Registry Mechanic

Registry Mechanic

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 1086 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7
File Size:
17.8MB
Date Added:
October 03, 2007
Price:
Free to try (Repairs first 6 sections only); $29.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
9,521,524
Downloads Last Week:
318
Additional Requirements:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 1086 votes

    • 5 star: 342
    • 4 star: 182
    • 3 star: 140
    • 2 star: 120
    • 1 star: 302
  • Current Version:

    2.6

    out of 75 votes

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