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Which registry cleaner do YOU use?

I need a registry cleaner and I've found five that I'm thinking about. Registryfix, RegistryBooster2, Maxregistry cleaner, Regcure and Tuneuputilities. I've always used Norton products in the past, but I need something different (and free would be nice!). I don't know if it matters or not, but I use Vista.
Thanks in advance!
Bridget

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Just asking.

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Why do you need a registry cleaner? Many people do very well without.

Kees

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Registry Cleaner

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Some people don't need autos, just as well as some don't need reg cleaners. I find mine (Registry Mechanic) handy when I download a trial version of a program and later delete it because it was a flop or I didn't really need it. But as you know delete does not actually delete the program or all of its files. A registry cleaner does that for you.

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ccleaner

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Reg Cleaner

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I'll definitely second the above. CCleaner seems to work wonders and hasn't let me down yet on my always-online/constantly-in-use/overused system (I've gotta 15 year old son at home who does nuthin' BUT plunk HIS big ol' butt down in front of the computer on a damn near 24/7 schedule). I'd highly recommend it....(altho I'm certainly NO PC wiz by any means).

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NEED HELP

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I would like to Change
Start Up Sound on my laptop
to Diff (Star Wars Fan :p)
I have it in my PPC

Anyone knows how i can do this on Laptop ?
& where I would get Freeware for Registry tweaks for PC


Please Help Anyone Sad

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Half is Off Topic but....

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Your first request was the sounds for events settings. Here is the path to get there.

Start
Help and Support
Customizing Your Computer
Sounds and Audio Devices
Asign Sounds to Program Events

Follow the instructions on that page


Your second request was for free registry cleaner

Read some of the posts in this topic and you will find that there are none. You will also learn that nearly everyone believes them to be useless and unneccessary .

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Thank You Pal

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU
for helping me with the Sounds
God Bless you Happy

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Try this class...

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This is just what you're looking for. Go to:

http://backstage101.learningcenter.sony.us/index.jsp

and enroll in "Microsoft Windows XP Advanced Customization"

This class is currently in session. It doesn't end until May 8. It is free. Even if you are using a different version of Windows, the techniques and advice will be useful to you.

4denise

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Free?

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Is this registry cleaner free, if not what is a good free cleaner?

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CCleaner!!!!!!!

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CCleaner is probably the most useful and easy to use application for all of your pc cleaning needs!

Highly Recommended!

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CCleaner Problem

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I tried this - once. After I ran it, Excel no longer worked. That was the end of it for me.

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Re: Which registry cleaner do YOU use?

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i use registry mechanic......its the best thats out there....ccleaner also works well....a combination of both is my recommendation

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None

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There is no need to "clean" the registry. It's nothing but a simple database. It has little to no effect on system stability, and it would be quite the accomplishment for someone to get it to grow so large that it had a noticeable effect on system performance. There are plenty of other performance bottlenecks in Vista to clear up before you need to worry about tackling the registry.

Outside of tools that clean out bits of malware in the registry, there's no need to "clean" it at all. The registry isn't this mystical black box component of Windows that provides the magic to make everything work, it's just a simple flat file database. Use google to look up what a flat file database is if you don't know. Maybe then you'll start to understand just how unremarkable the registry is. Then you can dispense with this superstitious nonsense about registry cleaners.

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"little to no effect on system stability"
"The registry isn't this mystical black box component of Windows that provides the magic to make everything work"

Of course it's not "the black box.....that makes everything work" nor is it "mystical" But it is a necessary "black box." Many apps upon uninstallation/removal leave behind reg files, most notibly some viruses, spyware and even Norton apps that can cause instability of system or other apps.

About once a month I run RegSeeker which is probably one of the safest and most thorogh available, just with out a bunch of unnecesary bells and whistles which is probably why it's avaiable at such a great price. While not often, occasionally I do notice a marked improvement in system/app speed and stability even without having first run other cleanup utilities. Perhaps this is inpart due to constantly installing and uninstalling many apps, sometimes alph's and beta's. Usually prior to installing test apps a complete reg backup with ERUNT is helpful but I found that on occasion even it isn't quite practical when alot of disk rewriting has been done since installation of an app. And even more (or most) often System Restore doesn't cut it either. Regseeker of course creates backups prior to running but so far I've never had to use them.

