|trvlr: I have stuck to Tune Up Utilities, Glary Utilities and faithfully to CCleaner and I don't bouch for just any registry cleaner, and since you said "helpful tune up, etc" in a vague maner, I wonder if you read exactly which program I meant. Seems to me that you generalized and put all registry cleaners in the same bag. You can read experts in Tom's Hardware suggest them, so it's not just my own idea, as for Windows XP's tools*, they have never worked right for me... some aren't even installed with Windows and since noone ever suggests them, I don't waste my time with them while I can download a more specialized third party application. I wouldn't be suggesting third party tools if I had any regard for MS apps.|
Your bad experience with Tune Up Utilities (if infact this is the program that caused you problems), may have been caused by using it on a computer that was infected before scanning with the appropriate security programs and that... you should know, is wrong. As you may know, some malwares hijack system files and registry data, so if you run a registry cleaner that reads infected registry data as corrupted data, and removes it.. problems may be expected, so I don't suggest leaving the virus/malware scanners for last. And besides, you don't run Registry cleaners to repair of disinfect a system, you use them to clean it.
Nedless to say, I have used Tune Up Utilities since the 2003 edition and it never caused me a single problem... In my experience this program is the safest of the bunch. The idea that registry cleaners are still dangerous (because the first ones were) is an old idea that has long been put aside since such programs have much improved.. and besides such claims are based on Microsoft's disclaimers rather than facts.. it may have been a fact in your case or a few more, but I've given you what I believe was the cause. I'm skeptical on claims that contradict other experts advise and are based on old and long surpassed issues and MS disclaimers. And I never ask for help to solve my own problem when ever they rarely arise even though I have used the suggested registry cleaners for a long time.. so, it's not thinking but knowing from personal experience that Tune Up Utilities is harmless if used the right way and not for the wrong problems.
* Do you recall the svchost.exe using 100% cpu? or buggy updates that messed up your system like a virus?.. and here's another example of what Microsoft applications can do, and why I usually avoid them.
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