Solved Is it safe to use ANY registry cleaner?

March 14, 2012 at 13:59:05
Specs: Windows 7
I add and remove programs frequently and think I would like to use a registry cleaner to clean out the pieces. Are any safe to use? Thanks.

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March 14, 2012 at 15:26:01
The problem with registry cleaners is that it is rarely possible to determine with 100% accuracy that a specific entry is in error. So a registry cleaner is forced to make a reasonable guess. But however reasonable the guess might be it will occasionally be wrong, with potentially deadly results.

The benefits of regular registry cleaning are highly questionable. Even frequent installation and uninstallation of programs does not "bloat" the registry. Experiments have been made adding useless registry entries far beyond what would ever happen under real world conditions. The increased time accessing the registry was barely measurable.

Registry cleaners do have some use when used by an expert to solve a specific problem. But most people who use them have only the vaguest notions of what the registry even is.



#1
March 14, 2012 at 14:02:22
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/cclean...

A lot of people on here use this. I personally use it and it works great.


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#2
March 14, 2012 at 14:10:48
There is really no reason to use a registry cleaner unless you are getting an error involving an orphan registry entry. When removing programs first look in the folder for the program to see if there is a file to uninstall the program. Sometimes the file may not be labeled clearly. I have see the work unwise used many times.

If you don't find any uninstaller there, then use the add/remove feature in Control Panel.

If you really want to use a registry cleaner I can recommend a safe one. Download Ccleaner Slim. The main module in that program is the cleaner module. However, the registry module is safe to use and also has a backup feature. I suggest you use it. Save the backup to the Desktop where you can easily find it again. If not issues appear after a few days then just delete the file from the desktop.

One other thing to note. Pay attention to the include/exclude cookie feature. Ccleaner will delete most cookies so you may need to re-enter your saved passwords. If you open the cookie list after analyzing but before running, you should see a list of your cookies. You can move the ones you want to save to the right column. Any cookies you move oveer there will not be deleted in the future.

Get Cleaner Slim from the link below.

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


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#3
March 14, 2012 at 14:16:50
Thanks for the reply!

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#4
March 14, 2012 at 14:28:58
All registry cleaners are capable of getting it wrong sometime, so you are taking a calculated risk by using them. They won't improve performance as they only remove invalid entries that are not used. As said already, they can be useful for specific situations.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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March 14, 2012 at 15:26:01
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The problem with registry cleaners is that it is rarely possible to determine with 100% accuracy that a specific entry is in error. So a registry cleaner is forced to make a reasonable guess. But however reasonable the guess might be it will occasionally be wrong, with potentially deadly results.

The benefits of regular registry cleaning are highly questionable. Even frequent installation and uninstallation of programs does not "bloat" the registry. Experiments have been made adding useless registry entries far beyond what would ever happen under real world conditions. The increased time accessing the registry was barely measurable.

Registry cleaners do have some use when used by an expert to solve a specific problem. But most people who use them have only the vaguest notions of what the registry even is.


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#6
March 14, 2012 at 17:28:06
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll leave the registry alone.

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#7
June 9, 2012 at 00:53:39
Don’t forget to update your antivirus on a regular basis. An outdated antivirus may work as a virus itself. It’s better to go with a licensed version. A free version may protect your PC in some way but it will not be as effective as a licensed one. Along with it also installed Registry Cleaner for cleaning the system from the virus and it is also used for clear the history of the system….

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#8
June 9, 2012 at 05:43:26
AmyLoe

All registry cleaners can remove valid entries and then cause issues.

You may be one of those geeks who fully understands the registry and can therefore select which items it clears or leaves behind. The general public just tell cleaners to remove everything they find. That is where things go wrong.

This is not just opinion. I have tested various registry cleaners over the years and have evidence that they have stopped programs from working. Some don't take care of the "save order" so even when you ask for the registry entries to be restored they can get it wrong.

CCleaner has never let me down but even with that there is always a first time.

By the way, as the poster was last seen on March 14th I doubt he/she will be back.


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