is a comprehensive optimization suite by iolo that purports to improve performance, make repairs and enhance the speed of a computer. It includes a registry cleaner, a registry revitalizer (to fix "so called problems
"), system optimizer and several other features.System Mechanic Pro
incorporates the same optimization suite but also purports to plug security holes and protect privacy, and includes System Shield AntiVirus & AntiSpyware
. There are several labs which test the effectiveness of major anti-virus programs to include AV-Comparatives.org, Virus Bulletin Comparative Tests, AV-Test.org, NSS Labs Consumer Anti-Malware Products Group Test Report, etc. I cannot find any which have tested
System Shield AntiVirus & AntiSpyware. I would be skeptical of any vendor not participating in comparative testing
. As such, I would recommend replacing System Shield with a more reputable anti-virus solution.System Mechanic 14
also purports to repair Window's registry, fix common PC problems and optimize setting as well as tweaking CPU and RAM usage in real time.
The optimization and performance improvement claims made by such software vendors are borderline scams
. There is no statistical evidence
to back such claims. Advertisements to do so are a marketing ploy intended to goad users into using an unnecessary and potential dangerous product. I would not trust any results
such programs detect as problematic or needing repair nor recommend using the options to fix them. I also would not trust any detection alerts for viruses or other malware.
Further, these types of junk optimization programs are often considered Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
so they may be detected or even removed by some security scanners which specifically look for PUPs and adware.
Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.
Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization ToolsBe sure to read Microsoft's support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities in that topic...Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners.