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So hands up if Facebook is beginning to slow your internet down? Yes, me too. Well there's not a lot you can do about that as every page that you 'Like', or photo or news link you add, you are just going to import more and more spam to your personal page and that is what is being loaded every visit and so slowing you down. This Zuckerberg push for advertising revenue is going to kill off Facebook as the behemoth it is. I'm getting low virtual memory warnings and I have run my Windows Essential Virus software thinking it was mal and adware slowing it down but no luck and so now its time to try downloading bespoke software to kill of that ad, spy and malware. This type of stuff is less harmful to your computer but often slows it down to a cruel and so Reg Mechanic something worth trying. Virus protection can only do so much.
Adaware is one I have used but it never really digs out the bad guys. It's a nice piece of kit to show the processes of removing ad and malware but, like multinationals trying to avoid paying their fair share of tax, always one step behind, the guys who create virus and malware fighting kit often the one creating the malware and viruses. Its no coincidence that when your year is up and your virus protection ready for another payment its then that you seem to mysteriously download loads of viruses, ones that can only be nuked if you renew.
The thing with the worse ad and malware is it digs itself into your computers registry, the neurons of your mechanic brain on your desk or lap and so very hard to get at. If you really get to know your operating system you can manually remove the bad guys through REGEDIT but that takes some research to know what your are supposed to be removing. On Windows98 you spent a lot of time doing that as most virus protection and Firewalls couldn't stop the tsunami of viruses targeting Windows 98. It's believed there is over 15,000 different viruses, mal and adware viruses trying to break down through your firewall at anyone time. As less and less people used Windows98 and moved to XP and Windows 7 the number of viruses simply attacked the remaining Win98 users simply overran the system and so slowed the internet to a crawl. When Microsoft removed support for WIN98 it was game over for users. The same is now happening for XP, support going to be removed next year, and like Matrix Reloaded, all those mechanical bugs massing at the citadel gates.
Registry Mechanic is easy to download and run and will get to work on cleaning up the guts of your machine. It not only kills the bad guys but gets rid of junk files and unused debris that is also clogging up your system. It's often the traces of previous battles with your anti virus that slow things down. Regcure is another good one and that one set up for Microsoft operating systems and a partner company. They also clean up your ActiveX system that can also hide junk, often looking like the trash compactor in Empire Strikes Back in there. I really do think you need this additional software like Reg Mechanic to stay on top of performance, especially with lap and Netbooks. The catch with these free download versions is they may find the bad guys and highlight them but you sometimes have to pay for the later version to remove the bad guys, why I mastered the manual removal of viruses and adware from the Registry. They often list the line of code where the problem is and you can manual follow that and to the offender. Only do that is you are super confident or you will knacker your operating system by removing something critical. The best thing to do as far as Internet Explorer goes if you browser is sticking is Press 'Tools' on your browser, Internet Options>Advanced and then Reset the browser.
The biggest escape from a serious problem that your anti virus kit can't solve is Windows System Restore. If you can get to this application on windows it allows you the reset the computer to the point before you think you downloaded the virus. It works really well and a little known to all. You can also empty your trash compactor manually by going to 'All Programs' on the Start Button and then Accessories>System Tools> Disc Clean Up. That junk can also slow things down. It also helps to defrag your discs now and then, also following that route above.
The pay version of Registry Mechanic costs £29.99 for the basic version and £39.99 for the Premium. The Prem version will remove duplicate files, defrag the drive, claims to accelerate the boot and start up times and organize files for faster access. It also claims to be bale to recover lost files and photos after deletion. The basic version runs the standard style find and removes programs you don't use, permanently remove dead files, keep your PC activity private and offers recovery points and presets, similar to Windows System Recovery and, most importantly, fixes those broken registry dll files and dumps the rubbish. After a full scan it will list all of the problems on your computer and automatically carry out the needed or give you the option what to do.
Everything sits neat on the desktop and you can run when you feel you need to or set it to run auto when it detects any issues. Be warned the first full scan take ages. Its best to run it when you feel performances is slowing down and it should take about ten minutes. It seemed to clear a lot of crap up for a faster run but nothing too noticeable although I'm glad I have the kit in case of emergencies. But Facebook remains as slow as ever.
This is Registry Mechanic 2009, the latest edition from pctools licensed to protect up to three computers for one year. An award winning utility that's designed to safely clean and repair the Windows registry in an heroic attempt to keep your computer crash free, as well as optimizing your systems performance and increasing stability. Registry Mechanic works by scanning your registry and removing outdated, invalid or corrupt entries.
