My laptop has been running slow for several months now. I read in a magazine that using a registry cleaner/booster can speed up performance. I found Uniblue RegistryBooster 2010 (says it is free) but after the scan it can only fix 15 problems for free. However, for $30 it will fix 950 Registry errors (with a 30 day money back guarantee). On their "About" screen they have "Microsoft Gold Certified Partner". After I saw that it wasn't free after all I did some searches and several (included some on Microsoft) said DO NOT use registry cleaners.
My question is this: Is it safe to use this program? If so, should I create a restore point before using it in case there are problems afterwards?
Thank you for your help.