Software Review: System Mechanic 9.5 Part 4 - Winextra
Welcome to the last part of our review of System Mechanic by iolo technologies. Now before I wrap this review up with my final thoughts about system Mechanics there are a couple of other parts of this package of tools that I want to take a look at first.
As I have pointed out several times in this review some of the tools found in System Mechanic allow you to mess around in some really sensitive areas of Windows and because of this you should make sure to create a System Restore point or at least have a current back-up image of your system.
That isn’t to say that the System Mechanic team hasn’t done their best to make this collection of tools as safe as they possibly can. Far from it but t hat doesn’t change the fact you should also make sure you have all your bases covered just in case something does go wrong.
I am sure that the team behind System Mechanic realize things can go wrong and this is one of the reasons that they have included their own form of rollback called SafetyNet.
SafetyNet – Catching you just in case something goes wrong
Given my concerns about some of the automatic features of the tools in System Mechanic I was pleased to see that they have included their own implementation of a System Restore within System Mechanic. Called SafetyNet the idea is that any changes you make from within System Mechanic is kept track of and will let you rollback those changes.
As you can see the option to undo the changes I made to the registry with one of System Mechanics tools is available. all you have to do is enable the the item in the list and then click on the Undo this action link in the side bar area.
Wrapping it all up
If there is one thing that can be said about System Mechanic it is that it has just about everything except the proverbial kitchen sink when it comes to tools for optimizing and fixing your system. In some ways it can appear quite daunting to the first time user (and this is one of the reasons I went into the detail that I have).
Now personally I am not a big fan of these all-in-one do-everything types of packages but that is only because I have been using Windows powered computers for a very long time and have gotten use to doing things that many would find too technical to feel comfortable doing. In this case tools like System Mechanic – when used properly and with caution – are a good solution.
When it comes to price you can find a lot of tools that are free but in many cases you get exactly what you deserve. Sometime is pays to fork over the money for a good reputable program like System Mechanic. Now at a price of $49.95 this might seem to be a little on the expensive side but when you buy System Mechanic you can install it on 3 of your computers which makes it great for family situations and really brings the price down to $16.65 per install.
All-in-all I would have no problem recommending System Mechanic to the average Windows user with the only caveat being the same one I have stressed throughout the review – make sure you have a current System Restore point and/or a backup image before making any serious changes with System Mechanic.
Product Name: System Mechanic 9.5
Company: iolo technologies
Price: $49.95 (installable on 3 computers)
Product Page: System Mechanic Standard
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