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System Mechanic

CNET Editors' review

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. The app has additional tools for removing spyware and for defragmenting your hard drive, eliminating the need for multiple utility programs. There is an undo function that restores your system to its previous state, but its 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.

The bottom line, however, is that 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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  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 949 votes

    • 5 star: 403
    • 4 star: 139
    • 3 star: 67
    • 2 star: 63
    • 1 star: 276
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 67 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 19
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  • 5.0 stars

    "takes too many free products to equal what the small cost is of this one"

    June 3, 2006  |   By mthorse2002

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    puts a lot of usefull and intuitive features into the hands of everything from beginners on up. Easy to use. one of the very few products out there that I will spend money on to keep current on. If the 30 day free trial doesn't convince you of it's worth, you really aren't keeping your system as clean and functional as it can be. Version 6 rocks and not sure why it's not available from this site yet.

    Cons

    would like to see a faster load up for the programs is all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best!"

    May 23, 2006  |   By download-junkie

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    This has to be one, if not the most, best program out there. It has everthing (all-in-one) anti-virus/spy/adware, cluter remover, speeds up your pc, protects it, everything you need is in this program. If you want a better, faster and more safer computer, then I would highly recommend this!

    Cons

    Well, it aint free. But I guess a 30-day trial is better than nothing!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wow Great!"

    May 23, 2006  |   By matbowls300

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    Wow This is a must get program I must say! Althoguh Download.com Still hasent updated to 6.0 you must get this program! Yea, Sometimes its slow at scanning and stuff But it does a Great job

    Cons

    No cons.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "System Mechanic 6.0s - Great Program after some tweaks."

    May 21, 2006  |   By dmadman

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    This program is great for medium to advanced users. It runs flawlessly after you have eliminated many conflicting and duplicate programs you might have running. System Guard tells you when a module should be run. Keeps a nice tight and clean running computer without alot of fuss and a slew of programs. (except initial set-up). Co-exists with Norton System Works, Zone-Alarm Pro. And most Anti-virus and spyware programs I have used.

    Cons

    It took me some time to figure out that programs where competing for somewhat duplicate or similar tasks tasks. I had to Kill or uninstall some programs that preformed duplicate tasks. I found I had to create a black and white list of my programs so that the repairs/optimizations of System Mechanic would not be negatively impacted. Its not an install and go if you have programs installed since System Mechanic has so many modules in one package. Decisions on when to use quick or deep clean options. Deep cleaning in some modules use alot of system resources denying you use of the computer until the task is finished. I belive the Drive Medic program deletes System Restore points. Spyware module is good but after the fact. Stayed with Pest Patrol or Windows Defender-Beta that run in realtime. Iolo's Website has an On-line scanner. It finds non-existant problems and tells you to purchase System Mechanic, not knowing you already own it. When you go back and try to locate the problems the on-line scanner found, they don't exist. However I have found this 'marketing' technique on many other programs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent"

    May 17, 2006  |   By Professor_NEGATIVE

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    Version 6 is totally excellent.

    Cons

    No cons as yet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good for BELOW average Users -- Otherwise AVOID IT!"

    April 29, 2006  |   By Sparky_666

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    Great for BELOW-average NON-technical users who don't care about configuration options, performance or maintenance (like defragging for example). This is the program for you if all you want to do is install it and blindly follow what the "Guru's" suggest.

    Cons

    System Mechanic is NOT very in-depth with problem notifications. For example, if you have "unknown" registry entries you will be notified that certain registry values have been identified as "potentially harmfull" but will NOT be told what those values are. As far as EVER knowing specifically what a "potentially harmful registry entries" is you will need to know how to use something ELSE like "Regedit" (which is a Windows utility) to actually see those entries -- System Mechanic will NOT tell you!

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    And forget it if you have an ATI TV card with PVR software functions that are loaded at Windows startup (mine is a ATI "HDTV Wonder" card). System Mechanic will disable your PVR functionality nearly every time it runs! I can't say about Hauppague or any of the others but if PVR functions are enabled on systems with those cards & software then I suspect System Mechanic will also "disable" those software PVR abilities too!

    ------------(new paragraph)------------

    For average to experienced users, you will NOT be happy with this. It's not very flexible with configuration options. It's also NOT specific enough with notifications when problems are "detected." The overall work that it does is good but if you are going to install it on your system then you are placing your system blindly in their/it's control (rather pompus if you ask me). General advice: AVOID THIS UNLESS YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT PERFORMANCE, CONTROL OR SPECIFIC NOTIFICATIONS.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "They ought to sell used cars"

    April 28, 2006  |   By akatie

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    They wrote me everyday to highlight its features.....?

    Cons

    It told me my system had parasites and spyware. Upon running two very credible programs, I found none.

    Suddenly the program didn't show them either.

    I found it rendered my system very unstable, so I uninstalled it. After I uninstalled it, I could not find my A, D, E and F drives, amongst other things, that the earlier version of FREE Anvanced Windows Care was able to fix for me.

    I didn't appreciate the program telling me things were going on in my system, that I know are not, because I keep my system clean.

    I felt like I was dealing with snookermen.

    The program is bogus.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's real good with a ton of features"

    April 23, 2006  |   By merlot_1

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    Also comes with 30 day trial

    Cons

    Too slow for me...I like something faster

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best all-around maintainence program."

    April 20, 2006  |   By Vorris76

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    Gets rid of pretty much any junk file that may cause system problems.

    Pretty much User-Friendly.

    The file shredder is great!

    Cons

    You may need to use a seperate Registry cleaner, Adware, and Anti-Virus program to get rid of everything.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This should come installed in Windows by default!"

    April 19, 2006  |   By *LightWarrior*

    Version: System Mechanic 5.5a

    Pros

    This program makes everthing you need to maintain Windows at the best shape.

    Cons

    The only things i don't like is the fault of a resident memory manager and any flaws in the accurace of any tools.

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