Avast is telling me there's over 2,000 errors with my registry Solved

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    CCleaner Slim is invariably released exactly one week after the "full" version. Piriform has never officially commented on why they do it this way. I can only speculate that they're trying to rope the uninformed and unwary into using the toolbar version instead to generate additional revenue.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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    I guess I'm lucky, I only have 1048 issues. . . .

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    swarfega said: View Post
    I would not use Avast's cleaner at all. I would prefer ccleaner if you have to use one.

    Lol, if I used CCleaner. . . my entire computer might disappear . .

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    KCR said: View Post
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    Lol, if I used CCleaner. . . my entire computer might disappear . .

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    Hardly. Those .net entries are the result of a new build or OS update, and the Net Regen has re-created the internal shares, without cleaning out the old ones. Been like that since the abacus.
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    all i used is windows defender in automatic mode ,on my 2 daily used windows computer and haven't run a scan myself in years now....and haven't had any issues with windows
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  5.    #25

    Since these cleaners do find some errors, I wonder if it's possible to "filter" on those to isolate corrections. For example, if you wanted to get rid of those old MS NET Framework DLL shares, but not disturb anything else.
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    Does Avast under "broken registry items" list what they are flagging?
    I would be curious what they claim is broken.

    Oh, on CCleaner registry cleaner while I agree you don't need to do it and cloud deletes something it "thinks" is an error.
    I never run with all those sections enabled, many will just renter in a short time.I generally uncheck the missing shared dll, unused file extensions and MUI cache.
    I mainly use it for application path as I tend to DL a lot of files, it is just my OCD, I do check each "error" to make sure it claims is correct.
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  7.    #27

    I really wish Microsoft would release a registry cleaner for Windows 10. I find it hard to trust 3rd parties with this... as I allowed CC Cleaner to "have at it" a few years back and I ended up with registry problems.

    I decided to "check out" CC Cleaner's registry cleanup feature. I backed up my registry and then ran it. I allowed it to remove Missing / Shared DLL's, ActiveX, Class, and Type issues only. I then ran it again after that... and it found more. Ran again & found more. So... that bothers me. Why didn't it find everything on the first pass? It makes me wonder if it's causing additional issues by removing entries, or if the criteria search isn't comprehensive.
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  8.    #28

    cytherian said: View Post
    I really wish Microsoft would release a registry cleaner for Windows 10. I find it hard to trust 3rd parties with this... as I allowed CC Cleaner to "have at it" a few years back and I ended up with registry problems. Never again.
    There was a time when Microsoft had a registry cleaner available for download. It was last updated in 1998. It was later removed because it caused problems with some popular Microsoft software. Microsoft learned their error and don't expect it to be repeated.

    There really isn't anything wrong with registry cleaning - if it could be done reliably. The problem is that it can't. There is nothing about a registry entry that reliably associates it with a particular application. Applications use the registry in some very unusual ways so it is impossible to determine with certainty if an entry is in error. As a result a registry cleaner must make frequent guesses. Usually they will be right, but sometimes not. Just one mistake and an important application may not run at all or behave in unpredictable ways.

    The benefits of regular registry cleaning are found primarily in the ads for registry cleaners. In the real world they remain as elusive as ever. There are no reliable studies that confirm it's value. But there is more than ample evidence that it can cause serious problems.
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  9.    #29

    Another point to make is that the windows registry and the Winsxs folder contain entries for common applications that may be installed at some point.
    Do a fresh install of Windows then without installing anything go through the registry and Winsxs folder, you will find for example entries relating to office and various games etc that you have never owned, previewed or installed.
    Now you could say these are in fact redundant entries and could be removed, but they take up little space and sometimes are there for backward compatibility.
    A registry cleaner might scan your system, scan the registry and point out they are un-used, but that doesn't mean you SHOULD remove them.
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    cytherian said: View Post
    I really wish Microsoft would release a registry cleaner for Windows 10. I find it hard to trust 3rd parties with this... as I allowed CC Cleaner to "have at it" a few years back and I ended up with registry problems.

    I decided to "check out" CC Cleaner's registry cleanup feature. I backed up my registry and then ran it. I allowed it to remove Missing / Shared DLL's, ActiveX, Class, and Type issues only. I then ran it again after that... and it found more. Ran again & found more. So... that bothers me. Why didn't it find everything on the first pass? It makes me wonder if it's causing additional issues by removing entries, or if the criteria search isn't comprehensive.
    Short answer.... there are dependencies. Like a tree level. First pass thru, it will detect level 3, for example. 2nd pass, since unused level 3 are gone, now level 2 is unused, and so on. Has to be checked bottom up, not top down.

    I'm giving an explanation of the "why", not a recommendation to do it.
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