PC utilities forum: Do computer Registry cleaners really work?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) June 5, 2009 10:33 AM PDT

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Do computer Registry cleaners really work?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 6/5/09 10:33 AM

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Do computer Registry cleaners really work?

I have Registry Cleaner version 4.0.1.547 that is a registered retail version which I paid $30 for. I use it fairly often and sometimes it gives me errors and I click fix and it does its cleaning. I have also downloaded the free version of RegCure and after running my paid Registry cleaner I run the RegCure Version 1.5.2 and it tells me I have 355 errors on my computer. What is up with this? The RegCure won't clean these errors unless I buy the Pro version. Is this their way of getting people to buy their product? If not, one of these programs is giving me false information. One says I have no errors, the other says I have 355 errors and I had better buy their product or my computer will crash. So who am I suppose to believe?

My questions to you members are: what do Registry cleaners do exactly? Do they create more problems or solve them? Or are companies who make these utilities just out here to make a buck? Bottom line, do registry cleaners really work? And how are you to know if they are doing what they are suppose to do? Thank you!

--Submitted by Clem & Kay W.

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Great questions but complex answer! --Submitted by Grimbles
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3057004#3057004

A registry cleaner analogy... --Submitted by John.Wilkinson
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3056439#3056439

Registry cleaners do Work, sort of.... --Submitted by davismccarn
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3056696#3056696

Registry cleaners pros and cons --Submitted by thegame102
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3057631#3057631

Registry cleaners work, but doesn't mean you should do it. --Submitted by Jim Johnson
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3056687#3056687

Typical --Submitted by rbsjrx
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3056392#3056392

Yes they do work, but... --Submitted by rlessmue
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?messageID=3058231#3058231

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