Iolo Sys­tem Me­chanic Pro

Prom­ises a faster, more se­cure Win­dows PC. $49.95 | WWW.IOLO.COM

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Iolo Sys­tem Me­chanic Pro (SMP) claims to be one-stop tool for PC op­ti­mi­sa­tion, packed with all the tools you could pos­si­bly want for keep­ing Win­dows run­ning smoothly. And un­like many sys­tem op­ti­mi­sa­tion tools, noth­ing about SMP is opaque or con­fus­ing. All your op­tions are clearly la­belled, with full de­scrip­tions of their pur­pose and de­tails about what the ef­fect of delet­ing or op­ti­mis­ing the item in ques­tion will be. Along­side those per­for­mance tune-up fea­tures, SMP also in­cludes im­pres­sive pro­tec­tion from mal­ware, with be­havioural anal­y­sis to pick up threats even if they haven’t yet been cat­a­logued in Iolo’s ex­ten­sive database.

If you just want to give your PC a quick tuneup, the Dash­board might be all you need. The soft­ware scans for junk files, bro­ken or miss­ing registry en­tries and un­nec­es­sary browser cook­ies. The scan­ning process is fast, and once it’s com­plete, you can fix all iden­ti­fied prob­lems with just one click. Af­ter the ini­tial scan, you can gen­er­ally rely on the app’s Ac­tiveCare tool to carry out this reg­u­lar main­te­nance for you when­ever your PC is idle.

Things get more in­ter­est­ing when you be­gin ex­plor­ing SMP’s Tool­box. This in­cludes a com­bi­na­tion of tools unique to Sys­tem Me­chanic, plus a few con­ve­nient links to the best of Win­dows’ own util­i­ties, sav­ing you the need to trawl through the Con­trol Panel.

The ex­cel­lent Startup Man­ager is a huge cut above the one in­cluded with most other Win­dows tuneup ap­pli­ca­tions. Each pro­gram listed in­cludes a rat­ing from Iolo’s com­mu­nity to help you de­cide whether to pre­vent it run­ning at startup for faster boot times.

How­ever, the stand­out fea­ture has to be its su­perb mal­ware scan­ner. This lets you check your en­tire sys­tem, a spe­cific folder (par­tic­u­larly handy for scan­ning your Down­loads folder) or just an in­di­vid­ual file. The mal­ware def­i­ni­tions are up­dated reg­u­larly, and there’s so­phis­ti­cated be­havioural anal­y­sis to pick up newly emerg­ing threats, as we men­tioned above. SMP doesn’t just block mal­ware ei­ther — it can also re­move it thor­oughly if your PC is al­ready in­fected.

In short, Sys­tem Me­chanic Pro makes for a great tool­kit for fix­ing many PC ails.

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