Freeware Registry Cleaner VS Commercial

By: Kok Choon
Advantages of freeware:Pros #1 - No Cost. You need not pay any money to use them.Pros #2 - Can combine many cleaners for best errors detection and result.Pros #3 - Some will provide protection for known ActiveX Errors.Pros #4 - Some will provide auto-backup as well as full backup for Windows registry.Disadvantage of freeware:Cons #1 - Not effective when using them alone, must combine few for best result.Cons #2 - Require human intervention most of the time, not recommended to auto repair with freeware cleaner.Cons #3 - Most of them does not provides backup feature, need to use regedit for backup.Cons #4 - No support or limited support from freeware vendors.Cons #5 - Scan slower, scanning algorithm not optimized.Cons #6 - Not updated all the time.Advantage of Commercial software:Pros #1 - Detect more errors and scan faster, easier to repair even with only one software.Pros #2 - Auto-backup before cleaning, easily to restore when ever the Windows behave abnormally.Pros #3 - More advance tools to speed up Windows.Pros #4 - Some allow schedule scan and auto repair, further enhance user experience with automation.Pros #5 - Good support from vendors.Pros #6 - Provide immune against known ActiveX errors.Pros #7 - Constantly updated with the operating system.Disadvantage of Commercial software:Cons #1 - Not free, and some cost a lot.Cons #2 - Does not guarantee to worth the price unless recommended by reviews.Cons #3 - Some required monthly recurring charges while most required yearly charges.Hope the list of pros and cons help you determine when to use freeware registry cleaner and when to use commercial software, although there are no strict rules but you can use them as guidelines for your advantage.(C) Copyright 2008 Kok Choon - Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety as long as all links and author resources box in place.

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