[Review] Advanced Registry Doctor Pro 9.2

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Advanced Registry Doctor Pro

Version reviewed:

v9.2 Build 02.18

Supported OS:

Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Win7

Price:

$24.95 (USD) but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com!

Software description as per the developer:

Fix your registry & improve your PC’s performance! Is your system becoming increasingly slow and unstable?

If so, you need a professional registry cleaner and repair tool. Advanced Registry Doctor is the answer!Advanced Registry Doctor Pro is capable of scanning for, diagnosing and curing multiple registry problems, which averts possible malfunctions and crashes, and significantly improves the speed of computer loading and performance. In addition, the program comes with a set of advanced options, like registry defragmenting, built-in scheduler, backup and restore feature, history log and many other perks – a registry toolkit, for example.

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  • Has full registry management features (scan, repair, defrag, backup/restore).
  • You can undo the ‘repair’ or ‘fixes’ you make.
  • Ability to apply tweaks to Windows.
  • Has preemptive protection against malicious ActiveX malware.
  • There is a startup program manager.

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  • A bit buggy.
  • You cannot choose individual Windows tweaks to apply. It is all or nothing.
  • Registry backup files are not self-executing (you must have a program that supports the backup format to restore your registry).
  • You can only undo one ‘fix’ or ‘repair’ at a time.
  • By default automatic backup of registry is not made before any ‘fix’ or ‘repair’.
  • Developer displays semi-scareware Premium Booster advertisement during installation of Advanced Registry Doctor Pro.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}I found the interface of scheduler and backup registry to be a bit cumbersome but overall fairly easy to use.
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{for=”Performance” value=”5″}I give this a 5 because for some reason, the program cannot remove all the errors it detects for me and it is buggy.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”10″}Most everyone can use system optimization tools.
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{for=”Price” value=”7″}Being primarily a registry management software, I think the price of $24.95 is just around the ballpark of other registry managers. However, taking into consideration that users can get jack-of-all-trade software that can do registry management + a lot more for $10-15 more than $25, the developer may want to consider dropping the price $5 to $20 to entice more users to buy.
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”5″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect my overall rating/verdict of the program in which I considered all the features and free alternatives.
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During the installation of Advanced Registry Doctor Pro, Premium Booster’s website (Premium Booster is another product by Elcor Software) opens up and displays a semi-scareware advertisement:

Although some may call it a full blown scareware advertisement, I say it is “semi-scareware” instead of full blown scareware because it does give the notation that the results of the scan shown in the advertisement are of “typical” system scans and not necessarily your own. Regardless, though, if you want to call it scareware, semi-scareware, scumbagness, etc. – the developer should not have such an advertisement.

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Advanced Registry Doctor Pro has been given out on GOTD multiple times in the past; it was given out in August 2009 as v9.0 Build 08.10 and given out in January 2009 as v8.8 Build 08.21. Today’s is v9.2 Build 02.18. Here are the changes from v8.8 Build 08.21 to v9.2 Build 02.18 as per the developer:

changes in 9.2 (build 02.18)

- General change

[Added]
+ added Portuguese language

[Update]
+/- Improved Windows 7 compatibility (64-bit)

- Setup wizard

[Updated]
– Fixed minor bugs

changes in 9.1 (build 01.25)

- General change

[Added]
+ added Russian Help

[Update]
+/- Updated Russian language files
+/- Improved Windows 7 compatibility
+/- Improved Windows Vista 64-bit compatibility
+/- Improved compatibility with third-party system tools

[Fixed]
– Fixed bug with shortcuts
– Fixed problem with false virus detection

- Setup wizard

[Updated]
– Fixed minor bugs

changes in 9.0 (build 08.10)

[Added]
+ added compatibility with Windows 7 RTM, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2

changes in 8.9 (build 03.23)

[Added]
+ added Bulgarian language
+ added Italian language
+ added support of different third-party software
(12 new popular software packages)

[Updated]
+ rewritten code for repair/scan problems algorithms
+ updated Hungarian, Dutch languages

[Fixed]
– fixed problem with false virus detection
– fixed bug “Exception address: 0042D185″
– fixed bug “External application error c00000id”

Since I already wrote a review on Advanced Registry Doctor Pro, instead of wasting space to copy + paste it here, if you want  in depth detail on Advanced Registry Doctor Pro, please read the full review I wrote earlier. I did a quick pin-point inspection to see if the reasons I gave this program a thumbs down still exist and unfortunately most, if not all, still do. So my full review is still fairly accurate for this new version.

