System Mechanic Reviewer’s GuideSystem Mechanic 10.5 ®The most advanced approachto maximum PC performance MEDIA CONTACT: Julia Zamorska iolo technologies, LLC VP of Corporate Communications 323.423.1031 Julia.Zamorska@iolo.com www.iolo.com
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 1 System Mechanic® Fix and Speed Up Your PC…AutomaticallyThe all-in-one solution for ultimatePC performance and trouble-free computing Fixes errors, crashes and freezes Boosts internet speeds Speeds up Windows start time Restores system stability Cleans out clutter and junk files Prevents slowdowns and bottlenecks Plugs security holes Clears out private data Improves gaming experience You don’t need to be an expert TM For easy ―fix it and forget it‖ solutions, System Mechanic offers: One-click repairs One button can instantly repair all problems All-in-one solutions Run the essential fixes at once with one-click PowerTools™ Automated maintenance Let the exclusive, patented ActiveCare® technology do all the work and fix problems automaticallyAdvanced users have total controlFor power users, System Mechanic offers: More than 220 critical tests and 50+ features that run tailored repairs and customizations System performance tools for advanced ―under the hood‖ configurations IntelliStatus® technology that provides statistics for troubleshooting and performance-tracking
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 2Behind the Powerof System Mechanic®Built on Performance-based ResearchThe strength of System Mechanic and its edge over competitors lay in its useof scientific data from iolo Labs, the research arm of iolo technologies.iolo Labs investigates issues in personal computer performance and stability;studies the behavior of applications, services, drivers, and other related tools;and quantifies the impact of a variety of system changes and configurations.iolo Labs research data is then used as the foundation of Tune-up Definitions™, which inject SystemMechanic with knowledge about programs, services, updates, and other components that threatenoptimal PC operation. With Tune-Up Definitions, System Mechanic is always informed about the latestPC problems and can dynamically adapt to each specific configuration.Integrated and Comprehensive Tune-ups System Mechanic‘s 50+ diagnostic, repair, and optimization features are engineered to work together. Rather than running dozens of different – and possibly conflicting – individual products, you benefit from technology that is fully integrated and compatible. Further, System Mechanic‘s all-in-one design results in a comprehensive approach to tune-ups: system analyses are more inclusive, repairs are more thorough, and more diagnostic data can be reported and tracked.Constant Peak Performance with ActiveCareiolo‘s patented ActiveCare® technology is distinctive in the PC tune-up industry; no other productoffers this level of intelligent computer maintenance.Using a patented design (USPTO #7873877), ActiveCareautomatically identifies and fixes problems whenyour PC is on but not in use. This approach surpassesthe schedule-based features used in other programsbecause it only runs the fixes that are needed and onlyruns when your computer is idle.ActiveCare proactively ensures your PC is always ready for action, while eliminating unwantedinterruptions to work or play.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 3 9 Causes of PC Slowdown How System Mechanic® Fixes Them AllAfter years of investigation and testing, iolo Labs researchers uncovered the nine key areas of a Windows PCthat degrade over time—the issues that most significantly slow down your PC and diminish its performance.System Mechanic is now the only available product that can resolve all nine root causes of PC slowdowns.9 Root Causes of PC Slowdown The System Mechanic Fix Slow program The interdependent files that make up a Program Accelerator™ uses patent-pending 1 access caused by misaligned programs program tend to drift apart and become scattered across the hard drive, impacting the speed at which programs can run. calibration technology to realign program for the fastest possible access. The result is quicker launching and more responsive performance. When memory is low, everything on your Memory Mechanic® reclaims valuable memory Decline in RAM 2 that impacts all PC processing computer suffers. Programs frequently lock up and the PC gets progressively slower throughout the day. by reassembling the memory into neat, contiguous order and releasing any memory help captive by memory leaks. Many programs automatically start when Startup Optimizer™ uses research-based Slow boot times 3 caused by startup traffic jam your PC starts: Some are required, but many are not and create needless bottlenecks that slow down your PC. classifications to automatically detect unneeded startup items, while allowing all your important programs and services to load. Redundant With certain programs, having redundant CRUDD Remover™ detects and displays the 4 programs leading to