Speed Up Your System with System Mechanic 10: Review and Licenses Giveaway

 
Scroll down to win one of the three licenses of System Mechanic 10 (worth $39.95 each) that I am giving away
 

System-Mechanic-10

Last month, I reviewed TuneUp Utilities 2011, which is regarded as one of the best Windows system optimisation suites around. Today, I will take a look at System Mechanic 10, which is quite possibly TuneUp’s biggest challenger.

In terms of features there is a lot of overlap between System Mechanic and TuneUp Utilities. Like Tuneup, System Mechanic is a powerhouse with several dozen tools. All the standard tools like Registry Cleaner, Registry Defragmenter, Disk Defragmenter, Start-up Optimiser, Disk Cleaner, Broken Shortcut Remover, Disk Scanner and File Shredder are present in both these utilities. However, there are quite a few differences too.

System-Mechanic-Overview

System Mechanic has been designed to be suitable for both novices and experts. Inexperienced users can simply run a system analysis to identify the areas of concern. On the other hand, experts can go to the Toolbox section to manually exploit the various tools.

System-Mechanic-Analysis

From the Problems section you can get an overview of the issues identified and fix them. Here’s what System Mechanic came up with after I ran a deep scan.

System-Mechanic-Problems

The first problem identified by System Mechanic was a false positive as Kaspersky Internet Security Suite includes a Firewall (Anti-Hacker). It’s surprising that System Mechanic failed to realise that, as even Windows Activity Centre can differentiate between Kaspersky Antivirus and Kaspersky Internet Security. Thankfully, the other advisories were more accurate.

The first tool I tried was the Security Vulnerability Scanner. It scans your system settings to identify potential weaklings that can be exploited by malwares. This includes checking hosts file and Windows file associations.

System-Mechanic-Vulnerability-Scanner

Next up I tried the Disk Defragmentation (Drive Accelerator) tool. This is one area where System Mechanic is head and shoulders ahead of TuneUp Utilities. Not only does it support boot time defragmentation (offline defragmentation) like Raxco Perfect Disk (and other commercial defragmentation tools), but it also has a unique Program Accelerator tool that realigns programs and their files on the hard disk to decrease launch time and increase performance.

System-Mechanic-Drive-Accelerator

Another unique features in System Mechanic is CRUDD (Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilisers). Don’t be fooled by the unnecessarily complicated name. This tool simply alerts you about overlapping applications (i.e. utilities that perform same/similar function) installed on your system. I didn’t find this to be particularly useful though, as pretty much every installed application on my system serves a specific purpose.

System-Mechanic-CRUDD

Unlike TuneUp Utilities, which relies on scheduled runs of the 1-click optimiser, System Mechanic uses ActiveCare to automatically monitor your system health, and apply fixes when your computer is idle.

Besides providing a gazillion of tools for repairing and optimising your system, iolo System Mechanic also includes some handy tools for generating reports about your system status. There is the System Information tool that jots down your hardware and software configuration. There is DriveSense to monitor your hard disk’s health (based on SMART). And, there is even a System Change Tracker to identify changes made by program installations and other activities.

On the whole, System Mechanic 10 is an extremely impressive package. Since my previous trust, it has improved vastly. Unlike TuneUp Utilities, it doesn’t aim at being a Swiss-army knife. It won’t help you change icons, install themes or modify your logon screen. However, when it comes to optimising and repairing Windows, System Mechanic is pretty darn exhaustive. In PCMag’s GeekBench benchmark, System Mechanic 10 returned the best results and succeeded in improving file copying speeds as well as Windows boot time significantly. In fact, System Mechanic 10 edged out others like TuneUp, and went on to win the Editor’s choice award.

Download System Mechanic (18.03 MB)
Platforms Supported: Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7(x86 and x64)
License: Shareware (30 days trial)
Cost: $39.95 /year
Version Reviewed: 10.0.0

 
Watch out for the automatic renewal option. Use this only if you are certain.
 

