Registry Mechanic

Registry Mechanic

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 1087 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
11.0.277
File Size:
17.8MB
Date Added:
November 08, 2011
Price:
Free to try (First 6 sections repairing trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
9,521,524
Downloads Last Week:
318
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 1087 votes

    • 5 star: 343
    • 4 star: 182
    • 3 star: 140
    • 2 star: 120
    • 1 star: 302
  • Current Version:

    2.5

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 4
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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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