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  • Guys, get ready for another kind of stuff.

    Here comes the series of tools that keep your system free from various craplets

     

       

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 4:55 PM

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  • So, here comes the first one...

     

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 4:56 PM
  • 1. PC Decrapifier

     

    You buy a shiny, brand-new PC. You expect it to be clean, lean, and mean. Wrong! Buy any new PC, and you'll find it full of "craplets"--software installed for no reason other than that the PC maker gets paid to put it there. These craplets slow down your PC startup and its general operation.

    The free PC Decrapifier removes dozens of craplets automatically. Using this program is exceedingly simple. Just run it, and it does its removal work automatically.

     

     

    Click Here : PC Decrapifier
    Saturday, October 6, 2007 4:58 PM
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    2. DustBuster

     

    If you've installed a lot of programs on your computer, you probably have a lot of temporary files that are just taking up space. DustBuster scans your computer and automatically removes over 700 different types of useless temporary files and directories. DustBuster won't bother your system files or active applications, but it knows how to find and get rid of unnecessary temp files left behind by installation programs.

     

     

    Click Here : DustBuster


     

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:00 PM
  • More coming right ahead.

    Just wait for some time...

     

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:01 PM
  • Here's the next one..

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:09 PM
  • 3. TuneUp Utilities 2007

     

    This all-in-one program has just about every dejunking and clean-up tool you could name. Looking to remove unneeded files from your hard disk? It'll do it. Clean up and optimize your Registry? It's in there as well. Perform an overall system optimization? Yes, it does that also, and plenty more as well, including controlling which programs run on startup, and even undeleting files--or completely destroying files, if you want to protect your privacy.

     

     

    Click Here : TuneUp Utilities
    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:11 PM
  • Another one..

     

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:11 PM
  • 4. WinSettings Pro

     

    This all-in-one system cleaner includes a slew of extra features. It'll find and remove junk files, duplicate files, and Internet history; it also comes with a very nice cookie cleaner that shows you every cookie on your system, including each one's contents, and lets you delete the ones you no longer want. It has plenty of features beyond system cleaning, including a variety of Registry tools that claim to speed up Internet access, and tools for a variety of other tasks such as customizing Internet Explorer.

     

     

    Click Here : WinSettings Pro
    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:13 PM
  • Come on guys, take the benefit..

    Enjoy..

     

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:15 PM
  • 5. Super Utilities

     

    Here's another all-in-one tool for cleaning up and optimizing your PC, and it too features a load of extras. You'll find a startup organizer that shows you what programs start automatically when you turn on your PC, and lets you disable them. There's also a Registry cleaner, defragmentation tools, antispyware features, and much more--27 tools in all.

     

     

    Click Here : Super Utilities
    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:17 PM
  • Here's another one..

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:22 PM
  • 6. Magic Utilities

     

    This simple, straightforward suite of utilities gives you five different tools for cleaning your PC--one for uninstalling software, one for organizing or killing programs that run on startup, one for finding junk on your hard disk and letting you delete it, one for shredding files, and one for killing any running processes. There's nothing fancy or flashy here; it's just simple and easy to use.

     

     

    Click Here : Magin Utilities
    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:24 PM
  • And the next one follows..

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:28 PM
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    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:29 PM
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    7. Autoruns

     

    The most effective tool in your arsenal for keeping your computer clean is information. If you know what software and services run automatically whenever you turn on your PC or log in, you can decide which ones you need and which you don't, and then get rid of the junk.

    That's easy to say, but tough to do. There's no simple method in Windows to find out what runs on startup--unless you use this program. It shows you every application and service currently running on your system, and even what DLLs are in use. It offers details about each, such as the program or service name, and its location on your PC. Then, armed with that information, you can decide what you don't want to run on startup--a step in cleaning up your machine.

     

     

    Click Here : Autoruns

     

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:31 PM
  • Here goes another one..

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:35 PM
  • 8. Security Task Manager

     

    If your PC is sluggish, there's a good chance you've got far too many programs and services running, many without your knowledge. And for all you know, some of them may be malicious. Using the Windows Task Manager helps, but only slightly, because, although it shows you what's running, it doesn't give you many details about what's there.

    This utility provides a wealth of detail about each program and process, including whether the program is likely to be malicious or not, and it lets you delete any program and process with a single click. You'll get an enormous amount of detail about what's running, including the manufacturer, type of program, how it started (for example, upon startup or from within Windows Explorer), and the file name. To stop a program, highlight it, click Remove--and you're done.

