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Free Windows Registry Utilities

There are numerous tools on SourceForge to help you maintain, optimize, and monitor your Windows registry. Here’s a few of them that we think you’ll find useful.

  • HiJackThis

    HijackThis is a free utility that generates an in depth report of registry and file settings from your computer. HijackThis makes no separation between safe and unsafe settings in its scan results giving you the ability to selectively remove items from your machine. In addition to this scan and remove capability HijackThis comes with several tools useful in manually removing malware from a computer. IMPORTANT: HijackThis does not determine what is good or bad. Do not make any changes to your computer settings unless you are an expert computer user. Advanced users can use HijackThis to remove unwanted settings or files.

    [ Download HiJackThis ]

  • Little Registry Cleaner

    Little Registry Cleaner will remove obsolete or unwanted items that build up in the registry over time in order to improve the stability & performance of your computer.

    [ Download Little Registry Cleaner ]

  • regshot

    Regshot is a registry compare utility that allows you to quickly take a snapshot of your registry and then compare it with a second one – done after doing system changes or installing a new software product. It’s a great way to tell what exactly gets changed.

    [ Download Regshot ]

  • Little Registry Optimizer

    Little Registry Optimizer is a part of Little Apps` Little Registry Cleaner. This project is aimed to analyze the windows registry and optimize it so it will be smaller and run smoother.

    [ Download Little Registry Optimizer ]

  • Small Registry Editor

    Small registry editor for windows system provide you ability to change your registry setting even if your default registry editor is blocked by a virus.

    [ Download Small Registry Editor ]

  • Performance Maintainer

    Performance Maintainer has combined open source tools such as Little Registry Cleaner, diskcleaner.nl and Ultradefrag that run periodically for PC maintenance and performance. It is very simple and automated.

    1.Little Registry Cleaner scans and Cleans the registry,
    2.Disk Cleaner Performs Disk Cleanup
    3. Ultradefrag defragments System Drive.

    The Programs also lets you install additional tools for tweaking and better performance. The installer schedules the program to run according to your requirement. Requires .NET Framework 4.

    [ Download Performance Maintainer ]

  • Registry Alert

    Registry Alert protects your computer from spyware or from other software which start automatically on system start up and effects your computer performance. It will monitor your start up registry keys, and if it finds any changes then it will give you an alert and allow you to stop those running processes. You can add a specific registry key into ‘Always remove list’ so that it will automatically remove that registry key. You can add your own registry keys for monitoring.

    [ Download Registry Alert ]

WinLock Pro

[[Today’s guest post is by Rojitha Goonesekere, the author of WinLock Pro. Rojitha is in Sri Lanka, making it very difficult to schedule a time to speak with him when we’re both awake.]]

WinLock Pro was inspired by Windows 8. After the release of the Developers preview, I was immediately drawn towards its simplicity and beauty. The new and improved metro interface to all the minor changes caught my attention. Something that really won me over was the excellent Lock Screen and login interface that Windows 8 provided the home user, a simple and easy way to access your PC at any time without any trouble. I was browsing online one day and realized that there were a countless number of blogs and forums dedicated towards this topic. And I immediately thought of bringing this experience all the way to Windows 7.

WinLock Pro

WinLock Pro was initially created as a “theme”, a way to enjoy a different look. I was not targeting the software to provide any “security” to the PC but merely just make it look good. But after releasing a few versions of the software I realized I could not only provide a different look to the usual operating system but also provide good security in the process. The first security modules were added in Version 4 and I kept developing these modules over the next versions of the software. The modules created did not provide “top class” security but it did stop intruders from accessing your personal files anytime soon.

Since security and privacy is something that everyone is concerned now, the main target is about developing these security features and providing the user with a safer experience. I am looking for developers who are experienced in this field to help me out with this project and hopefully make WinLock Pro an essential utility on any computer. I am also hoping that when the project is more stable; I could be able to replace the entire Login screen of Windows 7 with WinLock Pro.

If any developers conversant in VB.NET are interested in the project, they could contact me at any time, engage in discussions on SourceForge.net and start working on it. I hope that together we can create a more secure environment for everyone to use and enjoy.

The OS Wars: We Have A Winner

Amy Vernon (@AmyVernon)

Update: See this post about the “unknown” and “other” categories in the stats below.

It’s clear who has won the OS wars: The user.

Just a few short years ago, Apple computers were little more than afterthoughts outside of artists’ circles. They certainly were not the go-to computers for anyone serious about programming or software development. That was left to the Windows and Linux users.

At conferences, on Sourceforge, and in other open-source communities, the OS battle to be fought was clearly Windows vs Linux. Those who liked Microsoft could call upon the massive numbers of users. Those who preferred Linux could hold themselves up as the true standard-bearers of open source.

You would not have shown your face at, say, ApacheCon, with a MacBook.

In conversation with none other than SourceForge’s new Community Growth Hacker, Rich Bowen (from whom I shamelessly stole the opening sentence of this post), it’s clear the open source community has matured to the point where the platform matters little – it’s the product, the result, that’s important.

