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#1 trumpetman51

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 09:20 AM

Hello again,

I have read much about cleaning the system using CCleaner and I would like to know...WHICH of the CCleaner settings (or selections) should be used ESPECIALLY concerned about the ADVANCED SETTINGS and whether or not to turn off System Restore prior....

Looking forward to more EXCELLENT ADVICE!!

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 09:23 AM

By the way...I have already run Spybot 1.5 which came up with CONGRATULATIONS, nothing found!!

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 09:28 AM

I use CCleaner all the time and really like it. I find that the default settings for the Cleaner function are good. Stay well away from the Issues function though. If you don't know what you're doing in there you can really mess up your system.

CCleaner will not remove any viruses or the like from your computer. It's main function is to delete the temp files that build up over time, thus freeing up more hard drive space. It also deletes a lot of the history information from your computer (for example: the Internet Explorer history) so that prying eyes cannot see what you've been doing.
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 12:03 PM

Be extremely careful using any application like CCleaner, since it is a very powerful programme. The safer modules offer a handy "one-stop" cleaning function, but completely avoid any changes to the registry. Unless you are a fairly knowledgeable computer user, it would probably be best to avoid such applications completely.
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 12:07 PM

Thanks Budapest,
But what about some od the other cleanup settings such as "Old Prefetch Data", "Hotfix Uninstallers" and "custom Files and Folders".....these can represent many MB of Disk Space...especially those Hotfix uninstalers...
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 01:11 PM

The Custom Files and Folders is to delete files and folders that you specify in the Options > Custom section.

The Hotfix Uninstallers are the files that are used to uninstall the Windows Updates. If you clean this out you will not be able to uninstall any Windows Updates.

The start menu allows you to set a custom order to the programs listed. Cleaning the Menu Order Cache removes any custom ordering from the Start menu.

The start menu displays a list of the most recently run programs. Cleaning the User Assist History will clear this list.
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:16 PM

Thanks Budapest!!

What about the Prefetch Data selection??
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:25 PM

It's perfectly safe to clean the Old Prefetch Data; however, it's debatable whether this is a good thing to do or not. See this link for a discussion on the issue.
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 05:21 PM

FYI - About clearing your "prefetch folder" CLICK HERE

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 07:11 PM

WOW.....SUCH CONTROVERSY over ONE DECISION!!!

I believe the consenus is to NOT LEAR THE PREFETCH FILES and so I WILL FOLLOW THE CONSENSUS!!!!

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR PUTTING SO MUCH EFFORT INTO HELPING ME GET IT RIGHT!!!

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 08:57 PM

Just to balance the debate: It should be known that certain inexplicable problems happen when a prefetch file gets corrupted. Some truly mysterious problems are magically fixed by clearing the cache. This is the real reason that CCleaner includes this function.

XP will rebuild the cache in short order - that's what it is designed to do. Sure, the first few boots and app runs will be a little slower, but what's this annoyance worth compared to getting back a properly working computer ? There are a lot of inane arguments out there on the web...


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Posted 21 August 2007 - 09:28 PM

THANKS to YOU TOO WinCrazy!!! FOR REAL!! You're right, there ARE as many points of view out there as there are PCs and their users.....we're ALL always learning, right??
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