Posted 22 February 2005 - 09:50 AM
I have tried several registry cleaners over the past two years or so and so I write this to you based on a great deal of experimentation. I've tried all of the reg cleaners listed so far in your post replies + plenty of others as well. (I kinda geek-out on keeping both of my computers in tip top shape I guess). Anyway, I found that the free reg cleaners are subpar. I am a freeware junkie, and most of what I use is freeware, but one of the only programs I will ever pay for is a good registry cleaner. I set up my own sort of test to verify how effective these cleaners would prove themselves to be: I downloaded, installed, run, and then deleted a few programs that I knew that left a mess of file fragments and scattered entries. I then had each cleaner scan for results. It wasn't so much a matter of which cleaner found the most entries, but the most of the safest entries to delete. As for the freebies, RegSeeker "found" things on either of my computers that once removed, caused problems and so those entries had to be put back. EasyCleaner, for example, was just the opposite of RegSeeker in my opinion and it has a duplicate file finding function in it that, if handled incorrectly, could render your computer a real mess. (Duplicate file finding and deleting is a risky venture, and I don't recommend it unless you're sure about what you can delete). I could go on. You can't go wrong with any of these three listed alphabetically: Registry Mechanic, Registry Medic, Regsupreme (or RegSupreme Pro). My personal favorite is RegSupreme Pro since it features other useful functions like listing installed software. (This is good because sometimes after you think you've uninstalled something there's elements of it still there on your drive). Just remember to make sure your system is working properly before getting rid of any backups. You won't go wrong with any of the three (or four) I listed above.