In the late 90’s I can remember using a freeware program called “RegCleaner”. It was an easy to use utility that I used to manually dump registry entries left behind by software installs, etc… AND to automatically clean the Windows registry. RegCleaner eventually evolved into a powerful suite of utilities called jv16 PowerTools (by Macecraft) and subsequently went commerical. RegCleaner is no longer distributed, due to incompatibilities with the processing speeds of today’s computers. When RegCleaner went commercial with the development of jv16 PowerTools it lost a large following of people.
Today I discovered that the Macecraft, the makers of jv16 PowerTools, has released a freeware “lite” version of their professional grade jv16 PowerTools utility package, called PowerTools Lite. From my testing, it appears that the “lite” package contains only the registry and PC cleaner components from the commercial version.
Given, I was a past dedicated user of RegCleaner, I installed PowerTools Lite. In summary, this utility is a 2-click process of scanning for and cleaning your PC of unnecessary temp files, registry data, MRU and history data from all major applications. It also prompts you to make a backup of any changes that the program makes.
If you are looking for a registry cleaner, you may want to give this one try, based on its’ past following of being a good app. As always, anytime you mess with the registry you are messing with the heart of the operating system; always make sure you have a way back (as in a backup).