|iv used CCleaner for many years on and off on many of my machines, in particular the 'Cleaner' which removes temp files, history etc. |
My experience with registry cleaners has always been a bad one, and i include CCleaner in this as well, althought it is (well seems to be) better than the majority of the other registry cleaners i have used.
Although i am not a believer of registry cleaners, i always try them before i can give my opinion on them.
So, to me, seeing as there is ALWAYS an update to CCleaner, it could be once a week, or twice a month, whatever.. it seems that the developers find bugs that they obviously fix and release a newer version. I never see any new features so i assume that the new releases have bug fixes...... in the mean time the version we are using can potentially have bugs which 'could' be harming our machine???
Anyways, from my experience all registry cleaners have made my computers slower and more slugglish, i have observed this in my main machine, and in an experiment i ran with two identicle machines, fresh copy of xp, setup exactly the same. Over a period of a week one machine (the one with ccleaner) startup time was slower than the other, although there could have been other contributing factors i also believe that the registry cleaner had a part to play with it too.
Bottom line, the registry is the brain of any machine, if its not broken then why try fixing it? orphan keys have never caused me any problems, in fact the machine that i never ran a registry cleaner on works perfectly......
it is only my opinion so any experts out there please dont have a go at me :)