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Free root cleaner

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Gansan, Feb 18, 2009.

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  1. Gansan

    Gansan Thread Starter

    Jan 21, 2009

    Can anyone suggest a good and 100% free root cleaner for vista home? Thanks.:)

    Can anyone suggest a good and 100% free root cleaner for XP? I Googled and downloaded a few but they only scan/identify the problems, but require me to buy the full version to fix them.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

    Jan 29, 2006
    There's not much support for reg cleaners here at TSG 'cos of the problems they can cause.
    Below is an extract of a posting from the fall of 2007 by two well qualified respondents here at TSG. Another member (redoak) put the comments into this file for questions like this.
    Advice and Info re Registry 'cleaners'- excerpts from TSG, 10-07

    The main reason they are apt to cause problems is because the cleaners do NOT just clean up stuff left over from uninstalls. They also "guess" that other items need to be deleted, many times incorrectly. They also attempt to "fix" references to files that no longer exist.

    As a result, you can end up with programs that no longer work, functions that no longer work and in some cases a PC that will no longer boot.

    There is no performance gains to be had by running these things. Windows does not read the entire registry when it is looking for something. It uses the keys which allow them to go straight to the item that they are looking for.


  3. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Moderator

    Apr 25, 2000
    Hi Gansan

    I have merged your posts, though you asked for a free Root cleaner for two different operating systems, your posts were reported as being duplicates.

    The answer for one will most likely apply to the other. ;)
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