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Registry Cleaners: RegCure Scans and Fixes Registry Problems

Registry Cleaners: RegCure Scans and Fixes Registry Problems

Registry Cleaners: RegCure Scans and Fixes Registry Problems

In the last entry, I talked about how RegCure scans and fixes registry problems. More accurately, I talked about what RegCure scans. Today I’ll talk about what you can expect when RegCure fixes the problems it finds.

Managing A RegCure Scan

When you set up RegCure to scan your computer, you can choose which types of problems RegCure looks for. If there are certain types of problems that you don’t want RegCure to scan for, you can customize the scan to select only those areas of the registry you want to examine. RegCure will leave all other areas of the registry alone.

Once you have RegCure set up to scan your registry, start the scan. RegCure will track the errors it finds and make a log of potential problems it spots. RegCure will show you an easy-to-follow progress indicator and specify the areas of the registry in which potential problems were found.

Once the scan is complete, there’s still more to do. You can examine each problem area and decide how RegCure should handle the error. RegCure may identify some problems that really aren’t problems at all.

For example, it’s not unusual for applications to create temporary files while they’re running and remove these files when they close. A path may exist that points to the location of the temporary file, even though no file exists t at the moment RegCure is scanning. This really isn’t an error, since the only time a temporary file would exist is when the application that creates it is actually running.

RegCure gives you the option of removing or not removing these entries, so you have control over what RegCure does at all times. You can also mark these items in a special way to indicate that RegCure should ignore these files in future scans. You can also manage the Ignore list, and indicate that items that had been ignored at one time should now be scanned and removed or corrected.

Aside from scanning and repairing or removing broken registry entries, you can also use RegCure to flag applications that should start automatically when Windows starts. This will allow you to keep track of applications that are starting when the computer starts but perhaps don’t need to. This “startup application overload” can cause performance problems when too many applications startup and remain running when your computer is turned on. Certain applications, like anti-virus and anti-spyware applications should remain in your startup items list.

Before making any changes, RegCure makes a complete backup of your registry, so you can always revert to your previous state if something goes amiss. This kind of security and peace of mind means that you can manage your registry like a pro, even if you’re new to computers!

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Preventative Maintenance That Will Improve Your Computer Performance

If you’ve noticed that your computer is freezing, crashing or just plain slowing down, there are several things you can do to make sure your computer stays in good working order.

Preventing Problems Is Easier Than Fixing Them

First and foremost, you need virus protection for your computer. Most computers – upwards of 90% of new computers today – work on the Windows platform. Keeping a good anti-virus program on your computer is a must. Don’t assume that your computer is protected because your computer was shipped with an anti-virus program.

Anti-virus program need to be updated regularly. Computers used in offices and in workplaces are updated daily. That’s a great lesson for you to take away. Configure your anti-virus program to download updates regularly. Also configure your AV software to run each time you start the computer. Most AV programs are subscription-based, so you’ll pay a periodic fee for updates. They’re worth it. Don’t try to save money by letting your AV program go. You’ll soon end up with a non-working computer.

Along with AV programs, you’ll want to run at least one anti-spyware program. (And no, AV and anti-spyware programs aren’t the same thing, though you may find utilities that do both.) Keep your anti-spyware program(s) up to date, just like your AV software. Make sure these run when you turn the computer on, and look for an anti-spyware package that can detect spyware on-the-fly.

Periodically – as in at least once each quarter – run Scandisk. It comes as part of the operating system and will seek out problems with your hard disk and file structure. There’s no need to run this daily or even weekly, but you should run this utility at least four times each year, and more if you do a lot of downloading or file creation and deletion. Scandisk is in your Accessories/System Tools folder. You’ll need to exit every program before running it.

Defragment your hard disk at least once per quarter. You could combine this maintenance with Scandisk. If you decide to do that, run Scandisk first and then defragment your disk afterward. “Defragging” takes a long time. (This is a good overnight task, or one that can run while you’re out of the house for the day.) Disk Defragmenter is also included with your operating system, and is found in the Accessories/System Tools folder.

If you don’t turn off your computer very often, at least reboot it once in awhile. Rebooting will clear out any temporary gremlins that have taken up residence in your computer and will kill temporary, “zombie” and “orphan” files and processes that may be slowing your computer down. Think of it as the functional equivalent of letting your computer take a shower!

Registry Cleaners: What Does RegCure Look For?

Registry Cleaners: What Does RegCure Look For?

Registry Cleaners: What Does RegCure Look For?

There’s a lot of debate over registry cleaners and whether or not it’s really necessary to use one on your computer. I thought it would be valuable to cover exactly what RegCure looks for when it scans your registry.

What’s In A Registry Scan?

Errors in the registry file can wreak all kinds of havoc, so finding and fixing these errors is a critical component of what RegCure does. Among the COM/ActiveX entries, for example, errors can cause application failures, freezes, crashes and other malfunctions, like problems when opening documents. RegCure locates errors in this section of the registry file and eliminates them and the problems they cause.

Lots of errors can be found in the Uninstall Entries section of the registry. As you know, uninstallers don’t always work correctly. This section of the registry can contain entries that point to missing files and folders, or other registry entries that have been removed. RegCure locates and removes these invalid entries that can otherwise slow the performance of your computer.

