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

Monday, May 25, 2009

History Patrol Review

Time to review a new product! I just came across this product and thought I would try it out. This product is called History Patrol.

So what is History Patrol? History Patrol is a software program that is designed to clear your computers history. This includes temporary internet files, recent documents lists, etc.

Most of these are tasks you can do on your own. This is why I rarely recommend products that are just computer history cleaners. They generally aren’t worth paying the money for the, since you can do these type of tasks on your own.

But that isn’t going to stop me from trying out History Patrol. So let’s get to it!

I went ahead and downloaded History Patrol. The download was quick and is just 4.1MB. That shouldn’t take too long even on a dial-up connection. The installation was also pretty quick and easy. So now it’s time to open up History Patrol and see how good it is.

Upon loading History Patrol, there are a few different boxes with information. On the left are buttons you can click (Clean System Now, Setup Wizard, User Manual, Refresh Plug-ins, help & support). In the middle is a “Control Panel” with some options which I will go into in a minute. On the right is a long list of plug-ins that History Patrol can delete the history from. There has got to be at least 50 different plug-ins. Nice. Finally, on the bottom right box is a link to the program settings.

Now to describe a bit more the options in the “Control Panel”. The Control Panel lists some of the types of histories you can delete, but it also lists some types of history that you can replace. Now this seems pretty cool. Let me try and explain it. Basically, this feature will replace the history with fake history items, instead of just removing them all together. For instance, if you are at work and you are using the computer to look for new jobs, your boss might catch you. If you deleted your temporary internet files, your boss might become suspicious that the temporary internet files folder is empty. This replace option basically replaces the temporary internet files with fake files. That way it looks like they were never even deleted. Now, your boss doesn’t become suspicious and at the same time your job hunting internet tracks are completely gone. That is pretty cool.

There is not much else to say about the scan itself. It finds your history files and deletes them. Not much to say about that really. It finds all of the usual types of history.

Overall, I’m actually impressed with this program. The main reason I am impressed is because of that cool replace feature. If you are looking to buy a History Cleaner, definitely give History Patrol a try. If you couldn’t care less about the Replace feature, then you might not like this program as much as I did. I guess it’s worth a try either way.

Good luck!

Once more, here is the link.