Is it safe to simply follow the on screen dialog boxes for registry cleaners?

by on June 4, 2009

Q: I recently downloaded some freeware programs (RegCure, RegistryFix7, CCleaner) to help bring my Presario V5105US current. Is it safe to simply follow the on screen dialog boxes? There are some menu choices that look sort of ominous, like everything that’s listed will disappear. Some of those listed items look significant.

Do I just trust the program to not damage my system, files etc.? Are there any precaution that I should be aware of? Same sort of question about drivers. The free one that seems most respected did a free scan that showed a lot of outdated drivers. Do I just have to hit the button to replace them?

Do I have to pay for them or is the “freeware” free for updates as well as the free system scan. Sorry, but I’m still a newbie. w/too many uncertainties. I guess some of these freeware programs are more reliable & trustworthy than others. Any recommendations will be appreciated.

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One Response to “Is it safe to simply follow the on screen dialog boxes for registry cleaners?”
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    CCleaner has a registry cleaner feature that I’ve used for years without any issues. I’ve never used the other two programs. CCleaner will also prompt you to make a backup of your registry so if it breaks something by accident you can easily restore the changes.

    All that said, registry cleaning isn’t something you really need to worry about. You’re not going to get any real performance benefit from doing registry cleaning. You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner#Marginal_performance_benefit
    So I’d suggest just not bothering with using any registry cleaning.

    The CCleaner is completely 100% free, its features for deleting junk files is very useful and highly recommended.