conflicts and instability ones installed overloads background functioning and leads to system conflicts that make your system unstable and slow. redundant programs that impact your PCs performance and stability, and then lets you decide which ones you want to keep or remove. Slow web speeds A significant influence on web speed is a set NetBooster® automatically custom fits your 5 caused by mismatched internet settings of Windows settings related to network and internet connections – and these are often not set to their optimal values. computer to suit your internet connection and fine-tunes your configurations so that more data can be transferred over the internet. The registry is one of the most important Registry Tuner™ repairs the registry by removing Registry errors and6 corruption causing instability components of your PC, and when it becomes corrupted, the overall condition of your computer declines. all of its invalid and obsolete references. The process also detects and removes dangerous files. After cleaning the registry, old keys are Registry Compactor™ defragments and compacts Bloat that 7 overtaxes the registry deleted and leave gaps, causing the registry to become large and fragmented and eat up vital system memory. the registry to eliminate the bloated space, which speeds registry access, improves efficiency, and frees up memory. Your PC stores portions of the files in DriveAccelerator™ defragments the hard drive Fragmented hard 8 drives that overtax drive processing different locations on the hard drive. As this fragmentation increases, gathering the scattered pieces takes more time. and reorganizes scattered data, which not only boosts file access speed but also extends the life of the drive. With regular PC usage, junk files quickly PC Cleanup, one of System Mechanics five all-in- Accumulated9 system clutter that wastes resources accumulate: drive space is wasted and your PCs processing load is needlessly overburdened. one PowerTools™, analyzes your computers level of clutter and then performs a deep cleaning by safely removing all the useless files.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 4 iolo Labs™ Superior Performance Through Research iolo Labs, the independent research arm of iolo technologies, investigates changes in computer performance and tests various approaches to reversing or preventing any deterioration. The iolo Labs testing methodology includes: Observing real PCs from real users, both physical machines and PC snapshots. Creating and using computer models that reproduce PCs in specific conditions; for example, a PC that has undergone typical home office use for six months. In the iolo Labs study The Impact of Time/Usage and PC Tune-Up Software on Selected PC Performance Factors researchers found that (1) all the tested indicators of performance deteriorated over time and with use, and (2) System Mechanic‘s PC tune-ups were effective in reversing this degradation. Among the study‘s results were that a PC without a tune-up took up to 46% longer to start, exhibited up to 66% more CPU idle usage, and maintained up to 38% less available memory than a PC tuned with System Mechanic. To follow is a sampling of the study‘s findings: Windows startup time: Before and after a System Mechanic tune-up 4:19 Un-tuned PCs tuned with System Mechanic started notably 3:50 3:21 faster than those without a tune-up, at all of the 2:52 Tuned tested machine ages (from a new PC to one that 2:24 Un-tuned had been used for 24 months). Averaged across 1:55 the periods, tune-ups resulted in 30% faster Un-tuned 1:26 Un-tuned Tuned Tuned startup times. 0:57 Tuned 0:28 Also of note is that even for a new (0-month) 0:00 0 month 3 month 6 month 24 month machine, startup time improved with a System Un-tuned 1:00 1:20 2:15 3:40 Mechanic tune-up: one minute compared to 45 Tuned 0:45 1:02 1:13 2:40 seconds—a 25% reduction in time. Improvement 25% 23% 46% 27% CPU idle usage percentage: Before and after a System Mechanic tune-up 8.0% Un-tuned iolo Labs tested CPU idle usage because a high 7.0% percentage indicates an excessive number of 6.0% Un-tuned background processes are running and using 5.0% system resources. 4.0% Tuned 3.0% Un-tuned Tuned At all the tested machine ages, the CPU idle usage 2.0% Un-tuned for a PC without a tune-up was more than double 1.0% Tuned Tuned the usage for a tuned PC. 0.0% 0 month 3 month 6 month 24 month Un-tuned 0.9% 2.0% 5.0% 7.5% Averaged across the time periods, a System Tuned 0.3% 0.6% 2.0% 3.0% Mechanic tune-up resulted in a significant 64% Improvement 67% 70% 60% 60% reduction in the CPU idle usage.To see the full study and other research on PC performance, access the iolo Labs site at www.iolo.com/labs.