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AthTek Registry Cleaner 2.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — AthTek Registry Cleaner 2.0

AthTek Registry Cleaner is a system maintenance tool which can deeply scan, clean and optimize registry entries.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 254 (32%) 549 (68%) 37 comments

AthTek Registry Cleaner 2.0 was available as a giveaway on August 19, 2014!

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Simple, easy to use and continuous backup of all your files!

AthTek Registry Cleaner is a killer of system errors and crashes. It is a comprehensive system maintenance tool which can deeply scan, clean and optimize registry entries. It wins in extreme scanning breadth and depth, so that it can find more registry entries than any other registry cleaner. If you are plagued by system errors, crashes and slow response speed, you will effortlessly get the final solution from AthTek Registry Cleaner!

Each time you start AthTek Registry Cleaner, it will automatically create a backup file. If you have removed some registry entries by mistake, or you find some application cannot be started after cleaning, you can easily get your previous settings back in the Undo list.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ 2003/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; 1GHz Intel/AMD processor or above; 256MB RAM (512MB or above recommended); 2GB space for installation; Super VGA (800×600) resolution, 16-bit graphics card or higher


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File Size:

15.1 MB



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Does not get the errors eliminated even after a registration success! Even after a rescan the empty registry keys keep popping up time after time. And the registration process does/did not work, when you're being told the activation is done - it is not. Reading the instructions almost take you there, but where the word should be "register" it says "registry"... so if one does not get confused here nothing will.

Reply   |   Comment by KP  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

installed but not running on Windows 8.1 Pro (crashed).UAC disabled. Another program please (and please useful one). Because registry cleaners so dangerous.just deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by maynak00  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#4 Paul - I sure agree with you as does Giovanni. Lets be responsible.
Unfortunately people don't get my late messages or they don't care. Perhaps if one needed to write a review in order to vote ... sure a lot fewer votes but quality is what counts.

Reply   |   Comment by Harold Carlson  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This registry cleaner does NOT work on Windows 8.1 64; it acts exactly as Karl describes below, and I wasted too much time trying to find some way to get it to work properly. I couldn't even register the thing, because it won't open up -- it just runs, and can only be shut down through Task Manager. I CANNOT USE ANYTHING THAT I CAN'T ACCESS, and I can't access this thing at all.

Reply   |   Comment by James Carlson  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#4 Paul — If you don’t need it don’t bother clicking on the thumbdown or downloading it. If we gave more feedback on the actual program itself

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Reply   |   Comment by Skirt Chaser  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#21 Chris Locke.
If cleaning the registry database was the only function of a registry cleaner then as you say it would be a pointless exercise particularly as I believe it is loaded in to memory on start-up.
Surely it is the actions within the system that are controlled by information within the registry that we are trying to modify, that is the ones that slow the system down.
For example, I'm not sure if this is still the case, but at one time if the OS could not find a file where it expected to find it, it didn't just give up but followed a search sequence looking for it.
So if an instruction in the registry pointed to some non-existent entity the question is how would this affect the speed of the system, we don't know but removing redundant information in the registry could speed up the system.
So it's not reducing the size of the registry that is important it is removing information that can slow down the system that is the object of the exercise.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Installed and registered OK on my WinXP. Ran program and it found about 2500 "errors" (only ran CCleaner an hour ago and it found no errors!!!!!!) . As I never delete registry keys unless I know they can be deleted safely, I proceeded to check the first 75 "file extension errors" which the program says had empty registry values. Everyone one of them had valid links which points to important programs. These registry cleaners are suppose to fix errors not make them. I shall be un-installing this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

As a test, since I have not used a Registry optimizer in a long time, I just used one and timed my boot-up. It was 20% faster. This does not mean everybody will get the same results. I have Vista and a Core 2 Duo. As mentioned above, people with fast systems probably don't need optimizers.

Reply   |   Comment by meteke  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Registry cleaners went out after XP.

