Are "registry cleaners" safe to use?

Hi,

I just want to know if those so-called "registry cleaners" are safe to use.  Since they are all over the Internet, I assume a lot of people do use them.  They give promises of faster computer performance, getting rid of all the junk left by previously uninstalled programs.  But I am thinking that to an untrained hand, isn't that going to cause more trouble?

The reason I am asking is that yes, I do see folders left by previously uninstalled programs and it's pretty annoying to find folders that have nothing in them.  I just need advice if using these things will be okay. 

And I would also greatly appreciate if you could give suggestions on what cleaners I would use.  As you have noticed I am not very adept with computers, but I am also trying to avoid inadvertedly damaging anything because I know I cannot fix it.

Thanks!

-Reine
 

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On Sat, 19-Dec-09 19:55:23 GMT, reineshadow wrote:

> Hi,I just want to know if those so-called "registry cleaners"
> are safe to use.


No!


> Since they are all over the Internet, I assume a lot of
> people do use them.


Yes, unfortunately.


> They give promises of faster computer performance, getting
> rid of all the junk left by previously uninstalled programs.
> But I am thinking that to an untrained hand, isn't that
> going to cause more trouble?


Yes! Registry cleaning programs are *all* snake oil. Cleaning of the
ve the registry alone and
don't use any registry cleaner. Despite what many people think, and
what vendors of registry cleaning software try to convince you of,
having unused registry entries doesn't really hurt you.

The risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously
removing an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit
it may have.

Read http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000643.html



> The reason I am asking is that yes, I do see folders left
> by previously uninstalled programs and it's pretty annoying
> to find folders that have nothing in them.


That has nothing to do with registry cleaners, which don't do anything
about them at all.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003

Ken Blake

On Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:18:03 +0000, Muhammad Bilal_775 wrote:

Excuse me sir,I have asked hp and they told me that all registry cleaners are fake except Ccleaner.They told me that we recommend it and its 100% safe

I agree that CCleaner is among the safest of all registry cleaners.
However that doesn't mean that it is anywhere near 100% safe.

Believe what you want, and if you want to believe what HP tells you,
that's OK with me. It's your funeral, not mine.

Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003
Not the registry 'cleaner' option.
What makes CCleaners registry cleaning option safer than some is it does not
do as deep a scan as some other registry 'cleaners' may do, but regardless,
'Cleaning' the registry as a regular system maintenance does not benefit  performance.

When you use a registry 'cleaner' you enter the realm covered by Murphy's Law.
I respect what you are saying and you mean I should not use ccleaner!!!right.......
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Yes,

Ken you're copletely right.

Those tools are completely useless since Vista. Vista/7 optimize themselves (Superfetch, ReadyBoot, automatic defragmentation during idle). And Windows doesn't completely load the registry into the RAM any longer. So those tools are useless.

Save the money and better buy more RAM to speed up your PC!

André
"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
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> Thank you for your replies. I verified this information with my
> friends before buying a new computer and Windows 7. Your input is
> much appreciated. :)


You're welcome. Glad to help.


--
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003


Ken Blake

On Sat, 15 Feb 2014 02:58:19 +0000, Muhammad Bilal_775 wrote:

I respect what you are saying and you mean I should not use ccleaner!!!right.......

No! CCleaner is an excellent program, and I recommend that you do
use it. Just don't use its registry cleaning function.

I am also not computer savvy although I get by fairly well. My sister sent me her Regpair last year. She often has problems with her very old computer that has Vista and it seems to help. I ran it once back then and saw no difference but I have Windows 7 and reading all the comments above I don't think I'll ever use it again but my question is, is Regpair the same as CCleaner, the registry cleaning part.

On Sat, 19-Dec-09 22:14:25 GMT, JoelbX wrote:

> KJBlake has it down here... registry cleaners really
> don't give you a noticable speed increase. However I
> use CCleaner (ccleaner.com), which also cleans junk
> files off your system, not just clean the registry.


CCleaner *is* a good program, as long as you don't use its registry
cleaning function.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003

Ken Blake
I have used UTILILAB registry CLEANER for a few months now and have not seen any improvements to my computer, on the contrary, my computer slowed down noticeably and didn't run certain games as well as it used to, in some cases making them unplayable. Fortunately the software came with a backup feature, so I used this and then uninstalled it. Upon testing my computer I found it had sped up immediately, although it still doesn't run games quite as well as it used to.
I haven't any actual data to show to support me, but I would suggest to anyone to steer clear from registry cleaners, they're just another scam.

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