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Giveaway of the day — Ashampoo Registry Cleaner

Do you remember how trouble-free and fast your new PC was? Regain some of that performance by updating the Windows registry with the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner.
$14.99 EXPIRED
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Do you remember how trouble-free and fast your new PC was? Regain some of that performance by updating the Windows registry with the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner.

With the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner you will easily and safely delete redundant or damaged registry entries. Faulty links in the registry are also repaired. The real-time backup in the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner offers a maximum of safety and enables the restoring of the windows registry into its original status anytime. You’ll be amazed how the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner will quickly and easily improve the performance of your PC.

Functions and features of the program

  • Simple, intuitive user interface.
  • Optimized search algorithm.
  • Fully-automatic removal of redundant entrie.
  • Repair of faulty links and damaged entries.
  • Search for registry entries that might invade the user’s privacy.
  • Real-time backup.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista (x32/x64)/ 7 (x32/x64)


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File Size:

9.22 MB



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There software is good BUT their warlike marketing approach is a major turn off. I tell very one to stay away from their products.

Wake guys you have great software - there are great ways to market your software.

Until then I boycott anything that comes from them.

Reply   |   Comment by Donavan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#28 Fubar - Delete unused links in the registry is done by many uninstall programs, BUT some developers don´t delete any/all of their own links, so over time the registry will grow bigger. An example:

- My registry had grown to the size of 348 MB on the 18-04-2011

Since then have I uninstalled some programs and manually deleted some of the links in the registry. The result of that is:

- The registry is reduced to the size of 191 MB on the 22-09-2011

That is 157 MB less links in the registry. If that don´t make any different on the speed of Windows, why do Windows become slower and slower over time ?
Next time you reinstall Windows then use a stopwatch to get the boot time and then 6 months later. When you compare the time then is there a lot of time between that your PC is wasting on Windows boot ! Unless you only use the standard programs in Windows and never Update Windows.

On a PC running XP there is a very big difference in boot time before and the boot time after you have deleted the unused links.

But as I wrote in previous (#15) comment... You have to know something about what you can delete and be 100% sure that the program no longer is installed on the PC. Coz a program that is no longer installed can´t claim any missed links, right ?

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I wasn't going to get involved today, but I find my favorite registry cleaner is not mentioned, so here it goes: Little Registry Cleaner. It is every bit as free and good as CCleaner's, plus it is smaller, faster and only a little bit more aggressive. That latter point is actually good, because I have found CCleaner's to do so little that it often leaves stuff that really should be removed. As to Ashampoo's version, it is somewhat more aggressive than I am comfortable with, based on my previous experiences.

Reply   |   Comment by internetexplorer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I thnk complaining that all this program does is clean the registry is a very weak complaint. The program is called 'Registry Cleaner' why should it- and why should you- expect it to do anything more than that?

Reply   |   Comment by Dan McCormick  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ #72 Racer.. It does work on Windows 7 x64. That is what I am using and installed it on. It works just fine.

Reply   |   Comment by TechGeek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just adding my 2 cents worth. Yes Ashampoo sends you emails about upgrading or seeing if you might be interested in another of there products. However as has been said before you can stop this at any time you want. I have several of there products and have yet to have one hijack my homepage or install a toolbar. Why because again as it has been pointed out, you don't just blindly click the install, you read and say what you want installed and where. If you don't do the reading when installing you can't complain about the results. IMO

Reply   |   Comment by Elric  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those who say registry cleaners are meaningless, please do your research before making such asinine comments. The system registry is one of the most important parts of a Windows-based computer system. Not to be tampered with lightly, the registry is a system-defined database used by the Windows operating system to store configuration information. Most Windows applications write data to the registry during installation, and system components store and retrieve configuration data through the registry. Every time the user takes any form of action on his/her computer the registry is the command center, brains if you will, that makes the action happen. Common sense tells you that if the registry has been neglected for a long period of time there are an abundance of unnecessary entries. The more entries the more time it takes to search the registry for the command ultimately making the execution of the task longer. Any experienced tech or even most above average users know that 99% or even more uninstallers leave files and registry entries behind when run. It is for this reason I use Revo uninstaller.

Ashampoo is a light weight software that is very un-intrusive. It does not go as deep as most such as Ccleaner or Glary Utilities. I have personally used it for some time without issue. I highly recommend all Ashampoo products. I have Ashampoo Burning Studio 10 and I use it very often to burn DVDs to watch on my home dvd player.

Reply   |   Comment by TechGeek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#47, OldScotty, I don't know what to make of your comments, but I recommend downloading the trial beta (newer code) of cFosSpeed. With a 0.5Mbps connection, you'll certainly be saturating your downlink, although it's uplink saturation that matters. cFosSpeed continually adapts to your link speed, some features aren't available until it learns about your connection. It's a complex product, not for those without an understanding of Internet issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I personally use lots of shampoo it don't stop me loosing my hair! LOL.
BUT seriously ashampoo software is highly regarded in my circle of friends as great easy to use software that is true to form if they say it does it does. This says a lot in todays software market.
Every peice of software I have of theirs is used regularly and never let me down.

Reply   |   Comment by kiwikel  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

As a certified affiliate and reseller of Ashampoo products it really irritates me when I see people complain about installed toolbars and emails. Comments such as those are a direct result of the user NOT paying attention during the installation. As for the emails, as another here post, it's just like any other software that you have to register who offers emails for discounted software. You simply scroll to the bottom of the email and click to edit your email settings and/or unsubscribe to the email list. It's that simple. If you are not paying attention to the dialog windows when installing software then you need to start.

Reply   |   Comment by TechGeek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

There is a place for registry cleaners.

Surely you all remember this:

Malicious coders put things in your registry.
It is not just data.
It does not just sit there and do nothing to your PC.
It is not harmless.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I bought this program a week ago as part of their WinOptimizer suite of utilities and while it is a fairly good registry cleaner it works better in the suite with other utilities easily accessible from the same interface. My advice is to install it and take advantage of the WinOptimizer 8 discount. It is worth it

Reply   |   Comment by doggie015  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

So, does this software work on windows 7 64 bit or not. I read the above and found some saying it does not. Before I install, I wish to know.

Reply   |   Comment by Racer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Many have pointed out how troublesome legacy installations can be. I use REVO uninstaller free edition. It has a chase mode for registry legacy entries and folders and files. It uses the application's uninstall and performs a thorough scan for legacy entries. I strongly recommend it.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikecimerian  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

While there are many registry cleaners and optimizers out there, I installed this on my Win7 64-bit PC and it's working just fine. Are there any noticeable improvements to the speed of loading the O/S...no. However, it did get rid of a pesky Diskeeper registry entry I missed.

As for all of those who are complaining about the emails - I had the same problem. Added the emails to my "Block Senders" list and away they go into the deleted items folder - done - simple - easy.

Thanks GAOTD for yet another nice application.

Reply   |   Comment by Fasstdak  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed it but cannot activate it. WHY?

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


I download the software and requested for activation code...i didnt received any email with activation code...Is it really working ???

Reply   |   Comment by Naseem  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I do get e-mails from A-shampoo but not to many, about right I just delete them and go about my business they need to advertise their product I understand that . Most of the programs they have are very good and need to be looked at, they now have many of their programs for sale at reduced cost . It just depends on what one thinks is a fair price . as for me free is always good. I use their text program it is almost the same as word . and bought it for under five bucks . yes I know I am dumb as we have all kinds of free word programs out there. I also have those. A reputable company trying to make a profit and stay in business .

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Roberts  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

1. Re. Ashampoo Registry Cleaner, I think it's a very weak tool since that's all it does, and CCleaner does much more, has a good history of working very well, and it's free forever.

