Back to School with Faster Computers: System Mechanic Review and Giveaway - 5 Winners (Ends 8/17) CLOSED

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 Posted by Dina N


For many families these days, shopping for school supplies goes beyond pens and paper. A computer for Junior is an expensive investment, and we hope it'd last a while. With PC repairs averaging $100 per hour, proper tune up and maintenance can save us money - and time, since sending the computer to a repair center takes it out of commission for an average of 2-3 weeks. Plus, regular tune up may extend the life of a computer. I was surprised to learn that the average lifespan of a PC in the U.S. is just 2.4 years.

System Mechanic from iolo technologies is a software program that is designed to fix, maintain and speed up PCs. I received the newest version that can be installed on up to 3 computers. Set up was a snap, and the program found about a dozen things that were slowing down my computer's performance. System Mechanic comes with a convenient dashboard that shows PC problems at a glance. Another feature I love is ActiveCare. It allows me to automate a dozen maintenance tasks, and the program takes care of them behind the scenes, without me ever having to remember to defragment, clean up clutter, optimize startup configuration, and so on.

In addition, there is a Toolbox full of handy tools such as PC repair, PC cleanup, and PC security. There is even an all-in-one solution - PC Total Care that runs everything in the toolbox with a single click. Last but not least, there is a Reports section that allows me to see what maintenance was performed, and the status of my computer at a glance.

I found System Mechanic very useful and easy to use. It's not surprising that it's the #1 best-selling tune up software in the U.S.

The Giveaway
Five readers will win their own System Mechanic - a $49.95 value!

To enter, please comment below whose computer can use some tune up at your house.

You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "Win 1 of 5 copies of System Mechanic to keep your PC in top shape! #Giveaway ends 8/17 @aitmama #win #contests http://tinyurl.com/2df45dm" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is August 17, 2010, 11:59pm EST. The winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen. Subject to this site's Official Rules. Open to residents 18+ of U.S. Winners will receive their prizes directly from the sponsor.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received complimentary product sample to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.

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  1. Angie & Jenny said...

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  2. Laurie said...

    My computer needs cleanup, sigh. Please enter me in the System Mechanic Giveaway. Thanks! 006andaHalf

    laurielamb@comcast.net

  3. Meredith said...

    My computer can use a tune up! It will only stayed charged for 10 minutes before it needs recharged again, and doesn't want to work plugged in!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

    I'm a follower.

  4. Anonymous said...

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  8. Risingsouth said...

    My husband's computer really needs help. He always wants me to fix it, maybe now I can.

    Risingsouth at verizon dot net

  9. GoldenOrchard said...

    My personal computer could surely use a tune up!

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  10. Risingsouth said...

    I am a subscriber by e-mail.

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  11. GoldenOrchard said...

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  12. Risingsouth said...

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  13. Tore said...

    My computer could use a tune up. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  14. Megan said...

    My laptop definitely needs a tune up!
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  15. Megan said...

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  24. bepoia said...

    we got a virus on our laptop using wifi at a campground. We have not used the computer since then. I could use System Mechanic to clean that virus
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. TXsunlover said...

    My laptop really needs a tuneup. It's more frustrating each day waiting for pages to load.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  26. TXsunlover said...

    I'm an email subscriber!
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  27. TXsunlover said...

    I follow on Google Friend Connect.
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  28. aledol said...

    Our computer can definitely use it, thx so much!!

  29. aledol said...

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  35. Breanne said...

    Mine definitively can!

  36. Breanne said...

    I subscribe to your RSS feed through Google Reader

  37. Breanne said...

    I follow via GFC

  38. Breanne said...

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  39. Breanne said...

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  40. Breanne said...

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  47. shirley said...

    We have 3, the kids have 2 for school and etc and I have a very old one to use.
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  48. shirley said...

    I subscribe to email
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  49. shirley said...

    I follow GFC
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  50. shirley said...

