The individual tools are further grouped into the tasks they perform, such as
- Increase performance
- Enhance Protection
- Clean up System Clutter
- Repair Problems
- Manage system configuration
- Perform Diagnosis
- Manage add-ons
There are way too many tools for me to write about, I will mention of the most useful tools that you’ll probably run quite often.
CRUDD Remover analyses redundant programs and provides you with a list of unnecessary programs.
In my case, it indicated that I have VLC and Media Player Classic as redundant programs – not bad, but I do use them both and need them
EnergyBooster allows you to turn off background programs that are not needed. There’s an automatic mode which disables programs as classified by Iolo, as well as a manual mode so that you can turn off programs as you desire. I’d recommend that you not use the auto mode as it ended up killing my media player, Dropbox & SnagIt processes- all of which are essential for my daily work without a prompt.
Stick to manual mode & turn off/on the required programs. If you find yourself closing the same set of programs over and over again, System Mechanic provides you with an option of creating profiles – add all the programs to a profile and close them all in one shot – this is very handy.
Startup Organizer allows you to select which programs and services Windows should start when loading. As with most, there’s an “automatic” mode and a “custom” mode which allows you to select what parts of startup must be analysed.
Designated Drivers will search for updated drivers for devices installed in your computer. This will help you the hassle of checking multiple places for driver upgrades.
Program Accelerator and DriveAccelerator
Program Accelerator attempts to speed up program launch by realigning them. Drive Accelerator is a defragmentation tool for your hard drive. The Program Accelerator took about 3 hours to perform a complete de-fragmentation and realignment of programs on a badly fragmented 500GB drive.
Registry Backup And Restore
The registry backup tool performs a backup of your current install. It can also restore previous backups. This plus an automated task ensures that you always have a reasonably recent backups of your registry. Though it is disappointing that I can’t change the time interval being automated registry backups – it’d be nice to have a daily or even weekly backup option.
Find And Remove Junk Files
System Mechanic comes with a pretty nifty tool to remove junk files – error logs, temporary files and the like. While the automatic clean mode is pretty good, the custom clean option give you a wealth of options interms of file types to be excluded, locations to be checked and so on.
Running this on my system resulted in System Mechanic fining about 8GB of junk files – pretty good.
Drive Medic Emergency Boot CD
This allows you to create an bootable CD that you can use to start from, incase your OS cannot start.
Customize Advanced Windows Setting
This tool is a heaven for all tweakers – there are quite a lot of things that you can tweak about to your heart’s content.