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#1 doctorbench

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 01:02 PM

Is the software UNIBLUE Registry Booster a safe download?

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:31 PM

If you are getting the download from a safe, reputable site, it should be all right. When you use it, it will tell you that you have a zillion errors but you will need to pay for it before anything gets fixed.

Most people prefer Ccleaner or Glary Utilities, both of which are free.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:45 PM

No program that claims to clean the registry is safe. You will get a reply from somebody who knows much more about this than me.

The thing is, the company itself seems quite untrustworthy. MyWot Scorecard

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:07 PM

I would recommend studying this thread:

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:20 PM

Stay away from registry cleaners or any other program that claims to "boost" or "defrag" the registry. It is best left alone unless you are having serious problems with your computer (preventing you from using it).

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:08 AM

Just to clarifiy, this is Bleepingcomputer view on registry cleaners:

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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Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:46 AM

I have to agree with boethe's and computerxpds' posts. There are two separate things here: the danger of registry cleaners as explained in the quote in the previous post. But another issue is the safety of the download link. Uniblue Registry Booster is not a malicious program and if you use the official download link, it does not pose a security risk.

My recommendation: Registry Cleaners :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:43 AM

Uniblue Registry Booster is not a malicious program


Didn't say it was. It's just things like claiming to be a Microsoft Gold Partner, but when you search here Microsoft Partner Thingy, they don't appear to be on the list.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:38 PM

I think then that somebody really needs to educate the developers of Winamp about the dangers of registry cleaners since they promote this very tool, and not to mention, to them, it's not an optional tool. They force it on you when you update to Winamp 5.581, and if you're not watching, you'll have to go back and uninstall it.

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