Help With Registry Cleaners

Dear Readers,

Can you help Al?

If you use a registry cleaner I would love to hear from you. Just leave your message in the comments section below.

Here is Al’s question:

My name is: Al
I am from: Maine

I am confused by the ad’s for a registry cleaner and a PC Optimizer. My computer is 3 years old. It has Windows Vista.

It’s a little slow at start up but otherwise works fine. I would like to remove some pre-installed trial software and read that it is recommended to run a registry cleaner.

Can you shed some light on this and also if a registry cleaner is necessary, can you recommend one?

Thank you, Al

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    • Bex
    • September 23, 2010

    I am fortunate enough to no longer use Windows having graduated to Ubuntu. But I was a Windows user for a long time. Frankly, most assertions that you ‘need’ a registry cleaner is sheer marketing (by the registry cleaner companies) at best. Registry cleaners scan your computer to look for registry items that are no longer being used or connected to any programs. The funny thing with them, is that, for example, you scan now and they find 100 items to ‘clean’. When the cleaning is done, you immediately scan again, and, surprise! There are another 45 items to be ‘cleaned’. For the most part, registry cleaners are completely unnecessary. The reason why your computer is slow at start up is not due to the registry keys that are no longer in use, it is due to the number of processes and programs you have that load up when your computer starts. If you are using Windows, you would be better off getting a free program such as Process Explorer, which will show you all the processes and programs that are running on your computer (like Task Manager only better). You will be surprised at the number of programs that load up, behind the scenes, and cause your computer to be slow. I do not feel that there is any reason to mess with the registry (which can be dangerous, and registry cleaners have been known to make mistakes). It is far better to clean your computer, get rid of temporary files, and govern the unused programs that automatically load up on the computer.

    • cebrogers
    • September 23, 2010

    I like to point users to ccleaner. I’ve used several of the free and low-cost programs but I’ve found this one easiest for most of my users. It does a good job of finding the “left overs” in the registry after deleting programs. It also has a tab for turning off auto-starting programs. It also deletes temp files and cookies. Here’s the website for more information and to a download link:

    • anniewright
    • September 23, 2010

    ccleaner — great registry cleaner that’s lightning fast.

    gary’s utilities — another great registry cleaner that has other useful functions (customize start up program, uninstaller, etc) and one button procedure. Takes longer to run than ccleaner but will catch things that ccleaner doesn’t find.

    Revo Uninstaller — most recommended program for uninstalling softwares.

    • joanloy
    • September 23, 2010

    I have used System Mechanic for many years to clean my PC and keep it running smoothly. It does clean and compact the registry. If you set Active Care to run automatically, it cleans and compacts the registry at least once a day. It also cleans temp files, cookies, yor start up programs, etc. It’s my favorite utility. It also can speed up your internet connection.

    • joanloy
    • September 23, 2010

    I have used System Mechanic for many years. It is a utility which does PC clean up to include a registry cleaner and compactor. It has kept several PC’s running great for me. It also has a function to boost the speed of your internet connection. Some of it’s function can be set to run automatically. This is my favorite utility program.

    • donmac71
    • September 23, 2010

    I use EasyCleaner. I have not had any problems with the register cleaner.

    • grich32
    • September 23, 2010

    PC Decrapifier for removing trialware. can identify unneeded Services.

    Wise Registry Cleaner, Eusing Registry Cleaner2.6.3, RegSeeker, and JVRegCleanr v4.3 b780 are Registry cleaners I use regularly.

    I make sure Start, Programs, Startup has no unneeded shortcuts. Likewise Start, Run, msconfig, OK, Startup tab. has suggestions for removal of unneeded WinXP system files.

    My backup images are made by DriveImage2002 but I’m sure others work well. Images are saved to a second internal hard drive and to DVD+Rs.

    Uninstall all unused programs – I use RevoUninstaller.


    • gram
    • September 23, 2010

    Type in msconfig then in gereral put a dot in selective startup next click on startup and take out all the check the marks and apply,ok finish. restart your computer.

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