[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/08/vds44c.png[/newsimage]You've seen the ads, so does it work and how well does it perform? In this review we test it on 3 PCS (old sluggish, average and high end with Core i5 & SSD) and a Netbook, all with aged Windows 7/XP OS installations. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/uniblue-registry-booster-2010-review-33223/](http://www.myce.com/news/uniblue-registry-booster-2010-review-33223/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
So … overall, you can pay for this product … but … there are free alternatives that may or may not make any real difference
Would also have liked a couple of freeware cleaners to compare as well.
I do find it funny that a lot of these shareware cleaners find ,000’s of errors and think ‘the more found the better’ but seem to perform no better than freeware.
Creative marketing perhaps???
First thing I want to say is that like my other reviews here, I carry these out in my own free time and have never made or received any money for any review I’ve carried out.
With this review, the real-world testing took a lot longer than I was expecting, with each PC taking one to two evenings of testing, which included installing any software updates for the products I timed the launches of, carrying out test runs and then the timings before and after each stage. If this went much quicker, I would have included a few freeware products to compare timing results against.
Registry Booster will reveal a breakdown of its error counts in its trial mode, so you can compare it against other products without paying for it and then uninstall it afterwords. However, the reason I did not run others to compare error counts is that comparing errors accounts alone is not really all that useful. For example, a registry cleaner that finds and repairs only 10 errors with one serious error causing a software product to crash out or slow down is better than a registry cleaner that finds and repairs 1,000 errors and misses the serious error.
However, I do agree with the marketing, as like I mentioned on the advanced tests page, the “Damage level” meter is far too sensitive, reporting maximum level damage on every single PC I tested it on and medium level damage on a fresh Windows XP installation.
The review was great
I’m amused that the program didn’t fix the broken file association, and broekn uninstall entry.
Apart from imaging entire HDD’s (before cleanup) and restoring (which is time consuming), then running a different registry cleaner, there’s not really any thing you can do for comparisons sake, and the whole registry thing is over-hyped regardless.
A good defrag will fix it every time. And you can do a pagedefrag which will stick all your swap file, registry files & other important files back together (SystemInternals / freeware) and then a proper full defrag & improve access times on your HDD which will be better regardless - or just upgrade to an SSD
[QUOTE=SeÃ¡n;2538460]However, I do agree with the marketing, as like I mentioned on the advanced tests page, the “Damage level” meter is far too sensitive, reporting maximum level damage on every single PC I tested it on and medium level damage on a fresh Windows XP installation.[/QUOTE]
And they wonder why people are sceptical about these sorts of things
I’m very curious about how the programmers defined the damage levels. Is there some sort of reasoning, or is it based on the error count and a few arbitrary numbers?
The fact that a new install has a medium damage level … seriously?
A clean/fresh install of the Operating System is already seriously messed up?
Either Microsoft is composed of several thousand sub-par programmers … or the damage levels are heavily exagerrated
Since I’m highly sceptical, I’m going to assume a little from column A, a little from column B
The fact that a new install has a medium damage level … seriously?
A clean/fresh install of the Operating System is already seriously messed up?[/QUOTE] This puts that software into the scammy Scareware corner.
There are issues with this software and some Antivirus software as well. They are aware and their solution was to uninstall the Antivirus software. I think the Antivirus software is a little more important then theirs. By the way the problem caused the registry to become nonfunctional and registry cleaner was not able to restore the registry. A lot of these things can cause major problems, and they do not inform people of potential conflicts.
Drive images are necessary for a lot of reasons, this is just one. Unless you like spending days rebuilding your hard drive that is…
Re Uniblue… Terrible, horrible, do NOT go anywhere near this company or product. Had a perfectly happy and well behaved system… Was unfortunate enough to buy and install, and it totally screwed up my system - froze up, and would not uninstall till forced shutdown. “Customer Support” are the most unhelpful I have ever come accross - were totally useless. Now internet connection is screwed up, several programs do not work, printer playing up etc etc. have to get in an IT specialist to sort out. I hope they go bust, and soon.
I fully expected this to be another “ad” site. What a pleasure to find these guys are not just serious - but intelligent. The review tactics and methodology are easy to read and dead-on for what is important. I am impressed. In particular the Uniblue review was refreshing to read - exactly answering the questions I was researching.
Thank you - and please continue your pursuit of excellence, you are certainly on your way.
Look I above all know the impact of having a clean registry, yes it will help clean out the crap, but on the other hand if you know what you are doing with an OS you wont need any of these cleaners. That said, people should be aware that these programs dont know what you use and how you use it, they remove things indiscriminate of what you do with your computer, yes you can backup your files, a must for using any program that messes with your OS, but I find this one to be living off the words “Microsoft Certified” , I have no faith in that monoker. You do not need these programs , they can cause more harm than good. Use a free program if you want to have to reinstall your OS everytime it removes a file that the system needs to run. Stay away from all of these type programs, not just this one, especially with Windows 7, you dont need it.
Registry Boosters or defraggers are totally useless since the entire registry is loaded into memory when your system is starting.
A simple command : gpupdate /force will re-enforce some of the registry settings.