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Registry Mechanic

CNET 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.

Registry Mechanic:

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  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 1,085 votes

    • 5 star: 342
    • 4 star: 182
    • 3 star: 139
    • 2 star: 120
    • 1 star: 302
  • Current version:

    2.6 stars

    out of 73 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 30
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  • 5.0 stars

    "LOVE this product!"

    March 3, 2011  |   By nhevergreen

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    Fast, thorough registry scan. Shredding unwanted files is a huge plus. Performs various tweaks to optimize Windows.

    Cons

    None whatsoever.

    Summary

    I've used Registry Mechanic for several years and have been VERY impressed with its ability to provide dramatic performance improvements on every PC I've brought back from death's door. Up until last year, I was working on an 8-year-old machine, running high-end image manipulation and web design software, and RM kept it clean and nimble. I finally upgraded to a quad core machine and the old PC is still operational as a server for therapist practice management software. Registry Mechanic delivers on its promise to speed up and improve the performance of your system...period!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unhappy customer"

    March 26, 2010  |   By olderposter

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    Seems to do what it does pretty fast.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to do much. What is the justification for the $30/YEAR price? The $30 I paid for it is enough, since does it NOT need to be "updated" unless (maybe) one upgrades the OS; do service pack upgrades count? And WHY isn't an upgrade OPTIONAL?

    Summary

    Their marketing philosophy is ridiculous. (See above.) My version is 5.0xxx. I installed it and used it for 3 years without any charge and without ANY notice of a charge pending and with the same OS. Then PCTools unregistered it remotely. When I contacted them with my concerns about their stealing my license back, they were just interested in my PAYING for it AGAIN. Mandatory. I might have upgraded but for this sleazy approach to my wallet. Forget it. I'll just use WISE instead.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "For me free is free not free and then pay..."

    November 13, 2009  |   By kulpincan

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    I have downloaded the registry mechanic and it worked fine. Then I tried to uninstall it and I was also offered the free to have.

    Cons

    Claiming you will get it free when you have to pay... Sad really.

    Summary

    There are better programs than the registry mechanic. Maybe Pc tools has a lot of money for their advertising but I don't thinks their product is the best. I really liked the site called thebestofregistrycleaners.com where I had a choice to choose from. I was not tricked to get anything for free, except the free scan but not the product as such.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREE AT ALL!!!"

    August 11, 2009  |   By mikey01h

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    who knows??

    Cons

    Rip Off just more registry clutter even after uninstalling it.
    SCAM!!

    Summary

    Deceitful selling practice means deceitful company!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "False Utilities"

    June 6, 2009  |   By CaviteChapter

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    nothing at all

    Cons

    all of the services they have

    Summary

    I;am using tuneup utilities and then i try to install registry mechanic to test how it perform . the recommended of this product for my pc performance was so bad
    after i optimize my system, den i go tuneup having so many error ***
    and slow down my pc ***

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  • 5.0 stars

    "20% DlSCOUNT C0UPON found yesterday"

    June 6, 2009  |   By jordanfirgusson

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    It fixed over detects over 230 registry errors! My PC is running much more faster now! And I saved a lot of money on purchase because I found 20% discount here
    http://www.*********.net/registry_mechanic.shtml

    Cons

    Nothing negative. It's great.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING!!! THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PROGRAM"

    May 27, 2009  |   By lawrence2000

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    Its a great program to use...BUT

    Cons

    You have to pay for it once a year. when your subscription runs out you have to pay for it again or it doesn't work

    Summary

    Don't but it unless you want to pay 30 bucks every year for it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "20% DISC0UNT C0UP0N recently found"

    May 23, 2009  |   By PrettySummerKitty

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    The best registry cleaner I ever used. My PC running much more quickly after I applied Registry Mechanic. And i found 20% discount here
    http://www.*********.net/registry_mechanic.shtml

    Cons

    I don't know what is bad...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "20% DISC0UNT COUP0N found on Friday"

    May 9, 2009  |   By mikealexon

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    My computer is more fast after I used this wonderful soft. And I saved 20% with the discount found here
    http://www.*********.net/registry_mechanic.shtml

    Cons

    Can't remember.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "is it free? just another scam!"

    April 18, 2009  |   By clifforhapiness

    Version: Registry Mechanic 8.0

    Pros

    nothing outstanding!

    Cons

    just simply another scam, that's all!

    Summary

    you waste your time scanning and then this program tells you to pay before it can repair problem! Tell us up front that this is NOT free!

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