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ScanMyReg 3.1 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — ScanMyReg 3.1

The fastest and most effective registry optimization utility
$24.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 79 (68%) 38 (32%) 60 comments

ScanMyReg 3.1 was available as a giveaway on April 22, 2018!

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Batch process files for protection and management.

ScanMyReg is the fastest and most effective registry optimization utility on the market. It scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will run faster and error free. It also defragments the registry, keeping it streamlined for smoother system performance. The backup/restore function of the tool lets you backup your whole Windows Registry so you can use it to restore the registry to the current status in case you encounter some system failure.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ XP (with SP2/SP3 or Home/Professional/Media Center)/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1 (x32/x64)


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File Size:

3.27 MB



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Somehow my PC system seems to block me from this developer YL Computing website.
Do not know why.
Anyway, share with you a funny cleaning event in the past.

My record of most aggressive registry cleaner I have used was from Software4U. It seemed to be a German company.
It gave the following registry scan results on 12-Aug-2012:
ActiveX. OLE etc - 407 Errors
Software - 49,590 Errors
Process entries - 539 Errors
File types - 874 Errors

Of course it meant trouble.
Just out of curiosity I "cleaned" according to the results.
Because I knew I can restore if it damaged the PC.
As expected, it crashed my PC.
Cannot boot PC after that.
Did a bare metal restore of the PC from a recent backup.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

How is this a give away, all this does is scan the registry and reports on the number of errors found. How does anyone know if the errors found are real or not? Registry files should not be tampered with, as stated many times before when such software is offered many of these programs can actually l do more damage by removing essential registry files. Invalid or corrupted registry files are ignored by windows and take up very little space even on the smallest of drives. Removing them will make absolutely no difference to your system's speed. Only users with advanced knowledge of how the registry files work should access them and exercise extreme caution, it only takes one careless mistake to kill your system. In short this type of software is nothing but snake oil and my advice is to avoid them. I've worked in IT for many years and have lost count of the number of systems that have been killed through meddling with the registry files .... And in case you hadn't guessed it I'm passing on today's "offer"

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

what is the purpose of giving away that need to purchase?
the so-called giveaway that cannot fix the problems that served no purpose at all.
hence, don't even have to waste time for downloading something useless to occupied the storage space.

Reply   |   Comment by NobleGad  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

As with any Registry, Operating System program that makes changes to,, to operation of Operation systems , is best left to experts , To the Novice or even advance user , it may make unwanted changes , It should include a statement , Use at your own risk .... , De-frag your Hard drive , clean your web history once in awhile , And any program that says it will speed up your Pc will usually do more harm than good.

Reply   |   Comment by S99abx  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I installed it by using setup.exe and after it was finished I opened the readme file and pasted the registration key into the box and entered giveawayoftheday into the username and restarted the program and it worked perfectly.
just the notice from ESET NOD32 Antivirus that the website has been blocked.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

everytime it starts ESET NOD32 Antivirus reports that it blocked the website because of unwanted content.
i cleaned my registry and defragged it ok though.
just this constant reminder from ESET NOD32 Antivirus that the address has been blocked

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I'm a PC tech with over 25 years of experience. I use registry cleaners on my client's systems, as well as my own. I've never had a problem with registry cleaners. They look for orphan registry entries that no longer serve any use. The only time I had a problem with editing the registry was when I was a novice and tried to do it manually and had to do a total reinstall of the OS. They may not make your computer run any faster. HOWEVER, they are useful for getting rid of leftover registry entries from malware after you've run a malware cleaner (like Malwarebytes) that may still be affecting your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by shegeek72  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I need to install ScanMyReg 3.1 on a pc machine with Windows XP SP3. The ad in YL Computing or Pcclean states in the requirements that XP is supported, but I get that the provided setup is not a win32 compatible application. Is there a way to get a solution? I think I have 12 hrs. left for an answer.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes Magister  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I downloaded installed and used the registration code but it is not giving me the full version. I think this would be a good product but not unless it's the full version.

Reply   |   Comment by Jennifer Hopkins  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I highly recommend staying away from registry optimizers/cleaners in general. They can really screw up Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris B  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

What a joke. Installed and scanned my registry on a brand new computer. Found 379 errors and when I clicked on fix errors it took me directly to a purchase page for $24.95. Free???? I don't think so.

Reply   |   Comment by Diane  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Diane, read the notes...says you have to close the program after you registered and open it again then rerun
the scan and the fix will work for free...I know cause I did the same thing

Reply   |   Comment by walt  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Just wanted to say that I have been running Win Utilities Pro which has Scan My Reg as part of the program for a few years. I use Revo Uninstaller Pro to install and uninstall programs. I run CCleaner Pro first and then Win Utilities Pro registry cleaner. The registry cleaner in Win Utilities Pro finds things that CCleaner doesn't. All I can say is after using all 3 of these programs on a regular basic I have never had any computer problems with them. I started using them with XP Pro and now still using Win 7 Pro. I would recommend all 3 of these programs that I purchased and use.

Reply   |   Comment by Home User  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Hi everybody. :-)

No problems with windows defender and the setup.exe of this program: it doesn't block it.
The installer says "publisher unknown" (UAC window).
When I try to launch the program, it says "publisher unknown" (UAC window).
The program doesn't start because I've enabled DEP (alwaysOn), like every other program of ylcomputing.
All other programs works... I don't know why they hate DEP.


Reply   |   Comment by xilolee  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

No software on earth can recognize all of the irrelevant entries because many if not all software register under one name then starts to use the registries (hives) as a scratch pad under different name for entries of user behavior i.e. what, when and how long was the session and what was done during that time.
SoftOrbits uses the registries as daily log, like a scratch pad, to enter time, date, length, software start time, end time, even a log for internet access, IP addresses and so on.
We need software that will transfer only the registration keys to a new registry (hives) and delete the old one.
Now, it someone can do that, I will be the first to buy such software.
Gimmicks, like this one today, will never make me install or buy their software.

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Gordon, Try Uni-blue registry cleaner . it has a back-up and restore features, so if it deletes an unexpected registry entry that hampers or makes some programs not work as before you can undo any changes

Reply   |   Comment by S99abx  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

AND Glary....used it for years, no problem........CCleaner continues to screw up some of my programs so quit that one too.
Every time I'd use it, my Scanner was gone, same for Camera and a couple PGM's I don't recall
and would have to reinstall...........imagine what I was thinking........hee-hee

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded and installed without issue. Read-me file gives name(Giveawayoftheday) and activation code to register and activate the full pro edition. It works fine. I don't know why others say that it doesn't. Maybe they didn't read the "read me" file that came with the .exe file. Anyway, the program automatically makes a system restore point before making any changes. And it has the option to backup your registry as well. When I ran Scanmyreg, it found 267 errors and fixed/repaired/or deleted them. The procedure was quick and to the point. Rebooted, and all is well. YL Computing has been around awhile, about twelve years. They make a well received system optimization utility called Win Utilities Pro which addresses much more than just the registry. I have it and it too works as advertised. I have a question though, does anyone know if this registry repair tool is either more or less than the one that comes with Win Utilities Pro? As it is, I give this registry tool, ScanMyReg 3.1 two thumbs up. BTW, I'm running Windows 10, 64 bit with latest updates on a new desktop computer. Peace.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

registry 'errors' or obsolete registry keys take up little space. they do not speed up the pc if removed. back in the 90's it may have had a very small effect, but unless you are using something like ccleaner which is tried and tested over many years i wouldn't use anything else which could quite easily mess up the running of the pc.

Reply   |   Comment by riccipottan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

CCleaner + Revo Uninstaller is all I need

Reply   |   Comment by jj juice  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Over the years I've noticed that almost every offering here will say 'it's the BEST' or the FASTEST. Obviously they can't ALL be the best or fastest. Marketing, marketing, marketing. The vendors that post here don't realize that there are some very sophisticated users here and will point out their phony claims in a second. We're not all stupid.

Reply   |   Comment by Phoe  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)

Garbage Windows 10 will not download. The free version of CCleaner sorts out the registry and does a lot lot more

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin Scardifield  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Install this smart free program to Fix your Registery.

Scanning... Scanning..

You got 673 Errors, Buy the real program now and fix your Errors??????

So what did the Key for this program do if i still have to buy it to fix the errors

Reply   |   Comment by Mathias Nielsen  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Mathias Nielsen, The 'blurb' does not say it WILL fix any errors...it just say it will SCAN them, then it goes on to say "By fixing obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will run faster and error free", It doesn't say it WILL fix them though, just that you CAN fix them ( by buying the full program). I'd say that was more than 'just' a bit misleading.

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)

Ian, Don't want to count beans, but the description clearly indicates:

"ScanMyReg is the fastest and most effective registry OPTIMIZATION utility on the market."

If it doesn't fix, how can it optimize?

Is this offer just a trial, or why one has to pay $24.95 for?

Really enjoy the GOTD offers, but this would need some clarification.

Reply   |   Comment by melly  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

won't activate says you must purchase

Reply   |   Comment by Anthony Czerpak  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Windows keeps blocking me from unzipping . Don't know why.

Reply   |   Comment by woodco  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

woodco, can you publish the windows settings that illicit this very good protective behaviour... I'd like windows to be able to spot a P.U.P. like this and prevent even extracting an archive containing the installer....

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

woodco, I really don't know what happened but after trying a few things and turning off my virus software I was able to unzip and run. Seam all is well now.

Reply   |   Comment by woodco  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

fastest and most effective registry optimization...
Who did the testing
What where the results of multiple other registry optimization utilities
Why does this feel misleading

Reply   |   Comment by MOV  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

MOV, um because it is misleading and unqualifeid and unquantifiable terms are used. Pure marketing deception.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Kudos to today's developer for eschewing the odious boilerplate text so often found in the hyping of this type of software: words like 'clean' and 'repair' are, thankfully, notable for their absence -- just as well, because a registry never gets dirty, nor does a registry cleaner ever fix anything.

Sadly though, having side-stepped the discredited "cleaning & repair" mythology, today's developer instead deploys the latest fanciful fiction that's doing the rounds: 'registry optimization utility'. Oh dear.

There's no such thing as an 'optimized' Windows registry. If there was, then one company in particular would've created a tool to achieve such optimization, and would today be making a fortune out of providing it to Windows users worldwide.

The company's name is Microsoft.

It invented Windows, and with Windows 3.1 introduced the concept of a database -- which is all that 'the registry' is -- that would be uniquely individual to the particular computer on which Windows was running.

Microsoft also at that time introduced the world's first 'registry cleaner' (we're going back more than 25 years now, just in case you were wondering) but then dropped the darn thing because -- surprise, surprise -- it couldn't infallibly identify which of several thousand registry entries on a particular computer might actually be redundant.

Today, a PC's database -- its registry -- doesn't have the coupla thousand entries that it did in the 3.1 era. Today, your computer's database can comprise many, many hundreds of thousands of entries. So now, the risk of mis-identification is exponentially higher. We're no longer in the world of kb computing or even MB computing but gigabyte computing -- a world that can be turned on its head just because the removal of a few miserable kbs of database content are claimed by some software publisher or other to , er, 'speed up' your PC. As if.

Microsoft is, without a doubt, one of the most aggressively profit-driven companies of 'em all, so if it thought it could make a buck or two out of selling something to 'optimize' its own wares, it would be doing so right now. It would have updated the Windows 3.1 'cleaner' it originally toyed with but then abandoned after discovering it had the potential to do more harm than good.

But. . . it hasn't.

Microsoft not only doesn't offer a cleaner, compactor, optimizer, vacuum, speed-upper, or what-ever-you-want-to-call-it, Microsoft advises any and every Windows computer user not to go anywhere near any such cleaner, compactor, optimizer, vacuum or tidy-upper either:

"Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners . . .

"Microsoft is not responsible for issues caused by using a registry cleaning utility. Microsoft strongly recommends that you only change values in the registry that you understand or have been instructed to change by a source you can trust, and that you back up the registry anyway before making any changes. . .

"Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the use of a registry cleaning utility can be solved. Issues caused by these utilities may not be repairable and lost data may not be recoverable."

On which basis then: go against the actual advice of the actual creator of the actual Windows system you happen to be running and, um, well: you obviously know more about this than does Microsoft.

Finally. . . Friends and family have on occasion taken the trouble to enquire just what the heck a computer's registry is. There's a ton of info out there on the 'Net for those interested enough to find out, but the reference resource I most often point to is this FAQ guidance from Tim Fisher:


Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I have previously used registry cleaners and my experience is that they often cause more harm than help.
The registry will eventually contain a lot of irrelevant information as you install and uninstall programs, since virtually all programs uninstall routine does not even delete a fraction of everything spread on your hard drive and in your registry.
My solution was to get a good uninstaller program that could track and save all changes during program installation.
The solution became my part, Revo uninstaller PRO, and now I never have a problem with the computer wasting down due to registry errors.

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Östergaard  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

Svend Östergaard, Using an uninstaller such as Revo, IObit Uninstaller or Comodo Programs Manager is a good idea. However it is very rare for, the left over registry keys from uninstalling software, to actually cause any problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Roger, I agree but in my case IObit was ding a really poor job while uninstalling, at least the free version.

Reply   |   Comment by MM  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

MM, In that case, the Pro version wouldn't be any different, as both the free and paid versions do just as well as scanning for leftovers.

Was this recently? I found that Revo was much better than old versions of IObit Uninstaller, but in the last few years, IObit has done nearly as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Roger, yup, fresh install only a few weeks back, IObit (free) still kept a lot of junk behind and not only in registry. Revo did a better job scanning but that was a trial PRO version. I had to install Autocad on my computer for some testing and getting rid of it completely was pain in the A, neither Windows or IObit would even register the program to be able to be uninstalled which I blame on IObit at the first place that probably got rid of SOME of the files at the first try and that was it.

Reply   |   Comment by MM  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Most uninstaller misses some footprints, even after post-scan. If you want to be completely confident that everything is uninstalled, use the program (in this case, Revo) trace function when installing a new program. Revo saves a list of the entire installation and changes made to the computer and then uses this information when you eventually want to uninstall that program.

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Östergaard  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Svend Östergaard, except not all the changes occour at install time which is why the dynamicly generated uninstall scripts at install time do not contain ALL the changes that the program will make once it has been run the first time and it initiallises settings and personal prefernces licenses etc that usually get left behind after uninstall and which installer trace programs won't see either. Also it can get quite complicated for a program to decide if a change or new registry value is owned by the program and SHOULD be removed on forced uninstall cleanup or a system setting that the developer knew about and initialised and the system owner wants to keep but does not know the technical side of it... i.e. enforcing a wanted global policy setting on an edition of windows that lacks a global policy editor.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

TK, Just right. Material that is created after installation can of course not be saved during installation, it says good sense and therefore it is important that even after uninstalling a tracked program, start a scan for leftovers.
In Revo, you will then have the opportunity to approve or not approve the removal of leftovers, where components that Revo deemed to be inadvertent to remove.

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Östergaard  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Svend Östergaard,
You made a good point about Revo, because- sometimes- during an uninstall, Revo also suggests a removal of keys that belong to some other program.
It is a good tool, but one has to be very careful when using it.

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

consuella ..

Try IO bit uninstallers ...

They're the BEST.

Reply   |   Comment by io best '  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

PC killers, all of these programs. Even if there is redundant registry entries they won’t cause any problems, leave the registry alone.

Reply   |   Comment by Baz  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Today's giveaway should definitely be avoided. There is no need to ever clean the registry, as I will explain below.

The publisher claims ScanMyReg will speed up your computer and fix errors. Which of course, sounds good. But, the reality is that no matter how many hundreds or thousands of so called errors ScanMyReg, or any other registry cleaner will find, cleaning them won't speed up your slow computer and almost certainly will not fix any problems. Also, ScanMyReg will often think some valid registry keys are errors. If you delete these registry keys, it will sometimes cause problems.

I have many years experience, using a lot of different registry cleaners, on many different computers. In that time, only once has cleaning the registry, made a computer noticably faster. Also, only a few times have I fixed issues, such as error messages or crashes, by cleaning the registry. With that in mind and considering that today's giveaway may cause problems (rather than fix them), by deleting needed registry keys, the smart thing to do it.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)

Roger, chances are the one time a registry cleaning procedure actually made a system noticably faster was probably because it removed a setting that affects process priority like the system was setup to give priority to background processes instead of forground process like a server would be and it saw the system was a desktop edition and reverted the setting back to desktop edition defaults or wiped out an important service that consumed significant resources but that does not mean it was bad... or removed some startup entries or user customations to the GUI response time delays... I'm always suspicious when something unexpected happens after generally snake oil and offten dangerous software runs and noticable changes occour... as you may guess LOL

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Roger, agree 100%. I also have tried those things many times on many PCs. There are so many ways they can cause problems and so few (probably zero) ways they can help.

Reply   |   Comment by Ray Eason  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Roger, Yes - agree --- a program named "Don't F--- My Registry" should be made available. It will do absolutely nothing but run for a few minutes and produce results: "Your registry is fine"

Want to make your PC faster? Reinstall OS every year or so.

Reply   |   Comment by jj juice  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, The one and only time that I've seen a registry cleaner make a computer run faster, was after using Laplink's PCmover. You can use it transfer installed software from one computer (or even just a hard drive) to another. I used it to transfer a large number of programs from the hard drive of an old computer to a different computer. In doing so, it copied a lot of registry keys from the original machine that did not have any use on the new one. I guess it transfers a lot of possibly unneeded registry keys from the original Windows install to make sure things like license keys get transferred across, so the transferred programs are actually still registered when you run them. It is quite impressive, how it can transfer software along with its registration information to a new computer and the software will usually work on the new computer, exactly as it did on the old one.

I used a safe registry cleaner, which only removes actual invalid registry keys, to clean the registry. So, I'm sure than nothing needed was deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hadrianus, It makes no difference at all if you have a fast or very slow CPU. In either case, there is no need to clean the registry.

Short comments, which don't go into details, often get thumbs down. It helps to write longer comments, which explain your reasoning.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Pokazuje poprawny klucz,ale nadal jest nie pełna wersja.Jak to naprawić?

Reply   |   Comment by Krzysztof  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Krzysztof ..

Ab·so·lute·ly .. .

with or without my morning coffee.

Reply   |   Comment by danish? '  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

From Norton Website:

PUA.ScanMyReg is a potentially unwanted application that gives misleading information about issues on the computer. It then asks the user to pay to fix the issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry Mangurian  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Running Win 7 Ultimate. Installed, registered, restarted, asks to purchase after first analysis, uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Col  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Does this app perform better than ccleaner, because generally I do not trust registry cleaners, I am afraid they will worsen my pc performance!

Reply   |   Comment by Teo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Teo, Very occasionally, cleaning the registry will make a computer run slower. Aside from that, it is extremely rare for a registry cleaner to make a computer run faster, or fix any errors. I'd suggest, avoiding today's giveaway, and also not using the registry cleaner in CCleaner, as there's not much point using it. But, at least the registry cleaner in CCleaner is safe to use.

Today's giveaway, often will want to delete valid registry keys, unlike CCleaner, where is is very rare for it to every flag any valid registry key as being an error.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Teo, I wrote a fairly extensive comment for the last giveaway of "ScanMyReg 2.2". It's good that you don't trust Registry Cleaners and "CCleaner" is not exempt from that comment. You cannot rely on any Registry Cleaner without checking the result and telling it what to delete or modify and what to keep. With that said I do not let "CCleaner" to do anything with my registry. I use three separate programs to do anything with my registry, they are; "Registrar Registry Manager", "Auslogics Registry Cleaner", and "Evidence Eliminator (EE)". I have all three of these installed on my new Windows 7 machine and they all work great. But, I don't let any one of those programs have full rain on my registry. I highly recommend "Auslogics Registry Cleaner", but when it's done with it's scan you need to check the results and you decide the final result of what to do with the list you're given. I give no program free reign over my registry. While I agree that no Registry Cleaner will most likely make your system run faster I don't agree that occasional cleaning will make it run slower. The registry need to be cleaned of invalid, useless entries just like your computer needs to get rid of useless files that consume disk space and can slow down access to other programs. When you have a bunch of invalid, useless entries in your Registry it slows down your computers ability to navigate the registry and does seem to slow down your computer. There are many other things that can slow down a computer; the registry is just one of them. So yes, the registry does need to be maintained on some sort of regular schedule. More often is better, but occasionally also works, but it will take longer to sort through it all.
I checked some sources to compare "Auslogics Registry Cleaner (ARC)" against today's offering; "ScanMyReg 3.1 (SMR)" and "ARC" still gets very high marks from both "users" and "editors" while "SMR" get very low marks from both "users" and "editors" alike. The choice is yours.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Teo, One thing I forgot to mention; the Registry needs to be "Defragged" just like your disk does. The Registry should be cleaned and then defragged. I typically use "Evidence Eliminator (EE)" to defrag my registry, but it's a long process with "EE" and so I have used "Auslogics Registry Defrag" on occasion and can highly recommend it. It is also very highly rated by both "users" and "editors".
Now I'm not going to say Defragging the Registry will make your computer run faster, but in most case it can make it run more smoothly.
I defrag my hard disks before doing anything to the Registry. It is up to you how you do it, but this is what I recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

JonE, Auslogics Registry Cleaner is safe to use, as it won't remove any valid registry keys. It is even completely safe to enable the deselected scan categories, except for "Missing Software," which should usually be left unchecked.

For a few years, Auslogics Registry Cleaner would mistakenly think that any Start Menu shortcut that pointed to a website, rather than a file on your computer was an error. However, I reported the bug to Auslogics and they fixed it a few months ago.

Despite what you say, there is no actual need to ever clean the registry. No matter how much you use your computer or how much you install and uninstall software, it will be exceptionally rare for a registry cleaner to fix an issues you have with your computer or make it run faster. A good example of this, is that I once removed around ten thousand registry errors from my computer with multiple safe registry cleaners. I followed this by doing a registry defrag and then restarted my computer. The end result was that my computer was no faster than before cleaning the registry. The large number of registry errors, was the result of regularly installing and uninstalling software and also, deleting a number of programs, by deleting their folder in Program Files, rather than uninstalling them.

Whenever I work on customer's computer, which is still running slower than it should after I've spent a lot of time trying diagnosing and fixing any issues and trying to make it faster, it still runs just as slowly after cleaning and defragging the registry.

Having said that, at least it is safe to use Auslogics Registry Cleaner. It is one of only a handful of registry cleaners, which should never think that some valid registry keys are errors.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Roger, Thank you, for your input; it is valuable. I'm not a Computer Tech, but have helped many people with slow computers, but also have never cleaned or defragged anyone's registry; I have gotten rid of much malware, but most people just go back to their old ways and then complain that their computer is running slow again. I appreciate your input, I find it valuable.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I've used V 2.2 many years and it seems to be a reliable, since I had never any problems caused by it. But I often thought that it finds too much entries and after cleaning them, the items reoccur with the next scan. Being aware that these kind of SW are actually "Snake-Oil" and often said to be completely unnecessary, I had the impression that let run it once in a while, made the performance a bit better. I'm grateful for the GAOTD and will replace my V 2.2, but I would definitely skip it, if I had to pay for it.

Reply   |   Comment by Wolf Brosch  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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