MalwareBytes: Registry cleaners are digital snake oil

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Software that optimizes or cleans the Windows Registry are useless and only mislead users, according to antivirus company MalwareBytes.

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I use the one in CCleaner & I plan to continue to use it.
I’ve never had it cause any problems .

On the other hand : Many years ago when I was a newb I used one.
I don’t even remember the name now .
It did as warned by MalwareBytes it FUBARed the registry so bad that I had to reinstall the OS . So beware & if you use one select a well known benign one like CCleaner.


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While I think they are right that registry cleaners don’t give you a speed boost and those claims are false, sometimes they can help cure little software or Windows related problems, or software that won’t install/uninstall properly. But if there’s nothing wrong with your computer in the first place, they will do nothing useful. I would agree CCleaner is the least aggressive and therefore the safest to use, I’ve also used Glary and Auslogics over the years.Â

But you certainly don’t need a paid registry cleaner thrust upon you when you boot your computer, and it probably got there through somebody else’s installer. Those are the ones that are being targeted.


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[QUOTE=roho;2755901]But you certainly don’t need a paid registry cleaner thrust upon you when you boot your computer, and it probably got there through somebody else’s installer. Those are the ones that are being targeted.[/QUOTE]

In other words choose the option to “let me choose” or Custom install this way you can root out problem installers and stop malware installs. I tell people this and some listen and others find out the hard way…$$ for repairs.


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[QUOTE=coolcolors;2755932]In other words choose the option to “let me choose” or Custom install this way you can root out problem installers and stop malware installs. I tell people this and some listen and others find out the hard way…$$ for repairs.[/QUOTE]
That’s true, tech minded people will spot these things a mile off but it’s the average/inexperienced users they are targeting, the type of people who can’t uninstall a program by themselves. That’s why the “Advanced options” started appearing in adware installers because said users wouldn’t dream of touching something like that when they can only just work out how to run the installer in the first place. :wink: