4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 (116 votes)


Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP / Freeware / 184,579 downloads

RegCleaner is an easy to use program that can easily get rid of those old and obsolate registry entries created by software that you have destroyed ages ago. You don´t have to be any expert to use this program. Note that this program is not like those other so called registry cleaners, they search any filenames from registry, then if the file doesn´t exists anymore they remove the registry key or value where this filename was. But RegCleaner shows you the list of software that are registered in the registry and by checking checkboxes you select which software you don´t have anymore and RegCleaner removes all registry created by those programs automatically. You can also remove start up programs that are started behind your back and can dramatically decrease your computer´s performance.

Reviews of RegCleaner

  1. 1 out of 5 stars
    Point Zero

    Reviewing (Jul 19, 2007)

    Worthless crap.

  2. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 9, 2007)

    This program is SEVERELY outdated and can cause problems since it has not been updated since 2001 and has known bugs. Some of which were corrected when the author integrated this into his JV16 powertools program which since 2003 has been a PAY to play program. He claims he rewrote the registry cleaner when he did this.


    The new updated Registry Cleaner can now be found as a standalone PAY to play program call RegSupreme:


    JV16 Power Tools was initially free and the author received free beta testing in his forums from enthusiast end users, until one day for no reason he simply killed the forums and left every single person there in the dark. He then released these all as pay programs under the company Macecraft:

    I have no respect for the author for the way he did this. Nor for the way he treats the end users who used and helped him test his software.

    Registry Cleaners do NOT improve performance this is a Myth!


  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 25, 2006)

    This program looks like it has been replaced by jv16 PowerTools, which is made by the same people.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2006)

    you really need to know how to use this. It has some great features. I can't live without it.

  5. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 20, 2005)

    This program was the best in 2001. It's a little out dated now. RegSupreme and CCleaner do a better job.

  6. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 5, 2005)

    Not the worst program, but it has a couple major bugs. At times, when you execute the program, the program doesn't come to the foreground, but is running in the background. Execute it again, and another entry for it is created, running in the background. It finally comes to the foreground after closing the previous two entries and executing it directly (non-shortcut). I also don't like the installation/uninstallation process. You are forced to run the uninstall from the program folder. Finally, when restoring entries from the backup, you are not allowed to stop the process. You must wait for it to finish. This is not good because the "Remove Selected" and the "Restore Selected" buttons are right next to each other. This program is prone to mistakes.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 19, 2005)

    Very nice porgram and easy to use . also its free !!

  8. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 16, 2004)

    I ran this on a spare laptop of mine that runs really slow. After it cleaned the registry, I noticed a drastic improvement in my computer's performance. GJ with this program.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 17, 2002)

    An excellent piece of software !!

  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 31, 2002)

    Excellent, It removed registries that other software couldn't remove.

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 14, 2001)

    this is the best! everyone should have it, it is as easy as pie! saved me many times

  12. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 7, 2001)

    this build works better;life goes on !
    i see some other registry apps delete other keys not cleaned with regcleaner,each one deletes what it wants!
    registry is not easy to trace.

  13. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 17, 2001)

    Fast and simple. Love it!

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 30, 2001)

    It's goood program with cool interface and easy to use.
    I didn't see problem this application.
    Smart, Powerfull, Nice.

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 29, 2001)

    Great program! Does wat's advertised. Great interface and installation.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 22, 2001)

    Cleaned my Intellipoint cursors too, but not big deal.. i dont use them anyway... Still a great program ;)

  17. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 22, 2001)

    Yarr mateys! I use this program all the time but... this version seems to be cleaning a little too much. It just wiped out almost all references of cursors that were installed with Microsoft Intellipoint. No biggee, I just restored the backup. I'm sticking with a previous version but I consider this program an almost must-have.(Would have gave it a 5 but had some problems with this version)

  18. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 28, 2001)

    Program is a good help to clean up garbage from incomplete uninstalls etc. However utilisation without backup files can be dangerous. By chance deleted an important DLL and my system did no longer boot!! Tested it under Win98, NT 2000. Works fine.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 17, 2001)

    Great software , i use it at my win2k system .
    Advanced users will enjoy it for good !!