2. Re Ashampoo as a Company: I have many of their products, and have had nothing but GOOD experience with this company AND its products.

3. The only problem I have with Ashampoo products is that there are always new versions coming out. New versions are a good thing. But they charge for each new version (with a discount for current users). So I have, among others, Photo Commander 7, 8 AND 9, plus Snap 3 AND Snap 4 (SNAP is a GREAT screen capture program that I use a lot). Now there is SNAP 5, so I'll have to pay again if I want all the new features. So I have probably paid three or four times the actual cost of each program, which really adds up.

4. I can't recommend all Ashampoo products, but most of them are very good, especially their media stuff (Snap, Burning Studio, Photo Commander, etc.), and priced much lower than the "big guys." Their system maintenance stuff (Core Tuner, Magic Defrag, etc.) not so much.

5. For all those who complain about Ashampoo "spamming" you: WRONG. Spam is unsolicited email. Ashampoo gives you every opportunity to opt out of receiving their emails (including a link in every email they send out). Look at the bottom of your email for a line that says, "If you no longer wish to receive this Service Letter (to: xxx@xxx.com) please click here..." So click there. It's not really rocket science.

Thanks to Ashampoo for some great software, even though I have to keep paying for it over and over again. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by DBP  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#57: "I agree with those posting who say registry cleaners are pretty much useless and often dangerous... it’s just a repository for data which is used by some programs. If you’ve uninstalled a program, and it left stuff in the registry, it doesn’t matter. It’s not like something is going to go hunting for it. It just sits there and does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to impact your system. Compacting the registry is equally useless. It’s not like programs have to search the entire registry to find their data – they go directly to their key and read it that way... Outdated drivers – meaningless... Old program data – meaningless..."

I feel a bit guilty saying anything considering it is Halloween, & that is the best time for sharing ghost stories & such. :-)

But, FWIW of course...
1) Yes, the registry is just a place to store data, so why be so scared of it? Some things in life cannot be undone, but if you backup 1st, nothing you can do to Windows is irreversible. Worse case after editing &/or cleaning the registry Windows won't start -- that means I have to boot to a USB stick or CD or another version of Windows, go to the folder with my ERUNT backup, edit the path in "ERDNT.INF", & run "ERDNT.EXE". If Windows will start, I can restore a Restore Point &/or run "ERDNT.EXE" from there [no editing the .inf file needed].

2) Leftovers in the registry can matter -- Very much so -- especially re: drivers, where they can be anything But "meaningless". Not every case, & not every time, but they can cause improper installations, updates, & operations. Personally I can't recall an update or install problem that wasn't registry related, wasn't fixed by editing the registry. That said, & in all fairness, those repairs I've had to make were not part of what happens when you clean the registry with apps like CCleaner or Ashampoo Registry Cleaner, both of which essentially search out orphans.

3) As far as the actual physical size of the files making up Windows' registry... First there are limits to everything concerning your Windows PC/laptop. Second, the bigger the task, the more resources, including time it takes. When it comes to the registry, it is stored in files, & Windows does have to open those files & read them -- if there was a link to this paragraph you're reading on this GOTD page, & you had a shortcut to it on your desktop, when you clicked that shortcut Windows would still have to open your browser & load the entire page first. Besides that initial work when Windows starts, opening the files & reading the registry, Windows is also constantly reading & often writing to the registry too -- get & run Process Monitor to see for yourself [Sysinternals at microsoft.com].

Now current hardware does all this reading from [& sometimes writing to] the registry very, very fast, so it takes a Lot of registry bloat before you approach the size where you *notice* your system's slowed down, & you have to remove an awful lot of lines from the registry before you *notice* a speedup. If you get the latest PC/laptop every year & don't install a lot of apps, just like someone who gets a new lease car every year, you probably don't worry about maintenance, & aren't likely to suffer from it. But when longevity is a concern, maintenance is important & it's most always best to do in small chunks rather than when things die -- doesn't matter whether you're talking Windows PCs or sedans.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Thank you Ashampoo for your generousity, thank you GOTD. Its just a shame that a few individuals can be so ungrateful and disrespectful. They are raising this unnecessary din even though a fine product is given to them as a free gift, what if they paid for the product, will they then sue the company. If you have no use for a programme, instead of starting an ungrateful mumble, why dont you just keep quiet. Thanks again GOTD and Ashampoo, this is a very nice software.

Reply   |   Comment by All  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Anyway, since then, I downloaded this programme. Because I have an account, I got the activation key in seconds. No problems downloading etc.

I ran it and it found 32 items - it looks a little deeper than Winoptimizer (possibly due to the 'instructions' I had set on that as well as this new offering.)

Deleted all 32 items (they made sense to me as programmes I had changed in last week or so). These are now backed up automatically.

Then ran Winoptimizer - no items. Re-ran this new programme - no items.

It is NOT like one of those programmes that tell you there are 767 errors, and then when you try again, it tells you there are 543..... these are the ones to avoid.

In short, it works, it is speedy and I say totally reliable.

Winoptimizer has a benchmark checker, and if you go online it ranks your PC with thousands of other results. My laptop is about 5 years old and uses VISTA. I expect it to be slower than the new kids on the block, but thanks to Ashampoo and others, it still beats machines which may have XP and/or W7 with more RAM.

If that is not an endorsement for looking after your PC, I don't know what is.

Reply   |   Comment by billy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Ashampoo Registry Cleaner is a pretty much bare-bones registry cleaner, but to be fair it also isn't Ashampoo's higher level WinOptiimizer either -- like many of Ashampoo's more entry level apps you get something that works (& can work well), but features are very limited, in this case compared to WinOptimizer. In the negative column: backups are written after cleaning, so if something goes wrong you have no backup of those entries, backups are simply *.reg files with those deleted entries rather than a complete backup, there is no registry defrag, & you can't jump from listed problem entries to that key/value in Regedit, so for example you can see if a value is part of a program key you want to keep intact. Ashampoo Registry Cleaner also doesn't offer any of the optimizations offered by some similar apps, but then that's one reason you'd move up to WinOptimizer. That said, you should do a full registry backup anyway before using any registry cleaner/optimizer [with ERUNT &/or setting a Restore Point], & if you do that it shouldn't matter if the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner's backup is lacking -- ERUNT comes with it's own registry defrag tool [NTREGOPT] that can take care of that function too. [Note that you do a registry backup in case something breaks, & if that something happens to be Windows, you need to be able to restore that backup more than ever... the "README.TXT" file that comes with ERUNT explains briefly how to do that if/when you can't get into Windows, so that you can't restore a system restore point or restore a backup made with your registry cleaning app.]

Installing Ashampoo Registry Cleaner isn't bad, with the "Ashampoo" program folder holding 354 files, 12 folders, ~26 MB -- it includes a real help file, but also has several alternate language files you can try to get rid of if space is tight. Setup & activation add 2 program keys to the registry + one for uninstall. As the last step of the install registration's done online -- if you already have registered a Ashampoo product you're prompted to log in to get your key, you get an e-mail to confirm your address, & clicking the link in that email you go to a web page showing the key, & finally you'll receive an email with that key.

Overall I think Ashampoo Registry Cleaner gives a good impression, with a decent layout in a re-sizable program window -- personally I think it's a bit less intimidating than being faced with the CCleaner window for the 1st time, it seems more down to earth, maybe more business-like than some of the more creative GUIs we've seen, & the help file takes the time to explain what it does & why. I don't see any loyal CCleaner users moving over to Ashampoo's Registry Cleaner, but I could see it making less technical &/or less experienced users feel a bit better about the whole registry cleaning experience. Today's GOTD doesn't seem overly aggressive in finding registry problems, & from my experience with Ashampoo, I can't imagine them not erring on the side of caution when it comes to any proposed registry changes.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

@Bubby, #27 With due respect

"I guess if the option was to “Opt-In” then nobody would."
I guess if nobody would, nobody wants it. Why bother to irritate people (your possible clients for that matter).

