanks to a menu that seamlessly blends style and usability. This program's default installation makes you download a widget and sign up for e-mails about the program, so make sure you opt out of that if you don't want them.

While it may not outperform anti-virus software at killing viruses or utility software at cleaning up your PC, it does both just well enough to make the grade. Since it rolls both of those features up in an impressively polished, easy-to-use package, it's definitely worth the download. System Mechanic Free will impress rookie users and hardcore computer geeks, equally.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Review for System Mechanic Professional"

    March 5, 2014  |   By cmwaters

    Version: System Mechanic Free 12.5.0.79

    Pros

    Fast, Easy, Reliable, and Downright Satisfying!

    The "analyze" feature shows you what issues your computer has at a quick glance.

    Cons

    When you install it to another computer, you have to use the SAME email that the copy is registered to. This can get rather annoying, as I have quite a few email accounts to track on a daily basis (work, school, home, work-at-home, website, etc.)

    Stopped supporting Windows XP (bummer)

    Doesn't support Linux

    Offers "Premium Services" for a fee.

    Summary

    First of all, I just want to clarify that I'm graduating with my B.S. Network & Communications Management in the next few months, so I have quite a bit of experience with computers in general.

    All-In-All, this is an excellent utility program. I have been using it for the past 7 years. I opted for System Mechanic Professional, because I read a review in some computer geek (that's me!) magazine when I was still in high school and I happened to find a copy at WalMart on clearance soon after. I find it much better than the alternative (AVG Free just isn't enough and McAfee is ANNOYING... as is the Symantec NORTON option!)

    The Professional version allows you to install on an unlimited amount of computers (at least, that's what mine says). The only issue I've had is reminding my family, when they install it on their new computers, to USE THE SAME EMAIL I USED in order to activate it for use. LOL

    As opposed to the alternative of going into each individual utility through Windows and setting a schedule of when to run (or even running it manually each week or two, eeekk), this is the option to go for. Not only can you set up your schedules of when to run different utilities, they can automatically run everything at the same time, all through one program, with just the click of a button.

    The feature to "analyze" your drive, lets you know just what is going on and how many "problems" you may or may not have. Naturally, anything man-made is going to have flaws, even computers! System Mechanic Professional finds registry errors, defragments drives, and even acts as a firewall to prevent crashes and unauthorized access to your computer(s).

    iolo Technologies also offers "Premium Services" for a fee of $200 (for one PC), up to $300 for three PCs, which includes in-depth troubleshooting and advanced technical support.

    Not only are you getting the quality of the program, you get the customer support behind iolo Technologies. If I ever have an issue or question, I simply give their amazing customer support team a call and the rest is history. The greatest thing of all... If for any reason you aren't satisfied, System Mechanic is simple to uninstall (unlike McAfee and Symantec Norton).

    My subscription time runs past 2018. :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Excellent software that has turned into junk software!"

    February 27, 2014  |   By mecpooler

    Version: System Mechanic Free 12.5.0.79

    Pros

    None with current version.

    Cons

    Support absolutely stinks. This version will screw up your registry beyond repair. Finds too many false disk errors. Anti-virus & spyware program not that good. Disk defragmenter takes excessive time to run.

    Summary

    Have used System Mechanic since Version 6. I removed this garbage from both my Windows 8.1 computers soon after this version was released. Still trying to repair damage done to registries of both computers. Will not try again until Version 13 is released.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't waste your disk space"

    February 11, 2014  |   By ninja660

    Version: System Mechanic Free 12.5.0.79

    Pros

    Nice bells and whistles - that's about it.

    Cons

    Poor tech support, cannot answer any technical questions in depth about their products - kept asking for reactivation (turn on the service when you think it was running!) Their only solution was to remove/reinstall the software. FAIL. Don't waste your disk space on this product.

    Summary

    iolo products will never ever again touch my disk space as a utility solution. Microsoft Security Essentials works as a better solution.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Excellent features; don't let it touch your registry!"

    January 26, 2014  |   By wburychka

    Version: System Mechanic Free 12.5.0.79

    Pros

    Disk optimizations (paid version) are the best there are. Startup editing is good also.

    Cons

    Finds imaginary disk errors. It will mess up your Windows 8 registry beyond repair.

    Summary

    Great disk optimizer. Bad for registry.

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