Auslogics Registry Defrag
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"Uses the same ploy as other similar tools in this category...but..."
It does seem to do something to clean up the detritus left behind by other apps that have (intentionally?) poor uninstall &/or clean-up tools.
Still there are other tools one can d/l which are dedicated to clean removal of badly behaving apps and there is a free tool from SysInternals that defrags the registry (hives & all) extremely well and has a decade long history behind it.
No matter I did pop for the cost of upgrading to the paid version of these tools simply because I like their defrag util. But I agree it's a bit misleading to claim to be a free util only to report what it might be able to fix if you give them some cash...
But it does seem to do something...what exactly, like the C|net reviewer, it does, I am not 100% certain...I can say I tested the restore point it will create and it does seem to at least call the correct XP functions to create a restore point.
combined into the pro's section as there is only one downside I see and that is the lack of full disclosure that the "free" version is essentially crippled to the point of uselessness.