registry cleaners a no no...but what about ccleaner

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PK-her0

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i recently posted about registry cleaners...and was
shocked when some distinguished members of this site told me...

stay away from registry cleaners...at all costs...

of course i take their info to heart.

but whatabout ccleaner...is it worth using? is it any good...
or just digital snake oil?
 

valis

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I use ATF, but then again, I've had scads of issues with CCleaner. Not the app per se, but instead users who are unaware of the dangers of automatic registry cleaning, and end up with a nice and shiny paperweight.
 

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Ccleaner is effective at cleaning Temporary Files but I Personally DONT use the registry cleaner built-in Ccleaner
 
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Before I un-install an application I use CCleaner and delete the junk files and folders,
and then check the registry for any issues.
Normally there are no issues, but if there are I Google and research before taking action.

Then I un-install - probably with an assist from RevoUninstaler.

Then I run CCleaner again, and look at registry issues.
Then I only ever see issue warnings that include advice that this can be due to un-installation,
then I satisfy my self that CCleaner has indeed come across a remnant that belongs to what has just been uninstalled,
and then I zap it without even taking a registry backup (there is always the whole ERUNT backup for any sort of disaster).

Also there can be missing file associations,
but I instantly recognise that the relevant file extension should NOT be recognised,
because I have just used that extension with a Portable Application which avoids registry updates.
So long as I am confident that this is the cause, I clean the issue.

If the registry suddenly gets an issue, I want to know about it and look for any damage, either accidental or malware.

Alan
 
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I fell foul of the anti-CC brigade a week or so back and I'd only jumped into a thread where it had been recommended to point out the need for a backup before letting it alter the Registry! :D

However, I still believe it's a good thing in cases where a reinstall of a programme is necessary. It can skip through the Registry and find traces I'd take hours find manually and I can restart and reinstall knowing I have a fairly clean platform on which to do it. I look forward to the day they refine it to be able to pick out specific entries - I recently had manually to clean a Registry of all things Sage and Regedit's Find facility managed to throw up several thousand Usage, MSAgent and Message entries to slow the process down.

 
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