Pros Good set of tools; excellent support from Iolo
Cons Installing anti-hacker over previous version brings blue screen; defragmenter not faster than Windows
Summary I liked System Mechanic 5 and I needed to renew the anti-virus licence, so I got this. Installing it was hell; with much help from Iolo support (bravo to them!), I finally managed to install it without the Anti-hacker function and am using Windows' firewall. Most functions seem to run fine. But, contrary to their claims, the defragmenter is not faster than Windows. They will have to clean up their install act for me to upgrade next year.
Pros The word PRO on the Box.
Cons This is a beta system; not better system!
Summary This will set back your computer ten years...after SM PrO 6 your computer will become sluggish, slow and will operate like a pentium 1. No matter how many times you run the programme it will continue to find errors. I ran it on three (3) computers and thankfully was able to use System Restore.
Forget about trying to get your money back ---half a dozen emails --No Resonse.
Pros Many useful tools to tweak your system. Attractive interface.
Cons Some of the most helpful tools do not work. Tech support is terrible.
Summary It took me about two days to realize this program was a piece of junk. It actually slowed my system down. It shuts down your ports so that other computers on your network cannot see your server. The defrag is incredibly slow and can freeze your system. The tools are somewhat customizable, but even in advanced mode this program will not tell you what it is doing to your computer. "No problem," you say, "I'll just use the roll-back feature to undo any of the changes it made to my system." No dice. The highly touted safety-net of the undo deature is NON-FUNCTIONAL -- a little snag that almost every user complained about, but iolo was loathe to admit or address even after releasing over one dozen updates within about the first two weeks of release. After I uninstalled and tried to reinstall it, it not only would not reload, it actually kept my system from booting and I had to reload my entire system. Tech support takes DAYS to return emails (don't even think about calling or you'll lose your retirement fund) and is not very helpful. When I tried to get my money back from iolo for this piece of junk, they flat-out refused. They said I should have tried the 30-day trial before buying. I replied that I purchased the product based on my good experience with 5.5 and assumed that the reputation of the company and its products were enough of a sell for me (I won't make that mistake again). You can buy Pc-Cillin Internet Security 2006, Tune-Up Utilities 2006 and use the defragmenter that comes with WinXP for about the same price and they will actually work as advertised. They lack the plethora of features that System Mechanic touts, but all you get with the latter is bigger pile of junk rather than a toolbox of helpful utilities. System Mechanic 6 Pro promises so much, but delivers so little. This is a terrible, terrible product and it should be a crime for any company to release it on the general public.
Pros Included Kaspersky Anti Virus 6 and Anti-Hacker are top notch programs for internet security
Cons Everything else
Summary I bought SM6P because I needed a utilities program. In this respect, SM6P failed miserably at its task. After installing the program, it went immeidately to work trying to fix errors on my hardrive. I said "tried" because every timne it got about half way through the process it crashed my computer. Now, eventually I managed to get it to finish, but when it was done my computer was considerably SLOWER than it was originally! At this point I gave up and uninstalled the "System Mechanic" portion of SM6P.
I would give this product a 1 save for the fact that it included Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 and Anti-Hacker. With these programs installed, I have had absolutely no problems with viruses and other malware for nearly a year! However, this does not make up for the fact that the majority of the software is useless. Avoid it.
"All-in-one"on by aeronium
Pros all in one PC tuning
Cons don't know yet
Summary has many many functions in it