Charlie

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What do you mean?

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What do you mean there are "plenty of other performance bottlenecks in Vista to clear up"? What kinds of things should I be checking? By the way, I don't use Windows Defender, so there are some built-in tasks I can't do.

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Sorry for the delay

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Sorry for the delay on responding to this, but I overlooked it until now.

Most of the performance issues with Vista are related to thing you can't do anything about. They relate to the Vista internals, and the numerous trade-offs that had to be made to get some kind of product out the door.

You don't need to ever worry about the registry. The only registry cleaning you need will be provided by spyware removers.

If you want to have a well functioning system, it's not exactly rocket science, it's just a matter of choosing your programs carefully, avoiding those with known problems, or even a history of problems, and taking some basic precautions. The following is a list of suggestions you can use if you like. The closer you follow them, the fewer problems you're likely to have, but you can pick and choose if you like.

1: Don't use Internet Explorer
2: Don't use any other browser based on Internet Explorer
3: Don't use Outlook
4: Don't use Outlook Express
5: Don't use file sharing, or P2P, programs
6: Don't use pirated programs
7: Don't visit questionable sites: e.g. porn, hacking, warez
8: Do always have an up to date virus scanner running
9: Do always have a firewall running
10: Do always keep up on your monthly security updates issued by Microsoft (a lone exception to #1)
11: Do always scan email attachments with your virus scanner yourself, even if it's supposed to be done by the email program
12: Do delete any suspicious email attachments you may recieve
13: Do delete any unsolicited email attachments, regardless of who they may be from (you can always ask the person if they meant to send it to you, and to send it again)
14: Do not ever respond to any kind of spam, especially "unsubscribe" links
15: Do not click directly on links in email messages, always copy and paste them into the browser yourself
16: Do always have a current backup of important data just in case

If you follow these 16 suggestions to the letter, you should enjoy extended periods of very trouble free computing. You won't need registry cleaners, you won't need a bunch of spyware removers, defragging is a waste of time and another topic... You should be able to just use your computer and enjoy it. It's not a fool-proof system however, so never assume that things can't occasionally slip through the cracks. However, such occurrences should be quite rare.

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WOW that is profound

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You said Don't need spyware or Adware WOW don't ever visit sites like Microsoft McAffey Sears, Best Buy, Amazon, Ebay, or any web page which might be in business for profit. THEY ALL PUT SPY OR AD PROGRAMS ON YOUR SYSTEM...... unless you have good spyware and a good adware program. THE ARE VERY DIFFERENT.

I do know from experience that

Removing adware and spy ware can do wonders for performance I once found that more than 200 of the 900 spy programs on one computer had to be reomoved in safe mode because SpyBot was not permitted to remove any programs which were activley communicating over the internet. Yes 200 programs were activley sending out data at the time. Tghe cable internet was slowere than 56K Dial up. After cleaning it out pages which had taken 3 to 4 minutes to load would load in a few seconds.

Defragging a computer which has 80% of its files fragmented into 10s of thousands of fragments will speed up Productivity programs tremendously NOT INTERNET ACTIVITY

I absolutely agree with most of what you say. I question the first four. Why do you say to never use Internet Explorer or Outlook Express. You are the first I have heard that from.

I will add "Don't ever play games on a computer" get a game console for that.

I will add "Don't ever download music" Those sites are probably worse than porn sites.

I disagree with don't go to unsubscribe sites. I would not fear unsubscribing from CNET, Sears, BestBuy, or any of the other reputable businesses if I thought I was getting too many E-mails from them

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Well...

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Since, at present anyway, probably 99% of all spyware depends on Internet Explorer, not using Internet Explorer is quite possibly the single best thing you can do to avoid having problems down the road. If you use something that isn't Internet Explorer, or Internet Explorer based, you are effectively immune to spyware, for the time being. Sooner or later it will likely start to catch up with other browsers, but other browsers have learned from the mistakes made with IE, and are quite a bit better prepared. The two main problems with IE, is it's close integration with the system, and the fact that ActiveX controls are not really all that different from any other program you may run on your Windows computer. And I think that if you look, you'll find most security experts recommend not using Internet Explorer whenever possible. It has a very long history of total system compromising security bugs, Outlook and Outlook Express use Internet Explorer to display messages, so they can't be trusted either. Of course if you want to get a good idea of why it's not such a great idea to use Outlook or Outlook Express, research the history of the Melissa email worm, and the numerous variants that crippled email systems all over the world. All spread exclusively by Outlook and Outlook Express.

