Cleaning the registry of your computer is vital to its health and reliability. Manually going through and cleaning out your computer’s registry can be a nightmare! Deleting one listing in your registry can disrupt and even remove several other things on your computer. This is just one of the reasons you should get a registry cleaning software. The choices are endless when it comes to locating such a program, but finding the one for you might be easier than you thought. A popular, helpful and easy-to-use program to consider is Registry Mechanic.
Registry Mechanic is a PC Tools product and the most recent version is Registry Mechanic 8. This version is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit versions and Windows Vista 64-bit version. They also have a separate downloadable version of it for Windows 98.
Registry Mechanic’s download runs quick and very easily for even those new to computer using. You simply click the download button, select Run, pick the options you want installed with the program and follow the wizard to get it installed and running.
This is a well designed program for registry cleaning. I cannot stress enough how great it is for beginners and experts alike. Like other PC Tools programs, once Registry Mechanic has completed installation it will run an update to insure you have the latest version installed. Once you get that taken care of you are free to run the registry scan and repair anything found with a click of the mouse!
Registry Mechanic runs a thorough scan of your computer’s registry locating anything that could be harmful or suspicious. Along with locating these errors, Registry Mechanic locates missing or invalid references in your registry. Everything this program finds is listed on the results page with details and the option to view manually for further details. I trust this program because it is from PC Tools so I go ahead and use the Repair All button every time. This saves a great deal of time and effort.
Registry Mechanic is an award winning program for several reasons. I give it 2 thumbs up and recommend it highly.
Spyware Doctor is a great tool to remove spyware from your computer. It is very important to keep your computer spyware free to prevent errors and crashes. Spyware and adware can be very dangerous to your computer’s health and that is why you can let Spyware Doctor cure it!
Spyware Doctor has won many prestigious awards in the software field. Some of these awards include PC World best program and PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice. But it’s not just the experts that love Spyware Doctor, tons of everyday computer users agree that it is a great program.
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The download of Spyware Doctor is quick and very simple. Right after the program finishes installation, it runs an update check to insure that you are getting the latest version of Spyware Doctor. This is a great feature to have so you don’t have to manually check for an update. Once Spyware Doctor is fully up to date you can open the program.
Another very helpful feature of Spyware Doctor is the Quick Start Guide. This is available to help you become familiar with the buttons, terms and navigation used in the program. There is also a Help menu for further information should you need more assistance.
PC Tools has made Spyware Doctor easy to manage for any computer user, this is made obvious when you see the home page, or interface, of the program. The System Status on the interface lists facts and numbers about your computer that can be both interesting and helpful. The buttons are easy to understand and there is virtually no confusion to be had. The most used button will most likely be your Start Scan Now button which is right there at the top.
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My personal favorite part of Spyware Doctor is that is does NOT slow down your computer while it is performing a scan like several other spyware/adware programs do. Because it does not slow down your computer you can sit there and run other programs or browse the Internet while it works rather than just leave the computer until it’s finished!
There is more to Spyware Doctor than meets the eye. This program has many different features and things that it scans and repairs. This program uses IntelliGuard to protect your computer from malicious ActiveX particles. It will also remove tracking cookies, dialers, Trojans, and keyloggers from your PC while IntelliGuard is active.
Spyware Doctor is a great program and I am proud to have tested it out. Again, this program is great for all computer users alike and can really save you time and money when it comes to having spyware, adware, cookies and more.
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We have all read hundreds of articles on how to make our computers run faster, how to tweak the operating system, or how to secure them. The one thing you don’t see many of are articles on simply keeping your computer stored and cleaned properly.
We all seem to know how to clean our homes, and we can recognize the dust layer on the table or dust bunnies under the couch. Well you must understand that if you have to clean your house once a week to keep the dust and dust bunnies out then you must do the same for your computer. Your computer is even more at risk down there….in that little computer desk cubby hole….underneath everything!
The easiest way to make sure your computer collects as little dust as possible is to insure it is in a well ventilated area. Air circulation as well keeps your computer from over heating. Even with ventilation any computer will require cleaning internally. Over heating can cause a computer to lock up unexpectedly, shutdown intermittently and even cause slow performance.
Cleaning your computer is not as complicated as most people might fear. All computers have an access panel. Some OEM manufacturers hide them as well as they can to prevent users from accessing internal components, but don’t worry…..it is there.
All you will need is a can of compressed air (Which you can pick up at your local computer store) and ten minutes of your time. Please remember to unplug your computer when doing this, because if for any reason you dropped a screw or anything metallic on the system board while it was plugged in or turned on it could be catastrophic.
There are a couple of areas you will really want to focus on. Not that you should ignore the rest of the computer.
The CPU heat sink and fan– Very important to clean as this component keeps your CPU cooled.
Fans– Any system fans should be blown out as they draw in cold air or push out warm air.
The power supply– The power supply may or may not contain a fan internally that needs to be cleaned, but it should still be blown out regardless.
A good overall spraying of the system board and any other hardware is a good idea as well.
Now that your computer is cleaned (And it cost you all of what? three or four dollars for the can of air.) you will have the peace of mind that it wont over heat.
So how often should you do this? Well that depends on many things that I cannot address here, but in general take a look at your computer at least every 30 to 45 days to see if it might need your attention.
I recently experienced an issue with QuickTime playing sound in my self created movies. I reviewed all the data concerning my videos to see if I could identify something unique about the videos or the player. After a few hours I noticed all of the movies that did not have sound were encoded with the Qualcomm Purevoice codec.
I researched intensely on QuickTimes website with no luck. I even spent fourty minutes on the phone with a QuickTime support technician only to have him tell me I would have to go and find a copy of the codec (which is no longer supported by the company) and install it. He stated specifically that it was not an issue with QuickTime. Despite me arguing about the fact that it worked previously he would not be swayed.
I decided to search deeper. In reviewing the QuickTime application logs I noticed I had received an upgrade recently. Shazaaaam! Maybe I had a direction to go with. Now I just had to figure out what my previous version was.
I discovered that my previous version of QuickTime was 7.1.6 so of course I went on an intensive search to find an installer. Once I located and installed the older version of QuickTime and after restarting of course; I once again had sound in my videos.
After curing my issue I contacted Apple again. I used my ticket number to contact the same technician and told him I had discovered the issue. As I explained to him that apparently either the codec or the ability of QuickTime to understand this codec had been removed from the QuickTime version 7.3 that I had installed. I told him if he would like I would be more than happy to tell him a work around for it, that I was sure with all of the forum questions on this same issue he would probably make many Apple customers happy.
This part just floored me, believe it or not I was told if I would like to go post it in there forums I could. What a crock (I thought) he wasn’t willing to help out his own customers by posting the information in a TID. It took me a few seconds to calm down (which I did), I told him why would I volunteer my time for a job that he is supposed to do? So I calmly explained that I’m sure this information would generate traffic on a website so I would just put it on one of our company websites.
Of course none of this even phased him. Apple is always talking about how there market share is increasing, maybe with all that new money they can hire some courteous technicians who actually desire to do their job by helping people.
Bottom line if you have any videos that do not play sound after upgrading your version of QuickTime, you might check to see what codec was used for the audio. If the audio was encoded with the Qualcomm Pure voice codec then a simple work around is to install QuickTime version 7.1.6.
I am unsure if the new 7.4 versions have a fix for this issue, but from the response I got from Apples’ technician it wasn’t like they were going to change anything. With this in mind I have not tried the latest versions to see if the codec is played in them. I use this codec all the time for older training videos and I am unwilling to change from a version which I know works to a version that may not.