"It is probably just “the price to pay” when getting software at a great price, and being forced to read the screen when installing software on my computer, and having to click a check box, isn’t much of a downside."

Good software deserves a good price. It's cool to get a bargain, but not give something with one hand and take away something with the other hand. I want the option not to have a bargain, in order not to be spammed and pay a good price for good software. If they want to bargain I want the option to be able to "opt in".

Ashampoo only offers "the bargain" and takes by default the right that was never granted to spam my mailbox, taking my options. There is an "opt out". Nobody would "Opt in" you said, so all the people that didn't opt out, didn't read well enough and though that is not very good it doesn't grant Ashampoo any spamming rights. Is that the way to earn some honest money?

"Consider that without advertising – or some other means to fund development, the software would possibly be a lot more expensive, or not exist at all (and probably wouldn’t appear on sites like GOTD either)."
This is not a real argument, but rather assumptive. It possibly would be the case, on the other side: it wouldn't be the case at all.

Just because it happens, I don't have to like it. Just because it happens more and more, I'm inclined to be more against it.

Reply   |   Comment by Singah  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I have been using the Ashampoo "Free Burning Studio" for years without problems (no e-mails, toolbars or other nonsense, AND I registered on their website); in fact, it's one of the first programs that I installed on my new net-book because I consider it indispensable as both a back-up and music sharing application...

I don't intend to download this application, though, for the simple reason that I have Ccleaner, another indispensable program that does far more than a simple registry tune-up.

I realize that Ccleaner is not an advanced registry tool such as those that give direct access to the registry, allowing savvy wizards to take all sorts of risks, but then I am not a techie and am perfectly happy with its performance and capabilities.

Simply put? I have a number of free programs (both from GOTD and other sources) that invite me to install toolbars or sponsor programs and I just opt-out during the installation: no harm done.

While this program may not be for me, I would certainly consider any future offer from Ashampoo as they seem serious, competent and provide software for a diverse series of tasks and interests at accessible prices (often free!!).

Rant over :)

Reply   |   Comment by Keya  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I told myself just ignore all the nonsense but I cannot.

You are being offered a free today Registry Cleaner. If you want it - get it!


Just ABOVE Comments (UP THERE FOLKS) is the latest FULL SUITE OF TOOLS in Ashampoo Winoptimizer 8 at a much reduced price.

If you wish, there is a free version, in the shape of Winoptimizer 6.60, and you can use your fingers to do the looking.

I do not understand some of you people. This company in particular must give away hundreds of thousands of dollars of software - good software - every year and all you can do is moan, moan and moan more about NOT having the brains to uncheck a tickbox nor allow the Company to fund it's generosity.

If you do not like something, that is fine, do not trouble yourself to get it. YOU HAVE TO OPT IN, don't you?

Reply   |   Comment by Billy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I find CCleaner to be a much better free alternative to this. Until they make this better than free software, I'm afraid it's just not worth the time-or money.

Reply   |   Comment by thewebmaster  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I agree with those posting who say registry cleaners are pretty much useless and often dangerous.

The registry is not an executable file, it's just a repository for data which is used by some programs.

If you've uninstalled a program, and it left stuff in the registry, it doesn't matter. It's not like something is going to go hunting for it. It just sits there and does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to impact your system.

Compacting the registry is equally useless. It's not like programs have to search the entire registry to find their data - they go directly to their key and read it that way.

Broken links - meaningless.
Outdated drivers - meaningless (they don't load from the registry).
Old program data - meaningless.

