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    CCleaner query

    Removed by Leif from the thread beginning with <post:=690,880>post 690,880</post:> - it had diverged into a CCleaner-specific discussion and might not be found searching by Subject.

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    Thanks gentlemen, I noted the CCleaner on Hans's post (<post:=690,886>post 690,886</post:> ) and remembered downloading the said prog. some time ago but when I ventured to run it I remember getting a cautionary message about files being deleted so I thought it prudent to abort the process. (We have an old saying here in the UK "If in doubt do nowt" slang for nothing) Chances are you are very familiar with the warning message & know it's OK to proceed but for the sake of any who [like me are new to this game] I attach a screen shot of it. Is this prompt simply saying certain obsolete / surplus top requirement, files and cookies etc. will be deleted and it's OK to proceed? Thanks Dave.
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    Re: CCleaner query

    Technically, it's impossible to know the answer until the program comes up with WHAT FILES it's going to delete, but I think the "warning" message is more or less a standard disclaimer for a program like this. After all, when we run such a program, we ARE asking to have stuff deleted.

    Having said all that, I don't run CCleaner but as so many Loungers do and seem to be satisfied, I'd give it a go if I were you.

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    Re: CCleaner query

    > Is this prompt simply saying certain obsolete / surplus top requirement, files and cookies etc. will be deleted and it's OK to proceed?

    Yes, that's correct.

    I would click 'Cancel' for now, then take a good look at the list of items with check boxes in both the Windows tab and the Applications tab.
    For example, do you really want to delete all cookies? Unless you have specified that you want to keep some in Options > Cookies, you will lose all of them. If the cookie for Woody's Lounge (wopr.com) is deleted, you'll have to log in again next time, for the cookie stores your logged in status.

    In the Windows tab, I would clear the check box for "Advanced" (this will automatically clear the check boxes below it).
    And in the Applications tab, I would clear the check box for Office XP (or whichever version you have). If you leave the Office check box ticked, you will lose the list of recently opened documents in Word etc.

    When you have gone through the list, you can click "Run Cleaner" again and click OK when the warning appears.

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    Re: CCleaner query

    As ever many thanks, me thinks it prudent to peruse the consequences and in light of what you say Big Al, if you have never felt it necessary to run the prog, I wonder just what benefits there are for doing so, maybe some of the other loungers who do run it will post a blog explaining to a novice like me why I should venture into -what for me are - completely unchartered waters. From the many posts I have read I perceive that the slowing down of one's computer seems to be the main reason for de-cluttering etc. and surely we all covert speed when surfing etc. By the way, Like the mass of wires under one's car hood, where the disconnection or break in any single one can immobilize the car & I realize the same can happen if a wrong box is un-ticked so [if this is not a daft question] how does one decide which boxes it is safe to un-tick?
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    Re: CCleaner query

    There are two main reasons why people want to use a "windows cleaner" program such as CCleaner:

    - Privacy
    While using your computer to create and edit documents and to surf the internet, you're constantly leaving traces of your activities: Word keeps a list of recently opened documents, your browser keeps a list of recently visited websites etc.
    If your computer is used by several people, you may want to prevent others from seeing your traces. For example, you may have searched the internet for a specific gift for your wife, and you wouldn't want her to know about that.

    - Performance
    Over time, your computer accumulates all kinds of files and settings that won't ever be used any more. This may have a negative impact on the performance of your PC. For example, many programs create files in the Temp folder (normally Cocuments and Settings<your username>Local SettingsTemp) while you are working with them. Sometimes they delete the files automatically when you close the program, sometimes they don't. A very full Temp folder is a well-known cause of slowing your computer down and of other problems. So it is a good idea to clear your Temp folder from time to time. You can do this manually, or let a program such as CCleaner do it for you.

    CCleaner does a lot more, and opinions about the necessity/desirability of some of this differ. But in general, Loungers have found the program to be safe.
    However, there is no really pressing need to use CCleaner or one of its competitors, so if you feel unsure about it, don't use it.

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    Re: CCleaner query

    I don't feel a need to use it, but you could probably do worse than peruse the Beginnerís Guide to CCleaner <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: CCleaner query

    The reason I don't use it, Dave, is that I use the Windows provided Disk Cleanup tool once each week just prior to making my weekly backup image. In this clip for example, there's not much there now because I just made my weekly backup earlier this morning and had run Disk Cleanup prior.

