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It’s no secret that computers slow down over time. No matter how well-maintained you keep your computer, it’s going to experience a loss in efficiency. In order to regain that initial speed performance, you need to do the same thing that you would do to your car: tune it up. Thankfully, there are tools for that.

Introducing Iolo System Mechanic 11, a program that promises to fix pesky computer errors, restore system stability, and maximize your computer’s operating speeds. System Mechanic is available for $39.95 on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, but we’ve got a great offer for you, MakeUseOf readers: we’re giving away 25 copies of System Mechanic 11 worth a total of $1,000 for free!

Participating in this giveaway is, as always, easy. All you have to do is read through this review. The giveaway details will be at the bottom of this post.

I remember years ago, I would manually traverse my Program Files directory and sift through all of the folders inside to determine which were empty, extraneous, or no longer needed. Then I’d delete them by hand, one by one. As you might imagine, that took a lot of time. Back then, the closest thing to a system tune-up was running a registry cleaner Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More . Now we have programs that boost the entire system.

System Mechanic 11 Review

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A System Mechanic 11 license will install and operate on every PC in your home. When you open System Mechanic for the first time, you’ll be presented with the Dashboard. In it, you’ll find a notification area at the top that tells you the general state of your computer (in terms of security, speed, stability, etc.). The first time, you’ll need to run a quick analysis of your computer, like such:

After the initial analysis, you’ll be good to go.

The dashboard is nice because it gives you one-click access to a number of functions. If you want to run a quick scan-and-repair, the button is right there. If you’d rather view a list of all the problems and fix them individually, you can do that, too.

In addition, the dashboard provides little hints to help you boost your performance. Actions like installing new drivers and running CRUDD Remover aren’t essential, but System Mechanic will recommend them when it thinks you’d benefit from them.

When I first ran System Mechanic, this is what I got: a whole bunch of problems. Apparently, my computer wasn’t in as tip-top shape as I thought it was. Thankfully, System Mechanic caught these problems and brought them to my attention.

System Mechanic will detect issues ranging from security vulnerabilities, to registry inconsistencies, to unnecessary system clutter, to excess startup programs, and more. The critical problems will be colored in red while the non-essential problems will be colored in black. You can then pick and choose which problems you want to fix and System Mechanic will do the rest.

System Mechanic has a section titled Automated Tasks, which automatically analyzes, optimizes, and repairs issues found with your computer. These automated tasks are only run when your computer is idle, so you can rest assured that these tasks will never interfere with your work.

Automated tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Optimizing startup configuration
  • Optimizing system drive performance
  • Recovering unused memory
  • Repairing registry problems
  • Repairing hard drive errors
  • Repairing security vulnerabilities
  • Cleaning up system clutter

Personally, I’m not a big fan of automated services like these, but I know that they can come in handy for many users. If you want a program that keeps your computer as well-oiled as possible behind the scenes, then System Mechanic’s automated tasks will be perfect for you.

System Mechanic has a section of tools called PowerTools. These are one-click features that fortify and clean out your computer on demand. What do these features do? Precisely what you’d expect from a tool that promises to boost performance:

  • PC Repair: Repairs frustrating and mysterious errors, crashes, and other system failures.
  • PC Cleanup: Sweeps away system clutter and frees up hard drive space.
  • PC Security: Repairs dangerous security flaws and performs a number of security improvements.
  • Total Registry Revitalizer: Keeps the registry clean, organized, and free of errors.

System Mechanic also has a section of tools called Individual Tools. There are a lot of these and they are sorted into eight different categories. Basically, if there are certain aspects of cleanup and optimization that you’d like to run — without running the entire gamut — then these individual tools are for you.

You should note, however, that individual tools are closer to manual work. System Mechanic still does everything for you, but it’ll be more work than simply using a Power Tool or an Automated Task.

Lastly, System Mechanic has a feature called IntelliStatus. This is basically a simple report that tells you the current status of your computer:

  • Breakdown of hard drive space and usage
  • Breakdown of system memory usage
  • Breakdown of startup programs
  • Breakdown of currently running programs
  • Overview of current Internet speed

Of course, System Mechanic provides a one-click button beside each report section so you can quickly fix and optimize underperforming aspects of your computer. All in all, a fantastic program that really works hard to make your computer the best it can be — all without making you do any of the work.

