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deep registry scan and clean

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Hello,

I have been using ccleaner and glary utilities for a few years to clean my registry but i am now on the look for some software preferably 'free' that would do a deeper scan and clean. I have tried commodo registry cleaner, which did find some extra errors but it isn't as well established as ccleaner or glary and i know that a deep clean can be on the risky side, so i thought i would ask advice. Any information please....

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Hello blackwater: :welcome:

It's recommend here that you never use any cleaning or maintenance utilities on the registery.

A possible exception to that rule are Lars Hederer's ERUNT and NTREGOPT.

HTH :)

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Hello blackwater: :welcome:

It's recommend here that you never use any cleaning or maintenance utilities on the registery.

A possible exception to that rule are Lars Hederer's ERUNT and NTREGOPT.

HTH :)

Thanks for the reply but i am very surprised by your answer. the benefits from cleaning your registry after several installs and uninstalls is very significant and practiced by millions, even licensed anti virus companies partake. Also a registry defrag can double and triple your pc's performance and speed which is seriously hindered by inefficient uninstalls etc. I understand that some changes to the registry can be dangerous to the pc but some of these programs have been used for years by millions of people.

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A few recommended articles to read on registry cleaners:

  1. An often posted and quoted article, Ed Bott's Why I don't use registry cleaners
  2. Older article quoting two MVPS's, but relevant still is Do I need a Registry Cleaner?
  3. AUMHA Discussion: Should I Use a Registry Cleaner?

Wow

i am still surprised by this and don't really think 3 people versus millions of people matters. i myself have only learned what to do in pc maintenance and tweaking in the last 3 years but in that time i have my pc in a bad running state only to clean up 250 odd registry errors and defrag up to 16% of the registry which immediately boosted my performance back to fresh windows install speeds. Also i have advised some very uninformed friends to use a couple of registry cleaners and defragers as they were suffering badly on old pc's . they all think i am a god for fixing there pc's over the phone and leaving them with a regular clean up system to keep everything nice and shinny. i know that the temporary file cleaners do a lot of work on these machines towards performance but the registry defrag facility on glary utilities has instantly repaired all slow downs i have cause on my pc in the past. slow downs due to uninstalling several programs. Granted my pc has only 256 mb ram but i still have it booting in 5 secs and running windows explorer and my browser very efficiently.

you should just for an experiment, maybe on an old machine if you are so die hard on no registry cleaners, run just the registry defrag option on glary utilities and see what percent it defrags for u. then check your systems performance. The registry may be a very small part of your pc but all programs and activities on your pc go through your registry so it stands to reason that if it is corrupt and bloated with needless misdirecting entries it is going to slow down all actions on your pc. What your guys are saying, the ones you linked for me, is basically that the brain is only a small part of the body so why take care of it.

I dont mean to get anybodies goat up but for me the proof is in the pudding all be it a 256 mb pudding..yummmmmmm

Thanks again

P.S Malwarebytes has also been a fine companion of mine the past few years and i wholeheartedly support and advocate it also.

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Registry defrag and cleaning are 2 completely different operations and I do agree that a registry defrag will improve performance.

Removing even a thousand bad entries in the Registry will not change the read or write speed with any significant notice. The Registry can easily contain well over a million entries so the removal of a few entries will not change access time beyond scientific benchmark analysis.

The vast majority of the time a cleaner does no harm - but does no real good either. However in some rare cases it can cause functionality of a program or installer to not function correctly but most people don't even realize it was caused by the removal of values the cleaner thought were useless but were needed.

It is just not reasonable to believe that some programmer or team of programmers knows every single key and value in the Registry and if it's needed or not needed. Microsoft themselves pulled their own Registry cleaner and no longer make it available now for many years and they're the ones that created it on Windows.

But if you're happy with it that's what really matters - it's your computer and you have every right to run what you want to run on it.

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... i am now on the look for some software preferably 'free' that would do a deeper scan and clean

Hi,

I'm using "Wise Registry Cleaner" (Free version); never had any problem and "Quicksys RegDefrag" (Freeware).

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Registry defrag and cleaning are 2 completely different operations and I do agree that a registry defrag will improve performance.

Removing even a thousand bad entries in the Registry will not change the read or write speed with any significant notice. The Registry can easily contain well over a million entries so the removal of a few entries will not change access time beyond scientific benchmark analysis.

The vast majority of the time a cleaner does no harm - but does no real good either. However in some rare cases it can cause functionality of a program or installer to not function correctly but most people don't even realize it was caused by the removal of values the cleaner thought were useless but were needed.

It is just not reasonable to believe that some programmer or team of programmers knows every single key and value in the Registry and if it's needed or not needed. Microsoft themselves pulled their own Registry cleaner and no longer make it available now for many years and they're the ones that created it on Windows.

But if you're happy with it that's what really matters - it's your computer and you have every right to run what you want to run on it.

I see where u are coming from now. it is the defrag that does the most but i do like to clean up old enteries and such and have become acustomed to what will be there after certain operations and understand that they are infact left overs from programs and should be corrected. in the same way that malwarebytes and other cloud based sites have developed these reg cleaners have created a strong base of knowledge on this stuff. i would say that at the least you can get a feel for what is happening when u install a program and then uninstall it again. i am going to stick with them for the moment till it all becomes gelatinous or something. but thank u for sheding a truer light on what i have up to.

mbam 4 life.... ;)

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If you really want a safe option for removing all traces of uninstalled programs (including files and folders, not just registry keys/values) you might use a tool such as Revo Uninstaller.

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Hi,

I'm using "Wise Registry Cleaner" (Free version); never had any problem and "Quicksys RegDefrag" (Freeware).

thanks for the reply, yes i have used wise before and thought it was good on a par with what i was using. i will look up quicksys too and see how it fairs out. i know that some of these do get into the trickier little changes that haven't been fully highlighted yet and can make a difference to file sharing and installing of simlilar programs...

thanks again

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If you really want a safe option for removing all traces of uninstalled programs (including files and folders, not just registry keys/values) you might use a tool such as Revo Uninstaller.

Thanks i remember reading something about revo uninstaller before , i will look it up.

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If you really want a safe option for removing all traces of uninstalled programs (including files and folders, not just registry keys/values) you might use a tool such as Revo Uninstaller.

Thanks i remember reading something about revo uninstaller before , i will look it up.

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