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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.


Reference:
http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/a...ct-of-life.aspx

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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.
THANKS!!




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