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.


    Allen Drake, Jan 29, 2012
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    Stan Brown Guest

    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
    Stan Brown, Jan 29, 2012
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  3. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    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.

    Allen Drake, Jan 29, 2012
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    Victor Guest

    AVG Remover
    Victor, Jan 29, 2012
  5. Allen Drake

    Allen Drake Guest

    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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    Rob Guest

    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.

    Rob, Jan 29, 2012
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    Peter Jason Guest

    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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    Rob Guest

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

    FCUK can't you read!
    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
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    Rob Guest

    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
  11. 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, Jan 30, 2012
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    Allen Drake Guest

    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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    Rob Guest

    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

    PCTools has created problems One with Photoshop CS5 the other with
    blocking a PDF. (Intelliguard)
    Rob, Jan 30, 2012
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    Rob Guest

    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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    Workaholic Guest

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

    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.

    Allen Drake, Feb 1, 2012
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    charlie Guest

    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
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    Ken Blake Guest

    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

    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
    Ken Blake, Feb 1, 2012
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    Allen Drake Guest

    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
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    Allen Drake Guest

    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.

    Allen Drake, Feb 1, 2012
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