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ibetyouluvthis

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Helloo,

I dled the free trial Registry Mechanic and I was thinking about buying the full version. I scanned my computer and the program found over 300 errors. I was wondering if this product is worth buying?

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No. The "errors" are not real but made up by the program. When these things remove entries, they often remove needed ones. When they try to make repairs, they are wrong more than 90% of the time. Unless you know thw registry well enough to verify every change, don't bother. Registry cleaners are a scam.

If you have a registry problem, use regedit to fix it, not a shotgun.
 

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More info re reg cleaners.
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Advice and Info re Registry 'cleaners'- excerpts from TSG, 10-07

The main reason they are apt to cause problems is because the cleaners do NOT just clean up stuff left over from uninstalls. They also "guess" that other items need to be deleted, many times incorrectly. They also attempt to "fix" references to files that no longer exist.

As a result, you can end up with programs that no longer work, functions that no longer work and in some cases a PC that will no longer boot.

There is no performance gains to be had by running these things. Windows does not read the entire registry when it is looking for something. It uses the keys which allow them to go straight to the item that they are looking for.

References:
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=643
http://www.computerhope.com/registry.htm


If you really want to see how active the registry is in your normal running environment, download and run Regmon.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/sysinternals/bb896652.aspx

As you will see, the registry is constantly being accessed. If, for each of these, the entire file was being searched, your PC would be amazingly slow and not responsive.
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Sorry I am unable to cite and give credit to the authors.
 

ibetyouluvthis

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Wow! I appreciate your time and effort in answering my questions. You guys saved me thirty dollars!
Thank you :)
 

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You are very welcome, Now please go to Thread Tools and choose "Solved." That will indicate to folks that you no longer need assistance. The courtesy will be appreciated.

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