Your system starts to slow down a few months after you purchased it. What could be causing it? Viruses? Spyware? Junk files? Memory not getting released by poorly designed programs? How about obsolete registry entries? How about all of the above? If so, what can be done about this situation?
I first tested System Mechanic Professional in 2006 and was impressed by its ability to do batch system optimizations and repairs, ones you could schedule after hours. When I remembered to keep the machine on, the scheduled actions took place. When my machine began to slow down, I realized the Total Care batch program hadn’t been run in awhile, due to my negligence.
Now, among the new release’s impressive features is real-time optimization, which occurs as you use your computer (more accurately, when it’s idle). This means that you can specify that it scan the system for such problems as restoring memory that sloppy programs failed to release, recovering space from temporary Windows clutter, and scanning the system for viruses and spyware. You don’t have to do anything! There is even a System Mechanic gadget that sits on your desktop, showing you what it’s monitoring and fixing (either always on top or only when the desktop is displayed), in case you’re compulsive and need to fix manually something before the automation can set in. Oddly, I’ve had it disappear a few times, but it’s a simple matter to redisplay it through the Windows 7 gadget applet.
You can program the system to speed up system startups, but that becomes a moot point if you specify that you want your registry compressed and cleaned each time your computer is turned on. Unfortunately, there’s no way to program System Mechanic to do this, say every fifteen days. It’s either every day or never. If it makes you feel any better, there is some disagreement among techies on the Web as to whether registry optimization really helps much. I haven’t noticed any notable speed improvement after a registry optimization, either by this program or any other, but maybe that’s just me.
If you subscribe to the update feature every year, Iolo will upgrade your system daily, not just with virus updates but, like Windows itself, with program updates. It’s probably worth subscribing to, particularly for the anti-virus protection. (It caught one Trojan horse trying to gallop in through a program on my USB drive.) I recommend System Mechanic for those who want to keep their system safe and efficient with a minimum of bother.