AVG PC Tuneup. Any good?

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Allen Drake, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    mostly used offline for CAD applications.

    Thanks.

    AL.
     
    Allen Drake, Jan 29, 2012
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  2. Allen Drake

    Stan Brown Guest

    On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >
    > I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    > another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    > I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    > problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    > different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    > mostly used offline for CAD applications.


    I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    "registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.

    FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    theirs.

    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
    Stan Brown, Jan 29, 2012
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  3. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    <> wrote:

    >On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>
    >> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >> mostly used offline for CAD applications.

    >
    >I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    >"registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >
    >FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    >slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    >it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    >quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >theirs.


    Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your recommendation
    with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.

    Al.
     
    Allen Drake, Jan 29, 2012
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  4. Allen Drake

    Victor Guest

    On 29-Jan-2012 12:11, Allen Drake wrote:
    > On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.

    >>
    >> I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    >> "registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >>
    >> FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    >> slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    >> it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    >> quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >> virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >> theirs.

    >
    > Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    > have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    > always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your recommendation
    > with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.
    >
    > Al.


    AVG Remover
    http://www.avg.com/ca-en/utilities
     
    Victor, Jan 29, 2012
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  5. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:52:45 -0500, Victor <nomail@127.0.01> wrote:

    >On 29-Jan-2012 12:11, Allen Drake wrote:
    >> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    >> <> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>>
    >>> I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    >>> "registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >>>
    >>> FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    >>> slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    >>> it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    >>> quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >>> virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >>> theirs.

    >>
    >> Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    >> have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    >> always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your recommendation
    >> with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.
    >>
    >> Al.

    >
    >AVG Remover
    >http://www.avg.com/ca-en/utilities



    Thanks. I'll do just that. It's funny how many people recommend so
    many other AV software that others seem to dislike. I dumped many in
    the past that seems so popular like Norton and McAfee. Do they just
    go sour after so long?
     
    Allen Drake, Jan 29, 2012
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  6. Allen Drake

    Rob Guest

    On 30/01/2012 5:27 AM, Allen Drake wrote:
    > On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:52:45 -0500, Victor<nomail@127.0.01> wrote:
    >
    >> On 29-Jan-2012 12:11, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    >>> <> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>>>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>>>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>>>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>>>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>>>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>>>
    >>>> I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    >>>> "registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >>>>
    >>>> FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    >>>> slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    >>>> it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    >>>> quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >>>> virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >>>> theirs.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    >>> have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    >>> always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your recommendation
    >>> with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.
    >>>
    >>> Al.

    >>
    >> AVG Remover
    >> http://www.avg.com/ca-en/utilities

    >
    >
    > Thanks. I'll do just that. It's funny how many people recommend so
    > many other AV software that others seem to dislike. I dumped many in
    > the past that seems so popular like Norton and McAfee. Do they just
    > go sour after so long?



    I use two AV software programmes McAfee and PCTools Spyware Doctor.
    (Two computers)


    I have found McAfee too aggressive some instances. Spyware Doctor has
    its problems - latest I was not able to open a PDF.

    Try Malwarebytes as that does seem to clean up better than the others
    and its not loaded at startup.



    McAfee
     
    Rob, Jan 29, 2012
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  7. Allen Drake

    Peter Jason Guest

    On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:11:11 -0500, Allen Drake <>
    wrote:

    >On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    ><> wrote:
    >
    >>On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.

    >>
    >>I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    >>"registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >>
    >>FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    >>slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    >>it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    >>quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >>virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >>theirs.

    >
    > Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    >have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    >always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your recommendation
    >with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.
    >
    >Al.


    I use the "Microsoft Security Essentials" for routine checking of
    downloaded eMule files. It finds heaps of viruses. This the only
    checker I use now.
     
    Peter Jason, Jan 29, 2012
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  8. Allen Drake

    Rob Guest

    On 30/01/2012 11:01 AM, Alias wrote:
    > On 01/29/2012 11:46 PM, Rob wrote:
    >> On 30/01/2012 5:27 AM, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:52:45 -0500, Victor<nomail@127.0.01> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On 29-Jan-2012 12:11, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    >>>>> <> wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>>>>>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and
    >>>>>>> trouble.
    >>>>>>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>>>>>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>>>>>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>>>>>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> I don't know that application in particular, but since it includes a
    >>>>>> "registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower and
    >>>>>> slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I ditched
    >>>>>> it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about the
    >>>>>> quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >>>>>> virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >>>>>> theirs.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    >>>>> have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    >>>>> always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your recommendation
    >>>>> with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Al.
    >>>>
    >>>> AVG Remover
    >>>> http://www.avg.com/ca-en/utilities
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Thanks. I'll do just that. It's funny how many people recommend so
    >>> many other AV software that others seem to dislike. I dumped many in
    >>> the past that seems so popular like Norton and McAfee. Do they just
    >>> go sour after so long?

    >>
    >>
    >> I use two AV software programmes McAfee and PCTools Spyware Doctor. (Two
    >> computers)

    >
    > No, you have one AV program. Spyware Doctor is an anti malware program.
    >
    >


    NO I think you should look up PCTool page and see what it does, not just
    make an incorrect assumption.
     
    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
    #8
  9. Allen Drake

    Rob Guest

    On 30/01/2012 12:35 PM, Alias wrote:
    > On 01/30/2012 01:55 AM, Rob wrote:
    >> On 30/01/2012 11:01 AM, Alias wrote:
    >>> On 01/29/2012 11:46 PM, Rob wrote:
    >>>> On 30/01/2012 5:27 AM, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:52:45 -0500, Victor<nomail@127.0.01> wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> On 29-Jan-2012 12:11, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>>>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:39:21 -0500, Stan Brown
    >>>>>>> <> wrote:
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is
    >>>>>>>>> just
    >>>>>>>>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and
    >>>>>>>>> trouble.
    >>>>>>>>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>>>>>>>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>>>>>>>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use
    >>>>>>>>> and is
    >>>>>>>>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> I don't know that application in particular, but since it
    >>>>>>>> includes a
    >>>>>>>> "registry cleaner" I would stay far, far away.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> FWIW, I used to use AVG's antivirus, but it gradually got slower
    >>>>>>>> and
    >>>>>>>> slower and dragged down the performance of my computer. So I
    >>>>>>>> ditched
    >>>>>>>> it and went with Avast. I don't know if that says anything about
    >>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>> quality and performance of AVG's "PC Tuneup", but if their flagship
    >>>>>>>> virus program is a pig it doesn't bode well for anything else of
    >>>>>>>> theirs.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Thanks Stan. I've seen others give good reports of AVAST. While I
    >>>>>>> have never had any problems like viruses and Trojans and such I have
    >>>>>>> always wondered about system slow downs. I'll try your
    >>>>>>> recommendation
    >>>>>>> with at least one system I am running and see what it looks like.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Al.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> AVG Remover
    >>>>>> http://www.avg.com/ca-en/utilities
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks. I'll do just that. It's funny how many people recommend so
    >>>>> many other AV software that others seem to dislike. I dumped many in
    >>>>> the past that seems so popular like Norton and McAfee. Do they just
    >>>>> go sour after so long?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> I use two AV software programmes McAfee and PCTools Spyware Doctor.
    >>>> (Two
    >>>> computers)
    >>>
    >>> No, you have one AV program. Spyware Doctor is an anti malware program.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> NO I think you should look up PCTool page and see what it does, not just
    >> make an incorrect assumption.

