System Mechanic Free

System Mechanic Free

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 950 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.0.1.52
  • Total Downloads:
    2,827,030
  • Date Added:
    September 11, 2014
  • File Size:
    41.45MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,200
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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0 stars

"Can i give negative stars? HORRIBLE STAY AWAY"

July 08, 2014  |  By innerweb

 |  Version: System Mechanic Free 12.7.0.43

Pros

gives you something to do for the next week trying to restore your computer after this "software" destroys your registry and renders your backups unusable.

Cons

well this is about as bad as software can get. not only does it not do what it promises but it in fact destroys your system. by rendering your registry not just empty but unreadable, it does a better job than any malware or virus out there of destroying the very thing you're trying to save by downloading it. irresponsible programmers like this should be jailed.

Summary

worse than bad. i would love to meet up (in a dark alley) with the ***holes who wrote this program and the jerks who put fake positive reviews here. come on CNET get your act together. people trust you to weed out the bad software. you really dropped the ball on this one.

Updated on Jul 8, 2014

anyone know of a good program to pull data off of a dead machine? tried ultimate boot disk and it is sort of working but slow and tedious.

did i mention this software is bad?

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4 stars

"Not to shabby"

June 21, 2014  |  By Ed Sterling

 |  Version: System Mechanic Free 12.7.0.43

Pros

I have been running System Mechanic paid version for number of years with no complaints. It brought and old XP system back to life, I also run it on a Vista system and Windows 7. I like it better then CC Cleaner with its has a vast assortment of features.

Cons

The load up to run is a bit slow.

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1 stars

"DON'T LET THE REVIEWS BY IOLO EMPLOYEES FOOL YOU"

June 04, 2014  |  By TECHCRZY

 |  Version: System Mechanic Free 12.7.0.43

Pros

The disk makes a good Frisbee

Cons

Free to reel you in. Barely any features compared to any free utility. Paid version is expensive $29.99 a year. This program will mess up your pc! Don't let it touch your registry unless you have a recovery disk. No support what so ever.

Summary

CRAP-WARE TRUST ME.

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5 stars

"Review for System Mechanic Professional"

March 05, 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 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 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 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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5 stars

"system mechanics pro"

December 18, 2013  |  By lvnvvic348

 |  Version: System Mechanic Free 12.0.0.63

Pros

easy to use

Cons

none that come to mind

Summary

I started using SM Pro 4 and have kept using it ever since. SM Pro 12 has saved my PC from spyware and viruses and helped me recover important files that I thought were gone forever. I cant stress how helpful SM Pro has been for me! I use it on all my PC's. Victor E. Las Vegas, NV

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5 stars

"Great All in One program"

December 16, 2013  |  By CPC455

 |  Version: System Mechanic Free 12.0.0.63

Pros

I only had great service from this software for over 10+ years.I started with Sys.Mech.Pro 4 now 12.5

Cons

I don't have any cons

Summary

Easy to use and will run when computer is at idle.(nice feature)

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5 stars

"great program"

December 15, 2013  |  By jeremybegin

 |  Version: System Mechanic Free 12.0.0.63

Pros

Love the system mechanic program. Even when I upgraded to a new computer, I immediately installed it on my new system, which has run fast and flawlessly since. Keep up the good work, looking forward to new features all the time

Cons

not really

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.0.1.52

PowerSense dynamically senses what PC users are doing and automatically switches PC power settings and processor modes in real-time to have PCs perform precisely to users' needs based on their activity. PowerSense utilizes two different modes to achieve ultimate power optimization:

  • Ultra Performance Mode - Unleashes raw, fast, uncompromised power for intense and exhaustive PC activities: gaming, creating music, video editing, programming and other processor intensive activities. Ultra Performance Mode achieves this by focusing all processor cores on the session at full power and turns off all non-essential background programs.
  • Endurance Mode - Reduces battery consumption when the top priority is a long-lasting mobile session, especially for non-processor-intensive activities such as writing, reading or casual web browsing. Endurance Mode achieves this by idling down non-critical processor cores and reduces processor power consumption.
General
Publisher Iolo Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.iolo.com
Release Date August 13, 2014
Date Added September 11, 2014
Version 14.0.1.52
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 41.45MB
File Name SystemMechanic_14.0.1.52.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,827,030
Downloads Last Week 1,200
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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