At one stage in my life, I was so obsessed with tuning my PC and keeping it clean by trying to remove as much junk, unused files as possible. I’ve used almost all popular paid and open source tools to get the job done. Temporary files, broken shortcuts, registry cleanup – I have done it all.
But, that was a time when the hard disk space, RAM and processing power of desktops were well below what we have under the hood of smartphones of modern times. Things changed real quick and I upgraded to faster machines which made system tune up irrelevant. After a few years, I got curious as to how things are going on in the PC tune up space.
I found that my trusted tune up buddy, System Mechanic is still going strong and has got a shiny new version. After the break, let us find out if the app is as awesome and easy to use from before.
System Mechanic is now at version 11 and is available in free and pro versions. The free version is fairly capable and does a splendid job at keeping your desktop tidy. However, if you feel the need to tinker and tune up the jeepers out of your machine, try the pro version which costs $39.95.
I am not a big fan of web installers and when I saw one when trying to install System Mechanic, I wasn’t thrilled. The download was slower than usual, but the app did ask me if I want to save the installer file for future use and not go through a sluggish re-download process. So, that evens things out in that section.
A Welcome screen with shortcuts to instructions and video tutorials shows up at first launch. So does the gorgeous little health status gadget at the top right corner of the desktop.
Clicking on it brings up the companion window that helpfully suggested that I better analyze the system ASAP.
The System Analysis
There were two progress bars keeping me informed about the status of major and minor checks in progress. An ETA would have been great though!
After a few minutes, the results screen showed and I was delighted to see that the overall system health was Fair. Kudos for the great organization and presentation of data. The problems sections of the report lists out the amount of clutter in the hard disk. Under the Warnings section, I was promptly told that there 27 unwanted programs at startup. Ouch!
Cleanup and Disabling Startup Processes
You could just repair all problems and warnings right from the desktop gadget. However, if you would like to know more about what you are about to do, check the System Mechanic app. Besides, from here you can select which problems you want to be addressed immediately and opt for other options instead of just removing them.
The clean up was comprehensive and I was delighted when I got back more than 5 GB of hard disk space.
Coming to disabling startup items, it occurred to me how cumbersome it was to do by running commands and jumping through hoops. Thanks to System Mechanic, it’s now as simple as clicking the Turn it Off button! The detailed description about the process comes in handy if you couldn’t identify the app by its name.
Tuning the System
System Mechanic is a great fit if you are someone who doesn’t understand much about computers. For instance, the Internet Booster is all that you need to fix quick network connection issues. And the Shortcut Repair feature fixes broken links to applications in no time. Most of us might not understand what the big deal with getting a new shortcut created, but for a casual user this for sure is a major time saver.
Features like these combined with the ability to automate system tuning and optimization processes, saves even the effort of a couple of clicks.
From freeing up RAM memory to securing your system, there isn’t anything System Mechanic can’t do.
If the devices of an app reviewer could talk, they would share sad stories of how many apps they carry on their backs and how unused most of them after a single try. I don’t bother to uninstall or delete apps I’ve installed and usually opt for a clean installation once a year or so. But, after trying out System Mechanic, I think it would be so productive if I just used the app once every couple of months.
It isn’t like System Mechanic is perfect in all respects. There are just too many features and jargon to make your head spin. Some of the features are so identical, at times it is not very clear which one to use in the first place. A stripped down version with just the right amount of features of the pro version of the app would make it a killer cleanup utility.