    >
    > I did and it's an anti malware program. It does NOT detect viruses,
    > which is just as well because you shouldn't have two Anti Virus running
    > in real time simultaneously. It's not a particularly good one and McAfee
    > is one of the worst AVs around but, hey, it's your computer, do what you
    > want. On second thought, and for the benefit of others, what the hell,
    > here's what I would recommend you have to protect your Windows computer:
    >
    > Avast
    > Malwarebytes
    > Superantispyware
    > Spywareblaster
    > IOBit's Malware Fighter.
    >
    > As McAfee is so poor at detecting viruses, I would run Avast's boot time
    > scan first thing if I were you.
    >


    FCUK can't you read!
     
    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
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  10. Allen Drake

    Rob Guest

    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
    #10
  11. On 1/30/2012, Alias posted:
    > On 01/30/2012 03:11 AM, Rob wrote:
    >> On 30/01/2012 12:35 PM, Alias wrote:
    >>
    >>> I did and it's an anti malware program. It does NOT detect viruses,

    >>
    >>
    >> http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/


    > I stand corrected but you shouldn't set it to run in real time along with
    > McAfee. From reading the reviews, you are paying for a sub standard program,
    > both McAfee and PC Tools when you could get a free program, Avast, and be
    > better protected. Both McAfee and PC Tools are memory hogs.


    But Rob did say in his first post
    "I use two AV software programmes McAfee and PCTools Spyware Doctor.
    (Two computers)".

    I suspect it's OK to run two AV programs simultaneously on different
    computers :)

    I would agree with you otherwise, of course.

    --
    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jan 30, 2012
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  12. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    On Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:33:43 +0100, Alias
    <> wrote:

    >On 01/30/2012 03:11 AM, Rob wrote:
    >> On 30/01/2012 12:35 PM, Alias wrote:
    >>
    >>> I did and it's an anti malware program. It does NOT detect viruses,

    >>
    >>
    >> http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/

    >
    >I stand corrected but you shouldn't set it to run in real time along
    >with McAfee. From reading the reviews, you are paying for a sub standard
    >program, both McAfee and PC Tools when you could get a free program,
    >Avast, and be better protected. Both McAfee and PC Tools are memory hogs.


    I have heard that term for some time now. Years as a matter of fact.
    Now that we are running 64Bit machines with many Gigs of dual channel
    RAM I wonder if that is even true any more.
     
    Allen Drake, Jan 30, 2012
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  13. Allen Drake

    Rob Guest

    On 30/01/2012 10:33 PM, Alias wrote:
    > On 01/30/2012 03:11 AM, Rob wrote:
    >> On 30/01/2012 12:35 PM, Alias wrote:
    >>
    >>> I did and it's an anti malware program. It does NOT detect viruses,

    >>
    >>
    >> http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/

    >
    > I stand corrected but you shouldn't set it to run in real time along
    > with McAfee. From reading the reviews, you are paying for a sub standard
    > program, both McAfee and PC Tools when you could get a free program,
    > Avast, and be better protected. Both McAfee and PC Tools are memory hogs.
    >



    I didn't say that in the first place.

    PCTools is on one PC and McAfee is on the other. Each PC has a different
    purpose.

    PCTools has created problems One with Photoshop CS5 the other with
    blocking a PDF. (Intelliguard)
     
    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
    #13
  14. Allen Drake

    Rob Guest

    On 31/01/2012 8:11 AM, Gene E. Bloch wrote:
    > On 1/30/2012, Alias posted:
    >> On 01/30/2012 03:11 AM, Rob wrote:
    >>> On 30/01/2012 12:35 PM, Alias wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I did and it's an anti malware program. It does NOT detect viruses,
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/

    >
    >> I stand corrected but you shouldn't set it to run in real time along
    >> with McAfee. From reading the reviews, you are paying for a sub
    >> standard program, both McAfee and PC Tools when you could get a free
    >> program, Avast, and be better protected. Both McAfee and PC Tools are
    >> memory hogs.

    >
    > But Rob did say in his first post
    > "I use two AV software programmes McAfee and PCTools Spyware Doctor.
    > (Two computers)".
    >
    > I suspect it's OK to run two AV programs simultaneously on different
    > computers :)
    >
    > I would agree with you otherwise, of course.
    >



    Each of the AV programmes have minds of their own and are suited for the
    intended purpose.

    Neither are perfect.

    Both McAfee and PCTools have become bloated. I still run Malwarebytes
    every other month and find things - good and bad.


    many years ago I used PCtools as a utilities programme with DOS before
    we had virus :)
     
    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
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  15. Allen Drake

    Workaholic Guest

    On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake <> wrote:
    > I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >Thanks.
    >AL.

    AL I like it. Nice set of utilities.
    Yeah, you can get most of this stuff seperately or within Windows...yeah.
    John
     
    Workaholic, Jan 31, 2012
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  16. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    On Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:45:04 -0500, Workaholic <>
    wrote:

    >On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake <> wrote:
    >> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>Thanks.
    >>AL.

    >AL I like it. Nice set of utilities.
    >Yeah, you can get most of this stuff seperately or within Windows...yeah.
    >John


    Hi John.

    I am mostly concerned about the registry cleaner app. I have tried a
    few and they all claim to get rid of useless entrees so how would one
    go about doing this from within windows? Is this even something to be
    concerned about? I like to change my oil on a regular basis so why not
    my registry? I just think not to many actually know anything about the
    registry and aren't brave enough to tackle something like this.

    Al.
     
    Allen Drake, Feb 1, 2012
    #16
  17. Allen Drake

    charlie Guest

    On 2/1/2012 3:40 AM, Allen Drake wrote:
    > On Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:45:04 -0500, Workaholic<>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake<> wrote:
    >>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>> Thanks.
    >>> AL.

    >> AL I like it. Nice set of utilities.
    >> Yeah, you can get most of this stuff separately or within Windows...yeah.
    >> John

    >
    > Hi John.
    >
    > I am mostly concerned about the registry cleaner app. I have tried a
    > few and they all claim to get rid of useless entrees so how would one
    > go about doing this from within windows? Is this even something to be
    > concerned about? I like to change my oil on a regular basis so why not
    > my registry? I just think not to many actually know anything about the
    > registry and aren't brave enough to tackle something like this.
    >
    > Al.
    >


    Registry "cleaning" is something that should be done only when there is
    a specific need. General cleaning with almost any of the various
    utilities can cause some real and sometimes very subtle problems.
    Careful use can be of benefit, and with the backup options active,
    somewhat safe. Naturally, if you do something that you really should
    not, even that may not prevent serious problems.

    Remember that MS abandoned it's regclean utility some windows versions
    ago. There was a reason.
     
    charlie, Feb 1, 2012
    #17
  18. Allen Drake

    Ken Blake Guest

    On Wed, 01 Feb 2012 03:40:53 -0500, Allen Drake <>
    wrote:


    > I am mostly concerned about the registry cleaner app. I have tried a
    > few and they all claim to get rid of useless entrees so how would one
    > go about doing this from within windows? Is this even something to be
    > concerned about? I like to change my oil on a regular basis so why not
    > my registry? I just think not to many actually know anything about the
    > registry and aren't brave enough to tackle something like this.



    Registry cleaning programs are *all* snake oil, and should be avoided
    like the plague. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and is
    dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry
    cleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of registry
    cleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry
    entries doesn't really hurt you.

    The risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously
    removing an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit
    it may have.

    Read http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000643.html

    and http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099

    and also
    http://blogs.technet.com/markrussin.../02/registry-junk-a-windows-fact-of-life.aspx

    Let me point out that neither I nor anyone else who warns against the
    use of registry cleaners has ever said that they always cause
    problems. If they always caused problems, they would disappear from
    the market almost immediately. Many people have used a registry
    cleaner and never had a problem with it.

    Rather, the problem with a registry cleaner is that it carries with it
    the substantial *risk* of having a problem. And since there is no
    benefit to using a registry cleaner, running that risk is a very bad
    bargain.
     