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 5 New and Enhanced Features in System Mechanic® 10.5 Designated Drivers™ Outdated driver software is a common cause of PC slowdowns and errors. The new Designated Drivers tool keeps device drivers on your PC up-to-date by detecting and then automatically updating outdated software, using only Microsoft-approved updates that have undergone extensive testing for stability and compatibility. SSD Accelerator™ While solid state drives (SSDs) can be a faster alternative to traditional hard disk drives, these state-of-the-art drives still tend to suffer from incremental performance loss over time. The new SSD Accelerator streamlines and optimizes the SSDs, improving overall PC performance and extending drive life and dependability. Program Accelerator™ Over time, the many files that make up a program tend to drift apart and become scattered across the hard drive. The patent-pending technology in Program Accelerator realigns these program files, resulting in programs that launch faster and respond more quickly. CRUDD Remover™ The CRUDD ("Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers") Remover detects and displays the redundant programs that impact PC performance and stability. You can then make informed choices about which programs to keep and which ones to remove. Whole Home Licensing™ Previously, one System Mechanic license could be installed on up to 3 PCs. Because many people now have more than three computers, System Mechanic is now licensed under the Whole Home Licensing program that allows you to use one license on all of the PCs in your household. Internet Connection Repair A new repair feature that fixes damaged or broken internet connection problems caused by destructive software is now in ActiveCare® and the PC Repair PowerTool™. Tune-up Definitions™ Tune-Up Definitions, the weekly research updates automatically delivered to System Mechanic customers, have significantly expanded and now have instructions that automatically resolve 18,000+ unique problems. DriveAccelerator™ The drive defragmentation technology in DriveAccelerator is re-engineered both to incorporate new features in Windows 7 and to work in conjunction with the new Program Accelerator. ActiveCare® ActiveCare, the newly patented technology that fixes errors behind-the-scenes, adds more automated tasks that enable System Mechanic to automatically detect and repair more problems. PowerTools™ More cleanup, repair, and optimization functions are now in the all-in-one PowerTools that provide an easy solution to computer tune-ups by running multiple tasks at once.For more information on new and enhanced features, refer to the System Mechanic 10.5 New Features page.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 6Before You Get StartedPurchasing and Licensing InformationSystem Requirements PC with Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista, or XP 25 MB free hard disk space 256 MB RAM 400 MHz or faster processor speed Internet Explorer 6.0 with Service Pack 2 or later An internet connectionProduct AvailabilitySystem Mechanic is available for purchase through various retail channels and iolo‘s web site atwww.iolo.com/purchase.Free trials of System Mechanic are available for download at www.iolo.com/downloads.Trial versions are fully functional for 30 days.Pricing and LicensingSystem Mechanic is $49.95 for a one-year service plan. With automatic renewals, subsequent serviceplans are offered at a discounted $29.95 per year. Two-year and three-year service plans are alsooffered at discounted rates.A service plan includes Whole Home Licensing™ for every PC in a single family household andautomatic upgrades for all minor and major version releases of the product.Service PolicyDuring the service period, unlimited product upgrades and enhancements are provided at noadditional charge. This includes all minor updates (for example, from version 10.0 to version 10.5)and major releases (for example, from version 10.5 to version 11.0) that become available during theservice period.If the service becomes inactive, System Mechanic remains functional. However, without access tothe Tune-up Definitions™ generated by iolo Labs, System Mechanic‘s directory of PC performanceproblems and remedies becomes increasingly outdated, making it more difficult to keep your PCrunning at peak performance.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 7 Getting Around System Mechanic Easy as 1–2–3System Mechanic’s intuitive interface makes it easy for both novices and technical experts to use.Depending on your level of technical expertise and preferences, there are three primary ways to use System Mechanic:1 Dashboard A wide variety of tools for both beginners and experts The Overview section of the Dashboard is where all users start. After System Mechanic analyzes your PC, you can simply repair all the problems with one Perfect for the Want more details click – but if you‘re more curious, you can view novice or busy user: and more control details about the problems found and run the click Repair All and over repairs? Click repairs you want, the way you want to. fix all issues at once. View Problems.2 Toolbox A wide variety of tools for both beginners and experts For beginners, All-in-one Tools combine the essential fixes into one-click wizards, taking the guesswork out of PC repair. More technical users will be at home using the wealth of repair, optimization, and configuration options in the Individual Tools.3 ActiveCare You decide which automated repairs ActiveCare runs Set it and forget it: automate system checks and repairs so that they run when your PC is on but not being used. The patented ActiveCare® automatically fixes your PC when it needs repairs and, best of all, it runs quietly in the background—you’re never interrupted while you‘re working.