It’s difficult to be in IT and avoid being asked for advice on computers – everything from operating systems – (should I be running Windows 7?); malware – (is the Internet really unsafe?); problems – (what’s wrong with my computer? It’s always…..); and my favorite question – why is my computer so slow?
Usually, the “why is my computer so slow?” question, comes up because the user is fed up with slow, and unreliable performance. Surprisingly, the answer to this common question is pretty simple, and in most cases the problems are easy to correct.
As most experienced users know, PCs don’t slow down without a reason. All computers have characteristic operating patterns that lead to predictable, but preventable issues. Simple maintenance, practiced regularly, which is easy even for a non-expert, if he’s using the right tools, will keep a PC running smoothly for years.
Regular readers here are use to reading reviews on free, quality applications, that help users identify the most common problems that have impact on a computer’s speed and behavior, and then match the problems with the appropriate free software solution.
That works very well for the kind of readers that this site attracts – generally high end power users, or users who are intend on learning. But, for an average computer user, putting together a toolbox of free system applications may not be a complete and effective solution.
And that brings me to System Mechanic – a highly effective performance-tuning application designed for the average user. System Mechanic is the most inclusive system application I have ever tested. And, the developers have managed to do this in such a way, that an average user does not have to drill down through complex menu structures to correct performance issues that negatively impact his computing experience.
System Mechanic can uncover literally hundreds of issues that can impact a computer’s performance and reliability, and then correct identified problems – often, with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Installation is simple, following which you will have the opportunity to run System Mechanic for the first time. On launch you will be presented with the following screen. You’ll notice that you won’t be left on your own to figure things out – System Mechanic has some great tutorials, including videos, to get you started.
(All screen shots are taken from my test machine – clicking on any graphic will expand it to its original size).
First up is a System Analysis – available in two flavors: Quick Analysis, or Deep Analysis.
In this test, the Quick Analysis took under a minute on my Windows 7 machine, and the Deep Analysis took less than 4 minutes on the same machine.
The application provides a breakdown of the issues that need to be addressed, and offers an automated solution.
Having corrected the 7 issues affecting overall performance on the test platform I then kicked in to “Active Care” mode, so that the program could automatically deal with additional issues that would, over time, negatively impact performance.
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Tool, tools, and more tools; each one designed to address specific system issues, are a strong point of System Mechanic – as the following screen capture illustrates.
For power users, each tool is broken down into sub- categories, giving the user fine control over relative issues.
Two weeks after installing System Mechanic on a test system that gets a very heavy duty workout on a daily basis, System Status remains “Good”. Given the grind that this machine is put through every day, this is a very impressive result.
ActiveCare – automatically and effortlessly fixes and maintains your PC during idle time, keeping your system running like new.
Optimize your PC for peak performance
Repair problems and errors, and prevent them from recurring
Clean up system clutter
Fix security vulnerabilities
Maintain reliability and speed
Cleans, defrags, & repairs registry
Accelerates PC startup 19 ways
Defrags & recovers orphaned RAM
Complete low-level drive defrag
Turns off unused background programs
Perform dozens of performance boosting optimizations in one step
Straightforward actions to fix all problems or only those you want
PC Health Status Gadget for Windows 7 and Vista
For additional specific information please click on links to the developer’s site.
Such as PC Accelerator™ that supercharges your PC up to 300% by running multiple performance-enhancing and speed boosting tools at once.
Automatically and effortlessly fix and maintain your PC during idle time, keeping your system running like new.
If you’re an average user, disappointed with your computer’s performance, or you’re just tired of having to deal with reoccurring unexplained issues, you’ll find that System Mechanic is worth every penny of its $39.95 purchase price.
BTW, a single product license allows installation of the application on all of your personal PCs. Since many of us now have more than one computer, hopefully, more software vendors will follow Iolo’s innovative pricing structure.
System requirements: Windows 7/Vista/XP (64 or 32-bit).
Download a trial version at: The developer’s site – (Iolo).
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