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    Do NOT download a driver update utility


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    Cool

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    They're a scam at best and Malware at worse and a total waste of time and money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
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    They're a scam at best and Malware at worse and a total waste of time and money.

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    Ditto.
    However they do have an up side. They keep about half of the computer service techs in business. :-)
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    I occasionally use the free version of Slimdrivers to check if any of mine are out of date but don't use the program to update and don't always update.

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    Slimdrivers is Open Source. Its free and its actually reliable, unlike most. Unless you are having a problem, most drivers, with the exception of graphics and sound, and possibly printers should be left alone. Those should be updated using their own built in updaters so you know you are getting the correct versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussB View Post
    ...However they do have an up side. They keep about half of the computer service techs in business...
    More than half.

    About two-of-three computers I clean up have these crapware "driver update" programs (along with their malware). Same with "registry cleaners", "system optimizers", etc. (with very few exceptions such programs do far more harm than good).

    Even in the Windows Secrets Lounge I often see "your PC has errors" type scam ads, and downloading anything from most of the "software archive" sites is becoming more-and-more hazardous.
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    The only driver type update utilities one should have on their system, and it would still be debatable imo, would be part of the computer manufacturer's own tools. An example would be Dell's, or Lenovo's etc, own update utility.

    Best practice would be to download them as they become available directly from the manufacture and store them in an organized fashon, irregardless of whether you actually plan to install them or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    +1

    They're a scam at best and Malware at worse and a total waste of time and money.

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    Darn toot'n....likewise any form of optimisation tool, like registry cleaner-uppers etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyl View Post
    Darn toot'n....likewise any form of optimisation tool, like registry cleaner-uppers etc.
    Not quite. I have several specific-purpose utilities for registry, disk cleaners, defragger, etc. -- they all work just fine when set and operated properly. True, there are some things such as registry compactors I will not use. BootupStartup, system "optimizers" -- I'll continue to pass on those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Not quite. I have several specific-purpose utilities for registry, disk cleaners, defragger, etc. -- they all work just fine when set and operated properly. True, there are some things such as registry compactors I will not use. BootupStartup, system "optimizers" -- I'll continue to pass on those.
    I occasionally use WinMend Registry Defrag without any problems - why are you so against them ?

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    I was answering a previous poster who did not like all those optimizers
    I use Auslogics Registry & DiskDefrag, Wise Registry, PluginMgr, Disk Cleaner, RegSeeker, CCleaner, Norton Utilities 16 consistently, well ok, 2-3 times monthly. I'm not against specific-purpose utilities at all! I will avoid some functions such as registry compactors, and some other thingies.
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    I agree with you on using those all-in-ones that can do more harm than good but isn't a registry defrag tool a compactor ?

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    Yes, you're correct; I was assuming your registry defrag tool also included a choice to clean the registry before defragging the registry. My Wise Registry Cleaner also has the defrag option, which I much earlier tried...the circle went roundNroundNround - finally I stopped it - and never did that again. Once, while running Windows for Workgroup 3.11, I ran a regDefrag, and I was never again able to backup or restore the DOS-based Windows system and user DAT backups again
    [For you dos-geeks, remember loading the config.sys with drivers and stuff?]
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    No, it's a stand alone http://www.winmend.com/registry-defrag/

    They also do a registry cleaner but the only one of those I use very rarely is CCleaner's.

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    I use 360 Total Security as AV and the program includes some effective clean-up tools I wouldn't normally use.
    So far I've had no problems.

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