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TuneUp 2010

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 08:23 AM


Well, decided to test out TuneUp Utilities 2010... The main thing I always test - is an HDD defragmenter. It's fast enouph, yet simple... But, something went wrong. When the program started to defragment C:\ drive - 50% of it was filled with totally fragmented data (and these 50% was counted as an existing data). The space was totally blank before. Another program that I'm using, Ashampoo, couldn't defragment C:\ drive after that properly, sayin' that it's too small amount of a free space left and displayed several errors. So, I uninstalled it right away and everything went back to normal again. I even had no time to test all of the aspects of a program, including its registry cleaner and its safety...

...So, does someone knows what was that and what's really happened? Because, I've heard from several people, that TuneUp is great for PCs.

Anyway, just to let you know guys. If someone had no such problems with TuneUp 2010 - let me know, maybe it's only my computer is acting that way. I've send an email with a complaint about this issue... still no reply yet.

Thanks for reading,

...Waiting on replies. :thumbsup:

Edit: I've also tested out System Mechanic (latest vers.), and my opinion, is that it's too automated and lacking control... also, these sayings, like "...finds on 500% more errors in the registry..." - pphhh...

Edited by rhino1366, 10 December 2009 - 08:27 AM.

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 03:14 PM

Just for the record and potentially why you may not get a lot of replies.

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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