    I follow on Facebook.
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  51. vrtish55 said...

    My computer needs System Mechanic! It needs a tune up desperately. Thanks for the chance. vickers_73460 at yahoo dot com

  52. vrtish55 said...

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  53. vrtish55 said...

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  54. vrtish55 said...

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  55. Carole Spring said...

    My computer could use some help. It seems so slow anymore.
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  56. Carole Spring said...

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  57. Carole Spring said...

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  58. Carole Spring said...

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  60. Carole Spring said...

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  61. Bonita12 said...

    My boys' computer could use some help.
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  62. Bonita12 said...

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  63. Bonita12 said...

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  64. Carole Spring said...

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  65. Louis said...

    I would like to tune up MY computer

  66. Louis said...

    following you on twitter at rosidentevil
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  67. Louis said...

    I subscribed to your feed via mail (same as in my profile / this post)

  68. Louis said...

    Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

  69. Louis said...

    I am a friend of yours on Face Book (Louis Here)

  70. MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

    mine can

  71. ossmcalc said...

    My computer can really, really use some tune up as it is so slow even after I put it through the paces to clean it up. This computer is supposed to be so fast but is actually so s l o w.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  72. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/20671135636

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  73. ossmcalc said...

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    Thank you,

    Christine
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  74. ossmcalc said...

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  75. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect.

    Thank you,

    Christine
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  76. ossmcalc said...

    I emailed three people about this giveaway with a copy to you.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  77. ossmcalc said...

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    Christine
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  78. ossmcalc said...

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  79. ossmcalc said...

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  80. ossmcalc said...

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  81. ossmcalc said...

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  82. victoria99 said...

    I have two computers that need a tune up. So I'd say "I need this". :)
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  83. victoria99 said...

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  84. victoria99 said...

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  85. victoria99 said...

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  86. victoria99 said...

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  87. victoria99 said...

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  88. victoria99 said...

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  90. victoria99 said...

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  91. ossmcalc said...

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  92. ossmcalc said...

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  93. ossmcalc said...

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  94. ossmcalc said...

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  95. ossmcalc said...

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  96. ossmcalc said...

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  97. ossmcalc said...

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  99. Mysharona said...

    My kids can.

  100. nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

    hubbys computer REALLY needs this!

  101. nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

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  104. nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

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  105. Maureen said...

    My daughter's laptop and the main desktop that everyone shares need some help.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  106. Maureen said...

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

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  107. Maureen said...

    I follow on GFC.

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  108. Maureen said...

    I requested to be a friend on Facebook (Maureen Carol)

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  109. Maureen said...

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  110. Maureen said...

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  111. Maureen said...

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  112. Maureen said...

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  113. toughturtles said...

    from regular use overtime my pc is chugging and could use a good tuneup

  114. Maureen said...

    I entered the Epson Stylus giveaway.

    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  115. mobrien said...

    My XP could use it - but even more my in-laws could, their pc is really slow.

  116. Carole Spring said...

    I follow you on Twitter (cspring31971) and I tweeted:
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  117. hale2005 said...

    My mom's computer needs a tuneup.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

  118. Carole Spring said...

    I follow you on Twitter (cspring31971) and I tweeted:
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  119. Missybeez said...

    My computer could use a tune up.


    honeybeez80@yahoo.com

  120. Missybeez said...

    follow GFC

  121. Breanne said...

    I entered the Epson giveaway

  122. Katmagick said...

    My computer gets the most use and definitely needs the most help.

  123. sweetsue said...

    My computer really needs a tune up. It is way too slow to start up and my download speed is slower than snails!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  124. sweetsue said...

    I follow you on Google Friend Connect.
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  125. bepoia said...

    I entered the Epson Stylus printer giveaway
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  126. Carole Spring said...

    I follow you on Twitter (cspring31971) and I tweeted:
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  127. Breanne said...

