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Optimize the performance of your computer by fixing various errors
3 Jul 2021
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What's new

v16.1.0.42 [20 Sep 2016]
May include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

v16.0.0.550 [29 Jun 2016]
May include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

v14.6.1.23 [28 Jul 2015]
PowerSense technology dynamically adjusts the computer’s processor cores and speed based on user needs.
DriveSense helps PC users avoid catastrophic crashes with diagnostics that automatically alert users when a hard drive failure is imminent so they can better protect data.

v14.5.2.30 [4 Feb 2015]
NEW NetBooster 2.0
- Designed for today’s critical need for top Internet speed
- Deploys automatic TCP/IP optimization on under-performing Windows settings unearthed in Windows XP through Windows 10
- Ingeniously locates fastest DNS server in your area and lets you click to connect
ENHANCED PowerSense
- Frees your PC from “average” by auto-switching power, processor and program settings hidden deep within Windows
- Delivers maximum extremes of raw speed or system stamina right when you need them
- Ships with PowerSense Modes that trigger whenever you launch your favorite task-related software such as a video editing program or gaming client
- Now you can create your own customized versions of these app-specific modes
NEW System Tray Controls
- Launch LiveBoost options and overview right from the desktop
- Toggle PowerSense Modes right from the desktop
ENHANCED Memory Mechanic
- Deep cleaning mode releases even more captive RAM by:
- Flushing the entire memory capacity
- Refilling with only those processes that still need RAM
ENHANCED Program Accelerator
- More efficient, rapid response
- Defragments files and then patent-pending technology realigns related program files with each other for the very fastest access
Plus:
- Enhanced Registry Tuner™
- LiveBoost™ now fully integrated into main System Mechanic interface
- Easier Multi-PC Install – Covers all your PCs with FREE Whole Home License®
- Many system-wide improvements to give you the best PC experience possible.

v14.0.4.7 [15 Jul 2014]
What’s New in Version 14
- PowerSense™
Monitors your activity in real time and adjusts your computer’s power to specific settings engineered to deliver maximum resources and full CPU core power right when you need it.
- Ultra Performance Mode
Boosts app speed by focusing your PC’s processor and memory on that session. Delivers raw, fast and uncompromised power for your big resource demands: playing games, making music, editing videos, graphic design and high demand productivity.
- Endurance Mode
When battery life is top priority. Reduces power consumption and extends battery life. At a coffee shop, or on the fly, sometimes battery life is a big issue. Endurance Mode switches your PC to basic minimum power usage so your computer can last as long as you do.

v12.0.0.63 [10 Sep 2013]
- Deeper Error Correction
Core Data Recalibrator automatically detects and repairs core-level information corruption to eliminate complex and stubborn PC issues.
- Increased System Stability
Stability Guard proactively intercepts threats to system stability to help you keep Windows running rock-solid and problem-free.
- Smarter Bloat Removal
CRUDD Remover is now greatly enhanced to detect and remove even more duplicate programs that unnecessarily overload your system.
- More Optimization Intelligence
Tune-up Definitions are now able to inject more intelligence into technology and provide improved methods of adapting to each individual computer’s profile and configuration.

