Solved System Mechanic Boot Time defrag has been working for 4 days

November 3, 2013 at 10:56:41
Specs: Windows XP
How do I stop progress of System Mechanic doing Boot Time Defrag.
It has been running for 4 days. Control Alt Delete has no effect. I have 950k files and it is defragging 60 files an hour!! Tried System Mechanic Support 4 days ago and am still waiting for an answer. Can I just power the Windows XP Professional PC off to resolve?

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November 4, 2013 at 06:24:55
Just hold the power button in until the system shuts down. Then restart the computer, immediately enter Safe Mode & uninstall System Mechanic (I hope you didn't pay for that crapware?). While in Safe Mode, run CCleaner Portable from a USB flash drive - both the cleaner & registry scanner - remove everything they find. Then go to Tools > Startup & disable all the unnecessary startup entries, my guess is there's a lot of them.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

If for some reason you don't want to use Windows defragger, try Defraggler-Slim (from the makers of CCleaner):

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

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#1
November 3, 2013 at 11:22:34
See this (first hit in Google):
http://www.iolo.com/customercare/Pr...

Best thing to do is uninstall it. That type of program can cause more issues than they fix (we get many reports on here). They rarely make a significant improvement.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
November 3, 2013 at 12:16:40
Thank you for your advice and I agree this software has not made any significant improvement over the various free programs I normally use. BUT I cannot uninstall as the Defrag program is running and I can't stop it . I see the slow progress it is making on a blue windows screen and control alt del will not function so I can't stop the progress it is making. I have hesitated to switch the PC off for fear of screwing up the hard drive but maybe this is only course of action open to me if I want to use the machine in the foreseeable future; 950k files at 60 files per hour !!!

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#3
November 3, 2013 at 12:49:42
Well, it looks like you are going to have to shut it down because (I assume) it is working outside Windows) - either that or wait forever.

The next issue is how to stop it all happening again. Maybe if you tap F8 while restarting and go to Safe Mode it will stay out of your hair. If so you might be able to go into System Mechanic settings and disable defrag there. Otherwise it could be running from any of these:
A Service.
Task Scheduler.
A file in Programs > Startup.

There might be something in msconfig or maybe the program could be uninstalled from Safe Mode.

I'm just guessing of-course but if I can find anything more concrete I will post back.

EDIT:
Another possibility. If you are using a USB keyboard then it probably won't function because Windows isn't up and running. If you can plug a PS/2 keyboard in that might allow you to use Ctrl-Alt-Del (all depends on your computer - not usually possible if its a laptop).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#4
November 4, 2013 at 06:24:55
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Just hold the power button in until the system shuts down. Then restart the computer, immediately enter Safe Mode & uninstall System Mechanic (I hope you didn't pay for that crapware?). While in Safe Mode, run CCleaner Portable from a USB flash drive - both the cleaner & registry scanner - remove everything they find. Then go to Tools > Startup & disable all the unnecessary startup entries, my guess is there's a lot of them.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

If for some reason you don't want to use Windows defragger, try Defraggler-Slim (from the makers of CCleaner):

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

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#5
November 4, 2013 at 07:07:45
I switched off USB keyboard and plugged in a ps2 keyboard but alt control del still does not come up to facilitate closure of the Defrag program, which keeps chugging on for the 5th or 6th day. I guess I will just have to plug up courage and pull the plug and hope for the best. Still no reply from the Iolo Support Desk!

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#6
November 4, 2013 at 07:10:15
Thank you Riider . I will go for it and follow your advice .

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#7
November 4, 2013 at 10:29:51
Excellent!!! Thank you so much guys for your help. I now have my PC back again and rid my life of System Mechanic!!!

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#8
November 4, 2013 at 10:32:58
That's good news. Thanks for popping back to let us know.

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