Anyone who uses a computer should have three basic programs on it: an anti-virus program; a firewall program; and a registry cleaner program. These three pieces of software help you maintain your computer and keep it free from viruses and other malicious software, hackers and the simple little files that your other programs leave behind.
Every computer that runs Microsoft Windows has a registry. The registry is a data base of instructions for your computer telling it how to run a program, what to boot up first when you turn it on and how to use the peripheral devices attached to it. Every single action your computer takes when it runs a program is recorded in the registry. The registry could actually be accessed over one thousand times in a single day.
A registry cleaner helps you remove invalid information and keys that get left behind when you uninstall a program. If too much information builds up in the registry your computer can slow down, freeze up or suddenly start losing data. The registry become corrupt and when this happens, Windows does not work properly. You computer will inevitably crash and cease functioning all together. Using a registry cleaner will help you keep this from happening.
In order to choose a good registry cleaner for your computer here are a few things you should look for:
1) A free trial scan. You want to be able to see how the cleaner works. It is, in a way, like taste testing a product at the local supermarket. You get to see what you are buying and the ability to get familiar with the product. If the product does not offer you a free trial scan, move on.
2) The ability to back up your registry. Believe it or not, many registry cleaner programs do not offer you the ability to back up your registry before a scan is performed on it. You need to be able to revert back to the old registry in the event the cleaning corrupts your system or a pertinent file is accidently removed.
3) Manual or automatic repair. A good registry cleaner will offer you the option of automatically repairing any errors or manually review the errors it finds. If you are competent in computer maintenance you can manually review the errors and repair them as you go along. However, if you are new to maintaining your computer, let the automatic scan run.
4) Technical and customer support. Any computer program you invest in should have some type of technical and customer support in the event you have a problem using the program. Most free programs do not offer this so purchasing your registry cleaner is a good idea.
5) A full refund guarantee. You may find that the registry cleaner you purchase does not perform the way you want it to. If you have a guarantee in place for a full refund you can get your money back and purchase another product that may perform better.