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Registry Scan Fix Or Registry Scam


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#1 madphotos

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 05:27 PM

do these scans and registry fixes work or are they a scam. if they do which one is best. i used 3 or 4 different scans and all said i had any where from 300 to 600 problems. are there that many problems with my computer?
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#2 jgweed

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 06:37 PM

I am leary of any register cleaner, since they often do more harm to your computer ---if you are not extremely careful---than they do good. Unless you are somewhat knowledgeable about your operating systems, I would avoid using them altogether.
Since we cannot see the report, it would be very difficult to judge its contents or even to determine if they are "problems."
I would certainly think that you would be much better served by scanning your hard drive with several anti-spyware applications.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:46 PM

The best I have used is the free Advanced Windows Care.

http://majorgeeks.com/Advanced_WindowsCare...onal_d4991.html

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:33 PM

Be very careful there are several scams out there. Normally if the software wants money, I am leery of it. Microsoft has a very nice utility


Here is the Full Service Scan at Microsofts web site. Requires Internet Exploder.

Edited by oldf@rt, 15 July 2007 - 10:35 PM.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 05:49 AM

Registry cleaners clean the registry by deleting what the author thinks are unnecessary/incorrect keys. Since registry entries are made up by many different people, it's possible that what one person thinks is a bad key - another may think that it's a good key (this is a rather simplistic scenario that doesn't consider a lot of other issues/processes).

I used to use the old version of Microsoft's RegClean on a regular basis - and it hosed my system. I've used others with the same result. So my conclusion is that if you need it, you use it with the understanding that it may actually make the problem worse. I only use a registry cleaner when I'm desparate for a solution - and when I can accept the fact that the system may become unstable because of it.

Finally, the only registry cleaner that I use these days is the last freeware version of JV16 PowerTools - and it makes me decide which keys to delete. So any errors are my own durned fault!
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 06:09 AM

Requires Internet Exploder.

I just cracked up when I read this typo.
When I'm asking for help, please explain, in detail, every step. Thank you :).
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 07:35 AM

Not a typo.
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 04:30 PM

Not a typo.

Lol! Someone doesn't like IE. Anyway, I like the full service scan.
When I'm asking for help, please explain, in detail, every step. Thank you :).
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 04:49 PM

madphotos as you can see by the opinions given here the general consensus is "if you use one, then KNOW what it is finding". The simple fact that you have 300+ errors doesn't mean your system is in trouble, it could be that 299 of those errors are merely broken "shortcuts" the registry has. A registry shortcut is exactly like a desktop one, that is, a link to a certain file or program. For instance if you downloaded a file and saved it on your desktop, the registry creates an entry shortcut to that file location. Later you delete or move this file and whallah you have a broken shortcut which nearly all reg cleaners will identify as an error.

Me personally i use Registry Mechanic because it's interface shows me every detail of every entry and gives me the option of how to treat it. Like all reg cleaners even mine returns "false positives" so the fact i know every system and every piece of software on my PC allows me to recognise these bad calls and remove them from any action, even allowing me to have them ignored in future scans. Like USASMA suggests your result are only as good as the software authors interpetations.

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