Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by CraigM31, Jul 28, 2008.
Does anyone know of any "good" free registry cleaners?
The one I point most people to is CCleaner. It's pretty thorough and doesn't seem to "overdo" the cleaning. Do allow it to make a registry backup before it removes though, just to stay safe.
I used CCleaner until I installed Kaspersky and was told it was riskware?
The standard version of CC comes with a toolbar. That's probably what Kaspersky is flagging. Get the slim version and see if it is flagged also.
I didn't realize that Kaspersky was riskware.
Risk: potentially computer disinfecting application
Description: This software can remove malware from your machine. Microsoft doesn't recommend removing malware from your machine because that could mean stopping use from collecting personal information from your computer.
Thanks guys I mean't Kaspersky called CCLeaner riskware LOL
Security zone blocked the download of CCleaner slim version? Has anyone heard of RegSupremePro?
RegSupreme Pro, I head it's good, but it isn't free afaik.
Here are 2 reg cleaners that I use...
Wise Reg Cleaner
Both of them have paid versions as well as free versions. I use the freebies -- they are fully functional & quite effective.
NOTE: A registry cleaner is a tool. So also is a knife. A knife is useful for cutting meat or spreading butter, but it can also injure or kill the user. A registry cleaner has the same situation. If used properly, it is a helpful tool. Used improperly, it can REALLY screw up your computer.
So in other words don't hold the sharp end.
Thanks folks! I've been on many forums but this has to be the most useful one I have ever joined!
Excuse me Craig, security zone belong's to whom?
I think a setting is set wrong on my FireFox browser or something? Blocks any thing I try to download that is binary (please forgive me I'm still a newbie)
Thank you Craig. Could someone other than Craig comment on what blocked that slim dwnld of his?
Hi Craig I have been using CCleaner for quit some time From Xp over to vista with no ill effects.It does not dig really deep in the registry like some others do so you should be safe.It does offer the back up before the final clean up so you can safe them in case a restore is needed at a latter.Another free, Easy cleaner by toniArts (Not vista compatiable)
I have it. It is very good. Not free as already stated, but there is a free trial period. If you buy JV16 PowerTools you get a license for that, for RegSupremePro, and for RegSupreme. A single license allows you to run them on up to 5 computers in your home that are not business-oriented.
I also have and use the freebie, CCleaner, which is also quite good.
Do you have add ons? have you tried firefox in its safe mode?
If you are using Firefox 3 it will automatically scan downloads using your AntiVirus software after downloading but before it releases it to you. There is an about:config tweak to change that.
Also with Firefox 3, under Vista, you might have to adjust the Advanced options and the Security options for the Internet Zone under Control Panel/Internet Options.
See here and here for more details.
Glary utilities is also freeware it contains more than a registry cleaner. You can download it here: http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html?tag=download I use it together with ccleaner.
WinASO trial version of Registry Optimizer will repair 10 items at a time. It is thorough, but will take a few passes using the trial version. Select the areas to scan to limit the number of detections/repair per pass.
For as far as I know, Ccleaner is not primarily a registry cleaner.
It's supposed to 'clean' the computer. I'd think that any registry cleaning would be very limited.
Personally I wouldn't recommend registry cleaners.
I would use a registry cleaner ONLY if the only other alternative is a full reinstall of the OS and the rest !
Registry cleaners can cause problems.
In general, I wouldn't recommend 'free' registry cleaners in particular. Outdated registry cleaners/optimizers are another risk.
I once downloaded one from Majorgeeks and later I found 'porn' entries and other crap in the registry !
what you say makes a good deal of sense BUT then so does the other side of the argument. So long as program writers write poorly even a new install can benefit from reg cleaning. The operative word is can. There is nothing magical about the registry. There is nothing to say that just because a new program has made x changes to the registry that it wouldn't benefit from some further changes. To my way of thinking there is more to be gained by learning how to clean than not cleaning at all. Before even thinking of reg cleaning I would make a full system image. I would then try one program at a time. After trying numerous programs I abandoned most but found it best to keep and use just a few. FWIW I use Crap cleaner, JV16, Reg Seeker and Reg Vac. Crap Cleaner has never made a mistake as far as I can tell whereas the other 3 have. Learning how they work is essential - which is one of the reasons I don't like many of the automatic push a button and trust me programs.
Here is a little reference.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner
No registry cleaners for me.
I tend to live by 'if it ain't broken, don't fix it'.
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