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AreRegistryCleanersSafe

Are registry cleaners safe to use?

from ClifNotes, Dec 2006, permalink _ Windows Tips

 

Letter from Eddie in Australia:

Hi Clif,

 

I have read a lot about "Registry Cleaners" and how they can clean up 1000s of unwanted registry entries. Are these programs safe for the "ordinary" person to use, and can you cause any damage to your computer?.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Eddie

 

My response:

Hi Eddie,

 

There is some risk, but I've been using EasyCleaner for 3 or 4 years. About once a month does it for me. I'm guessing you wouldn't need to clean very often. Once every three months or so.

 

Have fun!

 

Clif

 

What is the Windows Registry?

Your registry is a huge database that holds an inventory or location of many files, folders, programs and processes that reside on your computer. This information is often used to to run and locate the files needed to perform tasks. When files and programs are added or removed, the registry is changed to track these changes. Over time the registry becomes larger and less organized because of the changes. This can lead to poorer PC performance.

 

Cleaning your registry can sometimes cause problems. I have had only one minor problem in all my time using them. Using a registry cleaner that "backs up" the registry before it makes changes, is the safest to use. Most of those listed below have this feature.

 

The debate on whether or not you should use a registry cleaner has never been clearly won. I once got involved with a discussion of this at the DonationCoder forum. I think Carol's response in that forum thread was a good warning. However, most folks never have a problem.

 

The best way to avoid registry problems is to make use of as many stand-alone or portable apps as you can. These types of programs generally don't use the registry or other external files.

 

 

More free registry cleaners:

Click on the pictures to go to the website.

 

 

EasyCleaner

Quote from the website

EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list. ToniArts may not be held accountable in any way if EasyCleaner affects your computer in a negative way.

 

RegSeeker

Quote from the website

RegSeeker is a perfect companion for your Windows registry !

RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more ! With RegSeeker you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS ! Now RegSeeker includes a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more !

 

CCleaner

Quote from the website

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

 

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner

Quote from the website

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will scan your Windows registry for invalid or obsolete information and provide a list of the errors found. After fixing the invalid entries, your system will be more stable and run faster. For maximum safety, Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will make a backup of the repaired entries. You will be able to restore any changes made using the software by choosing Restore registry backup. Eusing Software products are free of spyware and adware.

 

jv16 Powertools (last freeware version)

Quote from the website

jv16 PowerTools is a full set of tools to keep your computer up and running. Until now your computer might have been the one who was in charge, but with jv16 PowerTools you can take control. The program contains all the tools you need for cleaning, controlling and tuning up your computer. Including a registry cleaner, duplicate file finder, temp file finder and much much more! Installation note: Do NOT run the program before you have copied it to its final destination. If you move the program after you have used it even once it starts asking for a password and you must re-install the program before you can use it again.

 

TweakNow RegCleaner Standard

Quote from the website

  • Fast: using a high performance engine, TweakNow RegCleaner quickly scan your registry to find obsolete entries.
  • Accurate: using complex algorithm TweakNow RegCleaner accurately identify obsolete entries.
  • Secure: TweakNow RegCleaner automatically create backup file before deleting obsolete entries from your registry.
  • Flexible License: TweakNow RegCleaner available in two licenses, commercial and non commercial (free).

 

Do you have any more suggestions?

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