Five Free Registry Cleaners

A while back I covered Three Freeware Tools to Defragment your Windows Registry. These tools are just a subset of a huge variety of tools available to clean and optimize your registry.

The Windows registry is an integral part of your computer and is also the most used portion of your computer. Over a period of time the registry collects a lot of junk entries and gets bloated. A direct result is the slowing down of your computer.

So, what causes these problems?

A regular computer user would open documents, Excel sheets, text files etc. during normal usage. You would occasionally move these files to different locations of your computer, or delete the ones your don’t want. All these actions leave stray entries behind in the registry.

If you’re into testing software which requires installing and uninstalling software regularly, then you’re going to find another set of stray entries left behind.

So, how does one clean the registry?

Cleaning the registry manually is a tedious, if not impossible process. Hence, over the past few years, we’ve seen a series of both free and paid software being written for this purpose. In this post I’ll cover five completely freeware applications that you can use to clean up all obsolete and junk entries from your registry. These need to be run at regular intervals, maybe, weekly or fortnightly, depending on your computer usage.

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Remove your Deleted File Tracks with Eraser

Normally, we delete our files and empty the recycle bin but that procedure doesn’t remove those files permanently. The traces are still there and can be recovered easily by using related applications. This can become a problem if you are using a computer with more than 1 user and your important files (which may include passwords, personal information, classified documents etc)  can be at stake.

Find/Delete/Backup Unwanted Files

It’s normal for anyone to run a scan every now and then just to check if there is any unwanted stuff left in your hard drive. If it bothers you that what could have taken up your hard disk space especially when you don’t even have time to see and realize that your storage space is low then you can give Simple Director Analyzer v1.0 a try.