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System Mechanic 6 Professional

by IOLO Technologies See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows XP / 2003 Server / 98
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Utility software for fixing, accelerating, securing, and maintaining your PC
  • Diagnose and fix hundreds of stubborn problems using PC repair wizard
  • Find and repair Windows security flaws with PC security optimizer
  • Remove all forms of PC and Internet junk using the new cleanup wizard
  • Increase performance by up to 300 percent with PC acceleration wizard

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / 2003 Server / 98
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0009JQRW2
  • Item model number: SM6P
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,762 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Total PC Optimization and Internet Security in One Integrated Package! The only system optimization and security software you’ll ever need: six award-winning products contained in one complete solution. Fix stubborn errors, accelerate performance, maintain peak PC health, protect against viruses, hackers, spyware, adware, and more using the System Mechanic 6 Professional robust arsenal of powerful tools.

From the Manufacturer

The only system optimization and security software you’ll ever need: six award-winning products contained in one complete solution. Fix stubborn errors, accelerate performance, maintain peak PC health, protect against viruses, hackers, spyware, adware, and more using the System Mechanic 6 Professional robust arsenal of powerful tools.


  • Solve stubborn problems using PC repair wizard: use the System Mechanic 6 new PC repair wizard to automatically diagnose and fix hundreds of problems with hard drives, system components, installed software, hardware, and more.
  • Instantly lock-down your system with PC security optimizer: automatically find and repair Windows security flaws that leave you open to attack from computer enemies such as spyware, adware, viruses, hackers, and identity thieves.
  • Keep your system spotless with PC cleanup wizard: Let’s face it--computers become increasingly cluttered, disorganized, and sluggish if not cleaned regularly. Automatically remove all forms of PC and Internet junk using the new cleanup wizard, keeping Windows fresh, fast, and sparkling clean.
  • Increase PC and Internet performance by up to 300 percent: using the new PC acceleration wizard, you can automatically optimize system settings and eliminate velocity bottlenecks for maximum gains in overall performance.
  • One-click does it all with PC TotalCare: The only tool you’ll need to keep your PC running fast, smooth, and error-free. New PC TotalCare combines System Mechanics power into a single one-button interface for the perfect blend of absolute power and effortless simplicity.
  • World-class antivirus and firewall protection: The System Mechanic antivirus technology repeatedly places first in independent tests. Work and play without fear of infection from viruses, worms, Trojans, and other nasty enemies that can wreak unnecessary havoc.
  • Advanced defense against spyware, adware, and malware: the System Mechanic Professional Spython tool effectively eliminates spyware infection and uses proprietary methods to stop parasites before they start.
  • Prevent identity theft with System Shield: System Shield Professional protects your PC from unwanted attempts at uncovering private or confidential data. Shield yourself against identity theft or personal misrepresentation.
  • Securely wipe all data from any hard drive: Formatting your hard drive does not remove or erase your data. Many programs can recover data from a formatted drive. With DriveScrubber, you can securely overwrite and remove all data to ensure 100-percent security.
New Features:
  • Faster disk defrag: defragment drives up to 300-percent faster than previous versions of System Mechanic, and up to ten times faster than Windows built-in defragmenter.
  • Fix Windows security holes: new security optimizer wizard finds dangerous security flaws in Windows and repairs them automatically.
  • One-click power tools: Easily perform important system maintenance with just one click. Repair, accelerate, clean, and secure your PC with one click using the System Mechanic comprehensive new Power Tools.
  • Full service in one pass with PC TotalCare: Repair, accelerate, clean, and secure your PC with one click with the System Mechanic PC TotalCare tool.
  • Repair hard-drive problems: New Drive Medic finds and fixes hard drive problems before they can cause data loss or system failure.
  • Full disaster recovery: Recover from even the worst system crashes with Drive Medic Disaster Recovery. Rescue PCs that won’t start and revive hard drives that were reformatted, repartitioned, or worse.
  • PC accelerator wizard: the proprietary System Mechanic PC optimization techniques increase system responsiveness, decrease boot times, and speed up Internet and download rates by up to 300 percent.
  • Advanced process manager: Take a look under the hood with the new advanced process manager and see what’s running--visibly or otherwise. Automatically block dangerous items from starting again. Great for troubleshooting stubborn problems.
  • Advanced startup manager: Review thorough information about the more than 20 different places where programs may hide to automatically startup with Windows. Automatically find and eliminate dangerous and unnecessary programs. Even permanently block programs from starting again through integration with System Mechanic Startup Guard technology.
  • Decrease boot time with startup optimizer: find dangerous and unnecessary startup items and remove or delay them so that Windows starts up faster, making you more productive instead of waiting for unnecessary programs to load.
  • Enhanced registry optimization: newly augmented optimization technology finds and fixes even more registry problems that would cripple your system.
  • Improved spyware protection: Spython integrates new proactive "always on" protection from dangerous spyware, malware, adware, and unauthorized surveillance software.
  • New comprehensive system-inspector tool: Get an ultra-detailed report of everything in your PC, from installed software, to attached peripherals, to core system hardware, and everything in between.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jack of all trades, master of none November 15, 2005
I have used System Mechanic 4 for many years and like it. It cleans my registry, finds old shortcuts. Most importantly, it tells me what it is going to do before it does it.

