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Recommendations for a Better Registry Editor


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#1 Guest_Aaron_Warrior_*

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:19 AM

I discovered "RegSeeker" years ago and it was a much better tool than the "RegEdit" software that comes with Windows, but over the years the software has become more and more annoying and less and less functional, to the point that I can't stand using it anymore and am looking for something better.

 

The primary reason I use RegSeeker is to do manual uninstallation and deletion of registry keys.  It's primary strength is that you can search the entire registry for a keyword (for example "TechSmith", or a CLSID number) and RegSeeker will dump all of the search results into a single screen so that you can then pick and choose which results to pay attention to and delete, or ignore.

 

I'm looking for something else that does this, but without the bugginess and the clutter and the clunkiness.



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#2 Just_One_Question

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 05:04 AM

Pretty sure the BC community does not like & recommend Registry Editors, mate. It's the rules.:)
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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:56 AM

BC does not recommend Registry Cleaner/Optimization tools.

Registry Editors are not the same but they should only be used by those with an advanced understanding of the registry.I use RegSeeker and Registrar Registry Manager Home Edition.
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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:59 AM

Take a look at RegScanner. 

 

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:33 PM

Pretty sure the BC community does not like & recommend Registry Editors, mate. It's the rules. :)


You're confusing registry cleaners and optimizers with editors. We do not have an issue with finding a better editor.

For the record the standard BleepingComputer response to a suggestion for a registry optimizer or cleaner would be.


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.

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#6 Just_One_Question

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:00 PM

Pretty sure the BC community does not like & recommend Registry Editors, mate. It's the rules. :)

You're confusing registry cleaners and optimizers with editors. We do not have an issue with finding a better editor.
Oops, my bad. I got confused. I'm sorry.
Thank you for the additional information as well!:)

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 03:29 AM

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    I'm glad I happened upon your very well written post on why not to mess with the registry editor. After reading and realizing the potential outcome/nightmare/mother_of_all_head-aches if you simply enter in one wrong value, d-word etc can cause you to have all kinds of unforeseen issues, Just not worth messing with unless like you said it's actually causing you a problem that has to be addressed. Thanks for the insight!!   :thumbup2:






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