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Which System Cleaner is best for me?

by revpsychology / November 8, 2005 11:00 PM PST

I am trying to find a program that will do the following, at least:

* delete shortcuts that point to nonexisting files
* delete registry entries that are no longer relevant or point to nonexisting files
* find empty folders so I can choose to delete them or not (thumbs.db is a pain though)
* let me know if any dll's or other files are no longer being used by anything

I'm basically just wanting to tidy up my system

Thanks

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Beware!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2005 11:15 PM PST

"delete registry entries that are no longer relevant or point to nonexisting files"

What some discover is that software you may install later expected those entries to exist because the stock install of Windows placed those entries there.

Having run into this "overcleaning" issue, I share this issue and that the poor owner had to reinstall the OS.

Cheers,

Bob

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I realize that
by revpsychology / November 9, 2005 7:55 AM PST
In reply to: Beware!

I know it's dangerous to delete registry stuff, but that still doesn't help me with the other features that I want.

Thanks

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Registry clean-up
by sabyasachi_lawyer / November 16, 2005 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: I realize that

You can try WINDOWS REGISTRY REPAIR SE. It is a free software, having a limitation of 30 corrections in the free version. Believe me, it's very good and gives you the option to choose the course of action after the registry error is detected. However, it's best to take recourse to the default option suggested by the software itself. Try it. Best of luck!

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try ccleaner
by byker49 / November 16, 2005 2:18 AM PST
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I just downloaded CCcleaner
by omerta2177 / November 16, 2005 8:30 AM PST
In reply to: try ccleaner

I hope this was a good choice. I thought about Windows Registry first aid but I noticed I would have to pay in order to get it to work at full potential. I am thinking 16.99 is a reasonable price to pay for a product that messes with the registry. Like Bob said it might get rid of something that was supposed to stay there and then totally make your OS unstable causing you to have to reinstall. This ccleaner, has anybody got any horror stories about it or is it pretty stable?

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(NT) (NT) No horror stories.. use it regularily! Good choice. :)
by glenn30 / November 16, 2005 8:58 AM PST
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