They are not required and are more likely to do damage than good.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Registry cleaners are modern day snake oil at best they do not harm while at worse they cripple your computer or least apps. There no need to touch your registry in hopes of gainingerformce of stability 90% y

Reply   |   Comment by TheBigOldDog  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

The only software that touches my registry is free windows registry repair:


I am using it for more than 2 years regularly.Never had any problem.On the contrary-it speeds up my system.
Besides that,I sometimes open regedit,go to software,and manually remove all entries that I want to.

Reply   |   Comment by Aku  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Cleaning your registry is all about details. As far as I know, confrim is a terrible typo to trust them with making changes on my system.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Keith Mailley  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Program install quickly but will not run on my win 8.1 for what ever reason, says need higher level...run as admin and still no luck in running. I will stay with glary utils.

Reply   |   Comment by dave  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I have been a computer technician for over 35 years & I learned that re-writing & correcting - line by line - each registry problem or program that needed to be removed - it is tedious -BUT- you usually DON'T disturb programs that are not in use or programs that are designed in ways, these type of programs cannot fathom. If you KNOW what they are for - Great - if not - I would pass. Thx GOTD, but today, no thanks.

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

My all time record with a registry cleaner named Software4u-Registry-CleanUP-5 was a total of

51,410 errors

allegedly found on 12 Aug 2012 at about 5pm.


Now I only use Wise Registry Cleaner (freeware).

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#2 Karl, you really slipped this time - AthTek Software Co. has been operating out of Shanghai ever since 2006, and is hardly a "young company" "without name and address". It may have been incorporated in 2012, but it has a mature software collection, and a considerable web presence (Facebook, LinkedIn, & etc.).

I don't have any particular comments about this SPECIFIC product, as like #4 (Paul), I already have too many registry cleaners! :-P But I thought I should defend AthTek (and in conjunction GAotD's) professional reputation.

Reply   |   Comment by David A.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Wouldn't run of win 7 64bit - crashed at start up. Reinstalled several times with same results. Not impressed, big waste of my time!

Reply   |   Comment by lenny  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Download, installation, and registration went smoothly on windows 7 32bit. This software specializes in the registry as opposed to programs that try to do everything (registry, clean files, defrag hard drive, browser helpers, malware, system optimizations, etc.). As such, a specialty software is probably more effective. On first run it found 600 errors, mostly empty registry keys. Clicked repair and then rebooted computer. Booted up ten seconds faster. Ran it a second time and it found about 200 errors, again mostly empty registry keys. Clicked repair and rebooted computer again. Computer booted ten seconds faster than previous. No visible issues with computer.

Before first run of Ath Tek Registry Cleaner it made a complete backup of my registry, which is a good thing. I think I will keep it.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I paid Microsoft Tech Support to correct a problem with Windows 7. In the process they told me DO NOT USE REGISTRY cleaners, defraggers,etc., as they only cause problems. From some of the problems described it appears their recommendation is well founded.

Reply   |   Comment by William W Gorman Jr  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Why does anyone need a registry cleaner? I have Never seen where cleaning the registry improves performance in a way that you can actually see it. And you may cause damage in the process. So is it worth it? No

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Bezukhov posted a report about Registry Cleaners, and got smacked on the head by Matteo. I just want to explain about the registry.