For convenience to dotTechies who don’t want to go back and read the full review and would rather just have the sparknotes version of my review, I am listing the free alternatives and final verdict here also.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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All of these tools have some sort of registry management features:

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{rw_verdict2}Thumbs down for Advanced Registry Doctor Pro – I wouldn’t recommend anyone get this software. All the free alternatives mentioned do a good job at helping you manage your registry; pick and use the one you like the most. (My two favorites are WinUtilities Professional Edition and CCleaner, if that helps you make your decision.)
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11 comments

  1. alan

    Sorry if this causes extra confusion, but I would like to throw in a little that I believe about the registry.
    Before deleting a registry key it is normal to export a copy that can be imported if things go wrong.  This “export” normally has the extension REG.  It does NOT include any permissions/security settings for that key.  If these settings are changed and the key is then deleted,  then if the REG is imported back, it does not restore the original settings.
    There has been mention of registry hives.  A hive backup does include permissions/security settings as well as the keys and data.  I tend to think of a hive as being everything everything under HKLM or HKCU etc.  It is actually possible to select a registry key and to export that (with all data and sub-keys) as a normal REG file (no permissions) or as a HIV backup (complete with permissions).
    The HIV backup allows full restoration – very nice.
    Unfortunately Regedit does not know where it came from and to restore it you have to remember where it came from.  I strongly suspect that if you choose the wrong place then Regedit is happy to oblige,  and possibly destroy the system.  At that stage I chose to discontinue my tests and restore an ERUNT backup rather than restoring an image of Drive C:.
    Another “human unfriendly” feature of a HIV file is that I dislike having to read binary code – I am much happier with ASCII or even Unicode ! !  So happy with a REG file (even in Unicode) I would not hesitate to use Notepad to meet any special requirements
    N.B.  I am describing what I remember of tests I performed a few years ago.  I have not tested this particular offering.
     

  2. Doug

    My experience is that registry tools are useful only for repairs.  I have ran several tests on systems without noticeable problems and have never seen any performance improvement.   The registry is one area where the saying, “If its not broke, don’t fix it!”  really applies.

  3. giovanni (Ethical King of Freebies...LOL!)

    Well I think that if you use these (free) tools in sequence you don’t need such CRAP to keep your registry fit and healthy:
    – RegSeeker
    – CleanMyRegistry
    – RegScrub
    – Free Windows Registry Repair
    – EasyCleaner and/or Eusing Free Registry Cleaner
    –  Ccleaner an/or Advanced System Care Pro (Free lifetime license with a trick…see Raymond forum…LOL!)
    – the award-winning REGISTRY MECHANIC 8  (yes FREE…you heard me right…LOL!)
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2010/01/14/pc-tools-registry-mechanic-8-free-download-with-1-year-license-code/
    Plus NTREGOPT  to defrag your registry after cleaning it with the above tools  (but you can also use REGISTRY MECHANIC 8 to do that).

    Enjoy!

  4. SIW2

    Hi Ashraf,
    The backups it makes are perfectly standard and a 3rd party app. is not needed to restore them.

    It backups the registry cleaning with normal .reg files.
    They can be merged like any other .reg file, either from within Windows, or from the command prompt on the Windows boot disc.

    The Registry backup function makes copies of the Registry Hives.

    They can be copied back to the registry hive location to replace a corrupted one.

    Again, this is typically done from the command prompt on Windows boot  disc, or any boot disc with a File Transfer GUI.

    Hope it helps.
     
     
     
     

  5. Joji

    WinUtilities Pro is always free, and I like how it’s very simple to use! :D It’s also non-buggy and everything works great! XD It’s like a “god” of all “PC Utilities” program! Beats today’s giveaway!
     
    ~Joji~

  6. alan

    Good to know that previous versions have been released on GOTD.
    Would be VERY interesting if for each of them you added a count of how many people posted back to GOTD for help with their computers.
    One of my morbid hobbies is to look at GOTD at the end of an optimizer give-away to see what damage has been inflicted ! !