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I ran "JV 16" in the 'find dupicate files' mode, with a resulting list of well over 1000 entries in a multitude of pairngs in some cases up to five in a grouping. My question: How do I become informed enough to choose which file(s) can be safely removed? Conversely, which one is the 'real thing' and should remain? There must be "books" on this subject, since there are individuals who are knowledgeable enough to perform the proper removal(s). They had to learn this from somewhere. Where do I go to learn how to handle what "JV 16" and other "registry cleaners'" provide in a raw list?
 
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google search for a start// wise that you ask that question b4 deleting everything (y)
ask here in the forum for what people consider reliable registry cleaners. I hear Registry First Aid is good--- I use a purchased cleaner- 'TuneUp Utilities' that works flawlessly with XP sorting temp files and registry, but pretty good free programs are out there.
 

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"Bobol" - Thanks for the Google suggestion. Perhaps I should go to a bookstore, too.
I have looked at 4-5 registry cleaners, but all of them just find things that MAY be deleted. There has to be a "clue" as to what should be left in place and what can safely be removed. That is what I am looking for. I have all but one of your suggested programs in place, plus a firewall program and others.. I am well protected; at least for three years now, with no intrusions.
 
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yes, i noticed most programs 'leave' the option to you as to whats deletable, thats why i like my tune-up utilities, I have no misfortunes with what it automatically cleans out, so I rest assured there- if you like it has a trial version, and is modestly priced... and has a vast amount more functions available.
 

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"Bobol": You told me what I wanted to hear: A program that makes good decisions for the unsophisticated! I will look into Tune-up Utilities promptly. Presumably, I will find it via Google. Thanks for coming back to me.
 
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Redoak-- I should have said this the other day when I recommended JV16. There are two things I would stay away from: Zero length files, and Duplicate files. Some programs need a zero length file to run properly, and you already found out about the Duplicate files. They aren't hurting anything, and I believe they should be left alone. I still maintain that JV16 is pretty much the best you'll find. RegCrawler is excellent for cleaning out registry entries left behind by apps/programs you've uninstalled.
 

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I ran TU U this morning with a good deal of satisfaction.

I understand the comments re leaving some types of files alone, as posted re JV 16.

Thanks to all who replied with helpful advice/suggestions. :)
 
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no problemo redoak (y) glad you love it-It's smooth sailing isn' it!
ps. sorry i didn't leave link... i'm a bit fuzzy on forum rules as to whether I can leave links for proggies you may eventually pay for-i hope a moderator can clarify that for me :eek:
 
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