iolo System Mechanic 9

November 4th, 2009 Software, Tech, The West Australian

iolo System Mechanic is a neat little PC clean-up utility for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 that declutters your system, fixes registry errors and (a tall claim) speeds up your start time and web speed by 300 percent.

Having to create an account on the company’s servers to run the program will give pause to some users in these privacy-paranoid times, but once installed the program requires only two clicks — one to analyse problems and another to fix them. It also gives you a report of the problems it’s found and wants to repair so you can easily remove them if you don’t want actioned.

We tested on a laptop with 1GB of RAM using Vista and a desktop PC with 2GB of RAM using XP Home. The first scans took up to 10 or 20 minutes, with far less for subsequent runs, and there was a marked speed improvement even in simple tasks like opening windows. Highly recommended. Rating: 4.5


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