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#1 tim_ver

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:38 PM

Can someone please recommend a good registery cleaner. To clean up extras leftover from un installing programs.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:01 AM

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

 

1: Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

TheThe 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.

 

2: 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 to improve performance only if you buy their product.

 

3: 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.

 

4: 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.

 

5: 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.

 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

Ok so how do you clean up you registry to make sure it does not have extra lines in it. Left over items from uninstalls

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

When you go to uninstall a program you should check online to see if there is a uninstall tool from the author of the software. 

 

Revo Uninstaller can remove remnants left behind after uninstalling program.

 

You can also use also use Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to clean up the hdd.  These are found under System Tools in Accessories.

 

Disk Cleanup will delete temp files, but Temp File Cleaner by Oldtimer is worth running as well.

 

Please download Temp File Cleaner by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
 

  • Save any unsaved work. (TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!)
  • Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. (If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose "Run As Administrator".)
  • Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.

Edited by dc3, 15 April 2013 - 12:26 PM.

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