Which is the best RegCleaner?

By WienSam ·
Registry FirstAid Platinum 6.1.0 (build 1546)
Registry Clean Expert 4.60
UniBlue Registry Cleaner 2.0.1114.3657
Wise Registry Cleaner 3.20.110
RegVac Registry Cleaner 5.01.18

Which is best?

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No opinion regarding Server 2003

by nepenthe0 In reply to Can these be used on Serv ...

I can vouch for CCleaner on stand-alone installations of XP MCE (2005) and XP Pro. Yes, I cringed when I first ran the software, and zillions of unnecessary keys instantly vanished, but nothing bad happened.

As you know, Registry cleaners are controversial (see my first post this thread and the link to another TR forum thread).

Rick/Portland, OR

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Overkill ? - Interesting assertion on your part...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to RegMechanic may be overki ...

In other circumstances I might be tempted to agree with you.

However I received my 1st installation of Registry Mechanic as a gift from a User who I had refused to charge for some paltry system work. I'm not in the habit of charging minimum time for an idea that fleetingly passed through the vacuous chamber of my brain.

When I installed Registry Mechanic and ran it, the result was somewhere in the upper reaches of 700 and I did initially feel a sense of doubt. So before allowing it to do it's stuff, I installed it on a freshly installed XP laptop where it found 4 errors pertaining to icons for accompanying Bloatware that I had just finished deleting.

That was over 4 years ago.

Just as Spybot S&amp may identify some similar results as Lavasoft's Ad-Aware but then go on to find items of its own -just as they all will- then it defies logic to suppose that CCleaner is a cure-all for every eventuality.

The fight against all the various and nefarious forms of adware, hostage-ware, rogue-ware, spyware THEN viruses, trojans, worms et al could occupy you for the rest of your life without doing anything else at all on your computer - but I have found my own little personal combination that sits well with me.

I tend to use CCleaner on the run, if I notice a slowdown in my browsing activities I run CCleaner and clear the private data, then cycle my router. That keeps me ticking over.

Then each and every weekend I run the heavy guns:
Lavasoft's Ad-Aware
Spybot Seach & Destroy
PC Tools' Registry Mechanic
Raxco Software's Perfectdisk 2008

With a total of 7 hard disks spread over two towers and one laptop, the defragmentation can take most of the afternoon alone but at least I've done my bit to keep my gear ticking over reasonable smoothly and securely.

By the way, Registry Mechanic by default creates its own Restore Point, before deleting all those items that made you panic. :)

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Keep cool, my friend

by nepenthe0 In reply to Overkill ? - Interesting ...

I never question your integrity, and I will not be allotted sufficient years to acquire a fraction of your knowledge.

My misgivings regarding RegMechanic were just that - misgivings. As you see, I'm not alone - Peconet Tietokoneet has grave reservations about the software.

So keep cool - all we can do is post our own experiences. Consumer beware.


Rick/Portland, OR

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As much as I utterly detest using this next phrase ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Keep cool, my friend

It's "Horses for Courses" when it comes to choosing and, more importantly, trusting a Registry Cleaner.

It really does come down to personal preference.

And I wasn't aware I was heating up - I was just enjoying myself. B-)

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I find RegCure better..

Why because reg mechanic from Pc Tools made my computers non workable, and yes i did have the full version of it. Regcure does everything that i need and it does not break my computers also you can use it on XP. It makes a restore point also of which i can can use in a restore, i use this as a marker which is a nice.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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