Registry Mechanic

Registry Mechanic

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 1088 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7
  • Total Downloads:
    9,521,524
  • Date Added:
    October 03, 2007
  • File Size:
    17.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    318
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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Although not feature-rich, Registry Mechanic checks your registry for errors that can slow down and crash your computer. The utility can find a wide range of defects, including references to already uninstalled programs, missing help files and broken shortcuts, virtual devices, start-up programs, fonts, and configuration files. It also can automatically repair invalid entries at Windows start-up.

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. The left-nav-based interface is uncomplicated and easy to use, and fortunately there are some extra horses to support this former one-trick pony: other features include a defragger, a "registry compacter," and a system optimizer.

It's too bad, then, that 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, the compacter was similarly crippled, and the defrag and system optimization buttons had no effect. Given these handicaps, our recommendation of Registry Mechanic is also hamstrung.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 75 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 33
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 1088 votes

    • 5 star 343
    • 4 star 182
    • 3 star 140
    • 2 star 121
    • 1 star 302
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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 7
Version 7 improves system optimizer feature.
General
Publisher PC Tools
Publisher web site http://www.pctools.com/
Release Date October 03, 2007
Date Added October 03, 2007
Version 7
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 17.8MB
File Name rminstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,521,524
Downloads Last Week 318
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Repairs first 6 sections only
Price $29.95

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