System Mechanic 10 License Giveaway

Iolo has generously agreed to sponsor 3 System Mechanic 10 Standard Licenses for my blog readers worth $119.85 (each license is worth $39.95). Here’s how you can win a license key of System Mechanic 10 for yourself:
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Arrow You can also blog about this contest to get 3 additional entries. Once again, you must leave a comment with the URL of the blogpost.

The contest will end on November 27, 2010 at 12:00 Noon IST.

 
The contest is over and the winners have been announced.
 

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58 Responses to Speed Up Your System with System Mechanic 10: Review and Licenses Giveaway

  1. Cosme F November 16, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    Thanks for this giveaway.
    This software sounds good. I’d like to win one license.

    I’m following @indyan and here’s my retweet:
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    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter

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  2. Jurek November 16, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    If indeed this applet is as good as TuneUp2010, you might want to try it in action. Written on the license! A big thank you Admin!
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  3. GT November 16, 2010 at 3:31 am #

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  4. Jakub November 16, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    I’m following @indyan
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  5. vhick November 16, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    System Mechanic now seem interesting with its new version. I hope this will improve for real.

    Already followed and retweet the message: http://twitter.com/vj_onix/status/4377027381559297

    Thank for the giveaway!

  6. vhick November 16, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    System Mechanic now seem interesting with its new version. I hope this will improve for real.

    Already followed and retweet the message: http://twitter.com/vj_onix/status/4377027381559297

    Already an email subscriber.

    Thank for the giveaway!

  7. Grr November 16, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Pallab,
    Thanks for this giveaway opportunity. Please count me in.
    I’m already a subscriber and also following you on twitter.

    My profile
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    and I also made forum post sharing this giveaway:
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    Thanks,
    Grr

  8. Kema November 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Nice giveway again !
    Please count me in.
    I use System Mechanic 6 month free before & hopefully can win 1 license this time.
    I am old subscriber & tweet & follow @indyan.
    Tweets : http://twitter.com/KemaSL/statuses/4510661027561472

    Thanks

  9. siddharth November 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    Thanks for this giveaway.
    System mechanic 10 is one of the best system utility software i have ever used,i have lost the recent giveaway of tune up utilities but i don’t want to loose this one.Hope i win this time.
    I have already subscribed to you via email.
    i have also retweeted this post on twitter.com
    link is-
    http://twitter.com/siddxxxx/statuses/4522358521987072

    Pallab ,you are really doing a very good job,keep it up.
    regards,
    siddharth

  10. Vlad November 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Very great software. I want to buy it. Could you please give me your RSS link so i could subscribe to your blog

  11. Ram November 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi Pallab,

    Thanks for another popular system suite utility giveaway.
    I always read of it frm many websites but no one wrote so well as u did…GREAT presentation… :)
    Thanks for comparing with TuneUp and making me aware of other addons of System Mechanic…
    like the “Real time optimization(whn IDLE), Powerful Defragmentation even more better than the Perfect Disk tool, Drive Sense….”

    Please do count me in…

    Thanks,
    Ram.
    PS:- 1. Already a subscriber to ur newsletter…
    2. Following u @indyan…and Re-tweeted@ramanjiney…

  12. mike November 17, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Please count me in on the great giveway.Thanks

  13. john d November 17, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Hi,
    I like System Mechanic as a complete tool. I would like to get it.
    I’m a subscriber to your e-mail newsletter.

    john d

  14. siddxxxx November 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    First of all thanks for this giveaway,System mechanic is a great utility software with a lot of exciting and useful features ,i hope i will win a free license for this all in utility software..
    I have already subscribed to your blog

    I have tweeted this post on twitter.com,links are

    http://twitter.com/siddxxxx/statuses/4522358521987072

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    Regards,
    siddxxxx

  15. Asriel Rusdyawan November 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

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    THX, LJBU!

  16. Asriel Rusdyawan November 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    This Software is really powerful to fix windows problems & this is a very best partner for Tuneup Utilities. I really love this software to accompany Tuneup Utilities.
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    Hope I can Win This one!

    THX, LJBU!

