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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. 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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All User Reviews
  • 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:

    3.1 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not buy!!"

    February 19, 2011  |   By stanorlaski

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    Has some good features, works silently

    Cons

    Destroys Homegroup and streaming in Windows 7!!

    Summary

    Not worth messing with it, there are other solutions that won't trash your registry

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  • 4.0 stars

    "undoubtedly a legendary products for all I need ."

    April 10, 2010  |   By MIChanchal

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    the capacity do all and most effective product ever I use to get any things I want with my PC ,

    Cons

    this product is effective but not user friendly , and the most disliking things are its licensing procedure , for some country like in southern Asia it is nearly impossible to get online registration and purchasing and the product value is also high.

    Summary

    I like the products cause it consist all things that a frequent PC user ( learner or advanced ) user need . no doubt this is a legendary product but the disliking things is ;it is so complicated to use and licensing system is nagging . it should be free for the regular user specially for the user in third world country.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not sure what to make of it..."

    March 28, 2010  |   By davidqtn

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    It seems able to do a lot - but after everything, I don't see any performance improvements.

    Cons

    Would like to see more options for the widget on the desktop.

    Summary

    It seems able to do a lot - but after everything, I don't see any performance improvements. I guess I'm going to have to wait til I have a real problem to see how it works.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "False flag messages, poor support, just troubles"

    March 25, 2010  |   By tonguessy

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    nothing that i can remember

    Cons

    My previous version said my antivirus was inactive, so i decided to buy the pro version. I suspect they send false flag messages to "convince" people to buy their products.
    No decent support available, just computer-generated messages.

    Summary

    DO NOT buy this junk! I've uninstalled it and reinstalled my old (FREE) antivirus

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best app, with the best support EVER!"

    March 23, 2010  |   By LicioFabio

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    Clean and straightforward interface, effective tools that can be used in convenient all-in-one sets or individually, and THE best support EVER: highly trained staff, prompt and detailed responses, they show that they do care for the individual user.

    Cons

    Really: NOT ONE!

    Summary

    Bottom-line: if you want to focus on productivity, or enjoy your PC without having to worry about maintenance (a feature called ActiveCare runs on the background without impacting performance - at all!) AND if you think an excellent support is mandatory, then there's no other app for you: System Mechanic is simply the best the market can offer, period.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "just fantastic"

    March 15, 2010  |   By zakirhr

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    one button clean up and cure is great tool.

    Cons

    some explanations near the buttons so to learn more about it

    Summary

    It is a good product to be used with win 7 as it keeps my netbook running fast and without issues.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Software is good but customer service is rock bottom."

    March 15, 2010  |   By HOHOHOe

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    Kept my system consistently clean and fast. No slowdown even after months of use. In fact after the first scan and repair, the boot-up was significantly faster.

    Cons

    Blocked my media streaming to PS3 for no reason. No support from customer service after numerous emails.

    Summary

    Was good until they blocked my streaming without reason and customer support decided to not support me after numerous emails.
    After installing on my Windows 7x64, it somehow blocked my system as a media server. My PS3 which used to be able to stream directly from my PC now no longer able. Messaged customer support, first they gave me a generic reply solution which did not work. (In fact the file they asked me to delete did not even exist in the first place.) Then subsequent emails went unnoticed. Its been 4 months and I have given up on expecting a reply.
    Will not extent my subscription nor advice anyone to.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "a very good program"

    March 15, 2010  |   By tillybom

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    easy to use, infomative and fast

    Cons

    no serious cons except the lack of detailed improvement recommendations

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Found Very Helpful, Speed up Computer+"

    March 12, 2010  |   By moron55z

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    I found it easy to use, especially once I watched the videos, and I am a beginner-intermediate computer user. I liked that I could do it manually or set it for auto. . Now I need to choose whether or not to purchase.

    Cons

    There were times I was unsure of what I was doing. I would have liked more written explanations of various functions. My uncertaintly about purchasing the product comes from some individual reviews that stated SM can damage your computer,.

    Summary

    I liked SM and will probably purchase, unless I find more info about how it can damage my computer, or the same functions in a better rated product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product Very easy company to deal with"

    March 12, 2010  |   By wellcott2

    Version: System Mechanic 9.5

    Pros

    Ease of use. Every time I use it when system mechanic has done its thing it is like having a new laptop

    Cons

    I wish I'd got it sooner

    Summary

    I particularly like the way it can be set to run automatically and that you can also use it manually. Using it manually gives the user a great sense of satisfaction that they have improved their computers performance.

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