I am interested in using a registry cleaner to tidy up the detrius inevitably attracted after a year's PC use, fix broken links etc. I am somewhat surprised to see that (apparantly) my favoured PC Mag has not tested one. Please can someone post a link to such a test, if there is one - be it in PC Advisor or anywhere else on the Internet? Thank you Merlin_Magii
IMHO I believed like most of you that it was safe. Just make sure that you make your system restore for each action. All I can say is that for some reason I have used CCleaner and Easy Cleaner by Toni Arts as recommended. I found that my OS got badly corrupted, and I could not use many functions. I had to re-format my HDD. So I am now a sceptic of these programs. I do not believe that it cleans things up sufficiently that you would notice a change in function. And to run the risk of OS corruption, I do not believe that the risk is worth the advantage. Now I do as little tinkering as possible. If it works, leave it alone.
I would like to add a few more comments to my remarks about "Easy Cleaner" and "CCleaner" above. These are not to be confused with my opinion of "Registry First Aid, RFA" and "Registry Mechanic". It is like comparing the old Skoda with a Rolls.
I have used "RFA" for many years without a single mishap. I liked it very much but after reformatting I have not used it. Not sure where it is. It is "Retail" after the trial period (trialware). So is "Registry Mechanic" Now these are professional Retail Registry Cleaners, and are top class, in my opinion, if you are into that sort of thing.
Now to my utter surprise, very late last night, I came across a "Free Offer for Registry Mechanic" on this site. I downloaded it immediately, and I recommend it to you as well.(Offer till end of this month only.)So, I was very late last night to bed. These pro-registry programs must not be confused with the freebees that have been mentioned. They are a class aside. I recommend it. But please, after downloading, try to get all their instruction manual and read it well first, so you know what you are doing. The link for this "Free Registry Mechanic" is here: