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abstracts

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I know you guys frown at the use of registry cleaners, but I downloaded a limited trial version of RegCleaner last week. As I think I mentioned in an earlier thread, when I ran it, it detected a couple of hundred anomalies in my computer. It would only clean 31 of them, but in doing so it cleared 90% of a problem which had been dogging my computer for a few years, namely an apparent sticking or searching problem, were the hard drive would do nothing for a couple of minutes other than make a rythmic sound. That has now largely disappeared, so I would love to receive some informed opinions as to why that should be, if only to satisfy my curiosity. One thing I have noticed, and this is coming from a totally beginners perspective, is that when I did a scan with Treesize, it detected an awful lot of .DAT files which wouldn't delete. They've now gone. Just a thought.
 

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You should stay as far away as you possibly can from Registry Cleaners, Boosters, Optimizers, TuneUp Utilities... You'll only end up crippling programs and the operating system beyond repair! These programs are completely useless and will delete what they don't understand, like legitimate files still in use.

Keep in mind that they will always find "errors" to fix, even on a fresh Windows installation!

Why I Don’t Use Registry Cleaners

Registry Cleaners and System Tweaking Tools

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic347491.html/page__p__1932993

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/997274-registry-got-messed-up-advanced.html
 
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