And let me say first of all I am pleased that you have discounted the post from cjketner. While a clean registry is optimum, it is never going to happen, and as Jimmy says, the registry being just a database of stored information, it rarely matters that there is some useless information there.
The registry is important, and making inappropriate changes to it can render your Operating System unworkable very quickly. In my view it is best left alone unless a user knows what to expect, and has some knowledge of how to backup their registry and recover from a corrupt registry if that happens. Registry optimizers and cleaners are problematical for the unwary, and RegCure itself has been posted about numerous times in these forums and elsewhere on the internet, largely because it claims to find a large number of registry errors, but then you can only fix them if you purchase the full product. That type of behavior is always suspect, in my opinion. Here is just one link about RegCure. it is now nearly 2 years old, but we are still getting similar reports;
Back to Jimmy's post above.
Yes he's cynical, but his comparison of the internet today and the Wild West of yesteryear is an apt one. I've come to respect his views over the years, (if not always his methods of communicating them), and a certain amount of cynicism and paranoia is needed about things on the internet now.
I gave up on eBay and like minded web sites a while ago, because I could see the trends. If you can buy something on an auction site for 50% or less of what you can buy it in the shops, or if you have found an item that is "one of a kind in the world, and available only for $xx", tends to make me think, "if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true". I stay away.
I now only purchase from recognized web site stores, usually only where they have brick built counterparts, (Amazon excepted), and even then I am cautious when I visit their sites to make as sure as I can that I am not being "phished". I may pay more, but the added security makes it worth it for me.
However, all is not lost. There are Edens in this new internet world. Forums like these help, and there are genuine communities out there where you can make friends. The internet is also a fantastic resource for information. If you are doing any research or projects, then the internet will help enormously. My own interest is anything to do with space and astronomy, and being able to watch internet TV of things like Shuttle launches and the International Space Station is something I could not have done without the internet.
I wish you luck with your proposed, complain, complain, complain. I am not sure how this proposal will work out. I tend to think that you will, like most of us, end up riding away dodging the bullets, to live another day,