v11.7.1.31 [18 Mar 2013]
Guided Recommendations
A seamless collaboration of 15 years of iolo’s breakthrough analytics, research, and professional experience, Guided Recommendations harnesses the collective intelligence of the entire System Mechanic community base so you can safely and easily take your PC to even greater heights of performance, even beyond what System Mechanic already performs automatically.
Guided Recommendations fuses together three powerful technologies; Tune-up Definitions™, TrueImpact™ and the collective intelligence of the System Mechanic community to provide guidance on removing additional hidden programs that can bottleneck your PC performance.
Because no two PCs are alike, each recommendation is tailored to your specific PC, providing insight into which potentially unwanted programs are typically disabled by the System Mechanic community. These collective recommendations, along with detailed descriptions and the impact measurement of each of these programs, gives you the power and to make at-a-glance decisions about how to make your computer faster and more efficient than ever before possible—all in just a few clicks.
ENHANCED: AcceleWrite
-real-time technology that optimizes file organization on both solid state drives (SSD) and traditional hard disk drives (HDD).
Working deep inside the Windows operating system, it minimizes the degree that a new file, or changes to existing files, will be stored inefficiently. By minimizing the random writing of data, AcceleWrite increases overall system performance and largely reduces or eliminates the need to perform secondary file optimization (such as disk defragmentation), saving your system time and energy resources and helping prolong the life of your PC.
ENHANCED: Startup Optimizer
Start Windows significantly faster by eliminating unneeded or hazardous start up programs safely. Startup Optimizer is now expanded and even more simplified and delivers extra system horsepower at your command. Technology refinements now make it easier to achieve accelerated system startup speeds while precious resources are injected back into active programs and tasks throughout the day.
-advancements in System Mechanic 11.7 coupled with ongoing research from iolo Labs and the collective intelligence of the entire System Mechanic community result in even broader startup coverage. Now it’s easier than ever to identify and root out unwanted programs that silently leach horsepower from startup and other high priority activities.
Windows 8 Certified
Every new operating system presents its own optimization challenges and Windows 8 is no exception. Version 11.7 has been specifically engineered to expand on the performance improvements in Windows 8 while at the same time eliminating issues it shares with earlier Windows operating systems.
It has been fully designed to effectively fix, optimize and maintain Windows 8 PCs based on extensive testing from iolo Labs.
ENHANCED: Patented ActiveCare Technology
(US Pat 7,873,877)
One of the many industry-first innovations included in System Mechanic, ActiveCare is now easier than ever to configure, with setup profiles that allow you to apply one-click maintenance options to your entire PC without the guesswork. System Mechanic’s exclusive idle-time optimization kicks in when your PC isn’t being used and releases full control when you return — so your system always stays ready for action. By silently tuning, fixing, and cleaning as needed while you’re away, you’ll have a faster and healthier PC without experiencing foreground maintenance activities that can bog things down.
Other products blindly schedule maintenance at specific intervals whether they’re needed or not, and ignore operation-jamming problems that arise between scheduled events. Patented ActiveCare transparently and intelligently keeps your PC running optimally so your system always runs at peak performance levels.
Designated Drivers
Keeps your PC running swiftly and stably by automatically installing critical driver updates.
Device drivers are files filled with critical information that instruct your computer and the devices connected to it how to operate together effectively. All of the hardware on a PC—from the keyboard and mouse to the CPU and Wi-Fi adapter—require an up-to-date driver to keep them in good working order.
Because they perform such essential tasks, keeping your drivers updated and in good working condition is central to ensuring your PC’s overall stability and performance. However, the process of manually updating drivers can be frustrating and time-consuming.
Designated Drivers–lets you update all of your PC’s drivers with just one click, now making driver updates a painless process. Designated Drivers is the only tool of its kind to exclusively use Microsoft-approved driver updates, which have gone through two rounds of quality assurance testing to ensure the updates are safe, reliable and broadly compatible.
SSD Accelerator
Streamlines, optimizes, and prolongs the life of modern solid-state drives, keeping them running at peak performance.
Although solid state drives (SSDs) enjoy a significant speed advantage over traditional hard disk drives, it doesn’t mean they are impervious to slowdown or degradation over time. With regular, everyday use, many users have found that these drives begin to suffer from incremental performance loss.
To resolve this problem, iolo’s engineers designed SSD Accelerator™ to proactively optimize solid state drives to keep them running at the peak of speed and efficiency. SSD Accelerator has also been designed to work together with System Mechanic’s other drive optimization tools such as AcceleWrite and ActiveCare technology in order to ensure that all of your data storage drives are automatically optimized for maximum performance and longevity on a regular basis.
ENHANCED: Program Accelerator
Speeds up overall program responsiveness by re-aligning all of a program’s dependent files on the hard drive.
The problem: program misalignment can be a major cause of system slowdown created by errant Windows and software updates. It leads to progressively slower program launch and responsiveness as dependent files become scattered all over the hard drive.
Disk defragmenters can make it worse, blindly compacting and separating related files even more.
Program Accelerator’s unique patent-pending technology adds sophistication to enhance defrag tools, such as DriveAccelerator, and move related files back together.
Bottom line: Program Accelerator jump-starts your sluggish programs by fully re-aligning your whole PC file system.
CRUDD Remover™
Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers (CRUDD) Remover™ helps identify and eliminate duplicate programs that overload your system.
In addition to all the programs you install yourself, there’s the software that came with your PC that you may never use, as well as any number of programs that may have installed themselves on your computer without your knowledge.
Removing unneeded programs can be one of the best ways to significantly speed up a PC. The CRUDD Remover’s™ expert intelligence takes the hassle and guesswork out of finding, classifying, and presenting them all, so you can choose to remove unnecessary software bloat.
