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#1 TheJokerz

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:37 AM

What is the best registry cleaner?  Sorry if there is another topic in here like this.  I just need to clean up my registry, I recently uninstalled a bunch of programs that I no longer use and would like to get rid of any of the entries they may have left behind.

 

Thanks in advance!


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#2 JerkyMcDilerino

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:44 AM

" Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners .  Some programs available for free on the internet might contain spyware, adware, or viruses. If you decide to install a registry cleaning utility, be sure to research the product and only download and install programs from publishers that you trust. For more information, see when to trust a software publisher.

 

Microsoft is not responsible for issues caused by using a registry cleaning utility. We strongly recommend that you only change values in the registry that you understand or have been instructed to change by a source you trust, and that you back up the registry before making any changes.

Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the use of a registry cleaning utility can be solved. Issues caused by these utilities may not be repairable and lost data may not be recoverable.

 

Before you modify the registry, make sure you back it up, create a restore point, and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs."

 

 

Don't trust me? Head to Malwarebytes blog, and they will tell you why is it bad. Even Microsoft does not support use of registry cleaners

 

https://blog.malwarebytes.org/social-engineering/2015/06/digital-snake-oil/



#3 Sintharius

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:49 AM

Orphan registry entries cause no issues, and should be left alone.

If you are really OCD about removing entries left behind by software that are no longer installed, use Revo Uninstaller Free.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT support the use of registry cleaners

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:51 AM

Registry Cleaners are known to be harmful to the system and should not be used for any reason there is. It's a known fact that using Registry Cleaners can easily break a Windows installation, to the point where a complete reinstallation might be needed. Here's a few myths about using these programs, and why they are just plainly false.
  • "Using a Registry Cleaner will improve a system's performance" - False. The Windows Registry is a big database which contains information on everything present on the system, from the boot settings to how your programs looks when you open them. There's so many entries in it that cleaning even thousands of them isn't enough to boost a system performance. Also, there's no studies, tests, benchmarks, etc. which shows that using Registry Cleaners actually improve a system speed;
  • "Using a Registry Cleaner will fix all your errors" - False. Using a Registry Cleaner won't fix any problems at all. In fact, it have more chances to create them if anything. There's no program that can fix every problems in a simple click, and there probably never will. If you have an error, it's better to troubleshoot that error in particuliar by finding what's causing it and fixing it than using a software that might give you more errors;
  • "If you don't use a Registry Cleaner, you'll leave a door open for malware" - False. It is rare that malware will actually hijack orpheans keys and keypairs in the Registry to create persistence or install themself. They'll usually create their own keys/keypairs since they have been instructed (coded) to do so, and the creator cannot expect every system he'll infect to have leftover keys. Also, pretty much only Reg Loading Points in the Registry would be of any interest for a malware to hijack, and these are usually occupied already, or quickly deleted when empty;
  • Registry Cleaners aren't Registry Defraggers - These are two different kind of software who have two distinct function each.
  • On a last note, there's a lot of Registry Cleaners out here that won't create a back-up of your Registry before applying the changes they make. Which means that if you use them and clean entries that prevents Windows to reboot after, locking you out of your computer, you won't be able to restore a precedent Registry back-up via the Recovery PE. This means that if you can't fix the boot issue after that, you'll most likely be forced to reinstall Windows;
Registry Cleaners were used back in the days by developers who were using a OLE-schema for their applications. They used these to clean the Registry after uninstalling their programs, just in case there was traces of it left behind that could affect a reinstallation. These were back in the Windows 95 and Windows 98 days and this practice isn't in effect anymore. Therefore, there's no reason for you to use such programs and quite a few to avoid them instead.

Here's more articles on Registry Cleaners that are worth a read if you want to learn more about them and why you shouldn't use them.

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:56 AM

Also stay away from Iobit products, i know they have a lot of registry cleaner and PC optimization softwares.



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Posted 07 July 2015 - 08:08 AM

Awesome thanks for all the help!  I guess I will just let it be, I would hate to have to do a reinstall....


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Posted 07 July 2015 - 08:11 AM

No problem, you're welcome :)

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