     

     

    Click Here : Security Task Manager

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:37 PM
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    mmmmmm.. looking for more.

     

    here you go..

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:48 PM
  • 9. Duplicate Music Files Finder

    Got a disk full of MP3s or other music files? If so, there's a good chance you've got duplicates, hogging up hard disk space, and junking up your media library. Finding duplicates can be an exceedingly time-consuming task, because you may have the same music file, but with different names, multiple times. That means in order to find duplicates you'll have to play every track, remember what you played, and then delete duplicates.

    This free, simple program finds duplicates for you, fast, and lets you delete them. It doesn't just search for files names. It also compares file sizes, does CRC checks, and even looks at ID3 (MP3 metadata) tags to help track down duplicates.

     

    Click Here : Duplicate Music Files Finder

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:51 PM
  • and the next one..

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 6:08 PM
  • 10. Easy Duplicate Finder

     

    Use your PC long enough, and it will get littered with duplicate files of all kinds: graphics files, .doc files, media files, .dll files--you'll be surprised at how many duplicates you have. They not only take away precious hard disk space, they also make it hard to find the files you want.

    This simple freebie will find duplicate files, then let you delete the ones you don't want. Point it at your hard disk or selected folders, and it goes to work. It then gives you a full report, and lets you clean them en masse, or just selected ones. There's some nice intelligence built in as well. It tells you how much disk space duplicate files take up, for example, and it lets you protect system files so that you don't accidentally delete any important ones your PC needs to run properly.

     

     

    Click Here : Easy Duplicate Finder

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 6:11 PM
  • I've gone MAD   

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 6:12 PM
  • then take another one...

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 6:13 PM
  • 11. Wise Disk Cleaner

     

    Your PC likely has all kinds of unnecessary files, such as temporary ones that applications should have deleted after they were no longer needed, plus various log files, index files, and old backup files. The amount of space these junk files take up can really add up.

    The Wise Disk Cleaner looks for it all, and then deletes what you tell it to. You can choose to have the files permanently deleted, or to have them moved first to the Recycle Bin. And you can have the program do the cleanup automatically, or you can do it manually. You'll be amazed at how much hard disk space this program can gain for you.

     

     

    Click Here : Wise Disk Cleaner

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 6:17 PM
  • Hi guys, i'm back again.

    Here's the next one..

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:22 PM
  • 12. Adblock Pro

     

    Your PC isn't the only thing that's full of junk; so is the Internet--that is, if you think ads are junk. If you're not a fan of ads, particularly the animated ones, there's an easy way to kill them--by downloading this Internet Explorer add-on. This shareware goes well beyond IE 7's popup blocker, preventing the display of ads of all kinds, including the familiar banner ads, as well as those embedded within Web pages. It will also kill Flash animations--many people's number-one surfing annoyance.

    There are plenty of ways to configure this program. You can, for example, tell it to display ads from specific domains or even from specific pages, and you can turn the Flash blocker on or off as well. Be aware, though, that if you turn on the Flash blocker, you won't be able to view, say, YouTube videos. So you may want to tell the program to display Flash from specific domains, and block it from others. Note that Adblock Pro works only with Internet Explorer.

     

     

    Click Here : Adblock Pro

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:24 PM
  • Find next one here...

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:27 PM
  • 13. R-Wipe and Clean

     

    Without your knowledge, your PC keeps a history of just about everything you do, including your Web browsing. It has a history of the Web sites you visit, the RSS feeds you have, your downloads, the programs you run, the files you open, and much more. This program cleans out all that, and plenty more as well. It will also wipe out cookies (or let you keep the ones you want), clean up temporary files left behind by the programs you use, and even delete traces of the "prefetch" files Windows grabs to speed up your PC.

     

     

    Click Here : R-Wipe and Clean
    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:28 PM
  • Enjoy..

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:29 PM
  • Want another one??

    Here it comes..  

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:30 PM
  • 14. Expired Cookies Cleaner

     

    Your computer is filled with cookies placed there by Web sites you visit. In many instances, those cookies serve a purpose--for example, automatically logging you in to Web sites, or letting you customize the way the site works. So deleting all your cookies can make things more inconvenient for you when surfing the Web.