    Ken Blake, Feb 1, 2012
    #18
  19. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    On Wed, 01 Feb 2012 05:48:23 -0500, charlie <> wrote:

    >On 2/1/2012 3:40 AM, Allen Drake wrote:
    >> On Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:45:04 -0500, Workaholic<>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:41:33 -0500, Allen Drake<> wrote:
    >>>> I would like some opinions on this application and ask if it is just
    >>>> another useless registry tool that might end in confusion and trouble.
    >>>> I have been using AVG for quite some time now and have had no
    >>>> problems so far but they seem to be adding more and more to their
    >>>> different versions. This is for a system that gets little use and is
    >>>> mostly used offline for CAD applications.
    >>>> Thanks.
    >>>> AL.
    >>> AL I like it. Nice set of utilities.
    >>> Yeah, you can get most of this stuff separately or within Windows...yeah.
    >>> John

    >>
    >> Hi John.
    >>
    >> I am mostly concerned about the registry cleaner app. I have tried a
    >> few and they all claim to get rid of useless entrees so how would one
    >> go about doing this from within windows? Is this even something to be
    >> concerned about? I like to change my oil on a regular basis so why not
    >> my registry? I just think not to many actually know anything about the
    >> registry and aren't brave enough to tackle something like this.
    >>
    >> Al.
    >>

    >
    >Registry "cleaning" is something that should be done only when there is
    >a specific need. General cleaning with almost any of the various
    >utilities can cause some real and sometimes very subtle problems.
    >Careful use can be of benefit, and with the backup options active,
    >somewhat safe. Naturally, if you do something that you really should
    >not, even that may not prevent serious problems.
    >
    >Remember that MS abandoned it's regclean utility some windows versions
    >ago. There was a reason.


    I will agree with you here and not take any chances but am very
    curious about the inner workings. I do remember older versions of
    windows and some tutorials regarding the registry.
     
    Allen Drake, Feb 1, 2012
    #19
  20. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    On Wed, 01 Feb 2012 08:53:21 -0700, Ken Blake <>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 01 Feb 2012 03:40:53 -0500, Allen Drake <>
    >wrote:
    >
    >
    >> I am mostly concerned about the registry cleaner app. I have tried a
    >> few and they all claim to get rid of useless entrees so how would one
    >> go about doing this from within windows? Is this even something to be
    >> concerned about? I like to change my oil on a regular basis so why not
    >> my registry? I just think not to many actually know anything about the
    >> registry and aren't brave enough to tackle something like this.

    >
    >
    >Registry cleaning programs are *all* snake oil, and should be avoided
    >like the plague. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and is
    >dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry
    >cleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of registry
    >cleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry
    >entries doesn't really hurt you.
    >
    >The risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously
    >removing an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit
    >it may have.
    >
    >Read http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000643.html
    >
    >and http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099
    >
    >and also
    >http://blogs.technet.com/markrussin.../02/registry-junk-a-windows-fact-of-life.aspx
    >
    >Let me point out that neither I nor anyone else who warns against the
    >use of registry cleaners has ever said that they always cause
    >problems. If they always caused problems, they would disappear from
    >the market almost immediately. Many people have used a registry
    >cleaner and never had a problem with it.
    >
    >Rather, the problem with a registry cleaner is that it carries with it
    >the substantial *risk* of having a problem. And since there is no
    >benefit to using a registry cleaner, running that risk is a very bad
    >bargain.


    Thanks for the links. I will check them out. I remember an
    application but can't remember the name but one thing I liked was the
    way it tracked the files added to the registry when you installed an
    application. That way you knew exactly what was being added and not
    removed when you uninstalled a program. I see many entries that never
    get removed long after a removal of things I haven't used in years.

    It does make sense that there is no harm in having unused entries if
    they are simply ignored.

    Al.
     
    Allen Drake, Feb 1, 2012
    #20
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