Do you need a Registry Cleaner for Windows7?

December 11, 2012 at 20:18:12
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i5-2500K CPU @3.30GHz
I used to use them but have not for quite a while. My system is slowing down and in my Programs file I found a program called Browser Manager but do not see it loading in System Configuration Start Up programs. Do I have a problem? I have read about a Browser Manager Virus. Anyone know about this Browser Manager? TIA for your help.

srloren


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#1
December 11, 2012 at 21:12:39
Registry cleaners generally cause more problems than they solve and should be avoided. There is little evidence that regular registry cleaning improves performance and much that it does not. Registry cleaners do have limited value when used by an expert to solve a specific problem.

The problem is that it is usually impossible to determine with 100% accuracy that a specific registry entry is not needed or in error. As a result a registry cleaner must make frequent guesses. Most of these guesses are correct, but some are not. Erroneously deleting just one needed registry entry can cause bit problems.


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#2
December 11, 2012 at 22:08:19
Thanks LMiller7. Doesn't Microsoft have a cleaner that avoids deleting the good registry data? If not I think I will leave it alone. Thanks again for your input...

srloren


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#3
December 11, 2012 at 23:53:14
If you suspect a virus then a registry cleaner won't help and could end up doing more damage than an infection. First, run a full scan with your own security program, then run Malwarebytes & remove anything it finds, finally install CCleaner Slim and use the registry tool in that, which is the only one I would even consider, purely for tidying up. It also has a Startup manager and uninstaller which can help.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#4
December 12, 2012 at 06:29:50
At one time Microsoft had a registry cleaner available for download known as RegClean. Microsoft later removed the download - because it caused problems with Microsoft products.

The issues with registry cleaners are inherent in what they do. The only way to avoid these problems would be to include a massive and comprehensive database of all registry entries used by all applications. This is clearly impossible.


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#5
December 12, 2012 at 10:35:36
Invalid registry entries are ignored, so they make precious little difference to performance.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
December 12, 2012 at 16:22:50
Lets start checking for malware problems, by using ESET.

Run ESET & post the log please. This scan may take a very long while, so please be patient. Start it before going to work or bed.
http://www.eset.com/us/online-scann...
http://www.eset.com/home/products/o...
You may have to download ESET from a good computer, put it on a thumb drive & run it from there.
Create a ESET SysRescue CD or USB drive
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
How do I use my ESET SysRescue CD or USB flash drive to scan and clean my system?
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
Configure ESET this way & disable your AV.
http://i.imgur.com/3U7YC.gif
How to Temporarily Disable your Anti-virus
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
Why Would I Ever Need an Online Virus Scanner?
I already have an antivirus program installed, isn't that enough?
http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-fre...
Once onto a machine, malware can disable antivirus programs, prevent antimalware programs from downloading updates, or prevent a user from running antivirus scans or installing new antivirus software or malware removal tools. At this point even though you are aware the computer is infected, removal is very difficult.
5: Why does the ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?
If you have other antivirus, antispyware or anti-malware programs running on your computer, they may intercept the scan being performed by the ESET Online Scanner and hinder performance. You may wish to disable the real-time protection components of your other security software before running the ESET Online Scanner. Remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
17: How can I view the log file from ESET Online Scanner?
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
http://www.eset.com/home/products/o...
The ESET Online Scanner saves a log file after running, which can be examined or sent in to ESET for further analysis. The path to the log file is "C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt". You can view this file by navigating to the directory and double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, or by copying and pasting the path specification above (including the quotation marks) into the Start ? Run dialog box from the Start Menu on the desktop.


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#7
December 12, 2012 at 22:47:32
Thanks to all for your thoughts and advice. Thanks for reminding me of ESET and the way to set it up and instructions to use it. Thanks again to all.

srloren


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#8
December 12, 2012 at 23:33:14
"Thanks for reminding me of ESET"
YW, look forward to you posting the log.

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#9
December 13, 2012 at 11:21:08
Re #7

"i never faced any problem"

If you never had a problem with an unknown cause, such as having to re-install a program or take some sort of action on software I would go right along with you. If you have had any problems then there is no certainty that a registry cleaner didn't cause it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
December 14, 2012 at 00:06:12
JohnW I am trying to create an ESET SysRescue bootable usb flash drive and have created the iso file but do not know how to install it on the computer. I will have to figure that out. I will send a log file tomorrow after I run ESET overnight. Thanks again.

srloren


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#11
December 14, 2012 at 00:27:15
"I will send a log file tomorrow after I run ESET overnight"
Ok srloren

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#12
December 14, 2012 at 09:47:47
JohnW...I am trying to send you the log file for ESet. How do I do that from this site? John, I have to go to LA and won't be able to read your response until late tonight, so don't think that I have lost interest in getting this right. Thanks again for your help.

srloren


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#13
December 14, 2012 at 13:28:05
"I am trying to send you the log file for ESet. How do I do that from this site?"
Open it up, then Copy & Paste the contents.

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#14
December 15, 2012 at 08:46:37
Also John I want to create an Emergency Disk on a thumb drive or CD and have downloaded the KB3AIK_EN.iso.part file to a CD but the ESET site does not explain clearly enough for my pea brain how to proceed or what I am supposed to do with the ISO file on CD. Also, I do not see any option to save the log files to disk so I could send them to you to view. If your time constraints do not allow you to answer, I certainly understand. But thanks for your help just the same. Loren Sr.

srloren


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#15
December 15, 2012 at 15:09:25
srloren, pretty hard for me to elaborate any better than the links I have already given you.

Use your Windows 7 Help files or Google to find the info you need. Just a matter of finding links that suit your skill level & explain in terms you can understand.


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#16
December 15, 2012 at 16:01:18
Thanks John, I will get it sorted out. Loren Sr.

srloren


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