Windows 10: Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers'

Discus and support Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers' in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; I am opening this thread to hear your comments on the necessity or benefits of outside software such as: driverbooster slimcleaner registry... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by miel, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. miel Win User

    Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers'


    I am opening this thread to hear your comments on the necessity or benefits of outside software such as:

    driverbooster

    slimcleaner

    registry cleaner

    and so on.....

    clearly windows 10 does some of its own work. here you can talk about it.

    :)
     
    miel, Jun 4, 2016
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  2. Windows 10 programs

    We are volunteers willing to help you try to resolve this issue.

    Windows 10 features special methods for Registry Optimization and you should not use any Registry Cleaner.

    Registry Cleaners and System Optimizers are just not recommended as they tend to cause more issues than they fix. And many of those are Snake-Oil. CCleaner is a fine program for removing temp files which I use however I do not use the Registry Cleaner section.
    Similarly I would not use the Registry Cleaner part of System Mechanic.

    Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2563254

    To clean up garbage use Disk CleanUp : Start - type in --> Disk CleanUp

    Or something like CCleaner - Free (but not the Registry Cleaner section)

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    Please let us know the results and if you need further assistance.
     
    SpiritX MS MVP, Jun 4, 2016
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  3. JulietNE Win User
    system mechanic wants to launch windows \syswow64\cmd.exe. and zone alarm puts an alert up what do l do????

    I think, Zone Alarm is doing it's job and stopping an application from making changes to your system.

    iolo technologies, LLC) C:\Program Files (x86)\System Mechanic

    System Mechanic a registry cleaner

    NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

    There are numerous programs which purport to improve system performance, make repairs and tune up a computer. Many of them include such features as a registry cleaner, registry optimizer, disk optimizer, etc. Some of these programs even incorporate optimization
    and registry cleaning features alongside anti-malware capabilities. These registry cleaners and optimizers claim to speed up your computer by finding and removing orphaned and corrupt registry entries that are responsible for slowing down system performance.
    There is no statistical evidence to back such claims.

    Credit for this goes to Quietman7

    Answers to common security questions - Best Practices - Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software
     
    JulietNE, Jun 4, 2016
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  4. derekimo Win User

    Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers'

    You don't need any of those programs, I don't even use Ccleaner anymore. If I was going to use one Ccleaner would be the only one.

    Driver programs are usually more trouble than good in my opinion.

    Most of those other utilities are snake oil.
     
    derekimo, Jun 4, 2016
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  5. eLPuSHeR Win User
    I think those programs are snake oil. The only one I use is CC cleaner part.
     
    eLPuSHeR, Jun 4, 2016
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  6. ARC
    Arc Win User
    *Ditto with what my friend said!

    And some of those are deadly. Some of those can corrupt an windows installation beyond repair.
     
  7. Cleaners ought to be clean (and clear) | Microsoft Malware Protection Center

    Are registry cleaners necessary? - Windows Help

    MS became a bit lenient towards registry cleaners, especially since MS itself used registry cleaning to solve problems with Windows Updates and such. I always used to have problems with Windows, like all the time, from small announces to huge ones, ever since I use reg cleaners and optimizers, problems are gone and my Windows runs like a Swiss clock. I use CCleaner + WiseCare since Windows 7, plus DriverEasy to check for drivers.

    The bad reputation is caused by 3 things:

    1. There are bad and even fake cleaners and those usually have intrusive ADs all over the internet, so users most likely install those. But there also fake AVs as well, and people do not stop using AV because of them, that leads to number 2.
    2. Majority of people do not recommend cleaners. Why? Someone said, they are bad, someone read it, so he keeps saying that, someone read, what he wrote and so on. Basically 99% users, who say not to use it, have never even tried it.
    3. Third, but not least, wrong and misleading advertising. Cleaners can help to solve problems and fix performance issues, but majority promote themself, like performance improvers, some even claim to boost performance by 400%, like IoBit.

