If you install and uninstall a lot of software (like I do), you know uninstall programs often don't remove everything from your computer. This is especially true of entries in the Registry. Until now, I'd been afraid to run any registry-cleaning program, because of the threat of losing necessary entries.
I decided to get brave last week and downloaded easydesksoftware's Perfect Companion. After an uneventful install, I shut my eyes, held my breath, and clicked "Continue". I watched as it scrolled through all the Class keys, looking for associated files, ran through application paths verifying files, read Windows startup files, and then registered all the dll and ccx files. At the end, it scanned all my interface and TypeLib Keys, InstalledFiles, Fonts, Help files, and file extensions. After about 30 minutes, the box came up saying that the registry had been cleaned and the changes were stored in the Windows System folder. (The program also provides an "undo" function, so that if anything goes wrong, you can use Perfect Companion to undo the changes).
Because I'm naturally nosey, I went and looked at the log . . . I was really impressed. The log was about 15" long, giving all the changes and errors Perfect Companion had found in my registry. That's a lot of errors, considering it's only been about two months since my hard drive was completely reformatted! The big test: Shut the computer down and bring it back up again. Boy, did I sweat that one! I had no problem on reboot, and I've run Perfect Companion about 12 times since. It's never removed anything that any program currently installed on my computer needed because I've checked all of them.
You know those annoying programs that install themselves into your registry so that they automatically come up at boot (like Real Player and Real Jukebox (tm))? (The programs themselves are useful; the fact that they automatically install themselves so that they come up on boot is annoying *LOL*). Well, get a temperamental hard drive (like mine) and too many of those programs will freeze the computer, so naturally I don't like them. Perfect Companion lets you edit the Windows startup group in the registry so that you can get rid of all those extra programs that you don't want coming up on boot!
The demo version of the software is fully functional but is time limited to 10 days. At the price, this software is unbeatable.
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