Okay, I have a problem with personal computers. I
want them to be personal!. Some big company may
be able to define some things I can't change, but as
long as I can click a mouse I want it to be as much to
my personal tastes as I can get it.
System Mechanic (SysMech for short) is the industrial
strength toolbox for tweaking and fixing Windows. The
first screen you get is appropriate to the nature of the
program; it reminds me of one of those huge tool boxes
on wheels you see in professional garages. This is heavy
SysMech covers three areas; files, system and
I can't do justice to all three without going to four
pages, but in the files section you have tools to remove
junk and obsolete files, find and fix broken shortcuts,
find and remove dupe files and securely delete files and
In the Internet section you can erase various
Internet related files and tweak your system for maximum
speed based on your connection.
The system area is my favorite; you can clean the
registry, manage startup items, customize settings,
remove invalid uninstaller info and an installation
monitor that will track the installation of new software
or otherwise track changes made by software.
Let's take a look at the startup manager.
System Mechanic displayed items I just couldn't find using any
other tool and it found a couple of bad references which
I disabled and I was also able to disable another
program that I didn't want loaded at startup.
Controlling start up items is as easy as highlighting
them and clicking the enable or disable button.
There's a maintenance wizard that allows you to
consolidate multiple maintenance tasks into one easy
step. Even schedule it to run unattended.
This is on the top of my utilities list, I wouldn't
want to be without it and if you like to get into the
"personal" part of a PC or keep it running in top
condition you'll want to take a close look at this guy.
Download System Mechanic trial version (7Mb)
Mechanic Pro trial version (33Mb)