Back in Windows 3.1 days, WIN.INI was a system file that held many settings by most Windows programs. This was a text file that could get quite large (by volume, not necessarily by size ... as it was only text, it didn't take up many bytes, but could take many physical lines).
From Windows 95 onwards, the registry is more of a database, but typically, its size has now 'exploded'. What was once a simple text file, is now a database covering several megabytes. In fact, its 4 separate databases - software settings, security settings, system settings and user settings. On my Windows 7 machine, the software settings database is 114 MB.
Going back to Win.INI, the larger the file, the longer Windows had to take to 'read' this file to determine whether it contained a necessary setting. The more programs you installed, the 'slower' Windows got. Reinstalling Windows gave you a new Win.INI, and thus, a quicker computer. Hard drives were slower back in Win 3.1 days too.
Fast forward to the databases now. Finding a key takes the same amount of time if you have 2000 keys or 200000 keys. They're all indexed, so its like looking for 'Ford' in a telephone book - jump straight to the 'F' pages first - no need to rifle through the As, Bs, Cs, etc. Secondly, deleting 2000 keys has no effect on the space of the registry. Just like deleting a file off your hard drive doesn't actually remove it, the same goes for the registry - simply the index is deleted. You don't make your registry smaller by deleting keys.
So Matteo. The report may be several years old, but its still relevant, as its based on the same 'technology'. In fact, as hard drives have got faster, computers have more memory, reading the registry has got quicker and so 'optimising' is even less relevant - it makes even less difference.
The only advantage these 'cleaners' do is to remove 'broken' keys - keys that point to files that don't exist, but that advantage is so minor, its not relevant either. In fact, I'd argue it has more to do with the programs, not the registry. If the registry says, "yes, the file lives here" and the program crashes as that file no longer exists, the fault lies with the program. A good program upon finding the file doesn't exist would continue. The time taken for the registry to say, "the file lives here" and the program checks it and finds it doesn't, is milliseconds at the most. Would you really notice a program starts in 35 milliseconds and not 40?
Waffle waffle marmalade mushrooms. TL DR; Registry cleaners have no impact on modern hardware. End of.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

This very same version (2.0) was offered here several months ago.

I have been using it since, about weekly, without any problems.
IMO it does a much better job than any other registry cleaner,
maybe at par with Registry First Aid - but certainly way ahead
of any free cleaner available.

On my system AthTek Registry Cleaner has never caused any problems.
Thanks, GOTD and AthTek

Reply   |   Comment by Benno  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

#14, That article was published in 2005. Give us a more recent article, please.

Reply   |   Comment by Matteo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)

See we have our usual claims that cleaning the registry does no good, this is not true as Microsoft explains when your computer will not close down without error messages. They state that this is generally caused by information in the registry that is no longer relevant.
If you have a slow download connection removing the MRU’s will help to maintain a download speed, tested many times by myself, apparently something to do with the way Explorer works.
If there was ever going to be a really top notch registry cleaner it would have been done by Mark Russinovich, who has forgotten more about Windows than most people will ever know.
The real problem with the registry is Microsoft have not produced any programs that really allow safe manipulation of it, nor have they explained its overall structure and function in any detail.
The reason, it is a very good way of stopping copying, hence pirating software, in particularly their own.
In essence none of us outside Microsoft have a clue what is going on in the registry and the best we can do show what we know from experience, but that does not mean we should make generalisations about it!

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

I totally agree with "Par Anoid" (#12)
There are NO compelling reasons to fiddle with the Windows Registry, especially if you don't know what you're doing, unless you have a very good reason to do so.

Registry "Cleaners", "Optimisers", "Defragmenters" are everywhere.
Most are pure BS and will NOT "speed up your computer", so why bother in the first place? If you want extra speed from your rig, get a good Solid State Drive (SSD), add some more RAM and a better graphics card.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnny Cool  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Here is an interesting read. It is a few years old, but still relevant:

Why I don't use registry cleaners


Reply   |   Comment by Bezukhov  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Registry cleaners are snake oil. They make you feel like you're doing something good for yourself when all you're doing is putting cash in the seller's wallet.

Reply   |   Comment by Par Anoid  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

installed quick on win7 64 bit registration was fast to it runs nicely, but remember to run it as administrator
interface is nice and easy to find your way around in

Reply   |   Comment by bjed  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Ok I have XP and Windows 7 installed on the same machine, this software loaded and registered ok. A scan of Windows seven reviled 1269 errors after ten repairs and scans I got it down to 5 errors, on XP I started with 2796 errors and after seven repairs and scans it was at 89 errors.
Now here is the exciting part after restarting the computer from windows seven and rebooting to XP my errors went from 89 to 190 and from xp to windows seven it went from a low 5 errors after the ten cleans back up to 53 errors.My only concern is that after every scan and then repair is that I get the message "Successfully Repaired X amount of Registry Items" now I know I'm as dumb as dog shit and I'm cabbage looking but surley a repair on a re-scan it should show no errors because you just told me that you fixed all of them! I will keep this for now and see how it pans out.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

I have not tried this particular registry cleaner, so my comment is more general.