    I entered the Scentsy giveaway

  128. ms mel said...

    my computer could use some major help please, and thank you for the chance!

    ranmel(at)televar(dot)com

  129. ms mel said...

    i'm an email subscriber!

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  130. ms mel said...

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  131. ms mel said...

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  132. ms mel said...
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  135. ms mel said...

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  136. Terry Mac said...

    Both my PC and my son's need a tuneup. Especially the one I use, it is older and sooooooooooooooooooo slow! Keeps freezing on me, and I thought I needed a new one, but if this program works....well, it will save a lot of money that will be used for back to school!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    terrymac2a at hotmail dot com

  137. Terry Mac said...

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  138. Terry Mac said...

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  139. Terry Mac said...

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  140. Terry Mac said...

    I also entered your Tuvia prize pack giveaway.

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  141. valleyohgirl said...

    My old computer that I passed down to the kids could really use this. Thanks.

  142. Carole Spring said...

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  143. Lois S said...

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  144. Lois S said...

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  145. Lois S said...

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  146. Lois S said...

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  152. aledol said...

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  153. aledol said...

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  154. aledol said...

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  160. aledol said...

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  161. RJ said...

    My PC is a mess, being somewhat computer illiterate, so I need it bad!

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  162. RJ said...

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  163. RJ said...

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  164. RJ said...

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  168. RJ said...

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  170. RJ said...

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  171. RJ said...

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  172. Lois S said...

    tweet https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/21266209791

  173. Sharon said...

    My husband's computer is in desperate need of a tune up.

  174. SantaFe said...

    My mom's computer needs a tune-up. Thanks for the chance.

  175. Sarah said...

    My husbands computer needs some help. After a recent virus that nearly crippled it, he told me that no, he didn't have a firewall on there, because he didn't know how to turn it on. This from a science teacher...LOL!

  176. Carole Spring said...

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  177. Dave said...

    Lately my desktop PC has been randomly restarting. Not often, but enough to worry me. It's also great that I can share this with my Dad and my brother since it can be installed on three computers. Thank you for the chance to win.

  178. Breanne said...

    I entered the Paris Hilton Tease giveaway

  179. Breanne said...

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  180. Breanne said...

    I entered the KIWI giveaway

  181. Anonymous said...

    Our computer needs this BAD..it literally takes 10 min just to start the thing up.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

  182. jsc123 said...

    This would be nice to have for my husband computer.
    He has been having some small problems with it that I would hope this could fix for him.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  183. jsc123 said...

    I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com.

  184. jsc123 said...

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  185. jsc123 said...

    I am following via Google Friends Connect.

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  186. jsc123 said...

    I am following via Networked Blogs.

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  187. jsc123 said...

    I am a fan via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

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  188. LearnQuilling.com said...

    I follow you on Twitter.

    Thanks!
    Jenn
    craftsacademy@gmail.com
    CraftsAcademy.com

  189. LearnQuilling.com said...

    we got a virus on our laptop using wifi at a campground. We have not used the computer

    Thanks!
    Jenn
    craftsacademy@gmail.com
    CraftsAcademy.com

  190. Lois S said...

    tweet http://twitter.com/ljshores/status/21363901060

  191. Michael said...

    I would like to say that it's my computer that can use some tune up at our house, but since it's the only computer in our house it's more the family computer; nevertheless, it's the one that could really use a tune up! :)

    mcj4tlj(at)comcast(dot)net

  192. guettel78 said...

    My own laptop could definitely use a tune-up. Lately I've been getting the blue screen of death and I suspect there's some spyware and registry errors plaguing my system, which is slowing it down. Thanks for the chance to win this software to help my poor PC!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

  193. guettel78 said...

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  194. guettel78 said...

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  195. guettel78 said...

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  196. guettel78 said...

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  197. guettel78 said...

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  198. guettel78 said...

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  199. guettel78 said...

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  200. guettel78 said...

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