Unless a reputable site is hacked, and some some of attack program is installed, the worst you should really have to worry about is tracking cookies. On the privacy risk scale, they rate pretty low. It's also easily remedied with something like Firefox's session cookies.

If you do have spyware, then yes, removing it will do wonders for performance most of the time.

Defragging is a pointless activity for the average user, since disk access times are not critical, nor is it the limiting factor in program speed.

The unsubscribe thing was for spam. If you're getting messages from a reputable source, unsubscribe links are probably safe. However, if you're getting 50 viagra solicitations a day, each one with an unsubscribe links... Clicking that link, or sending a message to that address will loose the floodgates, and a torrent of spam will be forthcoming.

I do agree on the getting a console for gaming, however there are some genre's that really only work on a PC. Real-Time Strategies come to mind. They might also work for the Nintendo DS, and even the Wii with a bit of ingenuity, but the DS screen is just too small to really make it work well, and getting it right on the Wii would probably be quite the trick. First Person Shooters also really only work well with a mouse and keyboard. Of course if people were to take a cue from the Metroid Prime series on the GameCube, they might learn something about how to do a FPS on a console that doesn't suck.

The downloading music is part of what I meant with the file sharing/P2P programs bit, though iTunes is probably fairly safe, along with the others backed by major companies.

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That makes sence

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I have IE7 installed but I use it through AOL most of the time. I do have outlook but do very little through it I use the AOL client software.

I have been considering dumping the Client software because of all of the reasons that everyone else feels it is EVIL.

I know that at least 10 to 15 active processes are put there by AOL. AOL creates and deletes at least 50 files per hour. I wonder if 500 to 1000 files a day added and deleted might contribute to the reason that a program gets broken up and spread over 25 or 30 different locations on your hard drive.

All of the good things that AOL used to provide have been phased out.

Getting rid of AOL would mean going over to Outlook Express (or even outlook which I do not like) and Internet Explorer.

What you are saying leads me to believe that I will be better off staying with AOL

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Not necessarily

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There's Mozilla Thunderbird, and dozens of other email programs out there. You can even configure Thunderbird to access your AOL email if you use the Webmail extension.

And on the browser front there's Firefox, Opera, and Safari. You can even throw in Seamonkey which is the continuation of the old Mozilla suite before it was broken into individual components, and Flock which is kind of an experimental version of Firefox.

There are several alternatives out there if you look.

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WOA That sounds real drastic.

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That sounds like a 500 pound cure for a 10 pound problem. You start taliking Mozilla, Foxfire, zumala and all those other names. I begin to think that they are less than 99% identical to Internet Explorer or the Outlook Express, and that will be a very big problem.

Windows 98 looked and felt like Windows 3.1, but the similarities were only on the surface. They were verr very different programs with the same set of controls, so from the user point of view they were the same program with some new clothes.
It took me 3 years to make the adjustment from office 2000 to Office 2003 because of the differences. I have Delorme Street Atlas 2005 but because it is so much of a change and I don't have the time to work through those changes, I still use my Delorme Street Atlas 1997 unless I am in an adventurous mood. If I go to Foxfire or Mozzila or Zumala will the buttons be in the same locations or in different places? Will the menus be structured the same or differently? Will they work almost the same or will I have to spend years attempting to make the adjustment. I have used MSIE for about 12 or 13 years with no adverse effects. I have only used Outlook Express for about 8 or 9 years, and in that time I have not seen any problems that I could blame on it.

I have never had anyone give or show any good explanations or any supported evidence that those other extreme minority programs are any better than the Microsoft programs. I worked in the days when I printed out a program or a some data and handed it to the girl 6 feet away so that she could type it into her computer because printing and typing was the only way to move data from one computer to an other. I send and receive letters, spreadsheets, databases, pictures, drawings, and copied and pasted information between lots of people. all of them (thousands except one who has a Mac) use Microsoft programs. anything that I do will have to be absotivley posolutely 100% Microsoft compatible. I would always consider them to be sudo Microsoft and I am aware that they may cost me a whole lot more and they might be a whole lot harder to use, but it would be in the interest of safety and security.