RegCure checks the Font Entries section of the registry, looking for pointers to missing files. These pointers can cause problems with font-dependent applications like word processors. Removing them will improve the performance of your computer and of your font-dependent applications.

If you’ve worked with Windows for awhile, you know that DLLs can cause a lot of problems. To confuse things, some applications share DLLs, and other DLLs compete with each other for system resources. DLL conflicts can cause system performance problems, application crashes and other similar problem. RegCure hunts these problems down and removes them to improve the performance of a slow computer and prevent application and system crashes.

Help files aren’t very helpful when they don’t work properly. The Help Files Information section of the registry can contain invalid entries that will cause help files to open incorrectly or not at all. RegCure locates and corrects these invalid entries to help you take advantage of the help files on your computer.

The Windows Startup Items section of the registry can be filled with invalid entries that can cause applications not to start up properly when the computer boots. In addition, the registry can contain bad path or file name information that will slow the performance of the computer. Broken program shortcuts and invalid registry keys can also slow the performance of your computer and cause problems with your applications.

Next time, I’ll cover what you can expect from a scan and repair and removal options that RegCure provides.

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RegCure Is A Trusted Name Among Registry Cleaners

RegCure Is A Trusted Name Among Registry Cleaners

RegCure Is A Trusted Name Among Registry Cleaners

What’s in a name? A lot if the name happens to be RegCure. More than 60 million users worldwide who trust RegCure to scan, repair and report problems it finds in their computers’ Windows registry files have downloaded it. ParetoLogic, the company that makes RegCure, is a member of the Software Information Industry Association and is well recognized for its suite of programs designed to increase the security and improve the performance of Windows computers. RegCure is available in eight languages, and is used in more than 70 countries around the world.

If you’re considering the purchase of a registry cleaner, can the products you’re considering say all of that? Can they say any of that? If not, consider RegCure as possibly one of the best registry cleaners available today.

Performance Matters

Chances are good that your computer performance isn’t what it should be. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be considering the purchase of a registry cleaner. If performance were important to you, why would you rely on an unproven program to improve your computer’s performance? Stick with the name that more than 60 million people trust to improve the performance of their computers. Stick with RegCure!

Over time, the size of your computer’s registry file grows. Each application you add to your computer writes information into the registry. Registry entries also get made when you add hardware, install fonts, make shortcuts, and set individual preferences within Windows.

Ghosts In The Machine

Uninstall routines are supposed to remove these lines when they remove the rest of the program files. Frequently, however, these registry entries get abandoned. Sometimes, a new application will take the place of an older entry. Instead of removing the older entry however, the old entry is deactivated and left behind. Incorrectly removed shortcuts, old preferences, and invalid keys remain.

Windows programs use dynamic linked library (DLL) files. Sometimes different programs use a common DLL. Occasionally, one program will write a new version of a DLL, leaving the old one behind or eliminating it. There are registry entries that belong to each DLL, and when one gets overwritten, removed or replaced, extra now-invalid entries related to the old DLL get left behind.

RegCure eliminates all of these things, and with it, the crashes, freezes and slow performance that dog your computer. It cleans up the mysterious Windows error messages you receive – again caused by abandoned code that was forgotten when a program was uninstalled.

Try the free scan on your computer. There’s no obligation to buy the product, but take a look at the report and see which ghosts are still haunting your computer.

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Fake Registry Cleaners? You Bet!

Fake Registry Cleaners? You Bet!

Fake Registry Cleaners? You Bet!

You may have heard of rogue anti-virus software, or even rogue anti-spyware software. They’re definitely out there. It shouldn’t come as any surprise then that there are also
fake registry cleaners. And yes, fake registry cleaners can do a lot of damage.

These Trojan programs can wreak havoc on your registry. Their primary purpose is to get you to buy something – usually a fake product. The thieves (that’s what they are) will then take your money, steal your credit card information and potentially make your financial life a mess until you discover the theft, report it and get it cleaned up.

Choose A Registry Cleaner You Can Trust

That’s why you need to be absolutely certain that the registry cleaner you choose is completely above board. You may say “Why should I pay for a registry cleaner when I can get one for free?” As the above examples illustrate, free isn’t always desirable.

If you’re going to allow a program to make changes to something as fundamental as your computer’s Windows registry, you need to be certain that the program is trustworthy, and that it does what it says it’s going to do. RegCure is just such a product.

Can 60 Million People Be Wrong?

RegCure has been downloaded millions of times by users just like yourself. You may or may not know a lot about computers, but you know that you don’t have the skills to edit your computer’s registry file like a professional. Take heart. A Windows registry may have hundreds of thousands – maybe even a million lines of code. You can’t go through all of them – even an IT professional wouldn’t.

You can, however, put RegCure on the job and be certain that the program will work as advertised and will clean your registry, removing unused bits of computer code, duplicate entries, broken or empty registry keys, unused or incorrect path information, invalid class and shell extensions, corrupted or abandoned program shortcuts and more.

What are you losing when you clear out these things? Not much. RegCure will locate and remove these time-wasters from your registry file. In doing so, it will help to eliminate the slow system performance, crashes and freezes that are plaguing your computer. If you’re not convinced that you need a registry cleaner, run a free scan and let RegCure show you the errors it finds. Once you see the report, you can make up your mind about the value of a registry cleaner like RegCure.

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