Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Registry Patrol Review

Time for another review.

This program is called Registry Patrol. It actually comes from the same company that put out the software called History Patrol. If you remember, I reviewed History Patrol recently and was impressed with it. Will I be impressed with Registry Patrol as well? Let’s see.

I guess before I actually try out Registry Patrol, I should explain what this software appears to do. It’s pretty easy to guess though based on the title. Registry Patrol is another Registry Cleaner. Registry Patrol will scan your computer registry and optimize it to increase computer performance. I have probably reviewed at least 20 different Registry Cleaners. Because of this, Registry Patrol is going to have to be pretty impressive for me to consider recommending it.

Anyway, I went ahead and downloaded and installed Registry Patrol. The download was just a little over 3MB. So it isn’t a very large download and shouldn’t take long to download even if you are on a dial-up connection. The installation was also quick and easy.

Ok, I went ahead and started Registry Patrol. On the main menu is a picture of a computer with a lion next to it. Well that is a pretty random picture, lol. On the left is 7 buttons. The buttons are titled; Schedule, Start-Up Manager, Settings, Optimize Internet, Restore, Updates, Scan.

Some of those buttons are obvious. Schedule is going to schedule scans, a Start-Up Manager will let you change which programs run when you start the computer. Settings will let you change the program settings. Optimize Internet will let you optimize your internet for a faster internet connection. Restore will let you restore previous changes you made with the registry with this program. Updates will update the program. Scan will scan the program. Ok I guess all of them are kind of obvious. I guess it’s a decent set of features, but I would like to see a little bit more. For instance, Registry Patrol is supposed to optimize your registry but it doesn’t have a Registry Defragmenter. Then again, not many Registry Cleaners actually do have one.

Well, I guess it’s time to run a Registry Scan and see how Registry Patrol does. I went ahead and ran the scan. The scan took about 10 minutes. In all, 176 registry errors were found. That isn’t that high compared to other amounts that other Registry Cleaners found. In addition, it listed the registry errors as medium or high threat level. I HATE it when Registry Cleaners do that. These registry errors that were found are NOT a threat to the computer. Sure they might slow down the computer a little bit, but they are NOT a high level threat to the computer. Registry Patrol says that just to get you to buy their software.

In conclusion, I’m not impressed at all with Registry Patrol. I don’t like the tactics they use to get you to buy their software. In addition the Registry Cleaner itself is below average and there isn’t a huge feature list. I don’t really recommend Registry Patrol. For now I will continue to recommend Registry Easy, RegDefense, and Registry Winner for Registry Cleaners.

Once more, here is the link:

Registry Patrol