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 8Getting Started with System MechanicThe System Mechanic Interface User-friendly design, instructive graphics, and simple access to repairs and optimizationsDashboard Analyze PC and repair problems Overview Run an analysis of your PC and see a snapshot view of your computer‘s condition. Problems View details about detected problems and run the repairs you select.ActiveCare® Automate maintenance Automated Tasks Designate issues that you want System Mechanic to monitor and automatically fix.Internet Security Manage internet security Anti-malware Monitor the status of your anti-malware protection. Firewall Monitor the status of your firewall protection.Toolbox Find the right tool for the job All-in-one Tools Access System Mechanic‘s PowerTools™ and other all-in-one solutions. Individual Tools Access System Mechanic‘s Individual Tools to meet a specific need.Reports View statistics and key system details IntelliStatus® View key system details and access the relevant optimization and management tools. History View statistics of the repairs made by System Mechanic. Access SafetyNet™ to revert your PC and undo specific System Mechanic actions, for worry-free configurations.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 9 System Mechanic Dashboard Diagnose PC problems in minutes Find out your PC’s health, and get recommendations for the specific repairs and optimizations your PC needs Click Analyze Now and then view progress as System Mechanic analyzes your system and checks for problems. When the analysis completes, System Mechanic calculates and displays your system‘s health, security, and overall condition with color-coded, easy-to-understand graphic meters.The computations are based on the numberof problems detected and their severity -possible states are Good, Fair, Poor, or Critical.Different repair optionsfor different working stylesYou can fix all the problems at once, or you can view moreinformation about the detected problems prior to running repairs.Fix errors with one clickSimply click ‗Repair All‘. System Mechanic will automatically fix problems using defaultsettings. This is the fastest and easiest way to keep your PC in top condition. Try it - View problems View problem details To see more information prior to running any repairs, Click View Problems. click ‗View Problems‘. The list of problems will display, along with descriptions of how a repair can help your computer. The Problems pane will display, listing each problem and allowing you to pick This gives you total control over repairs, as well as and choose the repairs you want to run. more information about the detected problems.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 10 Repair Options for All User Levels Fix your PC the way you want toView problems, decide which ones youwant to fix, and run repairs when – andhow – you want toFor every issue detected, the Problems pane showsan explanation of the risk and how a repair can help. The critical problems shown in red are detrimental to your PC‘s performance, security, or stability. Less severe problems are shown in black and the warnings are general recommendations for improving your computer‘s operation.Fast, Automatic Repairs To automatically fix all the problems detected, simply click Repair All. To automatically fix the problems you designate, select the check box next to each problem you want to fix and click Repair Selected. Access Detailed Options Click on the arrow of the action button next to a problem, such as Remove or Repair, to access additional options (the options available vary by problem). Repair/remove now Let System Mechanic automatically fix the issue using default settings. Start wizard Open the System Mechanic tool and configure settings to suit your preferences. Hide this problem Hidden problems are not displayed or included in computations of system status. Automatically repair Select the check box to have the problem automatically fixed when detected.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 11 System Mechanic ToolboxAll-in-one Tools: Run the essential repairs and optimizations at once PC TotalCare® Fix, accelerate, maintain, clean, and secure your PC with one easy tool Try it - PC Accelerator PC Accelerator Run several speed-boosting 1. Under Toolbox on the navigation tools at once and achieve maximum speed bar, click All-in-one Tools. 