I had two computers on which to try this utility. The first was my 'main' home computer which is running Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor, 4Gb of DDR2 RAM, and a 500Gb SATA hard disk drive. The second was my Hi-Grade Laptop running Windows XP Professional with an Intel Celeron M 1.5, 512Mb DDR RAM, and a 60Gb hard drive. The former computer is running like a dream machine, and I'm perfectly happy with its performance, so I doubted that Registry Mechanic could make much of a difference there. However when it comes to my laptop (some four years of age) it's a different story. The laptop will freeze and hang every now and again, or even spontaneously reboot, especially when I'm watching, or attempting to watch a DVD with Nero Showtime. But it even misbehaves when it comes to simple things, like opening add/remove programs (where you can be waiting for several minutes for the program list). So eager to set things right, I got to work installing this software.
Installation on both computers was easy and straight forward. I was then greeted with an impressively streamlined interface which was well laid out and again easy to use. I set about scanning my systems registry. On both computers I did notice that the software seems rather memory intensive and will grind your system to a halt while it's doing its job. But I'm not exactly a patient person so it's forgivable. After the scan was complete on my home computer the software reported that I had a total of 18 errors all of which were fixed with the click of a single button. But as expected I saw no improvement system performance or stability (but as I said my computer already runs like a dream). It took three times longer to scan my laptop but in this case the software reported a massive (and slightly embarrassing) 630 errors. Registry Mechanic wasn't able to repair all the errors in a single go, like it was with my home computer, it only managed some six hundred and required another go to repair the remaining problems. But the question is has it helped my laptop in anyway. My answer - yes, it really has. An instantly noticeable increase in my systems performance and stability. It's now considerably quicker in terms of start up time and the time it takes to open documents. Plus my add/remove program list now appears in a few seconds.
The only part of the program I wasn't sure about was the Compact Registry function, which seems a bit pointless. After all how much of a difference is it going to make by reducing the size of the registry by a few percent. One thing that's worth mentioning is the fact that Registry Mechanic wants to run in the background, which I don't see the point of, unless your planning on running the software every single day. Plus to me anyway, for what the software does it seem rather expensive. Yes it really did help my laptop, but at the same time so would a system recovery (granted it would have taken longer but it would have been free).
I would definitely say that Registry Mechanic is more suited for the novice user, one who is as scare of their registry and they are of their BIOS, and while I don't claim to be an expert, I still know and more to the point understand the system registry. Therefore to me, the software isn't of the greatest use. Mainly because I believe if it's not broke don't fix it, or you could end up breaking it in the first place. While the software was of good use on my laptop, it's not a program I would use frequently and therefore I can't justify the asking price. But I would still strongly recommend it for the reasons above, and to someone who wants a quick and easy way to speed up their computer.
Current price on Amazon.co.uk: £24.98
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Registry Mechanic is an easy-to-use application that uses high-performance algorithms to quickly identify invalid or orphaned references within the Windows Registry and allows you to repair each problem selectively or repair them all automatically.
To make my self more clearly and for you to know about what I'm writing here today, I'll give some definitions, maybe this will bring to light for what this program is made and like this you'll have a better picture about what you'll read next.
&&&& Definition of: Registry &&&&
The configuration database in all 32-bit versions of Windows that contains settings for the hardware and software in the PC it is installed in. The Registry is made up of the SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT files. Many settings previously stored in the WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI files in 16-bit Windows (Windows 3.x) are in the Registry.
&&&& Definition of: Registry cleaner &&&&
A utility program that scans the Windows Registry and looks for outdated and invalid entries. Applications often create Registry entries for temporary data and pointers to other files, but never delete them. In addition, if folders are manually deleted by the user, Registry entries may point to files that do not exist. A Registry cleaner can be part of a package of system utilities or a stand-alone program.
I bought this program a year ago, with a license key for 2 years (the standard package has the licence key for one year), means I still have one year to run it and after I have to renew it. I took it from the internet, the main site of Registry Mechanic program, which is -- www.pctools.com --. Why I did so? Because my PC started to slow down, he was not processing as before, and I'm not the patient person kind, so I wanted it to "fly" when I was working on the internet and especially when I was downloading something, to be installed in the most quick time possible. Ok, this it was not the entire problem, as I like to try everything, many times I was taking from the internet programs that later I'll not need, so as a result I had to remove them from my PC. When the program is removed, they will still remain some registries with no backup on the system, that they can be cleaned with this Registry Mechanic program.
So after installing and removing programs (and they were not a few, I can assure you this) I realized that my computer is going less than slow, like is happening before crashing; you know that time when you try to open a program and is taking ages until does so, and you double click over and over until seems for you that has some effect and the program is opened, but in fact at one point they will be hundreds of windows opened and as a result your system may say "bye bye, I'm shutting down", and this will mean reformat and if you didn't had any back up made to save your important files, all your work will be gone for ever and after you'll have to take it from the beginning making your nerves to explode.
I hope till here everything is clear, at least to know for what this Registry Mechanic program is good for.
***** Registry Mechanic Program *****
You go on the internet, on www.pctools.com or ebay.co.uk or from a shop and you buy the CD with this program. The price will be different, depends from were you'll buy it, me I took it with 29 $ from the internet.
You download the program into your PC, in the startup section, for your program after is all done, when you open your computer to run a quick scan, to clean and fix errors, for your day to be more pleasant in front of the computer; after you purchased a license key, and you introduced it in the window that appeared after install asking you to register your program, you'll be having now in front of you the main page of the program.
On the main page they are:
5 buttons on the left side of the page:
2) Start Scan
This button appears on, as the Main Status Screen; on the status page they are 3 options:
- Scan your registry: starts an immediate Full Scan of the Windows Registry for problems. The result of the scan will appear at the end of it. Then you have to click the Repair button which you'll find it on the right side, down in the corner of the page. After the registries are fixed will appear the page that will let you know if all your errors were fixed and will advise you to click the Continue button.
- Optimize your system: Introduces a series of Windows Registry tweaks to improve system performance.
- Compact registry: Displays the Registry Compacting screen, where you can start the registry compaction process to improve system performance by clicking the Yes button. Registry compacting optimizes your registry by removing gaps and wasted space improving system performance. (if you want to use this option, you have to make sure you will not work on your computer for at least 30 min, because even if you want the program will not allow you; so better do it when your job with the PC is done) This option it will be done in 3 steps:
- analyse your registry
- preview results
- backup, compact and optimize your registry.
If you want to create a restore point for all this scans and logs to be stored, you can choose so by marking the option Create Restore Point, that is on the same page were you'll find the menu of Compact Registry.
2) Start Scan button
The second option from the left side column, on the first page of the program; if you press it, will start to scan, and as I explained earlier, will fix all the error if you follow up the steps.
Displays the Restore registry backup screen, where you can undo any changes to the Windows Registry made by Registry Mechanic after running a Scan and Repair. You'll find there 5 buttons that will help you to decide and to process what you want to do: Restore, Open, Delete, Refresh, Finish.
This button provides access to the Options categories, which includes: General, Custom Scan, Scanning Paths and Ignore Lists. Registry Mechanic's overall functionality and scanning behaviour can be adjusted using the settings available in each Options category. After you save your changes, and give a short scan to your system. As I have, not to bother all the time to click repair button from the scan utility, I marked here on the general option, remove all problems automatically, so all I have to do when the scan is finished is to press Continue button and after to close it.
Scanning path will allow you to choose which locations you want to be scanned. You just check C:\ and is ok.
As a general idea, Option helps you to choose how you wish your scan to be...and which paths to be scanned, if you want to save the scan logs, and to choose the favourite language (English, Dutch, Spanish).
If you choose to click this button, the about screen will be displayed were you'll see the version of your program and to whom is licensed to (You'll see your name and the license key number).
If you want to update your program, you can do so by pressing the Smart Update button which is on the top of your Registry Mechanic screen, in the right side. If after you pressed it will appear to you that a new release has to be downloaded, you'll press next and the hard job is finished.
Near to smart update button there is Help Option that has a small menu: a Quick Start Guide, the PC tools web site short cut, the Support online page, and once again About option, where you have the version of the program and the license key number.
Registry Mechanic program, after you scanned your registries, and you close it, will still be running through Registry Monitor, that will be found on the tool-bar, where the timer is. When an error will be found, a message will appear on your screen telling you about it and asking you if you want to precede a registry scan, to eliminate it.
As a big picture, this is Registry Mechanic and its functions. I can tell you that since I have it I'm very happy about how my systems works, and because is running all the time when I start my computer, fixing all the errors, nothing goes wrong.
This product as I said, can be bought on-line or from a Computer store, but I'll give a tip, I saw on eBay, Registry Mechanic plus Spy ware Doctor (protection against: Spyware, Ad-ware, Spyware Trojans, Key-loggers, Identity Theft, Hijackers, Tracking Threats, Rogue Anti-Spyware, Unwanted Software, Phishing, Pop-ups and Bad Websites), both of them at the price of £26.99. I really think is a good deal, you can find the same package more cheap, again on eBay offers.
If you'll decide some day to buy it, I know for sure it will be useful for you as it is for me, so enjoy this product and the fact that your computer will work as new!
Thank you for reading.