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#1 teaside

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 12:41 PM

Hi everyone, first time here. Is PC Cleaner safe to use. WOT shows green but just double checking. TIA teaside

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 01:32 PM

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 21 November 2010 - 01:41 PM

Is this the program you are asking about?

Was going to download it myself and have a look. Odd thing is both download links download a program called ReimageRepair.. Probably a site of origin hic-up. But odd none the less.

As to your original question. My cleaner of choice is CleanUp.

Some will only use the built-in Windows disk cleanup. In most cases it is probably adequate.

EDIT;Found this about a similarly named program. Can you please post a link to the program you are talking about.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic102175.html

Edited by ThunderZ, 21 November 2010 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 21 November 2010 - 01:47 PM

@ Cryptodan. I looked up what I assume to be the program in question. Saw no reference to a registry cleaning option.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 01:51 PM

PC Cleaner looks suspicious to me.

On the PC Cleaner web site (pccleaner.com), the product is labeled as PC Cleaner. But when you try to download, the file is downloaded from reimage.com. On the reimage website, the same product (with same download link) is labeled as Reimage PC Repair.

Although, it is digitally signed and everything but no legitimate vendor creates two or more sites with different product labels for the same software.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 01:54 PM

@ Romeo29. Please read. :lmao:

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 02:01 PM

@ Romeo29. Please read. :lmao:


When I started typing, there were no replies. After I checked the sites etc. and submit my reply, I found cryptodan and you have already made replies.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 02:04 PM

ahhhhh..... A speed typer like myself.

Can`t count the times the same thing has happened to me. :whistle:

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:55 PM

I downloaded it and installed it, went to run it, and Spy Bot's Tea Timer stopped it from analyzing my PC.

So far it seems to be a pretty good program and it seems to be registering the temperatures more accurately then other temp readers for my CPU and Hard Drives.

The stability tests I think are a bit skeptical.

It includes a Malware Scanner which scans for malware. I am not sure how accurate it is.

So this tool does have a registry cleaner/fixer:

Damage in Registry hives


Reimage is able to replace entire registry hives and/or individual registry keys that are
corrupted. In cases of severe registry damage - Reimage first looks into your Windows
Restore for back up and if that's not available then the second option is to download
and replace corrupted registry keys with clean registry keys from our repository.


From: http://www.reimage.com/technology.php

So it seems like it could be useful if it didnt include a registry scanner/fixer.

Edited by hamluis, 22 November 2010 - 07:08 AM.
Typo corrected ~ Hamluis :).


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Posted 21 November 2010 - 08:52 PM

You are a braver man then I.

To many unanswered questions. Malware scanner? What engine?
Registry repository? Who`s?
To do what it does would mean it must be pretty OS file intrusive.

Since it was verified to me that it is the program in question I d\l`d it then scanned it at Virustotal. Showed clean.

Still, IMO, to little known about a very questionable program.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:07 AM

According to the following:

#This configuration updates only the virus definitions from reimage mirror of avira

install-dir=./
temp-dir=./tmp


it is using Avira to scan with.

Of course I did not tell it to do any repairs, because im not suicidal.




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