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what is a good free registry cleaner


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#1 ludachris1107

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:23 PM

i have window's xp and was wondering what was the best free registry cleaner i can find som i can clean up my computer :thumbsup:

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:29 PM

My opinion. Do not use a registry cleaner. Have seen them break :flowers: far more then I have seen the fix. There is no definitive evidence that they help in any way shape or form.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:43 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:45 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner

See Disadvantages listed.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:01 PM

ok thanks i wont do it

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:06 AM

Not one of the experts, but I've learned a few things, and your topic caught my eye. If your goal is to basically de-clutter your computer safely and get it to run faster, there are other things you can do which are not only safe but are recommended you do on a routine basis to take care of your computer. Perhaps you don't know about them. They came with your Windows XP.

1. Run Disk Defragmenter. It shoves fragmented files together into one volume so that they aren't scattered everywhere in your computer's memory and your computer can access them easier/faster. It'll make working on your XP much more efficient. It doesn't delete anything.

To get to Disk Defragmenter, click Start, go to All Programs, go to Accessories, go to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.


2. Run Disk Cleanup. Unlike the defragmenter, this will delete stuff. It'll go through and delete temporary files, programs that are unnecessary, and your Internet cache files. You can tell it to delete what you want, and you don't have to delete everything if you don't want. However, deleting some of the Internet files may cause you to lose your Internet history or saved passwords, just as a warning.

To get to Disk Cleanup, click Start, go to All Programs, go to Accessories, go to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.

Both of these will take time to run, sometimes upwards an hour, depending on your speed and how much stuff it has to clean up the first time around.

Simple things which helped me get my XP to run faster:

1. Keep your Recycle Bin empty. You'd be amazed at how quickly that bin gets full.

2. Go through your programs and see if there's anything you can do without. If you're feeling adventurous, replace some of the bigger programs with something else that will do the same job and take up less space. Check out this fantastic list assembled by BleepingComputer here.

3. The fancier the graphics, the slower you move, especially if you're using tons of fading effects. I went through my computer's display properties and changed the traditional XP look to something more basic, a classic Windows theme. I personally don't mind it, and you can play with the colors if you want. To change it go to your desktop, right-click and go to Properties, then click the Appearance tab. On the Windows and Buttons drop-down menu, click on Windows Classic style. Then you can play around with the colors and effects as you like.

4. Buy more RAM, it's really cheap now! :thumbsup:

If anyone else more knowledgeable than myself thinks any of this is a bad idea/wrong, please tell! Also, what is the general consensus here about CCleaner? Also bad?

#7 frankp316

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:16 AM

CCleaner would be perfect if it didn't have a registry cleaner. I use it to automatically clean out cookies, junk files, recycle bin.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:21 AM

A favorite of mine.

Great right out of the box. Can be tweaked as well.




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