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Are Registry Cleaners Legit?

Sep 11, 2013 12:18PM PDT

So my computer is running really slowly recently, and when I google probable causes I see cleaning out the computers registry as a solution to my slow PC issues. I'm just wondering if registry cleaners are legitimate solutions for a slow PC, and if so, should I trust all of these review sites? A friend recommended and they review a few different software programs, but it seems like all of them cost money? I trust the reviews, but should I actually plan on spending money to repair this so-called registry?

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Absolutely Not
Sep 11, 2013 12:24PM PDT

They create problems and more times than not ruin your operating system

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They're snake oil
Sep 11, 2013 12:42PM PDT

They do no good and can cause problems - avoid them.

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Always good news
Sep 11, 2013 1:05PM PDT

For techs world wide. They need more folk to use them!

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I don't understand this answer.
Sep 27, 2013 2:55PM PDT

Whart does this mean?

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It's my way of saying.
Sep 27, 2013 11:55PM PDT

That it usually creates problems rather than curing them so it's "good news" for my friends in the repair business. Not so good news for consumers.

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(NT) Thank you.
Sep 29, 2013 11:28AM PDT
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Download free cleaner, do clean job step by step
Sep 23, 2013 8:34PM PDT

If you fear to use those tech product, your pc will not be able performing well.

If you just don't want to spend money for that, learn some base knowledge at first, then download those free necessary cleaners to speed up your pc.

Slow PC running might caused by multiple reasons. Not just Registry.

Here I can tell you that as a newbie, we should just do regular 'Registry Cleaning', 'Common Cleaning', 'Memory optimize', turn off those third party programs operation whatever through 'Startup Manager' or other tools.

I recommend you download WiseCare365 free, or WiseRegistryCleaner+WiseDiskCleaner(they are free).

Anyway, I don't suggest you do cleaning at a big step, but just as I recommend do it like as a newbie. You might try more other advanced features after you familiar to them. This is a safe way.

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? How good this answer, why dislike it?
Sep 25, 2013 1:23PM PDT

Whatever, his answer is helpful to newbie, isn't it?

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Do not jump to conclusions
Sep 28, 2013 1:13AM PDT

There may be a number of reasons why the machine runs slow. "Dirty" registry would be the last of them. If you went to see your doctor with a belly-ache and he sent you for a colonic straight away, you would know you got yourself a quack, right?

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Look at what recommends.
Sep 27, 2013 12:51PM PDT

The one program the I see over, and over on is CCleaner. I have used it myself for years without any problem. But don't take my word for it, check it out on and see what they say. Oh, by the way, CCleaner is also a free program.


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Disk Clean
Dec 5, 2013 11:06PM PST

It's much more advisable to do a manual clean, with an advanced user it's far better than any freeware. And may be combined with a scanner as well (anti-virus generally).

If you're having pc problems i'd agree with "The Masked Villain" in suggesting CCleaner, diskanalyzer is another great freeware to combine with that. Try those two, plus the onboard Microsoft defrag (it's just as good as 3ed party's anyway in most situations).

If those three steps don't work, a virus scan (which you should do monthly anyway) may be necessary; try malware bytes or if you have $$ than something like norton would work as well.

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Are Registry Cleaners Legit?
Nov 19, 2013 9:30PM PST

All registry cleaners are not legit. I use tuneup utities and its registry cleaner works fine.

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free staff is 1st choice, of course
Dec 5, 2013 1:35PM PST

Sometimes registry cleaner helps.

you can search "free registry cleaner" on
The top one screams! Good luck!

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the good and the bad
Jan 30, 2014 3:26AM PST

Well, registry cleaners are certainly controversial, but the truth is somewhere in between. In many cases, they're not necessary. The wrong program, or the right one used incorrectly, can do more harm than help. Many programs are disguised malware. But to simply say that they're all garbage and should be avoided at all costs is also unwarranted. In some cases, they can help, especially for those who install and remove stuff, perhaps somewhat indiscriminately.

Tech pundit, Fred Langa did some interesting and illuminating tests presented in this article:

I will say this: when plagued by a slow PC and hardware problems are ruled out, a clean OS install is usually the best and, surprisingly, the fastest route to curing the slowdown. If you're good about backing up your data, this is relatively painless, and no registry cleaners are ever needed. And even better, after a clean reinstall, adding all updates, installing your apps, and restoring your data, make a full image backup of your system. The next time you have a problem it will only take minutes to get back your lost performance.