Unlimited PCs – Whole Home License®
Many homes have multiple computers, and trying to keep track of the number of software license activations allowed across all machines can become complicated and frustrating, as well as costly.
iolo decided to make things simpler: now iolo products include a Whole Home License® that lets you install on all your home PCs at no extra cost. (Click here for full legal terms and conditions.)
Get more performance and more value with the first-ever software license that lets you use it on all your home PCs, no matter how many you have.
Internet Connection Repair
The frustration of being abruptly disconnected from the internet—usually right in the middle of something important—it happens even with broadband.
System Mechanic’s new Internet Connection Repair technology detects bad connections and uses a regimen of proprietary technology to not only repair and reconnect your computer, but also help ensure the connection is as clean, fast, and reliable as possible.
ENHANCED: Tune-up Definitions™
It’s the first technology of its kind and a critical part of System Mechanic’s automatic weekly intelligence updates.
iolo Labs is continually studying and classifying new and changing threats to PC performance. Tune-up Definitions™ allow System Mechanic to individually tailor its diagnosis, repair, and optimization tools for each unique PC configuration, providing personalized solutions to emerging performance threats using ActiveCare technology.
System Mechanic is now fueled by well over 30,000 independently identified solutions to common issues that arise from everyday use. This makes all the tools and functions that rely on this crucial data more effective than ever before.
DriveAccelerator™
System Mechanic’s fast and powerful disk defrag tool is now engineered to work hand in hand with the patent-pending technology of Program Accelerator™ and AcceleWrite™ to completely optimize your hard drives and critical data for speed and reliability.
Fully refreshed for even faster overall performance
Redesigned to work in full concert with the new Program Accelerator™ and AcceleWrite®
Uses ultra-secure double-data security techniques to fully safe-guard your important files
Fully incorporates Windows SuperFetch updates resulting in even faster Windows startup.
ENHANCED: EnergyBooster
Boost speed by turning off unused background programs.
Perfect for gamers, video and sound engineers, artists, web designers… or any serious computer user who requires an instant shot of raw, fast, focused performance. Frees up and maximizes system memory and CPU resources to give Windows additional horsepower. Uses iolo Labs’ Tune-up Definitions and user-defined profiles to identify background programs and services that can be temporarily shut down.
ENHANCED: Total Registry Revitalizer™
Repair, compact, defragment, and backup your Windows registry in one step.
Integrates all of System Mechanic’s powerful registry tools to provide complete and seamless all-in-one care for the Windows registry, safely performing the entire battery of critical repair, maintenance, and optimization procedures in one step. This tool also leverages System Mechanic’s technology with more effective problem-detection, improved overall speed and efficiency of scans, and enhanced reporting that provides more detailed scope of errors.
Incinerator® for Recycle Bin
Permanently wipes files in the Windows Recycle Bin, so they can never be recovered.
Incinerator® technology is now integrated into the Windows Recycle Bin, providing you with the choice of standard file deletion or the Department of Defense 5220-22M compliant technique for maximum security when emptying the Recycle Bin.
System Mechanic Jump List
The System Mechanic Jump List gives you instant access to frequently needed information and features, such as system status, Memory Mechanic®, Energy Booster™, and more. The latest version allows you to launch a full scan and repair straight from your desktop.
ENHANCED: PC Health Status App
Designed exclusively for the Windows 8 tiled user interface, the PC Health Status App lets you keep track of your system efficiency and health status at a glance.
For Windows 7 and Vista, the PC Health Status Gadget provides at-a-glance real-time reports on system health, security, and overall status, straight from your desktop. Both the app and gadget include a running list of recently performed repairs and optimizations, and offers quick access to commonly used tools, such as Memory Mechanic® and the new EnergyBooster™.
Privacy Cleaner
At your command, securely wipes away all traces of personal and confidential computer activity you specify.
Better than simply clearing the cache, it uses military-grade Incinerator® data shredding technology to safely and permanently whisk away the trail of activity left in over 45 locations by Windows, web browsers, media players, and more.
Now with dozens of additional cleanup targets including all major web browsers and chat clients:
• Internet Explorer • Firefox • AIM • MSN
• Google Chrome • Safari • Yahoo! • Skype
• More…
ENHANCED: All-in-one PC Cleanup PowerTool
All-in-One PC Cleanup has been greatly enhanced with additional junk file patterns, new ways of detecting and removing insidious system clutter, and improved scan speeds.
Removes new file patterns exclusive to Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and XP
Removes clutter from all major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera
Removes clutter from all major online chat programs, such as AIM, Skype, Yahoo!, MSN, and more
Removes clutter from all major web toolbars, such as Google, Yahoo! and more.
Smarter Boot-Time Tune-ups
Some of the most important Windows system files such as the page file, the Registry hives, and the master file table, are locked by Windows and can never be defragmented using conventional defragmenting tools, but System Mechanic’s Boot-Time Defragmentation can defragment these special files conveniently before Windows loads.
Now, all of System Mechanic’s boot-time operations come with a series of prompts and options that offer you increased control in order to avoid inopportune delays while starting up the PC. You can set up black-out times during the day where no boot-time tasks will be performed, and new prompts at PC startup give you the ability to run or postpone boot-time tasks at that time.
Plus, hundreds of overall universal improvements for dramatically improved speed
A multitude of improvements, enhancements, stability augmentations and general fixes have been incorporated into version 11.7 for the most effective and reliable performance optimization product to date.

v10.5.5.23 [15 Jun 2011]
System Mechanic 10.5 includes new and enhanced intelligent tools and technologies that automatically keep your PC running at peak performance.

v8.5.6.15 [30 Nov 2008]
. New ActiveCare keeps your PC running like new.
. Registry optimizer and Defragment tools added for more system care.
. Navigational links are added within the tools to simplify moving throughout System Mechanic.

v7.5.11.14 [4 Jan 2008]
RegNow platform support, improvements to Startup Optimizer Wizard, interface modifications to enhance usability.

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