Registry Cleaner - any suggestion?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Yamin, Feb 16, 2009.

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  1. mr_yoda

    mr_yoda Registered Member

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    What about programs like Glary Utilities and TuneUp Utilities? Does anybody have experience of these programs?
     
  2. gud4u

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    Ace Utilities is well worth the one-time fee, and is more than just a cleaner.

    CCleaner has never caused a problem.

    I use RegSeek for manual registry search and destroy.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. majoMo

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    @ mr_yoda, I tested in 'TuneUp Utilities 2007 Free Edition' their Reg. Cleaner. It's trusty and reliable - does a serious work.
     
  4. bgoodman4

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    I have been using both of these programs in addition to RegistryFix 7 and they all work very well. Its interesting that in the "safe" mode they will all find different things. The order that I run them in (weekly) is RegistryFix, Ace Utilities, TuneUp Utilities 1 button cleanup. The last 2 are more than just reg cleaners and I use all the features of both programs each week.

    I have been using all the above for years and only once had an issue where I had to restore from one of Aces automatic backups (they all do the auto-backup thing), once I located the key that I needed I made an exception for it in Ace and have not had any problem since. This was, if memory serves, some 2 years and 2 versions ago.
     
  5. Incognito

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    Ive tried quite a few and most cause problems eventually. However 2 that i've never had problems with are CCleaner and Tuneup.
     
  6. Skytrooper

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    I already mentioned both of them. When I ran Glary Utilities over a year ago, it wiped out several desktop shortcuts; I used FirstDefense-ISR to restore them and eradicate GU.

    I've used TuneUp Utilities and Ace Utilities since 2004 and never experienced any problem with their registry cleaners. Ace Utilities was a one-time purchase with free support and upgrades. Nearly every year, TuneUp Utilities releases an "improved" version which requires a fee to purchase.

    When TUU 2008 was first released, the new disk defragmentation feature (which they'd touted as an incentive to buy an upgrade license) didn't work. When I contacted TUU support, their response was essentially, "yeah, yeah, we know." Eventually, it was fixed with a new release. After installing the latest version of TUU 2009, it suddenly reported it was licensed to Hewlett-Packard Company (my PC's manufacturer) instead of my name. I contacted TUU support and they said the issue had been referred to their "2nd Level Team" and I'd hear from them "soon." That was on December 25, 2008 and I'm still waiting. Their notion of "soon" is different than mine.

    Registry Mechanic always finds a bunch of WinPatrol entries other cleaners miss (or intentionally ignore). Ace Utilities always finds numerous Kaspersky entries other cleaners don't list. The Shortcuts Fixer in WinUtilities found a bunch of leftover entries from junk programs which came preloaded by HP that I'd uninstalled long ago. I was surprised to see so much garbage still on my PC which had been missed by other registry cleaners for so long.
     
  7. bgoodman4

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    I am beginning to suspect that support does run on a different clock than we do. Perhaps they are traveling at closer to the speed of light than we are and are experiencing time dilation. What seems like a month to us seems like a day for them. This would certainly account for the discrepancy. Its a theory anyway, and has yet to be demonstrated by actual testing.

    Thats a good recommendation for using a number of programs that have a track record as being "safe". They don't dig too deep and protect you by doing automatic backups just in case. Is WinPatrol freeware, should I add it to my toolbox or am I more or less covered as is (do you think)?

    Just checked and it is free. Does it make sense to have 4 of these things or is that overkill?

    I just reread the above quote and noticed the following
    . So are you endorsing WinPatrol or saying its not something that is desirable to have on your PC. I suspect the latter otherwise you would not be removing elements of the program. Also, if it is desirable what is WinPatrol PLUS and is it worth $29.95?
     
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  8. The Hammer

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    Good advise from someone who knows his way around the registry I suspect.
     
  9. bgoodman4

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    Humm, maybe I should quite while I am ahead. The 3 cleaners I have been using are working fine,,,,if it ain't broke don't fix it (maybe).
     
  10. samy

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    I've used Ace Optimizer Utilities and TuneUp Utilities for almost two years and never experienced any problem with the registry or performed any registry restore.

    I found out that JV16 is for "expert".
    has someone ever had problems with Ace Utilities or with tuneUp?

    Thanks
     
  11. GlobalForce

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    "Protect you by doing automatic backups?" And if the system fails to boot after an overzealous removal, what then?
     