    Often, cookies have a timeout date. After that date, they simply won't work. However, they'll still be on your PC, clogging things up. This simple little freebie finds those expired cookies, and then deletes them. That's all it does--and it's nice, for a change, to see a program that does something so simply and so well.

     

     

    Clich Here : Expired Cookies Cleaner
    Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:34 PM
  • And here's another one..

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 2:52 PM
  • 15. HackCleaner

     

    This great little freebie does an excellent job cleaning out many different kinds of junk from your PC, including cookies, many kinds of temporary files, Internet toolbars (called Browser Helper Objects, or BHOs), and unnecessary DLLs. It even includes a tool that will free up system RAM by moving data from RAM to a page file on your hard disk, to increase performance.

    The program also includes a nice security tool as well. It will automatically block any BHOs from being installed on your PC--a good thing, because some are spyware or malicious software.

     

     

    Click Here : HackCleaner

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 2:54 PM
  • mmmmm.. try this one..

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 4:43 PM
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    16. Wise Registry Cleaner

     

    This freebie does a neat job of cleaning out the junk in your Windows Registry. It scans the Registry, flagging orphaned or bad entries, and shows you the name and values for each. It identifies entries that may be dangerous to delete and those that are safe to delete, so you can distinguish between the two. It also lets you decide which entries to delete, and which to keep. For safety's sake, it can also back up your Registry before a scan, so that you can restore it if the cleanup causes any problems.

     

     

    Click Here : Wise Registry Cleaner

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 4:45 PM
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    OK One more ...
    Sunday, October 7, 2007 4:46 PM
  • 17. Registry Commander

     

    If you're going to get down and dirty and do system cleanup, you may at times want to edit the Registry yourself. In some instances, adding, editing, or deleting Registry keys can help improve system performance. But there's one very big problem with editing the Registry: Windows's Registry Editor is one of the most user-unfriendly programs every created. It lacks something even as basic as a way to bookmark keys or values so that you can easily get back to them for editing.

     

    That's where Registry Commander comes in. This very nice freebie makes it far easier to navigate and edit the Registry. It color-codes Registry keys, so that you can see at a glance which types are available for editing; lets you easily copy and move keys and values; retains a history of your Registry editing, so you can easily retrace what you've done; lets you bookmark Registry keys and values; and plenty more.

     

    Be aware that editing the Registry, no matter what tool you use, can be dangerous, so be careful when using this or any Registry editor.

     

     

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    Sunday, October 7, 2007 4:51 PM
  • Now, try this. Its really good ..

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 5:09 PM
  • 18. AusLogics Registry Defrag

     

    Even if your Windows Registry is relatively clean, it may still slow down your system. That's because, like your hard disk, it gets fragmented over time. When you uninstall programs or make system changes that delete or alter Registry keys, the Registry's actual size doesn't change--even though those keys may be gone--because the Registry retains the space for those keys. So you may suffer from a too-large Registry, which can slow your system.

     

    This simple, free utility promises to solve that problem. It shrinks the size of your Registry, and also makes it more effective by doing a full defragmentation of it. Run the program, and it will tell you how fragmented your Registry is. You then tell the program to do its work, and it defragments the Registry and restarts your PC. It also creates a restore point before doing its work, so that you can restore the Registry if you run into any problems.

     

     

    Click Here : AusLogics Registry Defrag

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 5:10 PM
  • Its really really good. Just try it out guys...

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 5:11 PM
  • NEXT...

    Monday, October 8, 2007 2:13 PM
  • 19. LocalCooling

     

    Finally, here's a way, not to get your PC cleaner, but to help keep the earth cleaner. This clever little freebie helps you save electricity when using your PC, and in that way makes your PC contribute less to global warming. It will also cut your energy bills as well.

    The program fine-tunes your power settings, so as to automatically turn off your monitor, spin down your hard disks, and put your PC into hibernation. You can easily edit the settings; you're not stuck with the defaults. The program will also show you how much energy you've saved, and how many trees, gallons of oil, or kilowatt hours you've saved as well.

     

     

    Click Here : LocalCooling
    Monday, October 8, 2007 2:23 PM
  • New one!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 5:16 PM
  • 20. Recuva

     

     

    Un-delete files with this small, fast, and efficient program.

    Chances are, if you've accidentally erased a file, or something malicious like a worm of virus has done it for you, Recuva will find it. And if it hasn't been overwritten, this program will recover it for you.

    It's not a recovery program in the accepted sense because it only works with an intact file system. If you've reformatted your drive, or there are physical errors, you'll need something else.

