System Mechanic's Automatic PC Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance on your PC with System Mechanic goes a long way toward keeping your computer running clean, fast, and error free. Enter ActiveCare.

What is ActiveCare

System Mechanic's ActiveCare analyzes your system and runs common system cleanup and maintenance tools at regularly scheduled intervals, such as finding and removing junk files, cleaning the system registry, removing Internet clutter, getting rid of spyware, and defragmenting your hard drives.

ActiveCare works by monitoring key indicators of PC performance and then automatically running the repairs your computer needs, working silently in the background – only when your PC is on but not in use – and it only processes actions when they are needed. If you return to your computer during ActiveCare processing, you can either cancel the process or let it continue.

How to Access ActiveCare

ActiveCare is accessible by selecting the ActiveCare menu item resembling a clock and gives you complete control over what automated tasks are run. Click the toggle button next to a task to Enable or Disable the automated repair.

The following tasks can be automated from this pane:

On-Demand Boost

When enabled, temporarily turns off background services that use system resources. By turning off unnecessary items, the computer can have more resources to use for specialized uses such as playing a PC game, streaming video files, and more.

Clean out and repair registry issues

Removing obsolete and invalid references improves overall PC efficiency and stability.

Eliminate unnecessary or dangerous startup programs

This setting helps find non-critical applications that launch whenever your PC is started, slowing boot time and overall system speed. ActiveCare automatically maintains a running list of such programs and presents them for your review whenever you run a System Analysis.

Defragment system drive

Defragmenting hard drives regularly consolidates scattered file fragments for faster program launches and file access, as well as improved overall system speed and stability.

Remove internet junk files, private browsing data and more

Regularly cleaning out browser cache, cookies, and other types of accumulated internet junk will reclaim hard drive space, speed up your system and help maintain your privacy. Click the down arrow to the right of the toggle button to custom select which types of internet junk will be regularly cleaned out.

Remove Windows junk files, broken shortcuts and more

With regular PC usage, temporary files and other unneeded debris accumulate. It is recommended that excessive amounts of system clutter be deleted to reclaim disk space and speed overall processing. Click the down arrow to the right of the toggle button to custom select which file types will be regularly cleaned out by ActiveCare.

ActiveCare Scheduling

To specify the frequency for the automatic analysis and repair to run, select Settings cogwheel at the bottom left of System Mechanic, or click on the (?) Help menu and select Settings, and then select the ActiveCare area to specify a scheduling frequency. The minimum frequency scheduling is Never and the maximum is monthly.