  17. Financial Technology November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    System Mechanic is grate application… its have many features and safe our system issues into better one…. nice blog

  18. Fredi Irawan November 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    System Mechanic it great software.. too many feature to make your computer realiblity and stability

  19. Rafael November 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Thanks for this giveaway and please include me in too…

  20. Rohit | Ipod Touch 4G November 18, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    thanks for this Giveaway…I have used a trial version of this tool it is quite good…

    I have already Subscribed to your Newsletter

    Following and re-tweeted this tweet…http://twitter.com/rohitbatra14

  21. BeHI November 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Nice giveaway !
    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter

  22. John November 21, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    I tried out Sytem Mechanic, it was excellent.

  23. WLYKing November 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

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    I would like to win System Mechanic -super utility too.
    Please count me in.
    I am following @indyan & tweets: http://twitter.com/WLYKing/statuses/6648929441554432

    Thanks

  24. WLYKing November 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks for nice giveaway.
    I would like to win System Mechanic —-super utility too.
    Please count me in.
    I am following @indyan & tweets: http://twitter.com/WLYKing/statuses/6648929441554432

    Thanks

  25. used tires November 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Pretty cool deal, I want to try out the “Drive Accelerator” feature myself, I will go ahead and subscribe to your blog with my email address!

    Till then,

    Jean

  26. Isabell22 November 24, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    thank you for this opportunity
    already subscribe , liked in facebook, tweeted and a follower in
    http://twitter.com/girsabell11/statuses/7258287619706881

  27. Anish K.S November 25, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Cool software. will check this.

  28. ibheck November 27, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    I hope I’m not too late to try my luck, because several times my attempts to get this software always fails
    please count me in
    my retweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/indyan/status/4210801216856064

  29. Travis November 27, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    ha why not. Count me in as well.

    did they fix the Registry Cleaner part? every time I use such a tool it brakes windows.

  30. solarbytes November 27, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    This is a really great giveaway. The trial version was very good, I would love to win the full version.

    I think this is a great thing what you and iolo are doing.

    Alright, I followed @indyan on Twitter. The URL link to my account is:

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    and I re-tweeted:

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    I have also subscribed to your e-mail newsletter

    And I have created a post about this giveaway in 2 forums:

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    and in:

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    I hope I have a chance at winning this prize.

  31. Wolf November 27, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    Count me in.

    Question:

    DID they ever fix the Registry Cleaner part? ever time I use such a tool it brakes windows.

    • p90x February 11, 2011 at 1:30 am #

      I bet since the update they did. Also I think it creates a restore point before you start the cleaning process. At least most registry cleaners do.

      - Robert

    • Web Design LA June 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      I am facing same problem.I think i am doing something wrong

  32. manchi90 November 27, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    thank you for including me in.
    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter
    I’m following @indyan and here’s my retweet:
    http://twitter.com/manchi190/statuses/8343353766711296

  33. manchi90 November 27, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    thank you for including me in.
    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter
    I’m following and here’s my retweet:
    http://twitter.com/manchi190/statuses/8343353766711296

  34. Navsingh from Intellect Banking December 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    After installing System Mechanic 8.5.2, SM corrupted my Registry (XP Home, Service Pack 3) and caused software loading problems. SafteyNet failed to undo the changes and so I had to reload XP. I emailed Iolo who referred me to an article on how to exclude items in the Registry, but I found this impossible to understand. I reloaded XP, reinstalled SM and the same thing happened.
    Is there some Registry-maintenance software out there that does not itself screw up the Registry?

    • Pallab De December 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

      I also had a bad experience with one of the older versions of System mechanic (v6). However, this version seems to be fine (in fact, great). Create a system restore point and give SM 10 a try. If you are looking for an alternative, try TuneUp Utilities.

  35. Komodo Dragon January 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I tried out the latest version of System Mechanic on a friend’s computer recently and it really worked great. Most of his problems were fixed and he’s going to use it frequently to keep the PC in top shape.

