System Mechanic 12.5 could help your troubled system

sm-overview We live in a connected world where we probably can’t go a day without interacting with a computer. Like a car, the PC will also need regular maintenance. Even a slightly new PC or laptop will show some performance issues after regular use. We know we should do things like defragmentation, registry clean up and emptying temporary internet files, but I’m sure a lot of you can’t remember the last time you did any of these tasks.

If you go online, you’ll find a library of programs that will try and help fix the issue, but most don’t really explain what they are doing. You have to weigh in after a reboot by seeing if the system performs any better. There are also free software as well as paid software that will help consolidate everything you need to do to keep your system in tip-top shape.

One program, System Mechanic 12.5 from Iolo, can really make your system perform a lot better. This tune-up suite will help keep your system running more like new and provides helpful information that is simple to understand. The suite is compatible with Windows XP all the way up to Windows 8. One thing that stood out was the fact that after you purchase System Mechanic 12.5, you can install it on all your systems at home, since it doesn’t limit your installs like other programs do. This is an excellent value if you have multiple computers at home, as the program only costs $49.95.

System Mechanic 12.5 comes with a very clean menu that doesn’t clutter your screen, and it gives you quick access to what you’ll need. But for the more advanced user, you really need to look at the Toolbox section. (I’ll talk about one tool called CRUDD Remover a bit later.) The suite also comes with a very handy widget that you place on the desktop. This widget shows you the overall health of your system and updates periodically. I found this to be a great tool for a lot of people. Working in the IT world, I know that people don’t often make time to do maintenance on a computer. It’s usually after the system goes down that you now have to spend the time to fix the long list of issues that have gone untouched for a while. With this widget at a glance, you can see if the system needs a quick tune up or not. Best of all, you can run scans from the widget when you do see that the health of the system is declining.

After you first install the program you can run your first scan by clicking “Analyze Now”. This will give you a choice of “Performing Quick Scan” or “Performing Deep Scan”. The quick scan will probably take a minute or two and give you the normal issues you would need to address. The deep scan took a little over five minutes for me, and gave me a list of multiple issues that it could fix, including that my drive had thousands of misaligned files to fix.

SM2The next thing that came up was a message: “Boost speed and stability by removing redundant programs with CRUDD Remover.” CRUDD stands for Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers, basically duplicate programs that are slowing down your systems performance. This is something you could figure out on your own with probably several Google searches, but that would probably take up too much time, so it’s great that everything is consolidated into one window. Best of all you get simple explanations of each problem that was found. It even has a social factor by showing what other users have said, keep on or turn off.

Once I selected the things I wanted fixed, System Mechanic 12.5 did the rest. After a reboot I noticed a nice difference. My programs started loading up faster, especially my office programs, iTunes, and even Chrome. The boot-up time for my system did get a second or two faster, seeing as I didn’t have much on the drive to begin with.

I think System Mechanic 12.5 is a great tool, especially if you are not too tech savvy and you want to keep your system running at its best (without having to take your system to a tech). For those who are tech savvy, System Mechanic 12.5 pretty much has every tool you will probably need to keep your system running well.

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