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Registry Clean UP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cobb, Dec 21, 2011.

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  1. cobb

    cobb Thread Starter

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    I am using TuneUp Utilities 2012, and have detected a lot of enteries (257) from McAfee. The install failed, and there is a very long story why I am unable to get a clean install which is provided free from my internet provider. My question is, "is there a way to bulk delete the enteries". I have to admit that the answer is probably "no" because one should really delete the Key heading and all sub keys, not just the key found using the search function. (I searched for McAfee)
    Any suggestions for and easier way to clean up besides deleting each of the 257 enteries one at a time?
    Best of the day to all the great folks at TGS

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  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi,
    Advice here at TSG is to stay away from reg cleanup progs.
    This from TSG library: http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Registry_Cleaners
    "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."

    Also, similar post & responses here: http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/1032155-easyclean.html
     
  3. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

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    Already stated above but there can never be enough people saying it, you should definitely avoid Registry Cleaners, Boosters, Optimizers, TuneUp Utilities... This type of software will do a lot more harm than good. There have been reports from members saying registry cleaners had fixed a specific problem with their computer. Although it might be possible in some cases, legitimate files still in use will be deleted in the process, crippling some programs and Windows applications beyond repair.

    Keep in mind that they will always find "errors" to fix, even on a fresh Windows installation! In itself, this should be enough to convince non-believers...

    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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