It’s quite common that the more experienced you become in Windows, the more control you want to have over it, and the less interference you want from anything that wants to “help” you. The opposite is true at the other end of the scale and computer users with very little experience or know-how prefer to so they don’t have to take the time to learn new things that don’t really interest them. This is an area where software developers have realized that not everyone wants to know how to defrag their hard drives,, clean the web browser cache and, and generally keep their computer running in tip-top condition. If you look around the internet there is a wealth of software the claims to automatically clean and optimize Windows for you, so you don’t have to bother with the boring stuff. Iolo System Mechanic is one of those all-in-one applications that says it can clean out all the useless junk and help protect your privacy, repair problems, optimize your computer so it runs smoothly, and even boost the performance of Windows by tweaking a number of settings. If you wanted to do all this manually, you would require knowledge and several third party tools, System Mechanic aims to do all this from the one application.
System Mechanic Free Edition System Mechanic does have a free version available which is obviously a cut down from its full versions, the top end Pro version costing $69.95 and the standard version at $49.95, although you can get it for 50% off quite often through an advertisement in the free version UI. Sadly for users that wish to do as little work as possible, the free version omits a number of the set and forget features.
Simply, selecting the free version when given the choice. An email address is required to activate although it doesn’t have to be a real email. On launch the program will ask to run a system analysis, you can click the drop down arrow to the right of the “Analyze now” button and select a more thorough scan which takes over 5 minutes to complete. After the scan has finished you will get a rating of your overall system status, obviously the worse your system is rated and the more problems it is perceived to have, the more towards the red the health meter will go. Novice or inexperienced users can click the “Repair all” button to begin the repair, clean and optimize process, experienced users can view what problems have been identified and choose what should be touched and what shouldn’t.