    • Sureshkumar December 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

      I have a Rogue Pop.can virus and purchased PCDoctors to clean it up, but, I know very ltltie about theRegistry. My computer is running slow on start up and email is like a turtle now.

  36. p90x January 17, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Sounds like a great program. I had some serious errors in the windows register and tried to fix it with programs similar but with no luck. I would have certainly given this program a try before I reinstalled Windows if I had known about it then.

    - Robert

  37. Piyush January 29, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Hey i have just downloaded it, Its really good and helped in maintaining my PC processed. And even thanks for the download link. My PC used to be in coma earlier

    • p90x March 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

      Yea my computer is currently experiencing massive slow downs. I will probably just reinstall windows, but that’s a huge pain.

      - Robert

  38. Printing solutions February 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Am using Nokia N70 and an air-tel connection . I use my mobile to access internet on my laptop. Is there any way or software which could increase the browsing or downloading speed.Thanks.

  39. p90x February 11, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    I wonder if a one time payment for this is available as opposed to a yearly rate?

    - Robert

  40. Yowan March 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Absolutely useless on Windows 7 as it already includes special services to take care of that. Any MVP will tell us that these utilities is useless
    From my experience with BSOD debugging I can say that these things do damage your OS

    Windows is a closed source system. Developers of registry cleaners do not have the core code of Win 7 and are not working on definitive information, but rather they are going on past knowledge and experience, most of which is not applicable to Win 7. Automatic cleaners will usually have to do some guesswork.

    There is almost no tweaking that can be done to Win 7 to speed it up. The system is designed to diagnose itself and take care of itself which it does remarkably well. Win 7 maintains itself and that includes the registry.

    Cleaners are pure snake oil. At best they do nothing except use resources. At worst, they can mess your system up, slowing it down, and even crash it. There is no utility out there anywhere that can speed Win 7 up and improve its performance, at least not at this time.

    Modifying registry keys incorrectly can cause Windows instability, or make Windows unbootable. No registry cleaner is completely safe and the potential is ever present to cause more problems than they claim to fix.

    Registry cleaners cannot distinguish between good and bad. If you run a registry cleaner, it will delete all those keys which are obsolete and sitting idle; but in reality, those keys may well be needed by some programs or windows at a later time.

    Windows 7 is much more efficient at managing the registry than previous Windows versions. Even if you use the CCleaner registry to delete keys left over when uninstalling programs, these few keys will not make 1 millisecond’s difference in performance. If you run CCleaner or any other registry cleaner and do not know precisely what you are doing, you will have problems down the road. There are no gains to be had from using a registry cleaner and the risk is great.

    Forget all the “wisdom” you learned about XP. Windows 7 is not XP and does not manage the registry the same as XP.

    This isn’t to say that the system does not need to be maintained. Uninstall programs that you don’t use, delete unneeded and unnecessary files. Defrag your hard drive. But don’t screw with the registry unless you are an in depth expert in the Win 7 registry.

    Most of the time, the cure is a clean install. Using a program such as Ccleaner is fine to get rid of old and unnecessary files. A tuneup utility is not only unneeded, it can actually harm your system. Don’t use them.

  41. sell textbooks April 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Too bad I missed the mark I would ahve loved to have this program

  42. Caroline April 24, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Useful software, thanks.

  43. Carpet Steam Cleaners April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    This is very useful software. Thanks for Sharing.

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    Great review, I love this product myself

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    Great review I use the product myself and it is well worth themoney.

  46. Seo Contest August 5, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    Cool software. will check this.

  47. purchase settlements August 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Congrats to the winners, it seems as if im late for the contest.

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    Pek be?enmedim ama idare eder (:

  49. sisme bayan September 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Arkamda yürüme, ben öncün olmayabilirim. Önümde yürüme, takipçin olmayabilirim. Sana uymayabilirim. Yan?mda yürü ki böylece seni görebileyim, böylece ikimiz e?it oluruz.

  50. Alan Smith March 16, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    The features of System Mechanic 10 seems good to me and after reading the reviews of it, I am planning to try it very soon.

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