With the greatest of respect we are going round in circles.
If you wish to use CCleaner and you KNOW what you are doing, then it is a great program
If you do NOT know what you are doing and therefore leave the registry aspect checked, then it is like any other registry cleaning, defragmentation of the registry a risky venture.
Here is the quote from this site.CCleaner is no longer recommended here. If you are going to use it, avoid the Registry cleaner section.
For cleaning out temporary files, a better alternative is ATF Cleaner - simple "no frills" program.
and TFC by Old Timer from GeekstoGo, together with ATFhttp://www.geekstogo...er-by-oldtimer/I am with respect not interested in what any other site says about registry cleaners.
Here is my pre-prepared short article about them.
with a link to the opinion of a professional.
There is generally speaking no such thing as a TRUSTED registry fix.
See this: http://miekiemoes.bl...weaking_13.html
After running 'PC registry Cleaner' on my laptop with Win7professional I now cannot access windows explorer [returns a no association message] and some programs will not install.
And there is the proof in the pudding that Registry Cleaners do more damage than they solve.
OR THIS - on a brand new computer
Registry Errors in brand new PC
Total scan items: 296239
Total errors found: 132
High risk error count: 12
Count of errors recommended to ignore: 0
5 Add/Remove Programs
0 Browser Helper Objects & Configuration Files
10 Custom Controls
43 Deep Registry Scan
0 Device Drivers
20 File Extensions
0 Help and Resource, & History Lists
6 Invalid ActiveX
42 Invalid Files Path
and here is the reply from a very experienced Geek-with ack to "gerryf"
"You can install a brand new, pure OEM copy of Windows straight from Microsoft and it will likely find 120 "errors"
What I am saying is they are not really errors, they are conditions a programmer has decided are errors"
and I MACBOATMASTER
, would add that the errors found by these programs are far too frequently not errors, but the deletion of the registry key by the program, causes REAL errors, insofar as the deleted key corrupts the registry due to the inter-association of multiple keys amongst the hundreds of entries in the registry.
Registry Structure: The Tree, Nodes and Keys
The data is stored in the registry in a tree structure format, for those who have never opened the Registry Editor, you'd find its layout is similar to what you would see when you open your Windows Explorer. Each node within the registry tree contains a key which may have both subkeys and data entries (called values). Depending on the application you run, the application may need only the associated key while others may need the value data set for that specific key. A hive in the registry is a group of keys, subkeys, and values in the registry that has a set of supporting files containing backups of its data. The Windows boot process automatically retrieves data from these supporting files.
AND my attempt to explain it in simple terms - therein lies the problem with the so-called registry cleaner/optimizer programs. the program decides what is not needed and can be deleted. However, frequently the inter-dependance of the various branches of the tree are not recognised by the program AND this is where it goes horribly wrong. - MACBOATMASTER
I also notice on your other thread that you also run RegSeekerhttp://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm
from the above I presume.
That was on the thread when you asked about Windows Live One Care Safety Scanner.
Finally whilst I am enjoying the discussion, there are more suitable forums in which to conduct it than this forum which is meant for ADVICE re problems.. For exmaple the Discussion forum in which you are most active.
That said it is your computer and you must of course do as you wish.
Please do not let me CONVINCE you to alter the way you run your computer i ONLY mentioned the issue as I thought you were asking for advice.
Good luck with your computer and your help to others.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 28 March 2011 - 04:31 PM.