Since the inner values count with Windows, many users resort to special cleaning programs: The tuning tools complete unclean deinstallations with a subsequent digital wash. Since the removal routines of even some popular programs do not work carefully, it makes sense to use a program like CCleaner. But does the top dog work most effectively? 36 programs competed against each other on a test notebook with Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 update). The speed of searching for garbage did not matter, but the number of registry finds after the scan for ballast did. Who will pass the CCleaner? The following photo series provides the answers.
Do you want to clean the registry?
Windows do not mutate into a performance rocket through registry cleaning, but in large numbers, registry traces theoretically slow the system minimally – sometimes you just imagine a drop in performance. At least a small gain in speed results from optimization, depending on the amount of garbage. And a registry cleaning prevents problems, for example with new software installations, and it reduces the complexity of the central setting database and thus its size. The advantages are usually only theoretical and not noticeable.
Nevertheless, the providers of such tools never tire of emphasizing that their use increases the speed and stability of Windows. Especially the point with the stability is difficult to prove with benchmarks. In any case, many users have a good feeling when they maintain their registry, and those users as well as those who want to get the maximum PC performance out of all imaginable (free and software-based) optimization measures are the target group of the tools.
If you are interested in how registry cleaners work, read the guide “Windows: Cleaning up, backing up, setting up the registry – and how the registry works”. There you will find concise explanations of the database and tools to clean it up. In short, registry cleaners track file paths and sometimes work with blacklists. Quite a few programs discover unnecessary registry entries as well as empty registry keys, which results in a high number of discovered rubbish.
Check the registry cleaner: test setting
To check the programs, the tester installed a current Windows 10 1909 (Home, 64 bit, November 2019 update) in a VirtualBox. This was followed by the installation of programs from various areas – which was automated by an installation program from ninite.com. The applications then disappeared via de-installation. The Windows Uninstall Manager “Apps and Features” was used: This part of the Settings app offers fewer functions than the Uninstall Manager appwiz.cpl integrated in Windows 7/8/10, but allows several uninstallations in parallel – which takes time saves. The removed programs left behind a lot of data garbage: Even a raw Windows system brings superfluous registry entries with it, the tools that have been set up at times make this situation even worse. The tester installed all registry cleaners on the dirty Windows 10 individually and reset the virtual machine via the VirtualBox savepoint after the garbage data search. This ensures an identical starting situation for the tools. Each registry cleaner resided as the sole cleaning tool during its test. If a portable program version is available, the one to be installed was used instead.
TuneUp vs. AVG (PC) TuneUp
Does the discontinued TuneUp Utilities 2014 or its successor AVG TuneUp detect more rubbish? And will the unofficial TuneUp successor Mytuning Utilities possibly outperform both of them? The results are surprising: TuneUp as an ancient product is ahead, followed by the AVG and then the Mytuning utility product. Incidentally, AVG TuneUp is the successor to the successor to TuneUp Utilities: There was no 2015 version of TuneUp Utilities 2014, AVG took over the software and released AVG PC TuneUp, which is now called AVG TuneUp after being renamed. AVG is an antivirus company, as is Avast, which took over AVG; thus AVG TuneUp belongs to the Czech Avast group.
Windows starts up faster
Avira, Magix, Nero, and Steganos in comparison. Some program providers are not known for optimization packages and mainly offer security programs. This includes Avira – its Avira Registry Cleaner may seem obvious for this test, but the cleaner is insignificant here. He specializes in deleting registry entries that may be left behind when you uninstall Avira products. That is not universal enough. In comparison, however, was the purchased software Avira.