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PC running exceedingly slow today so did usual updates and scansl. Spybod indicates a "red" entry of RegClean. Please advise.

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That's probably because Registry Cleaners are inherently dangerous. Take a look at this thread featuring Bill Castner( Leading member of Aumha) quoting Mark Russinovich (founder of WinInternals and author of Process Explorer): http://www.windowsbb...ead.php?t=61015

I have never read a thread in which the user said that using a Registry Cleaner solved any problem. I have seen many in which the use of a Registry Cleaner caused problems.

While there are certain situations that can benefit from an advanced Registy tool, simple "cleaning" is not one of them.
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Thank you for the information. Now do I uninstall CCleaner and forget about this kind of tool? And what do I do with that "red" entry titled RegClean, Remove it?

Anticipating your reply

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If it were me I would uninstall RegClean from Add/Remove.
As far as CCleaner goes, I use it myself, but not for the Registry stuff.
I like being able to right click the Recycle bin and "Run CCleaner."
ATF Cleaner works just as well, (maybe even just a little better) but must be run manually.

http://www.majorgeek...aner_d4949.html
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I was never aware that I had RegClean on my computer, and it does not appear on Add/Remove anywhere.

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AmI to understand by all this that a blanket CCleaner session does more harm than good, or any other cleaners for matter, or can I still use CCleaner, because it does come highly recommended. Secondly am I to further understand that when using it I should only empty recycle bin, and should I uncheck dat.files. and just let it clean recycle bin, cookies, temp. files etc.?

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There is an opinion shared by many that registry cleaners like CCleaner are useless, and don't actually help. Often registry cleaners can do a lot of damage.

I personally use CCleaners registry cleaner, it is up to you though. Just make sure you have a backup before fixing anything.

As for Spybot detecting RegClean, it is probably finding left over registry keys. It should be safe to remove them.
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I second that. I would go ahead and have Spybot remove the RegClean entry. I regularly have CCleaner dump everything except my Prefetch, the cookies I like, and the Registry stuff. I have heard very few reports of difficulty with CCleaner even with regard to the Registry section. Still-- a backup is essential.

Get ERUNT: http://www.larsheder...nline.de/erunt/
and put all Registry concerns to rest.
ERUNT tutorial: http://www.larsheder...erunt/erunt.txt
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So am I to understand by reading info on ERUNT that I can no longer use System Restore to solved problems?
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ERUNT is for registry backups, so if you delete a registry key that you need it is better to use ERUNT to restore the setting.

You can still use System Restore to solve problems.
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