Iolo System Mechanic may seem pricey, given the existence of free competitors, but its evolution from tune-up utility to an all-around PC enhancer is one that you shouldn’t overlook. Plus, you get unlimited licenses, which can go a long way to justifying the cost if you have a lot of PCs in your household.
Some system maintenance and optimization tools leave you in the dark about what they’re actually doing to your files, but not Iolo System Mechanic. Every option is explained in plain English so you know precisely what each control does, and the further you drill, the more detail is provided.
The best feature of System Mechanic is its ease of use, which received an A– in our comparison. The interface is easy to navigate, the help section is easy to find, every tool is explained, and the errors have priority levels. All of this makes it easy for even novice computer users to interact with the software effectively. While you can’t expect this product to turn a slow computer into a fast one, it is an excellent maintenance tool for users unfamiliar with similar utilities built into their Windows machines.
once it’s finished sweeping up the cruft the accumulates on an untended PC, Iolo System Mechanic suggests various real-time optimizations of your hardware. These are only available in the premium edition of the software, but there’s no way to tell this until you click one and are prompted to upgrade.
System Mechanic is loaded with advanced features. While you can scan and fix errors with one click, the advanced tools let you dive deeper into how your PC system works so you can customize it to fit your needs. You can back up and restore your system, recover accidentally deleted files, repair shortcuts, and the registry, defragment hard drives, optimize a solid-state drive and optimize your PC’s security.
The System Mechanic license comes with unlimited installations, which means you can install the software on as many computers as you own
- Optimize your PC for peak performance
- Repair problems and errors, and prevent them from recurring
- Clean up system clutter
- Fixes dangerous settings to prevent intruders and attacks
- Maintain reliability and speed
- System Shield – certified antivirus and antispyware protection
that won’t slow you down
- Search and Recover – recover accidentally deleted files, photos, email and more from any drive or media
- DriveScrubber – securely erase data from your hard drive