iolo technologies, LLC is a company based in Los Angeles, California. iolo technologies produce various award-winning software that repairs, optimizes, and protects computers allowing home users or business establishments to appreciate their full computing potential by keeping devices running fast and reliably. One of the products I’m reviewing today, it is known as “System Mechanic” version 188.8.131.52. This is the basic version in which a comparison to the professional. The professional version has the same technology – which is a (complete suite of tools designed to Optimize, Clean, Repair, Protect, Secure, and Maintain your Windows computer) as the standard plus the following products added to it:
- System Shield 4
System Shield keeps you safe by using advanced real-time technology that provides continuous maximum protection and automatically repels viruses and malware before they can enter your computer.
- Search and Recover
Search and Recover recovers your documents, pictures, e-mail messages, videos, music, and more right from your hard drive, digital camera, MP3 player, Zip disk, USB flash drive, or any other digital device.
DriveScrubber safeguards your PC with military-strength defense against attempts at recovering your confidential information.
I want to start by saying, “This is not a miracle application” that will cure and make your old computer run faster, smoothly with awesomeness and it will stay that way forever . As we all know, technology evolves within a year or even months depending a new application for science/technology emerges. If you have a computer devices in a form of a desktop or laptop that is 5 or 10 years old. Using this product will NOT make your computer as new as to a new computer that you would purchase it today. Let’s be candidate here, – e.g. your 5 years old desktop will have an ageing processor, slow hard drive, outdated network card, etc….If you are thinking of purchasing this product and hoping for a new computer like the ones in the store today, don’t hold your breath!
I went ahead and tested in my computer lab installed on an ageing 10 years old HP Compaq Pentium 4 running Windows 7 / 32 bit. The actual installation was standard and basic. I went ahead by clicking on the interface called “All-in-one Tools” then performed all of the maintenance desired – PC accelerator, PC Repair, PC Cleanup, PC security, and Total Registry Revitalizer. See screen shot below –
FYI – I do not have any problems with my desktop computer such as Windows errors or intermittently crashing. The biggest issue I have is performance – very slow navigating throughout the operating system. Once I started to perform all of the maintenance tools one by one starting with the – PC accelerator, PC repair, and down to Total Registry Revitalizer each one found discrepancies and clicked the fix button to repair. The results were fairly good and see some speed with better performance then it was before. The next day, the computer was rebooted, logged in, and noticeably the performance is back to its original state which was SLOW! I ran the all of the maintenance again, it gotten better again, but I should’ve have NOT perform these steps every single day!
Folks, it is obvious this old computer will never be the same as you would purchase it 10 years ago even you tune it up with “System Mechanic” in which you have to run all of the maintenance every single day, Not going to happen!! At this point upgrading entirely is the best option. All those years of wear and tear on the hard drive, memory, motherboard, applications has been added, Windows updates, it will take toll on the computer hardware and the system resources. Now these days, computer desktops and laptops are inexpensive most users will opt the option to upgrade and purchase a new computer system all together. Overall, “System Mechanic” is OK and before you go out and buy one. Watchfully observe your computer system, look for signs of lagging, getting multiple errors, slow booting up, and taking long to have applications loading up. The age of computer system also will play a big role on whether to upgrade or purchase a maintenance software. On a newer computer system that is a year old, also need to be watchfully observed on the behavior such as lagging and getting errors. If you are running Windows operating system, it has a built in utilities such defrag and cleanup in which you can give it a try first and always download and run all Windows critical updates. Depending on your situation, I could live without “System Mechanic”. Do your own research and let me know your experiences, Good Luck!