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    Best Registry Cleaner

    Can anyone help. I would like to know what's the best registry cleaner for Win Xp Pro. I have iolo system mechanic, evidence eliminator, window washer. All are the trial versions. I see that they all clean up your internet from junk, but i'm still a rookie. What's the best to clean up your registry, or by me doing the web clean up am I already cleaning up my registry? Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    It sounds like you mean your internet history and related files and not necessarily the Windows registry. I can make two recommendations for you, one for each issue.

    To clean up your temp files, both system mechanic and window washer are fine. I personally don't use third party tools to do this - I dump my cache manually, and don't bother with cookies (they're more useful than evil IMHO). I would recommend that you use CacheSentry for Internet Explorer....it does a better job of managin your cached Internet files that Internet Explorer does on its own. You can grab it or at the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mindspring.com/~dpoch/enigmatic/cachesentry.html>author's homepage, which has excellent instructions to boot, as well as a good FAQ on why it's a useful tool.

    Now, as for cleaning the Windows registry, you can grab <A target="_blank" HREF=http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10106-100-881470.html>RegClean</A>, which is a Microsoft tool - and run it over and over until it tells you that it can't find any errors to fix. Microsoft doesn't support it any longer.....but then they haven't supported tweakUI and it's still a huge hit too.

    A better bet would be to grab a copy of Norton SystemWorks and let the WinDoctor go to it. It repairs far more little things than RegClean could ever hope to.In fact, the latest version lets you do a one-button tuneup that includes this, scanning for viruses, updating virus definitions and a few other things. Now if only Symantec would get off this kick about charging you for virus updates after 90 days....I hate re-installing the product to get my extension <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    the registry generally does not need cleanup - certainly not very often. Mistakes in cleaning up the registry can leave your computer unstable or unusable.

    you say you are a rookie - for that reason alone, i say to stay away from registry clenaup utilities. The hassle you invite is not worth it.

    internet clean up utilities don't touch the registry and for good reason - they don't need to. They only give you control over cookies, scripts etc. and that's really all you need.

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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    <hr>Now if only Symantec would get off this kick about charging you for virus updates after 90 days....I hate re-installing the product to get my extension <hr>
    if everyone did this, they'd go under.. you get what you pay for and AFAIC, not only are ripping symantec off, but they are charging the honest user more to make up for your theft.

    i suppose you think it's ok to use warez think casual copying is ok too?

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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Thank you for the responses.

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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Sure, what you said. Warez and all that jazz. :[img]/forums/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]:

    I'm not the morality police, and if the joke was in poor taste, so be it....I'm not in these forums to argue with people, period. My editorial opnions won't change. As for honest users, I've been one for years and I don't advocate ripping off software developers because I make a living doing that very thing. 'Twould be rather foolish to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://humor.mcf.com/computer/computerlanguage.html>shoot myself in the foot</A>.

    I also don't think Symantec is in any danger of going under, Mary, and I paid a hefty fee for their product only to get scalped for it once again. Many major vendors are guilty of doing the same thing, and they'll lose money when I and others switch to a different vendor who *doesn't* charge for a basic tenet of computer security. Choice is what makes our capitalistic society work.
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Mark,

    I do use Symantec
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    It really depends on the problems that it cannot repair. Do you have any examples?

    By and large, most of the things that WinDoctor finds and can't repair aren't really causing any serious problems. That's not always the case, but a more relevant question would be....are you having any problems with Windows during normal use? If you are, and WinDoctor is not repairing certain problems, it could tell you what you need to fix. Again, if you can post an example or two that would be extremely helpful.
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Mark,

    Here is the error message.

    The left pane says: Missing Program Files
    Program Integrity Scan: Common Program Locations
    Medium

    The right pane says: Missing File:
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    I was not surprised to see your answer. You see, I get the same error on each machine that I run WinDoctor on. A search of the Microsoft knowledge base and a few other resources turns up next to nothing. And it also happens on a cleanly installed system. This file is part of the mail subsystem, and I believe comes with Office - installed when you have Outlook or use the Exchange product to receive mail.

    If you are really troubled by the error, move GAPI32.DLL into the SYSTEM32 directory. You can find it on your MS Office CDs. I've never had a problem just leaving it alone, and tend to think that this is a non-problem that WinDoctor reports (MAPISRVR is also a part of the messaging system in Windows and doesn't need Exchange). If you are not experiencing a particular error, there doesn't seem to be any pressing need for a "fix" because nothing is truly "broken"!
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Mark,

    Thanks. I think I'll just mark it to be ignored by WinDoctor.
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    I installed Norton 2000 recently, and on the latest re-install found that my free update period had expired. I don't see that re-installing a paid for product is suspect in any way. I have emailed Symantec, and if they have no good explanation, then their corporate greed means I shall ditch their product and install AVG, and continue to advocate the freeware approach. I hate having to pay for the CEO's second holiday in the Bahamas...

    ps Morality police or not, anyone advocating theft (i.e warez) in an open Forum needs slapping down hard, if, indeed, it is a serious suggestion (not that anyone in this thread has done this). If not, the reputation of the BB and its owners goes down the pan. My opinion, fwiw, is that the Lounge is a community, and welcomes only those who, whilst here, are prepared to abide by the not-so-stringent rules. There are numerous juvenile sites that cater for that sort of thing - no-one is stopping them visiting there. Then there are off-colour one-off remarks - of which we all are guilty now and again. Enough said.
    Rant over.

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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Hey, I've got an idea, why don't we start a forum where we can all post when we purchase something new so that if there is a question as to someone's integrity we can all take a peek at what software they've purchased. <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

    <SOAPBOX>Better yet, howzabout we all just act like adults and let it go? This isn't what this post was all about to begin with; it was about someone asking for advice, and then a joke taken out of context and made a political football. C'mon, people, let's move on and be a community. These things can be handled with private messages between the concerned parties.</SOAPBOX>
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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Hey, Pal, read the post. <img src=/S/rtfm.gif border=0 alt=rtfm width=24 height=23>

    My general point wasn't aimed at anyone in particular, it's just that the drift of the discussion reminded me of a situation some time ago on another board. I certainly wasn't getting at you - you'd just done exactly the same thing as me (though with different results).
    If I wanted to put your integrity to the test (which I don't) you've seen enough of my ravings to know I'd be a darned sight more forthright about it.

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Best Registry Cleaner

    Point taken Merc, I did read your post. In fact, I felt it was very accurate and valid. Perhaps I myself wasn't very clear - what I wanted to communicate to everyone was that the forums should be about helping each other and that this particular thread was going awry and definitely off topic - perhaps the discussion should be moved to Scuttlebutt.

    I do fully agree that anyone advocating warez downloads and poor computing practices needs to take it elsewhere. Your candid attitude is a breath of fresh air in the online world, believe me! Not to mention knowing that someone else has had the same frustrations as an end user, whom the corporate behemoths seem to forget regularly.

    Cheers,
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