Few days ago, I wrote about System Mechanic 11 Free Version
. Actually, I was offered to wrote about the paid version some time ago and since the software does have many features, I had split that to two reviews by first writing about the free version. As mentioned there the powerful Free version still lacks a number of useful features that the full standard version
have. All those features make System Mechanic a suite that one can hardly complain about.
If you had gone through my previous review of System Mechanic 11 Free, you must have known how nicely System Mechanic features are distributed. If you stick at the 1-Click Tools or All-in-One tools, you must haven’t learned anything about the pro version benefits. Paid version benefits are clearly hidden under individual tools. It has a total of 21 tools more in the paid version.
DriveAccelerator: Configure Boot-Time Defragmentation
When files and folders become highly fragmented, computer performance is significantly slowed. Regular defragmentation helps you maintain system performance and prevent data corruption. With the Free version of System mechanic you can run defragmentation. But the paid version has Boot-Time Defragmentation feature that is more useful because then defragmentation runs prior to other programs that access the files or otherwise hinders the process. Furthermore, certain frequently used system files can only be defragmented before Windows is loaded.
CRUDD Remover: Remove Software Redundancies
The CRUDD (“Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers”) Remover detects and displays the redundant programs that can impact PC’s performance and stability, and lets you decide which programs you want to keep or remove. For certain types of programs, having more than one installed can reduce your computer’s performance (e.g. antimalware programs). Removing such redundant programs improves the overall speed and stability of a PC, by eliminating unnecessary processing, program conflicts and freeing up drive space.
EnergyBooster: Turn Off Unused Background Programs
Often, some background processes needlessly runs and thereby slows down PC by consuming system memory and CPU resources. “EnergyBooster” wizard speeds your PC’s processing by turning off background programs and services that are running but not being used.
NetBooster: Optimize Internet Settings
When Windows is installed, the default network settings are not necessarily optimized for specific Internet connection. This can prevent you from reaching maximum download and upload speeds. “NetBooster” wizard allows the transferring of more data over your existing connection, resulting in faster and more reliable access.
Designated Drivers: Find and Install Updated Drivers
Hardware manufacturers often release improved drivers for their devices to resolve conflicts, fix errors, and improve overall efficiency. Finding and installing these drivers, however, can be time consuming, confusing and potentially harmful to your system if incorrect or unsafe drivers are accidentally installed. Designated Drivers tool locates driver updates
for your computer’s hardware devices that may improve efficiency and performance and lets you decide to install them automatically.
Registry Compactor: Defragment and Compact Registry
Windows registry holds critical settings that are continually accessed by the operating system. With regular usage, the registry becomes overly large and fragmented. Because the registry is loaded into RAM during startup, this bloat unnecessarily eats up vital system memory – your PC’s startup processing is overburdened and the overall speed of your computer is slowed. Defragmenting and compacting the registry
restructures registry entries and removes blocks of unused space.
Program Accelerator: Re-align Programs on the Hard Drive
Over time, the many interdependent files that make up a program tend to drift apart and become scattered across the hard drive. This misalignment not only impacts the speed at which your programs can run, it also causes excessive movement of the hard drive, which leads to unnecessary wear-and-tear on your hardware. Program Accelerator realigns these program files on the hard drive, resulting in programs that launch faster and respond more quickly.
SSD Accelerator: Maximize Solid-State Drive Speed
Solid-state drives require different methods of optimization than mechanical drives. Using a standard defragmentation tool on a solid-state drive will only cause additional wear and tear without producing any benefit. SSD Accelerator
uses methods of optimization specifically designed to improve solid-state drive performance.
AcceleWrite: Configure Real-Time File Optimization
Typical disk defragmentation tools are only able to react to file fragmentation after it has happened. This means that PC performance must suffer before it can be recovered by a defragmentation tool. AcceleWrite’s technology
optimizes the way information is written to your hard drive, minimizing fragmentation and resulting in better, more stable performance.
Security Optimizer: Fix Security Vulnerabilities
Viruses and other malicious programs exploit security vulnerabilities in Operating Systems and Web Browsers. The Fix Security Vulnerabilities wizard can find and repair Windows security flaws that leave your system open to attack.
