Those Registry Cleaners!
I am sure you have seen the ads and testimonials that promise to make your computer run faster. For the record I am not a big fan of registry cleaners. Registry cleaners don’t speed up your PC. At best, they’re a waste of time -- and often money. At worst, they can cause problems by removing registry entries they shouldn’t.
Do they Work?
Will the registry cleaner will speed up your PC, making it boot more quickly and run faster. The answer, I can say, emphatically and unequivocally, uh, maybe! Or it may leave you with a computer that won’t even boot up.
While it is true that Windows doesn’t do a very good job of cleaning up after itself. The system is always creating new files and entries. But seldom does it remove any of these, even though they are no longer needed. There is some amount of “garbage” in every Windows registry.
What is the Windows Registry?
It is an essential system file that houses a massive collection of details about your computer--and that's just the beginning. Just about everything you do in Windows is recorded somewhere in the Registry. It is a database that lists all of the configuration settings that determine how Windows looks and behaves
My advice is to stay away from the “Miracle Cures”. If you are going to try and clean the registry make sure you have a full backup before you start. Be sure to research the product carefully and only download and install programs from software publishers that you trust.
Before you get started Close ALL programs and running apps. Unload any tools running in the system tray to since they are constantly making little changes in the registry. You want the cleaner to run undisturbed with no interference.
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