Free Registry Cleaner
Is There Really A Free Registry Cleaner And Repair?
Don’t be mislead into paying too much for a Registry Repair by believing a so-called FREE Registry Cleaner includes the actual REPAIR.
A Free Scan or A Free Download Does Not Mean A Free Repair!
Below is a picture of the results of a system scan from a prominent Anti-Virus Software company that promises to give you a FREE registry repair. They did not say “free scan” but blatantly.. “a Free Registry Cleaner“. That to me means TOTALLY free. But that is not the way it is. After running the scan and showing you how many problems a computer has, the whole fix will only be done by this software after you BUY the Advanced Tools (see the highlight circle). The software said it did a repair but if it did, it wasn’t anything that helped this computer’s speed and performance.
As you can see (to left), you need to use the Advanced Tools for further analysis and to clean up the real problems and errors. The object of “giving” me the free cleaner was to SELL me the Advanced Tools. My Grandfather called it “bait and switch”!! and it is false advertising at its worse. I was not going to play their game and “buy” the NOT Free registry cleaner and fix! especially after being told it was free.
Also notice how much time the scan took.. over 17 minutes… and then finding out I had to pay a very high priced annual subscription for the “Pro” anti-virus package.. which includes (again) the Advanced Tools!
Free Registry SCAN
Free Registry Cleaner Downloads (Scans) Available From Most Cleaners
Above is a picture of another registry cleaner software and the scan results. This is the more common way of trying to sell you a registry repair software program: You download the “free” scan, let it run on your PC, and then after seeing the results, you decide if you want to purchase the software to correct your computer’s problems and the errors it found. The “free” registry scan, although a little confusing, is not blatant mis-advertising as we looked at above.
Below is the same scan showing the registry cleaners results given when the scanning is complete. The problems include over 600 registry errors, which is not a large amount compared to a lot of pc’s I have had scanned. Most computers with serious sluggish performance issues will have well above 1000 errors. Then there are the junk files at above 45K that are taking up a lot of storage space that can be used more efficiently, especially in the computer’s RAM or short term memory capacity. Junk files don’t really do damage as such, just take up room and bog the system down.
The other problems include Privacy issues, bad Active-X entries (what is Active-X? Click Here), areas of Optimization, and needed Updates. Each of these areas can improve computer performance and browsing safety. Evidence Cleaning can help in office situations where simple online activities, as innocent as checking a game score, can be scrutinized by supervisors. And one of the most important features of any windows registry cleaner is a good data backup and the ability to undo anything that might have be changed during the optimization process.
Freeware Registry Repair
Is There Any Good Open Source Software Available
I have seen a couple of free registry cleaner, freeware, programs available. These are software developed as “free” for a number of reasons. Some are done by companies for testing and developing purposes. They develop a lessor sophisticated or lessor known version to start off and have the intention of going head to head with the competition after the software has been fully developed and tested. Many times these versions are never marketed because they were not accepted or finished but are still “out there” as freeware – though usually not kept up-to-date.
Another possible reason for developing registry repair freeware is to promote other products. Let’s face it, people and companies don’t spend hours of time and gobs of money just to give it away because they are just that nice. Here is one example I tried personally:
I read in a forum about this registry freeware and I wanted to check it out. I went to the site where the free download and repair was supposed to be located but could not find it. There were literally tons of ads for all types of computer software, from anti-virus, anti-spyware, disk defrags, pop-up blockers, email firewalls, you name it… I even clicked on a “pay” registry cleaner that said it was “free” thinking it was the registry freeware I had read about. Wrong.
I did finally find the right link that was listed almost in the text of the sites page content. They were not trying to help me find that link. The reason it was so hard to find was that this is a “for profit” website. It’s disclaimer even said so. They are hoping that folks like me will come there looking for free registry cleaners and then buy something.
The registry repair freeware that I found was a cleaner AND fixer and did not ask for my credit card before it would do the repair. However, the software was not up-to-date. Being kept up to date is very important with any software like this or anti-viruses. Even a few weeks on the Internet is a very long time as the changes occur very fast. I would not recommend this freeware or use it myself.
A free PC registry cleaner software is not usually the best software to use in this very vital performance and maintenance area for our computer.
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