Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Someone, Jun 29, 2008.
Is there a safe free registry cleaner for beginners which is fairly effective?
The user behind the keyboard.
This topics looks like another: which is the best prog.
alternative Erunt/NTregopt ?
OK. I changed my question a bit.
But if there is errors in the registry it won't be corrected by Erunt or NTregopt.
Ive always found mv regclean good ,however as in all cleaners it is advisable to use the cleaners backup option and also manually look over the suspect entries initially,before removing.
IMO, as a class of programs, automated registry cleaners are risky applications. They may work fine, they may not. Certainly, as ellison64 notes, cleaners that do backups of items removed should be the only ones considered.
The Tweak Now registry products (paid and free) http://www.tweaknow.com/index.htm seem to be "safer" than many I've tried. But they should still be used with care. On the other side of the coin is the freebie RegSeeker. I believe is waaaay too aggressive. It has it's fans, but I would never use it in auto mode.
This all said, I really only recommend using an automated cleaner as an alternative to reloading Windows from scratch. I never recommend running one as part of a regular maintenance routine. The old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies perfectly to registry cleaning...
If you are running Vista it takes care of the registry and keeps the disc unfragmented much better than XP and running a reg cleaner and defraging is all but unnecessary.
A free one...eh, don't know.
Maybe RegClean? It was made by Microsoft.
I'm using XP.
Ther are dozens of threads here:
A poll: https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=164106&highlight=registry cleaners
An older but still relevant article http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=171203805
I ditched my registry cleaner recently, don't need it anymore, superfluous.
This is what I use
Safe, free, easy to use -- Wise Reg Cleaner OR RegSeeker.
Wise makes a clear distinction between "safe" fixes, and "you better know what you are doing" fixes. Seeker makes a less obvious disctinction -- the safe ones are colored green, & the "know what you're doing" ones are colored red.
Another good & free choice is CCleaner, which does a lot more than merely taking care of your registry.
I have been using Glary utilities for some time and I did not have any problems.It is free and looks like Tune up utilities.
CCleaner's registry cleaner is fairly good and its safe.
Among the free reg cleaners, CC and Wise are also x64 compatible for those on x64 OS like XP64 or Vista64.
Thanks for all the replies!
Is Eusing Free Registry Cleaner safe? I saw it mentioned a few times but it seems to detect a lot of errors.
Before you clean if at all is needed ? have backups at hand, either your registry or complete system. For a fast recovery i will use ERUNT cause it backups all hives,if damage with cleaning is unrecoverable and you can't boot anymore,its convenient to have a complete system backup at hand.
Tuning the registry can be a daunting task and many screw it with these automatic cleaners
I don't care about free, I use Reg Supreme Pro. At about $17 one time charge it's the best with a backup feature. It's really handy after I uninstall something to clean out the left in stuff.
After looking through different threads, this seems to be what most people are saying:
Wise Registry Cleaner (safe-ish if you only delete green entries)
I know I left a lot out, I'd already forgotten them.
Anyway, so is this about right?
Just don't spend money on a registry cleaner, it isn't worth the money, that's all I can say.
I wasn't planning to anyway
I use regularly:
- JV16 Power Tools last free edition
- Reg Seeker
With no problems when deleting the "green" items. If i had to guess, i would say that most likely, it is JV16 to cause minor problems, because it is always the one to find some "deep" keys that the others don't.
So you run RegSeeker and Eusing with no problems? I have heard they are very aggressive.