System Guard: Configure Automatic System Defense
Without your knowledge, malicious software can attempt to execute itself or include itself in your Windows startup process. (Trojans are usually designed to load at startup.) Hidden malware known as “Home page Hijackers” can change your web browser’s Home page and Search page to point to their site. System Guard offers tools that protect key settings from being changed without your knowledge. It runs from tray and notifies you about any change.
Drive Medic: Repair Hard Drive Problems
Damaged sectors on a drive can prevent files from being accessed or saved, and damaged drives frequently cause computer crashes and lock-ups. Severe drive damage can lead to a volatile computer that is practically unusable. Running the Repair Hard Drive Problems wizard to check for drive errors can repair existing issues and maintain the drive health before serious problems occur.
Drive Medic: Create Drive Medic Emergency CD
Drive Medic Emergency CD wizard allows you to create an emergency disk
to use if your computer ever suffers severe damage, such as the operating system failing to load. Once created, the CD will allow you to run a DOS-based program that performs tests and repairs of your hard drives.
System Troubleshooter: Troubleshoot System Problems
If your PC has become unstable or unusable, it can be hard to know where to start with troubleshooting and repairs. Use the Troubleshoot System Problems wizard to read recommended solutions and access the tools that will help you regain the stable use of your computer.
Incinerator: Configure Desktop File Incinerator
Incinerator or Shredder feature is also in the free version. But the paid version allows you to install a Desktop File Incinerato
r which gets integrated with Windows and an Incinerator icon displays on your desktop.
Startup Manager: Configure Windows Startup
Startup Manager lists all the items currently configured to start when Windows loads. You can enable and disable items; create, load, and save startup profiles; adjust startup settings on remote computers across a network; and more.
Process Manager: Manage Running Programs
Process Manager displays a list of all running programs and processes, and notes if any of them are dangerous. You can view detailed file properties, block processes, start processes, and run reports. Expert mode users can also prioritize running processes. Unnecessary processes overburden system resources and memory. Use the Manage Running Programs to control running processes for performance and stability gains.
System Customizer: Customize Advanced Windows Settings
System Customizer allows you to adjust a wide range of settings to customize the appearance and behavior of over 100 Windows features. The Customize Advanced Windows Settings window provides an easy way to tweak and fine-tune settings in various areas of Windows. Many of these settings are “hidden” and cannot be readily changed without this tool.
NetTuner: Customize Advanced Internet Settings
NetTuner allows advanced users and system administrators to edit Internet and network settings. This tool can help the power user achieve the most efficient Internet speeds. You can modify advanced network settings and experiment with different configurations for testing.
DriveSense: Monitor Hard Drive Status
DriveSense™ monitoring tool displays real-time data
about the status of your hard drives, including drive temperature and other indicators of drive reliability. Monitoring indicators of your drive’s performance can keep you informed about your drives and help you take preventative action (such as backing up drives) where needed.
NetSpeed Analyzer: Measure Internet Download Speed
NetSpeed Analyzer runs tests of Internet download rates. To help you analyze the effect of any changes, the final screen compares current results to previous results. Testing download rates can help you refine your Internet configurations to achieve the best possible speed.
Upgradation from the free version is easy. You can upgrade either by clicking on a pro feature or find in the main GUI the upgrade option. You have to go through two screens
to apply the license and got the upgradation
. The upgraded version shows more in depth analysis and provides better optimization of your system.
Whole Home Licensing
In the version 11, Iolo have introduced Whole Home Licensing
in System Mechanic. Today, most homes have multiple computers. Trying to keep track of the number of software license activations allowed across all machines can become complicated and frustrating, as well as costly. So, if you have purchased a license, you can install that on all your home PCs at no extra cost.
A full version of System mechanic costs $49.95 for a 1 year updates. Thanks to Jack Follman from Iolo, I have few licenses of the Full version of Iolo System mechanic Standard to giveaway among our blog readers. If you are interested in having a license please do any of the following.
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