Beware RegScrubXP

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March 12, 2010 at 17:29:57
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.362 GHz / 2047 MB
Saw rave reviews about RegScrubXP and against my usual beliefs installed it. 106 invalid reg entries were shown (despite my "mild" reg cleaners being clear). Most looked like prep items or risky things to mess with. I found six Flash Player entries which "appeared" to be redundant entries for early versions, so I let it pick them off - silly me!

A bit later I found Flash Player not working online and was directed to the latest version "which I already had". Undoing what RegScrubXP had done fixed the problem, so goodness knows what would have happend if I had let it have its way with the other 100. Interestingly, after uninstalling RegScrubXP it left several of its own registry entries behind.

So, I'm right back to my normal belief - don't judge a registry cleaner by how much it removes, judge it by how much valid stuff it leaves in place.

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#1
March 12, 2010 at 19:08:25
That's the problem with Reg cleaners, they need to have a lot of information about every application that was ever written to run on a PC in order to 100% effective. Clearly an impossible ask. Without that information it can only make wild guesses which are often wrong.

I have an application that puts information into the registry. Without that information the application wont work. But most registry cleaners would consider the information redundant because there is no reverse link to the application the uses the information.

Steer clear of Registry cleaners, they are snake oil. Even Microsoft gave up on registry cleaners because of the difficulties involved and they should know more about the registry than most.

Stuart


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#2
March 12, 2010 at 19:20:24
I agree 100% with Stuart. They are dangerous, and even if the Reg Cleaner doesn't cause a problem, removing some unused entries normally makes very little/if any difference in the performance of the machine.

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#3
March 12, 2010 at 19:21:47
StuartS

Yeah, agreed. It was a weak moment, having many times advised others on here to steer clear of them. Put it this way, they are no good for the novice who will simply let them delete whatever they wish. I knew Flash was low risk and easy to restore if need be. Safer ones can be useful as a guidance tool, if used with great care (that's how I knew RegScrubXP had left entries behind after uninstall).

EDIT:
Yes aegis1, a few invalid entries are unlikely to affect performance.

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#4
March 13, 2010 at 00:10:13
Have you tried RegSeeker from Hoverdesk Software? Good Freeware program. I've used it for several years with no complaints. Search function is ver good a finding Uninstall leftovers. Easy to use Backups.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#5
March 13, 2010 at 08:45:13
Dumbob

Yeah, I tried RegSeeker way back and it stopped various things working. I decided that it was far too ambitious (like RegScrubXP) and dumped it. You have to watch these things like a hawk or accept the possible consequences.

I appreciate that many folk say they have had no problem with registry cleaners. Unless you are lucky enough to notice a problem very soon after using one (as I did in this post) then you never really know whether having to fix a software problem was due to reg cleaners or something else. Few people can claim to have had no software issues on their machine and the reason is not always easy to decipher.

One of the things to be aware of is that often programs insert registry entries to be used later. These have no value so are reported by reg cleaners. For example, SuperAntiSpyware has a registry entry pointing to a Quarantine folder which only arrives when a virus is found. If these things like this are removed, when they are required the program might get lost, requiring re-install.

I've also had issues where reg cleaners do not save the backup entries in reverse order, which can lead to registry entries remaining missing even after undo.

I do have some very mild ones as diagnostic tools but even these I watch very carefully. The only really safe ones are those that just show all names of software manufacturers and programs, so you can see anything that has stayed behind after uninstall. These are quite different from those which churn out wadges of alleged invalid entries.

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#6
March 13, 2010 at 10:39:55
Ccleaner slim is a great free registry cleaner, I've never had problems with it.

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#7
March 13, 2010 at 11:49:21
Is "CCleaner Slim" the same as "CCleaner"?

If so, I do use the latter and have indeed found that their registry cleaner is one of the safer ones.

EasyCleaner and the old jV16 are pretty safe too.

Just the same, I always make sure I know as much as possible about what it is they are suggesting I remove - if in doubt I don't remove them.

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#8
March 13, 2010 at 13:24:05
slim is without the abnoxious yahoo toolbar installation

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#9
March 13, 2010 at 16:05:53
Oh Yeah - that thing. I avoided it somehow.

Thx anyhow.

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#10
March 14, 2010 at 19:03:03
I use both CCleaner-Slim & Glary Utilities-Slim, never had a problem with either one.

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