Software reviewed in this article:
Windows 98 and higher
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Software description as per the developer:
Registry Repair Pro scans the Windows Registry for invalid or obsolete information. When you fix this information it will make your PC run faster and will eliminate many of the errors Windows may have. By using Registry Repair Pro regularly and fixing your registry, your computer will become more stable and help Windows and your software run faster.
For today’s review I decided to make it short and sweet simply because this software has turned me off, to a high degree – stay away from Registry Repair Pro. Registry Repair Pro is yet another “I-will-work-magic-on-your-computer-by-cleaning-your-registry” software. It is not that the program itself is that bad; I installed it and ran it just to see how things are. It found ~350 errors which is not unreasonable (and inline with other registry cleaners that I trust fully), it has scheduling features, registry backups are made in .REG format, there is the ability to include/exclude keys, users can view the errors found and decide which errors they want to fix, etc. Of course I didn’t fix any errors simply because the trial version limits you to fixing 15 errors only and thus I wouldn’t be able to evaluate if Registry Repair Pro fixes errors properly or not, but I found the program itself to be fairly professional; in terms of features I don’t have many, if any, complaints about the software. The problem is how the developer markets the software.
As is the norm, I went to the program’s homepage to download Registry Repair Pro so I could evaluate it. The first thing I saw was a scareware ad:
Whoever said first impressions are not everything was dead wrong, because seeing the scareware ad first thing on a registry cleaner’s website really hurt its credibility, and image, regardless of the fact if the program itself is quality or not. To add icing onto the cake, exiting the website is a nuisance with the user being prompted to chat with a sales person and having to confirm if they want to leave the website or not, and the installer comes bundled with a toolbar (freebie or freeware software I would understand, but commercial software comes with a toolbar… seriously?). Maybe I am being a bit cranky today (okay I am definitely being cranky), but a software like this doesn’t deserve a full review and should be shunned at first sight. Why risk using Registry Repair Pro when there are quality, time tested alternatives such as the freebies of jv16 PowerTools 2009, WinUtilities Professional Edition, Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 Advanced, and TuneUp Utilities 2008, and freeware software CCleaner and Glary Utilities.