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Are Registry Cleaners Worth It?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I have never used a registry cleaner and I don’t think I’ll need one either. Does it really make any difference?”   - Patrick T., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Its true that some registry cleaning software does very little to help you with your computer’s overall health but not all registry cleaners are made equal.

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Some registry cleaners advertise features that they don’t have and only try to convince people that their product works when it really doesn’t work at all. On the contrary, some registry cleaners actually do what they say and give its customers the performance they deserve.

Can a registry cleaner actually make the computer run faster?

Not really. A real registry cleaner will never tell you that it will make your computer run faster than it ever ran. A good registry cleaner can only bring your computer’s performance level back to the way it used to be, and maintain the computer’s performance over time.

What is the Registry?

The Windows registry is a very large database that Windows uses to store all kinds of information that is vital for every application to run on the computer. This includes software as well as hardware related data. You can learn more about the registry by reading: How Registry Works.

Why should I use registry cleaners?

As you spend more time working with your computer, you may realize that the performance keeps decreasing with time. This is because of different factors like temporary files, low hard disk space in system partition, too many programs running at startup, and of course the registry. The registry can also be problematic because if you don’t fix it using registry cleaners, than the chances of a system error increase.

Good registry cleaners have an easy to use user interface and regularly scan on a schedule automatically so you don’t have to. Its notifications shouldn’t be annoying and it should do its work quietly. WinThruster is a good option although there are others as well. Choose one that fits you needs well.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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