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To: w0z who wrote (4321)6/6/2015 11:34:14 AM
From: Raptech   of 4342
 
The last version I used was v12. My computer crashed one day and had to take it to a professional shop to bring it back. They uninstalled System Mechanic and advised me not to use it as they had see several similar problems with clients. It is a big and well regarded shop. Your review references are positive, but I always have doubt about these reviewers and their relationship wit the vendors. My computers run well by my own regular maintenance practices. We all make our own choices as to computer tools and my experience with SMP made it not worth retaining the program. Maybe the newer versions perform better. I was not a convinced user of SMP, but If it works for you that is what you should use.

System Mechanic Pro is marketed to “Fix, Speed Up and Secure Your PC.”

So what is System Mechanic, really? The Pro edition is essentially comprised of three categories of tools. Firstly, there’s an antivirus/anti-malware tool with the moniker “System Shield.”

Secondly, you’ll find a series of optimizers that shuffle the contents of fragmented objects in memory, as well as on hard drives and solid-state drives, purporting to speed up your system and make its operation smoother.

Thirdly, System Mechanic Pro gives you a n emergency toolkit that includes some of the tools a veteran of utilities packages from the 1980s would expect, such as the file undeletion package Search and Recover, an unwanted start up file remover, and the secure deletion tool Drive Scrubber that put Iolo on the map years ago. There are also tools that clean up Web browser caches, and there’s something else that promises to remove “redundant programs.”


After installing SMP and allowing it to perform those optimizations I deemed safe, the system scored a 701.1 on the same test, actually slowing down by a fraction. After uninstalling SMP, it scored a 695.0.

Now, certainly the registry became cleaner and shinier, but let’s be fair. The whole red-light/green-light business is a fantasy. It is not a true assessment of the relative safety of your PC, any more than the number of paper towels you have at the moment is a true assessment of the cleanliness of your kitchen.

Conclusion

I’m not saying here that a toolkit for cleaning up the untidy list of uninstallers in your registry, or un-erasing an accidentally trashed folder, isn’t useful. It can be. But using your PC shouldn’t be a daily game of “Deal or No Deal.”

Peace of mind can be a problem, especially when it’s marketed in a shiny, pricey box. Throwing money at your computer’s security so you can make the scary red light turn green may make you calmer, but it doesn’t necessarily secure your computer. As computer security expert Bruce Schneier has pointed out, “You can be secure even though you don’t feel secure, and you can feel secure even though you’re not really secure.”

Pros:

Problems list gives accurate descriptions of what the product is trying to do“Details” list gives user the right not to accept questionable fixesEncourages users to be more vigilant about regular system maintenan Cons:

Certain “vulnerabilities” the system tries to fix are actually security settingsDog slow antivirus is non-comptitive with free alternativesPerformance improvements through registry optimization contra-indicated by experience
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