TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, useability and feature set

System Mechanic will scan your computer to find problems with your Windows registry, look for hard drive errors, a fragmented disk, hardware failures, viruses and more. Once it diagnoses the problems your computer is having, this system repair software will repair and restores the components that are causing problems. Additionally, it optimizes your operating system so it can work the way it did when it was new. To make this application even more convenient, it has a simple interface that helps you navigate. It also has clear wording to help you understand what is wrong with your computer and how this PC repair software can fix it. For the reasons above, and many others, System Mechanic Professional is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner.

Features
9.9/10
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This system review software has the ability to thoroughly scan your computer for problems with both your operating system and your hardware, while also fine tuning for the best performance. While it can't fix your hardware, it can repair many operating system problems. System Mechanic Professional offers many tools combined into one software, including network management, a hardware-failure monitor and security software.

This edition of this software includes the ability to easily update your PC drivers. It can also detect and repair bad internet connections. System Mechanic Professional can realign dependent files for applications so your computer can run faster. If you have duplicate applications, this system repair software will remove duplicates. Another feature this software has is the ability to optimize your solid-state drives to prolong the life of those drives.

The large feature set will help you deal with a wide range of problems. The tools you'll find as part of System Mechanic Professional include disk analysis, disk repair, registry repair, security software, a built-in firewall application, system-reporting functions, optimization tools and automatic repair solutions. It also comes with detailed hardware reporting and hard-drive cleaning. Most of the features provide greater assistance for operating system problems such as system clutter, improperly uninstalled software and configuration issues. Other tools that address physical system components include system-reporting tools and disk-management functions, which do their jobs well.

Iolo also includes system analysis and reporting tools that help in troubleshooting your computer system. You can use the reports to examine a faulty component, driver or installed software application. Since finding a system problem can be a large, time-consuming effort, this function is a great feature. The reporting tools are detailed. You can easily view them through the sub reports for each type of system device or hardware.

Interface
9.4/10
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System Mechanic Professional has evolved over the past several years to be a front-runner among system repair software. It offers an intuitive interface coupled with powerful tools to repair or optimize your operating system. The System Mechanic menu shows each section of tools on the left side with an application screen on the right side. You can also customize the interface by selecting which tools appear under the tabs and by setting the application's color scheme.

This system repair software picked up our security suite right away without any conflicts. System Mechanic Professional can work alongside other applications such internet security suites. Other system repair software may ask you to uninstall third-party security software before you install the application.

System Mechanic Professional also includes many automatic monitoring tools that alert you when your system needs attention or has problems. These alerts include problems with system security, invalid registry entries and hard drive problems. You can set up this system repair software to perform automatic repair jobs such as disk defragmentation or registry repair. The tools run at automatic periods. You don't need to interact with the process or even be present during active periods. You can choose to use, ignore or even deactivate automatic scan and repair tools.

Other interesting functions include a report function that shows all previous repairs that the software has made and any updates it has installed. Another great tool is the ability to backtrack on previous System Mechanic Professional repair functions. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced system user, you will find powerful tools that can help you overcome many system problems.

An inconvenience we noticed is the lack of the interface scalability when we changed the size of the viewing window. When first loading this system repair software, it runs in a smaller window. However, if you want to maximize the window, the content only displays on a corner of the screen.

Performance
9.3/10
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This system repair software has a small footprint that will not drag down your operating system or overuse system resources. You can use other applications while System Mechanic Professional is working in the background. Although this system repair software isn't a speed demon, the background tasks and scanners are fast and allow the overall system to maintain its normal speed.

The repair tools performed their jobs faster than Windows' built-in tools. Even resource-intensive tasks such as disk defragmentation were fast, especially when compared to the built-in Windows disk defragmentation application.

Updates
9.5/10
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Iolo provides constant updates to System Mechanic Professional. Most of the updates automatically download, or you can have them completed upon your request. This PC repair software asks for confirmation before installing an update. Among all the system repair software we reviewed, System Mechanic Professional had the best update system available.

Another aspect of this system repair software we liked is that the license allows you to install it on multiple computers at the same time. It doesn't restrict you to one or two computers. This is nice if you have several personal computers in your home.

System Mechanic is available as a retail product and as a download from the developer's website. Iolo continually works on improving its product. It sends out weekly and sometimes even daily updates. During our test period with this system repair software, we had several major updates that we installed from the developer's website. We had them download automatically.

Help and Support
8.5/10
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Iolo has a support section on its website. There you can log in to your account or search for general information. Iolo has FAQs, online forums, a knowledge base, tutorials and a searchable comprehensive guide. The manual has embedded links to help you move quickly to the information you need. It has a Getting Started section as well as in-depth instructions and explanations. If you can't find the answers to your questions, you can contact Iolo's technical support via email or telephone. Tech support is available 24 hours per day except on holidays and during scheduled maintenance.

System Mechanic Professional Summary:
9.3/10

There is a great deal to like about System Mechanic Professional. Not only does it offer a multitude of system tools, but it also provides many ways to examine your computer's components. The interface is clean and uncluttered, making navigation easy to use. It runs quietly in the background and doesn't slow down other applications so you can keep working. It is a simple way to fine tune your PC. While no system software is perfect, System Mechanic Professional comes close.

 
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Pros
System Mechanic Professional offers a vast array of features and a user-friendly interface.

Cons
This system repair software offers so many features and customization options that it may be a little more complicated to run initially.

The Verdict
: 9.3/10

System Mechanic Professional will find and fix most computer problems quickly so that your computer can function the way it should.