Feel-Good programs like this are a complete and utter waste of time, and can EASILY delete stuff you didn't know you needed, can even make your system unbootable.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

AS drives me nuts with their constant e mails wanting me to buy things. And their freebies don't work half the time. I downloaded their burner & it does not work. It wants me to upgrade$.
Once I got an e mail from them crying they were going out of business & everything was free. That was strange.

Reply   |   Comment by Angelis Jars  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

I am a longtime loyal customer of Ashampoo, a top-quality company. One very important benefit of being a registered Ashampoo customer is that Ashampoo will keep a lifetime online record of all of your program license key codes and the program download links - so if anything ever happens to your hard drive (for whatever reason) and you lose your software, you can always re-download your program (free of charge) and re-enter your license key code, and you are all set and good to go. I, for one, appreciate Ashampoo and their generosity and I hope Ashampoo will not let all the ungrateful, negative naysayers affect its outlook on the wonderful (majority) of the fine GOTD community - and, no, I am in no way affiliated with Ashampoo.

Reply   |   Comment by Inas  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hi, I have used a multitude of AShampoo products and have always found them beneficial. I will download this, just too see the difference between it and WinOptimizer, which I have and regularly use. To those who whinge about getting unwanted email, I will just repeat what all the other satisfied users have said - pay attention to the downloading process and that way you don't get bombarded with 'spam'. AS for toolbar downloads, I have yet to find a program that can be download that doesn't have a toolbar option; even Nero has one. That is why you pay attention, you don't just click 'next' like a trained monkey. You're a human with a perceived decent amount of intelligence, seeing as you are supposed to be computer literate. Show it by actually following instructions instead of just wanting everything done for you. Do you feed yourself intravenously as well, just so that you don't have to think about what you are eating. Stupid, is all I can say.

Reply   |   Comment by Spock101  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Many people complain about spam send by Ashampoo while others defend Ashampoo with the reason: "you can opt out, you can take a special mailaddress (which they refuse in many cases by the way), you can do something against it."

Or even with reasons that don't matter at all, like "the software is good, they will give you great deals, they have to earn money (they do already you know, when you buy their software)".

But that is exactly right on spot. When I am interested, willing to try, buy software or even get it as a gift, I don't want to have to do something against anything. What happened with "the customer is always right" The scare me away.

You folks can talk in every which way but the right one to not see there is something wrong with Ashampoo's spamming policy, whatever means you have or are given to do something against it.

Even though people can do something against spamming, they let you know they just don't like it, at all, I might add. This is a fact of life. Deal with it whether you like it or not, just the way I have to deal with the spam when I get in contact with Ashampoo. And surely I don't like it.

This comment is meant to be usefull for Ashampoo. You might need my mailaddress in registration, but you should not abuse it for spamming at all. At least use an "opt in" and not "opt out".

Oh yeah, I know, I will be voted down for this comment, but hey what can I do?

Reply   |   Comment by Singah  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I have tried this one before, while I like a lot of their other titles, I didn't like this one at all. It installed a lot of extra junk (even though I unchecked the boxes, there was still some extra stuff) and did a poor job at cleaning the registry, so bad on one machine I tested, that I had to reformat it.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

In response to all of those individuals who contend that using Registry Cleaners is inherently dangerous; I have used such programs in the past and on a few occasions they did actually resolve issues that were causing problems and not once have I ever experienced an instance where they resulted in "Damage" to any of my systems past or present. I also make certain that if I use a registry cleaner that I back the registry up or that the program does this for me. I would imagine that there might be programs that are flawed and could mess things up but I stay away from companies that don't have a good reputation. AShampoo distributes excellant software for example 'Ashampoo Burning Studio'. As for those individuals who find 'Opting Out' to be irritating and time consuming; being irritated is subjective and I respect that in the case where an individual feels this way they should avoid software installations that include such factors. However, to complain that it is time consuming seems counter productive because one should spend the time to pay attention to what you are agreeing to before hitting 'Next'. Just my opinion.

