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#1 TerryV

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hi, I have been wondering about cleaning my registry as I have uninstalled a couple of printers that I was unhappy with once I started using them. I have heard that Registry cleaners are not a good idea, I have also heard that unless you know what you are doing, messing around in the Registry is a baaad idea! CCleaner has been suggested as a good solution, any suggestions? I have used Microsoft’s “Mr. FixIt”, but I don’t recall it doing any thing to the registry. My Computer is a H-P Laptop model G60-243CL, running Vista Home premium. BTW, I just finished running Secunia’s PSI per a suggestion by Grinler. 100% secure report.
OK, the reason I want to clean up the registry in the first place is, I am having minor problems with the USB ports, and a friend in IT suggested that since I had done the uninstall “Unknown Device” in Device Mgr, and it still came back, it may be a problem in the registry
.Thanks, TerryV

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:11 PM

For the reocrd:

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.Louis

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:46 PM

OK, Louis, you have answered the question, thanks. I will make a new post on the USB irritation I am suffering! Thanks again. TerryV.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:54 AM

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