CCleaner Registry Integrity report
Posted 27 June 2008 - 10:14 AM
Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:34 AM
The registry is a dangerous place to be playing around, if you donít know what CCleaner is fixing I would recommend you donít do it. As good of a tool that CCleaner is we have kind of gotten away from recommending the use of CCleaner because there are a few functions (registry cleaning being one of them) on there that can mess up your system pretty bad if you donít know what your doing. In most cases CCleaner will work fine, but any time you go messing around with the registry, you run the risk of turning your system into a expensive paper weight.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 12:16 PM
Posted 27 June 2008 - 09:08 PM
I have used CCleaner and made a backup just in case. I have also used Eusing Registry Repair without fail for several months now. Might also be a alternative.
Posted 28 June 2008 - 01:01 PM
I use CCleaner as well but tend to avoid the Registry Cleaner, simply because it hasn't ever done anything to boost my computers performance, and risking a corrupt registy for nothing isn't really worth it.
Here is some reading material that was provided in a discussion by Sari.
Miekiemoes, who is an expert here and many other places, has an excellent blog here.
This is an excellent summary at WTT. The entire thread is worth reading (it was started in 2005, but is still relevant), but that post is especially worthwhile.
EDIT- and if you want to back up your registry use ERUNT.
Edited by Mike, 28 June 2008 - 01:05 PM.
Posted 28 June 2008 - 01:25 PM
Having said that, I certainly agree that a backup of the registry is an important and valuable precaution.
Posted 28 June 2008 - 01:58 PM
They can be extremely dangerous, especially in the hands of someone who doesn't know what they're doing. Deleting the wrong entries can render a PC unusable, and none of us want to be in the position of helping a user recover from that. There is also no evidence that cleaning out the registry has any effect on the overall speed of a PC. It will speed up searches within the registry, but that has no effect on performance.
There are a few misunderstandings about the Registry. People seem to think that cleaning the Registry will make the Registry smaller and easier managable. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. What you are doing is create miniature gaps in the Registry's on-disc file. These gaps will be reused by new data to be inserted in the Registry. End result of this action is that the Registry becomes fragmented. Searching data in a fragmented file (be it a database on a network server or a user's Registry) is way slower than an optimized file. In short the only way to speed up handling of the Registry (and even that is marginal) is by completely rewriting the file(s).
In short, we recommend that you stay away from these programs.
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