Iolo System Mechanic Review

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Lee
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11.1.6
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IOLO System Mechanic

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Rating:
4.5
On February 17, 2013
Last modified:May 26, 2013

Summary:

Personally I would say that computer experts may not need it and total newbies may feel a little overwhelmed by all the choices that the program offers. But for the huge number of PC users who fall between those two extremes the program offers a simple and easy to use interface which clearly highlights problems and makes them very easy to fix.

Iolo’s System Mechanic is a piece of utility software that could, perhaps, be best described as a ‘jack of all trades’ such is the wide range of features that it offers. Does that term mean that it also qualifies as being ‘master of none’ though?

Carry on reading my review to find out…

Key Benefits

  • Packed with features
  • Offers detailed reports
  • Unlimited installs for home users

Potential Issues

  • Could be difficult for new users to get to grips with

When it comes to downloading nothing could be simpler and all you will need to do is choose between the paid version and the free trial version that is available.

System-Mechanic

The chart below will give you a quick idea of some of the differences between the two versions. Obviously the paid version offers way more options than the free version.

version

When it comes to installation one of the best things in my opinion is how the licencing works here. Typically, software vendors now offer their customers the option of downloading programs that can be used on, say, three devices. Obviously this is better than being limited to just the one installation but in this day and age even three installs may not be enough. Iolo to the rescue here as they offer a home licence that allows unlimited installations on all your home PCs.

widgets

Straight after you have installed the program you will see the above widgets on your desktop which give some useful at a glance information about the status of your machine including your PC’s health and security status (in my case I have an alternative security suite installed).

installed

Once up and running the program will go looking for issues to fix in order to improve the speed and overall performance level of your machine(s). And the scanning it does is certainly comprehensive!

problems

I’d like to think I know a thing or two about computers and how to use them but in the image above you can see there are 119 registry problems. Often this comes from programs not uninstalling themselves properly, amongst other issues.

Fixing this, and any other issues that you have been notified of, is a simple case of selecting one, some or all of the recommendations and then clicking on Repair.

tune-up

System Mechanic will then get to work on repairing all the detected issued that you chose to deal with. Once you have ‘fixed’ all the concerns that the program identified you should have a nice dashboard like the one below that announces how your system status is good.

system-status

Once you have got your PC to this point you may want to keep it that way without having to remember to run the program on a regular basis or by responding to alerts given through the desktop widget.

Achieving this is easy by taking advantage of the Automated Tasks as seen below –

automated-tasks

For those of you looking for some security features System Mechanic comes with anti-malware which could be a reasonable option unless you already have a good security solution in place (I do!).

anti-malware

The program also offers its own firewall though I would say that if you have Windows firewall enabled that will most likely offer you just as adequate protection.

firewall

Considering the fact that System Mechanic has over 50 different options to play around with it is good that it also includes fairly detailed reporting so that you can see exactly what the program has done to your system and when –

report

The list of things you can do with this program is extremely long but can be categorised thus:

  • PC speed up
  • PC repair
  • PC cleanup
  • PC security

tools

You can find these broad heading under Toolbox>All-in-one tools.

Additionally you can access the Individual Tools which gives you direct access to a plethora of options. The only problem with the vast array of options on offer here is that it may actually confuse less experienced computer users who may feel overwhelmed with all the choices they have to contend with.

more-tools

Is System Mechanic the program for you?

It could be, yes.

Personally I would say that computer experts may not need it and total newbies may feel a little overwhelmed by all the choices that the program offers. But for the huge number of PC users who fall between those two extremes the program offers a simple and easy to use interface which clearly highlights problems and makes them very easy to fix.

If your computer is anything like mine (well used!) then running these utilities will indeed speed it up (by how much will of course be dependent upon many factors) but certainly my computer seemed much more responsive and zippy afterwards.

And if you have a large collection of desktop computers and laptops (half a dozen plus in this house) then Iolo’s unlimited home licencing option means that even going for the paid version of System Mechanic won’t break the bank.

Personally I would say that computer experts may not need it and total newbies may feel a little overwhelmed by all the choices that the program offers. But for the huge number of PC users who fall between those two extremes the program offers a simple and easy to use interface which clearly highlights problems and makes them very easy to fix.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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