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What percent of users and experts removed it?
22% remove it78% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,642
United States Rank #4,489
Reach 0.1127%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 34.18 days
1008.44 days >
Average installed length: 529.86 days


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PC Tools Registry Mechanic 11.0

What is PC Tools Registry Mechanic?

PC Tools Registry Mechanic is registry fixer utility whose purported purpose is to remove redundant items from the Windows registry. The software helps to automate the process of looking for invalid entries, missing file references or broken links within the registry and resolving or removing them. The necessity and usefulness of registry cleaners is a controversial topic, with experts in disagreement over their benefits.

About  (from PC Tools Software)

You've heard that cleaning up your PC will help it run smoother, but you don't know where to start. With PC Tools Registry Mechanic, you'll get a fresh, new experience; combining the trusted, powerful tools you need with the simplicity you want. What you do on your PC is nobody else's business. PC Tools Registry Mecha...  Read more


Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is regmech.exe. The software installer includes 22 files and is usually about 23.31 MB (24,441,730 bytes). update.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en/registry-mechanic
Help link: www.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/registry-mechanic
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Registry Mechanic\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Registry Mechanic\unins000.exe" /LOG
Estimated size: 23.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Registry Mechanic 11.0

Program executable:regmech.exe
Name:PC Tools Registry Mechanic
PC Tools Registry Mechanic 11.0
Signed by:PC Tools
Path:C:\Program Files\registry mechanic\regmech.exe
Additional files:
  • PCTLicHelper.dll - License Helper Dynamic Link Library
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • Cookies.dll - CookieDLL Dynamic Link Library
  • PrivacyHelper.dll - PrivacyH Dynamic Link Library
  • RegCompScrn.exe - PC Tools RegCompact Progress (PC Tools - Registry Compacting Progress Screen)
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • - PC Tools Registry Mechanic (PC Tools Registry Mechanic Setup)
  • RMEngine.dll - Registry Mechanic Engine
  • update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Alert.exe - PC Tools Smart Alert
  • SULauncher.exe - SmartUpdate Launcher (PC Tools SmartUpdate Launcher 1.0)
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • Scheduler.dll - Schedule (SchedulerDLL)
  • InstalledPrograms.dll - Installe Dynamic Link Library
  • PgHist.exe (by Symantec) - CleanHistory
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • RegMech.exe is scheduled as a task named 'RMSchedule' (runs weekly on Mondays at 9:00 AM).
  • Update.exe is scheduled as a task named 'RMSmartUpdate' (Next runs on 7/26/2014 at 4:28 PM).
  • SULauncher.exe is scheduled as a task named 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\RMAutoUpdate.job'.
3 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • RegMech.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RMSchedule.
  • Update.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RMSmartUpdate.
  • SULauncher.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named RMAutoUpdate.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Alert.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RMAlert' which loads as "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Registry Mechanic\Alert.exe" /PRODUCT=RM /R.

How do I remove PC Tools Registry Mechanic?

You can uninstall PC Tools Registry Mechanic from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC Tools Registry Mechanic 11.0, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PC Tools Registry Mechanic.

Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 22%
Keep it 78%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.79%
Windows Vista 11.61%
Windows XP 9.68%
Windows 10 2.93%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 48.85%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.88%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.58%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.31%
Windows 7 Professional 7.23%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.16%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.58% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.58%
  United Kingdom 5.33%
  Canada 2.88%
  Germany 2.30%
  Israel 2.26%
  Mexico 2.12%
  Taiwan 2.08%
  France 1.90%
  Australia 1.90%
  Italy 1.72%
  Belgium 1.46%
  Brazil 1.42%
  Netherlands 1.42%
  Spain 1.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.88%
Dell 19.96%
Acer 16.76%
Toshiba 10.87%
ASUS 5.47%
Samsung 3.34%
Lenovo 2.20%
Intel 1.63%
American Megatrends 1.21%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.67%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.08%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.37%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.34%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.18%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.18%

About PC Tools Software

PC Tools, a subsidiary of Symantec Corporation, develops security utilities for consumers and enterprises whose products include Spyware Doctor which provides spyware protection to secure Windows personal computers, Registry Mechanic, a registry cleaner to fix Windows errors, PC Tools AntiVirus which offers protection against virus infections and File Recover, which recovers files from hard drives, floppy drives, and fixed media.
Publisher URL: www.pctools.com


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