Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Use the Reg tab on CCleaner, a genius app which is perhaps the most highly respected tool in the tech world.
CCleaner has a less aggressive Registry cleaner but that does not make it completely safe, especially that the Registry cleaner on CCleaner has been made slightly more aggressive in the last two versions.
Registry cleaners are not completely useless and in fact useful in removing rogue keys that make these unwanted things happen or degrade performance in time that is if you really know how to use properly and wisely. I still use Registry cleaners at this point but in a more controlled manner.
It appears that quite a few people use them. The trouble is that beginners and others who don't know any better read various things about "registry cleaners" and believe them.
For somebody who does not know what they are doing, and even for some who think they do, registry cleaners are not only completely useless they are DANGEROUS
If you use ANY PROGRAM AT ALL
which deletes or changes registry keys and is not entirely under your control, then you are simply asking for trouble, and it is only a matter of time before you will get it.
This is not a "maybe", or a "perhaps", it is a CERTAINTY
When otherwise sensible people start saying "well, there are some uses for them", and other qualifying statements, then you actually encourage people to damage their systems. There is no sensible use for "registry cleaners", period.
The registry scanner in CCleaner is NOT an indiscriminate registry "Cleaner". It scans for what it thinks might be problems and gives you the option to delete them.
The vast majority of "Registry cleaners" are either complete scams designed to worry people and trick them out of money for useless and dangerous crap, which is often infected with spyware, trojans and other malware, or at the very least they are dangerous because they INDISCRIMINATELY
remove registry entries. None of them work, because they are completely useless anyway. Removing various supposedly "Invalid" or "Leftover"registry entries wont make a blind bit of difference to your machine. Unless such entries are actively affecting the system they are completely irrelevant.
As anybody with a little knowledge of Windows 7, and an ounce of sense, will tell you. ----DON'T USE REGISTRY CLEANERS-----
Unless you don't care about damaging your system.