Reply   |   Comment by David Robinson  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I don't need this as I already have "WinOptimizer" from Ashampoo - totally free from GOTD. Altogether I have 8 programs from Ashampoo - wonderful programs, most of them free from GOTD, or at such a ridiculously low price (because of all those emails!) that I could never get anywhere else. It is a small price to pay for really great software!

Reply   |   Comment by Cecilia  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Another 'placebo' program that makes users feel good about doing something on their computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

For those of you that are keeping Ashampoo Registry Cleaner and are strictly using the English version, you can delete the following files:

license-DE.txt, license-EN.txt, readme*.htm, Ashampoo_nLang3_Editor.exe and updateMediator.exe

You can delete the gdiplus.dll after verifying it exists in the C:\windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 if you're using the 64-bit edition of Windows.

You can also delete the entire lang folder as English is built-into the software.

You have now saved over 7MB in space and made to program launch faster.

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

My comments regarding Internet download speed and MRU’s has caused some controversy.
These are the facts:-
My maximum connection speed is 0.5Mbps
Sygate firewall is a good indicator of my download and upload speeds.
Orbit downloader is a good indicator when downloading a file.
For a proper speed test I use:-
All three show a noticeable improvement, sometimes of up to 40%, after the MRU’s are cleaned from the registry.
Not owning a television set I get my videos via the BBC IPlayer, and these tend to be large files, hence download speed is very important to me, and this is how I keep it at a maximum.

To those of you with the slow connection speeds, you will find this a help on many occasions so it is worth a try as you have nothing to lose.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

I've bought loads of Ashampoo products,and have used this before,is definitely not my favourite but their other software seems professionally done,so I can't see why this shouldn't be.Yes I did get loads of mails off them but you can unsubscribe or change how often you get them and what type.It can take up to a couple of weeks before you don't get them anymore.I agree it should default to less often than it does for people who don't notice the tick on the installation.I usually go through my HKCU and HKLM software sections in the registry manually when I've done loads of installs/uninstalls and delete any software that shouldn't be there.The big problem these days is that it's widely perceived that more errors found is better,which makes alot of programs 'overconfident' and more inclined to take risks in the cleaning process.

Excuse the outburst.

Reply   |   Comment by simon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

installs, registers and runs fine on win7 x32. ran software first time finding 2308 redundant registry entries in 5 of the 10 categories. I looked at the software entries and clicked DEL. re-booted. ran software 2nd time and found NO redundant registry entries. re-booted. and software 3rd time finding 26 file format entries.
I don't think this is suppose to work this way.
thumbs down for me.

thanks but no thanks

Reply   |   Comment by JohnK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

All you people complaining about the email spam...
It only takes a few minutes to set up a gmail or hotmail, etc. account to use for registrations, and anything else you want to keep your "real" email address from. Use that, get your information, then ignore the account. If it's something important (registration keys, etc.) just forward the email to your "real" address.

I get thousands of emails that I never see by doing that.

Reply   |   Comment by Randy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"This product would be much improved and for me a more likely purchase if it included a full suite of cleaning tools, not just a registry cleaner. To be honest, I feel that I’m getting ripped off."

Now let me be honest, when I read such statements, I'm feeling angry. This is my understanding of "rip-off" (I'm not a native English speaker): You have paid the full price for a full version of a programme, but the company delivers only a demo.
That would be a good reason to get angry and make a report.
But you hit the developer just because you don't like his giveaway.
Here and now you get a full version of Ashampoo's Registry Cleaner, and you don't have to pay any $$ for it. You get it to the (to you) well-known conditions of the GOTD project.
Besides this programme, the developer has a more extensive programme called "WinOptimizer"; maybe one day they decide to give this away. But today, we get the smaller tool. Good for those users, who only want just this, and not a bulky all-in-one.
You are not forced to buy this software, so you can't speak about a "rip-off".

