Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Still can't climb
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Limey in Taiwan
    Posts
    21,058
    Mentioned
    422 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)

    Registry cleaning...good or bad idea?

    I've been following a regular cleaning routine for years

    I run a utility that deletes temp files etc.
    Then I do an adware scan
    Then a virus scan
    then a registry clean utility
    then a registry defrag utility
    then the disc defrag function in windows

    I've done it every month or 2 for years without ill effect but recently some IT friend said "are you nuts?...don't touch the registry!"

    Am I'm really doing something stupid? Oh and if you want to pity this non-technical fool...go ahead. I draw the line at outright abuse and derision though.

  2. #2
    Body By Nintendo Psydotek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Videogames ruined my life. Good thing i have 2 extra lives.
    My Bikes
    Giant TCR2, Giant TCX, IRO BFSSFG SE, Salsa Casseroll, IRO Rob Roy.
    Posts
    3,190
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You're nuts.

    And so am i.

    I use CCleaner to clean up the registry every month or two (along with most of the other stuff you mentioned).

    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    A girl once asked me to give her twelve inches and make it hurt. I had to make love to her 3 times and then punch her in the nose.

  3. #3
    BF Risk Manager
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Snohomish County, Washington USA
    My Bikes
    Road, mountain and folding
    Posts
    896
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use CCCleaner and Advanced System Care for Windows without a problem. Then again, I periodically backup my registry and have no fear in using regedit, so working with the registry does not concern me.
    Regards, MillCreek
    Snohomish County, Washington USA

  4. #4
    Senior Member MrCrassic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    My Bikes
    2008 Giant OCR1 (with panda bear on the back!)
    Posts
    3,651
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's a good idea, but try to use a registry cleaner that does not install itself, as that may implant a registry key. Registry defrags are good to do maybe twice a month, and you shouldn't need to defrag your hard drive (if you do, then there might be something up with your hard drive).
    Ride more.

    Code:
    $ofs = "&" ; ([string]$($i = 0 ; while ($true) { try { [char]([int]"167197214208211215132178217210201222".substring($i,3) - 100) ; $i =
     $i+3 > catch { break >>)).replace('&','') ; $ofs=" " # Replace right angles with right curly braces

  5. #5
    T-Shirt Guy ehidle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Lansdale, PA
    My Bikes
    2005 Fuji Team Issue, 2007 Fuji SL-1
    Posts
    464
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use a suite consisting of

    Avast Anti-Virus
    Eusing Free Registry Cleaner
    MalwareBytes
    Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (to disable all those millions of unnecessary things)

    Works well for me..
    Yellow + Blue Jerseys!

    Get your Cranky T-Shirt!
    Men's
    and Women's designs available

  6. #6
    Senior Member wirehead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts
    317
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just rebuild my system from the install disks on a regular basis. I don't trust registry cleaners.

  7. #7
    Still can't climb
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Limey in Taiwan
    Posts
    21,058
    Mentioned
    422 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wirehead View Post
    I just rebuild my system from the install disks on a regular basis. I don't trust registry cleaners.
    That is major hassle. I guess I could re-install if the registry cleaner stops the thing working.

  8. #8
    crazy bike girl msincredible's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    CA Central Coast
    My Bikes
    '07 Orbea Onix, '07 Birdy Yellow, '06 Cannondale Bad Boy (stolen)
    Posts
    3,324
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think it is a good idea, but I don't do it on a regular basis.

    I have used software (for work) that would not always install properly if the registry had not been cleaned.
    Countries I've ridden in: US, Canada, Ireland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, China, Singapore, Malaysia
    States I've ridden in: Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado

  9. #9
    Pwnerer Wordbiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
    My Bikes
    Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
    Posts
    2,900
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just spray some Windex on it.
    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    998
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use the combination of programs for integrity validation:

    Norton Endpoint Protection (thorough scanner and has protection for modern hazards such as trojans, keyloggers, and zombie bots.)
    CCleaner (paid for). It should be on everyone's machine. In fact, I put it in a corporate image.
    Spybot Seach & Destroy. This is an older utility, but its still updated and is worth running.

    I highly recommend a backup program like Retrospect, Backup Exec, Acronis TrueImage, or something that can completely back up a machine. This will make a complete restore due to a dead registry just consist of booting, starting the restore, and rebooting back into a working system.

  11. #11
    Senior Member wirehead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts
    317
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    That is major hassle. I guess I could re-install if the registry cleaner stops the thing working.
    Well, I make sure I can rebuild in a reasonable amount of time.

    Good way to prevent myself from installing stupid software.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    998
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    One thing I have done is do what is called a repair install. You boot the XP CD, skip the part of going to the recovery console, then reinstall the OS over the old one without deleting the old one.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Caspar_s's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Burlington, ON
    My Bikes
    Giant Tcx1
    Posts
    530
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How much stuff are you installing that you're cleaning that often?

    Scan for the stuff, back it up - check to make sure nothings been installed.

    It's a computer - worse that can happen is you'll have to reinstall. An IT guy is saying you're nuts for cleaning it?

  14. #14
    Still can't climb
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Limey in Taiwan
    Posts
    21,058
    Mentioned
    422 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Caspar_s View Post
    How much stuff are you installing that you're cleaning that often?

    Scan for the stuff, back it up - check to make sure nothings been installed.

    It's a computer - worse that can happen is you'll have to reinstall. An IT guy is saying you're nuts for cleaning it?
    I hardly install anything. I pretty much just use office and use internet. No gaming, music, movies software. It is my work pc and wasting time on BF pc.

    IT guy said i am nuts for cleaning registry and shouldn't do anything to it at all. Sounded suspicious to me so I asked here since there are so many IT experts it seems and it turns out the view is cleaning is ok by and large.

  15. #15
    Grumpy Member trsidn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Putting the 'fun' in dysfunctional
    My Bikes
    Cannondale CAAD8, Trek SU200
    Posts
    234
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't fool with the registry unless I am having a problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mariah View Post
    Transcendental enumeration.

  16. #16
    Senior Member z415's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Gainesville/Tampa, FL
    My Bikes
    Trek 1000, two mtbs and working on a fixie for commuting.
    Posts
    2,347
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post

    IT guy said i am nuts for cleaning registry and shouldn't do anything to it at all. Sounded suspicious to me so I asked here since there are so many IT experts it seems and it turns out the view is cleaning is ok by and large.
    Perhaps he misinterpreted you as going into your reg and deleting/modifying things yourself. That could get a little hairy.
    Falling is learning...[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]...learn to not fall in a box.
    Any good American will watch THIS -and- WHERE WAS MY BIKE MADE?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •