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Giveaway of the day — ScanMyReg 2.0

ScanMyReg is the fastest and most effective registry optimization utility in the market.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 372 (33%) 747 (67%) 64 comments

ScanMyReg 2.0 was available as a giveaway on March 28, 2012!

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ScanMyReg is the fastest and most effective registry optimization utility in the market. it scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these 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 let 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 / Vista/ 7(x32/x64)/ 8


YL Computing



File Size:

4.04 MB



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Thanks YL Computing & GOTD.

Downloaded and installed without issue (Win XP Pro SP3).

Scanned and reported over 1500 errors. I looked at them all (yep, made my eyes feel funny!) and not one was unsafe to delete (I did however back up my registry first before continuing).

I've tried quite a few registry cleaners over the years (some have already been mentioned and no, I don't remember all the other programme names) and this seems to be very well thought out at what it deems to be an error. Basically missing references/connections to files and folders that were deleted long ago.

People will tell you not to mess with the registry and that it doesn't help anyway (or is negligible) and others will tell you that it boosts performance. I notice a difference, you may or may not. That could also be to do with how much/often you use your PC.

If you've wanted to check out such a programme then I don't really think you could do much better than this one. Whatever you choose to do is up to you!

Just do a backup/restore point before you clean, just in case.

Have fun!

Reply   |   Comment by Damian  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For #2 - it is not unusual for this type of program to come up with a different number of errors each time it runs. Different programs will differ even more. I doubt that his was deliberate

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Klinman  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@3 NEVER run any backup software (or the ilk) when in a sandbox. Don't register stuff... don't do ANYTHING that going to HURT you when it gets undone (ie you 'disgard' all changes)

@6 PLEASE ALL - READ Auslogics EULA - they require you to agree to update their software when they say - no ifs ands or butts... (See item #6 in the EULA - READ IT and then READ IT AGAIN!)

Q: i only got as far as @6... already thumbs down item due to lousy description. (i mean 'lack of detail' (as in accuracy in the language)), but what i'd like to know is how is this thing getting over 30% thumbs up? The negative criticisms are of such a serious nature that it's bewildering that 243 people (at this moment) would trust the heart (or brain?) of their system to such risks. (This, of course, does not apply to those in 'sandboxes', etc)

Again - Read the EULAs...

...and warn other GOTD members when danger lurks.

Reply   |   Comment by ejs  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Fail. Can’t resize the window to read the width of entire scan at once. The window size is puny compared to my screen. If they can’t get the UI down, what’s UNDER the covers is probably a lot worse.

Reply   |   Comment by Jadawin  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The last time I ran a registry scanner on my computer, it screwed my registry up so badly that I soon had to reinstall the whole operating system. Hopefully this program is better than that. All I am saying is, user beware!!

Reply   |   Comment by cHuck  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I forgot to mention that Scan My Reg fixed/restored an icon which had been missing from my tray for about two weeks, and which I had given up on short of reinstalling the corresponding program. Thanks again guys.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

# 10

Once again we have non-techies giving false information. Registry cleaners can indeed make a considerable difference to performance if they do a good job of cleaning and defragging the Windows registry. This is particularly the case if you install/uninstall a lot of games/software programs as the registry can get very over-size and cluttered in time. If you never uninstall anything and rarely install programs/games, it might in this situation make little difference.

CCleaner's registry clean tool is very very conservative in cleaning the registry. If you use a more powerful cleaner, just be sure to do a system restore point and back-up the registry in case any games or programs are affected.

As for how well today's GOTD works, give it a try and see!

Reply   |   Comment by Sparkles  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Seems like a good utility to me. Installed, ran, and repaired 40 registry errors. I'm keeping it. Thanks GAOTD and YL Computing. Oh, the reason for only 40 errors is that I regularly run other registry cleaners.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Uninstalled off win 7 64 ultimate, went back to using win utilities and glary utilities both paid versions and they do the job just fine and both give me lifetime updates.

Reply   |   Comment by brent  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thank you GAOTD and YL Computing .
Again would make (does make) a very useful portable utility .
CCleaner and any reg cleaner has the potential to destroy an OS in the wrong hands like a motorbike has accidents ;).
ERUNT backup (as well as the programs own), before playing, to an external and never play in your main PC until you are confident of the product(for the non techies).

I won't get into the debate on usefulness of reg cleaning. I clean.

Tested in a VM , real external OS and checked briefly through what it deleted - I'm happy with this .No substitute for learning how your registry works, before using Programs that ask if you wish to delete stuff you know nothing about.
Not going to go with the flow on this 8/10 useful utility for me and 'keeper'
Speed , Registry clean effectiveness , stability of program and stability of my OS after (everything fine on both OSes so far) if I get no error logs in a week (cause by registry probs) will be recommending this to friends.

Reply   |   Comment by IsItBroke  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Several posters here have commented on the amount of junk discovered in the registry after a program was 'deleted' or uninstalled. But that's no reason to use a 'registry cleaner'. Rather, it's another argument to use an effective uninstaller which will identify the junk at the time of uninstallation. Hence: Revo.


The freeware version is used by millions around the world. The paid-for is more comprehensive but you need to look at the cost / benefits before buying.

As to registry cleaners -- and I really don't care who authors 'em -- they very seductively place power in the hands of often technologically impotent computer users, make them masters of their own universe. Suddenly, everyone can 'optimise' his or her own computer without knowing anything more than how to boot it up.

But, but. . . A registry cleaner / optimizer / whatever isn't intelligent. Isn't all-seeing. Isn't all knowing. It's an app written by someone somewhere to an individual criteria that *may* work with every computer but, then again, may not.

That's because no two computers are the same. The apps I have on mine ain't the apps you have on yours. The dependencies those apps have, and their relationship with the OS, aren't the same on mine as they are on yours.

So-oo. . . how come a developer who has never seen my computer or your computer somehow knows that such-and-such an entry is safe to delete, whereas another entry isn't? Answer: the developer doesn't.

As others have said here, trusting the very heart of your copmputer to surgery recommended -- no doubt with the best of intentions -- by a stranger is not a good thing: I've had way too many experiences of trying to fix a computer which suddenly died weeks after a 'registry optimization' was carried out.

Why? Because the clock starts ticking every time that registry is played around with. After 'cleaning', everything may look fine and dandy. A week later, ditto. Even weeks. But the risk that something, somewhere, has been erroneously wiped is still there, ready to make itself known the instant there's a particular change to that computer's configuration -- an OS or program update, perhaps, or a patch, or even a new s/w install.

The venerable ERUNT and NTREGOPT


are about the only apps I've ever let near the registry (on my Vista systems stripped down to run like bare bones XP)and if that's been more than twice in the past five years, I'd be surprised.

Thanks then, GAOTD, and YL, for today's offer, but no thanks: carrying a lighted candle into a shedful of dynamite is never a good idea; Revo-ing out the junk at the time of an uninstall is far, far safer than ferreting around in the dark a long time after. . .

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi, I've been using for as long as I can remember little and inexpensive "jv16 Power Tools". Mostly for uninstalling purposes. I NEVER used it to clean Registry with, even trusting it would do a "decent job".

In fact those who have a pretty good knowledge of Registries, Entries there, a.s.o - often Test Uninstallers to see what's left behind..

Very rare, but occasionally you might need to "clean" specific Entries in Registry especially of any Tryout Programs that ran out of time.. - but again if you don't fully trust your Uninstaller, and KNOW where and what to look for.

I too don't believe Registry Cleaners should be used "wildly".., sorry.

I personally wouldn't trust them. The same way I don't trust every Uninstaller without checking them thoroughly BEFORE using. They too can often remove something vital belonging to something important!

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't usually revisit during the day, but hey, I left this page open.

Yep, YLComputing does scan for installed programs to try to match up orphaned registry values. This is usually a safe, more aggressive approach, but it will kill programs installed on the network and any unattached external drives - use with care & review the entries in the report.

I know lots of giveawayoftheday visitors use Revo Uninstaller and the like. The only problem is that if the uninstaller did not monitor the application installation in the first place, and the application's uninstall module / script is bad, poorly written or non-existent, there is no chance that Revo et al know what registry entries have been manipulated - they can only catch entries that make direct reference to the installation location. So, the moral of the story is to monitor every installation.

Last time I purchased & installed Norton was over five years ago. SystemWorks Pro USED TO BE an excellent product overall (I used to be religious in updating), though I hated the installation monitor. Unfortunately, they kept on removing features, didn't do a great deal of updating, and the anti-virus increasingly suffered from bloat & crawl. As a usually safe system cleaner, the WinDoctor module wasn't bad (and if you go to Staples, their techs mindlessly use the in-house version of Norton WinDoctor - it it can't fix the problem, they declare that the system has to be reloaded) but it certainly isn't the end all and be all that Symantec wants you to think it is.

#47 Old Scotty - off topic discussion on pagefiles

To get the most performance out of your pagefile, set it to be PERMANENT, not Dynamic. Rule of Thumb - maximum increasing gains are usually 4X actual physical RAM size, negligible increasing gains at 8X actual RAM size. Set your minimum and maximum permanent swap file sizes to be the same. XP 32-bits (unmodified) is capped at handling 2GB physical memory. Generally, 2 GB swapfile is a "plateau" size, usually 4 GB to 8 GB swap file is plenty in the vast majority of instances. Splitting up your swap files on multiple drives does not improve performance on busy systems, but putting your swap file not on your PHYSICAL system drive or your PHYSICAL active data drive (if it is the busiest) usually improves performance (different partitions on the same drive actually slow down performance). If on the other hand you have 2 GB + of physical memory and at no time do you ever need more memory to run anything, you can set your PERMANENT swap file to something like 256 MB (just don't set it to ZERO) for the fastest, in-RAM only performance.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@51 who says

My suggestion is if you system is running that badly, you should BACKUP your Important data, and Re-Format your Hard Drives for a Full Operating System Re-Install."

As a person who has worked with personal computers for 20 years, that is the lazy way to restore a computer's capability.

As for this program, I'm downloading it to give it a fair trial. I will be backing up the registry before I run the program, as anyone should do. I think a program should actually be tested before giving it a thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by McSpocky  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use more than one registry cleaner because each one finds some problemss that the others don’t. But, I don,t prefer this as a good optimizer....
TuneUp Utilities 2012
jv16 PowerTools 2012
NETGATE Registry Cleaner

Reply   |   Comment by Iam Sudip  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I agree with #10 Roger. Though I must add:

I would suggest that NOBODY use a "Registry Cleaner/Optimizer", etc.
Your computer's registry is VERY FRAGILE. And if you let one of these programs go RAMPANT in your system, and you DON'T know what you are doing, you COULD make things Much worse.
My suggestion is if you system is running that badly, you should BACKUP your Important data, and Re-Format your Hard Drives for a Full Operating System Re-Install.
In my Opinion, its not worth the Headaches these "Fixers" could cause.
Just saying.
Tony T.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony T.  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I would not allow this to make changes to my registry after doing a little investigation of what it claims as errors, a simple example that shows how this WILL HURT MOST GAOTD users in some way:

It detects Software keys that contain no path to the installed application as refering to applications that no longer exist case in point,
HKLM\Software\Simpo PDF To PowerPoint
detected as refering to a missing application...

Yet it exists in Start menu and runs as activated when installed from GAOTD. If I allowed ScanMyReg 2.0 to delete it like it wants to the program could fail in some way, if it happened to store its activation codes there the GAOTD offering would revert to a trial if it was deleted.

Also this program regards recently used items in standard apps line windows media player as errors, and also typed in URL's as errors, so using this without checking will wipe perfectly legit settings as if they were errors. It is behaving like a privacy tool, activity tracks cleaner. I use typed in URL history daily and would hate to have to retype of use favorites menus to get to what I use multiple times daily!

I compared this scan results with winutilities 7.0 GAOTD versions scan and found this edition of their scan engine reported nearly twice as many alledged registry errors! Going by what I found they alledge to be errors I'm supprised its not more. I made HTML reports of both scans and if I get really bored for something to do I may step through them to see if there are really any errors that could improve windows stability in any meaningful way and maybe action them manually.
But this is being uninstalled it's too dangerous with the observed false positives.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

no. 27 said "(There ARE programs to help this, but they aren’t easy to find and they are NOT these registry cleaners.)"

PLEASE tell us what these programs are, and are they free? Where can I find them??

Reply   |   Comment by Carlos  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

You can avoid a lot of reg cleaning issues if you use a product like Revo Uninstaller Pro which can monitor the installation process. That said, there will still be bits that are created AFTER installation, but again, Revo's deep scan will be of help here.

I find ccleaner to be reasonably conservative. Glary, on the other hand, is much more risky on my system to do wholesale cleaning, so I use it when I have time to individually check its findings.

Over the years I've become more convinced that reg cleaning has no real benefit other than to temporarily satiate my anal tweaking addiction...

Reply   |   Comment by Flacadoo  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

CompNetTeach #45
Hopefully you will not mind me expanding on your excellent comment.

Before using SysInternal’s PageDefrag I set my virtual memory to a set size as when the size is dynamic it can cause a huge amount of hard drive fragmentation.

SysInternal’s PageDefrag will eventually reduce it to a single non-fragmented entity on your hard drive reducing this fragmentation.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

I use Norton Utilities to clean, defrag, and compact my regisry. I've never had a problem and I assume that Norton has the technical expertise to do the job right. Can anyone who has also used Norton comment on the quality of this program (or other programs mentioned here) to Norton in completing these tasks? Thanks.

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

Microsoft's intention in creating the Registry was allowing information required by the OS about installed programs to be easily accessed - stuff like file associations (so you can click on any file and the correct program will run), right click context menus (for those nifty features), enabling Object Linking & Embedding and Direct Data Exchange between programs, location of key DLLs, DirectX & Active X filters (so shared resources can be easily located to be used), location of uninstallers (make uninstall easy), etc.

The problem was that Microsoft lets all programs use the registry in any way they wish. Thus you end up with programs that store every setting in the registry, causing significant bloat, rather than using a INF or other data file - hey, nothing else needs to know its settings. Programs also change shared file locations without checking whether the shared file it's packaged with is newer than the one it's replacing (or on uninstall, wipe out the info or replace it with an expired value - a different program may have updated to a newer version in the mean time). Additionally, after other third parties developed their own installers, there was an explosion of install routines that didn't uninstall properly, leaving junk (sometimes very damaging) in the registry.

So now we are left with a badly executed concept with good intentions. Registry bloat does slow down your system (one of my primary machines has a 100MB hive!) - I've got a slower laptop that only has portable type apps on it that boots & starts programs faster than better systems, but then again, all file associations and a few right-click context menu entries were manually set up with restricted values (not a job for the novice) and OLE is not possible.

Registry cleaners cannot know what every developer has done. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. So registry cleaner developers make educated guesses as to what is a problem, what can be corrected (usually nothing) and what is junk that can be removed. Ergo, no registry cleaner is ever completely safe.

What I have seen over the years, is that ccleaner, Wise & Glary are reasonably conservative and tend to be non-problematic. YL Computing is newer to the market and seems to be reasonably conservative (but with aggressive marketing tactics). You have to be very knowledgeable about Windows and all your installed programs to know what is a bad entry, if you are going to make any changes. If you limit yourself to cleaning MRU, temp & similar registry entries, you will be fine. I would treat all Registry Cleaners with a grain of salt.

I do recommend using SysInternal's PageDefrag which does defrag the registry (as well as the page file (XP), system logs, & other system files) every boot (if necessary). I also recommend using ERUNT (a old, proven warhorse) to backup & compress the registry once a month or so. As well, use a installation monitor to record what gets changed by every install - I still prefer PCMag's old InCtrl5 (you may need an expert to go through and figure out what changes are made by the installer and what changes were done in the background by normal Windows processes - you may be surprised at how many background changes occur). Or, if you have lots of disk space and a fast machine, install every program in a separate Virtual Machine, and never have a problem.

A good example where manual Registry Cleaning is an absolute must is a previous giveaway, Kingsoft Office Writer. As a cheap, very usable alternative to Microsoft Word, it follows many of the same tactics that Microsoft does, throwing tons of stuff into the registry. Unlike Microsoft though, the Kingsoft uninstall routine does not remove the majority of registry entries. If you uninstall Kingsoft, you will have an unstable system. No registry cleaner tossed at this found all the problems. Given the number of bad registry values that are critical to Windows operation, most people might as well reformat & reload Windows if you use any part of Kingsoft Office.

So in short, a clean, lean Windows Registry is key to fast & safe Windows operation. All registry cleaners cannot know what is 100% safe to clean or fix. Even Microsoft gave up on registry cleaning long ago.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)

Ewwww, a dodgy-looking registry cleaner. Please, for the sake of your computer, don't use this. On Windows 7/Vista, the registry system is a lot more optimized than on XP and doesn't really need applications like this. It often causes more problems than it does solutions.

If you REALLY must run a registry cleaner, don't go and use this cleaner that no-one has heard of and looks very iffy, go and use something like CCleaner (A really good tool by Piriform, the creators of Defraggler and Recuva, which also cleans up unwanted files like cookies/cache from web browsers etc.).

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Most experts agree that registry cleaners generally cause more problems than they solve and should be avoided. Many of them have spent many hours repairing the damage that was done.

There is nothing wrong with repairing the registry and removing unneeded entries. The problem is that it is rarely possible to determine with 100% accuracy that a specific registry entry is in error. So the registry cleaner is forced to make a reasonable guess. But however reasonable the guess might be, it can still be wrong. If a valid entry is erroneously deleted or "repaired" the results can be deadly.

Creating a backup of deleted entries may not help. If the deleted entry relates to a rarely used (but important program) the problem may not be noticed for some time.

The benefits of regular registry cleaning are highly questionable. Tests have been done in which the registry was deliberately bloated by useless entries far beyond what would ever happen in the real world. The change in registry access time (which is only a small portion of application performance) was barely measurable.

I grant that a registry cleaner may be of some value when used by an expert to solve a specific problem. But most people who use them do so for other reasons and have only the vaguest notion of what the registry is. The results can be deadly.

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Miller  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

If You can't clean Your registry manually then don't use this kind of software, they often do more harm than good !!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Stefan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

For those who asked why Microsoft doesn't have its own registry cleanet: It did, several years ago. For Win 9x, there was RegClean.

Of course that leaves unanswered the question of why it was discontinued and never updated to work with XP and newer.

I have tried several free registry cleaners. To minimize the risk of damage, I use ERUNT to backup the registry before starting a new cleaner that I haven't used before. And on at least one occasion, I was very glad to have that backup.

I use more than one cleaner because each one finds some things that the others don't. My current freeware favorites are:

Little Registry Cleaner

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Beachwood  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

As #9 mentioned, their website has a 5 star rating from CNet's Download.com. This is listed under "Company Awards" and not specific to this software (WinUtilities Free Edition does have a 5 star rating).

ScanMyReg itself has NO ratings from the editor OR users. It was uploaded to that site one week ago and has been downloaded only 3 times.

Although the list price is $39.95, it is on sale for $24.95. Still about $20 too much IMO.

As mentioned previously, Auslogics has a Registry Defrag and a Registry Cleaner (separate products) for FREE.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnS  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

@Shawn [#3],
It's a known behavior in a sandbox environment. You can see the motive here: -http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=9834&highlight=

Reply   |   Comment by Kubo  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Guys! Hey, guys! Let's debate all over again if registry cleaners are useful or not!


Reply   |   Comment by MD  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)

Call me very skeptical when it comes to registry cleaners especially after the developers first line of the description "ScanMyReg is the fastest and most effective registry optimization utility in the market."

That's a very bold statement for a relatively unknown software company.

I do clean my registry using CCleaner and PC Tools Registry Mechanic.

After the registry backup, I ran the scan.(178 errors) The results were mainly the same as CCleaner, removing MRU lists, IE history, recent docs, streams MRU etc.

Had I run CCleaner first, the errors would have been reduced by about 80%

I was pleasantly surprised that it removed entries from the HKEY_CURRENT_USER key from Giveawayoftheday programs which were long uninstalled.

It did however flag two setup files for deletion to re-install the program in case of problems or a virus. It was also going to delete the Filestream key, probably because it was installed on a flash drive. Deleting this entry would have broken the FileStream Sync TOGO giveaway

It's a MUST that you look over all entries, and that's very hard to do since the interface is not resizeable

I'll keep it but run it very rarely.

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

John (#19),
Can you please tell us what software you used to do the bench marking?

Reply   |   Comment by mike henry  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I tweak my laptop like crazy. The best registry cleaner in my opinion is the freeware little registry cleaner. sourceforge.net/projects/littlecleaner/
I agree that the registry compactors are scary to use and offer little to no improvement. My son is head CIO of a big company he says better to reinstall the OS to get that fresh just brushed my teeth feeling.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Don't download this program. This software might as well be called a scam. It's not only wrong to charge 40 dollars for a program like this but it's wrong to even make a program like this and claim that it is better than others. Listen to what others are saying, registry scanners are downright BAD. If you must use a registry scanner use CCleaner (which is free and has many other features) or something else, even though they do no good at all. I feel bad for anyone who has payed 40 dollars for this in the past, that's just wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by Orion  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I totally agree with you. I've never understood why so much praise with ccleaner, which is painful to use (as soon as I start the program, I close it in order to do the work manually: more efficient, secure, and, as a consequence, faster ---because I need not check whether "errors" are true errors). The only registry scanner/cleaner is myself, with my eyes, my brain, and some knowledge.

With so many free alternatives, I don't see the point in paying $39.95. As I said a few times here already, I don't understand why people keep reinventing the wheel when we need different, original and well-thought utilities. Laziness? Lack of imagination? Or is it that the scareware business is much more profitable?


Whatever the version of Windows you have (including the new 8), the registry and your computer will always be a mess(*), thanks to .NET frameworks (589.7 MB on my XP box to compare to the 3.50 GB in c:\windows), winsxs hell, DLL hell(**), etc.

The solution to this problem resides in a complete rework of the shitty Windows, starting with: not allowing software developers to even think in: using the registry; putting files within the C:\WINDOWS folder. Also, developers *should* clean their leftovers inside the TEMP folder (they surely do that at home after dinner, so their house doesn't resemble that of a pig). Too many developers don't do their job well and properly ---and you can hear them complain about the mess they help create and sustain.

(*) Including 3 partitions starting with 7 home x-64 (boot, system, recovery) + the OEM ones (HP, Dell, Acer, ...) !

(**) DLL hell also with WinDev products.


Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

This is from the same developer as Winutilities.
Winutilities free also contains registry cleaner that cleans all errors for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Sujay  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

"fastest and most effective registry optimization utility in the market" is a BIG claim; since it comes from someone I've never heard of, I'm not buying it. There are some very well-known, top-of-the-line programs, vendors, hard to break into that circle, and this doesn't make it, based on other comments. It can't possibly live up to its claims; passing, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by promytius  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Yes and No..

Cleaning the registry can dramatically reduce the size of the beast. And it IS a beast! And downsizing is a good thing, as long as you don't delete anything that the systems and current installations depend on.

However accessing of the registry is not made notably faster by deleted old junk keys (cleaning). Its not accessed that way. Its just a lot easier, faster, and less space & time-consuming when you back it up or create restore points. There's little justification in hanging onto old keys that no longer have any purpose, and there usually are many.

YLcomputing and WinUtilities Pro have a good reputation for solid diagnostic software. While I don't let very many folks at my Registry because it is so important that its right, these are one of the folks that will handle it with care, in my opinion.

That's not to suggest this product is any better than the competition, (there are many of these, and often free). But the developers in this case are not rookies. They've been there before many times. That's always a source of some comfort.

Its important to have a cleaner that allows you to approve what it removes prior to actually doing so, and always, always, back up the Registry first and create restore points. Then all your bases should be covered to clean to your heart's content. Tidy tidy is usually the best bet to avoid unknown issues later.

Reply   |   Comment by Cosmo  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Why don't make Microsoft a Tool that clean the reg?
Perhaps they thing that it is not a god and usefull thing to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Teddy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)

Microsoft might be incompetent at times, but they are not THAT incompetent and IF a registry with outdated items affected performance THEN wouldn't you expect that they themselves would've introduced a tool to fix it?

"But, but, there are *errors* in my registry", you might say. "Shouldn't I fix them??" Nope. It will NOT (noticeably) improve your system's performance NOR make it "more stable". The ONLY time left over detritus is important is (in rare cases) when it interferes with installing new programs (like left over anti-virus program remnants preventing installing of a new anti-virus). There are *specific* fixes for that, including uninstallers that track the entire install (like the free Comodo Program Manager) or programs designed to remove these *specific* remnants (every anti-virus program has these "uninstall completely" programs). You do NOT need to clean your registry. EVER. How about removing remnants of trial programs? Won't cleaning help you to get a new trial period? Nope, because these programs hide the reference in areas where the cleaning program doesn't reach. (There ARE programs to help this, but they aren't easy to find and they are NOT these registry cleaners.)

Since I finally figured this out and stopped using programs like this, I've enjoyed a considerably more stable system ... nothing breaks, and everything works like it should. Always.

Think about that, the next time you experience some weird error with your system. Don't blame Microsoft, blame yourself for cleaning your registry.

