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Is Registry Mechanic a good application to buy & use?


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#1 NeedCoffee

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:43 PM

I have something called Registry Mechanic on my pc saying there's over 300 registry errors and in order to correct these, I need to buy Registry Mechanic (the free version only deletes 6 errors). Is this worthwhile? Any info appreciated!

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#2 rayj0054

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:25 PM

not an adviseable thing if you are not a computer tech and know exactly wht you are removing from your registry you can cause serious problems and even cause your pc not to boot

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:42 AM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.XP Fixes Myth #1: Registry Cleaners

If you do insist on using Registry cleaners, ALWAYS backup the registry BEFORE making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)
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#4 Layback Bear

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:29 AM

I have been to the sites that tg1911 has posted and many others. I would say that over 90% will tell you don't use such programs unless you have a lot of knowledge of the registry. If such a program has auto repair you can get in a world of do do very quick. IMHO I would not trust a program that scans my computer and tell me I have 300 plus registry problems send money.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:34 AM

Well, if you do not wanna purchase, why not choose a free one, like CCleaner, tuneup utilities(it also recommend you to buy a professional one), and Advanced SystemCare. as for the function, tuneup utilities is the best of three, while it is not so user-friend, according to my experience, CCleaner is not powerful enough, while Advanced SystemCare's user interface is not too good, but its function is better than CCleaner.




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