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#1 CodyP

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:14 PM

My brothers security trial just ran out and I have seen some reviews on Advanced Systemcare and was wondering if anybody on here recommended it, or if I should go with another product for him. If you recommend another product please let me know.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

Advanced SystemCare is a registry cleaner and optimizer by IObit that purports to improve performance, make repairs and tune up a computer.

Advanced SystemCare Free...Why waste money on expensive "registry cleaners" to fix your PC when Advanced SystemCare Free will repair, tune, and maintain it for you – for free

Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus incorporates the same optimization/registry cleaning features alongside its anti-virus capabilities.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

:step1: 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.

:step2: 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. Further, some vendors who offer registry cleaners use deceptive advertisements and claims which are borderline scams. They may alert you to finding thousands of registry errors which can only be fixed and improve performance if you use their product.

:step3: 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.

:step4: 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.

:step5: 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 specific 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 20 August 2012 - 05:53 PM

If you wish/need an alternative antivirus for the time being, or the long term, try any one of the following free applications:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=183489 <<(Microsoft Security Essentials) <<< I recommend that you try this first !
Also try any of these
Avira
avast!
AVG Free
(Choose to download either the 32-bit or 64-bit application, depending on whether Windows on your system is 32-bit or 64-bit.)

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Edited by noknojon, 20 August 2012 - 05:59 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:35 PM

Thank you guys very much for the information and quick replies.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:43 PM

You're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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