    Windows gets messy, the more software you install, the most likely, that something goes wrong, therefore a regular maintenance is highly recommended. Windows maintenance is great, but it focuses on Windows, not other software. I have seen dozens of cases, where a single reg entry prevented running a software or installing a different one, even though is was completely unrelated software, not mention driver issues. Since people do not like cleaners, I try to find other ways to fix their problems, even though I know, that cleaners would fix at least one third of problems posted on this forum. I do not force it on others, I post it as an option and let people decide whenever to use it.

    Some trusted apps on the other hand are not so reliable after all. When I tried Windows Repair, I had to reinstall. *Rolleyes
     
    TairikuOkami, Jun 4, 2016
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  8. Kari Win User

    Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers'

    Voice of reason. I totally agree.


    That is to put it simple absolutely not true.
     
    Kari, Jun 4, 2016
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  9. I use Ccleaner and Auslogics Driver Updater, Boostspeed 8 which came with the driver updater
    Auslogics Defraggler once every 2 weeks or when the laptop slows down.
     
    hTconeM9user, Jun 4, 2016
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  10. Cliff S New Member
    I use only Ccleaner to clean my cookie cash of unwanted ones(yeah some like googles will be back the next time I open my browser, but I mean for a general tracking) I only nuke my caches when a site stops refreshing, and then only for the problem browser.
    Once I was stuck at a site in a click loop on Edge, and another time I had a gray over, where I could not click anything on the browser, and had to kill it through Task manager, then nuke the browser with Ccleaner.
    Ccleaner is also good to reset all MMC Snap-ins(MS Management Console), and WordPad & RegEdit to defaults.
    Also, when you have a problem, that you deleted a file or folder, and the desktop or start menu shortcut remains because it was open somewhere else(say you forgot you had it's properties open when you deleted it), and so the shortcut icon remains, and you can't delete it, using the Shortcut cleaning option can help.
     
    Cliff S, Jun 4, 2016
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  11. jimbo45 Win User
    Hi there
    for once I'm being quite concise. Agree with most of the other posters here.

    AVOID.

    Backup / Restore is a far better method.

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Jun 4, 2016
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  12. OldMike65 Win User
    This thread is going to end up causing all kinds of comments. Kind of like asking "what is the best AV program" *Shock
    One program the OP asked about "slimcleaner" has caused some of our members nothing but trouble. THAT program should NEVER be installed!! Most programs like that one....are nothing but trouble.
    Driver programs are again nothing but trouble !!! Get your drivers from the manufacturer of your PC, or whoever made the graphics card, sound card ....etc ... Windows will also check for drivers too.
    Most programs that say they can Optimize your computer are mostly ALL Junk. Stay away from them.

    CCleaner is fine with me, never had a problem running it. OR ANY part of it. One of the better programs out their. *Smile
    Bottom line the user should just try to use their common sense, which can help avoid many problems.
    And the BEST idea above ANYTHING Else is, Make regular image backups, keep them stored on a external drive!!! This is your BESTprotection for your Windows OS. This one simple step, would save so many members hours and hours of headache's. *Wink
     
    OldMike65, Jun 4, 2016
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  13. Discuss the uses of 'registry cleaners', 'disk cleaners', 'optimizers'

    Driver updaters and registry cleaners have never been necessary. Win 10 does a great job of maintenance.
     
    python134r, Jun 4, 2016
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  14. NavyLCDR New Member
    I completely agree. I use built-in Windows disk cleanup, followed by CCleaner anywhere from every two weeks to monthly, depending on how much playing around I have done with my computer. I do use both the drive and registry functions of CCleaner and have never had a problem result from it. I doubt the registry cleaner really does anything to improve performance, but it has never hurt my system, only takes a couple minutes, so I do it after getting Windows and programs all installed, and then after installing or uninstalling a program.
     
    NavyLCDR, Jun 4, 2016
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  15. BunnyJ New Member
    From my experience most if not all of the tools that "optimize" a PC's performance are garbage. As for CCleaner. It's fine to clean up cookies and things but I would never use it for a registry cleaner. It serves no purpose to perform a registry clean since Win95/98 days. There is far too much proof that it's not needed.
     
    BunnyJ, Jun 4, 2016
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