If you are looking to find a lean, mean, cleaning machine for your PC’s registry that is also a free utility, you won’t have to look far if you’ve already come across Eusing Software’s free registry cleaner. At first glance at its spare user interface graphics, one might think: “This application can’t possibly be effective.” And judging from its under four megabyte program size (the current 3.3.1 version weighs in at only 3.11 MB), you might think that it doesn’t have enough power to find jack!
But once you put this baby through its paces (which takes only a single mouse click to start the scan) you will discover that this utility means business! Spare though it may seem, it does more than comparable utilities that are more than twice its size, and it does it an a thorough manner. We put it to the test against another leading free registry software, Piriform’s CCleaner, running back-to-back scans, and it completed its scan in just under five minutes, picking up errors that CCleaner missed!
There’s really not much to say about this registry cleaner because that is all that it does: it finds and identifies outdated, empty registry keys so you can clear them off your system’s registry. There are few other bells and whistles to go along with this software; it has a full registry backup capability, a start-up manager, and for added convenience a button that triggers the built-in Windows backup utility wizard. Though it barely weighs three megabytes soaking wet! And yet it works like a champ at finding as many errors in the registry as many commercial utilities.
This Little Dog utility’s maker is a producer of freeware applications. They exist on donations to be able to improve and upgrade its capabilities. If you’re feeling thankful to have it, and you have a spare dollar around, you might want to consider making a donation to their cause and registering it in the same act.. However, there is no obligation to download and use it.
To be totally honest about this under-weighted software, we’ve been using it for several months now (along side CCleaner as well as other more expensive commercial applications) and it has us amazed at its capabilities in comparison with everything we’ve run against it. It keeps up with the Big Dogs (like Registry Mechanic) in the registry cleaning arena, and seems to more than carry its own slight weight in face-to-face showdowns.
For example, we ran one of the leading registry repair utilities, let it find errors but did not fix them, just to see what Eusing might find by comparison. The Big Dog commercial utility picked up over 130 errors. Eusing picked up about 30. We let the free cleaner fix the 30 errors it found, then re-ran the Big Dog cleaner just to see what it might pick up afterwards. We were amazed when it came back having targeted only about half the errors it did the first time.
This seemed to suggest that the Little Dog fixes took care of many of the errors that the Big Dog found the first time around. And that’s not the only time this has occurred. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me that suggests power! And in a small package, no less.
Our final opinion about this freeware registry fixer is that if you don’t want to spend anything on purchasing a utility to unclog your registry, that this program will probably do a comparable job to any commercial cleaner on the market, and is well worth having. Even though its focus is pretty much solely on cleaning the registry, that is why you’re looking at it in the first place, isn’t it?