Registry First Aid is eager to help you fix and compact your
Registry–and it does a terrific job at it, too. Of all the
programs I tried, this one inspired the most confidence, both from
a safety perspective and in the way it handled Registry problems.
The interface is clean and easy to navigate, and the program
includes a Registry Defragger, a Registry searching tool, and a
built-in, automatic backup module. Registry First Aid supports all
versions of Windows.
The only downside is that the program costs $28; the trial lets
you see everything the program does, and is fully diagnostic, but
only fixes 14 entries at a time. I’m hoping that won’t dissuade you
from trying the Registry First Aid.
Registry First Aid found 2161 faulty entries in a scan–a
thorough one at that–which took about 20 minutes. I was
comfortable with the way the problems were listed: Either by
category–such as invalid file or DLL, invalid path, or unused
software entries–or by safety level. All the entry issues that
were safe to fix were automatically check marked and I liked having
to manually check those listed with “caution,” or “extreme
Most problems First Aid found were marked with “delete the
entry,” but some had other choices. I could cut the invalid
substring or, in some cases, repair the entry. Unfortunately, the
program’s Help wasn’t too helpful, so I opted to use the
While the program was scanning, I was able to examine each
listing, check or uncheck it, or open the specific entry in the
Registry. It made sense being able to view the errors by category
or by safety level; filtering was handy if I wanted to find a
problem about a certain program or issue.
A super feature–and one worth the price of admission: with one
click, most of the problem entries popped open my browser and had
Google search on the Registry key. Very cool and ideal for
determining if a risky entry should be removed.
One quibble: I wasn’t happy that the tool wanted to find a home
in my System tray, unnecessarily adding clutter just to check for
new versions. I disabled it in settings.