Registry Cleaner

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Greg, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Must tell my 18 year old son that - he thinks Otago colours are
    copyright or something - chuckle! Yep, it's a beautiful place all right,
    with 10 degree (Celcius) frosts and snow all over the mountains at the
    moment. Anyway, thank you for your contributions to this thread, and
    your kind comments re NZ.
    Peter in New Zealand, Jun 19, 2007
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  2. Greg

    Guest Guest

    OK, i'm going to be the dissenting voice among the experts (of which i
    am definitely NOT)

    However, i've found a great program that will allow you to scan the
    registry - top to bottom - to find left behind files from uninstalled
    programs. It is called 'Registrar Lite'

    For instance, if you uninstall Nero - after a reboot run 'Registrar
    Lite' Under the search tab there is one option 'Check registry'. You
    would type in both 'Nero' and 'Ahead' and it will show the left overs.
    Mind you, you MUST use extreme caution when using registry cleaners as
    has been mentioned but it does a fantastic job of cleaning out the junk
    left over.

    I'm one who generally shies away from such programs but have used it
    with great success and highly recommend it.


    Ray :)
    Guest, Jun 19, 2007
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  3. Maybe so, but the point, which I've made here before, is that the
    "junk left over" doesn't hurt you in any way. There are clearly some
    registry cleaners that are safer than others, but they *all* have some
    risk attached to their use. It's foolhardy to run any risk at all for
    no benefit.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 19, 2007
  4. Greg

    Richard Guest

    A decent cleaner is useful but should only be used when needed. A decent
    cleaner will backup the registry so that you can restore the registry if the
    cleaning operation removed something it should have left alone.

    But an install that has gone bad, and someone is in need of using the system
    and would rather try something other than a clean reinstall many find that a
    cleaning of the registry may get the system back into proper operation. This
    should be followed by a full spy and virus sweep of the system. I have been
    there and have done that.

    Richard, Jun 21, 2007

  5. However, depending on what it removed that it shouldn't have, the
    result of using the registry cleaner can be an unbootable system. If
    that happens, your backup is useless.

    I repeat, it's a bad bargain. Routine cleaning of the registry isn't
    needed and is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any
    registry cleaner.

    The risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously
    removing an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit
    it may have.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 21, 2007
  6. Greg

    Rock Guest

    I don't see where one can say as a general rule it is useful. Unused /
    orphaned entries don't cause problems. So where is the is the benefit
    versus the risk that it will render the system not bootable?
    Rock, Jun 21, 2007

  7. And only by a trained, experienced professional as a time-saving
    diagnostic tool. Never by the average home user.

    But that backup never occurs automatically, and is useless when the
    so-called "cleaner" has rendered the computer completely unbootable,
    which is not a very rare occurrence.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 22, 2007
  8. Greg

    jorge Guest


    free and careful when you "touch" the registry....
    jorge, Aug 28, 2007
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