    But if you just want a good un-delete program with a small disk footprint, then Recuva is what you're looking for. It works on both FAT and NTFS file systems so you can undelete files on virtually any Windows PC ever made, and the interface is the very model of restrained style and efficiency.

     

     

    Click Here : Recuva
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 5:20 PM
  • Its a good one. Hope you like it!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 5:23 PM
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    Here's another good one!!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 5:24 PM
  • 21. IsoBuster

     

     

    Recover data from accidentally reformatted or damaged optical media.

    IsoBuster isn't a disc wiping utility or some such, but a recovery program that can retrieve data from damaged or accidentally reformatted CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs. Success will vary with the problem (the disc must be at least readable by the drive), but I did manage to grab some data from a deliberately reformatted CD-RW. IsoBuster supports ISO9660, Joliet, UDF and even the Mac HFS/HFS+ systems.

    IsoBuster's other claim to fame is its ability to read and extract data from a large number of image formats (images are the contents of an entire disc or partition written to a single file). Supported formats include Mac .dmg files and those from most of the big vendors, notably Nero's .nrg.

    If you need to recover data from an optical disc that Windows or other programs won't recognize, IsoBuster is definitely worth a shot. It's an affordable gamble and doubles as a handy image reader/extractor.

     

     

    Click Here : IsoBuster

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 5:29 PM
  • ZoneAlarm's coming .....

    Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:34 PM
  • 22. ZoneAlarm Free

     

     

    Protect yourself from Web nasties with this free utility.

    ZoneAlarm lets you block uninitiated and unwanted traffic, even while your PC is unattended or while you're not using your connection. To further limit your exposure to attack, specify which applications can access the Internet. The program lets you stop e-mail-borne Visual Basic Script worms, too.

     

     

    Click Here : ZoneAlarm Free

    Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:38 PM
  • One more cleaning tool

     

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:47 AM
  • 23. Internet Cleaning Tool

     

    Internet cleaning tool a one click cleanup tool that runs in your system tray. A one click option, as soon as you click it, it will delete and clean the following items: IE History , Netscape history / Mozilla history , Opera History , Aol History , Temporary Files, Cookies , Recent Documents List Recycle Bin. Options are also available for File shredding for those files that must disappear. with a variety of different wipe methods. Available to is the startup manager which will allow you to boot your machine at the fastest speed possible. Also available is the Plug in Builder make your own wipe methods with files you select folder and registry keys to delete all with the professional plugin Builder It also cleans the Recent File Lists for Run, Common Dialogs, Recent Documents, Search Assistant, Typed URLs, Paint, Find Computer, Find Files, Media Player, Previous Tasks, and Real Player and many more using the built in plugins. The program can run automatically with the schedule option when you start your computer or shut down and additional cleanups can be performed as per your schedule.

     

    Click Here : Internet Cleaning Tool

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:50 AM


  • Are you telling features about Tuneup,,,?(everyday)
    Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:46 AM
  • Did you find any??

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007 2:08 PM
  • Here's another one...

    Thursday, October 18, 2007 4:28 PM
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    24. XP Remove Hotfix Backup

     

    Safely delete the uninstall folders you don't need with this tiny utility.

    There's a neat way to remove the unnecessary uninstall folders. Grab XP_Remove_Hotfix_Backup, a free tool from Doug Knox. This is safer and easier than manually removing the folders individually. It's the surest way to delete the folders and their Registry entries while retaining essential hotfixes that you may someday need again.

     

    Click Here : XP Remove Hotfix Backup

    Thursday, October 18, 2007 4:31 PM
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    Another one...
    Friday, October 26, 2007 4:36 PM
  • 25. Outpost Firewall Pro

     

    A powerful combination of firewall and antispyware to address the latest Internet security problems. Automatically protects you from hackers, malware, ID theft, unwelcome connections. Controls all traffic, displays connections status in real-time.

    This is the best firewall you've never heard about. But it's a very good one, and is rated by the Moutsec.com firewall testing site as one of the most effective you can get. Unlike the Windows XP firewall, it blocks dangerous outbound as well as inbound traffic. It also offers protection against personal information beaked leaked from your PC.

     

    Outpost Firewall Pro offers a variety of features not found in many firewalls. For example, it can block banner ads on the Internet, as well as block ActiveX controls, scripts, applets, and other potentially dangerous content. It also includes real-time spyware protection. The program includes pre-built profiles for many applications, so know how to handle their Internet access.

