iolo System Mechanic Free is a cut-down version of iolo's popular PC optimisation suite.
If you've ever used any of the PC speedup packages around then you'll already know what to expect here. So there's a Registry cleaner, for instance; a tool for locating and deleting junk files; a basic defrag module, Windows startup program checker, and so on.
This isn't just an identikit speedup suite, though - these tools are genuinely effective. When we pointed the program at a reasonably clean system and asked it to locate redundant files, for example, it uncovered 820MB; CCleaner could only locate 236MB.
There are also plenty of tools which aren't commonly available in this kind of suite. So there are modules to defragment your memory, back up and restore your Registry; locate and delete (or fix) broken shortcuts; securely erase confidential files; locate duplicate files; thoroughly uninstall applications; view system information; and take snapshots of your PC and display the difference between them, so for instance you can see the changes made to your PC by a program installation.
And just in case that sounds like too much work, System Mechanic also allows you to run several tools at once via its wizards. You might launch the PC Accelerator to run all its speedup functions, say, or use PC Cleanup to free up the maximum hard drive space. Or simply launching PC TotalCare will run all System Mechanic's functions with a click.
There's plenty on offer here, then, but of course the full version of System Mechanic has even more functionality: boot-time defragmentation, special software speedup options, an internet connection tweaker, a module to locate and install updated drivers, disaster recovery tools, the System Troubleshooter to fix common Windows problems, security tools, in-depth Windows startup optimisation, a Windows tweaking tool, and more. If that sounds more appealing then you can always download the System Mechanic trial as an alternative.
This is the new System Mechanic 11 which ships with full Windows 8 support, an AcceleWrite™ module which will optimize file storage on-the-fly and More System Horsepower so you can get more power from your computer.
System Mechanic 11.7 is a major upgrade with these changes/new features:
- Streamlined Startup Speeds. Enhanced boot-optimized technology puts your PC in high gear more effectively than ever. Newly optimized startup technology allows Windows to be ready for action faster than ever before.
- More Optimization Intelligence. System Mechanic's exclusive Tune-up Definitions transform research into speed for your PC. As a result of ongoing iolo Labs testing, Tune-up Definitions are now able to inject more intelligence into technology and provide improved methods of adapting to each individual computer's profile and configuration.
- Direct Expert Connection. With System Mechanic 11.7, iolo's collective intelligence is delivered to your desktop so you can benefit from cutting edge data that allows you to get the most out of your PC.