Registry Mechanic

Registry Mechanic

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 1088 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.1.0.214
  • Total Downloads:
    9,524,979
  • Date Added:
    October 25, 2012
  • File Size:
    17.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    84
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Registry Mechanic checks your Registry for errors that can slow down and crash your computer, and provides you with a full toolbox for finding and repairing your Registry. The utility can find a wide range of defects, including references to uninstalled programs, missing help files and virtual devices, broken shortcuts, and removed fonts and configuration files. It also can automatically repair invalid entries at Windows start-up.

Under Optimize, the Quick Scan has been abandoned in this version in favor of an exceedingly fast and comprehensive Deep Scan. The program also makes backups, so it's easy to restore a fix gone wrong. There's a Registry defragger, and a Tuneup Services option that optimizes Windows boot services. Click on either Recommended or Minimal to see which services will be toggled, and to customize them. The Monitor tab tracks your system's Registry, services, and performance behaviors, while the Windows Tools section contains a series of links to Windows' default tools. This could be better explained, but choose an option and you'll find out soon enough that these tools are the default ones that come with Windows, but collected in one place. The interface isn't bad, but it feels a bit jumbled, and presents a lot of open white space without clear directions for what the user should do.

The stringent restrictions on the trial version make it difficult to analyze the effectiveness of the program. The trialware allows for only five sections of the registry to be repaired, and the compacter, defrag, and system optimization buttons were also hamstrung. During the trial, we recommend deselecting all of the errors discovered, and then carefully choosing which errors you think you can verify as being repaired to see if you want to purchase it. Registry Mechanic is a good program, but you won't get something for nothing here.

 
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2 stars

"Cleans more than your registy"

September 27, 2014  |  By cubecompmtdx

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 11.1.0.214

Pros

I have used Registry Mechanic for years and have always found it to be a decent tool for optimizing your computer's performance. I've used versions 5 (in XP), and 9 (in Vista and 7)

Cons

With newer versions such as RM 11.1, RM runs in the background, auto-scheduling cleanups for more than your registry. Less than an hour after I upgraded from v9 to v11.1, I had noticed that it had popped up saying that it had finished "removing my privacy items"... in other words, it closed down ALL my browsers and wiped them of all the tabs that I had opened. I had ~20 tabs open in Chrome... now, I have 1 and it's the start page. It wiped out ALL the data from my last session of Chrome so I couldn't just go back and restore the previous session. It also did similar things to Firefox, which I had open with ~6 tabs, now gone. Maybe some people like to have this stuff cleaned out once in awhile, but don't have these "scanners running on schedules by default. I prefer the only "scheduled" scan on my computer to be my anti-virus scanner. Also, I've noticed that this version of RM fould a lot more registry error than v9. Now, system restore does not work and I cannot get it back on.

Summary

It seems like RM used to be great prior to it being owned by Symantec, the same company that owns Norton antivirus. Now I'm not surprised by how 11.1 does more than you want it to. Safe to say, I'm uninstalling 11.1 and going back to 9.

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5 stars

"Very good program with several key features"

August 26, 2014  |  By katherinegeorge

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 11.1.0.214

Pros

Very good program with several key features such as:
Registry cleaning - cleans the registry and fix it, and get rid of old registry notes and files which is very good for a fast system.
Shred files - you can actually shred all files and not only delete them which makes them unavailable even for recovery programs, this way you can destroy files completely
clean hard drives - can help you clean all hard drives from junk files or not needed files to clear space and optimize system

Cons

sometimes does not clean all registry errors and need to restart computer in order for it to find again and clean everything

Summary

very good program with good features would advise people to use only this program for registry cleaning and optimizing.

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3 stars

"Portfolio No Longer provided by Symantec"

June 08, 2014  |  By Keith_C_A

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 11.1.0.214

Pros

Was a great Program

Cons

No Longer in Symantecs Portfolio

Summary

The PC Tools utility portfolio was retired on December 4, 2013.
The current PC Tools Utility range consisting of File Recover, Performance Toolkit, Privacy Guardian, and Registry Mechanic was retired on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, and will no longer be sold or renewable from this date forward. Why did Symantec discontinue the PC Tools Utility Portfolio (PC Tools Performance Toolkit, PC Tools Registry Mechanic, PC Tools File Recover and PC Tools Privacy Guardian)?

Symantec has made the strategic decision to streamline our product range in order to provide fewer, more integrated solutions for our customers. Consequently, the decision was made to retire the PC Tools Performance Toolkit, PC Tools Registry Mechanic, PC Tools File Recover, and PC Tools Privacy Guardian products.

See: http://www.pctools.com/product-eol/index/faq/utility/

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5 stars

"good software"

July 24, 2013  |  By gamerx_daniel

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 11.1.0.214

Pros

all the features are good

Cons

I have nothing to report as `bad`

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1 stars

"Did not fix problems with my system and was re-billed."

November 26, 2012  |  By FGHM

 |  Version: Registry Mechanic 11.1.0.214

Pros

None, in my case.

Cons

I purchased Registry Mechanic from PC Tools online in 2011 without any online mention of automatic renewals. Without using the product I was subsequently billed in 2012 with an automatic renewal. The re-billing was without my consent or notification, and PC Tool refused to refund the money because the claim period had expired. When I spoke with PC Tool they had no interest in satisfying me as a customer and were adamant, as if they knew that credit card companies will not file a clam after 120 days. PC tools has since changed the renewal notifications and web page.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.1.0.214
Version 11.0.277 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher PC Tools
Publisher web site http://www.pctools.com/
Release Date October 25, 2012
Date Added October 25, 2012
Version 11.1.0.214
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.8MB
File Name rminstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,524,979
Downloads Last Week 84
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations First 6 sections repairing trial
Price $29.95

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