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Looking for some feedback on a reputable registry cleaner, so far I have discovered CCLeaner and Glary Registry repair.

Anyone have a positive experience with these programs without any unstable drawbacks?

My OS is Windows Vista

I've heard that cleaning/fixing registry helps boost computer performance, is this true?
    
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CCleaner is the only one that is really trustworthy. The rest are pretty much a scam. Don't rely on utilities to make your computer magically much faster... That comes with hardware upgrades
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It's mostly a myth/placebo effect. Worse than that, "cleaning" the Registry has a history of breaking things inside of Windows (sometimes the entire OS itself).

So, not only is it a waste of time due to the risk of having problems, but it doesn't actually make a real-world difference. It's like taking a 1 million word document and removing just a couple hundred words to make it open faster; it just won't make a difference.

In other words: I recommend that you avoid "cleaning" or "repairing" the Registry because sometimes it'll find false positives and then you'll be screwed.
Edited by TwoCables - 5/21/11 at 7:13pm
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CCleaner is a wonderful tool
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Originally Posted by svaalbard View Post
Looking for some feedback on a reputable registry cleaner, so far I have discovered CCLeaner and Glary Registry repair.

Anyone have a positive experience with these programs without any unstable drawbacks?

My OS is Windows Vista

I've heard that cleaning/fixing registry helps boost computer performance, is this true?
Take this advice. Don't use them. I've used them for years thinking they have been doing some good. Over time it causes some really bad issues.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
It's mostly a myth/placebo effect. Worse than that, "cleaning" the Registry has a history of breaking things inside of Windows (sometimes the entire OS itself).

So, not only is it a waste of time due to the risk of having problems, but it doesn't actually make a real-world difference. It's like taking a 1 million word document and removing just a couple hundred words to make it open faster; it just won't make a difference.

In other words: I recommend that you avoid "cleaning" or "repairing" the Registry because sometimes it'll find false positives and then you'll be screwed.
Yeah.... the registry is like an .ini file. The OS/apps uses to store lookup values. Removing some won't do much.
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Only use CC CLeaner or any other registry cleaner if you know what you are doing/looking at. If not you have the possiblity of doing more harm to your computer than good.

I do use CC Cleaner to throughly remove any traces of vid card drivers whenever I install new drivers or if i upgrade my vid card.
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CCleaner will backup any reg entries you delete in case it screws something up. I only use it after uninstalling something in case it leave entries behind that conflict with a future install.
CCleaner also will clean cookies and internet cache, also Add/Remove program and disk clean/defrag
Even if you don't use the reg clean tool it is a good piece of software.
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Manual delete of registry files is better if you know what your doing which i do
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Ccleaner is a great program. I've never had a problem with it. Whenever my computer starts to slow down I run it with a defrag. It's part of my flash drive tool kit when I work on my friends computers.
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