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Is PC Matic by PCPitstop good to have?


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#1 HomesickInTexas

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 11:23 PM

It says it deletes junk files (using CCleaner for that); tweaks internet settings (that might be nice); checks and fixes the registry (is that safe? CCleaner does that, too); updates all drivers (that might be good?); and checks for and removes viruses and spyware (use AVG and SuperAntiSpyware for that). What do you think? It seems like a good deal - but not if it's not really needed, I guess.

Any advice is appreciated,
Sharon

P. S. It also says it defrags (using Defraggler for that).

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 12:25 AM

CCleaner - Free
AVG - Free
SuperAntiSpyware - Free
Windows defragger - Free
Drivers - if your not having driver problems, there's no need to update them

Registry Cleaners:
Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.XP Fixes Myth #1: Registry Cleaners

If you do insist on using Registry cleaners, ALWAYS backup the registry BEFORE making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Registry
http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/sasample/E1209.pdf
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=643
http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/11/25/do-i...gistry-cleaner/
http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t...egistry+cleaner
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:06 PM

Great, thanks. I really appreciate your input. I already use AVG, SuperAntiSpyware, Spyware Blaster; Ccleaner; and Defraggler. Was just curious if the Pitstop offer was something to look into as it did the work of all of those separate programs and was on sale for 10 bucks.

After reading your post, I will continue using what I already have.

Thanks again,
Sharon




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