Hey everybody. This is Marie’s son, Allen.
I’m the one writing the post this time, because my mom is reviewing a product called System Mechanic, made by iolo, which helps speed up your PC. She let me install it on my PC, because my PC was very slow. It’s a Windows XP, which is the operating system Microsoft released just before Windows Vista. It worked pretty okay, just cutting it for being a gaming computer (3D games, however, were quite laggy). System Mechanic, however, did a great job at speeding things up. iolo has been working for years trying to find the main reasons why a computer will slow down after a while, and they found ’em. And System Mechanic is designed to fix ’em. (You can find the nine main causes of PC slowdown a thttps://www.iolo.com/system-mechanic/standard/#Why-is-my-PC-Slow)
When you install System Mechanic, it asks for the type of internet connection you have (broadband, DSL, dial-up etc.), but other than that it installs pretty much like any other program. When you have it installed, you have System Mechanic scan your PC, checking for hard drive errors, fragemented files, and other problems. When it’s done scanning, it gives you a report and you can then choose to have System Mechanic repair them right away, or you can wait and do it later.
System Mechanic says it takes about 5-7 minutes to scan your PC, but I can’t remember how long it took to scan mine, I think it was maybe twenty minutes. That’s because in the middle of the scan it gave me the option to scan for hard drive errors, which can add up to an hour in scan time. I said yes anyway, and when the scan was complete, it said I had 12 problems that were slowing down my PC. When I saw that, I was like “Oh crap!” I seriously didn’t think it was that bad. There were three meters, titled health, security, and overall in the report. All three were in the red for my PC. My computer sucks :p
So I told System Mechanic to fix my PC right away, which took over 2 hours I believe. It might not take that long for yours if you get this program, because remember, I had 12 things wrong with mine, which I’m guessing is kinda extreme. Anyway, after System Mechanic finished repairing my PC, I honestly noticed the difference right away. There was like zero lag opening stuff up. I’m not joking when I say this: I was having a grand time, going through my PC, opening and closing various programs and folders. I was like “Sweet! I can open this folder I haven’t opened for hours with no lag! Whoopee!” Okay, I didn’t say that aloud, but that was the general train of thought going through my mind at the time. There were a few pauses in opening stuff up, but it wasn’t lag, it was my PC loading something that normally would take a second to load even on a good PC. When something was loading, I could go open another folder and look at stuff in there while I waited for the program to load. No lag!
That might sound kinda strange, someone getting excited that they could open a folder while something else was loading, but know that I’ve been using this PC for like 2-3 years, and it had been slow and laggy for like half that. Several days later I noticed my PC wasn’t quite as fast as it had been right after the repairs, but then I looked at another report from System Mechanic, and there are 2,776 defragmented files on my computer again. Hadn’t I defragmented my disk? I think that can tip you off on how bad my PC really is. That’s about how many defragmented files there are again, after 2-4 days.
Anyhow, final ranking: 9/10
My only complaint is that my PC will still lag sometimes, but that’s pretty much only when I’m playing online games, and those things can slow your PC down pretty easily, laggy or no. System Mechanic can’t remove all my lag, but it did remove like, oh, say, 99.56898% And that’s pretty pretty good 🙂
A product was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.