Registry/System Cleaners

Gigabyte / Gbtuacpi
July 1, 2009 at 22:34:19
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.416 GHz / 1023 MB
Hey, can any one tell me which one of the following programmes is better: Registry Booster or CCleaner? or perhaps you may suggest an even better one.
Thanks.

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#1
July 1, 2009 at 23:20:48
If you must choose one, go with CCleaner. It is more than a Registry Tool and its Free.

If your main purpose is mucking around with the Windows Registry I suggest you do lots of research on the subject FIRST..Either of these programs, if used carelessly, can render your system little more than a good doorstop.

First order of business, BACK UP YOUR REGISTRY, before digging in. Be SURE, whichever product you choose, to set the program to BACK UP before deletion.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#2
July 1, 2009 at 23:31:39
1- I don't usually mess with the registry.
2- I did creat a restore point before I installed CCleaner.
3- I backed up the registry before fixing/cleaning it.
I currently use Ccleaner however i wanted to know if it is the best available or i can get another simple & free programme that does a better job.
Yhank for the reply.

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#3
July 2, 2009 at 07:07:26
Omda,

Some others will surely disagree with me, but my experience in I/T support, (and I have over 30 years experience both in a corporate environment and running my own business), has convinced me that running registry cleaners almost never fixes anything.

Because most registry cleaners also provide advanced, or more aggressive options, they can also do some real damage, rendering your system the most expensive door-stop on the block.

Messing with the registry should be left only to experienced technicians and even then, it's not risk-free... For the inexperienced, it's kind-of like do-it-yourself brain surgery. You're only trying to make things better, but the end result can be serious brain damage.

-- kptech


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#4
July 2, 2009 at 07:15:59
Omda,

I should have added...

If you're experiencing a specific problem that you're trying to fix, why don't you post a question detailing that problem. The good folks that hang out here might be able to offer a solution without hacking the registry. If they do suggest a registry change, it's usually a specific one that offers much lower risk than turning some program loose in your registry to do whatever it thinks best...

-- kptech


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#5
July 2, 2009 at 09:09:41
Omda,

I have never used the CCleaner for registry issues, but I've seen it highly recommended here on CN, with caveats previously noted.

I use a different registry tool which I hesitate to openly recommend due to an increase in Registy Cleaner induced problems I've noticed in the forums.

Check your PM.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#6
July 2, 2009 at 10:02:35
CCleaner is a multiple cleaning facility which happens also to have a reasonable registry cleaning feature, so you are not really comparing like with like.

As for choosing a registry cleaner it depends on whether you want it to clean as many entries as possible or whether you want it to only remove those which are definitely invalid. I prefer to err on the side of the later rather than take risks. Bear in mind that not all registry cleaners get the restore right (it depends on the "order in which they restore entries").
EasyCleaner is one of the safest registry cleaners but not the most aggressive.

The reason why you are not getting definite answers is because they are inevitably based on personal opinion. I have been victim of cock-ups caused by registry cleaners hence I don't believe it is a good idea to just sit back and let them remove whatever they like. This is why a knowledge of the registry is important. They are however very useful as a diagnostic aid.

There are many claims about registry cleaners improving system speed but not a lot of evidence to actually support this. Mostly, redundant registry entries are just ignored so they don't matter a fig.

some other bloke...


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