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System Mechanic

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 959 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    2,991,571
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 20, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual 18.2MB download.

Editors' Review

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As with any machine, your PC needs regular tune-ups to maintain peak performance. This virtual toolbox can enhance the speed, safety, and power of your computer with a wide range of functions and an extensive help system.

System Mechanic performs cleanup, optimization, and privacy protection with equal agility. As with similar tune-up utilities, it enables you to clean up your registry, remove junk files, and customize hidden settings to improve performance. Novice users can get all of that done at once or automatically taken care of via the software's ActiveCare feature. The app has additional tools for removing spyware and for defragmenting your hard drive, eliminating the need for multiple utility programs. For example, the Configure Windows Startup tool shows the list of applications and services that automatically start with the computer and allows for disabling or removing them individually. This is a handy tool that replaces the "Software Explorer" part that Microsoft has taken out of the Windows Defender in Windows 7. The program is 32-bit, but it will work with Windows 7 64-bit.

There is an undo function that restores your system to its previous state, but it's hidden in the SafetyNet tab and doesn't allow you to bring back one item at a time. The program also lacks a system profiler, and has problems recognizing some antivirus programs such as AVG and ZoneAlarm. Also, when you do a "Deep System analysis," which can take a while, the process can't be canceled. These problems aside, System Mechanic is one of the most complete, effective, and easy-to-use tune-up utilities we've seen to date.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 14
  • All Versions

    3.3

    out of 959 votes

    • 5 star 406
    • 4 star 141
    • 3 star 68
    • 2 star 64
    • 1 star 280
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5 stars

"system mechanic rocks!!"

May 26, 2011  |  By jtgunner

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

everything to me about this program is a pro. all the tools they give you work better than any other program ive used. and im a gamer so i like to pull out the most memory and cpu power i can,well system mechanic has energy bosster and its awsome

Cons

none this programs the best

Summary

system mechanic is a great program to bring back older pc`s to like new and kepp new ,new. so if youve tried other programs that havent worked i know system mechanic will,give it a go.thx iolo.

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1 stars

"If you have problems, forget about any support."

May 23, 2011  |  By nickslav

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

Works about as well as many free alternatives providing you stay away from any deep Registry cleaning, which can be risky.

Cons

If you require support its outrageously non existent for a paid up product.

Summary

Check out excellent free alternatives such as CC Cleaner et al.

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2 stars

"System Mechanic Pro 10 refuses to load and run"

May 20, 2011  |  By claudius2u

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

I've faithfully used SystemMechanic Pro since 2003. Great suite of windoz' missing tools.

Cons

First, iolo dumped their great fire wall.

Now that I finally upgraded from my old windoz 2000 to windoz 7, on a killer ROG board, SM Pro 10 simply refuses to load and run at all!

I'm leaning toward WinUtilities Professional.

Summary

iolo is now receiving tons of comments from users who are being ignored by iolo service people for problems with SM Pro 10. Without a firewall now and with poor support, there is little reason to stick with iolo products.

Updated on Aug 9, 2011

On my XPsp3 box, SMPro10 works fine. On my new 64bit ASUS Crosshair IV Formula box, it's a complete waste, as it cannot cope with an uninstalled Adaware and it will not remove all of its many files and registry notations for a fresh re-install.

Iolo has no qualified tech assistance to guide through a install with Adaware either removed, or as an uninstall option while installing SMPro10.

I've spent days trying everything but a complete Windoz7 clean install to9 get SMPro10 up.

I'm soory to lose this great old standby for the last 6 years.

Updated on Aug 9, 2011

On my XPsp3 box, SMPro10 works fine. On my new 64bit ASUS Crosshair IV Formula box, it's a complete waste, as it cannot cope with an uninstalled Adaware and it will not remove all of its many files and registry notations for a fresh re-install.

Iolo has no qualified tech assistance to guide through a install with Adaware either removed, or as an uninstall option while installing SMPro10.

I've spent days trying everything but a complete Windoz7 clean install to9 get SMPro10 up.

I'm soory to lose this great old standby for the last 6 years.

