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#1 vicmax

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 06:43 AM

Ok, now im sure this question has been asked loads of times already, but what is considered by you, to be the best registry cleaner, AND also what you consider the safest.

I have of late noticed a considerable slow down on my system, and i know this is from loads of invalid entries in my registry (Im not infected, just bloated). So i want to clean it, but i dont have time to do it manually or the full knowledge to be honest.

So i want to clean it as best as it can be, but without the high risks. So in other words, if you know of a registry cleaner that cleans nearly everything but it has a larger risk of deleting something that is actually needed, then that is no good. If you know of one that may not get rid of everything, but those that it does delete are invalid entries and safe, then do tell. Just as importantly, it must be freeware.

I should also add, i can not do a clean reinstall of windows as i do not have a disc. Hence i wish to clean the registry itself.

Many thanks
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 06:48 AM

The best registry cleaner (IMO) is the last freeware version of JV16 PowerTools.

The safest (again IMO) is a new, online tool here: http://safety.live.com/

But, it's been my experience that the more that you try and clean your registry - the more problems you'll get. So I generally recommend only using a registry cleaner for specific problems - and even then not using it very often.

The risk factor is very evident in the JV16 tool - you get to select what to keep and what to get rid of. With the online scan, it makes more recommendations - then you just approve/disapprove them.
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 10:59 AM

Cleaning the registry does not generally make that much difference in performance, and what little improvement you might get is far outweighed by the chances you will muck up your computer by deleting entries needed by applications, especially if you do rely on registry cleaners to make decisions for you, or blindly accept their recommendations.
You will get far more improvement by clearing out old or unneeded files, running checkdisk, and defragging on a regular basis.
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#4 LaFemmeMichele

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:09 AM

I really like PC Tools Registry Mechanic. It's not free, but it has a free trial period. I remember the 1st time I used it my PC ran noticably lighter. It will find a lot! Don't panic. I'm very comfortable with it. You also might want to try a cleaner for foot prints, left behind folders. Clean Up! is free. You run it 1st in demo mode--see if you approve before the real job. :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:14 AM

I really like PC Tools Registry Mechanic. It's not free, but it has a free trial period. I remember the 1st time I used it my PC ran noticably lighter. It will find a lot! Don't panic. I'm very comfortable with it. You also might want to try a cleaner for foot prints, left behind folders. Clean Up! is free. You run it 1st in demo mode--see if you approve before the real job. :thumbsup:


I forsure agree. Its what I use and the only one I trust. After a year of useing it no issues here.




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