Why should I use registry cleaners?

By Liz Cornwell | November 18, 2009 |

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Most computer users have heard of the Windows registry or at least saw numerous registry cleaners advertised all over the Internet. That’s why a lot of people think that registry cleaners are malware and you should never click on these ads. And they are partly right, because a lot of ads like that lead to bogus software that’s loaded with viruses and malware. However, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid all Windows registry cleaners.

In fact, what you should do is find a good reliable one and use it on a regular basis

At this point you might be thinking: “But why should I use registry cleaners anyway? I’ve lived without them!” The answer is simple – to help keep your computer running fast and stable.

To understand how Windows registry cleaners can help your computer to stay fast, you need to understand what the registry is and how it works.

Registry Cleaners

The Windows registry is a very complicated database that stores all computer settings, such as hardware, software, and user profiles – basically, it’s the heart of Windows. The registry is what keeps your PC running and it tells the computer what to do whenever an event happens. But, as you use your computer, the registry accumulates a lot of unwanted and unneeded information – just like any other database when it’s not properly maintained. The main reason why registry errors start accumulating on a malware-free computer is installing, uninstalling and updating software. Over time these errors will start slowing down your computer.

But computer slow-downs are not the main reason why you should use registry cleaners. Ever encountered a Windows blue screen of death that displays a message about \system32\config\? Messages like that mean that the registry is damaged. Usually they are either really hard to fix or require a clean install of Windows. That’s why it’s essential to have a good and reliable registry cleaner.

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So, how do Windows registry cleaners help?

Imagine that the registry is a tree – it has main branches (they are called registry hives), smaller branches growing off the main ones (registry keys), and lots of leaves (registry values). When you install new software, a lot of new branches appear and each has quite a few leaves. A registry cleaner looks for outdated keys and values left by software that is no longer there and trims them off. It’s a bit like looking after your hedge.

At this point you might think: “But that leaves empty spaces all over the registry!” And you are right – registry fragmentation can dramatically slow down your computer. That’s why it’s good to use a registry defragmenter after using a registry cleaner. The combination of the two will ensure top Windows performance.

When looking at various registry cleaners remember that a good one should:

  • be developed by a trusted company;
  • back up the registry before deleting any entries;
  • not promise to fix every possible error on your computer. A lot of errors need specific fixes that are not related to the registry;
  • be well-known and have lots of positive user reviews.

Unlike many registry cleaners currently available on the market, Auslogics Registry Cleaner doesn’t try to find as many problems as possible. We’ve tried to design a very safe and reliable program to protect our users from possible system crashes.

By default, Auslogics Registry Cleaner scans only safe registry categories. In addition, if you are not sure which categories to scan, you can always right-click on the registry categories list and select “Check Safe Only” from the drop-down menu. At the same time, advanced users can manually select additional categories to scan for problems with higher risk level.

Auslogics Registry Cleaner is absolutely free and you can download it from the program’s web page.

Fed up with your slow PC? Tired of waiting for Windows to start up? Take a look at the most common reasons behind poor performance and the best ways to deal with them here.
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