The “registry cleaner” market was huge in 2010/2011, with many people looking for easy ways to fix basic computing problems (especially with the new Windows 7).
With the introduction of Windows 10 and subsequent updates to both basic and broader system-wide settings, the market dissipated for registry repair tools, replaced *or* with the demand for a ” system optimization” deeper or consolidating the most effective tool (which turned out to be CCleaner).
We’ve been in the PC market long enough to know that most of the promoted “registry cleaner” tools are nothing more than vaporware. However, their premise (an automated cleaning solution for Windows) still stands, which is why it’s important to consider your various options if you’re all about keeping your computer running as smoothly as possible.
What *are* registry cleaners?
The crux of the “registry cleaner” tools was to “clean up” the Windows “registry” database. This database basically exists to store all the “settings” your system might have inside, with everything from background wallpaper to login information stored inside.
While the registry works fine, it can often become bloated, corrupted, or infected with viruses, leading to a varying number of problems with Windows systems. The idea behind “registry cleaners” was that you would be able to fix these various problems by using an automated tool to “fix” errors within the registry.
The problem with this was that many of the tools were either unable to “fix” errors people had on their systems or were downright dangerous (deleting bad settings, etc). This is why many people have gotten tired of the various registry cleaning tools – they have ended up becoming extremely ineffective, bordering on “scams”. The popularity of a number of products, including the likes of ‘RegCure’, has imploded.
Do they work and which tools are the best?
Ultimately, like many automated tools, “registry cleaners” have the ability to work to some extent.
The key is to understand that these tools should be part of a larger strategy to keep digital systems running as smoothly as possible. To do this, you need to appreciate the following:
Remove file-based system errors
Fixed file path reference issues
Clean up temporary files (both for the operating system and other software)
Troubleshoot related issues within Windows (user settings, etc.)
The best “registry cleaner” tools are not only the ones that do the above as effectively as possible, they also ensure that every time you scan your system, you are able to keep track of all resource usage that your system may have .
This not only ensures that you will be able to get the most out of the tool but also effectively evaluate the quality of the service it provides.
Registry cleaners 2018
To sum up the “registry cleaner” market for 2018, the following are the only real players in the market right now:
Advanced care of the ioBit system
A popular tool, backed by 24/7 support – it’s one of the longest running “registry cleaner” applications ever released. It is able to fix a large number of “scan items”, through which it is able to remove all the potential problems that Windows computers may have. Unfortunately, it has a long-standing problem with being considered “bloatware”. It often overinflates the supposed results, leading to potential conflicts with the underlying operating system (Windows).
This is by far the most popular “registry cleaner” tool – the “cloud” edition simply adds the ability to track and manage various systems through a central “web” interface. Despite the added functionality, the main problem with CCleaner still remains; which is that it basically doesn’t have a very powerful base engine. In other words, it doesn’t find many errors.
Based on the “Frontline Registry Cleaner 2.0” system (both released as “open source”), this is a new type of system labeled as a “stack manager”. The point of FLCleaner 3.0 is basically to take what CCleaner Cloud has done very well (tracking systems) and plug it into software that a computer might use. Specifically, instead of determining system-based errors, this tool can identify and fix platform-centric ones. The advantage of this is that it works on all modern devices (Windows/Linux/Mac/Android/iOS etc.) to provide an overview of the entire digital infrastructure you may be using. Also backed by 24/7 support.
Uniblue Registry Cleaning Kit
Uniblue has been a big player in the PC software industry for many years. Their popular products – DriverBooster and RegistryMechanic – were extremely popular. Unfortunately, the market has led to an exodus of buyers from this company, leading to the consolidation of a number of products. One of the main ones is the “Registry Cleaner Kit”, where they put their engineering prowess into the “registry”. This tool is somewhat effective in cleaning up typical Windows errors.
Mechanic of the Iolo System
Finally, this is an all-in-one tool for optimizing Windows-based systems. It works by giving you access to hundreds of “settings”/options that can be managed from within the application itself. A highly effective tool by any standard.
The way to make sure you’re using the most effective tool is to consider whether you’re using it for home or business. If you’re going to use it for work, you need to make sure you have an effective and secure system.