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iolo System Mechanic 10.8 Giveaway & Review

System Mechanic

$49.95
9.8

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Features

10.0/10

Effectiveness

9.5/10

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Feature-rich
  • Offers effective optimization

Cons

  • Internet optimization is a hit and miss

Every single Windows user wants his or her computer to run faster. Even if your PC is pretty quick, you sure can remember that it was even quicker when it was new. System Mechanic 10 from iolo technologies is the program that can make your computer run as good as back then and sometimes even a bit better.

Overview

System Mechanic is probably the most well-known PC speed up and tune up software. It’s been around since 1998 and it never failed to do a great job making Windows computers faster and improving their usability. And with every new version iolo introduced new tools that keep up with the latest technology and find ways to improve the performance of consumer and business PCs even further.

In this review we’ll have a look at version 10.8. We are also pleased to offer you a Father’s Day System Mechanic giveaway¬†thanks to iolo.

Features

System Mechanic 10.8 is packed with useful tools and features. There is a tool for every single PC maintenance task. The great thing about the software is that it has both automatic and manual tools – not so computer savvy users will enjoy automatic speedup and power users will have the option to do extensive manual tweaking. With System Mechanic you can speed up overall Windows performance, make your PC start faster, completely uninstall software, clean and repair the registry, speed up Internet connection, defragment HDDs and optimize SSDs, update drivers, and more. Let’s have a look at some individual features, especially the new ones in version 10.8:

  • Windows 8 compatibility – to our knowledge, System Mechanic is the only PC optimization software that officially supports pre-releases of Windows 8.
  • Designated Drivers – a new feature that lets you update your device drivers using the System Mechanic interface in a quick and easy way.
  • SSD Accelerator – we all know that it’s wrong to defragment SSDs because that shortens their lifetime. But it is possible to optimize SSDs without actually defragging them and reducing their lifetime. SSD Accelerator does exactly that.
  • Program Accelerator – a new, really useful tool from iolo. This tool ensures that your installed programs work as efficiently as they possibly can. This is achieved by the tool realigning program files on your computer, so that they are placed for maximum speed and performance. Using this tool makes a real difference and makes your programs start faster.
  • CRUDD Remover – this feature has a good potential to help you remove duplicate programs (programs that have similar features). It can be useful, but you should also use it with care, so that you don’t uninstall a piece of software you need.
  • Internet Connection Repair – this feature is great if you have an unstable Internet connection. With its help you can repair faulty settings and make sure you are always online. System Mechanic can also speed up you Internet connection.

System Mechanic has a lot more features – you can view the full list here.

Effectiveness

We ran System Mechanic on a new (less than 6 months) Windows 7 Home Basic laptop with 2GB of RAM, running on AMD E-450. First of all, we ran the analysis to see what System Mechanic thought of our system state. The result was “Poor”:

Analysis results

Analysis results

The program detected eight problems, some of which were of critical importance. For example, System Mechanic detected 14 security vulnerabilities and we were not pleased about that:

Detected problems

Detected problems

We got an option to either repair all detected problems automatically, or inspect them and decide which ones we wanted to fix. That’s exactly what we did. First of all, we decided to check the security vulnerabilities detected by System Mechanic:

Security vulnerabilities

Security vulnerabilities

As expected, they were Internet Explorer and file association vulnerabilities. We don’t use IE (and we don’t recommend using it), so that wasn’t a real issue. Actually, it wasn’t an issue at all because Atheros is indeed a trusted publisher and we want to keep the permissions as they are. Nevertheless, we repaired the file association issues.

Another thing that System Mechanic detected was two unnecessary startup items. We thought our laptop was OK in that respect, but System Mechanic was right. We really don’t need jusched.exe and AdobeARM.exe to run on system startup:

Unnecessary startup items

Unnecessary startup items

There were also some registry errors, one broken shortcut, junk files – all of them were expected, as that sort of clutter accumulates over time. System Mechanic also offered us to free up some RAM – always a good idea. To cut the long story short, we performed all the suggested tasks and our system status changed to “Good”.

And now let’s have a look at what System Mechanic can do automatically. To do that, click on Active Care and check which automated maintenance tasks can be enabled:

Active Care

Active Care

We got a really impressive list of tasks. Basically, whatever you want to be done automatically, System Mechanic can do it. We’ve configured the program to automatically repair low memory problems, fix security vulnerabilities, repair broken shortcuts, and fix hard drive errors.

By the way, sorry if you are already tired of reading about System Mechanic features, but there is lots more to cover. No kidding.

Anyway, then we went to have a look at all-in-one repair tools offered by the program. Again, the list was impressive:

All-in-one tools

All-in-one tools

As you can see, you can do pretty much all PC maintenance in just a couple of clicks. We particularly liked the PC Accelerator feature – it really boosts system performance. And PC TotalCare is great for less tech-savvy users or those who value their time.

In addition to that, System Mechanic has a whole load of individual tools to increase performance, clean up system clutter, repair problems, protect your privacy, manage system configuration and increase system protection:

Individual tools

Individual tools

All in all, System Mechanic will never disappoint you with the choice of various tools to make your computer fast.

Effectiveness

System Mechanic proved to be an effective way to speed up system performance. Our test computer definitely became faster, especially after we used both the all-in-one and individual tools. The system took less time to start and annoying little freeze-ups were gone.

Ease of Use

As you’ve probably gathered from the screenshots, System Mechanic is very easy to use – just run the all-in-one tools or launch individual utilities and follow on-screen instructions. Piece of cake even if you don’t have a lot of experience using PC tuneup software. Download System Mechanic here and try it for yourself.

Giveaway

And now the best part – the giveaway. Guys from iolo offer 3 System Mechanic licenses for our readers as a Father’s Day gift. Here is what you need to do to qualify and get a chance to win System Mechanic 10.8:

1. Like us on Facebook – you can do that either by clicking here or from the homepage
2. Follow iolo on Twitter @iolo_tech
3. Leave an insightful comment to this post together with your Twitter profile and Facebook page URLs, so that we can verify your entry

Please make sure you use a working email to comment, so that we can contact you in case you win. Winners will also be announced using an update to this post on [highlight]Friday, June 15[/highlight].

Good luck!

Update: the winners are Ghost, briareoushex and Quoc Vuong Hoang. Congratulations!

For those who didn’t win, we are offering free version of System Mechanic. It has 7 essential tools and is worth having. You can download it here.