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#1 grey_ghost


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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:43 AM

I ended up at this site because of a friends pc problem and saw that a few people have problems that may be solved with a couple of tools.
One of them was recommended to the person who was having a problem, which is Malewarebytes. Glary Utilities and Malewarebytes are the 2 most useful tools there are for fixing pc problems.

Both are CNET reviewed and approved applications.

Glary utilities is a registry cleaner, startup cleaner, memory/program viewer and other things.

I have no association with either Malewarebytes or Glary Utilities other than being a satisfied user of their products.

A note about Glary. It installs the Ask toolbar now, so as soon as installation is finished I enter Add/Remove programs and remove the Ask Toolbar portion of it. It will want to reinstall it every time you use it but I just cancel the update and it works fine.

If you are having problems with your pc though, Glary and Malewarebytes are 2 tools you need.
If you do not want problems on your pc, Glary and Malewarebytes are 2 tools you want to run regularly.

Since I am not a moderator though, I could not post in the thread of the person who was having the problem. I thought I would just do a general call out then in case others may not have heard of these tools.

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#2 quietman7


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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:10 AM

Hello grey_ghost

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is an excellent tool and BC has a tutorial with instructions for doing a scan.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

:inlove: 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 <a href="http://www.techsupportalert.com/pdf/e1209.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
Hello grey_ghost

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is an excellent tool and BC has a tutorial with instructions</a> for doing a scan.

Understanding The Registry

:flowers: 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.

:thumbsup: 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.

:trumpet: 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.

Edited by quietman7, 09 October 2010 - 10:11 AM.

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