Registry Mechanic, published by PC Tools, does what the name suggests – cleans you your registry from leftover registry entries (lots of them do when you uninstall programs) speeding up the booting time this way.
Registry Mechanic normally costs around $30, but since it’s offered via Trialpay you can get it for free when you complete one of the offers from the listed advertisers. You can get it here: Registry Mechanic (free via Trialpay).
The "complete an offer" first sounds a bit tricky, but trust me that if you used Trialpay before there's always a chance you'd complete an offer that costs you way less then the full price of Registry Mechanic or even find an offer that requires no money from you, just to sign-up. For instance if you need to buy flowers, stamps or anything else that crosses your mind, you can do that via Trialpay and still get Registry Mechanic free as a bonus when you complete that offer (Bestbuy, stamps.com, Sony, apple, and many others are available as advertisers you can complete an offer with).
What features does Registry Mechanic offer:
- Cleans the registry and fixes Windows errors/crashes
- Defragments the registry to optimize your pc
- Repairs registry entries if needed
My review of Registry Mechanic: I haven’t used it for a while now, and what I tested was an older version that I got free from a magazine promotion. It worked well, I mean there’s not much to test with a registry cleaner, you simply install it, run a scan and fix the broken registry entries (or remove those not used anymore). It does make a difference if you do it the first time after quite a while since you reinstalled the system, but to be honest I cannot see how using a registry cleaner repeatedly over a short period of time can make such an improvement in performance. While I used it everything worked ok, and I’ve seen indeed a difference in boot time after the first usage. The only problem I had was with an older version of Groove that I had installed, because after I ran Registry Mechanic and cleaned the broken registry keys, Groove didn’t work anymore (it was Groove 3.1). Not sure whose fault was that, Groove’s or Registry Mechanic’s, but I clicked “Undo” in Registry Mechanic and everything was as before I ran it. After that I manually accepted all the registry clean fixes, and solved my Groove problem. To sum up, Registry Mechanic is a decent registry cleaner (and defragmenter), so if you’re always trying to squeeze the most out of your system it’s a good choice.
Registry Mechanic is only one of many other offers that Trialpay has, you can see a full list in one of my older (but updated) posts – “Free with Trialpay” list of offers.
Other ways to get Registry Mechanic for free: they do promotions with magazines from time to time and give free versions, however the catch is that it’s an older version, not the most current one. You can get Registry Mechanic 7 (the current version is 8) using the VNU promotion, if you download it from here http://www.vnudownloads.co.uk/220.127.116.110VNU_46878-RMpromo.exe and after that get your free registration key here - http://www.pctools.com/en/registry-mechanic/free/promo/INCISIVE1208/. If you do want to go with their latest version, the only legal solution is TrialPay.