     

     

    Click Here : Outpost Firewall Pro

    Friday, October 26, 2007 4:39 PM
  • Another Antivirus ... on the way.

    Check it out...

    Friday, October 26, 2007 4:41 PM
  • 26. NOD32

     

    You've probably never heard of this oddly named antivirus software, but that's no reason not to give it a try. It provides real-time protection against viruses, scans and disinfects your system, and takes up little RAM and processor time in comparison with the big packages from Symantec and McAfee.

     

    The program can integrate into Outlook and Outlook Express to protect your e-mail against malware, and it scans for spyware and adware in addition to viruses. One nice touch: It performs all of those scans at once, whereas some other tools require multiple scans. The utility also gives you plenty of control over how to handle potential infections, including moving them to quarantine and deleting them.

     

     

    Click Here : NOD32

     

     

    Note : This link will take you the concerned website.

    Friday, October 26, 2007 4:45 PM
  • Enjoy..

    Friday, October 26, 2007 4:46 PM
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    aashampoo winoptimizer.................
    Sunday, October 28, 2007 8:56 AM
  • useful links thnx...........

    Monday, October 29, 2007 1:07 PM
  • Here's your ASHAMPOO WINOPTIMIZER.

    Monday, October 29, 2007 6:17 PM
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    27. Ashampoo Winoptimizer

     

     

    Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2000 safely and easily cleans up the garbage that collects in all Windows installations in the course of time. It's so simple that even novices can use it but it still delivers amazingly thorough cleanup performance. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2000 streamlines and speeds up your Windows® system at the click of a button. It frees up valuable disk space and removes useless registry entries that are preventing your computer from delivering optimum performance and even causing annoying and perplexing errors.

     

     

    Click Here : Ashampoo Winoptimizer

     

    Monday, October 29, 2007 6:21 PM
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    28. Ashampoo Uninstaller

     

     

    Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum Suite - Monitor and remove Windows applicationsThe longer you use Windows the slower it gets. Your hardware isn't getting slower - it`s Windows that's getting clogged up. One of the main reasons for this is garbage left over by programs that don't get removed properly.

    Lazy programmers think that what you don`t see doesn`t hurt you and so they only include the main program components in the Uninstall entry in the Windows Control Panel. The rest isn`t visible but it`s still there, adding more and more unnecessary ballast to your Windows setup with every program you "remove".

    Many programs leave hundreds of Registry entries, files and even drivers and Windows services in place after they have been "uninstalled"!

    Experienced users have always known the answer to this problem: Ashampoo UnInstaller. It monitors and records program installations and allows you to remove them completely, so that no trace is left. And it comes with a suite of additional tools that help to fight other causes of Windows slowdown

     

     

    Click Here : Ashampoo Uninstaller

     

     

    Monday, October 29, 2007 6:38 PM
  • 29. ZeroAds

     

    ZeroAds tries to remove all types of ads, but it's most proficient at blocking simple banners and pop-ups; it didn't touch most of the Flash ads on the sites I tried. The program includes a cookie remover and an active antispyware module. The 15-day trial will help you decide how well the $30 product works at blocking ads on the sites you visit.

     

     

    Click Here : ZeroAds

    Thursday, November 22, 2007 6:58 AM
  • Try CCleaner Its is the best in cleaning and is absolutely free of cost.


    www.ccleaner.com
    Friday, November 30, 2007 7:06 PM
  • My experience with "registry cleaners" and such software is they cause more trouble than they fix in the long run.  No one who writes these programs can possibly be aware of every piece of software that is out there and may be installed on your system.  So, assume that any software created after the release date of the cleaner is just as likely to get broken as your registry is to be actually cleaned.

    I want posts from verified Microsoft coders that will vouch for the reliability of pieces of software that have been tested in-house please.  Afterall is this or is it not a Microsoft forum?

