Do I need a Windows Registry cleaner?

Registry cleaners are designed to help remove invalid references made in the Windows Registry pointing to a DLL, program, font, uninstalled program, or other system information that no longer exists on the computer. These references can be left behind when a program is not uninstalled properly, the uninstaller is poorly written, or the system has crashed in the past causing these invalid entries.

Although these utilities can make the Windows Registry clean, the overall potential benefits are greatly outweighed by the potential harm a they could cause. We suggest users do not install or use Windows Registry cleaners on their Windows computers.

Can running a Registry cleaner cause problems?

Yes. Any Registry cleaner or other Registry utility that is poorly written and removes or changes the Registry improperly can cause issues with programs and in some situations cause Windows to stop working.

If you don't suggest Registry cleaners what should I do?

There are several things that can be done to resolve computer issues before attempting to use a Registry cleaner on your computer. If you're experiencing issues we suggest you try the below suggestions before resorting to a Registry cleaner.

  • If you're getting an error, search for that error. Often steps on how to resolve that issue can be found without needing a Registry cleaner.
  • Run through the basic troubleshooting steps for your version of Windows here.
  • Run a spyware and antivirus scans on the computer.

What do Registry cleaners report to fix?

These programs have been known to fix one or more of the below situations.

  • Fix errors caused after program uninstalled
  • Files or shortcuts associated with uninstalled programs.
  • Slow boot times
  • Overall computer response time

I still want to run a Registry cleaner, which one should I use?

If you've tried the above suggestions and still encountering problems there are dozens of Registry cleaners available today. Below is a list of a few of the programs we'd recommend.

Note: When running any Registry cleaner we always suggest using the utilities backup Registry feature first incase issues arise after the clean.

Do I need to run the Registry cleaner in Safe Mode?

No. These utilities should be deleting keys that are not in use and therefore should not encounter issues if ran in Normal mode. However, if you're encountering problems that prevents you from getting into Normal mode or you get errors while in Normal mode, we suggest running them from Safe Mode.

The Registry cleaner found xx amount of problems, now what?

After Registry keys or other system settings have been found, use the utility to delete or clean those keys. Often you'll need to select all found items and click a clean or delete button.

After running a Registry cleaner my computer or programs no longer works.

If you're encountering new problems after running a Registry cleaner, boot the computer into Safe Mode if Normal mode does not work, and run the utility to restore the backup made.

If you did not make a backup of the Registry, try using the Windows System Restore feature.

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