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Now on to the Registry cleaner topic. First, for those of you who are unfamiliar with what a Registry cleaner is, here is a quick definition from Wikipedia: "A Registry cleaner is a type of software utility designed for the Microsoft Windows operating system whose purpose is to remove redundant or unwanted items from the Windows Registry." While the definition of a Registry cleaner is pretty cut and dry, the main question posed by Clem and Kay, on if they really work, is highly debatable. As I read through all 176 comments in the discussion thread, I don't think I can come to conclusion as to whether they work or not. Many members claim they work great, and an equal number of folks say they don't do anything to help improve a PC performance, so I've taken it to the polls to see where we go with that. However, more importantly some people even warn that if you aren't careful using a Registry cleaner, you can do more harm to your system than good. Your Registry is the soul of your operating system, and if something gets deleted accidentally from there, even one thing, a whole lot of damage could be done. So if you are going to use a Registry cleaner, a good rule of thumb is to always back up your Registry first. And before blindly giving the OK to the Registry cleaner to remove entries, go over each item carefully, as some Registry cleaners are much more aggressive about clearing up the clutter than others.
This week you'll find a lot of insightful posts by our members. If you are currently using or thinking of using a Registry cleaner, give this entire discussion a read as I'm sure it make you a better informed person. And for those of you who automatically think a Registry cleaner will solve all sluggish PC problems, you may want to consider some safer alternatives to perking up your sluggish PC. Here are some great tips from member waytron and Flatworm.
I have a few selected answers for you to get the juices flowing on Reg cleaners, and when you get a chance, weigh in on this week's poll to let us know if Registry cleaners work for you. Thanks everyone! Oh, and for those fathers and grandfathers out there: happy Father's Day!
Do computer Registry cleaners really work?
I have Registry Cleaner version 18.104.22.1687 that is a
registered retail version which I paid $30 for. I use it
fairly often and sometimes it gives me errors and I click
fix and it does its cleaning. I have also downloaded the
free version of RegCure and after running my paid Registry
cleaner I run the RegCure Version 1.5.2 and it tells me I
have 355 errors on my computer. What is up with this? The
RegCure won't clean these errors unless I buy the Pro
version. Is this their way of getting people to buy their
product? If not, one of these programs is giving me false
information. One says I have no errors, the other says I
have 355 errors and I had better buy their product or my
computer will crash. So who am I suppose to believe?
My questions to you members are: what do Registry cleaners
do exactly? Do they create more problems or solve them? Or
are companies who make these utilities just out here to make
a buck? Bottom line, do registry cleaners really work? And
how are you to know if they are doing what they are suppose
to do? Thank you!
-- Submitted by:
Clem & Kay W.
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Need help! I lost my Windows XP admin password I have lost my Windows XP administrative password and can't find it to save my life! Am I stuck having to wipe and reload my computer? Or is there a method I can use to reset it or bypass the log-in screen. I do not want to lose everything! Thanks for your time!
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