    Again, prior to a weekly backup I also delete everything in my browser (Firefox) cache. Between the two steps, I seem to get rid of enough "temp" stuff that my PC continues to run pretty well. I know there's another temp folder or two here and there, but I don't bother chasing too much stuff down. However, keep in mind that everyone here has their own specialized ways and procedures for dealing with the topic and none is "wrong" per se.
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    Re: CCleaner query

    Al,
    Windows Disk Cleaner doesn't do a thing for cleaning out the junk that accumulates in the registry over time.
    It just dumps stuff like temp files and things like that.

    I have used and come to trust CCleaner completely. In fact when running the regular Clean function, I just go right to Clean and don't even bother to let it "analyze" first.

    I think it's a very conservative "cleaner" and doesn't seem to go overboard when recommending deletions.
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    Re: CCleaner query

    Just curious Al - do you see it as desirable to defrag prior to making a HD mirror? I guess it depends on just how the mirror is made, but I'd imagine it might be advisable if it's mirrored at byte level???

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    Re: CCleaner query

    This is a tough question for me, Bob. A long time ago I got disenchanted with so-called registry cleaners and quit trying to use any of 'em. However, after reading all the comments in this thread and others about CCLEANER, I've downloaded a copy and plan to install it and give it a run to see what I can see. I AM still convinced that mucking around trying to clean up the registry may be a waste of time, but I'm willing to give this one a whirl and see what happens.

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    Re: CCleaner query

    I have been a long time user of PerfectDisk defragger, Alan and I have it setup to defrag my C: drive every night, after my nightly backup is run. So, as far as I'm concerned, my drive is ALWAYS at the most favorable defragmented condition and I don't even think about that topic when it comes to making a backup image of the drive.

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    Re: CCleaner query

    Nice to hear you're an impecable housekeeper, despite not being under the constant scrutinizing eye of Billie! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Just on the reg cleaning bit, I'm still of two minds re: "standard" cleaning of the registry, but I still believe that certain mistakes (as opposed to unused entries etc.) can degrade performance. e.g. the system searching for something to load at startup that no longer exists. For this reason I do carry out registry analysis, but only make judicious changes/ deletions. After a long experience I use Registry Mechanic, as I believe it gives the most thorough and correct analysis. For this same reason though, it does require an experienced operator IMO, not just a "click the button to fix all detected problems" approach.

    And just BTW, SpyBot S&D contains a small selective registry check, under the unlikely name of "System Internals" in the Tools menu. It addresses errors in a small area of the registry that most (all?) other cleaners don't bother with.

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    Re: CCleaner query

    Well Hello you guys, your various posts make interesting reading but as an absolute novice I am sad to say I am not a lot wiser. [Venturing into the Registry and the like gives me the collywobbles as I know absolutely nothing about it] & as the maxim goes; "If it aint broke, don't fix it.". It is particularly intriguing to see that when one lounger gives testimony to the benefits of a product or some particular practice that is regarded as sufficient to keep their computer running smoothly, others who have maybe found the said product / practice less than efficient or of not great benefit, are not slow to voice their opinion. I admire this honesty & frankness as it goes to show the tolerance & goodwill of fellow loungers who are not afraid to be questioned, contradicted or challenged concerning their stance. In closing, is there anyone out there who could be bothered to give me step by step instructions on how to navigate to a screen showing what is in the registry so I could take a screen shot /s then maybe forward it to them via the Post Box so advice can be given as to what [if anything] is lurking there that should not be. Just a thought or is that impracticable?
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    Re: CCleaner query

    Hi David

    May I suggest that you don't go anywhere the Registry, this is one area that you don't really need to go to, one small, seemingly inconsequential change can completely muck your system up.

    A person who enters the Registry without a bead of sweat on their brow does not understand the complexity of the system and therefore shouldn't be in there....to add another phrase to the list "A little bit of knowledge is dangerous"

    Leave it well alone, trust me.
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    Re: CCleaner query

    Thanks Jerry, I shall certainly take your advice to heart and leave well alone, at least my computer seems to be running at a reasonable speed. Regards Dave.
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