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Not necessarily

In reply to: WOA That sounds real drastic.

It's not necessarily drastic. They look a little different, but sadly there's been very little real innovation in the way of user interfaces since Apple started the whole desktop metaphor, which has long since outlived its usefulness and has been holding back development for a long time. Everyone has been playing the "copy what Apple is doing" game since the original Macintosh.

And if you look at the history of security issues with Internet Explorer -- especially IE6 -- you'll see a long and sorted one full of total system compromises. With any other browser, the worst case scenario has the damage limited to that lone program.

Firefox in particular is much more flexible with it's extension system. You can install a wonderful ad blocker, that even reclaims the space where the ad was. There's a tool for logging into websites with a single button click, and NoScript is another interesting extension I've recently joined the bandwagon for. By default it blocks ALL scripts, flash objects, Java object, and Silverlight objects on a website. You can then enable them one by one on either a permanent or temporary basis, by domain. This means that if tomorrow Cnet's servers are hacked, and someone modified the template for these forums to include an invisible IFRAME that tries to do a drive-by spyware install... Even if it could affect Firefox too, with NoScript, it's going to be blocked unless you go and enable it.

Firefox also has a much better security history compared to IE. It's had its share of security issues, but fixes are usually out in days, sometimes hours, instead of the usual weeks for Microsoft.

And Thunderbird does a lot of the same. By default it doesn't allow any scripts in emails to load, it doesn't load remote images (a common trick used by spammers to tell if an address is actively used), and also blocks cookies. You can even limit the amount of HTML rendered in messages to a safe subset that only contains the basic formatting tags.

The other thing I will say, is that all the cognitive research done into how the brain learns, ages, etc, suggests that yours is a very dangerous attitude. As you age, your mind will deteriorate more and more quickly if you don't work to change your mentality from "change is bad" to more of a "here's an opportunity for me to learn something new" attitude. You seem like a nice enough guy, so I'd hate to think that at some point down the road you'll be one of those unfortunate people in a nursing home who can barely remember their own name.

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I hear you clearly there

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I do like to try new things I am not against change at all. I changed from the pdp 8 to the PDP 11. I changed from the PDP 11 to the compdore. I changed from the comodore to the TI-99. I changed fromn the TI-99-4A to apple 3C. I changed from the Apple 3C to Acer 1000. I changed from the Acer 1000 to the PC I have stayed with the PC because Atari was the only computer that offered a completely differeent way of computing but I would have been in a world of my own if U had gone there.

I do resist total abandonment of something which works for somethiung which might work. I am right handed I will not unless forced to change to become left handed. My primary language is English I really do not want to abandon it. I am a Christian, I have visited and prayed in just about every other house of worship but I remain a Christian. I drive automobiles or trucks. I might try a motorcycle but I would not get rid of my car and depend only on the motorcycle.

I know that my age puts me into a position where adjustments are not as quick and easy but I do adjust. I have the bad experience several times in which I have installed a newer version of a software and found that I cannot do in an hour what took me 2 minutes in the older version. It has not happened with all software but it has happened to a degree in several. For some reason the software designers (perhaps Windows software designers in particular) don't see any value in telling you how to adjust to the new program features. My aprehension with abandoning Windows is two fold. One is the math factor. If it takes me 8 to 10 times as long to do everything at first I will need 250 hours eash week for the first few months to make the adjustment. The other one is that I recall for years the Lions in Southeast Mass had to deal with the fact that one member used a Mac. Everything that we did on the computer had to be adjusted to include the Mac user flyers, posters, newsletters, questionaires, everything. I would never want to be that "one guy who everything had to be adjusted to".

It sounds like a good idea to get a unix computer and play with it. When I find a big bump in the road I could just slide over to the PC ans accomplish what needs to be done and then go back to playing with the Unix computer to see if I can eventually do it there.

