Watching television this evening I saw an ad for "My Clean PC", a
company advertising to speed up your PC and solve your PC problems.
Being in the computer industry, I thought this was a good opportunity
to download the software and review it. To be honest, I'm not a huge
fan of programs that allow you to download a program but you can't fix
anything until you pay for it. There are numerous free programs that
generally do a better job than these types of programs. Also, with the
amount of rogue malware programs attacking computers I was curious
about this software.
The site is slick and very professionally
done, however it appears the software is just another slicker version
program is registry cleaner type software. It installs and scans
your computer for "problems", then shows hundreds of issues in hopes
that you will believe all the hype and purchase the product. I ran
Hijackthis and CCleaner before installing the software on an older
Windows XP machine. After installing the software, it proceeded to scan
my computer as shown below.
scan finishes and displays the following screen showing a total of 1309
errors on my computer. Unfortunately, that would probably be enough to
scare anyone into purchasing the software.
after examining the errors that the software found, it becomes clear
how these errors are discovered. The software searches for empty
registry keys among other things and displays each empty registry key
as a problem. So, I have some empty registry keys in the registry. Yes,
this would technically slow the computer down a bit and removing them
would increase the computer's speed slightly. However, is it a good
idea to remove an empty registry key. Many times, these keys are
placeholders and will contain data at different times. If I remove it,
this could cause a problem in the future with that particular software
program. For this reason, I am not a fan of removing every empty
registry key. Its also a reason that programs like CCleaner, do not
scan for every empty registry key. Deleting the wrong items in the
registry can cause a system to have problems or not boot at all.
This is also why I'm not a fan of almost all registry cleaners.
The chance of removing something that is needed is too great,
especially by a novice computer user.
In reality MyCleanPC.com downloads nothing more than a registry cleaner. CCleaner
a well known free program, will do just a good a job at cleaning the
registry and removing junk files from your computer than MyCleanPC. For
this reason, I would recommend that you don't download it and use a
variety of free tools like CCleaner
to get the job done.