  12. bgoodman4

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    Well that would be a bit of a sticky wicket but as a few folks have noted above besides myself a good number of years using the specific programs and no problems. These programs (Ace, Tuneup Utilities, and Registry Fix) are supposed to deal with so called "safe" entries. To trash the registry I think you would need to have a more aggressive cleaner. That being said if this did happen I guess I would do a restore from an image. I guess its a bit of a trade off here. Do surface cleaning and leave deep stuff and have few to no problems due to a cleaner being overzealous or learn enough to study the entries that a program has identified so as to determine if its OK to delete the item in question. I am nowhere knowledgeable enough to do the latter so I really on the former.
     
  13. rdsu

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    Contain a lot of bugs!!!

    It seems that Comodo should implement a real good Quality Management on their development...
     
  14. Huupi

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    If you are then you would already long ago ditched these useless stuff,against all odds knowledgeable people around the world have always a very hard time to explain why reg cleaners are dangerous and are useless,but stupid people who rave about how many entries my darling found, are just unteachable. Even if your systems stay stable after years of cleaning,what use has it,there absolutely no performance or speed benefit,its just waisted time.
     
  15. SourMilk

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    It may help to think of the registry like a post office with private mailboxes. There may be many empty boxes or boxes that have mail but the only one(s) you are concerned with are yours. The registry is like that. Only entries that have to do with current software/OS are used. Others just sit there harmlessly. A bane for the anal retentive like me :blink: . lol.

    SourMilk out
     
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    There's one i like a lot:

    WinASO Registry Optimizer
    http://www.winaso.com/index.htm
     
  17. bgoodman4

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    I don't really understand this as I was under the impression that the more useless code that the head has to go through the more likely it is to run into trouble. I get the mailboxes analogy but if I have to look through all of the mailboxes, whether there is mail in it or not, and whether that mail is for me or not, thats a lot of extra time and work for nothing. Anyway as i said I am not that knowledgeable but I am willing to learn, thats why i am here. At one time I owned a Dell PC and I was getting very poor support from Dell. Far too often Dell support would tell me to reformat the drive and reinstall everything. After about the 3rd time I decided I had to be preemptive and avoid problems because Dell support was incapable of fixing problems once they appeared. Thus I began using utility apps of various kinds. There have been many times that my PC was acting poorly and the problems have been fixed by running the apps. In addition I can't tell you how many friends PCs that were not operating properly that were rejuvenated by running these. Seems to me that there are folks who believe in reg cleaners and those who do not,,,,,just as there are folks on both sides of many issues not limited (of course) to PC related issues either.
     
  18. SourMilk

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    I don't quite believe the registry works that way. I think the registry is only addressed when an installed or badly uninstalled program calls for it. All other registry entries left by absent programs are ignored because nothing calls for them. The registry only directs and redirects its parent program to use other programs to support the total software when called upon by the software that made the registry entry. - I think :doubt: .

    Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am."
    SourMilk says, "I think, therefore I think I am." Could be stinkin' thinkin'.

    SourMilk out
     
  19. Aaron Here

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  20. Huupi

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    But the analogy is not correct,the OS searches the registry in a non sequential way instead going straight to the data ask for, be it an application or the OS who did the call.So reiterate the analogy, at the moment something is needed from the registry there is
    just one mailbox to go after and there are no side ways to waist time upon.

    Its remarkable that with most tests where a bloated registry is cleaned from leftovers,the general consensus was and is that improvement in terms of speed and stability are almost nil.
     
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  21. bgoodman4

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    Interesting but I could not find any info regarding if its a good idea to clean the registry or if its not necessary.
     
  22. Huupi

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    Its not a good idea instead spent your time learning how to imaging the system.
     
  23. Aaron Here

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    That's just another area of computing that isn't 'black or white' (like the benefits of defragging). There are no definitive answers, only opinions! ;)
     
  24. atlantis

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    TuneUp Utilities + jv16 PowerTools (reg supreme) + Erunt = very effective and secure registry cleaning (5 years getest).
     
  25. Huupi

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    No sir, Opinions have substance if they are grounded and backed up by real world experiments,in case of the futility of reg cleaners it is clearly obvious that tests has shown done by knowledgeable people from the time that NT is alive, with ONE conclusion : all that cleaning is dangerous and useless.

    I guess people are already obsessed by just hearing the word ''CLEANING'' ,and then they lose their minds and without a second thought follow the dirty myth.
     
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