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Neowin Giveaway: 25 copies of jv16 PowerTools

Keeping your PC running at top performance is not always an easy task.  No matter how skilled you may be, one uneducated person on your computer can load it up with malware that will destroy the performance. But there are tools out there that can help with this type of situation and other issues that tend to hinder the performance of your PC.  Neowin has linked up with MACECRAFT software to give away 25 copies of the jv16 Powertools software. 

The software comes with many tools that make keeping your PC running in top shape and free of common issues.  The software can automatically clean your Windows registry from obsolete and unneeded data, automatically fix many kinds of registry errors such as broken file references, remove unneeded history data and MRU (most recently used) lists that can contain sensitive information about you and more!

Neowin will be giving away 25 copies of jv16 PowerTools to our loyal readers.  To enter, visit this thread and post a reply.  You can enter once per day for the five days of the contest.  That's a total of five entries each reader can make, one per day only.  Winners will be contacted via PM on the forums so make sure to register to be able to enter.  All winners will be selected after the last day of the contest July 4th (winners picked on July 5th).  Good Luck!

You can download a trial of the software here and don't worry if after thirty days you didn't win or decide to not keep the software, there is no nagware to annoy you.  We will provide licenses to the selected winners. 

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The software can automatically clean your Windows registry from obsolete and unneeded data, automatically fix many kinds of registry errors such as broken file references

This would be a nice little prize...the trial version has been working great on one of my test boxes.

Don't see the point of using this kind of software. Windows does a decent job off maintaining itself. Registry cleaning is a no go for me. That was back in the 2000/XP era, even then it could stuff up the computer with random error messages. If you really need to clean your registry, just do it manually. Even then, just run a decent AV (MSE for example), have PerfectDisk (or similar) run in stealth mode and your all good to go. Just don't install craploads of software that all start up simultaneously with Windows. R

I like this program as it used to allow you to get hands on with the registry as well as being able to do the work in an automated way, used to love it

i am glad to see jv is still developing his masterpiece
his registry cleaner utility is no less than legendary.
it used to the the standard for doing that job, i think it's likely the best still

How well does this program (of which I've never heard of before) perform in comparison to other system utilities such as TuneUp Utilities and Advanced System Optimizer?

This brings back memories. I had no idea this was still being developed. I used this way back in the day and remember the uproar when the developer decided to charge for it. Good piece of software.

JV16 is a pretty nifty tool for removing software that leaves traces behind. Would be nice to have at least one registered version as we use the shareware version on troublesome computers.

I would realy like to win a free lisence...i have entered a lot of contests before but i didn t win even once.so i hope to win this time...

It's not that these cleaners don't do a good job, it's that the one time it does make a mistake and you don't double-check before you hit Clean, your OS is going to be ****ed. You still have to be a fairly advanced user to ensure nothing goes wrong.

Just like most all in one cleaners, it's junk!

Not posting to try and win it, just posting my opinion.

Anybody want a copy, I have millions of them!!

To n_K:
You obviously had a seriously messed up machine anyway. Crapcleaner has never wrecked a computer I've put it on and I've put it hundreds of systems. Do a full cleaning even after a brand new install and all the updates, NEVER an issue and I NEVER do the save that crapcleaner wants to do.

cork1958 said,
To n_K:
You obviously had a seriously messed up machine anyway. Crapcleaner has never wrecked a computer I've put it on and I've put it hundreds of systems. Do a full cleaning even after a brand new install and all the updates, NEVER an issue and I NEVER do the save that crapcleaner wants to do.

It was a college machine and we had to use it to pass a module.
I'd never use it.
It's the same with anything that is automated, you never see what it's doing so if it messes then by the time you know, it's too late. And you can't say it'll never mess up, else chernobyl would still have a decent working nuclear reactor.

"The software can automatically clean your Windows registry from obsolete and unneeded data"
*RED LIGHTS*
Only an idiot would use an automated program and trust it with such a delicate system.
ccleaner too, causes more problems than it's ever fixed.

n_K said,
"The software can automatically clean your Windows registry from obsolete and unneeded data"
*RED LIGHTS*
Only an idiot would use an automated program and trust it with such a delicate system.
ccleaner too, causes more problems than it's ever fixed.

if CCleaner ever caused you problems, take your pc far from me.

-mental ban-

thartist said,

if CCleaner ever caused you problems, take your pc far from me.
-mental ban-

CCleaner's Registry cleaner can cause problems. On my system, the other day, it detected "unused" keys pointing to an IE9 PP3 file. I doubt the said platform preview would have continued to work if I had "fixed" those keys.

thartist said,

if CCleaner ever caused you problems, take your pc far from me.
-mental ban-

I don't know about the latest version of ccleaner, but if you remove the TEMP and TMP environment variables from your computer, then run ccleaner, you will be in for a very nasty surprise. Try it, at your peril.

The Guardian said,
I think I will stick to CCleaner...even though this is a free give away.

Tbh this software is in a different league than CCleaner. It's more like System Mechanic or Tuneup Utilities.

jamesyfx said,

Tbh this software is in a different league than CCleaner. It's more like System Mechanic or Tuneup Utilities.

That's the thing, I personally don't like these all-in-one utilities. Prefer to use seperate programs. That way I can choose whatever I want or don't want.

The Guardian said,

That's the thing, I personally don't like these all-in-one utilities. Prefer to use seperate programs. That way I can choose whatever I want or don't want.


I would tend to agree, also this software is quite technical. To the point where it could easily break your PC.. It's definitely the most destructive software out there if you don't use it carefully.

jamesyfx said,

Tbh this software is in a different league than CCleaner. It's more like System Mechanic or Tuneup Utilities.

I agree with this, and i will add, that TuneUp is much more powerful suite.

Wow this software still being maintained? When I was still using Windows 2000/ XP Gold, I used the software frequently to clean up the system. Later I chose CCleaner as it looks better.

When I upgraded to XP SP3, and now I am using Vista SP2, I don't use any of these "system cleaner" anymore.

Good software actually, I bought their package a while back. Shame the Windows 7/64-bit support was lacking when I last used it.

How does this software stack up against established players like CCleaner or TuneUp Utilities, performance wise. The latter of this two is becoming somewhat of a bloatware.

LauRoman said,
How does this software stack up against established players like CCleaner or TuneUp Utilities, performance wise. The latter of this two is becoming somewhat of a bloatware.

To be fair JV16 and Regcleaner before it have been around for a long time. That said the betas that ran up to JV16 becoming payware were pretty bad in my opinion. I wouldn't use JV16 now free or not.