2. Click Start next to PC Accelerator. PC Repair One wizard to detect and repair hundreds of critical system problems 3. The first screen will display all the available actions. You can decide PC Cleanup One tool eliminates all the which repairs you want to run, or unneeded clutter that can overtax resources you can accept System Mechanic‘s recommendations. PC Security Increase protection and bolster your PC‘s defense in one easy step 4. Click Next and then watch as PC Accelerator shows the progress of Total Registry Revitalizer Keep the critical the repairs and optimizations. registry clean, organized, and free of errorsIndividual Tools: Pick the repairs that meet your specific needs The Individual Tools pane organizes tools into task- oriented categories, making it easy to get to the exact tool you need. Function-based categories allow you to: Increase performance, Enhance protection, Clean up system clutter, Repair problems, Ensure personal privacy, Manage system configuration, and Perform diagnostics. Step-by-step wizards let you choose what actions are run, with the settings you specify. System configuration tools allow you to monitor and fine-tune settings so that your PC is tailored to your personal specifications. Diagnostic tools provide detailed system reporting for power users.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 12 Running Tools in System Mechanic Get the right tool for the jobRun the exact repairs that suityour needs – automatically orwith settings you choose Simple, step-by-step wizard formats Preset modes for default settings Custom modes for total control Easy-to-follow categorized layouts Informative graphics in Program Accelerator™ Instructive and engaging graphics Clear presentation of results On-screen descriptions during processing Try it - Program Accelerator™ Task-specific and field-level help system 1. Under Toolbox on the navigation bar, click Individual Tools. Try it - Memory Mechanic® 2. In the Increase Performance category, click Start next to Program Accelerator.1. Under Toolbox on the navigation bar, 3. On the first screen, select the one or more click Individual Tools. drives you want to optimize.2. In the Increase Performance category, 4. Analyze how misaligned a drive is by clicking click Start next to Memory Mechanic. Analyze now. After a few moments, an analysis of the drive‘s misalignment will3. The first screen shows an analysis of the display, along with a recommendation on current memory usage. If available system whether the drive should be realigned. memory is less than 60%, it is recommended that the tool be run. 5. Click Next and then select any desired options.4. Click Next and then watch the graphic as System Mechanic defragments the 6. Click Next again and then watch the real- memory. time graphical presentation of the realignment in progress.5. When the defragmentation completes, results are presented in both an overview 7. When the process completes, the final graphic and detailed statistics of the exact screen shows the results, including the amount of memory reclaimed. percentage decrease in file system entropy.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 13 ActiveCare® Patented Repair Technology Keep your PC at its peak performanceAutomatically fixes problems iolo‘s patented ActiveCare® seamlessly keeps computerswithout any drain on resources at their maximum speed, reliability, and efficiency without any user intervention or drain on resources.While your computer is on but not in use, ActiveCare monitors the PC‘s condition based on establishedperformance standards. It then immediately runs designated repairs if a problem is detected. This allows formonitoring of your computer‘s health and security without interrupting your work. ActiveCare surpasses schedule-based tools because it runs repairs only when they‘re needed and it runs only when your computer is idle.You control the automated actions that ActiveCare runs, by making selections from the Problems pane (shownon page 10) or the Automated Tasks pane shown below. With ActiveCare, you can automatically: Clean out unneeded files when system clutter Detect and repair hard drive errors becomes excessive Defragment system memory when memory is low Clean and repair the registry by removing Detect and repair broken shortcuts obsolete and invalid references Back up the registry on a recurrent basis Streamline Windows startup by eliminating unneeded startup commands Defragment and compact the registry as-needed Defragment hard drives when they become Repair broken internet connections caused by rogue highly fragmented programs NEW IN SYSTEM MECHANIC 10 Adapt settings to boost internet speed Realign scattered program files for faster access and processing NEW IN SYSTEM MECHANIC 10 Repair security vulnerabilities in operating systems and browsers Keep Tune-up Definitions current to stay protected from the latest threats to PC performance Try it - ActiveCare® 1. Under ActiveCare on the navigation bar, click Automated Tasks. 2. Experiment with enabling or disabling any desired tasks. 