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#1 AgustusM

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 07:11 PM

Curious to hear other peoples experience with this. I have been using ccleaner and have been very happy with it.

However I have also seen a lot of problems on a wide variety of machines that started at the same time as I started using the registry cleaning portion - am starting to think they are related.

would be interested in other opinions.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 07:17 PM

Hello.

I also use CCleaner's "Crap" "Cleaner" function. I do not use the registry cleaner and do not plan to either.

Also, please be aware that Bleeping Computer staff do not recommend the usage of registry cleaners/tools due to the following facts:
  • Registry tools can cause irreparable damage to your Operating System. This could include making your computer inoperatable.
  • These programs generally only delete "orphaned" or "dead" entries. This merely removes entries that point to files that no longer exist on your computer. Registry entries do not take up a significant amount of hardrive space. The program itself (and its own registry entries) likely occupy relatively more space.
  • The amount of improvement in performance you gain is minimal.
This is done, assuming that the major audience here at this board may be inexperienced users and thus a suggested safeguard from our side.
If you feel that your have sufficient knowledge to use such tools safely, then you are welcome to keep them.

Miekiemoes one of our Malware Staff has blogged about registry cleaners and why they are dangerous over here. It's worth a read.

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#3 AgustusM

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 07:35 PM

so how do you feel about finallyfast.com !?!?!!

In all seriousness thank you for that link, very informative.

still would love to hear anyone else experience, but I am leaning heavily towards discounting any use of reg cleaners.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 08:46 PM

Been using CCleaner for several years now. But I only use the regular cleaner that removes Windows and Application temp files, etc. I like to let it scan the registry once a month or so, but I uncheck everything it flags to remove (as I don't understand what most of them are) and only check & let it remove the occasional item for a programs I know I have uninstalled. NOTHING ELSE! Just too risky in my opinion.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 09:54 PM

Regarding FinallyFast, check out this topic:
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Posted 11 April 2009 - 01:33 AM

I use CCleaner for some time. I havent encountered any problems yet. It cleans garbage. I havent noticed any speed improvements by using it, but just keeps the computer clean I think.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 01:56 AM

I too have used CCleaner for years... Though it doesn't do anything for the performance, or speed... It does help keep it cleaned... Personally I only use the registry scanner to make sure nothing hasn't been added, or after I remove something...

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 05:33 AM

I use CCleaner to automatically clean cookies, temp & Junk files and the recycle bin each time I boot up. I don't use the registry cleaner and don't plan to use it. Finally Fast is a scam. If you're concerned about programs leaving stuffr behind when you uninstall, try Revo Uninstaller.



http://www.revouninstaller.com/

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 10:39 AM

understanding the issues button on CCleaner

http://www.removingspywareforfree.com/arti...Button_Ccleaner
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:51 AM

However I have also seen a lot of problems on a wide variety of machines that started at the same time as I started using the registry cleaning portion - am starting to think they are related.


Hi AgustusM quoting you here because IMO the answer to your question is in your own post. Whether it's a registry cleaner or editing the registry manually it's about the knowing or not knowing what exactly you're adding, deleting, or changing.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:24 AM

I use it and haven't had any problems personally with the reg cleaner portion. I use it when I uninstall crapware that comes on new PC's.
Have had a colleague mess one PC up bad with it though, programs disappeared he said.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:35 AM

There are other ways to do what you're talking about. Like this.




http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:58 PM

I use the Registry cleaner on CCleaner only to delete keys left behind by programs I uninstalled, but I never noticed any performance gain or loss.




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