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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 1, 2011

A MOT test is a U.K. Ministry of Transport vehicle inspection. It's thorough, so any rigorous checkup is apt to be called a "MOT test." Computer MOT from Dizzy Solutions is a free utility that automatically cleans your system, scans it for spyware and adware, and performs a variety of maintenance and tune-up operations. It uses two of the most-popular freeware utilities, CCleaner and Spybot, plus built-in Windows utilities like the disk defragmentation tool and CheckDisk. And when we say automatic, we mean "automatic" as in "no manual options" and no stopping it.

Computer MOT is portable, so you can save it wherever you'd like. However, at the end of the installation process, the program started scanning our PC right away, without asking us if we wanted it to, let alone giving us the ability to choose which tools to run. We've used CCleaner and Spybot before, so we trusted them, and the other tools Computer MOT runs are Windows system utilities. But once started, you can't stop Computer MOT without opening the Task Manager, and even then you might not be able to stop it. Certainly, when our system rebooted and ran CheckDisk, we had no choice but to let it. Eventually, the process finished, and our system rebooted again. This time, we clicked Computer MOT's desktop shortcut, hoping to access an interface and some kind of settings or log. But the program only started its scan again, so we opened Task Manager and ended the process.

Computer MOT's developers recommend running the program every six months or so. Now that we know what to expect, we think that would be an excellent idea. If you install and uninstall a lot of programs, we'd even recommend running it more often. Without the ability to choose what it does and when, it's not suitable as a regular system maintenance utility. We'd also like more control and more choices, especially when first running the tool. But for that twice-a-year tune-up, we have no problem letting Computer MOT do its thing.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4

Version 1.4 includes the following enhancements:
  • Fixes a problems with enabling Windows Updates on a computer with a particular problem.
  • Defragmentation of Windows XP important system files have been added (PageDefrag) to add an extra level of repair and speed improvement.

General

Date Added September 26, 2011
Version 1.4

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 4,542
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Developer's Description

Computer MOT takes advantage of the excellent tools that are out their (Spybot and CCleaner) and of many of the built in Windows tools. Computer MOT will do everything that the experts do automatically. All you need to do is run it and leave it. The tasks performed are Spyware/Adware scan (Spybot), Removal of unnecessary file (CCleaner), defragments file system (Windows Defragmenter), checks file system for errors (Windows CheckDisk), fixes Internet Explorer problems by refreshing all its components, enables Windows Update in the event it has been disabled and defragments additional system files in Windows XP that aren't normally defragmented (PageDefrag). On top of this, stay up to date with the latest Computer MOT with an inbuilt online update feature (checks for new version when run). Using the Computer MOT every six months will aid in preventing problems occurring. This has been the case in many corporate IT environments and has reduced the number of helpdesk calls considerably. If after using this software you are still experiencing problems, then it indicates there is a bit more of a problem, perhaps due to a virus or hard disk damage). In either case, the majority of these problems can be fixed without the need of a reformat or replacement disk.