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Best registry cleaner?


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#1 MarieBoyer

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 06:16 AM

I am in search of the best registry cleaner. I am willing to pay for the product, although I see many freebies offered and recommended. Where the software will be messing with the registry, I want to make sure it is a reliable program. Can you tell me the best program? (HelptoGo recommends "CCCleaner" and "EasyCleaner"). I see "Registry Mechanic" recommended quite often as well.

I have "One Button Checkup" with my Norton Systemworks, but I eventually want to remove Norton from my computers. Another reason I need to know the best registry cleaner

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#2 thedon57

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 07:12 AM

Hi just installed and ran CCleaner and cleaned up my registary lovely.
So can recommend that one
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Posted 26 July 2005 - 07:39 AM

Hello,

I usually use RegCleaner:

http://www.worldstart.com/weekly-download/...-cleaner4.3.htm

and Iím very satisfied with it. It very easy and you donít have to be any expert to use this program.

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 08:00 AM

ccleaner is good and windows registry reair se seems good too.
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 08:59 AM

Please keep in mind, that one must always create a registry backup, before editing the registery. I can not stress this enough.

That being said. CCleaner does much more than cleaning the registry. Plus it is free.

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#6 MarieBoyer

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 09:07 AM

Thanks so much! I downloaded CCCleaner and it appears to work beautifully! And it makes a backup of the registry before changes.

I did go back into regedit and saw folders (of old uninstalls) still remaining there. I guess I will not worry about those, unless someone tells me otherwise.

Thanks so much everyone!

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 09:13 AM

You're welcome. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 01:50 PM

I did go back into regedit and saw folders (of old uninstalls) still remaining there. I guess I will not worry about those, unless someone tells me otherwise.

That's because CCleaner isn't a general registry cleaner. As I understand it, it only addresses certain problem areas (Issues) in the registry, similar to the System Internals module of Spybot Search & Destroy. I don't believe it adresses leftover entries from programs that have been uninstalled, which is what a general reg cleaner does and i think is what you are asking about It is certainly not the best registry cleaner as you have asked about.

RegCleaner, that Halfman linked you to is generally considered to be the best general reg cleaner. However, that is an old, free version of what became jv16 Power Tools, and that program has now gone shareware. Since you say you won't mind paying for a program, and I've had problems getting the older free versions to work correctly (the programmer seems to have set them up so that they wouldn't fully function by a certain date, I suppose because he knew he would be seling the product later), you can find the latest version here: http://www.jv16.org/

You might also want to try RegSupreme, which is a reg cleaner only, without all the other tools that come with jv16. But you also should know that general reg cleaners should be used with extreme caution. They are usually safe, but they make educated guesses and if they guess wrong then you may not be able to boot up to restore the backups they make.

What I do is let a reg cleaner scan and only let it delete entries from programs I know I have uninstalled. Anything else I"ll research before deleting. Then I'll use the search function of jv16 to search for entries that may have been missed--and truth be told, you can do that with regedit or Registrar Lite(<--easier to use) if you know what strings to look for and are comfortable with editing the registry.

For example, and I've advised people to do this if they want to completely get rid of Norton programs, after uninstalling Symantec products, search for all entries that contain the following text:

Norton
Norton Internet Security
Symantec
Live Update


Those can go. :thumbsup:

Hope that helps you do what you want to do. You can try those programs from Macecraft free for 30 days, after that I believe they are fully disabled unless paid for.

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 03:38 PM

Ccleaner messed up my system even though I've always done a reg.back up.
My comp. wouldn't' boot after I've cleaned it with Ccleaner - naturally, I couldn't get to the registry back up files .
The interesting thing is that I've been using it for a while, and everything worked great, but I guess it removed some important files.
I had to format, reinstall Windows - basically, my worst nightmare... :thumbsup:
Now I'm not using anything to clean up my registry - any suggestions?
Maybe there is one that cannot delete important registry files?
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 04:07 PM

Thats interesting Trexxie. You are the first one that has reported that. What is your operating system?

Under normal circumstances a registry will maintain itself. These cleaners are not really neccessary. The normal disclaimer I give when discusing registry cleaners is to leave the registry alone unless you have a specific issue to deal with and are conversant enough with registry entries to be able to pick what to delete.

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