-=PCTechTalk=- Re: Registry Mechanic and similar programs

Sounds like really good advise for those who know what to look for.  I don't 
so I just tell it to repair and hopefully it does what it is supposed to do. 
I do use Registry Mechanic and have not had any problems that I am aware of.
I was dismayed to hear of problems with Registry Mechanic.  It is not a free 
application and has to be renewed every year.  I may have wasted my money.
Sandi
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "don101" <don101@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:20 AM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Registry Mechanic and similar programs


>
> Registry repair programs are generally pretty simple applications.  They 
> scan your registry looking for entries that are not valid and then present 
> the list to you.  You then review the list and confirm the entries are not 
> valid and then tell the program to either delete them or repair them.
>
> Many invalid entries are caused by programs that you uninstall.  The 
> uninstall process leaves behind registry entries that were used by the 
> uninstalled program or it deletes a shared file that should not have been 
> deleted.
>
> Typical invalid entries would be a non-existent program calling a specific 
> file or making a configuration setting or an existing program calling a 
> non-existent file that may have been deleted by another program's 
> uninstall process.
>
> Invalid entries can cause a range of problems such as loading a program, 
> process or service that has no reason to be loaded or not loading one that 
> is needed.
>
> The bottom line is that each time a registry cleaner is used, it is wise 
> to review the list of errors before allowing the cleaner to delete or 
> repair any entries.
>
> Don
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