“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
Last week, I received a very nice email from an associate of [Digeus], who was asking me to post something about their [registry cleaner], with the promise of receiving a full version for free if I did so. Since I had already decided to forego posting about every new episode of [Treme], I had an opening in the schedule. So, I emailed her back, and promised to post a review of their product in the upcoming Come Monday…, which is this one (for you folks keeping score at home). Along with saying that I would download their free version and be checking it out while waiting for her reply, I also asked her some rather journalistic-like questions, such as how their product stacked-up against [CCleaner], which I have been using, as well as what difference there was between their free version and the fully functional one.
Yes, as a matter of fact, I actually can be rather journalistic-like at times. For I have seen a few editions of the [Wall Street Journal] here and there in my time, and that is good enough as a qualification in my book.
Well, after I did not hear back from her as soon as I thought I should, I went ahead and downloaded the free version. Now, I have made it quite clear that I consider myself to be as technically-challenged as anyone can be. Therefore, it should not come as any shock to your system that there was a fair amount of apprehension involved, but after not finding any negative reports on the product, I fired it up.
Whoa, the first scan only took a few minutes to complete, and it said that I had 3,346 registry errors. Since it has been taking a good 10 minutes to reboot at times with a computer that is supposed to be really fast, I thought I had finally “found” something that could cut that reboot time down to mere seconds, which is the way it was when I first got it. In fact, I was entertaining a fantasy of having to make sure all fingers and toes were safely out of the way between the time when the message on the screen flashed Shutting down… and Welcome.
Of course, in order to make that fantasy a reality, I had to get rid of all of those registry errors, and it was right about then when I discovered the difference between the free version and the fully functional one. For the free version will only fix 5 errors at a time, and I later discovered that there is little that can be done to limit each scan. In other words, one must do another relatively full scan before another 5 errors can be fixed.
Yes, I should have just left well enough alone as soon as I saw that only 5 errors could be fixed at a time, but I am evidently genetically incapable of letting something go unfixed once I discover a potential problem. Well, I suppose I should take that back. For after TEN STRAIGHT HOURS of rescanning (with a liberal amount of breaks mixed-in, in accordance to the most recent collective bargaining agreement that I am sworn to uphold), I finally had to slink off to bed with a little over 1,000 errors left unfixed, and it still taking FOREVER AND A DAY to reboot.
SOOOO, I don’t know what to conclude about the [Digeus Registry Cleaner]. For those errors remain unfixed, it still takes forever and a day to reboot most of the time, and I still haven’t heard a peep out of the lady who first emailed me. If I ever do hear back from her or someone else from the company, I will add an update to this review. Until then, download and use this product at your own risk, and considering the amount of customer service I have received so far…
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