jv16 PowerTools X

A Full Review of jv16 PowerTools X, a Free Registry Cleaner

Screenshot of jv16 PowerTools X in Windows 8
jv16 PowerTools X.

jv16 PowerTools X is a free registry cleaner for Windows. Though it might not look as nice as similar programs, it includes a lot of optional, advanced settings, most of which you won't find in other registry cleaning tools.

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More About jv16 PowerTools X

  • The results of a scan can be printed or saved to a TXT, CSV, XLS, HTML, EML, DAT, or SQL file
  • Errors can be opened in Registry Editor
  • jv16 PowerTools X lets you restore backed up registry items from Tools > Backups
  • You're able to search through the list of registry issues
  • jv16 PowerTools X includes another tool that lets you blacklist websites by adding them to the hosts file

jv16 PowerTools X Pros & Cons

There isn't much to dislike about this program:

Pros:

  • Isn't confusing to use
  • Registry backups are created automatically
  • Lots of unique, customizable settings
  • Includes another useful tool

Cons:

  • Not as user friendly as similar registry cleaners

PowerTools Lite's Advanced Scan Settings

jv16 PowerTools X, almost in opposite to its name, has tons of advanced options that truly sets it apart from other registry cleaning tools.

Once you've chosen to open the registry cleaner portion of the program, you'll see several sections for advanced settings.

Here's more on those options:

Engine Settings: These settings specify how the scanner should check for registry issues. The leftmost option is the safest. It uses two scanning engines and only reports an error if both engines agree.

As you move the slider to the right, the safety decreases because Windows-related registry items are scanned, thus broadening the likelihood of deleting those registry keys, and possibly causing system damage.

I recommend using the safest setting, at least for regular cleaning requirements.

Additional Safety: Disable any of the items in this section to ensure jv16 PowerTools X skips over registry items pertaining to them. You can skip antivirus and antimalware software, firewall software, server software, and/or backup software.

The default option is to skip over these areas of the Windows Registry. I recommend unchecking, or deactivating, these options only if you suspect registry errors have been caused due to one of those programs types.

Additional Options: Listed here are some other options you can enable, like Use as little CPU power as possible and Automatically fix all found erroneous data

Search Words: This section of PowerTools Lite's settings let you specify keywords. The idea is to enter words that you want checked for in the registry, while excluding everything else.

For example, if you enter "Chrome" in this section, jv16 PowerTools X will check for errors only if the word "Chrome" is found. This is useful if you're looking for errors in a specific application, like Google Chrome.

Ignore Words: Opposite to the previous section, enter words here that you want ignored from a search.

For example, if you want to be sure to avoid finding any errors relating to Windows, enter the word "Windows" here.

Once you've customized these as you like, click the Start button to begin the custom scan.

You can click the small save icon on the bottom left of the program to ensure they don't change for the next time you want to check for registry problems.

My Thoughts on jv16 PowerTools X

Like with any registry cleaner, if you're not careful, it's easier to cause issues with this program than with most other registry cleaners due to all the options you have. With great power comes great responsibility, right?

Note: jv16 PowerTools X does ask for your email address but you can skip past it. If you do sign up, it's easy to unsubscribe the first time you get a message from them.

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