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There’s Value In Keeping Your Registry Clean

There's Value In Keeping Your Registry Clean

There's Value In Keeping Your Registry Clean

In a Windows-based computer, a clean registry is critical to proper operation of the entire operating system. New applications write to the registry all the time. Uninstallers are supposed to remove these registry entries and restore the registry to its proper condition, but often these entries are overlooked. They’ll also be overlooked if you remove programs by deleting them instead of following the recommended uninstall procedures.

In addition, programs like spyware and adware make unauthorized entries in your computer’s registry. The number of entries in the registry has a direct bearing on how well your computer performs. Unnecessary registry entries from old, abandoned software, or old configurations slow the performance of the computer. Errors in the registry and in other files on the computer make extra work for the computer at boot-up, and can conflict with each other. The result is a computer that simply doesn’t perform the way the manufacturer intended it to.

How To Keep Your Registry Clean

No one – and I mean no one – recommends that you edit your registry manually if you can avoid that. The registry is too important and too vulnerable to careless changes. Instead, having a capable registry cleaner as part of your PC toolkit is recommended. RegCure is just what you need to keep your computer operating in top condition.

RegCure does more than just mind your registry. It gives you very precise control over your registry. You can clean the registry manually, or you can clean it automatically. RegCure keeps you informed as to the progress of your system cleaning, and is completely compatible with all Windows operating systems. Your registry will not only be cleaned, it can be maintained easily and most importantly your registry (along with the rest of your files) will be backed up. You can deal with accidental deletions, file corruptions, and other data damage quickly and easily.

The built-in scheduling function means that you can “set-and-forget.” Once RegCure is installed and configured, your computer will be scanned, cleaned, and backed up automatically. You don’t have to remember to do or start anything.

Benefits Of A Clean Registry

The first time you run RegCure, you’ll be surprised by what the program finds. Old registry entries from programs you no longer use; broken DLLs that do nothing except slow your computer; and corrupted, useless files. RegCure will eliminate all of these from your computer’s registry. Once you’ve finished your first scan, you’ll quickly see the benefit of RegCure in the form of faster performance.

If your computer is slow, don’t replace it; clean it with RegCure!

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Data Backup Is Critical For Small Businesses

Data Backup Is Critical For Small Businesses

Data Backup Is Critical For Small Businesses

Small businesses have it tough these days. The economy is in the tank. Consumer and commercial spending are both down. Tight credit means that small business purchasing and expansion are both off. Small businesses are responsible for about 7 out of every 10 new jobs created in the US, but small business IT services suffer.

A new survey conducted by American Express shows that businesses are cutting back on IT services as a way to make ends meet. Equipment is being recycled instead of retired, more maintenance is being done and fewer upgrades and replacements are being contemplated. Even IT personnel are not immune. More small and medium sized businesses are turning to IT outsourcing in order to reduce their payrolls.

Do You Have A Plan B?

In all of this glum news, the fact remains that certain IT-related business functions are critical. Data backup and disaster recovery strategies must be preserved, even in the face of significant upheaval and personnel shifts; the survival of the business many depend on it.
RegCure offers reliable, easy-to-use data backup and restore services. It is the perfect solution for small business owners and residential users who want to secure their data regularly. With RegCure, you can back up your entire system and make it easy to return to a specific restore point. If you’re still running an older version of the Windows Operating System, RegCure will back up your registry each time you remove a registry item from the computer. This will allow you to revert to an older configuration easily if something goes amiss.
Regular data backups are critical, especially if you use your computer for work or business purposes. Data loss of any type, whether it results from a damaged hard drive, accidental or purposeful deletion or theft, can be devastating to a business. Regular back up of data and configuration files can save countless hours of reconstruction when the unthinkable happens.

Data Backup Is More Than Just Restoring Data Files

Backup and restoration is more than simply replacing data files that have become lost or corrupted. The interaction of the applications with the computer’s operating system must also be considered. Restoration also involves restoring the registry and other configuration information to its last working state. To do this, you need an application that looks out for your entire system, not just your data files.

RegCure is an excellent tool for monitoring and maintaining the overall health of your computer. With its backup and restore capabilities, built-in scheduling functions and automatic repair, you can be sure that your system’s operation will be optimized at all times, and you’ll also be able to recover more easily should disaster strike.

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Many Things Can Cause A Slow Computer

Many Things Can Cause A Slow Computer

Many Things Can Cause A Slow Computer

No, it’s not you. Computers slow down over time, and for a variety of reasons. Most often, the problems are correctable if you can find them, but correctly diagnosing why you have a slow computer can be tricky.

Your computer writes millions of bits of information to its hard drive every day. Writing information to the hard drive isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Removing information, which you assume is as simple as moving an unwanted file to the trash, leaves behind a lot of material that can cause the performance of your computer to suffer. Over time, files get fragmented, and the disk space you have available diminishes as the computer struggles to find a place here or there to store your latest information. Meanwhile, space that contained files you’ve since deleted goes unused.

Clearing Disk Space

Clearing disk space is only one part of the equation. When you delete files, in theory, you make that space available for other new files, but the computer doesn’t always handle these newly opened disk spaces very gracefully. Over time, you end up with a patchwork of free and used space on your disk. You also end up with a large collection of temporary files that are abandoned when you log out. In addition to simply deleting files you don’t need anymore, one way to speed your computer is to de-fragment it, so the computer can more quickly access existing files and find free space.

Another way is to keep the registry free of unneeded instructions and code that do nothing except slow the operating system down. Registry entries are made when you load a program or configure your computer. Removing a program doesn’t always remove the registry entries, leaving plenty of useless information to slow your computer’s performance to a halt.

Disk Errors Can Slow Your Computer

Computers aren’t perfect. They can write information on the hard drive incorrectly. Other events like malware can cause files to become corrupted. Even an accidental shutdown or loss of power can damage files and slow the computer’s performance. These events can leave behind disk errors on your computer. Disk errors can cause the computer to read files more slowly, or abort operations when they encounter damaged files. Keeping your file system healthy is an important strategy n keeping the performance of your PC optimized.

Spyware Means A Slow Computer

Spyware, viruses and other malware can slow your computer, either by taking up the processor’s time, clogging memory with dozens of application windows, or by introducing programs that run surreptitiously in the background while you work. Identifying and removing spyware can correct a slow computer.

RegCure from ParetoLogic can take care of all of these problems and more. RegCure is the standard for registry cleaners and can help your system remain free of problems that will slow the performance of your computer. RegCure removes useless registry keys, dud DLL files, and can restore files you thought you deleted or lost.

Don’t suffer with a slow computer. Get up to speed with RegCure.

Photo Credit: Daniel Andres Forero

Quick ways to boost PC speed and performance

Has your PC lost some of the pep that was once in its step? PC slowdown is a normal thing that happens as your PC matures and becomes laden with too many programs and erroneous file paths. However, you do not have to live with it. Here are some ways you can quickly boost your PC speed without having to go out and purchase a newer computer…

Slow Start up

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If your PC takes to long to start up, you might have too many programs trying to turn on, when you do. Turning on your PC can become akin to dealing rush hour traffic as all you messenger services, your virus protection, your picture downloading software and who knows what else rushes to start firing up their programming. The best way to deal with this is to limit the number of programs you have wanting to run on start up. Just click on the RUN tab and type in MSNCONFIG to get to your start up options. Now you can tick off whatever programs you think you might no need at start up. There is also an option to delay some programs so that they start a minute or two after start up. Also, if you happen to have the full version of Regcure, you can pick and choose which program you want to keep at Start Up and which ones you would like to save for later.

Defragging taking forever

While it is good that you are trying to Defrag your hard drive, lets face it, Window’s Defragging program is as slow a your Grandma on Sunday. There are a number of other alternative defragmentor programs out there including Defraggler and Auslogics. Give one these puppies a try to see if perhaps you can optimize you hard drive before its time for bed.

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Adding and Removing

If you have ever tried to add and remove some programs with the add and remove program applet that can be found in your control panel, you know that this beast is a slow one indeed that is prone to freezing and ending abruptly. My suggestion is to us an alternative uninstalling program such as CCleaner or Myunistaller.

Programs that just won’t end

Ever notice that after you choose to end an unresponsive program, that does not seem to want to go away right away. Well, you can change this by going to your Regedit program and looking up HKEY_local_machine\system\currentcontrolset\control and change the setting for “the wait to kill” to 1000. This should help zap out those unresponsive programs