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#1 Mediokrates

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:05 PM

Hi all,

I used to use Microsoft Live Onecare Scanner online. I'm computer literate, but don't have the deep knowledge... so I liked it. I particularly liked the registry tool, to remove errors. I'm disappointed they discontinued it.

Does anyone here know of a registry tool which can remove errors, which is considered safe by this community?

My system is XP SP3

Thanks,

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#2 Allan

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:15 PM

NEVER use registry cleaners. There are no good registry cleaners. The best of them do nothing and will not hurt your system. The worst of them will leave your system unusable. What specific problems are you having?

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 05:39 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is now the substitute antivirus scanner program for Microsoft Live Onecare Scanner -
Please uninstall any Antivirus and then install this program if you want the Microsoft Antivirus scanner -
->> Does anyone here know of a registry tool which can remove errors <<-
Microsoft Live Onecare Scanner was not designed as a Registry cleaner , just an on-line Antivirus scanner -


What do I need to do?
Read the link to
One Care-live << - and it says to now install MSE as a prime Antivirus to do the same job -


Edited by noknojon, 04 May 2011 - 05:47 PM.


#4 Mediokrates

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

Thanks,

I've learned not to use registry cleaners:(... however, the one MS used to offer, integrated into their free online scanner, was pretty good. My computer had started to take a while to startup, and after I first used it, my startup time was cut in half, back to when I first bought it.

As for Microsoft Security Essentials... I've tried it. Initially, it seemed to work fine, but then it slowed my pc performance much more than AVG ever did.

As for problems... I was having an issue with my folder preferences changing, and newly created folders having images already selected for them. I think I've solved that now.

I was curious b/c I just reinstalled AVG and ran the PC Analyzer and it identified over 800 errors in my registry. The problem being, Ccleaner identified only 6.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 05:52 PM

There is no such thing as a registry error (at least not in the sense we're discussing here). That's hype to get you to buy their product.

Edited by Allan, 04 May 2011 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 06:07 PM

ran the PC Analyzer and it identified over 800 errors in my registry.

Typical of most Reg Cleaners -
You MAY have between 1 and 10 maximum errors only -
Download Secunia PSI ftp://ftp.secunia.com/PSISetup.exe for a Real check on your installed programs -

Edited by noknojon, 04 May 2011 - 06:12 PM.


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:33 PM

Just for the record, and for future readers of this topic:

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 04 May 2011 - 11:07 PM

Hello Mediokrates -

For the above reasons mentioned by Animal, we never say to use any registry cleaners/optimizers at all -
That is why Secunia PSI is the only monitoring program that is recommended by any computer Experts -
This program monitors your installed programs and will tell you when they need updates or are out of production -
I use it now on 2 computers because an Expert here said this is the only reliable monitor for your system -
It works and will not alter your regestry , but it will monitor your system and installed programs - Please try it along with your Antivirus -

Thank You -

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:20 AM

Thank you all for the info

I will give Secunia a try!

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:39 AM

This is not a registry repair tool but I would certianly give this a run. It will replace any widow files etc that are damaged which may boost your computers performance a bit hopefully. Over time files etc can become corrupt.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/sfc-scannow.htm

Also before doing so it may be a good idea to down load ATF cleaner and Ccleaner and run them both.They will clean junk files out of your system. Ccleaner also has a registry cleaner in built but I would not run that part of the cleaner.

Good luck.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:08 AM

I would suggest NOT following any of the advice in the post immediately above this one.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:29 AM

Allan am I missing something here...?? Running SFC to me would not cause problems in this case as I am sure you are aware it is an in-built tool in XP. Perhaps ATF & Ccleaner in this case but SFC/Scannow..????

Edited by center, 05 May 2011 - 11:58 AM.





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