Registry cleaners are necessary programs if you want to keep your computer clean and free of operating errors. Let me give you a brief explanation of what registry cleaners do if you aren’t familiar with them. If you are aware what they do, feel free to skip the following paragraph.
You may have heard the term ‘registry cleaner’ before, or maybe this is the first time you’ve encountered it. Familiar with the term or not, the majority of computer users do not understand the benefits of registry cleaning programs. Here we will talk about what registry cleaners do, and more importantly, what they don’t do.
In the simplest terms, the computer’s registry is like your local library. A well organized library will have books that are easy to lookup and locate. If it’s poorly organized, then you might not find the book your looking for at all. The same applies to your computer’s registry. Registries will get corrupt overtime; it’s a fact. To counter this, you can use a registry cleaner that will keep your registry ‘organized’ so your computer will keep running at optimum speeds.
So now we know what they do and how to work. Now how do we choose one? There are a lot of registry cleaners to pick from, but not all of them are quality products.
Firstly, beware of the free registry cleaners. I’ve yet to come across a free registry cleaner that could meet my personal requirement for cleaning my computer’s registry and system files. I’ve come across several that even install spyware on your computer, so in essence they aren’t really free in that case.
If you want a quality product, you are simply going to have to pay for it. How much you pay depends on several personal preferences, so let’s go over some that you may have.
1. What errors can it fix? Most registry cleaners can fix the same errors, and there are hundreds of possible errors. Some cleaners might fix a couple more than another, but in reality, they all do the same general thing; clean the registry. This shouldn’t be a huge deciding factor.
2. The user interface. How easy is it to use? With some cleaners, you can hit scan and walk away from your computer. Others might have you set what you want to scan each and every time. Again, this is a personal preference. The latter might have more options for a more specified scan which is usually something that a somewhat tech savvy person would need. Are you that tech savvy person?
3. Scan scheduling. You need your registry cleaner to run at least weekly to keep your computer in good shape. You probably don’t want it running while you’re typing up something for work or playing your favorite computer game. Scheduled scanning will allow you to set predetermined dates and times that the cleaner will run at. Again, this is a personal preference.
The above points are the most crucial in making a decision on which registry cleaner you want to purchase. Different features will result in different prices, so don’t get a registry cleaner with things you won’t end up using. Buying a registry cleaner isn’t like buying a new car, but it also isn’t like picking up you’re weekly supply of cereal from the grocery store. Research, research, research, and I guarantee you will be happy with whatever registry cleaner you choose to buy.