It is generally agreed that with the more recent Microsoft operating systems like XP and Vista, it is no longer necessary to run a registry cleaner. Because these operating systems are based on Windows NT instead of the registry, invalid or broken registry keys should not slow your PC down.
Despite the fact that you have an XP or Vista operating system, you could still have bad registry keys that are messing up your PC performance, particularly if you recently removed adware, spyware or other malware from your computer.
If your favorite software programs take a long time to load or are not running correctly, you might need to check out the registry.
A program called ‘regedit’ that you can access from the ‘start/run’ command is available on MIcrosoft’s operating systems. When you run the regedit program, you will be presented with the contents of your registry folder. Without having to rely on third party software, the regedit program will enable you to identify any bad keys in your registry and remove them directly.
The average PC user does not understand the meanings of the registry keys. There are some registry cleaner programs available for no cost or for a small fee that will take the mystery out of the registry file by identifying any bad keys. Depending on the program, the registry cleaner software will either delete the bad keys automatically or let you choose which invalid registry keys should be deleted.
Be careful about downloading free registry cleaners or anti-virus programs. Some of these free downloads include adware or other forms of malicious code that might cause trouble for you down the road. If you cannot spare a few bucks and need a free registry cleaner, be sure to download your software from a trusted service like cNet that verifies that the freeware is free of spyware, adware, and trojans.
If your software programs are not running efficiently, visit the NotGuru blog’s computer tips section, where you will find a step-by-step tutorial on how to clean your registry. This tutorial includes screen shots for easy reference, and also recommends trusted registry cleaner software.