What is the best free registry cleaner?
Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:21 PM
You can also look at a poll asking which is the favorite registry cleaner. I don't know which ones are free, but you may find it interesting. It's called Registry Cleaner.
Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:20 PM
Welcome to PCWorld Community !
Unlike the other posters , I do not recommend using ANY registry cleaners.
You want to defrag , compact , and even then I still don't recommend it.
Don't throw away your OS. Vista has so many new features and new keys. The
registry will grow accordingly. Experts in the matter are all in accordance that
the registry does not need to be tidy. There is no need to clean the registry as the
small amount of performance that Might be gained , will not be noticeable by you.
Here is a quote by Mark Russinovich of Windows Sysinternal :
"No, Registry cleaning is uninteresting to me because it involves a
thorough investigation of applications and their use of Registry data.
If you're too aggressive in the cleaning you end up with broken apps.
That, and the fact that Registry cruft sitting around won't be a
significant contributor to Registry size or performance issues, is why
I don't trust my system to Registry cleaners."
So, if you are still intent on using a registry cleaner then , at least create a System Restore
Marks Blog .
Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:23 PM
The Consensus among experienced, certified, "Malware Removal Specialists" is to AVOID
all "Registry Cleaner(s)", including CCleaner's, IF your Operating System is Win XP or later .
Read through what some Expert "Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals" say at
aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099 . Their Consensus is that "Registry Cleaners"
have a potential of doing a great deal of harm as contrasted with the minimum of
performance "enhancement" .
Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:15 AM
The use and deletion of software remain identified on their pc's is one example, and there are many more identifiable ways logged into the registry - such as keys being a string of alpha-numeric code that only extremely knowledgeable people will understand and can identify. Data is also hidden in various files in the operating system (OS) namely Windows. Internet activity and those traces remain as well.
With that said, I do believe in registry cleaner apps that are developed to be system cleaners as well. This goes hand-in-hand to securely delete all info that a person can safely clean without damage to their OS - which is what I want and believe this is why the post (question) began.
I respect the knowledge of Mark R and the applications he has developed, and the free info he provides on the web to help people understand and troubleshoot the Microsoft OS.
However, if anyone believes that Microsoft provided the Windows OS to do any user a favor is being extremely naive. Their OS is intended for the developers and NOT their users who had to pay to get the pc operational. The software developers are the ones that MS patronizes along with the investigative authorities which is not a bad idea.
Just to begin the invasive identification process - just learn about "dat" files just when anyone thinks their pc has been cleaned of traces of activity - cookies, history, etc. Delete all data such as from IE6 and then install IE7 or another browser like Firefox and see the history re-appear. And it's there for an inexperienced user to see it. I have done this on customers pc's I repaired and ONLY because I update their pc as well. I use Firefox (which is not fully secure) and do not like active X & other plugins used by IE.
Secure deletion of data is virtually impossible with Windows without a clean install after a DOD grade wipe of the hard drive and cleaning or removing the RAM from the mobo. I would buy a new hard drive to begin building a truly clean pc. Keep an old pc for maintenance and troubleshooting.
Best choice would be a clean installation of the OS with only the necessary programs you intend to keep before ever going on the internet and/or installing trial programs. Then backup to an external hard drive so you can restore the pc to a new clean start point - buy Acronis full version. You would also want updated drivers which could be saved to a cd, flash drive, etc to install prior to backup.
Back to the question; I like Advanced Windows Care for system cleaning and controlling cookies - saving the ones you want and easily deleting others. But only after running "Index.dat Analyzer" for hidden data deletion. Both are free. Then run a third party defrag application and then over-write the free space (remaining data) on the hard drive.
As previously stated, backup the pc first and best by external hard drive. And fully understand what options you are choosing and what that cleaning process does. Registry cleaners do little to speedup the pc - it is the cookies, history, etc and other crap placed in your pc that slows it down like apps accessing the web, or trying to, without your knowledge. FYI - Disk Cleanup removes restore points so you cannot return to a previous state.
The uninstallers do not remove registry entries or other traces. Just try McAfee's or Symantecs' un-installers and then search by "regedit" and the history is still there - and yes the big guns lie to you as well.
In closing, my pc is mine and no person has a right to invade my privacy unless I break the law.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:28 AM
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 07:45 AM
As others have noted, messing with your registry can be dangerous. Be sure to have a fresh backup of it in case anything goes wrong. The Registry is one of the great achilles heels of Windows - systems with distributed points of control are always more stable and recoverable than centralized ones. Also consider that in terms of what the current gov't is trying to do...
I keep several specialized cleaners around that also work with the Registry. One is called AV Uninstaller. It gets rid of all traces of some installed commercial AV programs. Norton is notorious for leaving a bunch of crap behind after their normal uninstall (they even provide a separate tool for those who prefer a REALLY CLEAN uninstall - I keep that in my toolkit as well). I guess some of the others do so as well so this cleans many of them.
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Message was edited by: zepper for clarification.
Posted 20 February 2009 - 12:31 PM
Posted 20 February 2009 - 06:10 PM
Just go to this address: onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm?s_cid=sah
I also subscribe to Windows Live OneCare, which I can use on up to three computers.
Posted 06 April 2010 - 07:42 AM
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 02:33 AM
Many have cleaned or overcleaned the registry and that has caused all sorts of problems.
Main problem being not been able to restart their system.
Do you have any problems with your system.If You are facing this type of problem then you should go for pc-registrycleaner.net
Best Registry Cleaner
I have a Vista.