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Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« on: October 04, 2007, 09:48:21 PM »
I need to know which Registry Cleaner is safe to use? Ccleaner, Registry Booster or others.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 10:15:05 PM »
CCleaner is safe. But not that deepest.
A safe (that makes a backup/restore of everything) is Wise Registry Cleaner (http://www.wisecleaner.com/). Works on Vista.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 10:43:48 PM »
A lot depends on:
a. the power of the cleaner, how deep it looks.
b. how user friendly it is, e.g. do you need to understand the workings of the registry and does it provide a help file, etc.
c. does it classify the results in a form of say, safe to fix/remove, should be OK or you could get burned if you touch this, etc.

The one I use is quite powerful, doesn't have a help file, not particularly user friendly, but it does present the results so that you can select by traffic light colour, Green = safe, Amber = care, Red = Don't touch unless you really know what you are doing. But I like it, it is called RegSeeker, however, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who doesn't know there way around the registry.
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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007, 11:18:33 PM »
All registry cleaners can be dangerous if put into the wrong hands.
As David said "I wouldn't recommend it to someone who doesn't know their way around the registry"
That statement goes for all registry cleaners including the built in Reg cleaner.
The gains arrived when cleaning the registry in most cases aren't worth the risk.
The wrong deletion in your registry could leave you with a crippled computer.
If you decide to clean your registry, back everything up first and then proceed with extreme caution.
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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007, 02:15:17 AM »
Green = safe, Amber = care, Red = Don't touch unless you really know what you are doing. But I like it, it is called RegSeeker, however, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who doesn't know there way around the registry.

Hi David,

I've used RegSeeker for a long time now, and while I certainly don't know my way around the registry awfully well (although I'm not completely stupid (there's no need to comment!)), I've never had a problem with it, and find that it's a great program. The option to back-up every change means that I feel pretty safe in going along with what it says is 'iffy', knowing that I can always use the back-ups if something goes wrong. Mine only seems to offer red or green, however. Have you got a later version than mine (Version 1.45, build 0505), and if so, do you have a link to it please?


EDIT: Sorry, forget the link, I've just googled it and found a June '07 newer version. Thanks!!
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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 02:39:22 AM »
My version is 1.55 build 3807, I was incorrect in the traffic light colours, it is only red and green for normal registry scans.

However, there is an Experimental option in there (and that has a traffic light style colour, it is Brown), Invalid Services which I had a look at once to see what it might turn up, but I have left it unchecked since.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 03:54:07 AM »
David,

Thanks very much for drawing my attention to the updated version - it doesn't seem to be a widely advertised program.

I see what you mean about the 3 'traffic light' style options - there were only two in my older version. I swear by this program. I use CCleaner as well, but find that RegSeeker is a far deeper cleaner, finding many things that CCleaner doesn't.

Thanks again,

Graham.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 04:17:28 AM »
but find that RegSeeker is a far deeper cleaner, finding many things that CCleaner doesn't.
The deeper, the unsafer, Graham.
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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007, 05:00:43 AM »
After a good cleaning, a couple good apps to use would be Erunt and PageDefrag, both described here, http://wiki.castlecops.com/User:PCBruiser/Registry_Maintenance . Back-ups are automatic and can be used to restore the registry when Windows won't boot, besides compacting and all.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 08:11:31 AM »
I downloaded CCleaner the other day and I wanted to ask anyone who have used these programs if there is a serious risk of using them. I still have CCleaner but haven't used it yet. I know a little about using regedit and frankly, I think it's more safer to use regedit " if " someone who knows what they are doing. I count on Tech's advise "This is the rule of Registry cleaners... risk!
P.S. I'm uninstalling CCleaner when I finish with this reply.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2007, 09:27:47 AM »
As a temp-file cleaner, CC does a good job, and it prompts to back-up all reg.deletions. But I guess I use "regedit" too, so...

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2007, 12:37:43 PM »
This is the rule of Registry cleaners... risk!

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2007, 07:36:31 PM »
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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2007, 02:25:59 PM »
I downloaded CCleaner the other day and I wanted to ask anyone who have used these programs if there is a serious risk of using them. I still have CCleaner but haven't used it yet. I know a little about using regedit and frankly, I think it's more safer to use regedit " if " someone who knows what they are doing. I count on Tech's advise "This is the rule of Registry cleaners... risk!
P.S. I'm uninstalling CCleaner when I finish with this reply.

I use CCleaner and it hasn't harm me so far.

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Re: Are Registry Cleaners safe?
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2007, 02:53:41 PM »
Sorry to hijack the thread, but speaking about CCleaner, does anybody use the 'Hotfix Uninstallers' option with Vista?
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