Are there best registry cleaners at all 4 W7

March 26, 2010 at 00:40:52
Specs: Windows 7
Hello.I was wondering...
Many forums and sites claim that Mil Shield, Registry Easy, RegCure,Registry Mechanic are the best registry cleaners ever. But do they really delete the invalid registry?I rarely use a registry cleaner, so the word is yours.

And if you're going to use a registry cleaner, what tool to use?


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#1
March 26, 2010 at 01:47:56
I only recommend CCleaner simply because it is not too invasive to use 'out of the box' - you can choose additional options but these are not selected by default. Over the years I've had the odd problem with many other cleaners which always makes me hesitant to use them again. The rule I stick to now, if I do ever try another cleaner is to check everything they intend to remove before clicking the 'clean' button.

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#2
March 26, 2010 at 03:30:05
Any registry cleaner can remove a valid entry any time. There is no guarantee that it will not. But with the recent Windows OSs, there is almost no need to use a registry cleaner. If you actually need one, use CCleaner as advised above.

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#3
March 26, 2010 at 08:01:23
Ccleaner is free (yes I said free) and outshines the ones mentioned in the origional post.

Why pay for one that will give you false positives when you try the trial? All the listed ones are famous for that, just to coax you into buying their product

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#4
March 27, 2010 at 09:51:38
Yup ... you can't go wrong with Crap Cleaner. Other than CCleaner, Glary Utilities is another one I'd recommend.

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#5
March 27, 2010 at 18:20:52
You shouldn't judge a registry cleaner by how many invalid entries it deletes, judge it on how many valid entries it doesn't mess with.

Yeah CCleaner is not so bad by the above definition. If you are not familiar with the registry, no registry cleaner at all is safer.


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#6
March 28, 2010 at 22:41:01
brrrr, CCleaner is not so good registry cleaner because it has not system that could to decide which registry key is useful and needed and which registry key is invalid and unwanted. This program cleans just like that. But...


The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key for example, is a key for the current hardware configuration – primarily mainly graphics card and printer settings.

If you delete this key and its values just like that, then your Windows will not run at all.


I recommend Mil Shield because it comes up to my and all clever people standards for Windows Registry cleaning!

Are there best registry cleaners at all? Yes, there are out there.


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#7
March 28, 2010 at 22:56:24
I must not be clever; don't understand how you come to these conclusions Hollarz12. You have knowledge of the CCleaner code and how it decides which entries are valid/invalid?

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#8
March 28, 2010 at 23:44:57
I can suggest you Ccleaner software to clean your registry.

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#9
March 29, 2010 at 13:24:57
I suggest you don't use any registry cleaner at all. They're completely unnecessary in this day and age, short of being OCD about it and wanting a clean registry at all costs.

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#10
March 29, 2010 at 13:54:12
"Registry cleaners have always been popular, but I never paid much attention to them. I originally thought that there might be valid reasons for their existence, but over time changed my mind, only to recently recognize that even today they can help maintain Registry hygiene."

Registry Junk: A Windows Fact of Life

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#11
March 30, 2010 at 22:58:14
Why do you involve the CCleaner code, SkipCox??? Maybe you are the cclenaer creator?I m really not interested in this code.

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Mil Shield is great for beginners and doesn't mess with the valid entries. Removes only null ones. I've tested Registry Mechanic too. It is for advance users,though .

www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic
www.mil-shield.com


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#12
March 31, 2010 at 00:11:08
I wanted to know why "because it has not system that could to decide which registry key is useful and needed and which registry key is invalid and unwanted."

How does he/you know that?

Skip


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#13
March 31, 2010 at 00:56:00
the trouble with Mil-Shield is that (1) it isn't free, only a 21 day trial, & (2) last time I saw it there doesn't appear to be a registry cleaner as such - it's primarily a browser/privacy cleaner. CCleaner does the registry bit, and also has useful tools for disabling startup items & an add/remove section that is quicker than Windows' own.

And no, I have no affiliation to CCleaner.

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#14
March 31, 2010 at 04:41:49
Great fun all this chatting. I wonder what happened to the original poster?


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#15
April 6, 2010 at 23:33:10
johnr,

Mil Shield has only 22 days free trial and it cleans registry history in version 7.2. I have it too. But 2 weeks ago they sent me the new version-7.5 to test it before its release, because I have 5 licenses and they gave me 7.5 version for free.

Now Mil Shield is a full Registry&Files&Folders Cleaner,I like it even more.7.5 has some bugs but they will fix them.I'm a hard user as for this program.