  20. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 5, 2001)

    I downloaded the lastest version and am impressed. I've had an older version installed for quite some time. The new one seemed to work great. It took awhile tho. Had a lot of crap in the registry. ;) The proggie is useful for checking out all the NEW entries that software makes. You can also go in and delete stuff yourself or use the automatic cleaner. Definitely check it out.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 4, 2001)

    I downloaded today and so far love it! It is a perfect tool and really gave me the opportunity to get rid of my registry defects. Thanx for the programmer!!!

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 3, 2001)

    Good job and thanks, except for the language option.

  23. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2001)

    Congratulations to the author for your perseverance and competence to work under pressure! Great program!

  24. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2001)

    A small but powerful program which has boosted my system performance, I recomend this program for any one with an overloaded reg filled with obsolete entries

  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2001)

    it's a (very) nice program an loads of updates but what the F*ck do they update coz i don't see any difference ??
    but still 5 out of 5 ! :)

  26. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2001)

    Great app, frequent updates, nice! I'm sad the project has stalled, come back soon, please! This is looking very good so far but there is always room for improvements, new features etc.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 28, 2001)

    What no 10 for rating? Even as a young program, I loved this program. I am sorry to hear it has outgrown one mans
    duties but on the other hand , that means he has done very well. Hey I used Symantec's cleansweep years ago and had it
    do way more harm then RegClean ever did.
    I hope V finds his programming partner.
    Too many take for granted the GREAT freeware programs.
    ZoneAlarm included. How many people pay money for junk software just because it has a NAME brand on it?
    yea admit it. I have done the same thing.
    V you have my prayers man.
    GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 28, 2001)

    This is just to clear up my earlier review, I ran both Yenicag CleanDisk (which is actually Haysoft) and Regcleaner again and found that although Haysoft found some entries that Regcleaner missed, RegCleaner found some Entries Haysoft Yenicag CleanDisk had missed as well. Just to give a more detailed review of this program. Like I said before, I am looking forward to the next beta.

  29. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 28, 2001)

    Other than blowing up my MS Office install, everything else seems to be running correctly. Don't know if this is a bug or not, but I have had this happen with this program before.

  30. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 28, 2001)

    This program made my 1 year old win2k pro installation about 10% faster! Highly recomended!

  31. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2001)

    I earlier slated this program but feel obliged to now update my previous comments. Since last writing, the author has updated it several times and I would now recommend it. Stabilty seems to have been rectified and the interface and backup options make it safe and simple to use.
    Judging by the number of updates that are released, I think the author deserves ten *s, for effort alone.

  32. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 3, 2001)

    I imagine people want to use this program to free up ram, so I recommend RAMpage since the .exe only takes up 10k (!). It works as well if not better than all the other progs like this out there and quicker since it has so little code.

    I haven't tried out the above; I can't be bothered as it is unlikely to be better than RAMPage.

    (Hope anchors work here.)

  33. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 Beta Build 706 (Jan 29, 2001)

    Dejavu: First, I didn't mean to imply you were a dummy. My apologies. Second, few if any novices hang out on Give us a little credit for knowing what a registry is, OK? Third, the registry is not dynamite and it will not harm you if you touch it. You can easily restore it should you erase a needed key. The Undo feature works great. Ask me how I know. :-)

  34. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 Beta Build 706 (Jan 28, 2001)

    AllRight Bobad! You, a clever and smart guy can use this powerful tool! Congratulations! Me, a simple dummy, never said that REGCLEANER is a bad program - I respect the hard work of other people, see my rating - I said...Be careful, It's a powerful tool (still in beta). Be careful with any software that touch the registry. Don't misunderstand my words! Greetings Bobad! Alla Salute! From dejavu, the dummy!

  35. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 10, 2001)

    I find this program useful for testing out software that you may not want to keep and don't want to clutter your registry with things that uninstalls don't remove. You install your program, if you don't like it, uninstall it, start up RegCleaner and the newest keys are marked new at the top and can easily be deleted. I use it all the time for this purpose and give it a 5.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 8, 2001)

    I appreciate your complaint, andersen, but I feel that it is misplaced. I'm glad that the author is constantly tweaking and improving and changing his program, it makes for new features and Many Nice Things. What IS annoying, though, is the people who submit each new release to FileForum everyday. If people want everyday releases, then they should go to and get them. Otherwise, they should only submit RegCleaner to FileForum every now and then, such as when Jouni Vuorio releases and more-or-less bug-free version. NOT each and every time he releases a sub-pre-semi-beta version update, part 2. Die hard beta testers know where to get every single version, and non-die hard beta testers don't WANT every single version. So, my hat goes off to the author; but guys, stop sending FileForum the RegCleaner updates so often!

