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Mechanic by Bitdefender 1.1

Give your Mac a quick onceover with this collection of free tools
 

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X
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OS X 10.7 or later with 64-bit processor
 

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 July 2013
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Developer: Bitdefender
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Mechanic by Bitdefender 1.1
Simple to use, Mechanic will appeal most to less experienced Mac users.

Hear the name Bitdefender, and your first thought is security. Bitdefender has successfully carved a niche for itself in the PC, Mac and mobile security markets, offering a wide range of protection for computers, mobiles and tablets.

Mechanic offers something different, however, as Bitdefender appears to be dabbling in the system utilities market. It offers four basic functions: free up unused memory, see which apps are unstable, discover which programs are out of date and perform a privacy sweep of your web browsing habits as well as your Mac.

Free memory utilities are widely available, and just as widely condemned for their “snake oil” properties. Mechanic claims its tool is abuse-proof by only allowing users to free RAM when a certain threshold has been passed, with the promise of maximising your Mac’s hardware as a result.

The app-crashing and privacy modules use your Library folder to generate their reports, while the Advice component, which looks for outdated apps, does the same with the Preferences folder.

The Privacy module lists private data found in the System folder, web browsers and other applications. Click the down arrow next to a category to examine it in more detail, using the Inspect button for detailed information on each.

The Stability module is the most basic, simply listing those applications that have had crashes recorded, with the least stable tools at the top. It’s left to you to remove the app. Finally, the Advice app lists recommended updates for tools and components that may leave your Mac vulnerable if not applied.

It’s all pretty straightforward to use, and potentially quite useful for less experienced users. Those who know their way around the Mac will, however, find it just a bit too Noddy-like for their tastes.

Verdict:

Beginner-friendly, and maybe of particular interest to those with low-memory machines, Mechanic nevertheless lacks unique features or sophisticated options to appeal to more experienced Mac users.
 

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