Registry cleaner with a Red Bug icon

June 18, 2013 at 19:30:33
Specs: Windows 7, 2.7 ghz 6.00
I had installed a free registry cleaner that was suggested by a person on this site. I had used it now and then and it did a great job. I thought it was called AdwCleaner but after searching site after site having that same name, I could not find the particular cleaner I had installed that had a Red Bug icon.

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#1
June 18, 2013 at 19:49:16
Registry cleaners generally cause more problems than they solve and should be avoided. The benefits of regular registry cleaning have been highly overrated while the dangers are very real. Registry cleaners do have some value when used by an expert in solving a specific but most people who use them have only a vague idea of what the registry is. A dangerous combination.

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#2
June 18, 2013 at 20:21:39
I am far from being an 'expert' when it comes to computers or registry cleaners. It's just that when I used it, many areas were 'cleaned' and eliminated, so I thought that was a good thing. I was not aware I might be looking for trouble by using one. I suppose the best thing to do is forget attempting to locate or even use it ever again! I had no idea so thank you for the warning.

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#3
June 18, 2013 at 21:47:41
Dandelions41,
The best and safest registry cleaner is Ccleaner Slim (no toolbar)
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...
It works great and like I said...it's free and safe to use. It will also help to delete unecessary obsolete files in your registry.

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#4
June 18, 2013 at 22:02:07
Adwcleaner will only remove registry entries associated with the particular adware it finds. It is not a registry cleaner as such and it is perfectly safe to use

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#5
June 19, 2013 at 08:28:33
I'll give that one a try and see how it goes. Thanks

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June 19, 2013 at 14:49:10

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#7
June 19, 2013 at 15:17:07
I agree with #1, although CCleaner is one of the safest because it is less thorough than some. They don't improve the running of your computer and if they get it wrong they cause issues. No registry cleaner can fully comprehend the mix of software that is put on computers. A useful diagnostic tool but just letting a registry cleaner delete everything it finds is reckless.

ADWCleaner does have a red bug icon but it is NOT a registry cleaner. It is a tool for removing toolbars that can cause issues on your computer. It is safe to use because it only searches for known undesirable items.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
June 19, 2013 at 16:37:25
Hi and thanks everyone for your assistance. I am at the point where I have almost made up my mind not to install a registry cleaner or any other type cleaner. It's becoming confusing due to helpful comments both positive and negative like.... try this one, no try this one instead or don't do that at all. I've gone on various sites, including those suggested and there was a fee. Elsewhere, it was suggested not to purchase a 'cleaner' for various reasons. I can't locate the one with the Red Bug that was free nor the 'piriform' site that was free. That 'bug' was on the tool bar but when I clicked to open it, it didn't work. I'm beginning to feel like being between a rock and a hard place. I think I'll just get an imaginary bug spray!! Thanks again... it's been fun!!

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#9
June 19, 2013 at 16:41:13
" That 'bug' was on the tool bar but when I clicked to open it, it didn't work"
Right click on it, Properties should tell you what & where it is installed.

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#10
June 19, 2013 at 16:47:31
I right clicked it, left clicked it and it did nothing...except to ask if I wanted to unpin it. I'm thinking that darn bug just flew away! lol

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#11
June 19, 2013 at 16:52:31
At times I have had the file vanish due to an ADWCleaner Update. Type ADWCleaner.exe in Search and if it is still lurking then just delete it. It does no harm if it is left in situ - doesn't do anything unless you ask it to Search. It is a useful tool to run when you suspect an issue but, as said, it is not a registry cleaner in the true sense of the words.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#12
June 19, 2013 at 16:54:35
Can you left click & drag it onto the desktop?

Then right click on it.


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#13
June 19, 2013 at 16:57:57
The 'bug' is no longer on the tool bar. After attempts to make it do 'something' and it did 'nothing'........I deleted it, so it's no where to be found.

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