There are many Windows Registry Cleaners available for free download, but picking out an effective one can be very confusing. Some have features which can be wreak havoc if not used correctly, and others simply don't work! The main thing to remember is that a good registry cleaner is absolutely essential to the health and speed of your PC, so what we hope to do here is to help you pick from the potential minefield of Registry Cleaners.
What's that you say . . . What exactly is a Registry Cleaner and why do we need them?
Every time a program or file is uninstalled on your pc, it leaves behind fragments of data in the Windows Registry, over time all these fragments will add up to a whole mess of problems, also some software installations do not go well and they leave behind empty folders, duplicate files, broken links, invalid program shortcuts, these problems lead to error messages, crashing and a slow unreliable computer. . . i think you get the picture. A Registry Cleanerscans your PC for all of these types of problems, and fixes them in seconds, trying to sort out all of these errors yourself is exceedingly difficult and, unless you are a computer whiz kid i would not even begin to recommend trying. If you fancy trying it for yourself, type regedit into the search/run box on your start menu, see what comes up and then forget about it, don't touch anything! You have been warned . . .
Ok, i hope you're convinced . . . So, which Registry Cleaner is best?
Basically, a Registry Cleaner must have a registry backup facility (just in case), it should check and fix all the common invalid paths, keys, fonts, shortcuts, shell extensions and entries, and also a very useful feature for it to have is the startup manager. The startup manager gives you the option to disable the programs that start when you turn on your PC, you probably don't even realise that these programs are actually running, but trust me they are, and they are sucking precious megabytes of memory, memory that could be put to better use running programs that you are actually using.
What are these startup programs?
Help files for your printer, adobe something or other and so on. . don't get me wrong, these are all great programs (well most of them are!), but when we need them we can open them, we don't need them running all the time in the background just in case! A good startup manager enables you to turn off all this non-essential, memory hogging stuff, leaving us the with the ability to use them when needed.
Not all Registry Cleaners have this many features, most have a good selection of them, but only a few have all of them, RegCure Windows Registry Cleaner is one of those few. I use it all the time, this is not something that you only do once, these errors continue to find their way onto our PC's on an ongoing basis. RegCure has the very valuable startup manager, my PC still starts as fast as when it was new. It also identifies all of the common errors that we talked about earlier and fixes them in the blink of an eye, safely and without any computer geek knowledge needed.
So in a nutshell, get a Registry Cleaner, get a good one and give RegCure a try. You can read a comparative review of the top Registry Cleaners at www.EliminatePcErrors.com
Ian Hagerty writes on many topics, he shares his knowledge mostly gained from first hand experience in many fields.