Again, we’re giving away 25 free copies to all of our loyal and beloved MakeUseOf fans and readers. As a reminder, Iolo System Mechanic 11 is available for $39.95 from their online store, and only runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

How do I win a copy of System Mechanic 11?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. MakeUseOf giveaways are open to readers worldwide.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, Twitter stream and Google+ page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Abhishek Azad
  • Ait Hami Fateh
  • Andy Hoggett
  • Anthony Rocco
  • B Mohan Kumar
  • Bryan keith Aranda
  • chuck butler
  • Daniel Hartle
  • Daryl Rhoden
  • David Saunders
  • Heather
  • Henry
  • Louis Davidson
  • Luis Alberto Scandurra
  • Martin Harding
  • Mohammad Jamel Mohd Alwai
  • Nick Solitro
  • Omer
  • Perry Lowe
  • Ravinder Putta
  • russell
  • Sljapkica
  • Suzy Lindroos
  • Timothy Jeffries
  • walt peglow

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with before Oct 20. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. David
    February 10, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I inadvertantly clicked on the option to make certain programs (.exe, .scr, etc) open in notepad. Now some of the programs do not run as indended.

    I called teck support to help fix this problem and they tell me that the problem is with my computer and that I need to spend $200 for the IOLO repair service.

    What a SCAM!! - Sell a program that screws up computers and then charge them $200 to fix.

    I canceled my suscribtion thru AOL. I hope they drop System Mechanic soon

  2. Fateh
    October 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Woohoo!! I win. It's the first time in my life i won something. Thank you, cograts to the other winners and good luck to those who didn't win today.

    • Tina
      October 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Congratulations, Fateh!

      • Fateh
        October 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        Thank you

  3. Kavita
    October 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    does this works on mac too...

  4. Oscar Andrés Sanchez Burnett
    October 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Please! I want this version, thanks a lot!

  5. John
    October 3, 2012 at 3:48 am

    This is not sending me the email it said it would. Perhaps it is having server issues.

  6. John
    October 3, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Looking good. Do it. Love System Mechanic.

  7. Dude Mesiter
    October 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Looks like a handy tool.

  8. Yogesh Vashist
    October 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Great software and great give away at

  9. salim benhouhou
    October 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    i think i should give system mechanic 11 a try

  10. ken jenner
    October 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

    be very nice thanks

  11. hotdoge3
    October 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

    have free so pro be very nice thanks.

  12. hotdoge3
    October 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

    have free so pro be very nice

  13. Shane_West
    October 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I probably need this more than I know

  14. Yudono Ra
    October 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    count me in guy's

  15. M4lcul
    September 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    System Mechanic does everything it says it does - but it slows your system down too much. I know, I tried it for a year and threw it out.

  16. Lambvolution
    September 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    giveaway code on twitter is incorrect..

  17. Lee
    September 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I'd love a license - entered as required!

  18. Vimal
    September 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks . This one is really worth having

  19. John Cutrone
    September 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Would be a great gift for my friend Bobbie

  20. Sebastian Hadinata
    September 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Sweet... Nice giveaway :D

  21. Randy Gilbert
    September 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Love you guys!

  22. Rashelle Puno
    September 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

    love this!

  23. Ahmed Khalil
    September 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    the link saying "claim one entry into this competition for 2 points" is still not shown i think their is a problem as this link shown for the other giveaways.

  24. Ahmed Khalil
    September 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    it is still not shown in rewards page, it is only shown in this post

    • Jackson Chung
      September 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Fixed. Sorry about that.

      • HLJonnalagadda
        September 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Dunno how you guys give away cool software on a weekly basis at all!

      • Harish Jonnalagadda
        October 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        Like the new rewards section!

  25. Dan Valentin
    September 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Many thanks!Useful giveaway!

  26. babak younespour
    September 28, 2012 at 4:40 am

    great giveaway

  27. Marjorie Cooney
    September 28, 2012 at 2:45 am

    You give away awesome prizes. One day I will win one of them lol :)

  28. Kp Rao
    September 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

    system mechanic 11 is real mecanic.

