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Free Reg Scanner For Vista?


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#1 Paulrenno

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 12:15 PM

Does anyone know of a good Free Reg scanner/cleaner for Vista (pref online scan)

I have tried the Windows One safety scanner but took too long so I cancelled it - it does the spyware scans first then defrag etc;

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 02:26 PM

In general we don't recommend the use of registry cleaners - too many people have reported too many problems after using them. Here's a thread with a good discussion about registry cleaners (although it's an XP thread, it applies to Vista also): http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:17 AM

Thanks. I read the whole article, and I dont think I wil pursue a Reg cleaner anymore. i deleted Comodo Firewall fairly recently, and have gone into every file I can think of in Windows to see if there is any trace left and cannot find any. I just wanted to run a reg cleaner to see if there is any traces left in the registry which a cleaner could remove.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 08:20 AM

That is usually how it starts out. Someone wants to make sure that they removed all traces of a particular program, and then the registry cleaner 'finds' a bunch of other cryptic looking entries, so they get deleted, with the end result being that the system is irreparably screwed up.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:25 AM

Thanks for the advise - I really was thinking that a Reg Cleaner was the answer, and it obviously is not.
The machine is running fine - and I am going to leave it that way.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:19 PM

Thanks for the advise - I really was thinking that a Reg Cleaner was the answer, and it obviously is not.
The machine is running fine - and I am going to leave it that way.


A good alternative to a cleaner is this Registry search tool(plus it has other functions)


jv16 Powertools last free version

It's listed in 46 Best XP freewares

46 Best XP Freewares

I've been using it on XP and Vista Home Premium 32 bit for quite a while. The user interface is
a bit different. But it has a Registry Search from which you can group together the hits and decide
to delete or whatnot.

The other one I've found that does automatic cleanup of "registry issues" is CCleaner. It has
a backup feature so before you delete anything it makes .reg files in your documents folder
to put things back the way they were. But I do believe in "if it ain't broke don't fix it" so
with all these utilities I use 'em on my old XP machine for awhile before letting them loose
on my Vista machine. Plus it's good to have a recent backup that you know works(I mean
a backup of your entire system partition, not just a Restore Point.)

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 04:31 AM

The other one I've found that does automatic cleanup of "registry issues" is CCleaner.

I use CCleaner for my Vista too. It's a "safe" programm that I've ever seen. I've used many programm which clean, optimize Registry ...bla..bla... And most of them cause my computer broken-down. They really made me angry. But CCleaner works well. He has never made me angry. :D.

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