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Do Registry Cleaners Really Work?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, What does a registry cleaner do?… I don’t think I’ll buy one or that i’ll ever need one, what do you think? Do you use one?”   - Kenneth T., USA

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 Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – 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: I know that a lot of articles, blogs, and forums say that registry cleaners don’t work, Don’t buy them, they will trash your computer, and I understand their perspective.

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I get what they are saying because there are a lot of people in the registry cleaner business that take advantage of the ambiguous nature of software like this. They try to trick people into buying something that doesn’t work, but not all registry cleaning software is alike.

Do registry cleaners have any effect on system performance?

Well to answer bluntly, No. That is to say ‘They do not speed the computer up’ but they can recover lost performance caused by poorly written software that harms the registry, and by the accumulated effect of normal usage of the computer over time. So, they can only make your computer run as fast as it used to run, but not faster, and any software manufacturer claiming to make your computer run faster than it originally ran is probably lying.

What the heck is the registry anyways?

In simple terms, the Windows registry is a huge database in Windows that contains records of pretty much everything software related that works in windows including the software that interfaces with the computer’s hardware. You can learn more about the Windows registry by reading this simple summary How Registry Works.

Why should I bother using registry cleaners?

You can use Windows without ever using a registry cleaner but Windows won’t keep running like it’s supposed to. This is because Windows depends on the registry to keep everything organized and accessible.

As new software is installed, used, and uninstalled, it leaves traces in the registry and makes changes in it as well. This can cause errors to occur and can cause the computer to get really slow over time. The registry can be cleaned manually but that’s not even an option because of how incredibly difficult it is to clean the registry manually without using registry cleaners.

Registry cleaners find problems in the registry and fix them. They prune corrupt and unnecessary data, inspect it, and safely resolve errors. Registry cleaners are able to do all this and do it fast, plus they are usually set-up to scan the computer automatically on a schedule so you don’t have to.

What makes a good Registry cleaner?

If you are convinced that you might need one of those registry cleaners for your own computer, you might be thinking what a good registry cleaner is like?

A good registry cleaner is easy to use, fast, preferably cheap, and it should perform scans on a schedule while causing minimum annoyance to the user. WinThruster is a good option in this regard. There are also many other registry cleaners on the market, find one that you like, and keep your computer running smoothly.

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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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