  37. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 8, 2001)

    How can this program be any good at all? I mean every day or every week there is a new update! I might try it if I felt that it was stable. Now don't get me wrong, I think that it is great that the programmer is improving on his program and I wish other had the same commitment, but these daly updates are unerving. I'd recommend a monthly update at most for anything other than a serious bug fix.

    I do realize that this is a beta forum, but a large majority of the files here in the File Forum do not fall into the beta catagory.

    Responsibility is free, take as much as you want!

  38. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 4, 2001)

    love it! works better than anything that I've used in the past. I've always be suspicious of these type of programs but this one really works

  39. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 4, 2001)

    This version looks a lot cleaner... havent actually tried any of the new features yet though.

  40. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 26, 2000)

    This program had plenty of potential when using it visually. However, let me echo what some of the other reviewers have stated plus:- I wouldn't touch this program!!! It is dangerous in as much as it deletes entries that it claims are safe to and deletes others that it doesn't mention. I have lost registration details on some of my internet software purchases and now have the task to dig out the confirmation details again and re-register them. The author needs taken out and shot for making this available without thoroughly checking it out first! Will it ever be safe to use? perhaps the author will let us all know!

  41. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 26, 2000)

    Most of you probably know the j/k about a child telling his father "Dad, what does 'format c: complete' means?" ;)) Format and fdisk are great tools in hands of a person who knows what he is doing. If you don't know what registry means, do NOT use RegCleaner. This is simply a tool that makes your life easier. If you used regedit before, use it. If you don't know what regedit is, keep yourself away from this program.
    I have not seen any bugs like deleting entries other then those I chose, but this is a beta == there is a big probability of having nasty things like that.
    Also, because it is a beta, it doesn't have all the features one would want (like being able to go directly to an entry in regedit and editing it), but for now this program is THE BEST.
    Good luck guys and remeber your limits.

  42. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 22, 2000)

    to many bugs. try to move between the menu. sorry I don´t write to good english. It could be usefull.

  43. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 21, 2000)

    I installed and used the program last night.
    I'm a programmer and I see myself as really used to the Win registry.
    Even though I checked twice on all the entries displayed for me RegCleaner deleted loads of unlisted entrys.
    For example, 9 of my registerd program went unregisterd, ICQ that wasn't even listed in RegClean got so damaged that all UIN's except for the last used one got deleted (from reg), all my CD-R utilities that neither was listed in RegCleaner got there entries deleted so they are all unregisterd now.
    Microsoft Visual Studio got some entries deleted aswell.
    I haven't browsed through all my programs but my guess would be that more programs got some entries destroyed.
    Note that I checked twice to see if any none installed programs where mentioned in RegCleaner before I started to clean.
    Well, if you dare to get some registry entries deleted then this program is great for you, RegCleaner didn't screw anything up that I can't fix, but it takes some time and it's annoying.

  44. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 20, 2000)

    This program is the best I have ever used. But you MUST know what registry entries you can delete without harmful sideeffects for your OS. So, the best is to look for programs you once used but eventually uninstalled. All program entries of programs you do not use anymore can be safely deleted. If you observe these rules you will find this program to work perfectly.

  45. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 20, 2000)

    Registry cleanup feature continually locks up during the search or actual removal of certain keys.

  46. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 19, 2000)

    Don't even think about it!!! Seriously, it's called The Cleaner, and that's what it does - it cleans out your registry so effectively that it is necessary to reinstall the whole OS and lots of progs which The Cleaner screws up. Bad concept, bad software. Pity it has to get even one *

  47. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 19, 2000)

    this version has some nasty bugs that show right away.
    The software list dissapears while using windows 2000

  48. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 19, 2000)

    they've got a LONG way to go in the performance department. Their sample clips are very low resolution and only 1/2 framerate and they still eat up the vast majority of my p3-800. In other words, at least in its current state, it sucks and is useless.

