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What percent of users and experts removed it?
23% remove it77% keep it
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United States Rank #14,339
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 347.64 days


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Registry Mechanic 8.0

What is Registry Mechanic?

This is a 'registry cleaner' that is supposed to clean or fix a PC by removing invalid registry settings.

About  (from PC Tools Software)

Registry Mechanic is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows that can safely clean and repair problems with your registry in a few simple mouse clicks. Easily fix problems with the Windows registry that are a common cause of crashes and errors. By using a registry cleaner regularly and fixing your registry your system...  Read more


Registry Mechanic 8.0 is a software program developed by PC Tools Software. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 primary executable is named regmech.exe. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 13.38 MB (14,033,696 bytes). The installed file Update.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 61% of users of Registry Mechanic come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com
Help link: www.pctools.com/contact/support/product/registry-mechanic
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Registry Mechanic\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Registry Mechanic\unins000.exe" /Log
Estimated size: 13.38 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Registry Mechanic 8.0

Program executable:regmech.exe
Name:Registry Mechanic
Registry Mechanic 8.0
Path:C:\Program Files\registry mechanic\regmech.exe
Additional files:
  • PCTLicHelper.dll - License Helper Dynamic Link Library
  • RMScrn.exe - Registry Mechanic Compacting Screen (Registry Mechanic - Compacting Progress screen)
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • PMSystem.dll - Desktop Maestro Plugin Manager
  • RMTray.exe - Registry Mechanic Vista Tray (Registry Mechanic Vista Startup Tray)
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • RMEngine.dll - Registry Mechanic Engine
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • RMReg.exe - Registry Mechanic (Registry Mechanic Win98 Compactor)
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • Scheduler.dll - Schedule (SchedulerDLL)
  • Activate.dll - Helper library
  • IsHelp.dll - Helper Interface
  • RMSubs.dll - PC Tools Antivirus Extension
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • RegMech.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{46CF72DE-6932-4A5E-AA2A-950C03366450}' (runs on registration).
  • Update.exe is scheduled as a task named 'RMSmartUpdate' (Next runs on 6/6/2013 at 2:24 AM).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • RegMech.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'RegistryMechanic' and executes as C:\Program Files\Registry Mechanic\regmech.exe /S.
  • RMTray.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'RegistryMechanic' and executes as C:\Program Files\Registry Mechanic\RMTray.exe /H.

How do I remove Registry Mechanic?

You can uninstall 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 Registry Mechanic 8.0, 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 Registry Mechanic.

Win Vista (SP2) 35%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 38.40%
Windows 7 32.49%
Windows XP 27.00%
Windows 10 2.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 30.47%
Microsoft Windows XP 26.18%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.73%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.87%
Windows 7 Professional 5.58%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.69% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.69%
  United Kingdom 8.18%
  Canada 3.46%
  Australia 3.14%
  Spain 2.83%
  Germany 2.52%
  France 2.20%
  Italy 2.20%
  Netherlands 1.89%
  Iran 1.57%
  Belgium 1.26%
  India 0.94%
  Israel 0.94%
  Colombia 0.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 38.15%
Hewlett-Packard 21.97%
Acer 15.03%
Toshiba 5.78%
American Megatrends 5.20%
ASUS 3.47%
Intel 2.89%
Compaq 1.73%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 5.34%
Dell Dell XPS420 3.05%
Dell Dell DXP061 3.05%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.29%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 2.29%
Dell MM061 2.29%

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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