We combed through about two years’ worth of data on SourceForge, looking at the platforms of the users who downloaded projects, and millions more Mac users are downloading open source projects now than were in February 2010. In the same time, Windows downloads have increased by a much smaller percentage and Linux downloads have actually declined.

Windows stats

Mac Stats

Linux Stats

And let’s not forget those in the “other” category where the operating system of the folks who downloaded was unknown:

Other stats

There were a few data points I found especially interesting, though a bit puzzling: April appears to be a slow month for downloading software on Sourceforge. If you look at all platforms, for each year, there was a significant dip in downloads.

Why? Perhaps it’s Spring fever. Given the fact that it’s an across-the-board dip two years running has some statistical significance. We’d need more information – and data from more years – to determine just what that significance is, though. I’d love to hear theories from readers in the comments, though.

Full stats
A column on oStatic last year dissected the complex relationship Apple has had with open source, and pointed out how it made sense that Apple both used open source in its operating system and contributed code back to the community.

Apple isn’t big enough to control the programs people will use on their computers, the author pointed out, so the best alternative was to help ensure no one could, as Microsoft very nearly did in the 1990s. Helping keep the open source community robust helps prevent another near-monopoly like Internet Explorer was in that decade.

The Sourceforge downloads data aren’t the only stats that show the rise of the Mac in open source.

Evans Data Corp. this summer released a survey that showed Mac had surpassed Linux as a development platform. The survey, conducted in June, was of 400 professional software developers. While developers are still targeting Linux for development more than Macs, they’re using Mac as the actual platform more.

The developers are increasingly making their software good across multiple platforms, too. A good deal of Sourceforge downloads are on two, three or more platforms.

A cursory survey showed that most projects downloaded primarily for one or two platforms appeared to be much more utilitarian than those downloaded on all three platforms.

Projects such as TortoiseSVN and WinMerge are popular with Windows users. iTerm is popular with Mac and Linux users, enabling the setup of a Mac terminal emulator. Fink, naturally, is downloaded by Mac and Linux users, as it eases the integration of open source projects into their Mac and Darwin environments. X-Chat Aqua brings IRC to Mac and Linux.

An exception to this trend appears to be Linux users, who love downloading UTube Ripper, which allows them to download YouTube videos and convert them. Not altogether surprising that Linux users bucked the trend, though, given that common sense would say they’re much more likely to seek out open source for most of their software needs.

On the flip side, many of the programs downloaded regularly by users regardless of platform tended to be more for alternatives to expensive proprietary software and therefore more useful to a wide variety of people.

Projects such as Audacity for audio editing, Gimp (Windows and Mac versions) for image editing, Sweet Home 3D for virtual interior design, Celestia for 3D visualizations of outer space and Hugin for panorama stitching and processing showed up as big downloads for Microsoft, Mac and Linux.

What will be an interesting statistic down the road will be where iOS and Android downloads start increasing. As tablets grab hold of more of the market, more open source projects will be made available for those OS and the smartphone OS – of which Apple and Android are the most common. No doubt, some of the downloads in the “other” category are for those OS.

It’s heartening to see so much diversity in the open source community – the idea behind open source is, after all, freedom of choice.

Amy Vernon was a professional newspaper journalist for 20 years before working as a freelance writer and consultant for a variety of publications. She has covered open source for the enterprise for Network World and consumer technology for Hot Hardware, among other sites. She uses Adium, Open Office, NeoOffice, Sea Monkey and other open source programs on a near-daily basis.

Turbocharge Your File Manager with DropIt


We all use the file manager nearly every day to view, move and sort files/folders. Admittedly, the file manager is limited in its functionality, and doesn’t allow much for batch processing of files, or matching of patterns in file or folder names. So what if we turbocharged our standard file manager? We would have DropIt!

DropIt is a small Windows app that floats on your desktop, allowing you to drag and drop files and folders for batch processing. From their site:

You can configure DropIt to do 9 different actions to your files and folders (Move, Copy, Compress, Extract, Rename, Open With, List, Delete and Ignore), filtering files by name, extension, location, size and/or date. You can even save sets of patterns in profiles and associate a profile to each desired folder, to scan monitored folders at a defined time interval.

This software boasts a host of other features, such as logging, multi-language and Unicode support, password protection, and much more. I was able to speak with Andrea Luparia, one of the lead devs on this project.

The idea for the project came from a user requst from the PortableFreeware.com website (another project of Andrea’s). From there, other users jumped in to help with improving it. Andrea has learned a lot from working on DropIt, mostly with regard to writing clean code, using Autoit, and keeping the code portable.

While his newest release included some major improvements, Andrea is now working on implementing other features, such as a “list” action (to create lists of dropped files) and support for multiple actions.

When I asked Andrea why he personally contributes to open source he said, “I think it’s possible to do free good software of any kind, for all users that desire to use them.. and I think the best way is to offer also the source code, to improve it also with the collaboration of other users.”

Andrea is always looking for help with coding new features, testing releases, translation, creating clones for other operating systems, and coming up with ideas for new features.

If you are a Windows user, or if you’re looking for a great open source project to contribute to, you should definitely give DropIt a look!

Thanks Andrea!