Would you pay good money for a program, if you could get some of the same features for free? How many ridiculous TV commercials have you seen for Double-My-Speed or My-Clean-PC? Both of those programs are from Cyberdefender, which many people claim is a scam. One of the main components of these questionable programs, is a registry cleaner.
There are many free registry cleaning programs out there. The idea behind them is that they remove registry entries that are not needed, thereby speeding up the PC. I recently tried one named Wise Registry Cleaner Free.
Below, the first image shows the Wise cleaner in action. As you can see, the scanning can be adjusted to include or exclude several types of registry entries. Once the scanning is done, a click on the Fixbutton takes care of the cleanup.
This program is a free but limited version, and you’ll notice an upgrade button in the toolbar. However, it contains everything most other registry cleanup utilities have.
The most important feature any registry cleaner should have, is a way to backup the registry settings before making any permanent changes to the Windows registry. The Wise cleaner has very good backup features, easily found by hitting the second button in the toolbar. You can create a System Restore Point, or a full registry backup. I recommend doing both of these before doing any registry cleanup.
One additional feature is the registry defragmenter, which is initiated from the main toolbar. Once it’s running, it will analyzethe registry and then offer you a chance to defragment it. This supposedly helps Windows run a bit faster, since the registry is better organized after a defrag.
Wise Registry Cleaner Free is offered in a regular and a portable version.
Some people claim that registry cleaners are a waste of time and possibly dangerous . I am still undecided as to how much good they do, but I’ve never had any bad mishaps using them. If your PC is running a bit slow, this cleaner may help speed things back up. I believe it’s very safe to use as long as you take advantage of the backup features.
Wise Disk Cleaner is a free utility to clean up your hard disk by removing junk files such as cookies, temporary files and rarely used files. This tool also includes a disk defragment tool which is very helpful.
2. Start the application after installing it. Choose your language.
3. You can select the scan location from the Scan Locationdropdown. The scan location is selected for all the partitions by default.
4. Start the scan for locating the junk files that needs to be removed. Use the Play (Scan) button to the top left corner of the application window (refer screenshot below).
5. After the files are located press the Delete junk files button (refer application window image above).
Configure the Scan Junk File Wizard
1. You can also start the Wizard by pressing the Wizard button just to the right of the Play button (refer application window image above).
2. Press next to select the file types you are willing to remove i.e what you you consider as junk.
3. After selecting the junk file types proceed to the next step to select the scanning location. Press Next.
4. Now in the options window you can decide on certain other features to make the scanning and deleting of the junk files better. The screenshot below shows the options I use myself.
5. The very next step showcases an important feature of this free utility. You can assign any folder to the list the contents of which will be considered as junk files and will be erased when the junk file deletion happens.
6. In the next and final step you can make this tool delete the previously assigned junk files automatically and exit after the deletion is over. You can also choose to delete the files permanently or temporarily (move to Recycle Bin). Press Next and then Finish to save the changes.
If you are still not sure about how to use it, you can choose to read the manual first. The manual can be found here.
This free tool is an obvious choice for users who forget to delete temporary files. With its basic user interface, it’s quite easy to use for users of any skill level. The app is light on its memory usage and small in size. It is compatible with all Windows platforms. If added, portability would definitely make it better. I strongly recommend this freeware tool.
Windows Cleanup is a small and portable freeware application which quickly scans your Windows system for various types of temporary files that you don’t need taking up space.
On a recent scan of my system, I was amazed to see that it actually cleaned up about 2 Gigabytes of unwanted files. While you can’t expect this to happen every time, I’m guessing that freeing up several hundred megabytes on your first run isn’t unusual.
As I mentioned above, CleanUp is portable, meaning that there is no installation required and it can be run from a floppy disk or a USB flash drive. It’s downloaded as a single executable file which is currently named CleanUp452.exe. I recommend that you move the file to your Program Filesfolder after you download it, then create a shortcut to it in your Start Menu or on the Desktop.
Why would you want to use Windows CleanUp?
Microsoft provides you with a utility which can clean up unused and temporary files. You’ll find it under the Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools menu, listed as Disk Cleanup. The Windows CleanUp program does everything that Disk Cleanup does, but it does much more, and it is much faster.
My wife and I have been using Windows CleanUp for several years now, and we’ve come to the point at which we’ve memorized the website address and tell all of our friends to go out and get a copy. It runs in all versions of Windows up to and including XP. However, I’ve been using it in Windows 7 with no problems, even though the author has not recoded it for Vista or Seven yet. The screen-shots below are all from my Windows 7 machine.
You might find that running Windows CleanUp occasionally will noticeably help your web surfing speed, since web browser slow-downs can be caused by large amounts of browser cache files that build up over time.
Below is a snapshot of the main interface of CleanUp. It’s simple, but there’s some real power hidden in the options when you need it. I definitely recommend that you go into the options before you run it the first time.
What does CleanUp remove?
Bookmarks and Favorites (optional and disabled by default)
“MRU lists” (Most Recently Used file lists) for many applications
Contents of the Recent Documents folder
Entries from the Run and Find Computer dialogs
Recycle Bins (on all drives)
Many temporary folders
Some unneeded registry entries
High scores for some Windows games;
So, where does the fun part come in? It’s the sound that Cleanup plays just after you click on the CleanUp!button.
I won’t tell you what the sound is, but you can hear it by clicking the play button.
This sound can be turned off in the options if you aren’t allowed to have fun.
Windows CleanUp Options
The CleanUp options will let you control exactly what you want this program to delete. There are some items listed on the first tab that you may not really want CleanUp to trash, so be sure to remove check-marks beside those items before you run CleanUp the first time.
Some of the other tabs in the options will allow you to specify files, registry entries and cookies that you don’t want deleted and also those that you specifically want to delete. For example, CleanUp will recognize the temporary files for most popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. However, CleanUp isn’t tweaked for Google Chrome yet. In order to make CleanUp remove the Chrome file cache, you’d have to open the Custom Filestab and enter something like this:
(for XP) C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\*.*
(for Vista or Win7) C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\*.*
In the above two paths, be sure to change [USERNAME] to your actual user name in Windows. Also leave out the text I have included in (brackets).
Tips on Use
CleanUp will work best for you if you run it while you don’t have any other programs running. This helps it avoid lockedfiles that are in use by other applications. When CleanUp runs into files that are locked, it will wait until it’s done with everything else, then ask you to log off Windows and log back in so that it can finish deleting those locked files.
Running Windows CleanUp before using a disk defragmenter program is always a sure way to speed up the defrag process.
I have no problem recommending this program for use by anyone who would like to keep their system running leaner and faster. However, there’s always a danger that CleanUp could delete files that you really didn’t want it to. Always back up your valuable files before using new software or as part of your general computer maintenance.
Cleaning up and deleting temporary files is a very important process you should regularly perform for your computer, sometime back we even told you about several reasons for you to regularly cleanup your computer, cleaning up your entire computer manually is definitely a pain and there are several tools like CCleaner which automates the process for you.
Just came across another handy freeware called FCleaner which is a all-in-one Windows cleaning and optimization tool that will remove temporary files created by the computer, temporary files created by several applications and also cleanup your browser temporary files and cookies.