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[Review] Advanced Registry Doctor Pro 9.2

Posted By Ashraf On April 12, 2010 @ 12:06 AM In Giveaway of the Day Reviews | 11 Comments

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Advanced Registry Doctor Pro [1]

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 [2]!

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:

[3]

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 [4] and given out in January 2009 as v8.8 Build 08.21 [5]. Today’s is v9.2 Build 02.18. Here are the changes from v8.8 Build 08.21 [5] 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 [5] 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 [5] 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 [5] 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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URLs in this post:

[1] Advanced Registry Doctor Pro: http://www.elcor.net/ard.php

[2] Giveawayoftheday.com: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/advanced-registry-doctor-pro-9-2/

[3] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/2010-04-02_231635.png

[4] August 2009 as v9.0 Build 08.10: http://dottech.org/gotdreviews/9004

[5] January 2009 as v8.8 Build 08.21: http://dottech.org/gotdreviews/2204

[6] WinUtilities Professional Edition: http://dottech.org/freebies/14274

[7] Tuneup Utilities 2008: http://dottech.org/freebies/6255

[8] Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 Advanced: http://dottech.org/freebies/13468

[9] CCleaner: http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/11866

[10] Glary Utilities: http://dottech.org/go/glaryutilities/

[11] Advanced SystemCare Free: http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html

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