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  1.    04 Jun 2016 #1
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    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.
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  2.    04 Jun 2016 #2
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    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.
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  3.    05 Jun 2016 #3
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    I think those programs are snake oil. The only one I use is CC cleaner part.
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  4.    05 Jun 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekimo View Post

    Most of those other utilities are snake oil.
    with what my friend said!

    And some of those are deadly. Some of those can corrupt an windows installation beyond repair.
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  5.    05 Jun 2016 #5
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    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.
    Last edited by TairikuOkami; 05 Jun 2016 at 03:06.
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  6.    05 Jun 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
    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.
    Voice of reason. I totally agree.


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    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.
    That is to put it simple absolutely not true.
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  7.    05 Jun 2016 #7
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    Windows 10 x64 Home Version(1709) Build16299.125

    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.
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  8.    05 Jun 2016 #8
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    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.
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  9.    05 Jun 2016 #9

    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
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  10.    05 Jun 2016 #10
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    This thread is going to end up causing all kinds of comments. Kind of like asking "what is the best AV program"
    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.
    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.
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