Are There Any Legitimate Registry C

April 8, 2009 at 13:39:22
Specs: XP
Thanks for considering my question. I'm new here and am hoping to tap into the wisdom of crowds about registry repair software.

I've been doing some research on registry repair software and have found quite a bit of conflicting information. I've found tons (probably 25 or more) "review" websites that claim to review different registry repair options. I found that most of them recommend a small group of registry repair programs, that other (seemingly more legitmate) sources have claimed to be very poor programs. The "top rated" programs also happen to be the ones with the highest paid commissions with their affiliate programs (smells fishy). I'm thoroughly convinced that these "review" sites (at least a lot of them) are clearly biased (and provide virtually no helpful information). I've heard from some that in most cases these registry repair packages cause more problems that they fix.

As such, I'm looking for some experts that have actually had some experience with registry cleaners or have done it on their own. Which, if any, of the registry cleaners on the market actually do a good job (in terms of effective cleaning as well as safety. It would need to be easy to use, however)?Or do you believe that most are junk and are out to get your money?

What I don't want is a bunch of plugs by the companies, so please, only post if you have a good number of previous posts on the forum.

All your recommendations and commentary are well appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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April 8, 2009 at 14:05:28
Anytime you mes with a registry, you can run into serious problems. I always make a backup of my current working registry file before altering anything in the registry. Anyhow, I don't consider myself an Expert, but I and a lot of guys and gals in here use CC Cleaner. It works well and I have never had a problem with it. Best part is it's free.

Get it here.

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April 8, 2009 at 14:20:20
I'm one of the few who think that using a registry cleaner as regular maintenance tool is a bad idea. Using one to try and correct a problem is a different proposition, but I think a System Restore is generally preferable.

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April 8, 2009 at 14:24:12
MS really created a mess with the registry. Guess it isn't really much worse then dependency hell in linux.

I have seen an used a few over the years. Not sure it makes as dramatic of change as it used to. You can delete almost any key or group of keys but you do have to know how to boot with a repair cd/dvd to fix it maybe.

Better still is to avoid installing and uninstalling all sorts of test apps. At some point the best choice is to do a clean re-install of the OS. I make an image of a good install the way I like it. So when I decide it is time to clean it, a few seconds later I have a working system.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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April 8, 2009 at 15:00:20
I guess I'm one of the few who thinks relying on system restore is a good idea. I don't use it & never have. I have it disabled on all my systems. However, I use CCleaner Slim & Glary Utilities regularly.

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April 8, 2009 at 15:54:32
I too have disabled System restore. A total waste of time. I use ccleaner regularly.

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April 8, 2009 at 16:02:00
The only legitimate time you need to use a Registry cleaner is if you can't get something to work. For instance a program won't install correctly due to a bad removal of an earlier version.

Normally the relatively few orphan entries in the registry do no harm and should be left alone.

I do use CCleaner at least daily for the cleaner function and occasionally for the registry module.

To be safe you can create a backup file. I save them to the desktop, where I also download everything. That way I can delete the backup if all is OK after a day or so.

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April 9, 2009 at 02:31:40
CCleaner, Erunt to auto backup the registry daily, Ntregopt to optimize the reg.

Erunt & Ntregopt from http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-o...

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