    You can actually clean the registry manually yourself if you have a lot of patience.  I had a very annoying piece of software called MusicMatch Jukebox on my system, the un-install script did nothing more than delete about 90% of the original files.  It took me about five hours on a workstation to manually clean out all the junk by tracing the weaves and paths throughout the registry.  This software was installed as part of a bundle with something else that had no "custom install" setup option.   Now, I figure that if I can do it manually, then Microsoft should be able to write a program that can safely remove orphaned registry keys and values that would be reliable ... I would hope.  Of course such a program would only work on software where the programmers actually followed (if they can find them) the rules and aspects of storing information in the Windows registry.  Unfortunately it would probably break most of the flavours of Office .. those coders seemed to follow the registry rules like water flows uphill ;)

    So far, I have found that my clients that have used registry cleaners or system optimizers ultimately have to reinstall their operating system MUCH sooner than the people who have never used them, that's if their machine actually boots after about the fifth or more time of using such software.
    Computer software consultant for 28 years
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 9:02 AM
  • Kieseyhow wrote: "So far, I have found that my clients that have used registry cleaners or system optimizers ultimately have to reinstall their operating system MUCH sooner than the people who have never used them, that's if their machine actually boots after about the fifth or more time of using such software"
    I would like to add that I have tried to use a few different registry cleaners, and I have always had problems with them. However, being a novice at computers, I am afraid to mess with the registry. What do you suggest a novice do to clean the registry?
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 12:17 PM
  • I would strongly suggest, that you do NOT attempt to clean the registry unless you have a serious error that is preventing Windows from starting.  All of the various registry tools have some aspect of usefulness, but most of them will likely break more than they fix, and the actual size reduction gained from deleting a hundred lines of text from a 10Mb database will not have much impact upon its performance.

    The registry is not like the file structure on your hard drive, and then again in some ways it can be.  Consider that if you have a lot of software installed, only the programs that are actually running will slow your computer down.  The same rule is seen in relation to the registry.  Parts of the registry that are loaded into the RAM will have the most significant impact on your computer's performance.  A few examples are:

    - The number of unique customizations you have made to files and services.

    - The number of fonts you have installed.  I suggest that you have no more than about 200 fonts installed.  Sure you can have 10,000 but it will severely impact the performance of your computer.

    - The number of programs that must read and write to the registry in real time, is very important also.  Software that actively monitors the Windows Registry or other aspects of the file system will slow down your computer.

    Surely you notice how your computer crawls along while an anti-virus or especially an anti-malware or anti-spyware scanner is running.  That is because these types of programs have to load parts of the registry and scan them thousands of times for matching text that will point to a specific malware infection.  Reading and writing to the registry is a slow process.  That is also why software takes a time to install.  Usually the file operation part of software installation takes less time than the registry writing process on a modern computer.

    Windows XP and newer generally write values to the registry when you shut down your computer.  That is by design.  If you make a bad change and your computer crashes, the next time you boot some of the changes are forgotten, and you have a better chance of restarting your system.  That is also why it is critical to reboot your computer when you want to keep the changes you have recently made; such as installing software or changing the layout of a multi-monitor computer system setup.  One of the best ways to keep the Windows registry working is reboot after you have made such changes before you go about using them too much.

    Windows has systems built-in that can automatically recover from some types of smaller screw-ups and errors.  If your system crashes, before you panic, do two or three complete restarts.  Another way to recover from some types of transient errors is use a boot disk and delete your pagefile and hyberfile storage files.  While you are doing that delete the accumulation of temporary files and such that builds up over time.  Many of Windows screw-ups can be traced back to those files rather than to the registry.  Do not do this unless you know precisely what files to delete and where to find them.

    In the end, I STRONGLY suggest you stay away from registry cleaners and such, they are the computer health equivalent of snake oil that is sold to the less than aware consumer.  Yes the registry will eventually clog up and run slightly less efficiently over time, usually two or three years of daily use, but it only accounts for about 5% of the performance of your computer, maybe not even that.

    If you install "demo" or "trial" software or software you do not intend on using that will increase the clutter in your computer considerably.  Most registry errors are from programs that you once had, and have now replaced or removed.  Always remove an old version before installing the new one, especially if it is from another company or publisher.  The newer one will overwrite parts of the older one, causing hundreds of errors and making both almost impossible to remove effectively.

    Try not to install more than one program for a specific system related purpose.  Like more than one CD authoring suite or more than one Music composition program, or more than one monitoring application for managing system errors on a network.

    Internet security suites are notorious for gumming up the entire system if you have more than one installed.  The same goes for anything that ACTIVELY watches or monitors anything else in the system.
    IT Consultant for 27 years Currently work in the field 5 days out of 7, 12 hours a day minimum. I like my work. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:40 PM
  • Thanks for sharing.. nice to see loads of applications here..

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    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:15 AM