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    Registry Cleaning

    At the risk of bringing up a pretty old subject, I'd like to ask for some recommendations on a good registry cleanup tool. I haven't used one since way, way back when I used to use RegClean. But lately I've been noticing more and more "junk" in my registry as I have need to be in there for something else. Good heavens, I've got McAfee references all over and I haven't used him for about a year. Yesterday I tried Woody's latest backup recommendation, a thing called ZipBackup, and it wouldn't run the "free trial." I found out by searching the registry that I've evidently tried it once before 'cause there's all kinds of references to it in the registry. Well, we all know what a crappy job most uninstallers do!

    Anyway, I remember folks here talking about JV16 but also griping because it's no longer free. I also recall several of you talking about SYSTEM MECHANIC. I don't mind paying, it the product is good, so here I am, asking for advice. TIA.....

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi Al

    Spybot S&D might do the job for you. It does a general registry scan and fix, if you tell it to, as well as search out malware.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi, I have been using both JV 16 and Registry Mechanic for a long time with no problems whatsoever. Obviously both do backups in case of disasters . Both also offer a lot of additional tasks, System Mechanic even optimises your Internet connection and gives you a Startup list which saves you from running msconfig. I like and use them both. It is a pity that we are losing any new versions of JV16, but I have had lots of free updates from System Mechanic. It really offers a lot of configurations and tweaks. Happy hunting.
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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi Al,

    I've always been a user of System Mechanic since it first came out. It's a good and SAFE way to clean out debris from the reg. I run it in it's various modes and always accept the entire recommendation for junk entries to delete. It 's gotten so that after a scan I just click on the delete all entries point and haven't had any known problems due to it. It's at System Mechanic <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

    Another one I have using a lot is RegVac"]http://regvac.com/regvac.htm">RegVac[/url]. It takes a little less conservative look at the reg than System Mechanic, so I have been a little more selective in using all of it's recommendations. But so far so good with it.
    It is totally amazing the amount of useless flotsam that's left in the reg and after all, the bigger the reg, the longer it will take to look through it.
    Also the more likely there will be something there to interfere with another prog.

    BTW, I also tried to use ZipBackup and it just wouldn't run at all, no less tell me my trial period had run out. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi BigAl:
    I don't know if XP has the same way of doing it, but one thing I do periodically in Win 98 is:

    1. Reboot to DOS (or equivalent??).
    2. Type smartdrv.exe 8196 16<enter>
    3. Type scanreg /fix /opt<enter>

    This rebuilds my registry (user.dat) & the undocumented /opt switch lops off some unneeded branches.

    Other than that, I run regclean, EasyCleaner & I do have a free version of PowerToolsJV16. However, I just checked the link & it's redirected. Quite frankly, PowerTools did very little more than EasyCleaner (for my purposes).

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Thanks for the replies so far everyone! Ken, I never thought about SpyBot which I use regularly and it took me awhile to find the setting to tell it to check the registry. It found only one series of entries for a program I had deleted a long time ago. But it's nice to know it's got the capability to help out. I've downloaded a copy of System Mechanic and will give it a whirl tonite. Glad you mentioned EasyCleaner, Phil. I remember now seeing it mentioned here in the Lounge. I guess I better try out a copy of it also. Here's an example of just one small branch of the Local Machine registry with not a darn thing in any of the keys - just registry BLOAT!
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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi Big Al

    I've tried several such programs, but the thing that I like about jv16, and what makes it unique in my experience, is its listing of registry entries by Software Author/Owner. It's this feature that might be most helpful to you for the problem you describe. For instance, it would identify McAffee as an entry on a list, and if you're sure it's dead & gone, you could mark it for deletion and all McAffee references would be scrubbed. You can still pick up the free versions, which still work perfectly well IMO, at least for Win98SE.

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    jv16 Powertools (last freeware version) OS: Win9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Nice find, Alan!! Not easy to find the old versions.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    I use RegCleaner and found it to be OK, but never used any other registry tool so I don't know how good it is as compared to them.
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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    I have been a big fan of JV's RegCleanr, but as a result of correspondence in a forum with Thibaud Dijian, I have graduated to RegSeeker as it will find 250 to 400+ more dead reg entries even after running the aforementioned.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi Bruce:
    How long have you been using RegSeeker? I noticed that it's a Beta version & they also give you a reg file in case Add/Remove ceases to work. Also, could you post a link to the forum discussion? Thanks,

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi, Phil ~

    I've been using it for several months and without adverse results, however, this is with XP and would not recommend it with 98SE or ME. You may peruse this thread for more details.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi Bruce:
    Thanks for the information. I read the thread & I did notice that the download for FixAddRemove.zip is corrupted. However, I didn't see anything that said it shouldn't be used with Win 98SE. In fact, the guy who recommended it said he used it extensively on all types of OS. Am I missing something? Why do you not recommend it for Win98?

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Hi, Phil ~

    There were some other threads in that forum that indicated individuals who use 98/ME had the experience of entries that may have been valid being pulled up and not recommended for those not holding a good grasp of the registry settings.

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    Re: Registry Cleaning

    Lots of good scoop here. Thanks to all so far! I've downloaded a few, including the last version of JV16 (Thanks, Alan) and this latest one posted by Bruce. I don't want to become a hog about this, so I think I'll stop for awhile. But like most of you, I've already seen that each one seems to find something that the previous one did not. I'm gonna do my weekly drive images today and then I think I'll try Bruce's beta fave.

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