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Old 02-26-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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Ccleaner will also overwrite the deleted files, which I like.

Options/Settings/Secure Deletion
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Ccleaner will also overwrite the deleted files, which I like.

Options/Settings/Secure Deletion
Need based on one's level of paranoia.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Need based on one's level of paranoia.
Any laptop should be treated as a potential theft target and protected accordingly.

I have a password to enter my BIOS screen, another to boot, a third to open Windows, and a fourth on the Administrator account in case someone tries to get in through Safe Mode.

I clean my PC regularly using Ccleaner with overwriting every day.

"Loose lips sink ships" in this day and age translates to:

"Lose laptop data ripped off"

The same goes for a desktop. Not for me, thanks.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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I downloaded and ran CCLEANER and all it did was delete temporary internet files, etc. I delete that stuff every day, so it was totally useless to me. I know there are users who never have deleted any of that stuff ever, so it would definitely help them. There are probably some users that have never deleted the files in their JAVA cache and don't know how, so it would help them also.
I downloaded and ran GLARY Utilities. It said I had 1410 errors. I had to run it 3 times in a row before I got a clean scan. Here is the link. Click on the black download. If you click on the white download with the green background it will try to sell you REGCURE.
Glary Utilities
Both ccleaner and glary utilities seem to do the very same things - delete temporary files and repair registry errors. I'm not sure how one could be 'totally useless' while the other is worthwhile. I did notice that glary caught two errors that ccleaner did not, but I'm not sure how big of a difference this would make.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Texas
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One time I had gotten behind on my maintenance, especially with my wife's computer. CCleaner got rid of 208 megs of junk, at least five times normal. I could see the difference. But after that, I made a few adjustments to help keep the junk level down.
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:04 AM
 
Location: kcmo
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All registry cleaners are what I would like to call fluffware.. they do nothing.. has anyone checked how big there registry is before and after a clean.. bet you it goes down like .1 MB

Back in the win95 days a registry was about 3 mb on a default win install.. throw in drivers normal use you might get up to 5-15 mb.. today win2k/xp starts about 18 mb I think and a average registry reaches as high as 50-75 mb.. does make me curious what my vista x64 laptop has.. 65.2 MB..

Anyway my point is I tried a registry cleaner in 1996 or so called norton doctor or something and I never looked back at fluffware products again..
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:07 AM
 
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I was refraining from adding my comments as I really didn't feel like getting into an argument, but I'll side with themaster on this one, registry cleaners are snake oil, the novice should not be using them. I've had more than one customer in the shop with a non bootable computer after they decided to clean their registry, it's absolutely not required, I have XP boxes with installations that are 4 and 5 years old on them that run perfectly, never had a registry cleaning.
If you can go through each and every item that your cleaner finds, and determine if it is in fact safe to delete, then your pretty safe, if you just trust what the cleaner is telling you and let it willy nilly delete what it wants, it's may eventually bite you in the a$$.
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I was refraining from adding my comments as I really didn't feel like getting into an argument, but I'll side with themaster on this one, registry cleaners are snake oil, the novice should not be using them. I've had more than one customer in the shop with a non bootable computer after they decided to clean their registry, it's absolutely not required, I have XP boxes with installations that are 4 and 5 years old on them that run perfectly, never had a registry cleaning.
If you can go through each and every item that your cleaner finds, and determine if it is in fact safe to delete, then your pretty safe, if you just trust what the cleaner is telling you and let it willy nilly delete what it wants, it's may eventually bite you in the a$$.
Agree.
People shouldn't be messing in the registry, or the bios if they don't know what they are doing.

I'm also not nuts about programs like CC Cleaner for people who have no clue what they are doing.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I hadn't used a registry cleaner in years. Actually not at all. But the first time I ran it, it made the machine faster.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:09 AM
 
Location: kcmo
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While speed is subjective to the user.. I have to guess these are the same kind of tweaks you can do from any basic guide or not even as good as..

Here is one such guide..
TweakHound - Tweak & Optimize Windows Vista
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