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Registry Cleanser?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by TheFamilyGuy, Apr 28, 2004.

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  1. TheFamilyGuy

    TheFamilyGuy Thread Starter

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    Is there a program that can cleanse the registry of invalid items and such. I always used Ultra Wincleaner to clean my registry on my old computer, and it always worked well. I just got a new computer, and I've downloaded a few things into it. When scanned the registry with Wincleaner, it turned up 450 invalid items. I thought that was pretty crazy since the computers pretty much brand new. But I decided to do it anyway. I backed up the registry and then I deleted the invalid ones with Wincleaner. That was all well and good, but when I restarted my computer, it gave me a message that PadExe.exe couldn't start, and also Norton Antivirus couldn't enable autoprotect. I'm not sure if these were the only problem, because I restored the registry right away and now it's fine. So I just want to know if there is anything else I could try. I've heard that a cluttered registry can drastically reduce your computers speed, so if I really have this many registry problems, maybe I should fix it.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    The safest and one of the best is still the free one.

    Regcleaner 4.3.0.780 is still free here:

    http://www.worldstart.com/weekly-download/programs/regcleaner.exe

    For registry "compaction" and "defragging", use the free NTregopt and ERUNT to make a backup of the registry. Both in this package:

    http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/erunt.zip

    The registry is rarely the cause of the gradual slowdown that computers seem to suffer from. You should scan for ad- and spy-ware and check your Task Manager to see what processes use the most CPU. Do they need to be running (programs---XP services use no CPU unless performing a task)?

    And a good chkdsk for disk errors and a complete defrag of the drive, registry, and pagefile will help.

    Pagedefrag will defragment the registry hives and pagefile on boot:
    http://www.sysinternals.com/files/pagedfrg.zip
     
  3. TheFamilyGuy

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    Alright, thanks a lot. And do you know what "System Idle Process" is? It's whats using most of my CPU speed.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    It's, well, that portion of your CPU time that is "idle", that is doing nothing.

    The time listed for it is the total time your computer has been running, your "uptime".
     
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