System Mechanic 6 will do tons of stuff to your computer, but won't tell you ahead of time what it's going to do. It fixed 99 "security vulnerabilities" on my pc, without telling me what it was doing, or letting me choose which of them to actually fix. I have a firewall and virus protection that are updated, so I seriously doubt there were 99 things to fix. The program just bulldogs it's way through whatever it thinks needs to be done. After various programs stopped working, I had to undo all the System Mechanic 6 changes, reinstall some software, and finally get rid of System Mechanic 6. I think System Mechanic 6 is trying to make itself easier to use by sheltering the user from the intricacies of the program, but the result is a bloated program that tries to do too much, interacts with the user too little, doesn't do anything well, and will most likely break your pc.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Read the reviews of the 4 or 5 major system utilities (Systemworks, System Mechanic, Systemsuite, etc). Guess what? Depending on which review you read, they are all outstanding products, or they are all trash. Not a single product gets glowing reviews from everyone, and each product has lots of people who had major problems. What to do? Do what I did. Just try one until it works.

I have used Systemworks and System Mechanic on various computers over the years with pretty decent results. For the last couple of years I've used System Mechanic with absolutely no problem. I just bought a new computer, and one of the first things I did was slap a copy of System Mechanic 6 Pro on it. The results? Completely trashed my brand new computer. Not really a big deal since the computer is new and I didn't have much (any) time invested in new software installation. All my documents are on my old computer, so I lost nothing. I just did a complete disaster recovery and got back to normal.

The next thing I did was install the Systemworks 2006/Personal Firewall bundle. Guess what? Flawless installation. Have run all the diagnostics and checks. Absolutely no problems.

So what does this mean? If you try one of the system utilities and it trashes your system, just uninstall it, try to get your money back, then move on to another one. I am absolutely convinced that it is a total crapshoot as to which utility will work on your system. If you think about it, they all have about the same features, so the issue is not what they can do, but whether they are stable and will work on your system. System Mechanic didn't work for me. Systemworks does. Just the way of the world.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buggy upgrade. November 19, 2005
l've used versions 4 and 5 for years. I was extremely disappointed with version 6. It is buggy and caused blg problems.

The startup function disables startup files inaccurately and automatically. Tech support was unable to help me reverse the damage because the reverse function doesn't work, according to tech support.

The security function prevented me from accessing my computer because it closed ports. Tech support could not tell me how to reopen the ports. Another reason the lack of a reverse function is a serious problem.

Tech support was unable to help me. Theyare obviously overwhelmed bc the program is so bad.

After getting nowhere with tech support, I solved most of my problems by uninstalling version 6. My private tech guy will solve the rest, I hope, next week.

This is a below a beta version program. Version 5 is great. Version 6 IS NOT READY for public consumption.

This program should come with a warning and a letter of apology. Do not use it if they give it to you for free.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, but not for novices January 15, 2006
By Matt P
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Latest Update-- Running with absolutely no problems, after two weeks intensive use on the three computers in my home network, and by far the most effective and flexible of any cleanup utility I've tried. The careful preparation seems to have paid off.

I was somewhat leary about trying this out, because of some very negative reviews. But the people at ZoneAlarm recommend it, so I decided to give it a try. To minimize the chances of trouble, I uninstalled my prior version, System Mechanic Pro 5 and thoroughly cleaned my system (Dell Dimension 8400, 512MB memory, two 180GB hard drives in a RAID0 configuration, running Windows XP Pro SP2, ZoneAlarm, Kaspersky Personal Pro antivirus, and antispyware from ZoneAlarm and Microsoft), using VCOM System Suite 6. I performed a system and registry backup, using System Suite 6 and set a Windows checkpoint. I did a full backup onto a USB drive, using Norton Ghost 10. I then rebooted twice, disconnected from the Internet,closed every program in the System Tray that would close (firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc.), inserted the System Mechanic disk, exited from the startup screen, and explored the disk for any text or manual files. I read everything I could. I then reinserted the disk and let it run.

The system hung once during the installation. This was unexpected, but not unusual when installing complex programs-- I just rebooted and the installation picked up where it had left off. I checked to make sure that no firewall nor antivirus was being installed.

The installation completed. I rebooted twice, re-connected to the Internet (firewall and anti-virus were again active), downloaded and installed the update (version q) and gingerly started exploring the features.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works as advertised what more do you need!
Published 7 months ago by Jerrold Wharton
5.0 out of 5 stars System Mechanic Pro by Iolo
The latest is System Mechanic Pro 14. I've been upgrading for a decade and swear by it.
Published 8 months ago by Richard D. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars This after I listem to them telling me what a great product it was
Called them up for their tech support. After I downloaded their software and ran the program, the problem was still not fixed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Smythe
1.0 out of 5 stars Product doesn't work well, customer service is poor - more headache...
I am quite unhappy I was talked into buying a subscription for 3 years.
Their customer service is poor. They product doesn't work well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marvin Cohn
1.0 out of 5 stars System Mechanic 6
It did appear to be new when I received it, but it was unusable. It will only load onto the computer IF the computer has a windows 98 ,me,2000, or xp operating system. Read more
Published 16 months ago by arkiehick
1.0 out of 5 stars System Mechanics isn't worth the time and trouble
I bought this product and unfortunately paid for two years. Every time I use it, it disconnects my printer from my computer. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mzupan
1.0 out of 5 stars Put your money in something else that works
This is a total dissapointment. Allowed 2 virus into my desktop. Made it virtually worthless.
One was the hateful redirect virus. Using the internet is a total pain. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Polly
1.0 out of 5 stars IT ONLY WORKS FOR ONE YEAR
I purchased this program a few years ago, dont remember it fixing anything for 50 bucks, got a new laptop, tried to reinstall it, serial number didnt work, called in, stayed on... Read more
Published on January 27, 2013 by aml
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best program out there. A must have.Highly recommended.
This is the best program out there. A must have for any home computer. Fixes most any problem. Keeps your computer cleaned out and running great.Free upgrades.Highly recommended.
Published on December 27, 2012 by JanSwisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not refer anyone to this program
I was sold this program by Dell after having several issues with my xps 1530 laptop. It is running Windows Vista and System Mech Pro 10. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by John
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