  49. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 19, 2000)

    Carefull- don't be stupid (see below);).
    Best registry program! Ever!!!

  50. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 18, 2000)

    so are you saying that QT does not matter? i say "horse-hockey"... yes, QT is streaming. yes, QT has faster downloads and lower filesizes. yes, QT quality SUCKS...

    i seriously hope they change it to a simple codec so you can encode as well as decode, and so it is flexible between players... if not, it won't last long, i can almost guarentee.

  51. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 18, 2000)

    3ivx is brilliant coding, QT is merely the vehicle used to deliver it. 3ivx is a format! It is a independant an eXtension/addon to QT. The 'd' in the name means 'delta', which is to say pre-alpha!

  52. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 16, 2000)

    Be careful, last time I used this program is said lots of reg keys were safe to delete, later I found out that I had lost the settings for many of my applications.

  53. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 14, 2000)

    Fast, easy to use, registry, startup and uninstall features. I have been using the program for several months now and love it!

  54. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 16, 2000)

    it's a really good program. it stopped my system from crashing at startup sometimes. boots up perfectly every time now. i just wish they'd list the changes in the new version.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 9, 2000)

    This is a great program. I've used several registry editors but this one is by far the best. Since it lists the entries by the program name it's easy to understand and it's very fast! It's a keeper!!

  56. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 29, 2000)

    RegCleaner works great for me. Just be cautious with it and read the directions.

    Recently, though, I've gotten a new computer with WinME pre-installed. Does anyone know if RegCleaner will work with that OS? As I understand it, WinME splits the Registry into three files instead of two, and I wonder if RegCleaner is designed to handle that.

    Anyone have experience with WinME, or any word from RegClean's creator on this issue?

  57. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 22, 2000)

    The program itself works good, does what it's supposed too. Too bad it does a great job at making my computer run like a 286, I have to give it the award for the slowest damn thing I've ever used in my life.

  58. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 22, 2000)

    Im sorry adKillah and startStream are dead. We had a major server crash earlier and it killed the server that served out adKillah and startStream. If you still want to kill ads use the link the previous person posted. and i did not copy that file. Thanks Josh Ford

  59. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 21, 2000)

    I love this peogram and it is only getting better.
    A backup is always created but I do have a suggestion for this program which would make it a Classic for those those that do not use Ghost or Drive Image.
    If the Author could add the option to creat a bootable floppy and restore the registry from there. Since you can not undo a registry cleanup if you can not boot to windows.
    A restore from DOS is always the best answer.
    thanks for your time

  60. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 21, 2000)

    Great Program. Very highly recommended.

  61. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 482 (Oct 12, 2000)

    Regclean does just as advertised; cleans your registry COMPLETELY if your not careful. It is a fair utility but not to be used by a novice. You must have prior knowledge as to what files a program installed before using this program to clean your registry. If not, you can destroy vital files that are necessary for Windows to function. Being a technician and programmer I keep several copies of the registry both on my HDD and floppy. (more than Windows usally allocates) Be sure your registry is backed up beforehand. Also back up your hard drive. After this, back up your hard drive. Then after your finished, back it up again, religously.

  62. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 482 (Oct 11, 2000)

    Simple and useful program but no date for the concerned registery created(only old or new).Thus if someone don't know the software company name or forgot what program he installed, this program may not be useful for him.

  63. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 482 (Oct 11, 2000)

    Must be downloaded.
    Fast and easy to use.
    It does what say.
    asccii art in colors...i just remember the old matricial printer.

  64. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 482 (Oct 11, 2000)

    Best program I have ever used.. !!!

  65. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 482 (Oct 8, 2000)

    More than good,it is GOOD+

  66. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 458 (Sep 24, 2000)

    I need to mention this is one of my the best programs today.
    You do not have to be a expert to use this program at all.
    Very user friendly. This rates right up there with PowerArchiver,ZoneAlarm,NoAds,ect. for Best Freeware.Best shareware would be File Splitter Deluxe. If I had to pay for any of these, I would in a flash.

  67. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 441 (Sep 10, 2000)

    This is a great utility if you're used to manually cleaning your registry. If you don't know what you're doing, or have never touched the registry before, stay away.

