If you’re vigilant about your computer’s health, then you probably have a whole slew of computer maintenance programs installed and run them religiously. You should have registry tools such as a registry cleaner and optimizer on your computer along with the virus scanner, anti-malware/adware/spyware programs, and system optimizers you already have. In case you’re wondering what a registry cleaner does, here are a few facts about it.
Not all registry cleaners are trustworthy.
Like other programs available on the Internet, you need to be cautious about choosing a registry cleaner. Some of them are either poorly written or contain harmful malware. Needless to say, a poorly written registry cleaner can cause more harm than good as it can delete important registry entries that can lead to rendering your computer inoperable. On the other hand, malware (Trojans, viruses and keyloggers) can infect your PC and compromise your files and information. At any rate, you should do your research to find a reliable and trustworthy registry cleaner.
Free isn’t always good, but it isn’t always bad either.
Freeware is how new software companies promote themselves and their programs. You will find registry cleaners made by these smaller companies and individual programmers. These programs may be good or bad depending on whom you ask. Some argue that freeware have a bigger possibility of being poorly written, though some will tell you that some freeware are worth trying. You would need to do some research to find a good and free registry cleaner.
There are standalone registry cleaners, and there are those that come in utility suites.
Which is better? Again, it depends on who you ask. If you just want a registry cleaner, then you can just get a standalone program. On the other hand, if you want to have a complete set of maintenance programs for your PC, then you can get a utility suite.
Back up your registry.
Registry cleaners typically include backing up your Windows registry. To be on the safe side though, be sure to create a back up manually. In case something goes wrong, it’d be easy to get your registry back to a previous state.