Posted 11 April 2007 - 12:55 PM
For many reasons, I will always do my best to stay away from online scanners, and most positively, definitely, absolutely an online scanner that cleans my registry. I don't trust the internet nor any company/service that much. Just give me the software, and let me be on my way. If my computer gets screwed up like that, it's gonna be my fault. The registry is the very 1st most important/sacred part of your computer. It's the organs that make a life form live.
I would definitely advise everyone to learn to clean your own registry, even by means of software and (or) manually. The registry is nothing more than references to something that's on your computer. If you know how to search, and know what you're looking for (from logs, and such), you can do the same exact thing an online scanner can do. The online cleaners just do it automatically. I wouldn't be surprised if any of them are the Resplendent registry cleaner, because you can do a remote registry cleaning using it.
Technically, the registry should be amongst the top 3 things a person should learn about computers. It's the internal organs.
Look at driving..... look how many people drive, everyday, taking a life threating chance of a possible crash. But they still drive. And the worst part about driving is that it can be another persons fault that causes your crash. But we still take that risk.
What's so detrimental about computers, and taking risks with it too? At least with computers, you will always get another opportunity to make things right. You can't say that about driving.
To me, it's the same difference. I personally would hate for anyone to have an automobile crash as well as a computer crash, But there is just one of them that gives you the full potential of learning, and more than enough times to correct your mistakes.
How many people die when automobiles crash?
How many people die when computers crash?
My point is this. No matter how dangerous a registry is said to be, it should not make you say "ohhh, I'm not going to try to fix it." It's a computer. And yes, it could cause you more harm than you bargained for, but as I still sit here, I'm 100% registry cleaning... every time. And I have never used one that even remotely caused me to have any problems. Registry cleaners will clean your registry, and most people that have worse issues after using a registry cleaner, have more than likely exposed an already problem that was going to surface eventually. And some times when you have a problem on your computer, and then fix the actual problem, it can sometimes leave after-effects.
I had Smitfraud-C Toolbar 888, about 2 months ago, and when I cleaned it up, and then use Spybot or AVG... it found some more remnants of the trojan, and when it told me it had spotted it, I chose to clean it up, and when the program told me it cleaned it up, I pressed the OK button, and then my computer just instantly rebooted but would not load Windows at all. After plugging the hard drive into my testing computer, I ran tests on it, and it found a few more remnants... but still, my Windows would never again load. So.. since I had backed up my hard drive, I've simply reinstalled my os back after I repartitioned and formatted the drive.
The point above?.... During those stages of trying to rid my computer of a trojan, I hadn't yet used any of my registry cleaners. But look what happened, a well respected program told me it found the trojan and it cleaned it up for me, but when I ok'd it, my computer instantly rebooted. I'm thinking that if I manually went to remove the file found, I probably wouldn't have had that problem. But.. that can be classified as pure speculation, because I don't know what would have happened if I did it manually (not that I don't know what I'm doing).
Again, my point is to get to know your registry system, and also use a installation monitoring program that not only records what you installed on your computer, but also has a text or any other log where you can see file for file, directory for directory, registry for registry,, etc, of what was every file of that install. When you have that information, and you have problems like Add/Remove won't uninstall your programs, or any other uninstall method you try,,, you can take that log and manually go to every single location on your computer where that program installed files, and then manually delete them.