  68. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5 Build 441 (Sep 10, 2000)

    Why would anyone want to share pictures? Unless this is some kind of pr0n program. Programs that try to sell using Napster's name = ASS.

  69. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 401 (Aug 29, 2000)

    Careful with axe Eugene! This is not for dummies...It's a powerful tool! Be careful!

  70. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 401 (Aug 28, 2000)

    This is a good program to use, but pending its still in beta, it did also erase some of my settings, but it also did get rid of a lot of keys that were useless to me, pending half the programs i deleted were gone by last year. But it is good, quick, easy, and straight to the point.

  71. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 401 (Aug 28, 2000)

    I used to manually dig in my registry to delete the entries myself of certain programs that wouldn't clean all the mess they made in the registry. It was a tedious process that
    required me to find all instances of the program and delete their entries. I still dig inside the registry in exterme cases, but Regcleaner cuts the time in half for nomal cleaning of the reg. And for the person who criticizes the RegCleaner's authors English...maybe it hasn't occured to you that English isn't their primary language. Some people.

  72. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 401 (Aug 28, 2000)

    I'm no guru either with a computers' inner workings (registry, etc.), but his instructions are simple and to the point. They aren't all bloated with unnecessary crap. If someone messes up their works with this app, they're too stupid to read the instructions or thought they were to smart to have had to read them.
    This program cleans out my registry so well, I use it 4-5 times a day. It keeps my computer running smooth and 'fast'. It keeps the clutter out and, it gets rid of some programs that don't think all their instructions need to be removed from your system after you do an uninstall.
    This guy did a great job with this thing, and I even put it on my sisters computer....and she uses AOL! That just goes to show, that she knows absolutely nothing about computers other than to type, and clik with the mouse...oh...she knows what the cd-rom is .

  73. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 401 (Aug 27, 2000)

    Maybee a little beat to much big in memory self !!

  74. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 395 (Jul 17, 2000)

    Uh, the guy's from Finland, you're lucky he speaks english at all. The program works great for me. However it is not a tool for the average user. It mearly helps advanced users reduce the time they spend on registry maintenance.

  75. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 392 (Jul 17, 2000)

    I'm not letting any program touch my registry that has an author that doesn't bother proofreading his documentation before releasing....look at this english:

    ". Note that this program is not like those other so called registry cleaners, they search any filenames from registry, then if the file doesn´t exists anymore they remove the registry key or value where this filename was. "

  76. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 392 (Jul 16, 2000)

    If this thing worked correctly, I'd love it. Sadly, I just spent an hour restoring my system since this thing decided that everything I NEED was NOT needed. The entries it deleted from my registry were all the settings for the majority of my programs: AOL Instant Messenger, Netscape, Quick View and a bunch of others. Take heed of the warning in the instructions. I wish it only deleted the keys that weren't used any longer, but it chose to delete the ones that store all my freaking settings!!! The only good part of this is that Windows still worked fine... all my settings were gone, except for Windows', and it still booted up with no problem. This was all MY fault since I didn't think before letting this program do it's work. I'd actually still have given it a higher rating for that very reason, HOWEVER... the RESTORE did NOT work at all!!! Everything it tried to restore brought up an error and it failed to successfully restore the entries to the registry. So, I'm back up and running and waiting until I start up more programs to see just what else I need to put my settings back in for. No *real* harm done, except for an hour or so of wasted time. BE VERY CAREFUL if you choose to use this program!

  77. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 392 (Jul 16, 2000)

    The startup bug has been fixed. Go to his website to get the fix.

  78. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 392 (Jul 16, 2000)

    Great program for keeping your Registry clean... Did you know that MS's RegClean works on Win2k and WinMe? Anyway, my question about this program is why is there a new build every few days? I'd like to know what sort of things need to be changed that frequently! :)

  79. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 392 (Jul 16, 2000)

    Normally this is a very good program, but with this build there seems to be a bug. I'm running Windows ME and when I start the program no window is visible. I see it in the task bar but no visible program window.

  80. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 392 (Jul 16, 2000)

    RegCleaner Rulez! There's no downside to this program! It does just about what you need it to do in the registry. You can even trick into making reg patches for you. :-)

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