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Registry Mechanic offers an array of features to help you keep your computer running smoothly. You can decide if you’d like to do a full scan or a custom scan. After the scan is complete, you are presented with a list of found registry errors. The list includes an error urgency bar to help you understand the importance of the problem. The list of errors is broken up into sections along the left side, making it easier to view the scan results.
[See: Scan Results]
You are given the option of either removing the invalid entries automatically or manually. If you are a bit nervous about making any amendments in fear of messing things up further, Registry Mechanic provides you with an automatic backup feature, so recovering any changes made is possible. If you’re running Windows XP or Vista, you also have the option to create a System Restore point before executing any repair changes.
Registry Mechanic not only scans your computer, but can also monitor it and alert you when a certain amount of changes have been made to the key areas of the registry. If you like, this option (as well as the regular scanning) can be configured to run automatically when Windows starts up. Registry Mechanic will then run a silent scan automatically if you configure it to do so.
With so much going on in the registry of your computer (as mentioned previously), keys become corrupt. Another problem that occurs is the creation of unnecessary free space. Picture your child’s room, for example. When it’s tidy, he or she has plenty of room to move around and play, but then things get moved around, taken out, added, broken, and so on. Before you know it, you’re sending in a search and rescue team to locate your child. The free space is still there, but totally disorganized and unusable. Registry Mechanic offers a compacting feature that assesses the situation and then moves in to rebuild and compact the registry by removing the corrupt keys and unusable free space. It “cleans house," if you will.
[See: Registry Compacting]
Registry cleaners may detect items that you really don’t want to remove, which is why you have the option of manually deselecting items that you do not want to be removed. But what happens the next time you run the scan? The very same items are once again identified and you have to go through the same steps? Not with Registry Mechanic. You can avoid pesky reoccurring detections by adding them to an ignore list. The items can be selected through the results of the scan or added directly.
Registry Mechanic has a System Optimizer feature that provides you with an easy way to access and monitor your computer and its performance. It will also direct you to important maintenance areas of your computer, such as Windows Disk Defragmenter. With the System Optimizer, you can actively monitor your computer's disk space, usage, processes, CPU/memory, and view your system’s information. If you want Registry Mechanic to automatically optimize your system, it will apply a set of patches and tweaks directly into the Windows Registry to improve your computer's performance.
[See: System Optimizer]