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Iolo System Mechanic

Iolo System Mechanic Review

Reviewer: Stephen Qualtrough
Developer: Iolo technologies
Overall rating:
Price: $49.95 $39.96 - $9.99 off

Review summary

Good points

 Optimizes PC performance

 Cleans systems effectively

 Attractive interface

 Registry backup option

Bad points

 Poor help & support

Our verdict

Iolo System Mechanic is an excellent program that offers a wide array of system utility tools. It also includes anti-virus software that is built right into the program. Much of the optimization and cleanup can be done with a few clicks, which makes the program easier for beginners. If you're looking for a program that offers what you need and more, Iolo's System Mechanic fits the bill.

Full review


System Mechanic is simple and quick to install. After purchasing the product, you will need to download the program and launch the setup file. Overall the setup will take about 5 minutes to complete. The first time you launch the program, it will ask to analyze your computer.


System Mechanic offers everything you could ever want with its repairs. It repairs registries, shortcuts, and hard drives. It also offers file recovery and system restoration.

Registry repairs take a matter of seconds. The program does a great job of finding multiple problems with the registry and gets rid of them fast.

The software also can scan for hard drive problems and fix them the next time your computer is booted. If you're ever experiencing major problems involving your hard drive, System Mechanic Pro has a solution for you.


System Mechanic will have your PC running faster and smoother in no time. It has a hard drive cleaner, Defrag tools, a driver updater, and much, much more. It blows away the competition in terms of optimization tools. Many of these tools can be utilized all at once with one analysis scan by the program, while others can be easily accessed in the toolbox. You won't find better optimization tools from competing programs.


Manage your system flawlessly with System Mechanic. It will scan your system's start-up programs and assess which ones are affecting your start-up speed. It will give a list of programs it believes you can afford to disable on start-up and how much they will affect it.

The program is also packed with many other management tools, such as an uninstaller, process manager, and much more.


System Mechanic has plenty of security features. The program comes with Iolo's System Shield, so you have the choice to use their Anti-virus/spyware program, or you can choose to use your own. No matter what you choose, System Mechanic Pro will notify you when you're not fully protected from security threats.

Personal privacy files can also be deleted with ease. The program can delete internet search history, browser cookies, chat history, and more with a click of a button. There is also a handy file shredder that will permanently get rid of a file with no trace.


PC Total Care - This feature allows for a scan of your PC using almost all of the program's utilities. Instead of using each tool one-by-one, you can analyze your PC and fix all problems with one click.

Automated tasks - System Mechanic will analyze and make repairs to your PC when you aren't using it. You can choose which tasks you want automatically performed while you're away.

Net Booster - This feature will optimize your network settings to best fit your type of internet connection. Using this feature will increase Internet speed and stability.

Ease of use

For anyone who has experience with computers and its terminology, this program will be a breeze to use. However, novice PC users may have a little more trouble with this program. Aside from the simple system analyzer and automatic fix, any other tool will be hard to understand for a beginner. Luckily the program does a great job of explaining every tool included. With a little reading and research, users should be able to understand what they're using. There are also helpful tutorials that pop-up on first use.

Help & Support

Help & Support may be the only downfall of this program. While other programs utilize live chat help or 24/7 phone support, System Mechanic Pro only offers help files and help through email. If you're someone who often asks for help and needs it quickly, you may want to look elsewhere.


Iolo System Mechanic is an all-around fantastic piece of software. It has all of the tools you need to help optimize and protect your system. You won't find a program with a more diverse amount of utilities and tools. Don't mistake this program as “quantity over quality,” though, because every single tool is effective and does its job well. System Mechanic is one of the best on the market.

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