To investigate the causes of and develop solutions for the problems of slowdowns, crashes, and freezes, iolo’s engineers began to collect critical information about PC performance. The system health trends of millions of computers were analyzed over a two-year initial study, with an emphasis on tracking and indentifying patterns of behavior that caused negative effects on speed and stability. This comprehensive set of metrics led to the first iolo Labs knowledgebase, which was incorporated into iolo’s commercially available tune-up product System Mechanic® in 2001.
The addition of this live feed of cutting-edge research dramatically increased System Mechanic’s ability to adapt to customers’ evolving computers—new types of problems now had the latest solutions. For example, if new way to gain more system performance was discovered or a method was found to resolve a common system error, iolo could push new “Tune-up Definitions” to customers and the product would immediately contain the new optimizations and repairs.
With this scientific knowledgebase, System Mechanic could now react in real-time to how various applications, settings, and services affect memory, CPU usage, system and program start-up time, registry and Windows processing—the key computer functions that impact overall PC health and performance.