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#1 Banjo09

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:27 PM

Has anyone used the "Advanced System Care" program to do a registry scan and cleanup?
What does this program really do and is it worth $10 for the full download?
Can someone point me to the info on how to clean up a generally slow computer?
(It is not slow like it has malware, only slow like it is full of years of junk.)

Win XP, P4 3G processor. 30GB drive/12GB free
(I know, time for a new computer...)
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Edited by Andrew, 10 February 2012 - 12:36 PM.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:18 PM

Welcome to BC from a fellow New Mexican. I grew up in Gallup/Farmington area.


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.

Edited by cryptodan, 10 February 2012 - 01:19 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:55 PM

OK, I'm a believer! Just the kind of input I was looking for!
Just read through the list on BC page called "Slow Computer/browser? Check Here First; It May Not Be Malware"
bctopic87058
which seems overwhelming...
What are the pros/cons of just re-installing the OS and the few programs I need on that computer?
Thanks

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:30 PM

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

xp Pro 32bit SP3
P4 Prescott 90nm
512MB DDR 199MHz 3-3-3-8
MoBo- Dell 0TC666
Graphics- Dell 1907FP 1280x1024
Intel 82865G Controller
Samsung 39.1GB SP0401N PATA
Optical- HL-DT-ST-CD-ROM GCR8483B
Audio- SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:46 PM

I would recommend getting more RAM for your computer to help speed it up some.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:55 PM

Thanks cryptodan!

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:37 PM

"Cleaning" the registry of a few stray entries, etc is the equivalent of clearing one parking space in a parking lot the size of the western hemisphere. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and what you don't know can hurt you a WHOLE LOT.

ASC is trash software/ eye-candy from known code-stealers IOBit, IMHO...YMMV.





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