Registry Cleaners

Keeping your registry clean sounds like a great idea doesn’t it?  If it is clean it must work better.. we have all been taught CLEAN = HEALTHY.

CLEANNOHEALTHY

Software

Controversy surrounds the programs many companies market claiming to clean your registry and keep your computer healthy.

Many experts condemn the programs saying they cause more harm than good.  Others find limited use of the products helpful.

Most of the items that the registry cleaners correct are harmless and are not actually causing any issues with your computer.  However removing an important entry by mistake and cause windows not to start.

The programs available often install extra software – spyware, adware or virus’. Research the product fully before use.  Make sure that it won’t contain any malicious software with it.  There are some programs that install malicious software when you uninstall them!  Now that is nasty!

Make sure if you do use a registry cleaner that it makes a backup of the registry before removing it’s findings… that way if it removed something that causes your computer not to start, you can recover.

Speed

Registry cleaners won’t help speed up your computer!

“Registry Cleaners are the digital equivalent of snake oil!”

Malwarebytes 

Microsoft the manufacture of your windows operating system says this :

Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners. Some programs available for free on the internet might contain spyware, adware, or viruses. If you decide to install a registry cleaning utility, be sure to research the product and only download and install programs from publishers that you trust. For more information, see when to trust a software publisher.

Microsoft is not responsible for issues caused by using a registry cleaning utility. We strongly recommend that you only change values in the registry that you understand or have been instructed to change by a source you trust, and that you back up the registry before making any changes.
Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the use of a registry cleaning utility can be solved. Issues caused by these utilities may not be repairable and lost data may not be recoverable.

Before you modify the registry, make sure you back it up, create a restore point, and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs.

Useful

I use a registry cleaner very very sparingly.  If a computer is infected with spyware or a virus – I will use the registry cleaner to help remove parts of the programs that can be embedded in the registry.  I never use a registry cleaner on a regular basis.

Prior to removal and the cleaners findings,  I always back the registry up so we can restore it if needed.  As well I always look closely at the finding to try to identify items that should not be removed.

I have a trusted piece of software for this….

Who not to trust?

There are programs out there that “Sound” great.. but are not to be trusted.  Any program that claims to “do it all” is something to avoid.

Any program with “SYSTEM CARE” in it’s title is a no no!

What you need?

To keep your computer protected and running optimally you need two additional pieces of software in your computer and that is it… everything else is handled by windows.

  1. Antivirus – everyone needs and antivirus.  Free or Purchased
  2. Anti-malware – everyone needs a anti-malware program.  ( not to be run continuously  – but ran weekly as to not conflict with your antivirus)

That is it…  Everything else is built right into windows.

Disk Cleaner for temp files,  Defragmentor, System Monitor

Call me or a trusted computer repair technician for help with selecting the correct programs and advise on what to do to keep your computer running smoothly!

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