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Posted on 06/09/2014 9:37:39 AM PDT by tayper
What is a good PC and Reg Cleaner? They all say they are the best. My PC has gotten as slow as a snail with the sleeping sickness.
Advanced System Care by iObit.
JV16 PowerTools is also a very handy item and includes a registry compactor.
If you’re having slowdown and malware issues, best to take it to a buddy who knows how to delete them without corrupting Windows or losing your Documents folders.
System mechanic by iolo.com.
About once a year I format c: then reinstall Winders. Cleans it all up.
Both have ‘freeware’ for home use versions.
Registry cleaners do nothing to improve performance and most are used to deliver malware. If your PC is slowing down, scan it with Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro. Both are free.
I use Glary first and then follow-up with CCleaner. I’m very pleased with the results. CC will always catch about 150 Megs that Glary didn’t. I use Glary to disable or delay an number of programs at start up so about 65% of users are slower. I always scan and fix the registry too.
If after running all the cleaners and malware scans it still runs slow, then it may be that your hard drive is failing. You may also want to run a defrag on the disk.
1) TDSS Killer from Kaspersky, set to detect TDSS File System
2) Malwarebytes from Malwarebytes.org
3) appwiz.cpl via start menu or Windows+R and remove all unnecessary toolbars and junk so they dont come back.
Most of the time it’s a lot of junk on computers that causes it to slow down. That plus the age of the machine/not as much memory.
Malware Bytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org
Make sure you don’t download any extra junk toolbars and uncheck Free Trial on Malware Bytes. If you are unsure whether to delete something, ask.
Good luck with your little problem, and pay no attention to the owners of the Atari2400 of the computer world -the Macophiles.
FReepers are quite good with help when you need it, actually.
I especially like the icons. :)
I do take care of and protect my PC properly. Why would you suggest I don't?
it’s funny that this question is being asked.
For registry cleaning and de-frag I use Auslogics
but what about junk files? Now when I go to my recycle bin
and delete all the crap in there (Mostly videos I am finished looking at)—am I getting rid of my junk files?
If not, pls tell me free program to get rid of them.
defrag on the disk.
I use Defraggler...works great.
Malware Bytes, crap cleaner and defrag.
Chances are excellent that your temporary internet files folder is jam-packed full, no matter which browser you use. Go into your browser and delete the temporary internet files folder, history, cookies, etc.
Then, do a defrag.
Registry cleaners, as another poster has said, are dangerous. They can delete needed registry entries and actually put malware on your machine. Avoid using them unless you know which boxes to check and uncheck before you run the ‘cleaning’ part of the program.
CCleaner at www.cnet.com has free programs. You can buya program, or use free versions. Most computers have a defrag program and there is registry cleaning in the CCleaner. You can read about it first at Cnet.
So far, I’ve had no trouble with CCleaner. I run it once a week.
I choose the option to delete cookies each time but I make exceptions for those few sites where I have passwords, addresses, and the like. Same with FreeRepublic, so I don’t have to log on every week and restore my choices.
I also use the option to clean extraneous stuff from the registry. So far, no problems, but you may want to be careful with that.
Someone has a wicked sense of humor.
All good suggestions for 3rd-party Utilities
Windows also has a built-in disk cleaning command, which is invoked with the Disk Cleanup button in the Drive Properties. At the Command Prompt, you can Set up a custom configuration via 3-digit code, to include any number of items you wish to clean up e.g. Empty the Recycle Bin, Windows Update backups, Temporary Files, etc:
Then afterward, either from the prompt or using a Shortcut you can Run the utility with this configuration reference. For example,
This action does NOT defragment the hard drive like Defraggler & similar utilities do, but will get rid of junk & free up disk space.
For general purposes, I use msconfig that is part of windows.
Just go in and turn off all the junk you don’t want running. Be very careful. You don’t want to turn off something important.
If it is a nasty, then use the other programs as prescribed by folks above.
I have registry cleaner already
just wondering about junk files
Works quite well, and does not touch anything on your computer at all. Of course, you will need an external disk or flash drive to save the image to, but since it only copies the data portions of the drive the image is smaller than the actual drive size itself, assuming you are not using all of it.
Like I stated, I actually enjoy the process. It’s like doing crossword puzzles to stimulate one’s mind. I don’t do the reformat/reload OS because I have to, I do it because I choose to.
This is one solution.... : )
Burn Baby Burn
Good question, thanks.
In addition to Malwarebytes and CCleaner, I like something called Adw cleaner. This does a good job of removing toolbars that install with other software. The toolbars are often trojans that are set up to direct your searches to sites they want you to see. They can really slow things down.
I always suspected as much - that they simply took advantage of the average user's lack of tech savvy.
An excellent all in one tool. I use it as needed, followed by a bi-weekly run of malawrebytes.
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My PC did exactly what is described in this issue. It is wise to disable "Boot Defrag" in Glary utilities.
You avoided the question - what needs cleaning up?
When I used the phrase, "Cleans it all up" I was referring to the OP's question regarding his slow computer. Even though it is a drastic, last resort troubleshooting method, it is a viable option.
Yes indeed! It will be clean and useless.
None of the programs you installed will be available. None of the simple applications you'd grown accustomed to will be available. None of your picture, video, sound, or documents files will be available. Very clean and very useless.
A full recovery or formatting the hard drive is what most people are trying to avoid because of the enormous time and energy it takes to put everything back the way it was.
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