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Old 02-09-2015, 11:02 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Never. it isn't needed.
OK ... getting a bit off topic here, but (not trying to start an argument) if never needed,
why is it there and why is it so easy to access ?

Malware bytes does the pup removal thingy pretty well, I think.
Still, as I mentioned, I have to do some cleaning manually.
No idea why there are still some remnants left over.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:24 AM
 
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Norton, Malwarebytes and CCleaner...
Ditto.
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Old 02-10-2015, 03:18 AM
 
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No novice should be using a registry cleaner....
Your right Dave!

They are NOT FOR BEGGINERS!!
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:23 AM
 
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OK ... getting a bit off topic here, but (not trying to start an argument) if never needed,
why is it there and why is it so easy to access ?
Why is the registry there? it's how Windows remembers your PC config, hardware, software, and settings even when it's off. Have a read here Registry Cleaners? - All Other Applications

Just because it's there and easy to access doesn't mean it must be mucked with.

My question would be, if you don't know what it is or what it does, why are you cleaning it?

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Old 02-10-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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It's technically NOT easy to access. Not like it's under START > SETTINGS > REGISTRY.
More importantly: just because a program leaves a few random entries in your registry, it doesn't automatically mean it will slow your computer down. The registry is not something that's like read entirely, or processed from end to end, every time you boot up...
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I broke down and tried CCleaner a few days ago for the first time ever. The computer was frozen by Malware (Trojans I think). It was blue screening with a fake blue screen saying "Windows Health is critical! Call customer service at this (fake) number) The only way to regain control was to boot to Safe mode and run RKill. After that, we ran Malwarebytes to clean it out. It had to be run several times to get it all. Despite that, the computer would freeze up after a few minutes and give the blue screen (fake one), forcing a power down using the power button, and restarting it constantly. It took running Hitman Pro to stop the blue screens, but it still kept freezing up. We cleaned all the years of dust out of the case, but it still froze up constantly. So, I broke down and gave CCleaner a chance. It got rid of a lot of junk, but did not fix the freezing. So, I gave up and reformatted and reinstalled Windows 7. Now an 8 year old Dell runs like a 2 year old! CCleaner did not help at all, in this case.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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CCleaner is not a malware removal tool, so it's no surprise that it didn't help.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:09 PM
 
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I tried CCLEANER one time....... I did not like it...... I deleted it and kept my REGSEEKER program which I love
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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CCleaner is not a malware removal tool, so it's no surprise that it didn't help.
The malware was already cleaned out, but there was something still wrong. I assumed it was the registry. What else would cause the freeze-ups? The hard drive and the memory are fine. That's why I thought to try it.
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Why is the registry there? it's how Windows remembers your PC config, hardware, software, and settings even when it's off. Have a read here Registry Cleaners? - All Other Applications

Just because it's there and easy to access doesn't mean it must be mucked with.

My question would be, if you don't know what it is or what it does, why are you cleaning it?
Thanks Dave !
Interesting read (that link !)

Actually, I did not clearly stated which *reg cleaner* I use.
It is the one embedded in CCleaner !
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