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Registry Cleaning Programs

By foot5001 ·
Is there a registry cleaning program that will allow the user to enter the paramaters to search and remove? For example: Typing in AOL. The program would remove any links that were not valid. Reason: I've used several registry cleaner programs and no single program can clean the registry properly. If anyone has tried to remove AOL for example, just uninstalling the program is the start if more than one update has been loaded. It took 2 and a half hours to remove the total program, this is after using two registry cleaner programs, and deleting AOL residual files from Program and Common files.
I would apprecieate any help you can provide.
Phil Chernoff

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Registry Cleaning Program ...

Sorry Mate but not any that I know of. AOL is a problem to remove at the best of times and is almost impossible to totally remove short of performing a clean install on a blank HDD.

Your problem is that while there are files for AOL in the System Files & Shared Components no Registry Cleaner will remove these links as to the Cleaner they appear to be active and should be there.

I haven't seen a single Registry Cleaner that is capable of doing what you are asking for as that would defeat the purpose of having a Registry Cleaner if you only scanned for one item at a time.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

I meant to add this link for removing AOL

It is about the best and easiest option available though it will not completely remove everything AOL it will at least get rid of the worst of it.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Registry Cleaning Program ...

After you follow HAL's directions you may still need a registry cleaner. I have been using this one for some time:
so far it hasn't fused my registry. It's scary how much it finds though. Maybe Vista will do a better job at uninstall??

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Registry Cleaning Programs

by GTWalling In reply to

You may want to try Revo Uninstaller.
It uses the Windows Uninstaller then check the registry and hard drive for left over entries and files. It will display a window for you to select what to delete from both.

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