There are many such tools with impressive claims. Yet to my knowledge, no authoritative study has ever proved their usefulness, while reports of systems crippled by them abound.

Restoring the registry after damage is not a foolproof solution, as such damage may be subtle and be discovered long after using the registry cleaner, so that attributing the cause would be speculative. Furthermore, who would like to turn their registry back by a month just in case a problem may be solved, while others will appear?

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

The only program I was allowed to touch my registry Is Wise Registry Cleaner which is free.
The reason I use this is it marks items which are safe to remove from those which it is not sure about and removes the former unless requested otherwise.
My old machine, put to rest because the hardware failed, had XP installed for just short of eight years without being reinstalled this one four years, so I know that this choice registry cleaner is safe.
The problem with the monstrosity of the registry is you don't know what's in there, some programs have information that is critical for them to be able to function, many programmers dump information unnecessarily.
In essence the registry is similar to a minefield and should be treated with the same caution.

When I see problems in which a registry cleaner will not run properly on some computers there is no way on God's earth that I will allow it near my registry!

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+75)

I had exactly the same result as Karl. The program downloaded quickly, and installed even more quickly. The procedure for getting the registration code was also fast and efficient. But then - the program wouldn't run on my Windows 8.1 64-bit system. You might say that it was a waste of time ....

Reply   |   Comment by David J Wilson  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+61)

Just use these FREE apps and you are done:

http://www.registryrecycler.com (also PORTABLE)

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+120)

5 min and 18 thumbs down! The idea of this website is for US to download and test the software and then tell the company that produced this program whether we found it useful or not, killed our computer, made it better, etc. . .
Glarysoft Giveaway has died because of this kind of feedback. If you don't need it don't bother clicking on the thumbdown or downloading it. If we gave more feedback on the actual program it's self instead of just telling what other freeware is out there, we have Giovanni for that, we actually might get some really useful software that we really need, like Adobe photoshop or Bitdefenders latest release. cmon ppl!!! work like a team and not a bunch of lazy beggars.
I'm not going to download or install this, for the sole reason that i have 4 different registry cleaners and maintenance programs on my system and can't tell whether my system is faster or slower when i use one of them, because i'm using a computer with a 3rd generation i7, 16G of ram and 1tB hd, to check my emails, write letters and surf the internet. This computer is 10X faster than I am.
What I'm trying to say is. Those of you who have and old computer with a single core AMD processor running at 1.6Ghz to check this out and see if your computer runs a little faster and then give a little feedback.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

download fast, setup and registration was a breeze on my Windows 8 Dell N5050 laptop, scan was extremely fast, found nearly 3000 issues, does not tell what the invalid entries are, just lists basic registry did the repair, and now most of my Windows 8 tiles don't work, had to use the registry restore to get things back to normal, BAD SOFTWARE!!!! uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+110)

Installed without problems on a Win 8.1 pro 64 bit system.

Could not register, simply due to the fact, that the program cannot be started correctly. After start, the program consumes 28.2 % of my CPU time, 12,3 MB of RAm and loops without displaying an interface. Can only be cancelled with the task manager. Restarted -> the same.

A ridiculous version 2.0. Must be a writing error, this is version 0.2 of a young company (2012) without name and address.

Uninstalled via reboot.

Sorry that I could not verify the claim : AthTek Registry Cleaner performs exactly as a stable and clean system tool. It works stably in your system and repair registry errors for your sake.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+119)

pretty good solution for 64bit
easy to load found 1000+ errors
can easily undo changes made to the registry during a scan/clean
Has a built-in basic startup manager and basic uninstaller
But...a little slow and seems NOT offer offline help.

FREE Alternative Recommend:
ccleaner @ http://www.piriform.com
amigabit powerbooster (time-limited free) @ http://www.discountandfree.net/free/giveaway-amigabit-powerbooster-v4
advanced systemcare free @ http://www.iobit.com

Reply   |   Comment by Tang  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
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