  29. rodney
    September 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

    would like a copy of this software have used the free version before but the paid version has a lot more features then the free version

  30. JayHwon
    September 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    This is nice.

  31. Jacob Twitchel
    September 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    This sounds like a really nice software to have. I especially like the part where you can use the license on all of your computers! lol

    • Thomas Kolakowski
      September 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      That was a nice addition with v11. I have it on all three of my PC's at home. I've been using it for years and it keeps getting better. Having it constantly run the defrag and such in the background is very helpful and has had no negative impact on my system.

  32. Jack Hecker
    September 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Yes it is.

  33. Vibhanshu
    September 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    i am using system mechanic since its 4th version and i love it too much

  34. zeff
    September 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    This one of the best utility tool among Advance system care and Auslogic Boot speed. These three are best in my opinion. But all have some advantage over other interms of some feature they have. Disk defragment feature of system mechanic is quite good in comparison to others one. you will see instant speed boost up after defragment and program realignment. Infact system mechanic is like a medicine which give you immediate result, you will definitely feel it after performing various t weeks.
    lets talk about Advance system care pro, it does the same job as system mechanic, but i like extra 20 tools which repair the common PC problem. It is quit handy. very useful.
    And finally Auslogic Boost speed, What i like about this utility is its fast, blazing speed. It really does the job very fast.
    But In-terms of various option it lack some features with other two.
    So in my opinion Systemechanic has little advantage over other finally i would say It is best among three. One more thing i would like to add you will not find Crak or kigen for system mechanic. So very little chance of getting pirated one. So If you don't have this software Go for this giveaway. it is good chance to win a must have software. Although I am not going to participate, b'coz i already have this Gem..Anyway Thanks For Giveaway.

    • Joel Lee
      September 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Hey, thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! Very much appreciated. :)

  35. Hossam Khattab
    September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    it would be great to have this software

  36. Quoc Vuong
    September 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    thanks for giveaway

  37. John Paul Wohlschied
    September 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    any chance this will get on the rewards page?

    • Joel Lee
      September 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Hey John. Unfortunately, the Reviews section has different management than the Giveaways section, so I can't give you an answer on that.

      • HLJonnalagadda
        September 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        Would've liked to see this on the rewards section though..

        • Harish Jonnalagadda
          October 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          Good job on the new rewards section!

  38. Dave
    September 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This looks quite good wouldn't mind giving it a go so count me in please and thanks.

  39. Stevie
    September 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I know there is little chance to win, but one can dream.

  40. mohan kumar
    September 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    The giveaway code is visible, if one clicks the FB hyperlink given at the end of the article review

    • Ahmed Khalil
      September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

      no it is not wok yet

  41. daniel dawson
    September 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Giveaway codes page is still blank on facebook!.

  42. daniel dawson
    September 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Giveaway codes page is still blankon facebook!.

    • Joel Lee
      September 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Did you try clearing your browser cache and refreshing? 99% of the time that's the issue. I can see the codes just fine.

  43. Aditya Roy
    September 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Will pass. Am very happy with my Auslogics BoostSpeed :)

  44. riya
    September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Is it better then iobit's adv system care pro?

    • Joel Lee
      September 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I much prefer System Mechanic's interface as it feels cleaner and better organized. In terms of features, I think they both handle cleanup and maintenance at around the same efficacy, though I feel like System Mechanic can better detect security flaws in your system.

      I'm using both right now and, personally, I'm leaning towards System Mechanic.

  45. daniel dawson
    September 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    This nuts!,can not get giveaway codes page is blank.

  46. daniel dawson
    September 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This nuts!,not can get giveaway codes page is blank.

  47. HLJonnalagadda
    September 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Would love to win a license for this software!

    • HLJonnalagadda
      September 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Cant find the giveaway code anywhere.. Guess I have to wait a few minutes..

      • Joel Lee
        September 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        I can see it on the Facebook giveaway code page. Did you try clearing your browser cache and refreshing?

        • HLJonnalagadda
          September 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          Yeah am able to see it now! Thanks.

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