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Is RegAlive registry cleaner optimizer safe?

July 22, 2010 at 14:52:40
Specs: Windows XP

Automatically my PC said it had problems & to download RegAlive at a cost. I did the suggested scan & many, many items showed up. Is this a scam or is this Microsoft approved? What do you know?

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#1
July 22, 2010 at 15:09:45

alcove PC, My advice is to stay away from all registry cleaner type programs. They do more harm than good in my opinion.

Tufenuf


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#2
July 22, 2010 at 15:14:39

It is probably a scam.

In the case of your registry there can be many orphan entries that cause no harm but will show up on a scan.

There is no need to pay for a registry cleaner and no reason, normally to even use one.

I suggest you remove the software and not worry about it.

If you want to try a safe and free cleaner download Ccleaner slim from the link below. The cleaner module is the forte of that suite but the registry cleaner has proven to be safe for me. For you own peace of mind when running either scan I recommend that you save a backup to the desktop when running. If nothing is wrong after a couple of days you can then easily delete the backup file. As I said, I have never had to use a backup file and rarely even bother with it.

Run the cleaner module regularly. You may need to re-login to sites like CN after using Ccleaner because it will remove that cookie. If you read the instructions you can set it to leave certain cookies.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#3
July 22, 2010 at 15:16:20

http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2008...

If you decide that you must run a registry "cleaner" first backup your registry, I recommend Erunt (freeware).

Please note that I have no association with Lars Hederer (supplier of Erunt) or his associates.

Good luck


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#4
July 22, 2010 at 15:17:39

That message to download RegAlive did not come from Windows. It was most likely a popup cleverly disguised as a Windows dialog. In many cases you will be asked to download a free program that will scan your computer for errors. It pretends to do a scan and then shows a list of errors. It then tells you that to correct these errors you should upgrade your free program to a paid version. This version will then "fix" the problems that never existed in the first place.

I have no experience with RegAlive but the above situation is quite common.

Most experienced users on this forum would agree that registry cleaners should be avoided. They generally cause more problems than they solve.


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#5
July 22, 2010 at 19:05:20

It's a scam & since you downloaded it, your system is probably infected.

"Most experienced users on this forum would agree that registry cleaners should be avoided"

I disagree. I use CCleaner & Glary Utilities regularly & have never had any problems.


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#6
October 16, 2010 at 08:07:09

'I did the suggested scan & many, many items showed up.'
Those were probably all false positives to coax you into buying the product...stay away from those trials...they do more harm than good.

Response #5 is right, you may be infected now too.
I would suggest using revo uninstaller to remove it so you can get all the entry items cleaned out safely
http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo...

Oh, I also find Ccleaner real safe to use, never had a problem with it, in fact I have it run at startup so it removes all obsolete files and junk and keeps my PC running at max speed.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#7
October 16, 2010 at 14:52:23

The use or otherwise of registry cleaners (the better ones I mean) is often controversial. My take is that they can be unsafe in unskilled hands and that with a modern machine invalid entries rarely cause any issue and make no real difference to speed or performance. I've definitely had valid entries removed by registry cleaners over the years and in the W98 days I used to keep detailed notes of what issues each one had caused. In some cases the restores were badly configured too.

Agreed that if you must use a registry cleaner CCleaner is one of the safer ones.

Using ERUNT regularly (see #3) when things are going OK, is well worthwhile.

Ms Hulot's boat


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