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#1 execpro22

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 12:20 PM

Hi,

Just curious what the experts would say is the best PC tune up utility to use. By that I mean a program that has things like disk defrag,file cleaner,etc etc. I used to use auslogic boostspeed, but am not using anything right now. Any suggestions?

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#2 Allan

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 12:21 PM

No such thing. Just defrag once in a while, that's all. Everything else is worthless.

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 05:25 PM

When I see a system with those types of programs on them that is the first thing I uninstall.
They typically do more harm then good.
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Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:05 PM

For the record:

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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#5 Tendoncs

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 03:54 PM

things like disk defrag,file cleaner,etc etc.


I myself use Ccleaner or ATF cleaner. Some files that all around cleaners will dump will not speed up the system but will cut back on the performance. After using an item like Ccleaner you should defrag. Lets say you have G= good file and J= junk.. Now you have G G J J J G G G. But after cleaning out the junk you have G G G G G you cleaned out 3 junk files now you go to install a program that takes up 8 places you will end up with Fragmented files.

Defrag program I like Defraggler myself. I have not done a lot of testing on it. The testing I did do I got about 2% more speed out of a system after using window's defrag on loading games.

Only time I ever really use a registry cleaner is when I have a problem with it and I always back up before hand.

If you are looking to get more juice out of the lemon. You might have better luck with checking out why the computer is running slow. To many start up programs? You running every service known to man? Are you a toolbar king? Have you clicked yes to every pop up on the internet and now are infected?

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:08 PM

I had seen a nice thread I think you should read before going on spring cleaning of your disk.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic396390.html

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 12:02 AM

When I get a PC that is just slow, I typically do a few things:
1. Uninstall any programs that aren't needed, or at least turn them off from startup.
2. Using Windows built in disk cleanup, delete unneeded files.
3. Run a Defrag.

Registry cleaners, as said before, are dangerous. The "advanced" defragmenters are really just snake medicine. While they may do what they say, the "benefits" aren't really worth it. Windows has a fine built in defragmenter, so long as you use it.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:54 AM

Uninstalling files / programs makes do difference in performance unless the hd is essentially full.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:19 AM

Uninstalling files / programs makes do difference in performance unless the hd is essentially full.

I didn't say that it did. However, as he was listing "clean up" programs, which often tout "saving hard drive space", I threw that in there. For that matter, removing temp files doesn't have a dramatic impact on performance either.

And yes, turning programs off in the Startup, or uninstalling programs that are in the startup and are not needed does improve performance.

Edited by darklight1, 19 July 2011 - 09:20 AM.





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