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#1 bobbies

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 07:27 AM

I downloaded two free registry cleaners. One said i had 1500 faults, the second said i had 800 faults. Can they both be right, and is it safe to delete or move the suspected files.Why dose my antivirus not pick them up.Thanks.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 09:57 AM

First, I would not permit the downloaded registry cleaners to remove any files. They can cause a great deal of harm. Second, I would uninstall both of them.

Then download and install ccleaner. It is a safe and very light registry cleaner. By light, I mean it will only remove those items in the registry that are obviously dead-end entries or of no value. I have used it for years, and it works exceptionally well. Be sure and keep it updated.

http://www.ccleaner.com/download

Your anti-virus did not pick them up because they could very well be legit programs, but legit programs can still cause harm to your computer. You were wise to ask for guidance before executing those programs.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 10:17 AM

Registry cleaners are NOT antivirus.

Read this for more info:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-Registry-Clea...&id=3103586

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 02:28 PM

First, I would not permit the downloaded registry cleaners to remove any files. They can cause a great deal of harm. Second, I would uninstall both of them.

Then download and install ccleaner. It is a safe and very light registry cleaner. By light, I mean it will only remove those items in the registry that are obviously dead-end entries or of no value. I have used it for years, and it works exceptionally well. Be sure and keep it updated.

http://www.ccleaner.com/download

Your anti-virus did not pick them up because they could very well be legit programs, but legit programs can still cause harm to your computer. You were wise to ask for guidance before executing those programs.

I have downloaded .what you sugested, but it says it will permanantly delete all the files it finds.Is this safe. thanks again.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 02:49 PM

If you have run the registry cleaner, yes it is safe to delete them. It should also ask you first if you want to create a registry backup before you delete them. This might be a good idea until you get more familiar with the program. I have been using this program for so long and have such trust in it, that I no longer create a backup first.

Also, take advantage of the cleaner program located above the registry cleaner. Look in the left panel to decide which entries you want to be removed, usually the default settings are good enough. I would stay away from the Advanced section.

Run both the cleaner and the registry scanner periodically, you can click on the 'Check for updates' in the lower right corner on occasion to see if there is a newer version.




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