That is called transition

No time to spell check meeting in a few minutes

We should probably move to or create a new topic and get input from others on this off topic discussion

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Not as drastic as you think...

In reply to: WOA That sounds real drastic.

There is no law that says you can't have as many browsers on your computer as you choose to put on it. There is also no law that limits you to using just one. If you are comfortable with Internet Explorer, but would like to try out another browser to see if you like it, you can do so easily. Firefox is a very popular browser for good reason. It can be personalized (by way of extensions) to fit the way you work. If you want to see if you like it, just install it. Try it out. You can still use Internet Explorer with Firefox on your system. You can even keep Internet Explorer as your default browser, if you like. The same is true of other browsers. When you are feeling adventurous, try one or more of them to see if you like them. It can't hurt anything.

4denise

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Actually

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The registry is what tells the OS where everything it needs to run is. Yes the average PC user does not need a high end cleaner, and most wouldnt need to clean the registry on a regular basis. However older machines can have thousands of registry keys which lead to nothing, are completely useless, and does lead to system slow ups and crashes so cleaning these "empty keys" is very beneficial, as well as defragmenting and compacting the registry which serves the same purpose as defraging and cleaning your hard-drive.

PS. If you really feel the registry isnt that important delete a whole key and see what happens.

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There is no need for a registry cleaner

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because I use *nix.

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Better explanation would help

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Through several incarnations of my computer I have installed WinXP to replace WinME, replaced a 1Ghz AMD CPU And MoBo with a faster FSB MoBo and Intel Celeron CPU (which Was XP Compatible), moved data from a 40 Gig HD to and 80 Gig HD, Replaced the CD-RW with a DVD-RW, increased RAM, upgraded to a 128 Meg Video card, and twice upgraded my CPU. I still have the boot sector information which was installed in Win ME over 5 years ago. In that time I have installed and Uninstalled hundreds of programs. I have installed newer versions of same programs, and add -ons to programs. My Windows Registry is an enormous file.

I run Norton One Button Checkup once a week and it scans and corrects registry errors but........ After 5 years I know that there has to be a lot of garbage left in my registry. I thought that it was time to give my registry a good cleaning. I went to the ultimate authority on computer utility software CNET and found a report on what they had found to be the 5 best Registry Cleaners. I downloaded all 5 and scanned my registry. They all scan and give detailed reports for free but you have to purchase a licence to actually clean your registry. I started looking into pricing. In the process I came across a story (probably a paid commercial story) that mentioned that CNET had analyzed the new Registry Mechanic 7.0 and rated it 5 stars. I did find lots of other very good reviews on the program. I downloaded the free scan version and it did find far more errors that the other programs had.

I took screen shots of the reports from all 6 programs before I made my purchase decision. I purchased the licence for Registry Mechanic 7.0 and let it do the cleaning. I then scanned my registry again with each of the programs. I was shocked and very disappointed. Here are the results. It does look like the whole concept is a scam. I repaired nearly 1700 of the errors but at additional 2700 are still reported by the other programs. I wonder if spending an additional $150.00 would help me get better reports. I wonder if these programs do anything more than generate good reports


PROGRAM NAME ------------------ BEFORE CLEANING - AFTER CLEANING

Advanced Registry Optimizer --- 919 Errors --------------- 795 Errors

Error Nuker ---------------------------88 Errors ----------------- 80 Errors

PC OnPoint -------------------------- 874 Errors --------------- 471 Errors

RegCure ----------------------------- 1181 Errors -------------- 870 Errors

RegistryFix --------------------------- 866 Errors --------------- 466 Errors

Registry Mechanic 7.0 ----------- 1654 Errors -------------- 1 Error

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Thanks!

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Thank you for your detailed (and to the point) reply. Very helpful!

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Registry Cleaner/Repair XP

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My computer was going slower & slower. I have XP Pro & Vista Business. I found something that really fixes and speeds things up. Go to www.auslogics.com and download the program. It's free for a week or so, but it works.

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Which registry cleaner?

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After trying several registry cleaners, paid and freeware, I have settled on Registry Repair which can be downloaded free from www.glarysoft.com. I also use free registry defrag (freeware downloaded from www.registry-clean.net). I have used both on XP (pro and home) and Vista computers, and have not had any problems. They have been working great.

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