New System Mechanic® 8 tunes your PC invisibly with new ActiveCare™ 2.0 Revolutionary technology speeds up PC — without slowing you down

ActiveCare only “works” when your PC is idle — so it won’t slow down performance, interrupt with annoying prompts or schedulers.

New York, NY — June 25, 2008 — Today, at the Digital Experience in New York City, iolo technologies launched System Mechanic 8.0, the newest version of the best selling PC Tune-up software program that fights system-clogging clutter that slows PCs down over time. Version 8 introduces ActiveCare 2.0 — a revolutionary new patent-pending technology that proactively tunes your PC for peak performance — without slowing it down, taking up RAM, or interrupting you with annoying schedulers and pop-up messages.

Version 8 has several other new features, including a New Visual Registry Optimization Tool that graphically shows and removes the RAM-wasting bloat and fragmentation that’s left over after a registry is cleaned of errors, and DriveSense™, a cool new visual “window” into the status of your hard drive.

All existing subscribers of System Mechanic 7 get the 8.0 update free. It’s also now available for $49.99 US MSRP in 18,000 retail stores including Best Buy, Fry’s, Target, Wal-Mart and Costco, at and other e-tailers.

New ActiveCare won’t interrupt or slow you down

The irony about most products that supposedly speed up and fix PC problems is that these applications take up so many system resources that they can slow the PC down more than they speed it up. Some products also interrupt users with annoying schedulers, pop up messages and prompts that can cause the PC to freeze up or crash—contributing to the very problems that they’re supposed to help fix.

“We decided to take action with ActiveCare — our new patent-pending technology that intelligently senses when your PC is on but not being used,” said JJ Schoch, VP of Marketing, iolo technologies. “The second you touch a key, it disappears!”

“ActiveCare won’t accidentally interrupt you like an old-style scheduler. It only kicks into gear when the PC processor is idle, or you’re away from the desk. It’s like having a housekeeper that only comes to clean when you’re away. You’ll never notice it working and it won’t annoy you with interruptions or make your PC lock up and freeze. It only springs into action when there’s a real need.”

New features in 8.0 also include:

New Visual Registry Optimization Tool – Analyzes and graphically shows the fragmentation and waste within the Registry, removes this unnecessary bloat and defragments the registry to return it back to its original fast, efficient size and performance upon the next reboot, usually taking less than a minute.

DriveSense – A cool new visual “window” into the status of your hard drive. It visually shows what up to 46 SMART sensors in the hard drive are sensing, such as temperature settings.

The best of both worlds for both novices and advanced users

  • Novices just hit “Analyze/Repair” – With just one button, novices can automatically tune and maintain their PCs for peak performance and stability, or use ActiveCare to keep the PC tuned proactively and invisibly.
  • Power users get Power Tools – 40 cutting-edge tune-up, optimization, repair, and maintenance tools to go deep under the hood and squeeze extra horsepower out of their PC.

Why every PC needs a regular tune-up now more than ever

Just as every Internet user needs antivirus to protect their PC, the demands of today’s resource-intensive applications make PC Tune-up the new must-have application for every PC to avoid crashes and slowdowns.

In fact, the more you use your PC, the slower it gets! The majority of computer slowdowns and problems are caused by errors, fragmentation and clutter that accumulate over time from normal everyday use. All computer users — especially gamers and anyone using video-intensive applications—must frequently tune their PC. New System Mechanic 8 makes this second nature – it tunes the PC silently and invisibly, without interrupting you.

System Mechanic is a must-have product for anyone with a PC running the Microsoft Windows ® Vista operating system – boosting internet speeds and boot time significantly. It also rejuvenates older XP or 2000 machines so they run like new.

Currently used by 18 million customers worldwide and trusted for 10 years, System Mechanic consistently receives rave reviews and major industry awards, including Laptop Magazine Editor’s Choice of 2008, CNET Editor’s Choice, and Computer Shopper’s Best Utility of 2007.


System Mechanic 8 goes live today and current subscribers will automatically receive the new version within the next few weeks. It’s now available in 18,000 retail stores including Best Buy, Fry’s and Target and all major e-tailers such as, by mail order, and distributors and resellers in the UK, Benelux and France. Customers with older versions of System Mechanic can upgrade for $29.95

System Requirements

System Mechanic and System Mechanic Professional® require Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, and 2000.

Pricing and Licensing

System Mechanic retails for $49.95 ($29.95 for upgrades) and System Mechanic Professional retails for $69.95 ($39.95 for upgrades). Both products can be used on up to three PCs.

About iolo technologies

iolo technologies, a privately held firm located in Los Angeles, produces award-winning utility software that repairs, optimizes, and protects computers running Windows. The iolo product line includes System Mechanic and System Mechanic Professional®, a comprehensive suite of PC Tune-up and security tools; iolo AntiVirus™ and iolo Personal Firewall™, software for Internet security; Search and Recover™, a powerful data recovery tool that helps you recover lost files and photographs; and DriveScrubber®, a utility that permanently wipes data from hard drives.

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What is iolo's Whole Home License?

The Whole Home License® is iolo’s licensing policy that allows you to install and keep your software running on all of your compatible devices within the same home. Previously, users were allowed to install and license their iolo software simultaneously on a maximum of three PCs. Under the Whole Home License, a single activation key allows you to use your iolo software on all of your PCs, other than any PCs you use for business purposes. What you need to know about Whole Home Licensing

  • You, your spouse, and your relatives living within the same household may use the same license on any number of PCs that you own which are not used for business.
  • For full legal terms and conditions, see

To install your iolo product on additional PCs:

  1. On the additional computer, download the latest version of your iolo product. Choose from the list of downloads offered here.
  2. Follow the steps in the installation wizard, and enter the same Activation Key that you used to install on your original computer.

You can view the Activation Key on the original computer from within System Mechanic > red menu bar > key icon > Activation Key.