Reply   |   Comment by Swim  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Over on my blog, I wondered the same thing about YL Computing when reviewing the software here :


You all are spot on when it comes to the publisher of ScanMyReg. They did make Winutilities (sp?) And their registry cleaner tool seems to be included in this. While the program did function correctly as it should , it comes across as a one trick only software, and its cost is the same as a professional license of Winutilties.

I don't see their marketing approach to this software and don't see how this is superior.

Also , if you take a look at the site for the product, it claims "fastest on the market" I don't know about this, nor is there any backup proof to this claim. The developer should compare their product to others and post the results on their site so we can see for ourselves.

Oh and for #14 Ron, of course CCleaner and Auslogics picked up very little or none because you ran ScanMyReg and then those programs. Very odd.

Don't see a reason to uninstall this, but the program has me begging for more features.

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

Registry cleaners bring out some of the strangest theories regarding Windows.
Don't take too much notice of the comments today instead read the view of an expert Mark Russinovich at:-

Using his free Registry Monitor it is easy to check the importance of the registry and how it can alter the speed of your machine. In a simple experiment I found that in 1 min Windows had done just short of 2000 calls to the registry, that is read/write modified etc and this with no applications opened by me.

I do find improvements using a registry cleaner for the simple reason that I have a very slow broadband connection, removing the MRU maintains my download speed, without doing this I am often at 50% of maximum.
To do this I always use the free version of Wise Registry Cleaner, the reason being it marks the various registries errors it finds as either safe to remove or otherwise, an excellent safety feature.

I have resurrected my operating system on two occasions by using a registry cleaner and I managed to keep XP running for just short of eight years without reinstalling it.

Today's download claimed there were roughly 250 errors in my registry, Wise Registry Cleaner reported an almost identical number. Using today's download to clean the registry, rebooted and reran it, it reported no errors. However, Wise Registry Cleaner yet again reported approximately 250 errors, ones today's download was supposed to have cleaned, so I'm totally confused and will stay with Wise Registry Cleaner.

Cleaning the registry is an excellent way of destroying your OS, restore points will not always recover the system.
To counter this I always use the free Comodo Time Machine program, this will restore even when you cannot get into Windows as it runs before Windows boots. I thoroughly recommend it as it has saved me from the blue screen of death on two occasions.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+62)

Installed on netbook. The app window is of a fixed size and is too big for a 10.1" netbook screen. Have to use AltDrag to move it around to get to some of the buttons.
CCleaner found 1 error but ScanMyReg found 344!

The reg defrag runs up to 18% and then stops. After a few minutes it completes.
While running the mouse is dissabled so it cannot be cancelled by clicking on the cancell button!

Think I will stick with CCleaner and Auslogic for my tools.

Reply   |   Comment by simonxy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

After Glary Utilities Pro this software is another High Quality Registry Cleaner which is offered by GAOTD. I used so many registry cleaners but I think today's giveaway is better than many so called reputed companies registry cleaner products. I used this cleaner and surprisingly my netbook works smoothly. Thanks to Publisher and GAOTD for today's good offer. A big thumbs up from my side.

Reply   |   Comment by joji  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-38)

Correction I sometimes use CCleaner to clean the registry. This has speeded up my computer in some cases, and it has never caused a problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark J  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I've ran ccleaner's registry cleaner loads of times and never had any errors occur. I'm not saying it won't happen sometime!! but i think i'll stick to what i've been using judging by some of the comments.

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

Great ,hopefully this $40 aplication can clean the compter! The responce time is not what it should be.

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)

I would never use a registry cleaner again. Even the well known ones can cause problems and even render your computer useless, and only fixable by a complete restore from backup or reinstallation of windows.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark J  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

remember people... "never fiddle with your registry". only use a highly popular program even if u want to do something.

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

Thank you for the warning bettersafethansorry, comment 2. Another thing to keep in mind is this is the company that gave us Winutilities and it's "never" expiring registration. The only thing is when I updated my program it went back to a trial version. Not quite "never" expiring. For me I will avoid this company. You can make your own choice. As always thank you GAOTD team for the opportunity you offer us each day.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

This software is by YL Software which makes a very good utility call WinUtilities. It is very comparable to Glary Utilities and I have used it for years. Win Utilities also includes registry tools and I am not sure if this is better or just a part of the whole suite.
You can check out Cnets and Softpedia's page on WinUtilities here.




Reply   |   Comment by gaitch32  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
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