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#1 asherc

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:05 AM

hi all, i was recommended by the shop where i bought my pc to download and use VLC media player instead of window media player. the download included a bunch of other free applications one of which caught my eye. it is called registry helper. it claims to check the registry for unwanted stuff and clear it making pc faster. nice idea but i am suspicious. does anyone know this software? i began to run it but then had the idea that maybe it wants to create a problem that then compels me to buy their solution. been there and did that with finally fast which i think was a con.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:28 AM

Hello there,

I don't know this particular reg cleaner, but generally they are no good (even if they are legit programs).

I don't personally recommend the use of ANY registry cleaners.
Here is an excerpt from a discussion on regcleaners

Most reg cleaners aren't "bad" as such, but they aren't perfect and even the best have been known to cause problems.
The point we are trying to make is that the risk of using one far outweighs any benefit.
If it does work perfectly you will not see any difference
If it doesn't work properly you may end up with an expensive doorstop.


http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2008/02/reg...weaking_13.html
http://forums.whatthetech.com/Regcleaner_t42862.html

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 12:19 AM

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.


Where did you download VLC from? It shouldn't come with "proprietary software" like this....try downloading from Softpedia

Yes, Finally Fast is most definitely a con. Don't fall for these fake promises in advertisements like this. They are preying on the people that don't know any better, and probably making quite a bit of money screwing up people's computers. Check this out. What gets me is that these websites claim to be certified by Microsoft, CNET, Softpedia, etc...but don't actually have a link to these websites to prove it. They just put those logos on there to make it look legit. Don't fall for it.
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Posted 26 March 2010 - 12:21 AM

A better site to download VLC from is the original site: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 05:56 AM

hi, i fell for it because finally fast had a huge tv advertising campaign and for some illogical reason i thought tis meant they would be reputable. i should have twigged when after it did the free scan and recommended i buy some software for about $35 and then that sofware did another scan which said i needed some more sofware for another $35 and so on about 5 times and i fell for it every time. i feel such an idiot now. my computer had been running slower and slower and this sofware made hardly any difference if any and the computer died a couple months later.

as far as registry clean i have decided i do not have enough expertise and am not going to do it at the moment, probably never.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 06:19 AM

I am sorry to hear that. No need to feel an idiot, they can be very convincing and play it in such away you trust them.

However, if you indeed paid for the product, I strongly recommend you contact your bank and explain them that your credit card/online banking information may be compromised. They will know what to do. I advice you to change any passwords associated with this also.

Its not said they indeed stole sensitive information, but the chance is there and its better to be safe than sorry.

Please let me know if you need any other help to get your computer up and running again.

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