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PC cleaners and fixers

Discussion in 'General Security' started by wolfworx, Dec 18, 2011.

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  1. wolfworx

    wolfworx Thread Starter

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    There are numerous products on the market with claims of cleaning the registry, removing junk files and various fix ups. So without naming names, I have used one or two of these files to clean up my computer, which is running quit well at the moment, yet a scan with other "Clean and Fix" products reveals a thousand problems that their product will fix for only $39.95!

    I would bet that after I buy and run their product, a scan of a competitors product will find still another thousand problems. Am I being too cynical or do others share this observation?:confused:
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi,
    You're right. Don't touch those types of progs. These from TSG library:
    "Registry cleaners, though called vital tools by companies that create them, are unnecessary and potentially dangerous programs.
    From Elvandil:
    There is no reason to ever clean the registry. It doesn't make the system faster and only risks damage. It's like Russian Roulette with no prize for not losing.
    Search for "reg cleaners" or "registry cleaners" in the forum and see what you find. Better yet, do a web search for "I used a registry cleaner".
    Relying on an automated process to delete things from such a fragile place as the registry isn't the best idea. We get lots of redo's on systems because people, as soon as we leave, install ALL SORTS of registry cleaners and do so much damage that they are back in the shop.
    Windows uses a binary search when looking up keys, which means that even to look up a key in 4.2 billion keys it needs to look at maximally 32 keys. It isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference if there are a half-million obsolete keys present.
    http://www.chaoszone.org/index.php?s=registry+cleaners
    Then, there are the registry repair programs. Those people should be shot. If you look at the proposed "fixes" in some piece of junk like WinDoctor, you will find that over 90% of the "fixes" the program plans to make are wrong. They are introducing new errors into the registry which these things will now say are "correct". If it finds a missing Help file, for example, it will create a new link to the next Help file it finds, not the one that is missing and not the correct Help file for the application that is missing one. Only a human would notice the difference."
    http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Registry_Cleaners
     
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