Registry Optimizer - Are Cracked Products a Threat to Your System?

   There may have been umpteen times when you would have listened to recommendations of people urging you to not invest your money in an original registry optimizer software when you could easily download such a product online through a cracked password. The truth is that an original registry optimizer software is designed to satisfy all your requirements and get your system running free of unwanted errors. You may be lured with the idea of saving your money when in reality you will be doing your system a whole lot of injustice by making it download products that are not half as good as the originals.

If your computer runs slow, the obvious reason is a registry clean up product that is not up to the mark. An important referencing software, registry plays an important role in maintaining the functionality of your Windows operating system by keeping an eye on all installed as well as uninstalled programs. These programs could be either loaded or unloaded. Owing to too much storing of programs, the space in your registry tends to become cluttered and congested. It could also be full of errors owing to malicious software as well as unsuitable uninstallation of programs in your system.

Original registry optimizer software will relieve you of numerous unwanted issues, bringing satisfying user experience. After all it is your system that you are going to repair and you would not want to cause more harm than what has already been done. It is easy to go ahead and use a cracked version of a product; however the eventual consequences could be drastic for your system. Here are some valid reasons why you should avoid using registry optimizer products that are cracked and ineffective:

· When you use cracked software, you can be sure that you will not get your money's worth. Such software will only leave you desiring for more results and that is certainly not what you want for your system.

· A cracked software often brings with it malicious features as well as virus threats. Most often this type of software also comes with dangerous spyware that makes your system vulnerable to hacking and other risks.

· Any form of software piracy is illegitimate activity. It is in fact illegal to make use of any form of cracked software to maintain your system.

· When you don't use an original registry optimizer, you can be sure that you won't benefit from suitable updates that are necessary to keep your system in good shape. When you update through such cracked software the sites will reject you and you will miss out on all the beneficial upgrading features. Using original registry optimizer is the best way to make your computer faster and free of unwanted threats.

Free Software - Great Quality at Zero Cost

Computer software, for both personal and business use, can be expensive -- and it's one of the first places where people try to cut corners, or find alternatives. Unfortunately, the most commonly-used method is also the most dangerous one, and could land you in a whole lot of trouble, as well as destroying your computer and costing you thousands of dollars in data recovery -- if it's even possible in the first place.

But cheer up! In this article, I'm going to show you how to have your cake and eat it too -- and it'll be a better quality cake than you could ever buy. Does that sound too good to be true? Read on, and I'll prove it.

The Wrong Way

You know this one: all you have to do is ask your friend -- the one who's so good at finding those "cracked" programs on the Internet -- to burn you a CD... MS Office, Word, whatever, he'll be happy to oblige. In fact, he's just found this great site in Eastern Europe that's got everything you've ever dreamed of!

As is often the case with this kind of "free" software, there's a hidden cost -- and it just might be more than you bargained for.

For one thing, a lot of the so-called "cracked" software contains viruses -- and these days, those are more than just a prank. Much of it is distributed by organized criminal groups that use those viruses to take over your computer and use it as part of their 'botnet', a network of computers that does anything from sending spam to cracking bank security -- all without your knowledge. Of course, this makes your computer run more slowly, takes up a lot of your network bandwidth, and possibly fills up your disk with incriminating material.

Even if the "warez" you got didn't come with that kind of infection, an illegal or unregistered copy of commercial software can usually be turned off, over the Internet, by the people who wrote it (example: look up 'Windows Genuine Advantage angers Chinese' in Google.) Imagine having your computer shut down in the middle of a business day... imagine all the computers in your business doing so. Not a good risk to take, right?

You can argue this point, but... really, you're legally and morally in the wrong when you do this. It's just not a good position to be in, especially if you're trying to run a business.

The Right Way

Welcome to the world of Open Source software, where the rules are completely different.

Downloading software? Sure -- but you don't have to spend hours and hours searching for special "wareZ d00ds" sites; the people who write the software make it available right at their site. Free. Yes, really free. Free of legal tangles, and almost always at zero cost.

Safety from viruses? Yep, got that. You see, part of the Open Source culture is to make the code available along with every program -- and any programmer looking at the code would be able to spot a virus and eliminate it. Problem solved.

Want to give copies away? Feel free; in fact, it's encouraged.

Whether you're using it personally or for business, you have nothing to worry about: you're not breaking any laws. Sure, it's not much of a concern for most people... but it's better to to be on the right side than the wrong one.

So, What Kind of Software is Available?

There are tens of thousands of Open Source programs available, for literally every application you could imagine. Here are my seven favorite software tools, listed by category:

Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox -- Chances are, you're already using it. It passed 500 million downloads back in 2008, and hasn't slowed down since. Most people simply call it "the world's best browser".

Mail Reader: Mozilla Thunderbird -- Thunderbird offers a large feature set, supporting all standard email protocols and extensions. It also has a built-in feed reader and spell checking, as well as an integrated USENET news reader, as well as a huge number of "add-ons" -- freely-downloadable software plugins to extend its functionality.

Office Suite: OpenOffice -- includes a word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), presentation software (Impress), drawing and graphing tool (Draw), a tool for creating equations and formulas (Math), and a database, reporting and form tool (Base). Reads Microsoft Office files, too.

Photo Editor: GNU Image Manipulation Program (The GIMP) -- GIMP has been in continual development since 1995. It has powerful painting tools, support for layers, channels, and filters, multiple undo/redo, and editable text layers.

CD/DVD Burner: InfraRecorder -- supports virtually all different formats including rewritable disc, multi-session disc and dual-layer DVDs; audio CDs can be created with just a few simple drag and drops. Other important features include disc copying, audio CD ripping, ISO generation, and burning images. Available in more than 20 languages.

Media Player: VLC -- this is a flexible media player available for virtually any operating system including portable/handheld computers. VLC plays all of the common media formats, both video and audio, as well as DVDs and today's popular DivX and MPEG4 movies. Most streaming media is supported as well, including Windows Media (wmv) and QuickTime. Advanced features include a skinnable GUI and playing media directly from ISO files. VLC is also available as a Firefox plug-in and as an ActiveX component, making it simple to view any embedded video format through your browser.

Archiver: 7-Zip -- 7-Zip is an excellent file archiver that supports the following formats for packing/unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR -- and the following for unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM and DEB. It integrates well into the Windows shell (right click menu). 7-Zip is also available in 60 languages.

In short, Open Source software is free, powerful, reliable, and easily available. Try it -- and enjoy your new-found freedom!

Zonker Ault has been called an "eclectic polymath", and likes the description. He has climbed mountains, raced cars, flown both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, scuba-dived in the Red Sea, served in the military, and tasted natto and durian -- and managed to survive all of the above. These days, he tinkers with computers while dreaming of travelling to far-away places.


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