Isn't it unfair to the developer to just ask for more and more, and have it delivered on a golden dish?

You don't want any advertising? Does that mean, that you don't read any papers or magazines? How do you think are the magazines financed? Without all the advertising you couldn't or wouldn't pay for them.
Yes of course, you will have every software for free because you too work without any salary. Don't you?


PS: Sorry, I can't speak for or against this programme, because I currently can't install anything. About Ashampoo: I got several of their software for a very little price and even free and use them constantly.
I never had problems with any spam - I get only webmails I opted in for.

Reply   |   Comment by graylox  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

#6, Scott, bet you feel the same way about disk defraggers and virus scanners too? Boy, I bet your local pc tech just loves to see you walk in the door. Nothing wrong with a little house cleaning. Been doing it for years and for you or anyone else that says you should NEVER, EVER touch your registry because of all the problems you can cause are wrong. Years and countless PC's, cleaning, defragging and editing the registries has never cause a problem. Changing the oil in your car is important too. ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

To all you folks whining about all the
spam" you get...

First, PAY ATTENTION and stop blindly clicking through install screens. I've never come across an install that didn't give you the opt-in/out options - or if I did then I ditched the install and moved on to another software option.

Second, I run a sweepstaking website. One of the first things we advise beginners to do is to get a free second email because anytime you enter a sweeps, you're gonna get emails. Sure, you can spend more time unsubscribing but if the email address is intentionally meant as a "catch-all" for this stuff, then just use it and ignore it (unless sweepstaking since you should check it daily to see what you've won). There are plenty of free email services out there. Use the free 2nd email for anything/anytime you think you're going to get mail-bombed. I would call downloading "free" software included in that description.

Reply   |   Comment by donebythefish  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

For the whiners out there, go to Options, click the Other tab, click the Configure button and opt-out of Update Notifications and new premium notifications

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have been using Elcor software's Premium Booster from a previous giveaway and my computer has never run as fast as it is now but I use many Ashampoo products and have not been bombarded with abundant emails or problems with tool bars being installed in my browser as it is easy to uncheck the items you do not want during installation, thank you GAOTD for all the giveaways and Ashampoo for the many excellent products and offers.

Reply   |   Comment by Tkelly46  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#33, OldScotty, this isn't the proper place for a back-and-forth, but so far you have made statements unsupported by facts. Don't forget, the rest of us (except the very young) used dial-up for many years. Connection speeds always depended upon the modems on each end and the line quality. I was always doing downloads and monitored actual throughput, I never saw such an effect. Did this "computer technician" explain to you exactly how it is that Windows Explorer affects your connection speeds? Although I can get the information from my firewall, presently I'm using the cFosSpeed beta, mostly for the realtime throughput graphs. They have an absolutely horrible ordering process, it will take a week and the emails are guaranteed to wind up in your spam folder, but I like having realtime detailed information about my Internet connection onscreen.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

I think there is no reason to keep the MRUs, we can clear them (support.microsoft.com/kb/142298). may be MRUs will be used just as cache to improve the performance of the MS application, except that i don't think there some use of them. I don't think there will be some connect between MRU and internet connection. Sometime back i observed that my net connection has become very slow when i was downloading and also installing a 120MB zip file. When inspected the process,it was the antivirus softwares (I was using MC, and MSE). It helped when disabled the antivirus (alternatively any one can try increasing the priority of the apps).

Reply   |   Comment by Chakradhar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

My computer life has been *much* improved since I stopped cleaning the registry: If you are having performance problems, an unclean registry is not the problem and if you are having other problems, cleaning your registry will only make them worse.

Reply   |   Comment by Whitey Ford  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

adrian, Run the setup after downloading the software from above link "Download Ashampoo Registry Cleaner Now". At the end of the setup it will open a browser window to enter your email id. It woorked for me like that.

Reply   |   Comment by Chakradhar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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