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KBA-02080     Last Updated: 07/23/2010 Go back Return to previous page Print article Print this article

How to perform a thorough uninstall of System Mechanic

This article applies to:
  • System Mechanic 10
  • System Mechanic 9

Overview

A thorough uninstall is a manual removal of all registry data and other application-related information that may be left on the system following an automatic uninstall. This process may occasionally be required when troubleshooting a corrupt installation or reinstalling a related product.

Step-by-step Instructions

Close all related components

Before beginning the uninstall process, right-click the corresponding icons located within the Windows system tray to close System Guard, DriveSense, System Health alerts, and any scheduled maintenance.

WARNING: Using the Windows Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems and may result in an inoperable operating system. Use Registry Editor at your own risk and discretion.

Uninstall System Mechanic

  1. Click Start>Settings>Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Locate and select the entry entitled iolo technologies’ System Mechanic.
  4. Click the entry’s corresponding Change/Remove button.
  5. Follow the default instructions to uninstall, restarting the computer as prompted.

Remove the System Mechanic registry entries

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select Run.
  3. Type regedit in the Open: field.
  4. Click OK.
  5. On the left-hand side, expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER by clicking the + symbol next to the entry.
  6. Expand Software.
  7. Expand the iolo folder.
  8. Navigate to the System Mechanic folder.
  9. Right-click on the System Mechanic folder and select Delete.
  10. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
  11. On the left-hand side, expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE by clicking the + symbol next to the entry.
  12. Expand Software.
  13. Expand the iolo folder.
  14. Navigate to the System Mechanic folder.
  15. Right-click on the System Mechanic folder and select Delete.
  16. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
  17. Close the Registry Editor.
  18. Click Start>My Computer and then navigate to your Local Disk (Usually the C: drive) then Program Files\iolo\System Mechanic.
  19. Right-click on the System Mechanic folder and select Delete.
  20. Click Yes to confirm the deletion. 
  21. Close all open windows and restart the computer.

You can download the latest System Mechanic installation file by clicking here.