System Mechanic Free

System Mechanic Free

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 950 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    2,823,889
  • Date Added:
    November 08, 2012
  • File Size:
    41.45MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,365
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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System Mechanic Free from Iolo Systems is a stripped-down version of much more comprehensive premium tool. However, it offers good basic cleaning and optimizing for Windows systems with seven primary tools: PC Cleanup, Registry Tuner, Startup Optimizer, Memory Mechanic, Drive Accelerator, Shortcut Repair, and Internet Connection Repair. It can back up and save Registry settings and Undo changes with its SafetyNet feature.

When you install System Mechanic, you have the option to install the full or free version; we chose the freeware. But we still had to provide our e-mail address to receive an activation key for the free version. The installation process also involved selecting our Internet connection and an optional PC health desktop gadget. System Mechanic's dashboard-style user interface is slick and up-to-date yet includes some features that require upgrading to the full version, which can be a bit confusing. As always with such tools, the place to start is with a system scan. System Mechanic found problems in three areas, with three additional recommendations. We opened the detailed information, which included some Registry junk, plus a Registry backup. The recommendations involved cleaning up the startup menu and two more options that required upgrading to the paid version. We could repair all problems or selected problems at once, or run each tool individually; we chose the latter option for our first run. The Startup Organizer tool stood out as offering more information than similar tools for helping users decide which programs don't need to run on startup. Once we'd updated the Tune-Up definitions, we ran the Deep Scan (skipping the hard drive error check) and also the clutter remover. The program's IntelliStatus Report feature showed our drives and RAM with optimization choices.

System Mechanic Free delivers on its promise of good, basic system maintenance. Whether you run the one-click feature or individual tools, it can safely clean, tune, and tweak your PC. The full version offers quite a lot more than the freeware, so if you like System Mechanic Free but need more tools, it's certainly worth checking out. But the free version will be a welcome addition to many systems.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 66 votes

    • 5 star 48
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    3.3

    out of 950 votes

    • 5 star 403
    • 4 star 140
    • 3 star 67
    • 2 star 63
    • 1 star 277
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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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    What's new in version 11.1.6
    Version 11.1.6 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
    General
    Publisher Iolo Technologies
    Publisher web site http://www.iolo.com
    Release Date December 11, 2012
    Date Added November 08, 2012
    Version 11.1.6
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 41.45MB
    File Name SystemMechanic_14.0.1.52.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 2,823,889
    Downloads Last Week 1,365
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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