3. For enabled tasks, ActiveCare will monitor for problems while your PC is idle and will run any needed repairs. Enable ActiveCare’s automated repairs with one clickAdditional configurations allow you to fully customize when ActiveCare runs – you can control ActiveCareprocessing based on specific times, battery power usage, CPU usage, full screen mode for gaming/videos, andmore. To access these settings, click Options from the menu bar, select the ActiveCare tab, and then click EditAdvanced Options.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 14 IntelliStatus® Critical system details at-a-glanceIntelliStatus® calculates real-time statistics for those system components that significantly impactperformance and provides easy access to the System Mechanic tools that will improve performance. Try it - IntelliStatus® and quick access to optimizations 1. Under Reports on the navigation bar, click IntelliStatus. 2. Note the percentage of drive space available in the Hard Drive Space category. 3. Click Clean Up. The PC Cleanup wizard opens. From the Select Actions screen, you can analyze the PC for clutter levels and choose which actions you want to run. 4. Select the check box next to each type of clutter you want to clean out, and click Next. 5. The PC Cleanup Wizard shows the progress of the optimizations, and then displays the results. 6. Click Exit to return to the IntelliStatus pane. 7. Note the improvement in hard drive space freed.Hard Drive Space See how much drive space is Click Clean Up to open PC Cleanup and clean out available on your PC. unneeded files.System Memory See how much system memory is Click Optimize to open Memory Mechanic® and available on your PC. reclaim valuable memory.Startup Programs See the number of programs and Click Configure to open the Startup Manager™ services included in Windows startup. and view and manage the processes that automatically start with Windows. Based on iolo Labs research, files are categorized into the following types: System, Necessary, Optional, Unknown, and Dangerous.Running Programs See the number of programs and Click Configure to open the Process Manager™ services that are currently running. and view and control all the processes that are currently running. Based on iolo Labs research, files are categorized into the following types: System, Necessary, Optional, Unknown, and Dangerous.Internet Speed See the speed of your internet Click Configure to open NetBooster® and tailor connection. settings to suit your type of internet connection, which can boost download rates.
System Mechanic 10.5 Reviewers Guide 15 Wrapping Up Thank you for exploring System Mechanic!Below are a few more details about the product, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions. Primary media contact: Julia Zamorska, VP of Corporate Communications phone: 323.423.1031 Julia.Zamorska@iolo.com Media product support: Customer Care Manager: 323.423.1006 Assistant Customer Care Manager: 323.423.1020 Questions? If you have any For publication, please iolo Customer Care questions or would refer your readers to our online: www.iolo.com/customercarelike more information, Customer Care team: phone: 323.257.8886 fax: 323.257.8885 please let us know. hours: 8 am – 5 pm (Pacific), Monday – Friday Pricing and Licensing Product specifications System Mechanic is $49.95 for a 1-year service plan. Manufacturer: iolo technologies, LLC With automatic renewals, subsequent service plans are discounted to $29.95 per year. 2-year and 3-year Address: 7470 North Figueroa St. service plans are also offered at discounted rates. Los Angeles, CA 90041 Product and Web site: www.iolo.com pricing info A service plan includes Whole Home Licensing™ for every PC in a single family household and Details on System Product name: System Mechanic automatic upgrades for all releases. Mechanic‘s pricing, Version: 10.5 licensing, and Service Policy service policy Unlimited product upgrades and enhancements Category: PC tune-up / PC utility are provided at no additional charge during the service period. This includes all minor updates and Target user: All levels major releases that become available during the Launch date: June 2011 service period. SSP: $49.95 (US) iolo technologies Crowned the Fastest-Growing Company in the U.S. in both 2010 and 2009 by the American Business Awards, iolo technologies (www.iolo.com) produces award-winning software that repairs, optimizes, and protects Windows computers. A privately held firm founded in 1998 and headquartered in Los Angeles, iolo has presence in 33 countries, products in 6 languages, and more than 38 million users worldwide. About iolo The iolo product line includes System Mechanic®, the #1 best-selling PC performance software; System More information Mechanic Professional®, an all-in-one suite of PC performance and security tools; Search and about iolo Recover™, a data recovery program for retrieving deleted files; DriveScrubber®, the #1 best-selling technologies utility for securely and permanently erasing data; and System Shield®, performance-focused antivirus and antispyware software.