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#1 jrv


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:01 PM

I was having problems w/slow computer & freezing up.
A friend installed a reg cleaner a few months ago to help. But things kept getting worse til It crashed. I had to reinstall windows .
Could that have been the cause? He is very good w/computers & swears by his reg cleaner.
Also, what abt smart defrag being installed? Is that necessary?

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:10 PM

About reg cleaners - sorry I just searched for the "BC-statement on reg cleaners", but cannot find it anymore, maybe someone will post a link - they do more harm than good. Best is to leave the registry alone unless there are specific problems and then only when guided by an expert.
I cannot conclude your PC crashed because of the reg-cleaner, but evidently it didnt improve things.

About the defragger, it is always good to defragment your disk on a regular basis. This isnt the cause your PC crashed.

If you re-installed windows, I strongly recommend NOT to use any reg-cleaner.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 03:40 PM

It is quite possible.
Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for a several reasons:

:trumpet: Registry cleaners can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines. Many users (including some Staff Members) have reported problems after using registry cleaning tools - to include those tools released by Microsoft. This can cause your system to become unbootable.

:flowers: Registry cleaners generally don't do anything significant for your system. This topic discusses it in greater detail than we could address here: http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015 Although the topic discusses the XP registry, the concepts there apply to all other versions of Windows.

:thumbsup: Not all registry cleaners create a backup of your registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting/logging in, then there's no backup to restore in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:23 PM

On the other hand, well-known expert of Windows technologies and author of SysInternal tools, Mark Russinovich says:

Registry cleaners have always been popular, but I never paid much attention to them. I originally thought that there might be valid reasons for their
existence, but over time changed my mind, only to recently recognize that even today they can help maintain Registry hygiene.


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:34 PM

Thank you to everyone. I did reinstall windows (had to) BUT, I got to thinking about what all has happened since he put reg cleaner on here, so I thought I'de ask ya'll. The person who helped me get my computer back on told me abt this site. I'm glad i didn't install the cleaner again before I came here.

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