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    Free downloads???

    Sorry if this is in the wrong section but in the latest edition of Computer Shopper they are showing five free downloads the first of which is shown i the attached screen
    shot. Knowing the delicacy of the Registry etc. I would like some advice regarding how prudent it is to avail ones self of the said freebies. Regards SFox
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    Re: Free downloads???

    Registry cleaners aren't really necessary under Windows XP and Vista. This particular one (Wise Registry Cleaner) appears to be a reasonably good one. but whether you'll get any substantial benefit from it is doubtful, especially since you already have CCleaner.

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    Re: Free downloads???

    I think with XP & Vista that most people who regularly use a registry cleaner are doing it out of habit. I have NEVER seen any definitive study that shows a sustained benefit from regular use of a registry cleaner. I only see comments like "I run XXX and never have a problem. My system is very stable". No statistics, nothing solid - just opinion. I have not run one since XP came out. I used to check Ccleaner to see what it recommended. But I never run it now. I would only use a registry cleaner if I thought I was having a serious problem that I could not diagnose.

    I know what folders need to be cleaned regularly and I just do it myself. At home, I've grown to take a much more minimalist approach with installing software than I used to. Work is a different story. But even there I do not use a registry cleaner regularly.

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    Re: Free downloads???

    Thanks Hans & Joe. It's great to get the opinion from those who know either by experience or what from a fuller understanding of how these things work. I have used CCleaner since it was recommended by a lounger last year and [apart from the computer showing sings of slowing down and becoming sluggish of late] I have had no big problems. Thanks in part to the numerous occasions when considerate people like your good selves on the lounge have pointed me in the right direction. Regards S Fox
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