Registry cleaners don’t speed up your PC.At best, they’re a waste of time — and often money. At worst, they can cause problems by removing registry entries they shouldn’t. PC cleaning software is a scam, noting that a big part of the cleaning process — the registry cleaning — wouldn’t help speed up your PC.
Registry Cleaners DemystifiedThe Windows registry is a huge database of settings — both for Windows itself and for programs you install. For example, if you install a program, there’s a good chance that program would save its settings to the registry. Windows would also save pointers to that program. For example, if the program were registered as the default program for a certain file type, Windows would save a registry entry so it can remember that’s the default program. All a registry cleaner does is scan your registry for entries that appear outdated and remove them. Registry cleaner companies want you to believe that this would result in big performance improvements so you’ll buy their software.
The FALSE Promises
- Registry cleaners fix “registry errors” that can cause system crashes and even blue-screens.
- Your registry is full of junk that is “clogging” it and slowing down your PC.
- Registry cleaners also eliminate “corrupted” and “damaged” entries. The Reality
In reality, registry entries aren’t a drag on your computer’s performance. The registry is a massive database containing hundreds of thousands of entries and individual registry entries are fairly tiny. Even removing a few thousand entries won’t make an appreciable dent in the size of your registry.