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Windows 7: CCleaner Vs PowerTools Lite

19 Nov 2011   #1
grasmith

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CCleaner Vs PowerTools Lite

Hi Folks.

I regularly use CCleaner to tidy up the registry and temp files etc.
I recently downloaded and ran PT Lite and to my amazement it displayed a huge number of obsolete registry entries even after CCleaner had shown none.
Can anyone advise me as to which of these utilities is the safest.

Regards.

Grasmith.


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19 Nov 2011   #2
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

CCleaner has a reputation for not changing the registry in ways that will harm how Windows functions (most of the time). If you are going to use a registry cleaner, many of the users on here that do say that CCleaner is the safer choice.

I've had CCleaner mess up the registry on computers in the past, even to the point that Windows will not run, but this does seem to be an out of the ordinary problem with CCleaner based on the reviews I've read for it. Most people find CCleaner works very well for registry cleaning.

That being said, with any registry cleaner, it is always best to create a system restore point or backup the registry before having it cleaned.
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19 Nov 2011   #3
ignatzatsonic

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You will get an overwhelming preference for CCleaner here.

And you will likely get many people telling you to AVOID registry cleaning, even with CCleaner.

But if you can't help yourself and insist, go with CCleaner.
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19 Nov 2011   #4
xxxdannyxxx

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
you will get an overwhelming preference for ccleaner here.

And you will likely get many people telling you to avoid registry cleaning, even with ccleaner.

But if you can't help yourself and insist, go with ccleaner.
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19 Nov 2011   #5
kado897

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Even with CCleaner take the option to backup any registry entries you delete and keep them until you are sure you wont need them.
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19 Nov 2011   #6
grasmith

Win 7 home premium x64
 
 

Thanks for your replies.

It's clear that CCleaner wins the contest, but can anybody explain why it is that PowerTools Lite does as I have described above.

Regards.

Grasmith.
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19 Nov 2011   #7
kado897

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That is because CCleaner takes as close to a risk free approach as it can. Other cleaners are more aggressive.
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19 Nov 2011   #8
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grasmith View Post
Thanks for your replies.

It's clear that CCleaner wins the contest, but can anybody explain why it is that PowerTools Lite does as I have described above.

Regards.

Grasmith.
Typically, it is because the cleaner is doing a more aggressive clean. For the registry, that can be dangerous to how Windows functions. It is probably finding registry entries that no longer are needed or invalid, but it only takes one mistake for Windows and/or software installed on Windows to do weird things.
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19 Nov 2011   #9
grasmith

Win 7 home premium x64
 
 

Thanks all for your replies.

Regards.

Grasmith.
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