Registry Cleaners?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by zzulu, Nov 30, 2009.

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  1. zzulu

    zzulu Registered Member

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    I am researching registry cleaners and I can't find a such a thread on this forum. Is there one that I am overlooking?

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    what about ccleaner or mutilate file wiper;)
     
  4. zzulu

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    I have some questions about Registry cleaning and the available software.

    I have been using Regcure on 5 machines (WinXP Home, SP3, NOD32, Online Armor) about once per month with no problems. I believe that my machines run a bit faster after cleaning but I have not run any tests. It could be psychological.

    I am considering a change to another product, free or paid, due to cost. I was willing to go along with $29/Yr per machine but they have increased this to $39/Yr. (A large percentage increase given the current economy).

    I want to avoid the most aggressive registry cleaners while retaining some real effectiveness and safety.

    Now my questions:

    1. Do I need a reg cleaner?
    2. What are the best candidates for balancing aggressiveness, effectiveness and safety?

    TIA,

    ZZ
     
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    Reg cleaners (and defraggers) are way over-hyped and of dubious value (except for the companies who profit from their sales)!
     
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    Hello,

    RegCure is made by ParetoLogic (also makes XoftSpy, DriverCure, etc). Paretologic does not produce "rogue" products in the sense that their programs won't give you malware or steal your personal information. However, they have some of the same behavior that "rogue" softwares do, in the sense that their programs will tell you that your machine's registry has 1000+ errors using their RegCure program or overexagerate cookies as threats in their antispyware applications. Then they will overcharge you (eg: $39 for a registry cleaner for 1 year) so that you can fix these errors or get rid of cookies you can get rid of yourself easily.

    Most people will tell you not to use a registry cleaner because it does more harm than good. I find that, in general, registry cleaners don't cause additonal problems but don't fix any either. $39/yr (x5 machines) for a registry program is a rip off. If you want to clear temporary files and clean the registry, use a free program like CCleaner.

    I've used RegCure and I believe it may have screwed up my Bluetooth drivers. I had to reinstall them. Also, Paretologic, according to their offical website is a company of about 125. How can a team of 125 support 10 very different products (ranging from registry cleaning, antivirus, antispyware, driver updater, privacy controls etc) to millions of users around the world, in several languages properly? Also, the testimonials they made up are kind of pathetic. If they want to establish themselves as leaders in the security industry, they are going to have to build up that kind of reputation and not take shortcuts like they're doing now.

    In conclusion, I would definately turn away from RegCure and look for an alternative solution that is cheaper and more reliable like CCleaner (also less aggressive). You don't "need" a registry cleaner - it's up to you if you think it's worth getting one.

    Regards,

    Mark.
     
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    TuneUp Utilities 2007. It's free if you look on computeractive.
     
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    I would recommend Regseeker, not only for Registry cleaning but also for some other usage too.
     
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    As for defraggers, I believe there to be a benefit with certain files, some servers and shrinking virtual machines.

    With reg cleaners you gotta be careful as you may find that your system is not working how it usually did due to something being deleted. Generally not really needed.
     
  13. Fly

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    Registry cleaners usually do more harm than good.

    I've used registry cleaners in the past, and when you run them they usually state that there are many errors.

    Some more than others. Some exhibit rogue behaviour, by showing many errors that either don't really matter, or fakes/errors created by the registry 'cleaner'. :eek:

    I once had a paid version of Pctools' Registry Mechanic.

    Manual cleaning can be good if you are an 'expert'.

    I learned the hard way NOT to use any registry cleaners.

    If you install and uninstall many programs, especially security software, your system can become corrupted. There is not much you can do about that. You either reformat and reinstall your OS plus the rest, or you use imaging hardware+software to restore a clean image.

    I've learned to do the latter. :) It can be very useful, and I think it's worth the money.
     
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  15. andyman35

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    As Fly says registry cleaners can do more harm than good,especially the very aggressive ones.Ccleaner is a safe and gentle option that'll clean up junk files without trashing the system.
     
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