System Mechanic 18.5 Offers Sleek New Interface, Choice of Scan Modes, New Privacy Protections

Jorge Caicedo
iolo technologies

System Mechanic 18.5 Offers Sleek New Interface,
Choice of Scan Modes, New Privacy Protections

PASADENA, CA—December 2018—New from iolo technologies, System Mechanic® 18.5 is about options: users can now choose between a new dark-themed skin or the classic light theme, as well as two different ways to analyze the system, with a Quick or Deep Scan, right from the Dashboard. In addition, key enhancements to NetBooster® and a re-introduced Privacy Shield enforce iolo’s commitment to online security at a time when concerns over protecting personal data are rightly at an all-time high.

Whether launching System Mechanic as a standalone PC tune-up solution or deploying it from within the total performance, protection and privacy suite Phoenix 360, users will enjoy even more of the speed, privacy, convenience, and flexibility they have come to expect.

Choose Deep or Quick Scan depending on how far into the operating system you want System Mechanic to reach looking for new optimizations.

 Quick Scan:

  • Frees trapped RAM for more speed when you need it
  • Removes Windows® and internet junk that slows you down
  • Protects your PC by patching security holes
  • Alerts you of any compromised privacy settings
  • Finds browser-stored passwords vulnerable to hacking
  • Checks for internet connectivity issues

 Deep Scan does all that plus:

  • Finds registry clutter that can confuse and slow down the OS
  • Adjusts hidden broadband settings to unleash even more speed
  • Locates resource-draining bloatware
  • Defrags your PC’s hard drive for faster application launches

NetBooster offers several new ways to help users achieve the fastest internet speeds.

  • Turn off up to eight unnecessary Windows services that slow down network speed
  • Disable bandwidth-hogging Windows Update Delivery Optimization
  • Automatically retune a dozen TCP settings with brand new recommendations for better streaming, gaming, downloads and more
  • Adjust the amount of bandwidth Windows reserves for system tasks


Privacy Shield has been re-introduced for Windows 10 users, with brand new features to easily disable the latest, even more, aggressive Windows personal data collection services with just a few clicks. 

  • Turn off Windows Telemetry Services that automatically record many user habits and actions, including memory snapshots, program usage, and system configuration
  • Turn off intrusive Windows Location Services to prevent your private data from being shared with third-party companies
  • Disable the SmartScreen Service that collects data on your browsing history and sends it to Microsoft
  • Disable Windows Feedback Service to prevent Microsoft from seeing even more data about your machine, including which browser you’re using, which features you rely on, and which apps are installed


Phoenix 360 users will also enjoy enhancements to its online privacy and password management features:


Privacy Guardian online personal data protection thwarts thousands of covert ad-tracking efforts and attempts to profile you based on your searches, videos watched, websites visited and more. It now features Tracking Attempt Categorization: The tracking script log offers new data on the types of websites that host tracking scripts to better inform your decisions about which websites to visit or avoid.


ByePass automated password generator encrypts and stores an unlimited number of your most used passwords and credit cards to avoid insecure in-browser storage vulnerable to hackers. It now also features a Leaked Passwords Scan: “Leaked passwords” are found online in lists exchanged by hackers, making them the most vulnerable to brute force attacks. Now there is a thorough and easy check you can run to determine whether you have any leaked passwords.


The Marriott hotel chain is only the most recent victim of a massive cyberattack; in the last few years, we have seen data breaches of Anthem Insurance, Sony, Yahoo, Target, Equifax, Home Depot, eBay, Facebook, WWE Network, Zappos, Sonic and LinkedIn.


It is obvious that today even the world’s largest companies have proven incapable of protecting consumers from personal data theft and malicious intrusions that compromise PC performance. There are a frightening number of security and performance vulnerabilities in modern computing as methods for stealing your data, hacking your PC or bogging you down in bloatware, spam and pop-up ads grow more sophisticated every minute.


iolo helps protect against these threats with System Mechanic and Phoenix 360, both designed to keep devices healthy, fast and safe with battle-tested software that safeguards, speeds up and simplifies all aspects of your digital life.


About System Mechanic

The seven-time winner of the PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award, iolo’s flagship product System Mechanic is the only performance solution that first deploys a series of complex automated maintenance actions to help keep your PC stable and clutter-free.


System Mechanic then goes to work using proprietary technology to precision-tune dozens of internet, processor, memory and hard drive settings in real time for maximum system speed and performance.


System Mechanic automatically boosts speed, repairs problems, cleans out clutter, increases system stability, discovers bloatware and unleashes internet speed. Optimized for Windows 10, System Mechanic operates whenever your PC is idle, removing junk files, registry fragments and other unwanted clutter that confuses and slows down Windows.


A group of real-time features next scales back unimportant, processor-hogging apps, unlocks trapped RAM and idle processor cores for programs when they need it and improves a whole cache of under-performing network settings for the smoothest streaming, gaming or browsing available with your broadband connection.


System Mechanic has been used by more than 45 million people to keep over 80 million computers in optimal condition since 1998. It has been ranked as the best-selling software in its category within the U.S., Canada, UK, France, and Benelux countries by NPD and similar sources.


About Phoenix 360

Phoenix 360 helps protect you against modern threats such as: password hacks, leaked passwords, credit card theft, spying on your online habits, personal data selling, reputation compromise, ad-trackers, accidental file deletion, sensitive data theft, malware invasions, Windows security holes, bloatware and startup bottlenecks, and slowdown induced by needlessly running background apps.


About iolo technologies, LLC

iolo technologies, LLC, develops patented technology and award-winning software that repairs, optimizes and protects Windows computers, going beyond PC health to unleash speed from components and settings deep within the operating system. With a global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages, tens of millions of people have used iolo’s products for their PC optimization, security and data recovery needs for nearly two decades.


Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Pasadena, California, iolo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. For more information, please visit


About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. has been at the forefront of the PC industry and an innovator in the development and distribution of firmware and performance optimization software since 1979. Phoenix helped launch the computing industry as the original BIOS provider and is a founding member of UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). We continue to drive innovation in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) embedded technology market, and lead the industry in customized, time-sensitive engineering services.


With over 1 billion units installed, and deeply rooted relationships with the leading OEMs, ODMs and technology resellers worldwide, Phoenix is recognized as the true pioneer, original innovator, and clear market leader in the firmware and performance optimization software industry. Phoenix is headquartered in Campbell, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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