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ColleenA

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Hi:

Just wondering if anyone knows of any good (free is also good) registry cleaner programs available

I'm running Windows ME

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I've been using regseeker for the last week or so, seem to do the job. Have also used regcleaner and one that's only good for 30 days is jv16.
 

ColleenA

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Thx I'll try and find one of those and see what it can do.

Thanks Again
 
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I have Windows Me and use the following free registry cleaners:

Microsoft's Regclean 4.1a (no longer supported by Microsoft)

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=458

RegCleaner 4.3

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=460

And you can still get the free version of JV16 here:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=1680

JV16 is good but on my computer it tends to hang so I use it less often. Also with JV16 there can be more of a chance of getting into trouble so definitely read the help files if you should decide to use it.
 
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A second vote for RegSeeker. Besides being a great registry cleaner, it has some other features others don't. The price is right too.
 

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And I vote for no registry cleaners. The are unneeded and their use has led to more than a few problems for some while providing no real benefits.
 
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Not everyone feels comforable manually cleaning the registry, for those of us that do great. Have you ever tried to uninstall AO..ll, Norton or Incredimail without cleaning out the registry? Not going to happen one way or another it has to be cleaned up.
 

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Originally posted by brindle:
MysticEyes
Not everyone feels comforable manually cleaning the registry, for those of us that do great. Have you ever tried to uninstall AO..ll, Norton or Incredimail without cleaning out the registry? Not going to happen one way or another it has to be cleaned up.
Cleaning remnats of programs with lousy uninstallers is not what most of these registry cleaners do. I use jv16 after an uninstall and see if anything is left under 'Installed programs' and remove any errant entries. But I ignore jv16's 266 'invalid entries' that show up in it's Registry Cleaner section. As I said many have run into problems using these cleaners on systems that ran fine with no problems before the cleaning.
 

ColleenA

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Thx all, but now I know I'm confused. I just ran jv16 and it found 425 files when i ran the registry cleaner. How do I know if I can delete them or not. I have no idea what I need or don't need.

Any help would be great

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How do I know if I can delete them or not. I have no idea what I need or don't need.
That is the million dollar question. Feeling lucky? Is there some sort of problem you are trying to fix?
 

ColleenA

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not really trying to fix anything. I just know you are suppose to do some sort of maintenance. I just was trying to clean up the machine abit and try and get some more space back. I know I must have a lot of crap on machine, kids are always downloading music and games. I did run spyware programs but even there I don't know what is safe to remove.
 

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I just know you are suppose to do some sort of maintenance.
According to who? Microsoft has never had a registry cleaner. They did for awhile have a repair utility, but it is no longer recommended. If anybody would be in a position to make a cleaner it would be MS. MS does not recommend the use of cleaners.

You will not reclaim any space by registry cleaning.

As far as Spyware, Ad-aware is very safe to use. Some say Spybot is more thorough, but it is more confusing to the novice and mistakes can be made.
 

ColleenA

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Thanks, I think I will just leave the registry alone. It scares me. I do have spybot and run that but even that I don't know what is safe to remove

Thanks for your help
 
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I'll have to agree with MysticEyes, it is best to leave the registry alone unless you really, really know what you are doing or unless you are like me and like to cause yourself extreme emotional pain and mental anguish with a dash of physical discomfort thrown in for good measure.
 
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