Nah, don't need no stinkin' system cleaners/optimizers...
If you want to clean your registry, the best thing is a fresh re-install. That'll speed up your system considerably, and if you have two disks, a C: drive where your OS is, and data on another drive, a re-install really is quick and fairly painless. Especially when you find your system running like new after doing that.
Other than that, make sure that you pick up any left-overs when you uninstall programs...something like "Agent Ransack" can help find everything leftover associated with a program. After all, a program's uninstall is only as good as the uninstall code that it supplies to Windows to run when it is uninstalled. You can only get so much out of defragmentation, and you should never do that with an SSD, extra reads and writes just to move things around simply shortens it's life. I believe that Windows 7 is set to do defragmentation about once a week by default, anyways. And it should recognize an SSD and not offer it as a drive to be defragmented.
I'm not a big believer in system cleaners or tune-up programs as you can tell. Most of what they do, I do occasionally anyways, other than cleaning the registry, which I'd rather not touch. Your system has tools to clean up temp files, and your browswer has tools to clean up it's work area as well. Use them both occasionally.
And so on...I did use CCleaner for a while, but it really didn't do anything that I couldn't do myself (aside from registry cleaning, again *smile*)...and when I do it myself, I find things that I can do that also need to be done and can improve performance.
One of my favorite free tools is "WinDirStat", which can really help with big-picture disk management. Since my C: drive is an SSD, it really is helpful to find those large chunks of storage and nuke them so that the SSD doesn't fill up with unused garbage.
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