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#16
April 6, 2010 at 23:41:57
Nothing happened,I am here all.

So CCleaner, Mil shield...

and Ccleaner is free.I will test them.

Hollarz12, interesting info but I am still not sure in the registry cleaners usefulness


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#17
April 8, 2010 at 13:01:31
CCleaner all the way!

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#18
April 8, 2010 at 22:24:56
Waqqar, really? I like to test various things too, it is interesting really.

Mil Shield rocks.I have it too.But I've never tested future version :(

--> CCleaner rocks too.


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#19
April 9, 2010 at 11:12:50
I have been using CCleaner for almost three years now and i have never, ever got any issue with it. I higly raccomand it. Of course there are other registry cleaner but they are not for free.

One of the best one is http://www.pctools.com/registry-mec...

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#20
April 14, 2010 at 23:33:04
Very good program for PC cleaning /Mil Shield/ that I'm using now 4 years.

Have had no problems with registry cleaner, garbage files are removed without any issues.


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#21
May 10, 2010 at 22:40:56
ccleaner hasn't built-in registry editor but mil shield has.That's why I like more mil shield, it's more smart and wealthy of features than ccleaner.

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#22
May 11, 2010 at 04:21:28
This subject is raised every year or so on CN and It's always good for some banter , CCleaner is always voted the best choice .
Avoid " I can make your computer run faster " claims and " free download " . The download may be free but the prog. isn't .
Typically an on-line scan will claim 400 errors and claim to fix 10 for free , except the 10 either don't exist or worse there's nothing wrong with them .
Did we mention CCleaner's Free and has many other uses .

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#23
May 11, 2010 at 05:21:32
Registry cleaners do not put your registry right. They simply remove what are seen to be invalid entries. I have, over the years, had them remove the wrong things and cripple programs.

Sometimes registry entries are put in to prep further actions. They will usually get removed - fine if the program happens to put them back again when needed.

I find registry cleaners a very useful tool. I am not so sure that they should be allowed to blanket remove everything they list, so regard them is a tool for those with some knowledge of the registry.


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#24
May 12, 2010 at 08:20:57
CCleaner Slim is what you really want (no yahoo toolbar). Get it at the link below.

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


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#25
May 12, 2010 at 09:08:46
Most trials are JUNK because they give you false positives to coax you into buying them. Ccleaner is just TOTALLY free and FULLY functional

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#26
May 17, 2010 at 22:15:40
Ccleaner
&
Mil Shield

I have both and I'm not sorry.


Regards, Dave M.


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#27
May 19, 2010 at 22:50:03
Mil Shield definitely works better than the standard windows disk cleaner.

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#28
May 20, 2010 at 05:10:35
Are Provagative and hyperactive the same person?

Are they shills for Mil Shield?

For that matter, is the OP also the same person. I find it odd that the very first post on a forum is NOT about a problem they have.


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#29
May 20, 2010 at 11:13:34
It looks to me as if folk still hanker after registry cleaners that remove as much invalid stuff as possible - giving them their "best" vote.

Repeating what I said earlier, the thing that matters most is how good they are at NOT removing stuff which is valid. A few invalid entries do no harm at all, removing valid ones wreck the system.


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#30
May 30, 2010 at 21:23:18
In my opinion, and I am no novice, registry cleaners a of little benefit. In the hands of a knowledgeable use they have a place when resolving specific problems. In the hands of a novice they can be dangerous. They usually cause more problems than they solve.

The basic problem is that NO registry cleaner can be 100% certain that a specific registry key or value is not needed. So it must make a guess, and sometimes it guesses wrong.

The benefits of cleaning the registry are greatly overrated. The risks of doing so are very often underrated.


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#31
May 31, 2010 at 08:16:07
LMiller7 is absolutely correct.

I can think of only two circumstances when cleaners are appropriate.

First one is when you have an issue with re-installing a program due to improper removal. A cleaner can usually rectify that issue.

The second is if you have found yourself at a vulnerable site that you suspect of malicious intent. Running a cleaner immediately after that type of incident may prove useful.

Otherwise, a limited number of orphan entries in the registry are inconsequential.


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#32
May 31, 2010 at 10:44:40
'The basic problem is that NO registry cleaner can be 100% certain that a specific registry key or value is not needed. So it must make a guess, and sometimes it guesses wrong.'

If Ccleaner says the key or value is missing, it usually is, I have NEVER had a problem with it 'guessing' as you say.

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#33
May 31, 2010 at 10:51:13
XpUser4Real

The issue isn't with MISSING entries. The issue is removing entries that may appear to be unneeded but are needed.

That said, the ONLY issue I ever had with CCleaner involves the removal of log in cookies. That can be corrected by excluding wanted sites.


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#34
June 6, 2010 at 22:50:36
OtheHill, I have mil shield and believe me - there is no need to anybody does advertisement. I have two licenses of v7.5, I think and they work satisfactorily to me.

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#35
June 7, 2010 at 08:15:27
"Otherwise, a limited number of orphan entries in the registry are inconsequential." OtheHill-at the risk of sounding like a commercial for registry cleaners, can't that limited number become rather large over a period of time ?
Besides using Glary Utilities(and CC cleaner, though less frequently), I have also used registry cleaners by System Suite Professional and Norton Utilities, neither of which are free(unless you have rebates). The good thing about System Suite Professional is that it gives green, yellow, and red lights for the various entries which are to be removed.
Another question: What about defragmenting the registry ?

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#36
June 7, 2010 at 11:59:15
In controlled testing a computers registry was expanded vastly with unused entries. This was done to a point well beyond anything that would ever happen under real world conditions. The impact on registry access times was barely measurable.

Registry cleaners keep uninformed users happy and their sale keeps the companies that make them in business. But the impact on performance is negligible.

The producers of commercial registry cleaners either don't know this, or they are hoping that you don't.


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#37
June 7, 2010 at 14:28:25
Besides that you need to realize how many entries there typically are in a registry file. I believe the number is in the hundreds of thousands.

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#38
June 7, 2010 at 15:17:35
Unbelievably, the 79 word comment tossed up by LMiller7 in Response Number 36 summed up what Mark Russinovich told us 5 years ago in his 730 words explanation that Registry junk is Windows fact of life. After I read his writing I stopped cleaning & defragging windows registries and guess what none of the machines I own and serve for clients to date have had any performance degradation.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/markruss...

P.S. If you don't know who Mark is, read his bibliography HERE.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#39
June 9, 2010 at 22:30:49
'What about defragmenting the registry ?" is an interesting ?

I believe that there are hundreds of thousands keys/values in the registry too.Ccleaner is fine, also MilShield.


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#40
June 9, 2010 at 22:35:48
RegCure is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows 7 tool that is intended to help Windows users to optimize the performance of their PCs by cleaning and repairing several Windows registry-related issues in an simple and efficient way.

Kristain Hayes


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#41
June 9, 2010 at 23:10:46
.. help Windows users to optimize the performance of their PCs .. is a very familiar phrase used by third party vendors peddling snakeoil software.


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#42
June 9, 2010 at 23:33:27
RegCure works well too.

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#43
June 10, 2010 at 07:14:21
"RegCure works well too."

That's a crock. When you do a free scan it finds tons of errors and when you go to clean them, you HAVE to buy the program...LOL....tons of false positives to coax you into buying...I would NEVER buy a program that is filled with FALSE positives.

Ccleaner like I said is TOTALLY free and probably works 100 times better than Regcure!

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#44
June 10, 2010 at 08:19:12
I would like to endorse the view given in #43 so that you know it is not the opinion of a single helper. Avoid RegCure!

Whatever problem you have on a machine RegCure say that their program is the answer. That is complete nonsense and is pure marketting.


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#45
June 10, 2010 at 09:51:33
Registry cleaners do have legitimate uses, when used as a tool in solving specific problems. In the hands of someone who understands the registry and how these cleaners work they can be useful. But as with any tool, in the hands of an inexperienced user they can be dangerous. Most people who regularly use these products have only vague ideas of what the registry is and have no knowledge of their limitations.

Most Windows experts agree that registry cleaners have few benefits and are potentially dangerous.


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#46
June 10, 2010 at 09:56:10
Amen to that.

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#47
June 10, 2010 at 23:44:40
To download Registry cleaner or do not download Registry cleaner? This is the question.

People which have stumbled across some poor-quality Registry cleaner, now reject them. And there is reason.

People which have stumbled across some high quality Registry cleaner, now use them. And again there is reason.

I've tried RegCure, and no thanks.
I've tried CCleaner /on XP/ and MilShield /on WIN7/, and thanks.


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#48
June 11, 2010 at 07:53:54
Yeah, with all registry cleaners there is some risk - with some it is high and others it is low. Post #45 says it all.


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