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#1 apexshay

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:49 PM

Hi guys I have another question which has not been very well answered...

 

 

So I have windows 8.1 , are registry cleaners needed? are they dangerous? should I get ccleaner?  I have major ocd over having a clean efficient and fast healthy system but are they really needed?



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:55 PM

BC does not support the use of "regsitry cleaners/optimizers"...so, no, they are not needed by anyone, at any time, for any OS.  Not recommended by anyone other than the developers of such :).

 

Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2563254

 

Registry Cleaner FAQ, PC Support - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/registry-cleaner/a/registry-cleaner-faq.htm

 

Registry Cleaner, Animal - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/526247/tune-up-utilities-2014-problem/?p=3303494

 

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Corrected link :): Registry cleaner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner


Edited by hamluis, 06 July 2014 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:16 PM

 
 
Credit for this goes to Quietman7
 
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The following was originally posted by Animal, one of our Site Administrators.
 
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.
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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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Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:17 PM

 Louis all I can say is Bravo!!! Anyone who has ever considered adding and running any of these should read all these links over and over until it's permanently ingrained in their brains!  Your post is 99.44% correct.  Very close to 100%, but I say that 0.56% is because the last link is a duplicate of the 3rd one.  :whistle: Still I have to say that's about as close to perfect as a human being can get.  Great post.  :thumbsup2: 


Edited by wpgwpg, 06 July 2014 - 02:18 PM.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

#5 YuriP

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

Hello there

 

First of all Kudo's for asking that question! real smart question, many users seem to use those program and damage their system necessarily, take a look at a post I made a while ago: How-to maintain Windows 8?

 

I think all people agree that the are unnecessary, all Microsoft MVPs I spoke in the Windows sector including myself agree on the point, that those program do more harm than good.

 



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 04:38 PM

thanks guys ! you guys are great :)



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:24 AM

A registry cleaner is not needed at all.. in fact it will creep your PC slowly...



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:35 AM

Registry cleaners are snake oil. First off, cleaning the registry will fragment the registry and as jinxiang posted can actually slow it down.

 

I had multiple ..NET installs on a XP computer, I used multiple registry cleaners and even cleaned the registry manually. There were thousands upon thousand of entries. I compressed the registry hives and after doing all of this there was no difference in boot times.

 

The only time the registry should be cleaned is if it is necessary do to a malware infection that cannot be done by anti-malware software.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

so in summary do not use registry cleaners but can use ccleaner for its other features? so no registry fixing , or defragging registry?



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:55 AM

CCleaner is good for the removing temporary internet files and other things that build up over time. It has a registry cleaning function that I personally do not use.

 

I would agree with everyone else about registry cleaning - that it should be left alone.



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

It's like you are being brainwash thus the process of piecing back up together, it takes time.. <<< same logic






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