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Posted 09 April 2010 - 04:40 AM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 06:31 AM
More times than you would care to count...
(How many times have you heard this story?)
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.
Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:52 AM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 11:54 AM
Edited by TinkTheHustler, 09 April 2010 - 12:01 PM.
Posted 09 April 2010 - 01:38 PM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:47 PM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:29 PM
I'm familiar with it.
We need to introduce you to Newegg.com keyboardNinja lol.
Thank you for the replies and thank you for that information for on the registry cleaners; minimal gain but catastrophic results may occur.
I have scoured and removed unessential programs from msconfig startup.
I have installed an 8Gig thumb drive in a 2.0 USB port, to help with RAM. Let me know if that's a fallacy too please.
They make ReadyBoost available for a reason, but it's just poorly synthesized RAM. You will not likely see any increase in performance. With specs like yours, it would be minimal at best.
I was using AVG 9.0 but have since deleted that and am using Microsoft Security Essentials. I removed the AVG because I was having a hard time getting updates (error code 0x80070002) but I'm working on that with Microsoft at this time; we'll see how that goes..lol. I may be hitting y'all up for the correct fix if they can't/won't help, if that's ok.
Personally, I would recommend Avast, but that is up to you.
1)Would you mind if I posted my HJT log while I get ready to go buy some RAM and a processor?
No, you should not post logs anywhere but the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs sub-forum. I don't think posting a log there will help you anyway. Your problem is hardware/OS related.
2)And what processor would you suggest for my Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC?
Like DeathStalker said, even if you could, it isn't worth it. Your best option is to start looking for a new computer. Visit the Questions and advice for Buying a New Computer sub-forum for help with that, if that's what you decide to do.
Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:42 PM
Edited by DeathStalker, 09 April 2010 - 08:43 PM.
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