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4 stars

"GREAT PRODUCT"

May 12, 2011  |  By libro246

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

No problems restarting computer runs smooth no lockups cleans it out nice

Cons

NONE WHAT SO EVER

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1 stars

"keep a system disc handy"

April 29, 2011  |  By JohnWiddifield

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

Interface etc user friendly, basic functions ok.

Cons

Don't use advanced options, blew up mbr.

Summary

I had a Vista Ultimate disc handy and had to use it. Corrupted mbr when it did the in depth hard drive cleaning. Partition table also fubared, couldn't use recovery partition. Do a Sir Robin and bravely run away.

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5 stars

"GREAT product"

April 19, 2011  |  By lfirecracker

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

Optimizes my PC for greatest performance

Cons

I've experienced no real problems by maximizing my performance 4 or 5 times per week.

Summary

I've used System Mechanics for 5 years with no problems. I run the process continually & perform maintenance 4 or 5 times per week to remove clutter & clean registry.

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4 stars

"Great range of useful tools at a reasonable price"

April 19, 2011  |  By Fish123

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

All-in-One functions or Individual functions that are very intuitive to use
Regular updates
Great Human-Computer Interface
Recent unlimited licence use (up from 3 computers)

Cons

Perhaps could be made even better with the addition of more network status and diagnosis capabilities beyond what is currently included.

Summary

Well worth the reasobnable cost. It has found areas to "fix" that other utility programs have missed. I use SM every week if not more often to keep my laptop and desktop running as smoothly as possible.

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1 stars

"Harmful for Windows 7 at least."

April 14, 2011  |  By tlmillard000

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

Pretty interface

Cons

too many to list--see summary

Summary

Got this as a 'special' download through AOL. I ran it once (1 month free trial) and had problems immediately with my computer. My laptop would not go into hibernation and sucked my battery dead. It screwed up my Bluetooth adapter. The start up and shutdown became MUCH slower. Web pages would 'hang' for several seconds before fully loading. My browser (Firefox) crashed repeatedly. Many programs would not run. This program has an outwardly-appearing, simple interface (cute little green-yellow-red indicators), but goes dangerously deep into the registry of the operating system, tossing out files from useful and wanted programs. I spent several hours replacing missing and corrupted files--presumably damaged with the 'cleaning' my system was given by this program. Even System Restore would not bring back files that were lost from System Mechanic's 'cleaning'. I've found that Auslogics Boostspeed is a much better program for cleaning REAL errors and unnecessary items from my computer without damaging essential programs or integrating itself into the registry, it's just not as 'pretty'. I'll do without 'pretty'.

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1 stars

"Does Nothing"

April 13, 2011  |  By KEWROCK

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

None that I saw.

Cons

Didn't do anything.
Crappy, useless AOL support in India.
Couldn't Cancel after free trial

Summary

It's a junk program. Better off with CC Cleaner, and it's free.
I thought I'd give it a try. My PC is very old, and I thought it would tweek it a bit. It went through it's motions, suggested some changes that I agreed to. But didn't Improve my performmance. Which is fine, maybe my computer was already in top form.

The big problem I had was trying to cancel, and getting AOL to stop billing my credit card. I had this same problem a couple years ago when AOL went free. They billed me 2 more cycles of 19.95 before changing my account then. So this time I paid with a cash card. Sure enough, They billed me two cycles. On the third the card was depleted. I'm still getting negetive billing notices on an empty cash card, after canceling online and twice by phone. I don't even want the $8 refund for two months sevice. I just want the harrassing emails to stop. AOL shoudn't push their luck, they're already an obsolete browser. I only use it to check my mail. The first time I canceled was on the day of the first bill after the free trial.

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2 stars

"It's good and fast"

April 12, 2011  |  By AlexRobertsonM

 |  Version: System Mechanic 10.1.1

Pros

feature rich

Cons

some features give blue screen of death

Summary

I had been using this software for 1 year in the past but no more as the product relived itself already, nothing new, I hope something will be changed soon to get me back in the row.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.1.1
Version 10.1.1 adds 100% automatic PC tuneup and newly expanded Tune-up Definitions with weekly updates from iolo Labs.
General
Publisher Iolo Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.iolo.com
Release Date December 03, 2010
Date Added December 20, 2010
Version 10.1.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 46.5MB
File Name SystemMechanic_14.5.1.37.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,991,571
Downloads Last Week 4,730
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.95

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